Summer in Eclipse Bay (Eclipse Bay Series)

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9781423386834: Summer in Eclipse Bay (Eclipse Bay Series)

Jayne Ann Krentz returns to small-town Eclipse Bay, Oregon—where scandalous passions and decades-old resentments swirl with the relentless fury of a summer storm....

Word gets around fast in Eclipse Bay. Nick Harte should know—his family’s legendary feud with the Madisons fueled the local gossip mill for years before finally cooling off. But people are still talking—and rumor has it Nick's involved with someone new....

Art gallery owner Octavia Brightwell doesn’t take chances—especially on handsome, charming men. But that’s only part of the reason why she turned Nick down six times before—finally—agreeing to a date. Octavia’s related to the woman who sparked the long-time family feud—and fears that falling hard for Nick would only ignite the flames again. Octavia knows her family’s past is best kept hidden. But her secret isn’t safe in Eclipse Bay—and neither is her heart....

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Setting: A small town on the Oregon Coast

Sensuality: 6

Art gallery owner Octavia Brightwell turns down six dates with handsome Nick Harte before she finds the courage to say "yes." She knows that not only does Nick have a "no-commitment" reputation, but he's also a member of one of Eclipse Bay's foremost families. Octavia, on the other hand, is the niece of the infamous woman who started a feud between Nick's grandfather and another prominent family, the Madisons, years ago. Sheer attraction wins out, however, and after one date, Nick is determined to make Octavia more than his dinner partner. Before the two have time to explore their relationship, a valuable painting is stolen from Octavia's art gallery and when the town names her as the prime suspect, she turns to Nick to solve the mystery. The investigation unravels an old scandal, heals a broken friendship, and forces Nick and Octavia to face and resolve the passionate attraction that binds them.

In this third tale in Jayne Ann Krentz's trilogy about life and love in a small town on the Oregon Coast, readers get to revisit the quirky characters that populate Eclipse Bay. The supporting cast also includes the fascinating members of the Harte and Madison families who starred in prior books. While the mystery element in the plot is light, the banter between hero and heroine is fun, and watching these two tread warily through the land mine-strewn road of their developing relationship is a pleasure. --Lois Faye Dyer

About the Author:

Jayne Ann Krentz is the author of fifty New York Times bestsellers. She has written contemporary romantic suspense novels under that name, as well as futuristic and historical romance novels under the pseudonyms Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick, respectively. She lives in Seattle.

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