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Grand passion
Jayne Ann Krentz
Adult Fiction KRENTZ

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In her first hardcover under her own name (she published Deception under the Amanda Quick name last year), bestselling romancer Krentz spins a glib, breezy tale about dashing art collector Max Fortune and earnest, fey innkeeper Cleopatra Robbins, secret author of an erotic book. Max comes to the Robbins' Nest Inn searching for five valuable paintings his dying employer claimed to have left there for him. Confused and charmed by open, nurturing Cleo, who denies any knowledge of the artworks, Max decides to stay and investigate further. He is soon part of the inn's eccentric family--cooks from a nearby women's commune, a lonely, fatherless little boy, a young couple struggling with an unplanned pregnancy--and he begins to act out with Cleo the fantasies in her book. When someone makes a death threat against the love-smitten innkeeper, Max hires a detective friend to find the culprit. After a dramatic crisis and pursuit of the villain, the expected romance ending arrives. Much of the humor here seems arch or forced, but overall this frothy fare will please Krentz's readers. Literary Guild alternate; Doubleday Book Club main selection. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Max Fortune is an angry young man. Hurt by family and friends, he lives in a sparse house with the only things he can count on: books and works of art. When his benefactor and mentor dies, he leaves Max a cryptic message: ``The most precious things I leave you, you'll find at the Robbins' Nest Inn.'' Max at first thinks the ``precious things'' are paintings, but the legacy is much more than that. He meets the inn's owner, Cleopatra Robbins, and helps her deal with her past and a person who wants to ruin her future. Krentz tells a wonderful story that is full of romance and suspense. Listeners will keep guessing right up until the program's conclusion. Actress Susan Gibney does a fine job of bringing this story to life. For all romance collections.---- Danna C. Bell-Russel, District of Columbia P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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