It is always fun to read one of this author’s books because her characters are so nicely determined without being obnoxious and both the male and female leads are successful in their own rights. There were a few glaringly obvious clues that were a bit predictable but the rich characterization that I look forward to from Ms. Krentz gave a nice portrait of some of the factors that formed the wonderfully caring Mason and quietly determined Lucy. As usual, I learned about a field that I am unfamiliar with even as I enjoyed the gradually unfolding mystery that surrounded events both from the past and present. This is a nice addition to an impressive body of work and an enjoyable contemporary story but I think I still like the paranormal tales the best, particularly those with the engagingly ferocious dust-bunnies!
“River Road” by Jayne Anne Krentz is a contemporary romantic suspense story featuring Lucy Sheridan who has come back to Summer River after being away for many long years. The sad task of dealing with her recently deceased aunt’s estate is complicated by her inheritance of pivotal shares in a hotly contested, and previously family-only owned, company belonging to the powerful Colfax family. Mason Fletcher is also back in town and must deal with his feelings for the woman he once saved from a very nasty fate that she was unaware of. He never expects his protective instincts to ensnare him in a increasingly dangerous investigation as Lucy begins to discover that her own skills as a forensic genealogist are required to ferret out the secrets that have remain hidden for far too long.
From the New York Times?bestselling author of Dream Eyes and Copper Beach, a brand-new quintessential Jayne Ann Krentz romance.
It’s been thirteen years since Lucy Sheridan was in Summer River. The last time she visited her aunt Sara there, as a teenager, she’d been sent home suddenly after being dragged out of a wild party?by the guy she had a crush on, just to make it more embarrassing. Obviously Mason Fletcher?only a few years older but somehow a lot more of a grown-up?was the overprotective type who thought he had to come to her rescue.
Now, returning after her aunt’s fatal car accident, Lucy is learning there was more to the story than she realized at the time. Mason had saved her from a very nasty crime that night?and soon afterward, Tristan, the cold-blooded rich kid who’d targeted her, disappeared mysteriously, his body never found.
A lot has changed in thirteen years. Lucy now works for a private investigation firm as a forensic genealogist, while Mason has quit the police force to run a successful security firm with his brother?though he still knows his way around a wrench when he fills in at his uncle’s local hardware store. Even Summer River has changed, from a sleepy farm town into a trendy upscale spot in California’s wine country. But Mason is still a protector at heart, a serious (and seriously attractive) man. And when he and Lucy make a shocking discovery inside Sara’s house, and some of Tristan’s old friends start acting suspicious, Mason’s quietly fierce instincts kick into gear. He saved Lucy once, and he’ll save her again. But this time, she insists on playing a role in her own rescue . . .