by Jayne Ann Krentz

July 1991
ISBN: 1-55166-851-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books Reissue
Mass Market Paperback

In fairness to her readers, Jayne Ann Krentz probably should have named this book the "Non-wedding Night" or the "Rather Delayed Wedding Night", because, as the name suggests, there actually isn't a wedding night after the wedding at all!

Angie Townsend marries Owen Sutherland with an armful of orange blossoms, a body full of organdie and lace and a heart full of love for her new husband. Unfortunately, right before Angie and Owen are scheduled to fall into bed together and discover endless hours of physical pleasure (well at least 45 minutes....), Angie receives a disturbing anonymous phone call telling her that she has been married for purely business reasons and citing some pretty damning proof.

Owen Sutherland is indeed anxious for a merger between the Townsends and the Sutherlands, and we can sympathize with Angie when Owen is less than clear on where he stands as far as his feelings for Angie are concerned. Angie makes her position perfectly clear but compromises a little - offering one month to Owen before she walks out on him. Owen recognizes a line drawn in the sand when he sees one, and begins to take steps to ensure that Angie ends up where he wants her - by his side and in his bed!!!

This is a vintage Krentz love story, with a strong dominant male hero receiving his just dues from a feisty and intelligent heroine. The secondary characters are as downright unpleasant as they need to be to keep the plot moving along at a nice pace, and it is delightful to see that Angie is allowed to be as clever, devious and outspoken as Owen! All too often, heroines are forbidden to think clearly by their creators; no such problems with these Krentz characters! I thought I had a pretty complete collection of all Jayne's books, but obviously I had missed this one and was pleased to see it reissued. For Krentz fans, it's a must, for romance fans it's a chance to begin your acquaintance with one of the premier writers of charming romance novels!

Reviewed in January 2002 by Celia.

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