Author: Jayne Ann Krentz

PROMISE NOT TO TELL by Jayne Ann Krentz

PROMISE NOT TO TELL by Jayne Ann KrentzPromise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Suspense
Source: Publisher

Virginia Troy is the owner of an art gallery in Seattle.  When one of her artists turns up dead, Virginia has a good reason to believe that it was murder.  Virginia is one of the few survivors of a cult that was destroyed when she was a child, and the missing author was one of her mother’s few friends with in the cult.  Virginia knows she can’t take her suspicions to just anyone; but Anson Salinas, the man who helped save the children from the fire, happens to be a partner in a private investigation firm.  He is the one person Virginia knows she can hire that will take her seriously.


Cabot Sutter is one of the surviving children from the cult who was adopted by Anson.  He is also one of the main investigators in the firm.  When Virginia shows up with her concerns and wants to hire the firm to find out exactly what happened when the artist was killed, Cabot is assigned to the case.  Cabot and Virginia certainly have some past history in having lived in and survived the cult.  As a result, both are wary in letting anyone get too close, yet they quickly become a firm partnership as they start to follow the clues and every lead to find out not only  what happened the night an artist fell off a cliff, but also just what exactly happened the night the fire destroyed the cult compound.


Quinton Zane was the cult leader who decided to try and kill all of his followers when the law came down on him.  During the events of the evening, it was unsure if the cult leader had been killed somehow or if he got away when it was all over.   As Cabot and Virginia begin getting a few answers, they begin to suspect that Quinton got away and still lives.  The danger multiplies as more answers are located and, even as each turn seems to bring even more danger, Virginia and Cabot also discover that some of the sparks are actually coming from them.  It seems that romance doesn’t care what is going on around you when love is meant to be.  The final answers prove Virginia was right, and yet it is a surprise on who was actually behind everything.  The question is: Is all the horror of the cult and its ending finally, over or is there more out there to be discovered and ended?


Scars on the inside can be much more harming than those on the outside as both Cabot and Virginia learned growing up as survivors of a cult that went out in a deadly blaze in Promise Not To Tell.  I really loved how Virginia and Cabot forged forward even when the outcome brought out things they really didn’t want to think about again.  I also enjoyed trying to figure out the clues as I read along during their adventures.  I was surprised at how well Cabot and Virginia matched up once their attraction was undeniable.  At first, I was sure they were just too far apart, even with the shared background.  If you love a great suspense, then you can’t miss with giving Promise Not To Tell a read.  While not a series, one of Cabot’s other adopted brothers is the hero of When All The Girls Have Gone.

SECRET SISTERS by Jayne Ann Krentz

SECRET SISTERS by Jayne Ann Krentz

SECRET SISTERS by Jayne Ann KrentzSecret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Suspense
Source: Publisher


Madeline Chase recently lost her grandmother—the woman who raised her after her parents died when she was young.  Now Madeline is in charge of a hotel chain, and she is going to have to face the place that she and her grandmother fled eighteen years ago after an unspeakable night of horror for Madeline and everyone else.  Madeline had to turn her back on many things, most of which she didn’t mind, but one of those things was her best friend, Daphne, the person who she made a pact with as her secret sister.


John Rayner, but known as Jack, is the head of the security firm for the hotels that Madeline now owns and runs.  This is his second security firm as his first one went under when his partner died.  With a background as a profiler, which was beginning to change him, Jack left that behind and started his own business.  Right now, Madeline’s company is his biggest client, which could be a serious conflict of interest based on the attraction he has towards her.  Jack is not happy when Madeline says she is going alone to a property on an island that she hasn’t seen in eighteen years and that only the old caretaker is at.


Madeline returns to Aurora Point Hotel only to find her old friend and the caretaker dying from an obvious attack and to hear his attacker is still in the hotel building.  Not knowing where else to turn, Madeline brings in the police and calls for Jack to join her.  As Jack and Madeline begin to put the pieces together of what happened, it leads them to that horrible night when Madeline was attacked. The only good thing is that Daphne and Madeline are brought back together.  As Jack, Madeline, Daphne, and Jack’s brother, Abe, begin to put the pieces together, the answers bring danger closer than ever.  Also during this time, romance is in the air as Jack and Madeline have finally given in to their attraction.  But first, they must determine final answers on who killed whom and, more importantly, why, along with just how it’s all entwined with the night Madeline was attacked.  The final answers will tear a family and a community apart and, just when you think it’s finally over, more wrinkles appear before Jack and Madeline can plan for their future together.


