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The captivating new novel from the New York Times best selling author of Grand Passion!


Passion is simple, but there's no logic to love....


When Desdemona Wainwright tries to collect a much-needed payment for catering Sam Stark's canceled wedding reception, she encounters not a heartbroken suitor, but the steel-willed head of a multimillion-dollar consulting firm with th

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Hardcover, Large Print, 439 pages
Published December 31st 1995 by Wheeler Publishing (first published 1995)
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Penny Watson
ADORED this book!

Super smarty-pants hero, with glasses, and no social skills.

Cute caterer with a meddling, theatrical family.

Great H/h chemistry, intriguing little mystery, too.

A real winner!

Grade: A
Jacob Proffitt
Another excellent Krentz romance. Again with Krentz' signature wit and sometimes subtle humor and with two very fun leads. I had minor issues with Desdemona's family of freeloaders and feel that author dictate was the only thing that prevented them from being an unbearable burden on both her and her relationship with Sam. This is made up for, a bit, with Sam and his family. Yeah, they're also freeloaders, but in more of an emotional sense and there's at least the illusion of progress. Sam's neph...more
Vanessa
I was thinking as I read (or in this case listened) that this would end up being strictly a romance book, but some intrigue was introduced and it fit in with the romance and the story. One of the reasons I love Krentz is her ability to come up with funny and unique characters. Stark is unusual as he is not portrayed as your classic romantic hunk. Oh, he's good looking and mesmerizing in his own way, but he is a computer expert who has trouble understanding relationships with anyone and expressin...more
Jill Dunlop
Once again Sam Stark finds himself rejected at the alter. You think he would be used to it by now. Sam is the owner and founder of Stark Security Systems. He confines himself to logic and order and prefers his computers rather than people with their messy emotions. He was hoping marry a woman to help him deal with the social aspects of his company. He definitely wasn't looking for something as chaotic as falling in love. Desdemona Wainwright finds herself in the awkward position of needing to gi...more
Carrie
3.5* Humorous mystery with a very sweet romance thrown in. I enjoyed Krentz's portrayal of Stark, and for once the bumbled communication between hero and heroine made sense for the characters. Plus the author didn't let it go on too long. I didn't mind the secondary characters, but I did get really tired of all the "Wainwright" references after a while. I liked the way Krentz wrapped up the mystery and the personal stories. I hate it when books lose steam at the end, but didn't feel that way abo...more
Paraphrodite
Sam Stark complained to his caterer Desdemona after he got jilted at the altar again. He is definitely a nerd. No wonder he's rich!!! Desdemona comes from a theatrical family so she's more used to drama and emotion than reason and facts. So on the surface, it's another strange match, very typical of JAK couples. I read this years ago but it was nice to revisit these old friends. However, I have to admit I wasn't very keen on the narrator in this audio edition. His voice just didn't seem right to...more
Graylark
Sam Stark was an interesting character. He was socially awkward, but not in a stuttering, painful way--he just dealt with people as he knew how to, and adjusted as he went along.

The mystery was pretty interesting and kept me guessing.

The book had a lot of potential but it felt like it didn't live up to it. Most notable was the weddings and prenuptial agreements, the previous failures of which were played up heavily at the start of the book. With that buildup, I was expecting them to get approp...more
Mary
Sam Stark is the founder and owner of Stark Security Systems. He is a nerd. He is about to get married but his fiancee ditches him at the altar. This is the second time this has happened to him. What is wrong? Why do the women walk out on him? Could it be him or is it her? He's looking for a woman that will handle all the social aspects of his life. He just isn't good at it he prefers computers to people. Stark wants nothing to do with his family.

Desdemona is a caterer. She is the responsible me...more
Cynthia
Ugh. Such awkward writing. There was no heat, no wit, and no heart. Lots of telling, no showing. The whole dramatic Wainwright family and its supposed traits were so annoying.

I didn't find Stark to be at all interesting or intriguing. When Desdemona decided she was in love with him, it was so jarring and unbelievable.

The "mystery" was wrapped up neater than a Scooby Doo story.

All in all, just so ineptly done.

