Trust Me

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Recommended by: No one. Got this one from the library.

From the Back Cover: When Desdemona Wainwright tries to collect a much-needed payment for catering Sam Stark’s canceled wedding reception, she encounters not a heartbroken suitor, but the steel-willed head of a multimillion-dollar consulting firm with the cold brain of a computer — and the finely hewn body of a medieval knight. Sam sees a beautiful, theatrical hoyden with huge turquoise eyes who has the right professional catering skills he needs for his business. Opposites attract, and before long, he’s sure he’s found the perfect business wife; but Desdemona intends to break down the walls around his heart.

When someone tries to steal his top-secret computer program, suspicions center on the people Desdemona holds most dear. As sinister intrigues swirl around them all, this unlikely pair discover that their love and even their lives may depend on emotions and bonds that can’t be measured — like unstoppable passion and unbreakable trust. Filled with fabulous fun, tingling suspense, and a wonderful new love story, Trust Me is great entertainment.

My Thoughts: I don’t think I have the words. Jayne Ann Krentz definitely knows how to do chemistry. I enjoyed it from beginning to end and could hardly put it down.

Desdemona Wainwright runs her own catering company. She meets Sam Stark on the day of his wedding, when he is left at the altar. Desdemona takes him under her wing and introduces him to her large theatrical family who also happen to work for her in the catering business between acting gigs. The attraction between the two is almost instant ~ granted he doesn’t notice her right away, but it only takes a month before he makes his move (and what a move he makes).

The story pretty much revolves around Stark and Desdemona’s relationship, and also about the basic family relationship ~ Desdemona’s with her large, close-knit artistic family; and Stark with his small, dysfunctional one. The mystery that is hinted at in the book jacket doesn’t even happen until 2/3 the way through the story and then is tidied up before the last chapter. Which is fine with me ~ I’m there for the romance.

I’d say this is a Very Good read. I couldn’t put down until I was finished. This was my first Jayne Ann Krentz book and I’m looking forward to reading more of her stories in the future.

(Yay – that makes two in a row!)

Mr. Perfect

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Recommended by: No one. I got it on an impulse at the library.

From the Back Cover: What would make the perfect man?

That’s the delicious topic heating up the proceedings at a certain table of professional women at their favorite restaurant, Ernie’s, tonight: Mr. Perfect. What qualities would he have? Would he be tall, dark, and handsome? Caring and warmhearted — or will just muscular do? Jaine Bright and her three girlfriends start off with the basics — he’d be faithful and reliable, the responsible type, with a great sense of humor.

But as the conversation picks up momentum, so do the quartet’s requirements for Mr. Perfect — and they write down a tongue-in-cheek checklist that’s both funny and racy. The next thing they know, the List, as it has come to be called, spreads like wildfire throughout their company and sizzles along e-mail lines. And it doesn’t stop there: the List becomes an overnight sensation, grabbing the interest of local newspapers and television coverage. No one expected this avalanche of attention for something that began as a joke among friends. And the joke turns deadly serious when one of the four women is murdered…

The prime suspect in the case is the victim’s boyfriend, who was one of a number of men who found the List sexist and offensive. But an impenetrable alibi gets him off the hook. Now, with the help of Jaine’s neighbor, an unpredictable police detective, the puzzle must be solved — and time is running out as a deadly stalker targets the three remaining friends. Now, knowing whom to trust and whom to love is a matter of survival — as the dream of Mr. Perfect becomes a chilling nightmare.

What I Liked: Sam Donovan. I’ve said it before, but I want the man for myself. He’s tough, he’s smart, he’s a good guy with a tiny streak of bad boy, and he’s got a sense of humor. What’s not to love. Oh ~ he’s also sexy, has a great body and is well-endowed. I love the sparks between Jaine and Sam. The immediate dislike and miscommunications were just a symptom of what was going on between the two of them and I couldn’t wait for the next interaction between them. It was awesome. I have to say, Linda Howard knows chemistry and she definitely built a passionate relationships between Sam and Jaine.

I also liked the friendship between Jaine and her co-workers. It’s great to have a book where friendship is as important as the h/h relationship.

What I Didn’t Like: The list. I didn’t get the big deal of it; didn’t understand why the husbands/boyfriends of the ladies who wrote the list were so uptight; didn’t understand why the whole world went wacky for the list. Ok, it was fun ~ but, it wasn’t scandalous, it wasn’t insulting, and it wasn’t something that would grab that much attention.

Verdict: In spite of the list, I’d say it’s Very Good. The chemistry between the h/h was hot, the heroine actually had friendships and a life outside of the relationship with the hero ~ oh and there was a teeny little mystery thrown in as well. I’m one of those who always reads the end of a book before I start it, but even I was surprised by some of the things that happened in the book. Oh ~ and did I mention Sam Donovan?

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