A woman facing a past terror and a man who wants to protect and love her will uncover a deadly secret while falling in love in Secret Sisters.  I’m not sure where to start, but to say that Ms. Krentz produced a book that I could not put down. The story also sucked me in from the first page until the very last one.  Madeline and Daphne lost a huge part of their childhood way too early and now they would once again find their old friendship as the answers became clear on long ago acts, which have turned deadly once again.  Jack and Madeline’s romance was mixed with thick suspense and deadly danger and yet, it drew me in with their bantering back and forth.  After I learned about just why Jack had to start over twice, I was shown just how strong of a man he really was and that he was the perfect person to complement Madeline’s personality.


I have always enjoyed the romantic suspense from Ms. Krentz, yet with Secret Sisters, I found even more than I expected.  I found that the plot and writing had something extra which made the book and characters richer to me.  The ending grabbed me as again, it was also unexpected and answered each and every question by the time it was over.  Secret Sisters is a must-read for anyone who enjoys romantic suspense.  It is well written and well worth the time to read and enjoy.  It is also Joyfully Recommended by me.  My only advice is, don’t start it when you will only have a short time to read.

TRUST NO ONE by Jayne Ann Krentz

TRUST NO ONE by Jayne Ann KrentzTrust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz
Published by Putnam Genres: Suspense
Source: Publisher


Grace Elland has had several jobs, but she finally believes she has found the one for her.  She currently works for a very well-known motivational speaker, Sprague Witherspoon, as the person in the background making sure that everything runs smoothly.  Grace is one of the three women who run Sprague’s office.  All is going great until Grace discovers Sprague dead in his home.  Now, not only has Grace lost her job, but she is at a loss on what she wants to do with her life.  When she has a chance to move back to her hometown, Grace does this to take the time she needs to plan out her future.


Julius Arkwright is a former Marine and a venture capitalist.  Making money comes easily to Julius, but relationships not so much.  If Julius decides he wants something, then he goes for it in business, and it usually turns out golden.  When Julius meets a new woman in town and learns about Grace and her background, he is intrigued.  Julius soon decides that he wants to get closer to Grace and see where it leads.


Grace can’t figure out why such a handsome and wealthy man would look twice at her, but she can’t deny that Julius keeps turning up at just the right times.  She also can’t deny the attraction between herself and Julius.  As Grace begins to come up with an idea on what she wants to do, suspicious things start happening and placing Grace in danger.  This is something that Julius is not about to let happen, and he puts all of his skills both as a businessman and as a former Marine to use to keep Grace safe.  Grace has always looked at the bright side of everything, while Julius has a very skeptical view of the world, but for Grace.  The danger is getting closer to Grace as she and Julius put all of the clues together and discover not only who is out to harm Grace, but also who murdered Sprague and why.


When a woman who always see the glass half full gets together with a man who see the glass as half empty and plots on how to own the glass, sparks will fly.  Grace and Julius figure out how to bring their differences together in Trust No One.  Several times I wondered how Grace could always be so positive even when faced with danger.  At the same time, I wondered if Julius could lower his walls enough to accept Grace and her sunny personality.  I didn’t need to worry about either Grace or Julius as their journey rolled along.  I really enjoyed watching as Grace showed Julius that helping people ‘just because’ was a good thing, just as I enjoyed watching as Julius showed Grace that not everyone in the world had good intentions.  As the suspense grew thicker, I really loved seeing the true partnership that Grace and Julius had created and the love that was the backbone to that partnership.  Trust No One is packed with suspense and passion that will keep you turning the pages until you learn just who done-it.

