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review 2018-07-23 10:52
Detective and museum director
Sharp Edges - Jayne Ann Krentz

You know something of what you're getting into when you open this book and look at the epigraphs:

Forged in fire, neither liquid nor solid, capable of transmitting or reflecting light, glass is proof that there is magic in the world.  - From the introductory notes of the Catalogue of the Leabrook Glass Museum by Eugenia Swift, Museum Director

 

The finest glass is a glass that's filled with really good beer - Cyrus Chandler Colfax, Private Investigator

 

And these are our two main characters, she's going to Adam Daventry's house to catalogue his collection to prepare it to include in their collection.  He's been asked to investigate Daventry's death, who fell down a set of stairs.  Unbeknownst to Eugenia he also suspects that a rare piece of glass, the Hades Cup, a cup that his former firm was supposed to deliver, however his former partner disappeared and his wife ended up dead.  Close proximity of the two main characters causes them to find more regard for each other and they find that while they are quite opposite in many ways, they're quite similar in others.  

 

It's a romance, you know what to expect there but the thriller end of things had a lot of twists and turns and kept me guessing.

 

A fun light read.

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text 2018-07-10 16:53
Sharp Edges by Jayne Ann Krentz $1.99!
Sharp Edges - Jayne Ann Krentz

Eugenia Swift is a young woman of singular sensibilities, and a connoisseur of beauty. As the director of the Leafbrook Glass Museum, she's been asked to travel to Frog Cove Island -- an artistic haven near Seattle -- to catalog an important collection of art glass. But thanks to unsavory rumors surrounding the collector's death, the museum insists that Eugenia take along Cyrus Chandler Colfax -- a rough-hewn private investigator whose taste in glass runs to ice-cold bottles filled with beers.

When Colfax declares they must pose as a couple, Eugenia protests in a manner as loud as his Hawaiian shirts. She fears that her secret mission will be discovered...while he hopes that she will be a mask for his own hidden agenda. But soon their very lives depend on making an utterely convincing couple. Because among the chic galleries of Frog Cove Island lurks a killer, and their only chance for survival is the boldest, most artful collaboration they can dare to imagine.

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review 2018-06-25 15:31
panic and deal
Promise Not to Tell - Jayne Ann Krentz

There were parts of the relationship that didn't quite work (insta-love is not my favourite trope) but the part where they both take care of each other when they both suffer from panic attacks and other issues? That works like a charm.

 

Virginia Troy is a gallery owner, her past includes escaping from a cult as a child and one of her artists is one of that cult's former members.  When they escaped they almost died in a fire and she lost her mother.  When the artist dies, apparently of suicide, she doubts the verdict, but she only has intuition to steer her.  She turns to a private investigation firm.  The firm is headed by the man who rescued all the children he could and adopted three.  She was taken by her mother clutching a book that holds the future for them all.

 

Sometimes it felt like it was lagging and unsure if it was supposed to be a thriller or a romance novel, but overall it kept me reading and by the end I cared for this PTSD with bonus panic attack couple drama with murderous tension in the background.  It kept me reading and I did enjoy it.

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review 2018-06-22 15:59
Mystique by Amanda Quick
Mystique - Amanda Quick

Hugh the Relentless wants to become Hugh of Scarcliffe. To accomplish that, he needs to appease his superstitious villages by finding a green crystal that's been recently stolen from the Scarcliffe convent.

The green crystal was briefly in possession of Lady Alice, a sharp-tongued beauty that's determined to strike a bargain with Hugh. She'll help him locate the stone, if he helps her and her brother leave their uncle's manor.


This was almost an exact copy of Desire with the long-suffering, knightly hero becoming saddled with an opinionated, rather spoiled, and entitled heroine with a sharp tongue, reckless impulses, and (at least from what I've seen) not much wit.

The romance between Hugh the Relentless and Alice the Relentless Pain in his Butt left much to be desired, since the heroine was so bloody annoying, I couldn't comprehend what drew Hugh to her and Hugh being so goddamn bland, I couldn't comprehend what drew her to him.

The suspense was the saving grace of this story with motives and suspects galore, and the mystery involving past sins and the Stones of Scarcliffe was nicely intriguing. Unfortunately, it couldn't compensate for the lack in all other "departments".

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review 2018-06-21 16:11
Desire by Amanda Quick
Desire - Amanda Quick

Clare, lady of the Isle of Desire, has no other choice but wed. What little choice she does have, will be spent on choosing the right husband, following a specific "recipe". All she needs are suitable candidates; they must not be big, they must be kind and have a pleasant disposition, and they must read.

Her liege lord sends her only two possible candidates. Sir Nicholas is out of the question, since he's an idiot, while Sir Gareth, the knight they call the Hellhound of Wyckmere, will not do either. He's huge, too serious and appears emotionless...But at least he can read.


I like medievals; the pageantry, the hulking knights on huge warhorses, the swords, the damsels in their girdles and wimples...This one only had the hulking knight on a huge warhorse and his sword.

I liked Gareth. He was the incarnation of a still water running deep. He was honorable, protective, smart and cunning...And unfortunately saddled with an idiot for heroine.
I couldn't stand Clare. For someone who prided herself on her intelligence, she sure could act stupid and shrewish. I'm sure she was supposed to be a feminist, but her "smart, strong willed" tantrums landed her in the entitled and opinionated bitch territory. She was impulsive, she never thought before she spoke, and her stereotypical view of knights (even the one who has sworn to protect her), coupled with her idiotic fantasy of the "dream man" got old really fast.

The resulting romance between the poor guy and the somewhat TSTL shrew made me wince, the "suspense" was predictable (you could see the villain and his "accomplice" from a mile away) and too short-lived...The majority of the story was spent on the two protagonists getting to know each other and Clare being Clare. With a different heroine, it might've been entertaining; with this one, it was just painful.

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