I feel cheated out of my time.
Silvia
5 EPIC AMAZING STAR

trust me was my first book of Jayne ANn Krentz and it was amazing...i loved the way she wrote the story, all the character were alive and warm...

desdemoda was the most warmest and wise heroine ive ever read, shes never judge other, she loved her family sincerely and full of compasion...i guess shes the only one that will become sam stark's angel....eventhough they were the opposite character but desdemoda was so wise and patience for him, shes willing to learn the way stark th...more
Kathie
May 25, 2014 Kathie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathie by: Virginia
Somewhat of a mystery and OK plot especially if you cut out the steamy sex scenes. Desdemona and Stark meet when she caters the reception for Stark's wedding. He is stood up at the altar and the relationship of the two starts from there. Desdemona is a member of the Wainwright family who are actors. She is the only one who has steady work so she hires family members to work at her catering company. Sam Stark is a multimillion dollar owner of a computer security company and someone is trying to s...more
C.J. England
My very favorite book of hers. I've read it so many times it's dog eared.
Jilly
Again, I have problems with romances written before 2000-ish -- a 28-year-old woman has sex with a guy and a) her whole family comments on it and b) assumes that means she's getting married. What is this, 1952??

Also, it really bothers me when, for the purposes of plot exposition, the female lead is forced to act like a complete idiot so the male lead can explain the most basic elements of the world to her and, by extension, the reader. Find a better way!!

Also, how did we survive without cell pho...more
Lisakit
This whole series has been quite good. Nominally a romance series, there are wonderful elements of victorian/steampunk, modern-day/supernatural, and futuristic/alien. Each of her time-lines in this series are well-developed and thought out. Each are also written under a different pseudonymn (Jayne Castle is another).

This particular one is in the modern-day time-line. Well-written and likeable characters with a fun mystery plot. You'll get more out of it if you read the previous books, but it's a...more
Ursula Gorman
Trust Me by JAK is a fun, endearing read. I started it late in morning and stayed up until I finished it. What happens with free spirited Desdemona meets Stark, a man that is usually compared to an android or computer? Fireworks! Desdemona helps Stark learn how to start expressing his emotions; while most other people don't see it, she see's a real, feeling person inside the sexy make body!
Stark has been left at the alter twice and he doesn't understand why. He approached finding a suitable wife...more
Caroline
A strong opening with millionaire computer genius Sam Stark left standing at the altar for the second time and Desdemona Wainwright, his wedding reception caterer, left with the bill. After patiently listening to his self-censuring tale of woe, she finally gets through to him long enough to get paid, and thus begins a growing relationship between two very different personalities.

Computer espionage puts in an appearance and propels the story forward, but the progress is held back by the baggage o...more
Inga
Dezdemona Venraita uzskata, ka miljonārs Sems Stārks ir pārāk mierīgs, kaut arī viņu pie paša altāra tikko pametusi līgava. Dezdemona noalgota kāzu galdu klāšanai, un viņa ierodas pie Stārka lai pieprasītu samaksu par nenotikušajām viesībām. Sems un Dezdemona atklāj viens otrā nepavaldāmu kaisli nesalaužamu uzticību...

Manas domas par grāmatu: Šķiet šo grāmatu lasīju pirms 13 gadiem, kad viņu publicēja LV. Pa šo laiku es jau biju aizmirsusi autoru, kas ir šo grāmatu sarakstījusi un arī grāmatas n...more
Dannielle R
3.5 stars.