RIVER ROAD by Jayne Ann Krentz

RIVER ROAD by Jayne Ann KrentzRiver Road by Jayne Ann Krentz
Published by Penguin on 2014-01-07
Genres: Suspense
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Jo

From the New York Times–bestselling author of Dream Eyes and Copper Beach, a brand-new quintessential Jayne Ann Krentz romance. It’s been thirteen years since Lucy Sheridan was in Summer River. The last time she visited her aunt Sara there, as a teenager, she’d been sent home suddenly after being dragged out of a wild party—by the guy she had a crush on, just to make it more embarrassing. Obviously Mason Fletcher—only a few years older but somehow a lot more of a grown-up—was the overprotective type who thought he had to come to her rescue. Now, returning after her aunt’s fatal car accident, Lucy is learning there was more to the story than she realized at the time. Mason had saved her from a very nasty crime that night—and soon afterward, Tristan, the cold-blooded rich kid who’d targeted her, disappeared mysteriously, his body never found. A lot has changed in thirteen years. Lucy now works for a private investigation firm as a forensic genealogist, while Mason has quit the police force to run a successful security firm with his brother—though he still knows his way around a wrench when he fills in at his uncle’s local hardware store. Even Summer River has changed, from a sleepy farm town into a trendy upscale spot in California’s wine country. But Mason is still a protector at heart, a serious (and seriously attractive) man. And when he and Lucy make a shocking discovery inside Sara’s house, and some of Tristan’s old friends start acting suspicious, Mason’s quietly fierce instincts kick into gear. He saved Lucy once, and he’ll save her again. But this time, she insists on playing a role in her own rescue . . .

Lucy Sheridan has come back to the small town of Summer River after being notified that her Aunt Sara has died and that Lucy is her heir.  Lucy hasn’t been back to her Aunt’s house since the summer she was sent away suddenly after a strange night that started with a teen party and liquor and Lucy being “rescued” by one of the local boys and dragged away.  Lucy still doesn’t really know what that night was all about but her only goal now is to get her Aunt’s house ready for sale and get back to her life as a forensic genealogist for a world-renowned private investigation firm.


Mason Fletcher has always known that there were some dangerous under currents in the small town he and his brother came to live in with their uncle after their parents died. Mason has never forgotten Lucy Sheridan or that night when she could have been harmed if he hadn’t caught wind of what was the party was really about. Learning that Lucy was back in town to take care of her Aunt Sara’s estate makes Mason wonder if he will have a chance to see Lucy all grown up. Mason still lives in Summer River. After leaving the police force he opened a security firm with his brother, so mysteries are nothing new for him.


A mystery is just what confronts Lucy when she has Mason come over to help her with some repairs to the house.  What they discover when they take down the horrible facing on the fireplace brings back that fateful summer party long ago.  They find the body of one of the boy’s who arranged the party and was Lucy’s dream date back then.  Mason and Lucy now have to follow the clues concerning not only the hidden agenda from that night but also just how his body ended up in her the fireplace and who is now working so hard to make sure the truth will never come out on how her Aunt really died.  Mason and Lucy work together to put the facts together while discovering that their long ago mild attraction has grown into a strong passion. Unexpected accidents seem to be following them.  It’s going to be a race to the finish to see if they can locate a killer before they lose a chance to grab the love that is just waiting for them on the horizon.


A tense relationship from the past becomes a fierce attraction surrounded by danger when a security professional and a forensic genealogist come back together in River Road.  Lucy was not really sure about letting Mason back into her life, even if it was only to help with the repairs needed to list her Aunt’s house on the market.  But when they discovered the body of a boy that a young Lucy wanted and Mason never trusted, it becomes a journey filled with passion and danger and they unearthing of the dark undercurrents in a sleepy small town.  I really enjoyed watching as Mason and Lucy not only unraveled the past to find out what happened but also as they accepted that their relationship was now passion filled and worth the chance to find out where it would lead.  I really love suspense stories, especially when I don’t figure out the true reason behind everything or who is the actual villain, River Road was exactly one of those stories. Ms. Krentz kept me intrigued and guessing until the very end and when you toss in the romance that blossomed and then bloomed between Mason and Lucy and you have a great story that belongs on your keeper shelf.

