Title: Grand Passion
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
Publisher: Simon and Schuster, Pocket Books, 1994
Source: Loan from a friend
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
Rich, arrogant, emotionally-starved Max Fortune takes one look at Cleopatra Robbins and feels a fierce desire for her. She, too, is devastatingly attracted to him. But Max is searching for five priceless paintings and believes Cleo is hiding them. Together, they play a dangerous game of deceit.
If there was a “grand passion” between our two protagonists, then I had trouble finding it. This book read like a sexed-up lifetime movie. I had trouble believing that the characters were real people. Cleo, a 28 year old virgin, falls willy-nilly into bed with Max. Max an international bonvivant tosses it all in for a group of misfits (albeit a nice bunch) because at 35 he needs a family. The book left me wondering right to the end if he wanted “family” or Cleo. The stalker mystery was not developed enough to be satisfying. From the beginning I knew where the mysterious, missing paintings were to be found. Ms. Krentz has a wide following who undoubtedly loved this book from the number of 5 star reviews on Amazon.com. Perhaps back in 1994, I too, might have looked on this book with more favor. However I don’t think it translates well into the twenty-teens.
I can only recommend this book to die-hard Jayne Ann Krentz fans.