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New York Times bestselling sensation Jayne Ann Krentz delivers the romantic story of two opposites that attract in The Ties that Bind.Shannon Raine lives in the artistic community of Mendocino, where she designs silk-screened fabrics that look like medieval illuminations. When Garth Sheridan appears on the beach outside her home, she is immediately drawn to him, convinced ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Harlequin Books (first published 1986)
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Maxine
Nope

Ick. Ack. Dear god. Bah.

Someone remind me to never read dated romance novels. This was written in 1986. I was one year old.
I can only hope that in 1986 men weren't quite such complete and utter jerknozzles. But I have my doubts. All I can hope is that in another 25 years or so people will read romances written in 2014 and laugh at our silly gender constructs and stereotypes. (I hope).

What a pair in this novel! They almost deserve each other. Almost, but not quite. Our "hero," Garth, is the quint
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Sarah
29/1 - What's worse, a really boring classic where the main character/narrator is waffling on about God knows what, or a dated romance featuring a TSTL heroine (my first use of that phrase/acronym, YAY!) and an asshole hero? I think the one thing that tips the balance in the dated romance's favour is that the pages are thick and the writing big, which meant that while I grimaced and shook my head through the whole session I managed to read 70 pages in half an hour last night.

After getting starte
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Sarah
Feb 18, 2014 Sarah rated it did not like it
I can't finish this one, sorry Ms. Krentz!!! JAK was one of my favorite romance authors back when I was cutting my teeth on romance, so when this older book of hers went on sale for kindle, I thought it would be fun to read, even though I couldn't remember if I had read it or not. I was wrong. It was painful and I only made it through about 30%. The male lead is a douchecanoe who wants all of the power over the dumb female lead. She is mostly helpless but also bright enough to resent the dude ma ...more
Willow Brook
Jul 30, 2013 Willow Brook rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Three stars but only because I am such a long time fan of Krenz. Almost 30 years old, The Ties That Bind is a typical, at times nonsensical category romance of the era. It is like a microwave dinner, some approximation of a tasty, carefully prepared meal. There is the artsy, naive (at times TSTL) heroine who is drawn to the surly (but he has been hurt and betrayed in the past) loner Hero and owner of a company dealing with corporate espionage. The meet, fall in love, have major misunderstandings ...more
Maria
Dec 11, 2013 Maria rated it liked it
As usual, Ms. Krentz makes the protagonists polar opposites with Shannon Raine a silk-screen artist and Garth Sheridan a hard-core businessman, yet they work through their differences as they get to know each other. This book was somewhat disappointing. By 1986, most of Ms. Krentz's writing is at a higher level than this, but I was so excited to get an out-of-print I hadn't read yet that it made up for a lot. The plot was a bit thin and the characters not quite as rich as I have come to expect f ...more
Gab
Apr 29, 2016 Gab rated it really liked it
There's alot hate on for this book but while it was dated it was also still good.
The comments that described the relationship as abusive I personally disagree with - and some of our h's earlier misunderstandings have been taken as gospel by some readers. I don't see it as being anything like 50 Shades [which I refuse to read] - just two people that turn out to be what the other needed.
Our H had become cynical after being continually betrayed by those he trusted. He was broken inside in an almos
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Jessica
Jan 11, 2010 Jessica rated it liked it
Classic 80's JAK romance, with an alpha hero and soft artsy heroine. Quick, easy reading.
Lara
Jan 31, 2015 Lara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I picked this up at the library in the new releases section. However, I knew immediately that it was a rerelease. The strange thing is that when I started, it felt very similar to the most recent book I've read by Krentz: Trust No One. However, it soon made it's differences clear. The heroine is an artist who is making a living through her unique prints on cards and tote bags. The hero is a businessman (no surprise there) who is somewhat more condescending than Krentz's current heroes. However, ...more
Jennifer Mae Lawson
Dec 09, 2013 Jennifer Mae Lawson rated it liked it
The Ties That Bind is a typical romance novel, primarily because the main characters are a free-spirited artist named Shannon Raine and a brooding corporate king named Garth Sheridan. The novel is set along the coast at Mendocino, California, as well as the Silicon Valley. The characters face different challenges; Garth must choose whether or not his past will define his future, Shannon must choose whether love is worth sacrificing for. As a romance novel the main focus is the budding romance be ...more
K.E. Saxon
Mar 06, 2014 K.E. Saxon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a Krentz fan for years, but had never read this particular book. I enjoyed it. It was written and set in the late 80s, but that really didn't detract from the story, at least for me. I won't get into rehashing the synopsis, because this is simply a nice, romantic harlequin-type romance with a bit of corporate espionage/intrigue thrown in. If you like contemporary Harlequin-type romances, then I believe you'll enjoy this book.
Holly
Jan 13, 2013 Holly rated it really liked it
After a disappointing read by a newer author, I decided to re-read some older Jayne Ann Krenz.
This story was written in 1986 and is one of my favorites. There is just enough of everything!
Superb dialog, brilliant plot(almost a thriller, but not quite) that just pulls you in. The characters are just what I like. The male lead,Garth, is a strong alpha type guy who is just a bit rough and clueless about women. He is all business, and he has been hurt badly in the past so he has some trust issues. T
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Ayu Wirdha
Sep 16, 2015 Ayu Wirdha rated it liked it
Gara2 istri & partner bisnis selingkuh sekaligus mengambil rahasia perusahaan membuat Garth sulit mempercayai org lain. Ketika menemukan kontrak proposal di tas Shannon lgsung menuduh Shannon penghianat pdhal kalo secara logika, kontrak tsb hanya diketahui oleh 3 org (sharon tdk termasuk), parahnya lg Shannon lgsung kabur bukannya membela diri.
Natalie
Jul 29, 2016 Natalie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An older title by this author. Never really felt that the main characters were truly in love. Garth was also too domineering, and the relationship didn't seem that healthy.
charmaine White
Jun 05, 2015 charmaine White rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always great

