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Dawn in Eclipse Bay Mass Market Paperback – May 1 2001
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Setting: Eclipse Bay, Oregon, present day
Sensuality rating: 5
New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz returns readers to this sleepy coastal town in her eagerly anticipated sequel to Eclipse Bay. The Harte-Madison feud hasn't been totally laid to rest yet, not when matchmaker Lillian Harte takes on successful CEO Gabe Madison as a client. Gabe's arranged blind dates have all ended disastrously, but he insists that Lillian make good on his contract for a sixth and final rendezvous, even if she has to go herself. But anytime a Madison and a Harte get near each other, the chemistry is explosive. Add in quirky alien conspiracy theorists and a soupçon of sexual deviance in the form of dominance and bondage--not to mention tongue-in-cheek humor and captivating sensuality--and you've got another unforgettable read from perennial favorite Krentz. --Alison Trinkle
From Publishers Weekly
The second installment of Krentz's Harte-Madison trilogy (following Eclipse Bay) attempts to close the rift that formed several generations ago between the prosperous Hartes and the reckless Madisons. Lillian Harte plans to give up her computer matchmaking business to devote her life to painting, but she has one final client to "fire" steely Gabe Madison. Gabe has already broken with his heritage by building a billion-dollar venture-capital company, and now he wants a wife, one who is financially independent, good-looking and definitely not an "arty" type. When Gabe learns that Lillian is closing her business, he insists that she fulfill her contractual obligation to him. He even follows her home to Eclipse Bay, Ore., supposedly to collect on their broken agreement. While they smolder in the usual Harte-Madison fashion, a sex therapist who is into bikini panties and submission tries to steal Lillian's database of high-end clients. This silly subplot detracts from the romance, and it's a shame that Krentz (aka Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle), who is such a master of sexual tension and intelligent banter, has weighed this romantic puff pastry down with such a leaden attempt at mystery. (May 1)Forecast: Although the Romantic Times has claimed that romantic suspense novels are "out" and romantic comedies are "in," Krentz's romantic suspense novels have been, and still are, selling exceedingly well. This frivolous but entertaining romp should be no exception.
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Top Customer Reviews
Lillian and Gabe met at the wedding between his brother and her sister. Both are the oddballs of the Harts and Madisons. He is the Madison that is a superpower in business when all other Madisons seem doomed to fail, and she is the 'failure' of the Hartes when all other Harte are groomed for success. She is the the successful matchmaker, but wants to close the business and become a full time artist to the shock of family. The problem: Gabe. After the wedding, where sparks arched between them, she was not surprised to find him on her door step. Only she was disappointed the find he wanted her services to find him a wife. After five disastrous dates arranged, she just wants to end the contract, but he won't. Gabe is determined to hold her to it - personally. And he follows her back to Eclipse Bay to prove it!!! You will meet all the noisy characters of EB, including Arizona and her conspiracy theory about the institute on the hill. This time she is convinced they are sneaking in the bodies of the aliens from area 51! JAK gives you guaranteed great read!!
It is easy to see why; a more cold, repressed, introverted pair have yet to have a novel written around them. This couple is so uncommunicative that their marriage proposal is done almost by mental telepathy. There are some funny lines, and these people certainly are written true and believable--but why should we care? They were both as chilly and distant as the frequent drenching storms off the Oregon coast, and just as welcoming and easy to know.
I read the book, and Krentz had her usual writing chops up to speed so it was easy and pleasant to read, but it still left me with an empty feeling--I'd read about these people, but I really didn't want to know them. The ending especially crumbled, as the weak central characters were unable to support it. Gabe and Lillian might be fine people, but together they were a black hole, sucking all the energy out of the story, no matter how many pairs of red bikini underwear, iridescent rain slickers, and striped silk ties were thrown into it.
Unfortunately Krentz, over and over again tries to capitalize on the old Harte-Madison feud which was all patched up in the first story of Hannah and Rafe as well as the "successful" Harte vs the "screw-up" Madison, becomes tiresome. The scenes of a "coverup at the Institute" aren't much different from what we read in the first book. I think they were just rewritten with the new characters. A few mentions of Rafe and Hannah completing their Inn is suppose to make you think the story continues, but they really only appear in one scene when Gabe and Lillian first arrive in Eclipse Bay. The story ends with the two grandfathers patched up once again even though they were never split after the first book, and an introduction of the brother Nick Harte and Octavia Brightwell appearing to send out "body language" signals to the rest of the gathering of a romance to be "coming soon".
Dawn in Eclipse Bay follows the story of Lillian Harte and Gabe Madison. Many of you will remember, there has been a family feud for years. The people of Eclipse Bay live to see the fireworks explode when the two families collide. This time Gabe Madison has decided to find a wife. As the owner and CEO of one of the largest corporations around, he decides to seek out a wife just like he does business. To find the right person, he goes to his now sister-in-law, Lillian Harte and her matchmaking service. Gabe is to be Lillian's last client. She is ready to close down business and finally pursue her dream of being an artist. Gabe turns out to be the client from hell finding fault with everyone Lillian sets him up with.
Both return to Eclipse Bay for different reasons and begin an uneasy relationship. Then the families decide to get involve and the fireworks begin. Gabe is a great leading man. You see him begin to reveal sides that have been closed up for years. Lillian wasn't my idea of a great leading lady, though. I almost formed the opinion she was letting herself go through the motions instead of taking charge of her life. It was nice to see some recurring characters, but their storyline was almost like a second thought.
Dawn in Eclipse Bay isn't as good as Eclipse Bay, but it certainly filled my needs as a fan of Jayne Ann Krentz. I'll be around looking out for book 3 when it comes out.
Most recent customer reviews
I'm a very big fan of Jayne Ann Krentz (et al) novels and have read most of the books in her various series. This is another good one.Published on March 28 2014 by Sam C
I have never laughed so hard in my life. At one point I actually had tears rolling... some of the stuff with AZ killed me but the wholehearted tears came from the camera shot... Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2004 by ViperFxr
I think I liked this one as much as I did the first stoyr. This is the story of Gabe and Lillian. As usual a Harte and a Madison don't usually mix well. Read morePublished on May 20 2003 by TSchlaack
I am having bad luck with audio books; in particular romance mysteries. The women just cant do a man's voice convincingly enough for me. Read morePublished on June 24 2002
I am a huge JAK fan, but this one disappointed me. I never felt that the characters developed enough. I'm hoping the new volume in the trilogy will be better. Read morePublished on May 8 2002 by Linda Kleback
This is to anyone who has read this author before and has enjoyed her style of writing. You will probably enjoy this one as well. Read morePublished on March 6 2002 by Sabrina R.
I liked Lillian and Gabe well enough, but their romance seemed to lack the edge and fire that Hannah's and Rafe's had. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2001
Eclipse Bay and Dawn in Eclipse Bay are the first books I've read of Jayne Ann Krentz. I think she is absolutely wonderful in how she is slowly bringing the Harte-Madison family... Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2001 by Graciela Martinez