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- Listening Length: 2 hours and 41 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: Harlequin Books S.A.
- Audible.com Release Date: September 22, 2005
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000BJ51Q8
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Between the Lines Audible Audiobook – Abridged
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Amber Langley moves to Seattle (where else in a Krentz?) in an effort to leave her former life behind. Six months ago, she broke up with Roarke Kelly, a race car driver she had had an intense, passionate affair with. Determined to never again be a prisoner of her tempestuous passions, she agrees to marry her mild, plodding boss Cormick Grayson for completely sensible reasons. Little does Amber know, Gray is really a Superman in Clark Kent's clothing...
This book has some of the best one-liners Krentz has ever penned. The relationship between the protagonists is right on target, the sex is hot, and the comedy is classic JAK. Don't miss this one while it's still in print.
At the beginning of the story we have the hero, Gray, proposing a "friendship" marriage to the heroine, Amber. Amber goes on and on about how she's not a passionate person and doesn't want anything more than a quiet, respectful relationship with Gray. Then, immediately after they get married she starts basically throwing herself at him and getting extremely frustrated when he doesn't have sex with her. In short, she does a complete 180 as soon as they say their vows.
Meanwhile, Gray, who has secretly been in love with Amber for the last three months and deliberately got her into this marriage as part of his plan to unlock her hidden passion, decides that the best thing to do with his suddenly sex-crazed wife is to give her the cold shoulder and repeatedly remind her that their honeymoon is actually just a business trip for him. It just doesn't make sense. And this issue was compounded by the fact that we as the reader spent almost no time in Gray's head after their marriage. Prior to the wedding we get a glimpse of his perspective but once they go on their honeymoon, all we see is Amber's frustration and Gray's super-cold act. It really would have helped to read about him desperately warring with himself over whether or not to sleep with his new bride or suffering sleepless nights as his body ached to hold her, etc. SOMEthing to let us know what was going on in his head.
We got some line in the beginning about how he wanted to be patient and wait for her to desire him, not just feel she needed to do her "wifely duty", but it just doesn't make sense. On their wedding night she practically begged him to have sex with her and he turned her down. What more was he waiting for? And it wasn't as if he was executing some kind of seduction plan to get her even more hot and bothered for him. He basically ignored her for the rest of their "honeymoon"; frequently leaving her alone for hours at a time so that he could conduct his business and only inviting her to do things with him that would assist in said business. How exactly was this masterful plan supposed to result in her falling madly in love with him??
That baffling performance takes up the entire first half of the book during which time both Amber and the reader are left feeling frustrated, unsatisfied and confused as to Gray's intentions. Once they finally do sleep together the fireworks are good and the couple basically get busy every night thereafter. Even Gray admits that there was no real reason for him to have kept turning Amber down in the first half of the book. Which makes me want to write JAK a letter and ask her why then, if we're all in agreement that it didn't make sense in the plot, she still wrote the book that way.
Outside of that issue, both the hero and heroine deliberately grab the idiot ball with respect to their personal issues. Amber has a jerk ex-boyfriend who has suddenly decided he wants her back and despite claiming to trust and respect her new husband, Amber deliberately contrives to keep this information from Gray. She makes a bunch of vague and extremely weak excuses about how she doesn't want to let this jerk endanger her marriage and how she'll handle things on her own but that's incredibly stupid. Anyone with half a brain would know that keeping the ex-boyfriend's harassment a secret, and then meeting with him on the sly, would do far more damage to her marriage than just, you know, being up front with Gray. And she ends up telling him the truth right after all this secretive crap anyway so why did she even bother?
Meanwhile, Gray has a couple of hired thugs on his tail. His job is to investigate potential business deals for his clients and the dude ranch he took Amber to for their mock honeymoon was one such business deal. It took him all of one day to become suspicious that the deal was bad but he spent a few more days investigating and in doing so tipped off the would-be swindlers. Two thugs tried to bribe him and when that didn't work, they were about to try their hand at beating him into cooperation when Amber showed up and ruined their plans. After that Gray and Amber left the ranch within five minutes to avoid any further violence from the thugs. But despite that situation, Gray holds off on submitting his report to the client explaining that the deal is bad. He gives some vague hand-wave explanation about how he learned long ago that people don't like getting results too soon because it makes them think he didn't spend enough time on the project, but that's just stupid. At this point in his well-established career, his clients should trust him enough to know that he does a good, thorough job so those kinds of parlor tricks shouldn't be necessary. And, if ever there was an occasion when he should submit his report in a timely fashion this was it. Once the report is in the client's hand, the thugs have no reason to come after Gray and Amber because it won't change anything. But by holding back on the report, it leaves them vulnerable to further "persuasion" tactics from the bad guys, which is of course exactly what happens at the end of the book.
Here again Gray acts like an idiot for no reason other than plot contrivance. The thugs turn up in his and Amber's home town and make very clear threats against Amber as their new tactic for persuading Gray to doctor his report...then they let Gray walk away. At this point he could have 1) called the police and reported the threats, 2) submitted his report to the client thereby removing the thugs' reason for being there, 3) hired some bodyguards to protect him and his wife. Any or all of those things would have been the smart thing to do. Instead, he decides that the best idea is to go home and almost accuse Amber of having an affair with her jerk ex-boyfriend, then force her onto a plane to Canada where a friend of Gray's can babysit her. There's just no reason for this. Aside from all the perfectly sane options already listed, if Gray wanted to get Amber out of town he could have said that he was surprising her with a trip to a spa or needed her to go on a sudden business trip for him or something like that. There are other, much less mean and less damaging to their marriage things he could have done to get her out of town. Making her feel like he considered her a scarlet woman who was likely to succumb to her ex's advances was pretty much the worst thing he could have done. And it's made worse by the fact that he tells his friends all about this ex so Amber is humiliated by having his apparent lack of trust in her public knowledge.
All the way around it was kind of a frustrating book. The hero wasn't abusive the way so many of JAK's 1980's heroes are, but he was kind of too far in the other direction. He basically sat around not only doing nothing to advance their relationship, but actively working against it for the first half of the book, and then turned into an illogical moron in the second half. Amber was slightly better as the heroine but changed her personality completely as soon as she got married and also acted like a moron at times.
Oh and I agree with what the other reviewers have said regarding the bad poet theme. Way, way too much time was spent discussing the crappy poet and reciting lines from his poems and then reading articles written about him. This was a pretty short book to begin with, 248 pages in paperback, so having a bunch of time wasted on bad poetry was irritating. Especially when that time could have been used to flesh out the relationship or beef up the plot.
The denouement with the cheating ex-boy friend getting the fright of his life is hilarious--a fun book that is high on my comfort shelf.
The book is witty, funny and as we have begun to expect from JAK a story of the meeting of opposites.
The general storyline (dont worry I dont go past about page 8 in this!) is a woman marrying her boss and their way to a good relationship.
The funnies in this story is the semi-serious conversations about bad poetry.
There is suspence involved too, but this I will not tell about, you can read it yourself.
If you didn't get it last time it was published , it is worth your while. But do check your shelf first!
When you add in some terrible poetry written by an obscure cowboy, the dialogue is JAK at her best.
A gentle gem.