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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399165126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399165122
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* The last time Lucy Sheridan saw Mason Fletcher was 13 years ago, when he extracted her from a wild teen party and took her home to her aunt Sara. It doesn’t take Lucy long to realize Mason hasn’t changed a bit in all that time: he still has a protective streak a mile wide, and he still loves giving orders. One thing that has changed is Lucy’s hometown of Summer River. The ever-expanding push from Napa Valley for more vineyards has turned the once-sleepy little Summer River into the latest wine-country hot spot. Property values are skyrocketing, and Lucy would be a fool not to sell the home she inherited from Sara. However, as she embarks on some renovation work, she discovers something that may seriously drag down her asking price: a dead body walled up behind the fireplace. Best-selling Krentz returns to her classic romantic-suspense roots with a spine-tingling tale of a small town harboring deadly secrets. With its irresistible mix of scintillating humor, stunning suspense, and sexy romance, River Road is a complete page-turner. --John Charles

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Praise for River Road:

"Best-selling Krentz returns to her classic romantic-suspense roots with a spine-tingling tale of a small town harboring deadly secrets. With its irresistible mix of scintillating humor, stunning suspense, and sexy romance, River Road is a complete page-turner."—Booklist

"Wonderfully appealing protagonists, a clever, skillfully crafted plot, soul-stirring sensuality, and delicious flashes of humor."—Library Journal (starred review)

"An intricate and engrossing plot. Another Krentz winner."—Kirkus Reviews

"The excitement of a thriller with the sweetness of new passion."—Publishers Weekly

 
 




 

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

The characters are all very well done, and the story I found very interesting.
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Good characters and good mystery with romance. would recommend it to anyone who enjoys romantic mystery.
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About River Road, interesting twists and turns, well paced story with a great ending.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Carol Mello on January 8, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
In this book the author has returned to her roots. There's a mystery to be solved by the heroine, Lucy. There's a past that contains some trouble. There's a hero who was orphaned and raised by a relative (always someone who marches to a different drummer). He's a good hero too...makes me think of the song "I need a hero" from the movie Shrek 2. The first sex scene is nice because it is so realistic and so true to life. There's JAK's classic funny repartee. It's not top shelf but a good read which I enjoyed. I have nearly given up reading recently published romance novels of any kind because they are all so ridiculous nowadays. I am glad I can count on JAK...no bloodsucking vampires...no werewolves...no Dukes...no billionaires...no BDSM...no competitive Olympic level gymnastic sex.

A side note to the author: I know some readers are tired of Arcane but could you write one every now and then for me with a dust bunny, please?
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By suzebo on January 7, 2014
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I have enjoyed this author's books for many years, including those written as Amanda Quick and as Jayne Castle. In recent years, she has concentrated on paranormal themes in both her contemporary and historical romance titles, as well as in the Jayne Castle series, something that has been wearing a little thin with some readers based on reviews of previous works. This book is more like her earlier romances, with strong, honorable men and confident women who experience instant attraction and then proceed to form a lasting relationship while simultaneously solving a mystery. (Saying this is like her earlier works is not, in this case, a criticism as they were, I think, better than her later efforts.) Since the book became available for the first time today, I obviously finished in one sitting, which offers some indication of how much I enjoyed reading it. I subtracted one star because some situations seemed to be rushed through without having sufficient time to fully develop and because a bit more romance could have been added to the mix. Otherwise, an excellent read and a good representation of the author's talents in the field of romantic suspense.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Martin VINE VOICE on January 7, 2014
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This story was Jayne Ann Krentz at her romantic suspense best. The characters were amazingly life-like. Well, except for the fact that, if men life Mason Fletcher exist, they are staying well away from me.

The story begins with a prequel. Lucy Sheridan, age 16, is being hauled away from a wild party by her crush, the responsible and mature 19-year-old Mason Fletcher. She leaves town the next day and doesn't return to Summer River for thirteen years. What Lucy doesn't know is that she has been targeted by Tristan Brinker who wants her to star in his latest rape video and Mason saves her from that fate.

Now, Lucy is grown up and working as a forensic genealogist. She works for a private investigation firm and finds lost heirs. She is a successful woman in all areas of her life except her romantic life. She has dumped her fiance after finding him in bed with another woman. Her therapist tells her she has commitment issues. She is currently trying to find Mr. Right by using an online matchmaking service.

She has returned to Summer River to settle her aunt's estate. Her beloved Aunt Sara and her partner Mary Colfax recently died in an automobile accident. Lucy has inherited her aunt's estate and some shares in Colfax Inc. from Mary. She is being urged to sell Sara's house and land to turn it into a vineyard and she is being wooed by various Colfax family members who want those share back, too.

Mason Fletcher has returned to Summer River too. He has established a successful private investigation business specializing in cold crimes with his younger brother Aaron. But when a case goes wrong, he heads for home to rethink his life. He is working in his uncle's hardware store when Lucy comes in for light bulbs.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By S. Melo on January 7, 2014
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RIVER ROAD is a return for Krentz to her contemporary romantic suspense books after several years of her paranormal Arcane series of books. It tells the story of Lucy Sheridan and Mason Fletcher. Lucy and Mason knew each other as teenagers when Lucy would visit her aunt in the small town of Summer River in northern California. When Lucy is sixteen, Mason saves her from being raped by a local youth. Lucy isn't aware of the danger she was in, but she is sent away by her aunt.

Thirteen years later, Lucy returns to handle her aunt's estate after her death in a car accident. Lucy meets Mason again and they are attracted to one another. There are secrets in Summer River, however. concerning what happened 13 years ago and what actually happened to Lucy's aunt. Add to it a family feuding over control of a family company and you have an interesting suspense and mystery book. I enjoyed that aspect of the book. I kept turning pages because the story was interesting and, like Lucy, I wanted answers.

The romance, however, was lacking for me. I never really got a sense of who Mason and Lucy are or what the compelling attraction was between them. Their romance seemed much more subdued.

If you are looking for a romantic suspense that is lighter on the romance than this book is for you. As for me, it is a book that I enjoyed but doesn't stand up with Krentz's earlier books in this genre and one I won't be putting on my favorites shelf.
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