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Devil to Pay Paperback – 1985


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books (Mm) (1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373806841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373806843
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author of over 50 New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 35 million copies of her books in print.

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Tina Engler Keen on October 23, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is my favorite JAK book under the name James. It left me either grinning or laughing the entire way through it.
Emelina Stratton's brother is being blackmailed. In an effort to save him, she turns the tables and does a little spying to try and get some bargaining info on the blackmailer. The darkly handsome Julian Colter (who is a rumored mob boss) agrees to help Emelina in her scheme, but will demand a payment from her when all is said and done. Emelina is nervous about what the payment will be, having no idea Julian intends for the payment to be herself...
This book left me in stitches. From Emelina faking an orgasm--and getting caught!--to Emelina's overactive imagination concerning Julian's "occupation", I couldn't stop grinning. Don't miss this one while it's still in print.
(sexual content R = consummation scenes described in lots of detail)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Devil to Pay, by Jayne Krentz writing under the Pseudonym of Stephanie James,incorporates many of the touches of the present Krentz' romances but with less developed plot line and characters.

The plot evolves around Emelina Stratton, who because of her loyalty to her brother and a very vivid imagination, becomes involved in a blackmail scheme. Her love interest is Julian Colter, the mysterious man about whom the villagers whisper. Having little luck with her plans to uncover something on the blackmailer of her brother, Emmy makes a deal with the devil himself, Julian, and the price she pays is her heart.

The mystery is thin but there are some very fine, humorous touches: the telling clue is receipts in the bottom of grocery bags and the way Emmy defends Julian against the town's innuendos is priceless. Readers of Jayne Krentz will recognize some similarities between this early work and Family Man: the dark, strong male protagonist with slightly questionable motives, the woman who's loyalty is a prize worth winning, and the "lethal" dog who nuzzles his way in.

Also of interest to Jayne Krentz fans is the fact that Emmy is an author who is trying to interest a publisher in a Science Fiction/Romance genre, which Ms. Krentz has published under her own name and recently under the name Jayne Castle.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Book Addict on May 23, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In "The Devil to Pay", Jayne Ann Krentz clearly shows the foundations of her trademark style. Emmy Stratton and Julian Colter strike sparks from their first meeting (and we have to love Xerxes the dog). Written in the mid '80's, Jayne reaches a point where she allows her heroines to be feisty, opinionated and to take risks - some with the hero - there is much less surrendering here and much more mutual satisfaction. The dialogue is delightfully witty (another soon-to-be-Krentz trademark) and the plot is carefully crafted as always. If you are looking to spend some time watching two lovers stumble into their future together, this is the book for you.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Chen on October 13, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Writer Emelina Stratton is determined to help her brother who is being blackmailed. Her search for the blackmailer leads her to Oregon where her attempt at breaking and entering is called to a halt by Julian Colter who is rumored to be a part of the Mafia that is in hiding. Julian is willing to help Emelina catch her blackmailer for a price. Initially, he longs for the type of loyalty and trust she bears for her brother. Instead, he finds himself longing for her heart as well.
Stephanie James is the pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz during an earlier period of writing and there is much about this story to recommend. The humor surrounding the local lore about Julian's true occupation becomes a source of contention between Emmy and the locals when she gets fed up with their warnings and innuendoes. Julian pragmatically defies Emmy's vivid imagination when it comes to handling the blackmailer. There is a thread of suspense but it doesn't pan out and the plot involving the blackmailer proves to be anti-climatic. But as the story mainly focuses on Emmy and Julian's relationship, it is not much of a disappointment or even a mystery. This is a story well worth reading and there are clear hints of Krentz's present style and characterizations in this story. What is interesting in reading this book is seeing how far along Krentz has come as a writer.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Huntress Reviews on May 10, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Emelina "Emmy" Stratton's brother, Keith, was being blackmailed by an old college friend, Eric Leighton. Keith wanted to turn the situation over to the police. Knowing Keith's career would be forfeited if he did so, she asked for time to find proof that Leighton was doing something illegal so Keith could blackmail the blackmailer into leaving him alone.
Julian Colter was vacationing on the beaches of Oregon. When he and his Doberman, Xerxes, found Emmy attempting to break into one of the beach cottages, he confronted her for answers.
Most believed Julian was connected to the mafia and was keeping a low profile for a bit. Emmy made a deal with the devil. If Julian helped her try to prove the owner of the cabin, Leighton, was doing something illegal at the cabin, he could name his reward. Julian intended for Emmy to be the reward he demanded!
**** Not this author's best work, but still wonderful! It kept my eyes glued to the book from page number one. Well worth your time and money! ****
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