by Jayne Ann Krentz

March 1991
ISBN: 0-671-67624-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Pocket Books
Mass Market Paperback

Mattie Sharpe is a very successful but basically shy art dealer, the quiet one in a family of flamboyant artists. Hugh Abbott is a rough, loud professional adventurer, and a definite loner except for a few very close friends from his mercenary days.

The story starts about a year after Mattie and Hugh had seen each other for the last time, he was engaged to her sister and after they split up she offered him everything, her body, heart, devotion and willingness to follow him anywhere. He, male that he was, took the body but bruised from his association with her sister decided he didn't want the rest and ran as fast as he could. Boy, is this error in judgment going to come back and haunt him! When next they meet it is over the body of one of Hugh's best friends during a military coup on an island where his now erstwhile friend had retired.

From this moment on, the adventure never stops, whether it is Hugh desperately trying to make up for his past mistake or Mattie putting her assertiveness training into practice to hold him off. Or both of them running to safety away from the danger, which of course follows them as Hugh's past is definitely going to catch up with him. Close proximity and danger, you guessed it the sparks are still flying and watching the two of them tiptoeing around each other is both hilarious and heart warming.

This was the first Jayne Ann Krentz book that I ever read and Silver Linings started me on a reading adventure with this author, which, to this day I have never regretted. This book has everything that you could want in a romance novel, excitement, adventure and a love that is so basic and sensual it makes you sigh just reading about it. I not only love Mattie and Hugh's story but I also enjoyed reading about their flamboyant and quite eccentric family and friends as well.

I can definitely recommend this book as a keeper; I even have a second copy for when my original decides to fall apart from overuse. It never goes stale and can be revisited many times with much enjoyment, do yourself a favor and don't miss out on this gem.

Reviewed in February 2002 by Julie.

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