The Particulars: Romantic suspense, Pocket, 1991, In Print
HE WANTS HER BACK. SHE HAS HER DOUBTS. LOVE BURNED THEM ONCE --- NOW THEY'RE TWICE AS HOT!Is It In Wendy's TBR?: Nope
Successful but shy, Seattle art dealer Mattie Sharpe fell for handsome, outspoken, professional adventurer Hugh Abbott at first sight. So she turned up her courage, let down her hair and made him an offer she thought he couldn't refuse. But he broke her heart, and left Seattle for his South Sea island home. Angry and hurt, Mattie endured the advice of her eccentric, artistic family --- a sister who disdained Hugh as too "elemental," and an aunt who called him a "real" man. Mattie vowed that she'd meet Hugh again, over her --- or better, his --- dead body.
When they do meet again, it's over someone else's dead body --- and now they're running for their lives through an island jungle. Hugh's talking fast to make up for his mistake. Mattie's not listening --- until his gentle touch ignites a white-hot fusion, and she gives in. But Hugh's past is catching up with them --- and Mattie must stake her very survival on the man she loves --- the only man who ever let her down! Weaving a tour-de-force of delectable, sensual romance and breathless adventure, Jayne Ann Krentz kindles our deepest dreams with a tale of enduring family bonds and the miracle of a love that --- finally! --- conquers all.
Any Reviews?: Reviews for older romances can be spotty, but this is JAK, so yeah - we have a couple.
Publisher's Weekly had this to say (you can read full review over at Amazon, but be warned - I personally found it spoiler-ish):
"An action-packed plot and a charming heroine who sports her share of modern neuroses may cajole readers into forgiving Krentz ( The Golden Chance ) for a happy ending that's a real clunker...."On the flipside, there's a reader-written DIK review over at AAR - so yeah, an A grade:
"This is a funny, smart, and sexy book with some very witty dialogue. Mattie is very much a modern woman who knows what she wants, and goes out to get it. She's very brave, smart - in short - a JAK heroine. Hugh is adorable, and admirable; throughout the book you see Hugh's determination to win Mattie over. Once he's decided she's what he wants, he never wavers. Both characters have depth, and you always understand why they act the way they act."Anything Else?: I came to the romance genre late (1999) and didn't waste much time before jumping on the reviewing bandwagon. In a nutshell? I was reading assigned review books when most people in my shoes would have been exploring the backlist of many super popular authors. Outside of two of the Eclipse Bay books (which I was assigned to review), I've never read anything else by Krentz.
I know, I know.
So let's open up the comments field, shall we? What's your favorite JAK novel (her pseudonyms are also welcome!)? And, have you read this one? What did you think?