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Dawn in Eclipse Bay Mass Market Paperback – May 1 2001

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; 1st Jove mmpb printing edition (May 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515130923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515130928
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.4 x 16.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #296,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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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.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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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. I however, have decided never to read anything she writes again. The author's style of writing is too juvenile for my taste.
You can read the Editorial Reviews for the book description. The main character Lillian has a knack for jumping to the wrong conclusion and her lack of common sense was laughable. Another character by the name of Arizona Snow was obsessed with frozen aliens, which was both pointless and too stupid for any real humor. Towards the end of the book when common sense finally catches up with Lillian {after a long and exhausting chase throughout the book} and she realizes who the person is that's behind the break-in and vandalism of her beachfront home. She goes in search of the proof she needs and to confront the person. This was not a confrontation at all; it was more like a very civil disagreement between two really good friends. A small spat if you will. The ending was very disappointing and it was a real effort on my part to finish the book.
For those that haven't read anything by Jayne Ann Krentz and you come across this review before you have a chance to read one of her books... TRUST ME AND SKIP THIS AUTHOR. Try Karen Robards, Judith NcNaught, Linda Howard and or Nora Roberts. You will not be disappointed in either of these authors I promise.
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The grandchildren of the Harte-Madison feud are at it again.
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!!
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Dawn in Eclipse Bay, the second in a trilogy about the chilly feud between the Hartes (calculating businesspeople) and Madisons (untrustworthy artists and bad-boys), deals with the romance between the anomalies in the various tribes: Lillian Harte, a frustrated artist, and Gabe Madison, a high-powered businessman. Both Lillian and Gabe have money, success, and no lack of interest in the opposite sex, but drift together like two lost souls all the same.
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.
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The review said, "JAK is Back!" I was really happy to hear that Jayne Ann Krentz had gotten through her dry spell and was back on track with her own style of zany, energetic, and humorous heroines and her strong, dark, complicated heroes. Formulaic? Certainly. Predictable? Perhaps. But that doesn't mean that I don't enjoy the twists and turns of the early JAK novels. I have several on my keeper shelves that I read when I need relaxation and a laugh. It's the written equivalent of a good cup of tea and butter cookies on a rainy day.
I longed for a fresh addition to the stack. So I started "Dawn...." with great hopes. They were not fulfilled. This is not even warmed over JAK but more like a good bread dough without the yeast. It just couldn't rise!
The formula was there but the energy and pace were not. About a third of the way through, I realized I really didn't care too much about the characters and whether they resolved their problems or not. I read it all the way through waiting for the a glimmer of spice and vitality but alas there was none.
One or two clever twists here and there and a cute aside about frozen aliens lightened the story but could not save it.
There is to be a third book set in Eclipse Bay; we can but hope.
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