by Jayne Ann Krentz

March 1990
ISBN: 1-551-66437-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Three independent, strong-minded women - three dazzling love stories. Jayne Ann Krentz takes this idea into print with her tales of The Pirate, The Adventurer and The Cowboy. We meet the three friends, Katherine Inskip, Sarah Fleetwood and Margaret Lark, as they share a customary pizza and discuss Kate's current situation. Kate doesn't feel she has any kind of a situation, but this best-selling author of historical romances is actually on the verge of burnout!! Sarah and Margaret, successful writers themselves, recognize the symptoms, devise a cure, and before she knows it, Kate is on her way to a month in the tropics at a resort called Amethyst Island. (Would that we all had such thoughtful friends!!!)

It doesn't take Kate long to show her assertive nature and her firmly independent personality. Refusing to be mugged, she "stomps" a small-time crook and attains immediate notoriety amongst the guests and staff at the resort, including its owner, Jared Hawthorne. Jared and his son are fascinated by this feisty writer, and Kate, for her part, is tantalized by some deep subconscious recognition of Jared - she finally realizes that he's the model for every hero she's ever written - he is her own pirate come to steal her heart.

Their love affair is as seductive as the soft tropical air that washes over their entwined bodies on their private beach - and both Kate and Jared are wonderfully crisp characters, striking sparks off each other in the most believable way. Needless to say the romantic fireworks create ups and downs for the lovers, and a small subplot also adds a little tension and drama to flesh out the story. But when all is said and done, it is the passion between Jared and Kate that pushes this book into the category of red-hot romance. The secondary characters are a lot of fun - there are plenty of eccentric characters hanging around a resort, and all of them take an amusingly gleeful interest in Jared's business, which irritates the heck out of both Jared and Kate. Jared's son, David, is probably far too well adjusted to be anything but fictional, but then again, how many nine-year-olds have a tropical island for their personal playground?

This tale is a fun romp in some wonderful turquoise waters and soft sandy beaches - just the ticket for long gray winter afternoons - treat yourself to Kate and Jared's story, then follow it up with the other two books in this series. You won't be sorry you did!

Reviewed in December 2001 by Celia.

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