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Sweet Fortune

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  1,692 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Everyone thought Jessie Benedict’s impending marriage to Sam Hatchard was a great arrangement—everyone, that is, but Jessie herself. Was she the only one who could see that Hatchard, her powerful father’s protégé, had a scheming ulterior motive in marrying her? He was more than just a chip off the old workaholic’s block—he was positively lusting after Jessie’s inheritance ...more
Paperback, 342 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Pocket Books (first published 1991)
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Slow beginning, but recovers in second half. Somewhat disappointing, but still fair relaxation read. 2.5 stars.
Sheila Melo
Nov 03, 2014 Sheila Melo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic Krentz

A classic Krentz from the early 1990s, SWEET FORTUNE is the story of a hardheaded business man and a free spirited woman.

THE STORY: Jessie Benedict is the quirky daughter of an obsessed business man who destroyed his marriages and his family because of his dedication to his business. She has had a string of jobs where she ends up getting herself fired. She now has a job as an assistant to a psychic. Her family wants her to marry her father's new business consultant and CEO Sam "Ha
Jenny Schwartz
Aug 15, 2014 Jenny Schwartz rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Sam Hatchard is a bit annoying as the hero initially. He's so certain he and Jessie would do okay together. He ignores her valid reasons for doubting that. But as he grows through the story and you learn more about him, he's cool.

Plus, Jessie has no problems standing up to him.

"Sweet Fortune" is a re-release of an older book and at times its datedness shows - but I love that! The book has charm and Jayne Ann Krentz's wonderful way of wrapping up all the threads so there's not just a happy ending
Aug 23, 2016 Grimcats rated it really liked it
Another fine book by Jayne Ann Krentz (read it for a second time).

Let me start by saying that this book, like a lot of others by the same author has some crazy family dynamics involved. For a reader like me this is something that puts the book in my - 'to be read radar'.

The H and h are both involved in a somewhat non typical relationship where the guy is after her and trying to convince her to be with him for all the wrong the reasons (the funny part being that he knew what the right reasons wer
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
First published: 1991
Length: 6148 kindle locations
Setting: Contemporary, Seattle.
Sex: Explicit. Reasonably frequent.
Hero: Works for her father. Widowed.
Heroine: Assistant to a psychic consultant.

The book about the environment.

This book has a cause. To clean up our world, especially around Seattle.

But it also has a Hero who's a bit of a stalker, and one of those guys your friends would tell you to be careful with.

1. He moves in without her say so. Just decides he's going t
Dec 25, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my comfort reads, from JAK's very enjoyable "Seattle in the '90s" period. Smart, goofy heroine; smart, cranky hero; family hijinks. Looking back, I think these set the bar for what I expect in a romance novel. (Saying that, I will admit that I view the hero's more dictatorial qualities through nostalgia goggles.)
Mar 24, 2008 jenjn79 rated it really liked it
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The characters in this book are great and so is Ms. Krentz's humorous dialogue. The book rolls up and down like a good roller coaster ride as Jesse Benedict tries to manuever her way through Sam Hatchard's manipulations. He wants marriage, and she does not, an unusal twist in itself. Ms. Krentz carries the corporate strategy theme all through the book, another of her trademarks, whether the theme is art, glass, mirrors, or something else. As usual there are a host of other wonderful characters t ...more
Nov 03, 2014 Cecily rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-archive

One for nostalgia buffs ( as long as your chosen era was the very early 1990s). The plot was decidedly pre-mobile phone and internet, and a touch patriarchal to the point where it wasn't entirely possible to suspend judgement and disbelief. And it was a reminder, if one was needed, that foreplay seemingly wasn't invented until the 21st century :-) And still I liked it. Go figure.
Jul 17, 2015 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Book!

Love this author, great character development and dialogue. Excellent underlying romantic theme, well done with just the right tension in the male/female interaction and relationship.
Jan 25, 2015 S rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow in parts, but a great "relaxation" read!

Jayne's fans will enjoy this book! I think that it meets all needs for the reader that wants to relax with a good story that is well written.
Debbie Katauskas

I am a friend of Debbie. Wow, really really really great read. Awesome book Jayne ann Krentz. I give it 4 stars. its good for those who like romance with a some mystery mixed in.
Slow beginning, but improves in second half. Decent relaxation read, 2.5 stars.
Oct 22, 2014 Kate rated it liked it
Not one of her best; but even her lesser than's are better than most.
Susan Sullivan
Nice to reread a classic. Still enjoyed it.
Jun 26, 2016 JenniferB rated it really liked it
As above but bit better because more humerous
Mar 15, 2015 Shirl rated it really liked it
As always, a great story by Krentz.
Mar 08, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it
Fantastic fluff!!!
Deranged Dreamer
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Jul 07, 2010 Yvonne rated it it was amazing
"we are here to officially announce our engagement. I thank all of you for being here to celebrate this momentous event with us. I know it isn't easy for some among you to accept this situation, but who the hell cares? This is the way it's going to be."
Judy Goodnight
May 16, 2012 Judy Goodnight rated it really liked it
Jessie, the businessman's daughter who can't keep a job, and Sam Hatchard, the corporate shark with a thin layer of insecurity, are matched in this tale of psychic investigation, family maneuvering and the deep need for love, loyalty, family & home.
Jan 05, 2012 Lee rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for Krentz and I really like her Seattle books. Manly men, spacy women, crazy families. Yeah, formula all the way. I love them though.
Oct 20, 2013 Paraphrodite rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2013
An oldie but a goodie. Typical JAK couple and quirky family dynamics. A light and enjoyable listen.
Not one of my favorites. I found the heroine too much of a push-over for me.
Dec 09, 2014 Amy rated it liked it
This is a re-read, but classic JAK. love a good story
Apr 15, 2013 Steven rated it really liked it
I liked this one. Not 5 star buy a solid 4.
Jul 21, 2014 Ewa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, kindle, my-own
Like it :)
Jackie Simons
Read 3/07
Karen Desmond
Nov 02, 2011 Karen Desmond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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