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River Road

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  3,066 ratings  ·  425 reviews
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 typ ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Putnam Adult (first published January 1st 2014)
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figuranta m/m lover
3 Stars

I am big fan of Jayne Ann Krentz, she is one my author on my auto buy list since i started reading and she was the second author i ever read after Sandra Brown but lately her books let me down, big time. I am not sure why but they not seem to be as they were or maybe i just discovered so many amazing authors lately and i am more picky cause i read so much.

Lately her books seems to be more of a mystery romance than her old type of writing with almost no heat at all. I might be wrong for j
I am a long time fan of Jayne Ann Krentz, and this book is a good example of why she is a must read author for me. This book had just the right balance of romance and suspense. It kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what would happen next, and I fell in love with the main characters, Lucy and Mason, right away. Lucy has returned to Summer River, where she often visited as a teenager, to settle her aunt's estate. She is unaware of sinister events that occurred as a result of her last v ...more
I had such a hard time getting through this book! When I read the summary it sounded pretty interesting and I've read at least one other book by this author so I thought I'd like it.....but no such luck.

I just found the whole story to be boring and predictable - and yet that still wasn't the thing that bothered me most about this book. It was the actual writing that drove me crazy! Every conversation in this book was so damn proper that it ended up sounding fake and stilted to me.

What I mean b
Kathy Martin
This story was Jayne Ann Krentz at her romantic suspense best. The characters were amazingly life-like. Well, except for the fact that, if men life Mason Fletcher exist, they are staying well away from me.

The story begins with a prequel. Lucy Sheridan, age 16, is being hauled away from a wild party by her crush, the responsible and mature 19-year-old Mason Fletcher. She leaves town the next day and doesn't return to Summer River for thirteen years. What Lucy doesn't know is that she has been tar
If you're a fan of Jayne Ann Krentz’s books then you know that for the past few years she’s woven a mixture of the paranormal into her contemporary novels including her historical and futuristic novels. I was a bit unsure if I’d enjoy RIVER ROAD because as much I liked her Arcane series, I was tired of reading about the paranormal. There’s been a lot of talk about Krentz’s return to romance (just plain old fashioned romance) and it’s refreshing to see her return to her roots.

Thirteen years ago,
Originally published at Reading Reality

I enjoyed reading River Road so much that it was surprisingly difficult to crystallize my thoughts into a review!

One utterly marvelous thing is that this is a stand-alone story, and sometimes those feel rare. As well as this one weaves past and present, it is complete within the very tight confines of itself; we have the beginning, middle and end wrapped up. No cliffhanger, no next book, no loose ends.

And this was definitely one of those “I couldn’t put it
3.75 Stars~~~This was a good, solid romantic suspense read. It's so obvious that Krentz is a seasoned author. The story line was strong and distinct. The past was revealed in a seamless way to power the current plot. I really liked Mason and Lucy's characters...Mason, especially. The bad guy/s weren't readily apparent until the end. I did pick up on things before the reveal, but that's because I was told by someone else that it was a surprising twist.
T.L. Haddix
I liked it. Okay, that's not glowing praise, but an understated declaration. It really was a good book. I've been in a slump, and it's been nearly impossible for me to get into books these days. But I decided to sit down last night and read "just a few more pages" before going to sleep. Those last pages (most of the book, in fact) went FAST.

There was a scene written and formatted as though the characters were in a movie. This scene? Kicked major butt. I cackled out loud at this scene. It was a
Boring and predictable...

River Road
By Jayne Ann Krentz
January 2014

Lucy Sheridan spent summers with her aunt Sara in Summer River, California until she was sixteen—Lucy can still recall her last night there with embarrassment. Since she was an outsider she made few friends. Nineteen year old Mason Fletcher lives in his older brother Zeke’s house, and takes care of his brainiac younger brother, Aaron. Mason has also appointed himself Lucy’s protector, and the first time Lucy
Feb 07, 2014 MB rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nora Roberts fans
It was nice to get away from the sillyness of her paranormals back to straight contemporary romance, but ultimately I felt about the same reading reaction as I do with those. Her people are nice and likeable, but the plot was kind of silly/melodramatic/improbable. I did enjoy the setting.

