Following up on the incredible success of River Road, New York Times–bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz delivers another masterpiece of romantic suspense.
It’s no coincidence when Grace Elland finds a vodka bottle next to the lifeless body of her boss, motivational speaker Sprague Witherspoon. The bottle is a terrifying—and deliberate—reminder of the horrors of her past.
Grace retreats to her hometown to regroup and tries to put everything she’s learned about positive thinking into practice—a process that is seriously challenged on the world’s worst blind date.
Awkward doesn’t begin to describe her evening with venture-capitalist Julius Arkwright. She has nothing in common with a man who lives to make money, but the intense former Marine does have some skills that Grace can use—and he’s the perfect man to help her when it becomes clear she is being stalked.
As Witherspoon’s financial empire continues to crumble around them, taking a deadly toll, Julius will help Grace step into her past to uncover a devious plan to destroy not only Grace, but everyone around her…
The always reliable Krentz (River Road) pairs up a traumatized woman with a helpful millionaire in this solid romantic thriller. After Grace Elland's boss, Sprague Witherspoon, doesn't turn up for work, his worried staff deputizes her to visit his home, where she discovers his apparent suicide. Grace is saddened by the loss of the motivational guru and shaken by memories of a terrible experience when she was 16 and a murderer trapped her in a basement with his wife's corpse. Her nightmares begin again when Sprague starts sending her emails from beyond the grave. Enter Julius Arkwright, a successful businessman who's eager to help Grace any way he can: seduce her, fix her career, and help her figure out the link between Sprague's death and the earlier killing. As he supports Grace, she helps keep him humble. Two appealing protagonists, a mysterious enemy, and a twisty plot provide all the necessary ingredients for a satisfying story.
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Krentz Goes Back to What Made Her A Success
I have read almost all of the books written under her various pen names of Krentz, Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle; obviously, I enjoy them. What I really appreciate about this book is that it takes us back to the writing style of her earlier books of 20 years ago written under her pen name of Krentz. The book has the usual strong female personality who develops a romantic involvement with an interesting character. But, more importantly, Krentz manages to juggle a good murder mystery and a romance with a sharp wit and humor. Since this book is not part of a series, it was fun to jump right in and enjoy the read...which is just what I did!
Who really wrote this book?
This novel reads like a first-time entry in Harlequin. Not bad but very weak on character development and plot line. Characters are described with little detail, engage in sex but no sexual tension, and have no conflicts. Plot is simple and predictable.
I kept thinking that the novel was farmed out to another writer who couldn't even adopt the originality of Krentz's style. No complexity and I regret purchasing this.
It seems that the author has gotten tired of writing. Very disappointed. Indeed, I would have rated this a 0 but then I couldn't have written a review