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Jayne Anne Krentz is an impresario for creating characters that are both quirky and original. Eugenia Swift is the Director of a world renowned glass museum, Cyrus Chandler Colfax is a private detective who is as rough hewn as Eugenia is slick. When the two get together, readers know that sparks will fly and glass will shatter--especially since the two are posing as a couple to investigate the mysterious death of a famous glass collector. Since this is a romantic suspense, passion flames and ignites molten love despite the ulterior motives of the two leading characters. One of the very best things about reading a Jayne Ann Krentz romance is that her heroines are always intelligent!--Kate Ryan
mildly entertaining My only real complaint with this story was that only a few characters had normal names. An officer with the first name Peaceful, his wife the doctor named meditation, and other bizarre names that are even strange for a soap opera. Even in the art world these names are out there and they came from the townspeople not the artists. It made for annoying reading whenever those names were mentioned, as if the author was poking fun at them or the reader. Other than that, the story line was simple and easy to follow. I felt the author changing her style of writing during it and experimenting a little with her abilities to try and make the read more suspenseful. It worked out fine, but JAK should have either used it throughout the book, or not at all. It was near the end and frankly, most of the suspense was already over. It seemed like a weak attempt to make something out of nothing. The characters were likable, but I never really felt the pull or attraction between Eugenia and Cyrus. Clearly they had the sex, but why the relationship grows into more is a little on the weak side. This author definitely has the ability to keep the story moving, and with a little more fine tuning and emotion, she could turn out some good works. Sadly, this book is only a mediocre read and nothing to rant and rave about to your friends.
Not one of my favorites This book could have been better, tighter, but it wasn't. The ending was especially disappointing.The main characters, Eugenia and Cyrus were too different and I never believed their relationship was more than sexual companionship and a limited business partnership. For a director, she seemed way too impulsive and irrational. For an owner of a multi-office investigation company Cyrus seemed too much on a one-man unit. I liked the idea of them living together in the end, giving themselves more time, but I did not need a marriage to tie up the story. I wanted the relationship to simmer a bit longer before they made a lifelong commitment. I love art and antiquities which is one of the reasons I like Krentz as she often uses art and antiquities in her plots. I have seen ancient Roman glass. I was very upset that Krentz did not share Eugenia's reaction when she saw the actual Hades cup. Where was that moment of excitement when she saw the real thing and knew what Cyrus has said about its beauty was true? What about the sparks when Eugenia and Cyrus looked at the cup together? We do not even know how the cup got from the condo to the museum? And what was Tabitha's initial reaction when she learned of the cup? When she learned of their romance? And who was Damien really? Honestly, Krentz could have cut out Rhonda and Joshua (who cares about them anyway?) and spent more time developing Eugenia and Cyrus. This book seemed to be rushed at the end, I agree with another reviewer who suggested Ms. Krentz slow down and give us a complete and satisfying story.Sharp Edges For the first quarter of the book, I thought Eugenia was (to be polite) a witch. She slowly became likeable. All of poor Cyrus's choices in clothing were so tacky. The story had a good blend of romance and mystery. After reading this book and all the talk of glass, I have a serious interest in collecting glass art.