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 With typically cheerful panache, Krentz (a.k.a. Amanda Quick) shamelessly pilfers from her previous offerings (Trust Me, 1995, etc.) for this newest romance. Scientific consultant Harry Stratton Trevelyan, Ph.D., is another of the author's logical, methodical, amber-eyed heroes. Dispassionately, or so he believes, Harry decides to have an affair with Molly Abberwick. He envisions logical, mutually satisfying companionship and sex (he likes Molly's ripe curves), so he invites her to his streamlined Seattle high-rise to discuss the matter calmly over tea. Molly--in the manner of Krentz's spirited, capable, green-eyed heroines--goes ballistic, doesn't believe in logical passion, and certainly doesn't feel logical about the granitely masculine Harry, a descendant of carnival stuntmen and fortunetellers, a man who can write learned textbooks and catch knives with his sensuous bare hands. Molly, owner of the Abberwick Tea and Spice Co., lives closer to Earth in a crazy Victorian mansion filled with the strange inventions of her late father: robots that dust and polish; an Automated Wine Cellar; a Food Storage and Preparation Machine that prepares complete meals when its buttons are pushed. Molly has hired Harry to be consultant to the Abberwick Foundation, started by her father to bankroll struggling inventors. Like other Krentz protagonists, the two begin at odds, but--naturally--have a lot in common: Both are orphans (like an earlier Quick hero, Harry was too late to save his murdered parents but did kill their assailants); both are self-made; and both are their families' most reliable breadwinners. As Molly's yin and Harry's yang go head to head, someone begins to threaten her life. Harry, also gifted with clairvoyance, rescues Molly; she, in turn, teaches Harry to accept his illogical gift, reconciles his bickering family, and saves him from the abyss of a lonely life. The usual slick Krentzian invention: It pushes all the right buttons--and it always works. (First printing of 180,000)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-671-77873-0
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Pocket
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1995


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