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Family Man

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  2,591 ratings  ·  72 reviews
As personal assistant to octogenarian matriarch Justine Gilchrist, Katy Wade has spent years sorting out Gilchrist family problems; but now she pulls off a minor miracle: she persuades Justine's grandson Luke, a talented restaurant consultant who has no use for his relatives, to rescue the family's restaurant chain from its financial decline. After nosing around, Luke clai ...more
Paperback, 393 pages
Published April 1st 1993 by Pocket Books (first published 1992)
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Jacob Proffitt
An early 90s Krentz and again, I'm impressed with the quality. There were some unquestioned gender stereotypes that penetrated throughout, but I find that it just didn't bother me. Indeed, I found some of Luke's sentiments regarding acceptable use of violence and his mild mentorship of Katy's brother Matt rather refreshing (even if he did once or twice pull the "it's a man thing, I'd better take charge" card).

I didn't much care for the Gilchrist family (fortunately, I don't think the reader was
This book, published in 1992, is riddled with cliches and stereotypes. Katy is the hard-working personal assistant to the matriarch of Gilchrist, Inc. She's a young, smart, girl-next-door type who has been supporting her younger brother since her parents died. she's become known as the Gilchrist Guardian Angel because she takes care of everything, from their overly dramatic family dynamics to running most of the details of the business.

Luke Gilchrist is the prodigal grandson who is talked into
This book is a favorite of mine by one of my most beloved romance authors.
The story was written in 1992 and interestingly contains characters which bare a remarkable resemblence to some very successful recent stories, one of which is being made into a movie.
The theme of the beautiful but nasty CEO, everyone calls The Bastard, who seduces his angelic employee heroine seems to pop up in many successful novels. Its a little like The Taming of the Shrew, where the shrew is the Hero.
I find myself as
Dropping this from 5 stars to 4 stars because, while the cooking scene at the end is still quite possibly the only "grand gesture" scene that's every worked for me*, I think I'm more fond of the dog than of any of the human characters.

*I tend to find grand gestures manipulative at best, a band-aid to temporarily cover up ongoing issues rather than deal with them. In this book, I think that's the hero's initial intent -- to trick the heroine into thinking that he's a gourmet cook, one of the qual
Blair McDowell
Luke Gilchrist, cold, impenetrable, dark hero and Kate Wade, all lightness and warmth are the template one finds often in Judith Ann Krentz’s novels. This is a ROMANCE. Krentz’s books are nothing if not formulaic. This is not to say the book is not an entertaining read—it is that. And at certain moments in my life, her books are exactly what I want to read. But the love (read sex) scenes are so the same from one of her books to another that they feel like a cut and paste exercise. The redemption ...more
Phyllis Sommers
A highly enjoyable novel that I couldn't put down. Katy Wade, personal assistant to Justine Gilchrist and her Gilchrist restaurant empire, approaches longtime family outcast, Justine's successful grandson, Luke, and asks him to move to Seattle to help save the family business, which has suddenly been thrust into financial trouble.

Luke has no interest in helping Justine or the business, still angry that he and his parents had been disowned by Justine after Luke's father, Thornton, left Katy's mot
As a long-time reader of Jayne Ann Krentz and all her pseudonyms, I've often seen reviews that mentioned Family Man as being among her best books. And I'd say that it lives up to that reputation. This story contained a lot of the things that I like in JAK's books and very few of the things that I don't.

Despite this being an older book, Luke had none of the arrogant, abusive, alpha male tendencies that a lot of older romance novel heroes have. He was strong and assertive when the occasion called
Katy Wade has worked for the Gilchrist family since she finished high school. Ready to start her own business, she just needs to lure the black sheep of the family, Luke Gilchrist, back to take over the Gilchrist empire and save the family's restaurants. After the way the family treated his parents, Luke has no interest in saving the family. But Katy Wade does interest him. Her tenacity intrigues him. She is like a little bulldog who won't let go. So Luke makes a deal with his Grandmother, the G ...more
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
First published: 1992
Length: 393 pages, 5302 kindle locations
Setting: Contemporary. Near Seattle.
Sex: Explicit and frequent.
Hero: Restaurant entrepreneur.
Heroine: De facto parent to younger brother. PA to family matriarch.

It's a perfectly reasonable early-90s romance.
She is a homebody with a steel spine and heart of gold.
He is a male who can't do anything around the house (needs a carer) who respects her when no-one else does, dark edges that can only be lightened by you
First a disclaimer - I don't typically read straight up romances, so it may be much more appealing to romance lovers. I did like the book and thought about the characters between reading sessions, and I felt it moved along at a nice clip. The book was engaging and I am not sorry I read it and I never thought of abandoning it.


