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In this typical Krentz romantic mystery, set in Seattle, the romance is lively, the mystery isn't, and everyone drinks a lot of coffee. Krentz Grand Passion, , etc. With modern romances with two-word titles, and historical romances as Amanda Quick with one-word titles, she has built a hugely successful career by writing variations, some very close, on the same story. It's her usual mating of Pacific Northwest yin and yang. A brilliant, logical, emotionally repressed hero, Sam Stark, meets a warm, liquid, emotional heroine with a ridiculous first name, Desdemona Wainwright.
As always, the hero is a self-made man; she's an entrepreneur. Sam is solitary and without much family. Desdemona has a large and nutty extended family. Her relatives are in the theater and are called Macbeth, Benedick, Juliet, etc.
When they meet, Sam's just been left at the altar for the second time and Desdemona's the caterer trying to collect her bill for miniature asparagus tarts and three ice swans melting on the lawn. He has rules; she makes him break them. She gives him humanity; he gives her orgasms.
They're an unlikely pair, but it works for Krentz and several million readers. Soon they find themselves joined in a quest to find a murderer and catch a computer spy. Most important of all, they cross the minefield of intergender communication, that last sweet mystery of life, and end in a declaration of love.
So much is entertaining, one wishes Krentz would get the rest right. Another success for the publishing phenom. We're introduced to the horrifying Dr. Graham Bigelow, who beats his wife and, increasingly as the boy gets older, his son, Zane. Nearly 20 years later, Zane leaves a successful career as a lawyer to return to Lakeview, where his aunt and sister live with their families, deciding to hang a shingle as a small-town lawyer.
The two are instantly intrigued by each other, but they move slowly into a relationship neither is looking for. Darby has a violent past of her own, so she is more than willing to take on the risk of antagonizing a boorish local family when she and Zane help an abused wife.
Suddenly Zane and Darby face one attack after another, and even as they grow ever closer under the pressure, the dangers become more insidious. A romantic suspense that skillfully balances both elements. Since Chrissy succumbed to drugs and turned to sex work to survive, her murder isn't taken seriously by the local homicide department. Jason Maddox is the charming man Kate almost hooked up with at a local bar. He also happens to be on the payroll of the most successful investigation company in Dallas.
The tension never lets up as the pair visit seedy bars and interrogate unsavory characters. With a steamy romance and undeniably hot chemistry, the main characters are well matched. Martin The Conspiracy , , etc.
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Book reviews from a Uruguayan reader Index of reads. Desdemona Wainwright thinks Sam Stark looks much too calm for a man who has just been left at the altar. But she was hired to cater his wedding, not to save it. She marches into Stark's den to demand the much-needed payment for the canceled reception -- and discovers opposites do attract! Head of a multimillion-dollar company, Sam decides Desdemona would make the perfect no-strings-attached, stand-in wife, little dreaming how she will drive him crazy with desire. But when someone breaks into Sam's secret computer files, sinister intrigue swirls around this unlikely pair.