Kinda reminds me why I don't tend to read Ms Krentz's contemporaries - while her historicals always feature an oddly independent woman and no-one would dare manipulate her into a relationship, the contemporaries seem to have family members all but arranging a marriage. Weird and bass-akward.
So the requisite manipulative family members - the h's aunt, shallow, perfectly willing to take advantage of the h's business acumen while insulting her about her wariness towards men. The h's brother, who seems like a genius version of the aunt. No - didn't like brother or aunt.
The H - wants a toss in the hay so to speak but no commitment. He's a con artist who has managed to mostly be legal and successful. He's into real estate. He lies by omission - he doesn't tell the h anything about himself, knowing she has issues about things like a prenupt, pointless affairs, and men who make less than her. He just doesn't bother to find out why...until he shows off his home and the h reacts even worse to finding out he's wealthy than she had to him thinking he was living by his wits.
Oh of course there's the requisite nefarious crook who must needs be stopped (from preying on the aunt's bank account). And of course said crook doesn't handle being unmasked v. well. And there's the uncomfortable scene where the aunt and the brother are trying to pressure the h to marry the H (who hasn't exactly asked; just demanded), and telling her she's being stubborn (back to name calling I see).
Honestly, I'd have left the lot of them to stew in their own mess.
Another re-read, this one for the Terrifying Women square - because I think this woman writes the scariest books on my shelves, and her new one isn't out yet.
In my original review I went the whole 5-star hog, but my re-read would probably be 4.5 stars. But only because I found the start of the book a tiny bit tedious this time around; I knew what was coming and I was in a rush to get to it. Once it started though, it was just as good as I remember and still had the ability to scare the bejeezus out of me.
This is a good old fashioned ghost and haunted house story; nothing psychological or gory, just spooky as hell. To keep the story rounded there's also a romance, a murder, unexpected emotional journeys, and a cat. Because there's almost always a cat.
‘He’s not happy. He’ll be better off – dead.’
‘That’s not true, is it?’
‘Not from where he sits, I don’t think.’
Alright, they have known each other for about 5 minutes, are plotting a murder, and a life together.
It's so outrageously inconceivable that it is rather hilarious. Not sure if Cain meant it to be so goofy, but I am thoroughly enjoying it so far.
Also, they have been drinking. Tea. They have been drinking tea. So, for all of you who are still sobering up from The Thin Man, this may be a worthy alternative.
I can't promise, tho, that the characters or plot won't get stupid. So, far they just crack me up. ;D
‘I’m not crazy, and I’m not joking, and you’ve heard of such a thing in your life, because it’s all you’ve thought of since you met me, and it’s what you came down here for tonight.’
‘I’ll not stay here and listen to such things.’
‘I’m going this minute.’
I wished the romance part was more than the sports talk.
I couldn't really connect with Gabe. Although he was 5 years older than Dante, most of the time he was pretty dense. On the other hand Dante was a riot.
“I don’t want a girl, Gabe. I came out of a closet I didn’t even know I was in for you. I gave up sex on road trips! My cat,” he stressed, “lives at your house. I don’t know what else I can do to make it clear to you.”
“I love you, okay? You complete idiot. Now would you put the ring on, please?”