DREAM EYES by Jayne Ann Krentz

DREAM EYES by Jayne Ann Krentz

DREAM EYES by Jayne Ann KrentzDream Eyes by Jayne Ann Krentz
Series: Dark Legacy #2
Published by Penguin on 2013-01-08
Genres: Suspense
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Jo

A suspicious death. A ghost in a mirror. The new Dark Legacy novel from the New York Times bestselling author known for crafting stories of burning passion and chilling suspense... The death of her friend and mentor, Evelyn Ballinger, brings psychic counselor Gwen Frazier back to the small town of Wilby, Oregon, and brings back memories she would rather forget. Two years ago, a killer stalked the members of one of Ballinger’s research studies—including Gwen, who survived while two others didn’t. Now, she’s sure that Ballinger’s death is related. Sent by a friend to help Gwen, psychic investigator Judson Coppersmith arrives in Wilby barely in control of his own talent and his own life, and haunted by urgent dreams. His attraction to Gwen is primal, but there are secrets he must keep to protect himself from surrendering to her completely, even as their investigation draws them into dreamscapes, into decades of deception and into the paranormal fires of a desire too strong to resist...


Gwen Frazier rushes to her friend and mentor’s house only to arrive too late.  Evelyn Ballinger is dead and the way she died is very familiar to Gwen.  Years before, Gwen participated in a special psychic study that Evelyn ran and it ended when one of the participants started murdering others in the study until the night he came after Gwen.  That night Gwen learned new things about her own gifts as she defeated the murderer.  Gwen knows he died that night, but could he be back somehow?  Gwen knows she needs help and she knows just the people to call.

Judson Coppersmith is psychic as are his brother and sister.  Judson and his brother also run a small psychic PI business, with Judson being the primary investigator and his brother doing he majority of the research and development.  Judson met Gwen once before and was extremely attracted to her; however, Judson knows exactly what Gwen’s main gift is and he isn’t about to be seen as a patient rather than a lover.  Now he just has to figure out how to solve the mysterious murders that have started up again, keep Gwen safe and show her that the passion between them isn’t something to be denied.

Gwen knew when she met Judson that something in his past was still haunting him. When she offered to help it ended what should have been a very magical night between them.  Now they are back together and the passion is not only still there but seems to be even stronger than before.  The next few days are a bumpy road for Gwen and Judson.  There is the danger that seems to be shadowing them, the hunt for the murderer and they have to get all this done before the wedding between Gwen’s sister of choice and Judson’s brother because missing the wedding is not even an option.  With each answer Judson and Gwen find it seems that even more questions arise from it and now the hunt is seriously a family affair in more ways than one.  The passion flames and can’t be denied any longer between Gwen and Judson, but can they find a way to move forward with their love and deal with thing that is haunting Judson and get is all done before the wedding?

Psychic gifts, suspense and passion all collide when Judson and Gwen come together inDream Eyes.  I have no idea how Gwen and Judson were able to deny the passion between them but I wasn’t surprised that it took no time at all before it was flaming between them.  I was a bit worried that a future between them wouldn’t happen when I learned about Judson’s last job and Gwen’s psychic gift.  The suspense and mystery was very gripping and had me wondering just what the next page would bring.  I love trying to guess who is behind the suspense and this time I admit that I was wrong and love admitting it.  Ms. Krentz’s red herrings and mis-directions were very well done and that is just as important as the romance and development of the characters to me.  I absolutely loved watching Judson and Gwen find the correct path that lead them to the best type of future.  I also loved the twist at the end that showed me that some series connections are in the future.  I’m now wondering just who the next couple will be because I have two people who I want it to be and they are not going to be a couple. 

Dream Eyes kept me on my toes and constantly guessing at what would happen next – the perfect combination for a mystery.  Throw in a touch of the paranormal and a great romance and you have me sold.  By the time I turned the last page, I knew that I would be Joyfully Recommending Dream Eyes as a fantastic suspense filled mystery with just the right amount of passion mixed in.  This might be book 2 in the Dark Legacy series, but you don’t have to read them in order.  I didn’t but you can bet that I ordered the first book in the series because now I just have to see what happened.  Plus, it will fill in the time I have to wait to get the next book in the series.

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