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A Coral Kiss Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1992
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She is persuaded to return home, and takes him along with her. We are introduced to the villains - and get an inkling of the problems which lie ahead.
The mystery gradually unfolds, and there is a suspense filled section - will they survive a villain coming to kill them in a tunnel in a cave system ? - underwater to make it worse! - with two more waiting for them at the cave entrance!.
Of course they do survive, and all comes out well. In the meantime they enjoy good sex, as should be the case in a romance novel. Her parents are in no doubt that they are making love to each other, though, being sensible, do not let on - just enough hints given to show they know, and approve - Mother hoping, of course, for a formal engagement, wedding and grandchildren.
A well crafted book. Good plot, plausible, and both hero and heroine behave as any normal man and woman would behave - no "Deus ex Machina" to cover up awkward infelicities in plot or situation. Thoroughly recommended to all lovers of good writing, male or female - the sort of book that should win a Booker Prize, but would never be considered - not highbrow enough, and too much of a good read. For all ages who enjoy adventure stories - youngsters can - and will - skip the sex scenes as holding up the action (boring!!!), but all others will enjoy them as part of the development of the characters - they get to know each other, we get to know them.
A very early book from Jayne Ann Krentz - 1987 - but showing her mastery of good writing. Written before she developed as a writer of paranormal romances, but just as good.
First, I never felt connected to the main characters, Jed and Amy. Their initial relationship is one of superficial friendship and that starts things off on the wrong foot. Amy seemed like she could take or leave Jed and it was all the same to her, that's not very romantic. Jed, at least, spent time thinking about how desperately he desired Amy so that was something, but it was hard to see what he liked about her when she was such a cold fish and had relegated him to the friendzone.
I never really connected with Amy. She acted irrationally throughout the whole story and frequently yelled at Jed for virtually no reason. Yet when it came to their relationship she was very passive. After months of insisting on friendship only, Jed finally just tells her that they're going to start sleeping together and she immediately caves. Afterward he decides to "give her space" by not sleeping with her again for several days. Amy assumes this means it was just a one-off thing for him and they'll go back to being friends now. And she doesn't seem to have an opinion of her own about that. She's a grown woman and perfectly capable of initiating sex herself if she wants to keep sleeping with him, or of telling him to buzz off if she wants to go back to being friends. But she doesn't do either one, she just sits there waiting for him to decide the future of the relationship.
As for the mystery, it was fine to be going on with but it was ridiculous that the big break in the case came only because the villain actually gave them his REAL NAME when they met. Why on earth would he do that??? That's like bad guy 101 stuff. If you're planning to cozy up to the good guys in order to gather information, use an alias!
The writing in this book makes it easy to peg it as one of Krentz's early efforts. There were a lot of unnecessary adverbs thrown in, particularly ones that modified the word "said". My favorite one was "Amy said stolidly." Stolidly? Seriously?
All in all it was just a mediocre book. The characters didn't grab me and neither did their relationship so it made the reading kind of slow.
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Did not want to put it down. The plot is wonderful keeps you hanging.