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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Guest Review - - River Road

River Road
By Jayne Ann Krentz
Publisher: Putnam Adult (Penguin)
Release Date: January 7, 2014





Confession:   I had never read a Krentz novel until RIVER ROAD and let me tell you, there is something very satisfying about sitting down with an unknown writer with 50 NYT bestsellers under her belt.    There’s a guarantee, even before cracking the book open, that she will deliver.

Thirteen years ago Lucy Sheridan was rescued from a dangerous party by Mason Fletcher, the one guy everyone in town said not to mess with—even the sociopathic teenager who tried to drug and rape Lucy at the party.

Now Lucy must return to Summer River because her aunt and her partner have died in a car accident.  But it seems there is more to their deaths than her aunt’s questionable driving.  And what with her aunt’s partner holding some valuable shares in the business of Summer River’s wealthiest family—shares that are now left to Lucy, in addition to the old house—their accident seems a little too convenient what with a giant merger on the horizon.

Also in town is Mason, who needs some time away from his successful security firm after a dangerous case gone awry.   And now Lucy needs his help.   Especially after the sociopathic kid’s body tumbles out of her dead aunt’s fireplace.  Could Lucy be next?   Besides, there is something about her that awakens everything in Mason: his protector instincts, his body, and yes, maybe even his heart.

RIVER ROAD was an entirely pleasing, smooth read.   While I felt the chemistry between the two main characters not as exciting as the suspenseful elements, altogether I would have to recommend this novel as it does what romantic suspense should: entertain and kick up your pulse.  


~J Perry Stone


J Perry Stone is an aspiring Historical Romance writer who is a giant proponent of books and of love... romance being the place where the two live happily ever after.  She lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and two children. 

13 comments:

  1. I've read several of her books and have always enjoyed them. River Road sounds like an emotional and suspenseful read. Thanks for the post.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. I enjoy her books too. Looking forward to .

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  2. I started reading Jayne Anne Krentz's books way back in the 80's. I've gotten a little behind on her latest work. I will have to look for this one.

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    1. Same here, Laurie. Actually, I think I started with her Amanda Quick books then added the JAK and Jayne Castle books to the mix later.

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  3. I am reading this book right now. Love JAK's books.

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  4. J, your review reminded me of how much I love Jak's books. I've been reading them under one JAK pseudonym or another since I read her as Stephanie James and Jayne Castle back in early 80s. I don't read a lot of romantic suspense, and I read even fewer paranormals. But I make exceptions for JAK. I liked River Road, but my favorites will probably always be her classic contemporary romances. I cheered when Family Man and Grand Passion became available as ebooks. Now I'm impatiently waiting for ebooks of Trust Me and Absolutely, Positively.

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    1. Trust Me is one of my all-time favorite comfort reads. It will be joining my Kindle library for sure!

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  5. Thanks, J! Like Janga, I've been reading JAK for years, in all her writing personae. I have a copy of River Road waiting for me.

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  6. JAK is one of my favorite authors - I've read most of her books (even the early ones) but haven't read River Road yet - looking forward to it.

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  7. I too have enjoyed many of her stories and glad to hear you enjoyed this one - thanks!

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  8. I read this book last month and really enjoyed it... I love her books!!

    Donna

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  9. Thank you for the review, J. I enjoy Krentz's books, under all her various pen names and genre. I look forward to reading this one.

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