One problem for me was all of the names are genericly random and I couldn't be bothered to keep straight who the characters were. When I can't remember the hero's name after almost finishing the book, or pick h
4.5 Krentz has a knack for creating strong characters that you instantly connect to. Lucy is strong, and her instincts are quite good a skill that comes in handy as forensic genealogist. Mason and his brother run a successful firm with his brother solving cold cases. The man is everything that makes my knees buckle. Smexy, noble, smart…*swoons* The friends to lovers trope is one of my favorites and her characters Lucy and Mason were the perfect couple. From the moment, they were reunited you cou ...more
Bert Edens
From my book review blog at:

I received a copy of this book via Penguin’s First To Read program, so many thanks to them for making it available. While it was provided to me at not cost to myself, I am not obligated to give a positive review.

Somehow, I have managed to not read anything by Krentz before, whether it be as Krentz or under a nom de plume such as Amanda Quick or Jayne Castle. I know she’s perceived as writing romantic suspense, but that’s not why
Let me say upfront that I love JAK books, under whichever name she writes.

However, River Road takes us down some familiar avenues; there is always more than one villain; the young H/h having a short crush before being separated for years (Canyons of Night 2011); the middle aged women living together (presumably as lesbians, though its never made clear in black & white)(Deception 1993);the fight in the winery with the h throwing wine bottles to defend herself (Witchcraft 1985); the H solves c
3.5 Stars. This was a pretty good murder mystery. I think I enjoyed it all the more because I left off reading an excruciatingly boring book looking for something better written and entertaining. River Road was both, even if not one of JAK's best offerings.

My only real complaints about the book were the annoying overuse of certain phrases throughout the book; and the ending tied up far too easily and quickly. This was one of those endings where the killer(s) - it happened twice - run off at the

This was a solid read. The characters were straight forward and incredibly blunt and unlike some of Jayne Ann Krentz's previous stories their was a friction between the characters that never gets resolved. The mystery was decent, I loved Quinn for some reason I can't explain, and the criminals (because if you've read JAK before there are always two villians) were done well too. This felt a lot like a cleaner version of what JAK used to write, it's nice she can still write this kind of story.
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I really like Jayne Ann Krentz. She’s first in my top 3, she’s an author I read on trust knowing in advance I will love her story. Because even if the plot is different, even if the characters are different, she has a style of her own which makes us love everything she writes.
The French publishers haven’t translated her novels for years, no matter the pen name, to the great displeasure of the fans who ca
I am very satisfied. Great book. Great old/new Jayne Ann Krentz. I am very glad that she returned to written suspense. More, more! I need more books from Krentz :)
I'm addicted.
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Lucy Sheridan left Summer River thirteen years ago, never to return. Dragged out of a party by her teenage crush, Lucy finds herself placed on a plane by her Aunt Sara the next day and never allowed to return. Lucy does return when her aunt is in a fatal car accident and leaves everything to Lucy. Lucy is shocked but pleased to see her childhood crush is all grown up and even more attractive when she happens upon Mason Fletcher.

Mason s
Sixteen year-old Lisa Sheridan isn’t too happy when the guy she has a crush on, nineteen year-old Mason Fletcher, drags her away from the A-list teen party she’d been invited to while spending the summer with her Aunt Sara. He doesn’t tell he what he’s saving her from, but the next day her aunt cuts her vacation short and sends the girl back home and won’t let her come back.

Thirteen years later her aunt is killed in a car accident and Lisa needs to pack up her aunt’s stuff. Mason is also back in
Karen Droms
Now this is how an alpha make character should be written. Yes, he can be overbearing, but he realizes it. The female character is strong and intelligent, and doesn't needlessly and idiotically put herself in dangerous situations. She stands up to him when warranted and goes along when needed - and vice Vera.
They are clearly equals.

