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The Ties That Bind

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  699 ratings  ·  26 reviews
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, convince ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Harlequin Books (first published 1986)
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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
Willow Brook
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
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
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
Classic 80's JAK romance, with an alpha hero and soft artsy heroine. Quick, easy reading.
Jennifer Mae Lawson
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
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.
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
Shahla F
.5 stars!
I don't even know what the author was thinking writing this book - it's absolutely atrocious!
obviously one of her first books. So not the fabulous writer she is today. don't bother with it.
It took a FULL half the book for setup. I almost didn't make it to the really enjoyable part.
How an artist and a Silicon Valley business man learn to love and trust each other.
It was ok, has some funny parts. The characters are like-able and is a quick read.
Love her books. Automatic buy for me
Agnes J
Another of one of my favorite authors.
Teresa Jones
Very predictible read.
I have also read this one, ages ago. Not rereading.
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.
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.
This was an ok book. It was a easy read, but was very transparent at times. Not one of my favorite.
Mom_in_a Ali
Good quick read nothing spectacular and not dull.
A ton of fun it's an oldie but I enjoyed it.
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The author of over 40 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense, often with a psychic and paranormal twist, 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 Sant
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