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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.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 514 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Pr (June 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786201835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786201839
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,607,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

I am a fan of Jayne Anne Krentz and these earlier books.
LL
Ms Krentz writes romantic suspense with a great cast of characters, and stories that are both original, and entertaining.
Alenya
Read the first one when my friend loaned it to me to read.....now I am collecting 'all' the JAK books!!
Mildred L. Wiedemer

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Carrell on September 15, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jayne Ann Krentz has done it again with this delightful, charming book. As always, the characters in this book are stunning! They are very dynamic and true-to-life and they are people you'd want to know. Cleo is a down-to-Earth woman with an underlying sensuality that she is desperate to bring forth. Max is successful in everything he tries, everything that is, except relationships. He is searching for a place he fits in. He finds that place in a remote inn known as the Robbins' Nest Inn. Robbins' Nest is peopled with a group of characters who call themselves 'the family' and are funny, warm and complex. These delightful denizens are headed up by the Inn owner, Cleo Robbins.

Here, among these people, Max finds the love and acceptance he has been searching for all his life. Cleo and 'the family' take him in and add him to the bunch almost instantly. With their help he learns that being part of a family isn't about when you mess up, it's about being there. Watching Max break out of his shell and flourish under Cleo's love and the love of 'the family' is heartwarming.

There is a mystery that plays throughout the book and unlike usual, I had half of it figured out almost instantly. The other part of the mystery, nevertheless, kept me guessing until the end.

However, the mystery is not the driving force of this book as is most times the case. The tone of this story is definitely self-discovery. Watching Cleo and Max discover each other and learn things about themselves is wonderful.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The humor, the passion, and the love were touching and kept me interested right from the first. One of the best by Ms. Krentz in any of her many incarnations. I am always pleasantly surprised by the high quality and wonderful characters in Ms. Krentz's books. Buy this book now -- you won't be disappointed!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "goldcoastreviews" on August 18, 2000
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Award winning authoress Jayne Ann Krentz, who also is known by Amanda Quick for her historical romance novels, gives us exactly what this title indicates--grand passion. Flavoring her settings with descriptive tones of wealth and art add to Cleopatra Robbins (the central character)sensual and suspenseful predicament with handsome yet snobbish Max Fortune.
I especially enjoyed scenes involving "The Mirror"--a book which Cleo is writing that unmasks her hidden desires of erotica. And, you just know Max will buy into that, along with attempting to discover hidden art treasures.
A fun, well written book which even authoress Sandra Brown commented, "Grand Passion is Krentz at her best...with the snappy dialouge that has become her trademark and a cast of characters you want to know personally."
Thanks for your interest & comment votes--CDS
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "klpepsi" on May 18, 2004
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Cynical and uptight, Max Fortune, head of the giant Curzon Hotel chain, arrives at the quaint Robbins' Nest Inn. Max is searching for five priceless paintings bequeathed to him by his mentor, Jason Curzon. The inn is where Jason had directed him to seek out the works of art. What he discovers during his stay is his attraction to the inn's owner, Cleopatra Robbins, and the importance of belonging to a family. Cleo lovingly refers to her staff members as "the family", and they do support each other as such. Max, who has no family, has spent his life working for money and power in an effort to fit in somewhere. As Max searches for the paintings, his relationship with Cleo intensifies, and he begins to realize his mentor intended for him to find another type of treasure at this little inn. But he feels Cleo is hiding something from him, plus it appears someone wants her out of the way permanently.
This was, for the most part, a satisfying reading experience. It contained many of the elements of a great story, such as romance, intrigue, depth of feeling, well-developed characters, and sexual tension. The main and secondary characters were all likeable, and it was a nice touch that the hero wasn't physically perfect, since he walked with the aid of a cane. The mystery was well done, because while I had figured out part of it, I wasn't able to figure out all of it for quite some time. Probably my only complaint would be, I would've liked more description of the love scenes. They had real possibility, but fell short after all that buildup to get there. Not a book I feel compelled to read again, but enjoyable all the same.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melinda Kohn on December 10, 1998
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I totally enjoyed this book. Cleopatra Robbins is a very normal, but very unusual woman, and a great heroine. I loved the quirky supporting cast-Andromeda, Daystar, the private detective who wears very loud, obnoxious clothing! Max Fortune (unFORTUNEate choice of a name, but) is a good hero for this story. Honest and human people, who have standards and care about what they do. Buy it, it is a great read and a very winning story.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 1998
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I loved this book! I fell in love with Cleo, Max and "the family". This book had everything- romance, seduction, true love, humor, action, and suspense. It was so good that I read it twice. Krentz definitely lived up to her reputation of creating the best. You'll love this book!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kasmuch19 on December 8, 2010
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This is my second book by JAK(other being Between the Lines). This one was also recommended on the romance forums here on Amazon. I must admit that I don't read many contemporaries. My copy was the 1994 hardcover edition borrowed from the library. The blurb is above and others have done a good job summarizing so onto my review.

This book started good. I did finish it therefore it wasn't the worst book I've ever read, however the farther I read the more I didn't like it.

I liked our hero Max Fortune. He's a great character. Mysterious, sexy, rich, smart, and savvy with a troubled past that makes him an enigmatic, intriguing hero. I thought his search for a family and home to be realistic and very well done. His taste in art, however, leaves a lot to be desired. In my opinion, art isn't worthy to be called art unless you can tell what it is supposed to be. Splotches of paint on a canvas doesn't cut it. And I'm sorry but trying to put more meaning behind it like saying the dab of yellow represents the inner child while the grey/black swirls are the storms of life trying to eradicate it, doesn't help. Heck even the greats like da Vinci, Monet, Rembrandt, Picasso, etc painted things you could identify.

I didn't really like our heroine Cleopatra "Cleo" Robbins. From her name to her reactions. For instance- no matter how busy you are or in need of a handy man who would ask a man in expensive clothes, on first meeting, on the basis of a mutual friend to go plunger a clogged toilet? No matter how appropriate her clothing was to running an inn, did Cleo not own anything other than a button down shirt and tight jeans? Even though she was only 28?
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