One gripe I have is not using the heroine's specific skill set earlier. There was talk about it all along, and the "bad guys" would have been easily discovered if s
Lucy is going back to Summer River where she used to spend summers with her Aunt. Now she is going back to pack up her Aunt’s house and get it ready to sell because her Aunt was killed in a car accident. She had inherited everything that belonged to her Aunt including shares of Colfax, Inc.
While getting the house ready to pack up and make things look pretty a body was discovered behind the tiled up fireplace. The whole town was up in arms then and Lucy had a mystery to solve!

I enjoyed reading t
Mar 01, 2014 Farah rated it 4 of 5 stars
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A solid entertaining read. The plot was grabbing and the characters were very interesting. Lucy was very pleasant , she was a calm person who did everything reasonably .. she was very comfortable with her feelings towards Mason and expressed herself with ease , she had an intelligent mind and some really nice humor to go with it .. I liked her. Mason was very grabbing in a subtle kind of way , he felt like someone you can always depend on .. someone who was safe and solid , he was charming and ...more
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Lucy Sheridan has returned to Summer River after thirteen years to put her Aunt Sara’s affairs in order after a fatal car crash. She runs into Mason Fletcher, who she hasn’t seen since he embarrassed her at a party the day before was made to leave Summer River by her aunt. All grown up, Lucy is now a forensic genealogist and Mason runs a security firm with his brother. When Lucy and Mason make a grisly discovery in her aunt’s home, Lucy’s determined to find out the truth about what happened thir ...more
I really wanted to love this book. Generally, I really enjoy Jayne Ann Krentz's contemporaries. But, this one just fell a little flat for me and I can't really put my finger on why. I liked both main characters. The romance built nicely. I think part of it is that Jayne excels at adding a touch of paranormal to her books. While I kept seeing glimmers and hints at her previous paranormal ideas, it was as if she had taken her whole previous Arcane society mythology, watered it down to apply to a n ...more
Monica Williams
Jayne Ann Krentz has written a solid romantic thriller. 13 years ago Lucy Sheridan went to a party while visiting her aunt in Summer River, CA. Lucy is removed from the party by Mason Fletcher. Young Lucy resents her "rescue" by 19 year old Mason. Shortly after Lucy is taken from the party her aunt sends her home and Lucy does not return to Summer River until 13 years later. Her aunt and partner have died in a car accident and Lucy is there to settle up their estate. Their deaths appear to have ...more
Solid Romantic Suspense from a long-time favorite. I'm glad to see she's omitted most of the paranormal elements which have filled recent titles under all 3 of her names (Amanda Quick, Jayne Ann Krentz, Jayne Castle). She's back to her old form: interesting background details, sympathetic characters, real suspense/danger, and a satisfying love story. Read the book, don't listen. It's poorly narrated and that detracts.
A few questions left unanswered. More than one character pointed out that somebody was scared of another character, like really scared, but we never find out why. I was really looking forward to finding out the reasons for that, but nope. I also felt that Mason and Lucy jumped to wild conclusions sometimes. They ended up being correct, but I just couldn't figure out how they connected one dot to another. Still, it was quite the enjoyable read.
Jayne Ann Krentz is known for using the same pattern in her historical romance books (which she writes under a pseudonym Amanda Quick), but some of the patterns can be found in her contemporary novels too. Since I'm used to them and I do not have high expectations, I do not get disappointed very often when it comes to her.

I like this book because I'm into childhood-friends-become-lovers-and-solve-mysteries type of books. Some of the parts were predictable but having in mind that the real culprit
This is one of those books that I have been waiting for it to come out since I happened to read the back months ago on Amazon and I can say it was well worth the wait. I loved how Lucy and Mason interacted together throughout the book and how their relationship started 13 years ago and unknowingly to them shaped their views on relationships for most of their adult lives.
As for the mystery in the book it was typical Krentz well written with twist around every corner. The way she wove the past the
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