Um - it was also just ridiculous in so many parts. The author kept using the same phrases to describe the main characters. The pace at which the romance progressed
Feb 02, 2009 Wendy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance lovers
This has been one of my favorite books over the years. I re read it every so often and enjoy it a lot. I love the family dynamics and the twisted side of every family that is shown here. Luke is sexy and take charge yet is led by this beautiful woman with the courage to fight him. You'll love it!
Sep 21, 2007 Annette rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone needing something to tuck into their beach bag.
Shelves: trashyromance
Krentz is one of my favorite authors in the genre. Her books have tremendous humor - which I enjoy. In my opinion, romance novels often seem to take themselves too seriously. This was just fun.
Although the story was ok, the hero was a bit too much of a macho jackass and the heroine too much the doormat to be a truly enjoyable read. Although it was published in the early 90's, it read more like an 80's romance where the guy tells the girl "don't you worry your pretty little head sweetheart, I'll fix everything for you!" and the girl, with stars in her eyes and a dreamy smile says "my hero!" and stands back to let him take care of everything while admiring his godlike physique... It jus ...more
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katy took a job working for justine gilchrist when her parents died so that she could support her young brother. she wants out of the craziness that is the gilchrist family, and is sent to track down justine's grandson, who is called the bastard. luke's father stood up katy's mother on their wedding day and ran off with his secretary instead. justine wrote that part of the family out of the will, but now she needs someone to run her company. luke lost his parents and his wife in a plane
This book is one of my all-time favorites.

I think I've read all of Jayne Ann Krentz books. Not only do I have it in paperback, I also bought an e-copy to have it with me at all times.

It was published in 1992, one of her older novels, and is full of stereotypes. I still love it!!

The book is an easy and enjoyable read. The family dynamics, the dog that never leaves its bowl, the younger brother, her "love-affair" with her soon to be pesto-restaurant, are all entertaining and make me want to read i
This was my first foray into the world JAK and she did not disappoint! I loved it! For having been written in the early 90's, the story has a timeless feel and nothing felt overly outdated. I loved the characters and I thought the plot line moved at a great pace! I held my attention and I just kept turning the pages, unable to drag myself away from the book. This was my first book by the great Jayne but it won't be my last!
I've read Jayne Ann Krentz and Amanda Quick so I know what I'm getting into. That said I did enjoy this read, but I know it wont be for everyone. If you like throw back JAK then check this one out.

Steam factor: A solid 3/5 - the scenes were sensual and tasteful. The chemistry was there but maybe too rushed?
Trashy Katie
I tend to really enjoy Ms. Krentz's work, but her earlier novels suffer from some caveman thinking. While reading the book 3 words kept popping into my head that I think encapsulates the problems I had with this book: Consent Issues Abound. The heroine says no to the hero so many times and he just ignores her. Gah!
Nice romantic little novel. I liked Kate and Luke, and he's well described as "The Bastard", an "SOB of a CEO", though in the end, we all know he isn't. Written in 1992, it ages well and shows that romance never fades or changes; only the gadgets do.

I liked it, it took me back to the 90s.
Agnes Ross
The wealthy, restauranteur Gilchrist family has cornered the market on "family DRAMA". But the somewhat comic love story also deals with the pain and tragedy of those who are "road kill" in the family's drive to the top of the business chain.
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nice, sweet story. except, what's with Luke constantly thinking about his witchy, dark, sexy, and violently passionate deceased wife Ariel. sheesh. this would be a solid 4 star for me, but that just made me take off one of those stars.
Wow...i loved this book!! What a fantastic read from start to end....!! I enjoyed the main characters Luke and Katy. Their romance was sweet n strong...!! Katy's character was so sweet n you will just love her ....all her interactions with she is a guardian angel as Luke always say. The suspense was not much a suspense as we almost knew what was happening...but it was a great side story to the romance! Only one teeny tiny problem for me was the use of Gilchrist by Katy...a ...more
This Title was an excellent Romance. This title will be on either my bookshelf or in my hands being reread
An okay novel. Zeke the dog and his bowl really steal the show.
I tend to have problems with romance novels written before about 2000 - the gender roles are so archaic! Luke literally says "She's a woman, of course she's overreacting." Who is the target audience!?

My other complaint is the presumption that Luke has any obligation to his family who disowned his father and shunned his mother and him for his entire life. Why the hell would he have any responsibility for the family that treats him so terribly he's referred to as "the Bastard" because they refuse
A wonderful romance novel.
Nice sunday romance novel :)
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