You know when you're picking up a book by Jayne Ann Krentz that you're going to enjoy it.She never fails to amaze.
Annette McIntyre
Apr 01, 2016 Annette McIntyre rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Dreck is all I can say about this book. The main male character is overbearing, and the female is pathetic.
Shahla F
Aug 25, 2014 Shahla F rated it did not like it
.5 stars!
I don't even know what the author was thinking writing this book - it's absolutely atrocious!
Karen
Jul 08, 2014 Karen rated it did not like it
obviously one of her first books. So not the fabulous writer she is today. don't bother with it.
AJP_Bear
It took a FULL half the book for setup. I almost didn't make it to the really enjoyable part.
Amy
Jan 20, 2015 Amy rated it liked it
I thought I'd read all of JAK's novels. This is an old one. Good, but kinda predictable.
Shirl
Nov 20, 2014 Shirl rated it really liked it
How an artist and a Silicon Valley business man learn to love and trust each other.
Dacia
Nov 11, 2014 Dacia rated it it was ok
It was ok, has some funny parts. The characters are like-able and is a quick read.
Darlene
Feb 15, 2014 Darlene rated it really liked it
Love her books. Automatic buy for me
Agnes Ross
Feb 10, 2014 Agnes Ross rated it really liked it
Another of one of my favorite authors.
Teresa Jones
Oct 13, 2014 Teresa Jones rated it it was ok
Very predictible read.
Ave M
Jan 24, 2015 Ave M rated it did not like it
What was I thinking? Horrible
Alisha
Apr 27, 2016 Alisha rated it really liked it
3.75
Edistokitty
I have also read this one, ages ago. Not rereading.
C K
Oct 10, 2012 C K rated it it was amazing
This is an author that I have read a lot of and have added her books to my 'keeper' book shelf. Most I have read at least twice and some even more than that.
Jessica
Jan 08, 2012 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: category-romance
Oh, the angst. Enjoyable, fast read, but I have to admit I kept comparing it to the author's more fleshed out and more humorous Trust Me.
Judy Goodnight
20+ years later, Garth's "I know best for you & want to protect you" attitude don't play as well as they did in the 80's. But still it's a JAK book.
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The author of over 50 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print.

She earned a B.A. in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to obtain a Masters degre
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