Take one free-thinking, creative woman, one cold-bloodedly corporate man, give them to Jayne Ann Krentz and stand back!! Yes, this is one of Ms. Krentz’s traditional love stories – Shannon Raine is an artist, silk screens are her specialty, and she lives a creative life in a small northwest coastal community. Her next-door neighbor is a weekend visitor, non-communicative, a loner, and rather a mystery to the nosey Ms. Raine. In fact, Garth Sheridan is a Silicon Valley mogul (this was before the dotcom crash!) escaping from the jungle that is his business.
Of course, these two strike sparks from their first conversation – mismatched though they are. Shannon’s innocence and refreshing business naiveté charms the jaded Garth, and he finds himself tumbling into an affair much more easily than he’d ever expected. However, please refer to the date of publication, above. Back in the mid-1980’s, we were still being treated to heroines who needed “protecting” by the big, strong hero, and this story is no different. Garth tries his best to keep Shannon out of the mud of his corporate affairs; Shannon feels shut out of a major portion of his life. Oh-oh, pain and confusion.
It is a tribute to Jayne Ann Krentz’s writing skill, however, that this book still holds the reader’s attention as a charming and classic contemporary romance. No matter that the values may be dated, it’s the passion that keeps the pages turning. And Garth and Shannon certainly have the passion.
A reasonably quick read, this book – and others like it – show why Ms. Krentz’s books consistently top the best-selling lists, and her popularity as a romance writer has lasted for at least twenty years. She invariably captures the excitement, pain and passion of falling in love – and that’s what brings us back time and again to her stories. This is the latest re-issue; I had not read it before and I was delighted to find a “new” story – this will go on my “Krentz” shelf along with all her other books – I re-read them often and always enjoy them.