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True Colors Audio, Cassette – Abridged, March, 2001
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Cade Santerre is a man on a mission. Investment-con man Hadley Fitzgerald has swindled Cade’s sister out of her life savings, and Cade intends to bring him to justice. Jamie Garland feels used. She believes that Cade pretended to be falling for her in order to get to Hadley. But after Hadley fakes his death, both Cade and Jamie are in danger, and Cade intends to protect Jamie, even if she doesn’t want him to. The unstoppable Krentz (Dream Eyes, 2013) is a master of romantic suspense, and her many fans will be thrilled that among her many books, this past favorite is available again, this time in hardcover. --Shelley Mosley --This text refers to the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.
“The unstoppable Krentz is a master of romantic suspense” (Booklist) --This text refers to the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.
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This book had the typical "guy is an arrogant, emotionally abusive, completely aloof, jerk who treats the girl like crap but has lots of muscles and is good in bed" hero and "almost certifiably brain dead, totally ruled by her overwhelming girlie girl emotions and completely unable to make a decision for herself" heroine that used to pass for romance a couple of decades ago.
By today's standards, there's nothing to like about this book. The "hero", Cade, completely shatters the heroine, Jamie's, trust before the first page of the story and not only does he NEVER apologize for using her in the way that he did, he goes on to say over and over again that he's being "tolerant" of her silly bouts of "feminine pride" but that she really ought to have gotten over that by now and realized that she belongs with him. And as the story progresses he becomes angry that she won't trust anything he says or does. Angry with HER. Never angry with himself for hurting her in the first place. And in the mean time, he has been "calculating" and "manipulating" their various interactions to try to force Jamie to be with him, once again making it hard for her to trust him. Also, every time he refers to the time he was seducing her before the book began, he proudly talks about how she was putty in his hands. That she'd have done anything he told her to do. Even his memories of their first time sleeping together are that of a victory. A culmination of his master plan. Never does he think of her in anything even remotely resembling love or actual caring feelings.
Sadly, the heroine, Jamie, isn't much better. To begin with, despite the terrible breaking of trust that opens the story, and the fact that he then left and didn't make any attempt to contact her for six weeks, she still pursues him. Talk about pathetic! And for all her long inner monologue promises that THIS time their relationship is going to be on HER terms, within half an hour of making contact with Cade, she's meekly allowing him to order her to accompany him to dinner and directly after that she's making out with him. She makes plenty of speeches about how things have to be her way, but every time it counts, she lets Cade boss her around.....except for the few times in the story when she actually SHOULD listen to him, of course. She was incredibly naive and just too stupid to live with regards to the paper-thin mystery they were working on, so naturally that's the only subject she actually dug her heels in and fought Cade tooth and nail on.
And none of their issues really get resolved by the end. Right until the very last chapter Jamie still isn't sure if she can trust what Cade has said, up to and including his recent declaration of love. He's so proud of his calculated ability to manipulate people that she recognizes he might have just said it to manipulate her into doing what he wants. They have zero communication skills. Nothing in common with regards to job skills or backgrounds. He openly mocks her education, and she's clearly not thrilled with his job as a charter boat captain. Basically...this is the first romance novel I've ever read where I was sure the couple would definitely get a divorce!
Peanut-butter (yes, with the hyphen) is a delicacy and comes in a carton in the refrigerator. Toasters are such high-tech and presumably expensive items that the heroine's wealthy (and not otherwise eccentric) employer doesn't have one and instead uses a 'toast rack' in the oven. Self-serve gas pumps are annoying and rare. A clue to the mystery is some "recording tapes" and apparently the "machines" for listening to them are pretty high-tech/expensive/otherwise rare because only the wealthy employer has one. Those are just the things I remember off the top of my head.
I'm a contemporary of the heroine--that is, in 1986, I was 25, about the same as the heroine. We'd had toasters and peanut butter in jars ever since I was a small child. We also had 'cassette tapes' and 'tape recorders', and believe me, my family was firmly lower-middle-class. No cutting edge technology in our house. Self-serve pumps were around ever since I learned to drive--though some privately owned stations still had full-service pumps, you didn't see them often.
The anachronisms were bad/confusing enough, then you had the characters. I admit, this was a novelty: BOTH the hero and the heroine were TSTL (too stupid to live). Obviously, they were meant for each other.
The hero persists in believing that the heroine is pregnant despite ALL evidence to the contrary. The heroine hires him to find out if her employer's brother really did commit suicide, but then refuses to let him see the letter the brother sent her employer THE FREAKIN' DAY BEFORE HIS 'DEATH' because 'it might be private.' ::headdesk::
And then there was the straw that broke this camel's back: the incessant whining from both of them about 'you don't TRUST me.' GAH.
The only saving grace here is that the writing--that is, the way the words were put together--was okay.
Cade spent two months romancing Jamie at the same time he was investigating her employers. The investigation blows up, causing Jamie and her employer, Miss Isabel, to have to face the press and investors angry over losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in Miss Isabel's brother's schemes. Cade arrogantly thinks he can say his investigation and using of Jamie to gain information had nothing to do with their romance. GRRRRRRRR
That was the first bad point, but figured you could work with the premise. But instead of learning from it, he continues in the same smug, arrogant, know it all attitude, treating Jamie like he knows more about he than she does herself, and simply because he took her to bed, he owns her. He even smirks that she is likely going to come crawling to him, because she got her pregnant!
Sorry, this one really sucks. Jamie is a wishy-washy character than lets the arrogant guy run all over her and you really end up not liking either of them, and possible downright hating HIM. I don't know any woman who could have loved this guy.
Saying it was dated might cover these sins of woe, but frankly, I did not like this one when it was first published. This sort of jerk was no acceptable back then, and he certainly is not acceptable today.
Especially - DO NOT pay the hardback PRICE!!
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