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Witchcraft Hardcover – Large Print, July, 2000

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Until she receives the single red rose, Kimberly Sawyer had no intention of calling Darius Cavenaugh. Actually, it isn't the rose so much that prompts Kimberly to contact him as the needle hidden inside it. This is the first clue that the people running around in monk's robes with silver daggers are serious, and Darius is not taking any chances with Kimberly's safety. The next thing Kimberly knows, she has been whisked away to Darius' Napa Valley winery with nothing to worry about except how to finish her latest book. Kim could only see one potential problem with calling in a favor from Darius. As a writer, she is used to telling her characters exactly what to do, but when it comes to their relationship, Darius isn't taking orders from anyone but himself. With its beguiling blend of snappy dialogue, sharply delineated characters, and unfailing suspense, this classic Krentz, available in hardcover for the first time, is a guaranteed winner. --John Charles --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Until she receives the single red rose, Kimberly Sawyer had no intention of calling Darius Cavenaugh. Actually, it isn't the rose so much that prompts Kimberly to contact him as the needle hidden inside it. This is the first clue that the people running around in monk's robes with silver daggers are serious, and Darius is not taking any chances with Kimberly's safety. The next thing Kimberly knows, she has been whisked away to Darius' Napa Valley winery with nothing to worry about except how to finish her latest book. Kim could only see one potential problem with calling in a favor from Darius. As a writer, she is used to telling her characters exactly what to do, but when it comes to their relationship, Darius isn't taking orders from anyone but himself. With its beguiling blend of snappy dialogue, sharply delineated characters, and unfailing suspense, this classic Krentz, available in hardcover for the first time, is a guaranteed winner. --Booklist, 1st June 2010 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Pr (July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786226005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786226009
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,502,171 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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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By gdypeab@en.com on March 21, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you're a fan of Jayne Ann Krentz and have been disappointed in her latest novels, pick up a copy of one of her reissues. First published 13 years ago, Witchcraft epitomizes the romantic strength of JAK's characters and the slightly offbeat plot complications in which they find themselves embroiled.
Kimberly Sawyer, a writer of detective novels with a gutsy female lead, reluctantly gives herself into the protective keeping of vineyard owner Darius Cavenaugh when she receives some engimantic threats. A rose with a needle embedded in it, followed up by a dagger-weilding cloaked figure in the dead of night, push Kimerly into Cavenaugh's fierce and and passionate protection.
Cavenaugh arrives on the scene because he is in Kimberly's debt for her part in rescuing his nephew from a band of quirky would-be witches two months previously. He's been biding his time before he comes after her to repay the debt and coax her into his life . But he moves like a steamroller when he finds out Kimberly is being threatened by the witchy kidnappers.
Female readers will silently applaud heroine Kimberly Sawyer because she is an independent lady who is quick with logical comebacks when the hero tries to railroad her emotions. Cavenaugh quickly reveals his vulnerability to the reader when he suddenly finds himself wanting to protect as well as bed Kimberly. But wariness and willpower are on her side as she asserts her independence in Cavenaugh's household where too many demanding family members are reminding her that she prefers a life without familial duties and demands.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By April M. Love on March 23, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Questions: Why the needle in the red rose? What happened two month ago? Who is Darius "Dare" Cavanaugh? Are there really witches? How did Kimberly Sawyer get involved?
Kim lives alone and she likes it that way. Somehow, living on the Northern California coast, she meets the owner of a Napa Valley winery, that is 150 miles away. We learn of Kim's wounds while growing up and Dare's international past in the import-export business. This story started out well, but the writing became cliche-ridden. It could have been exciting, with its intrigue and unconventional psychic elements, but somewhere along the line, it became derivative, routine romance-genre material.
Written in 1985, it is nice to know that since then, Krentz has grown from mechanical language and characterization into a more powerful and skillful author.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Tammy Sudol on October 15, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was disappointed in this book. The characters start out on an interesting note (Is there some kind of metaphysical element here?) but fizzle down into a flat-line. Although Kim shows strength in her character, she wavers back and forth between accepting and rejecting Darius without really exploring either side (She accepts things too easily and when she does get mad at him, she forgives him so quickly--I don't think she really knows what's on her mind). Darius seems to have only one real character trait: bossy.
All in all, I found this book disappointing. The witches' characters are also underdeveloped. Their plans for Kim are a bit far-fetched. Question: What was the reasoning behind the red rose?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you are a big Jayne Ann Krentz fan, which I am, you will appreciate the alpha male in this book. However, I was disappointed in the heorine's back and forth emotions. One minute she's in love with him, the next she hates him..etc.etc. I think she forgives him way too easily too many times, but overall it was an easy read. Not her usual standards, but not a total loss.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Venus A. Rachal VINE VOICE on January 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
I recently got the single title book Witchcraft by Jayne Ann Krentz. I cannot comment on the anthology version which has recently been released, only on Witchcraft itself.

That being said, I must say that the characters are lively and engaging, but I cringed or laughed through every single love scene in the book. I have to admit that I am a big fan of Jayne's and I read pretty much every book she writes under the Amanda Quick pen name. I don't ever remember laughing through the other books!

As one reader stated, it is definately dated. Thankfully, most of the description is still relevant because the clothes they wear are fairly standard--shirts and jeans--but the love scenes are chock-full of purple prose. I can't tell you how comical it is to see "feminine core" repeated as a euphamism for female genitalia. I think the purple prose is more of an indication of the time that this was written rather than a reflection on Jayne's writing or style. The writing of love scenes has come a LONG way since the 80's (when this book was written).

However, Darius Cavenaugh is still a very interesting hero--an alpha male forced to run his family's winery after engaging in some questionable import and export activities abroad. He is a terrific match for Kimberly Sawyer, an independent writer who prefers to live alone rather than deal with anything remotely resembling family responsibility. There is a distinct contrast between Darius and Kimberly, who are really kindred spirits reacting to the world in completely different ways.

The villains in the story are comical and slightly over the top. For a second or two, you might think you are in the middle of the Da Vinci Code with the lurking hooded figures carrying silver daggers and the pentagram references.
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