I was actually surprised by how into this book I got, and how much I enjoyed it. I just picked it up because it was something to read and my mom had it on her bookshelf. The mystery aspect to it was nice, but it wasn't overbearing. The romance was nice, and definitely spicy at certain points.
I was sort of annoyed with the lack of empathy people had for Sam, especially the Wainswright's early on. They were rude and crass about him not 'having emotions' and being 'nerdy'. It actually i...more
Madhellena
I am a big fan of Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick. I especially love her heroines, because they are quirky in an unexpected way - and the conflicts in her books are always believable.
This one I loved because of the hero also - the android-type/emotionally stunted guys are very interesting. It was a really good book that reminded me of the good old times when I read romance novels during class in high-school :)
Jessi
This is a book that is definitely dated (references to PDAs and characters who don't know how to email) but is still pretty fun.
Desdemona Wainwright meets Sam Stark because she caters his wedding. The opening scene has her talking to Sam about the bill for his aborted wedding. She knows that he is attracted to him and, as he comes out of his stupor, he realizes that he kind of likes her as well. Desdemona is a little worried that he is still upset over his wedding and invites him to an experimen...more
April
This is probably the umpteenth time I've read this book, but it doesn't get old. I loved Desdemona and Stark just as much this time as I did the first time read Trust Me. Even though I know the answer to the who-dun-it I still enjoy who it plays out thinking it's this or that person but being completely wrong. This is why Jayne Ann Krentz is forever on my To Buy list.
Deb
JAK is becoming a comfort read for me, both under this name and as Amanda Quick. Her style of writing brings forth the emotions and you can truly relate to her characters. Her heroines are always quirky and feisty, and her heroes are true heroes, flawed yet great at the same time. And the snappy dialogue is so humorous. You always know what you're going to get with a JAK book, and that's a good read. This book was no different. I loved the secondary characters (always a hoot), the heroine and es...more
Mrs. Garen L. Herd
Great read

Very highly recommend. I have read almost all of her books written under Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle and the paranormal series involving all three authors and loved them all. This book was wonderful. I could hardly put it down. The characters are funny and emotional. You feel what they feel. And the mystery is there, also.
Jane Cousins
This is my go to book on a rainy winter day when I just want to read something fun and familiar. Love all Jayne Ann Krentz books and still buy all her latest but my favourites are the books written around the time Trust Me was published. Including the early PNR trilogy Orchid, Amaryllis and Zinnia.
Diane
One of the things I like the most about this author is how she's able to build interesting and full secondary characters around the main characters. The mains are flawed interesting people who interact with flawed interesting people. This book is full of cute, quirky, different but interesting people. I enjoyed the unique story and I love the characters. One of my top five favourites of this author.
Jane Stewart
What a good story! Very feel good ending!

There were a lot of good ideas. I enjoyed thinking about several parts of the book for quite awhile afterwards. I enjoyed the ideas about family and family ties through adoption, both formal and informal.

Story brief:
Desdemonia runs a catering business. She was adopted by a family of actors when she was a child. Sam was abandoned as a child and is now a successful computer genius with almost no people skills. How Desdemonia and her emotionally open family...more
Olga Godim
Theater and computers don’t mix well – except in this delightful tale by one of my favorite writers. The novel combines a solid plot line, based on industrial espionage, interesting male and female leads, and a pinch of humor. Several dialogs are simply priceless, probably some of the best JAK has written. All in all, this book is a perfect brain candy (I shamelessly steal the term from Mike, the Paladin): a light, engrossing read with no thinking required. Of course, there is prerequisite steam...more
Robin (RBBR)
I'd heard others talk about Jayne Ann Krentz but hadn't read her but when I came across this one it said Read Me. I recall really liking this book but unfortunately its been a number of years since I read it and therefore can't recall anything specific that stood out to add to the Blurb it is a Keeper though. Krentz writes Romantic Suspense which isn't my normal fare and although I have picked up and looked at other books by her I've put them back on the shelf because they all seem to be darker...more
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
My first JA Krentz book and I'm not sure if it was the best place for me to start. I got my first real computer, a Kaypro II, in 1983. I've had a computer of some type forever. I even worked as a programmer for a few years. So when a book hinges on computer lingo, what can and does happen with a computer, and encryption methods, it should be accurate and representative. The whole thing was just off.

I liked the love story. I liked the Wainwrights. I liked the sex scenes. Dialog was OK. But myste...more
Judith
I enjoyed the story. I appreciated Stark being a brainy (nerdy)person with a "great bod", wanting more out of life but not knowing how to go about it. He was great- he just needed someone to care and show him how to love and stop being so analytical about everything. The opening sign was great. Stark was left standing at the alter for the 2nd time. Desdemona is the caterer and is having to console him while she tries to get him to pay the bill. Cute scene. Desdemona was a sweetie. I did get tire...more
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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.

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“Trust me, Wainwright, ninety-nine times out of a hundred you can bet the bank that I’m serious.”

“What about the one time when you’re not?”

“I’m asleep.”
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“I love you, Desdemona.”
“I know,” she whispered. “You don’t have to say the words.”
He smiled slowly. “Trust me, you’re going to hear them every day for the rest of our lives.”
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