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Eclipse Bay (Eclipse Bay #1)

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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  3,234 ratings  ·  110 reviews
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"It's no wonder that AKrentz's? novels consistently hit bestseller lists."
--Publishers Weekly


Eclipse Bay has grown and flourished on the rugged Oregon coast, where the shore can be rocky and forbidding, full of sharp cliffs and hidden coves. Eclipse Bay by Jayne Ann Krentz, this small town is also filled with secrets as treacherous as the landscape an

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ebook, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Jane Stewart
2.5 stars. I have mixed feelings on this book. It felt too much like a bland mystery for me.

There was romance, but it didn't draw me in as much as I would have liked. Rafe Madison and Hannah Harte are the two main characters. Their grandfathers were business partners turned enemies, with a feud that lasted thirty-some years. Hannah's Aunt Isabel owns a large mansion. She believes Rafe and Hannah are right for each other, even though they have never dated. When she dies she leaves her mansion to
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Christine
My least favorite by this author so far. Since she seems to have dozens of titles, I suppose that's bound to happen sooner or later.

This book attempts to be a modern day Romeo and Juliet, with the children of two feuding families developing a romantic interest in one another. Something about the feud never resonated with me, though, and I got increasingly annoyed every time they talked about what the Harts would do or what a Madison would do, as if every member of the same family has the same p
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Domino (aka Meme)
this book was just alright. before starting the novel i thought it would be pretty good. the plot being about a fued between two families and how an individuals from each family fall in love and marry eventhough their families disapprove. well...the fued really didn't seem warranted and the relationship between the two main characters wasn't all that great and then there was this mystery that got solved like a Scooby Doo cartoon. seriously, i mean the villain actually said "if it weren't for u t ...more
Farah
It could have been a good read if it weren't for the stuck up heroine and the constant use of " A Madison doesn't do this .. A Madison doesn't do that .. Harte family this and Harte family that GAH enough already !!! every few lines we either hear the Madison name or the Harte name .. it was excruciatingly annoying .. also the whole family feud issue was ridiculous and way over the top. I didn't really like this one.
Lauren
Eclipse Bay
4 Stars

Synopsis
In the small town of Eclipse Bay nothing is more certain than the Harte/Madison feud. Hannah Harte and Rafe Madison are expected to continue the tradition but when they are thrust together by an unexpected inheritance, they soon discover that what they feel for each other is far from hatred. Unfortunately, their return to Eclipse Bay has also awakened a dormant threat that may jeopardize everything they are working toward.

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A sweet romance and a solid mystery.

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Heather
A modern day romance with a touch of Romeo and Juliet, a hunky leading man, a murder mystery, and a beautiful beach setting.

I wanted to love this book, I really did, but it fell flat in a few areas.

Rafe is the small town bad-boy from the Madison family. With a history of failed marriages, his goal in life is to stay out of jail. Rafe cooks like a God, looks like a God, and apparently has the patience of a God to put up with Hannah.

Hannah, daughter of the feuding family, the Harts, is a prissy,
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Gizella Tóth
A régi jó JAK, amit úgy imádtam. Üdvös lenne, ha teljesen visszatérne ehhez a stílushoz a meglehetősen sikerületlen paratrilógiái helyett. (Mondjuk, olyan apróságokon elgondolkodtam, mi lehetett a kvintakármicsoda angol megfelelője, és miért kellett használni, tényleg nem volt más jelző... vagy azon, hogy a magyar nem színházat csinál, hanem jelenetet rendez vagy cirkuszol (cirkuszt csinál:)... és társain, de ezzel együtt az elejétől a végéig élveztem.
Jane (PS)
Audiobook - 2.5 stars

This was OK. I can't say I liked it. It was all a bit ho-hum and... what wine are they drinking now? - Hmmm wouldn't mind a wine... Perhaps I'll put this book down and go get one... It just didn't grab my attention (except to make me thirsty). I don't think I'll continue with the next book.
penelopewanders
Actually reminds me of some by Nora Roberts... A good read, despite the heroine - characterized as prim and prissy and indeed, rather irritating on the whole. Hero much more fun to be around, and one can only hope she mellows before he loses the stars in his eyes..
Nina
Ta trilogija mi je daleko najzanimljivija iz opusa doticne, svakako preporucam, i citajte po redu :)
Connie N.
What a pleasant, enjoyable romance, with a bit of an old-fashioned feel about it. Perhaps because there wasn't a huge number of sexual scenes, or perhaps because the heroine seemed a little prudish, or maybe it was just a typical romantic plot. In any case, it was very good and I will definitely continue with this series. Rafe is the poor-boy-turned-rich-man, a good-looking town boy from the wrong side of the tracks, with a bit of a rough reputation. He's come back to town 8 years later driving ...more
Becky
I really liked this story! I’m excited that it’s a series and that I get to follow these characters a little further. Both Rafe and Hannah are incredibly independent individuals and to see them come together was fun. Hannah is very naive which was a little annoying at times, but it still worked for her in this book.


The little bit of drama that the two were involved in gave the story something more than just a love story. Most of all, their honesty and determination carry them through the invest
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Debbie
This is a fairly average romance/mystery.

Eclipse Bay is in Oregon. The Madisons and Hartes have lived there for years, but a falling out between war buddies Mitchell Madison and Sullivan Harte over a business deal gone sour three generations ago had resulted in a long-standing feud between the families.

Their grandchildren, Rafe Madison and Hannah Harte meet by chance one night on the beach at Eclipse Bay when Rafe is 24 and Hannah 20. Hannah has her life mapped out in front of her, while Rafe's
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Kate McMurry
Review of Kindle Edition of a fun, witty Krentz romantic suspense novel from the year 2000

Eclipse Bay is Book 1 in a trilogy of three, contemporary, romantic-suspense novels. The second book is Dawn in Eclipse Bay. The third book is Summer in Eclipse Bay.

I checked out a Kindle copy of this book through my local library, and the publisher required a rather onerous USB download. The formatting is oddly done with double-spacing between every paragraph. This might actually have made the book easier
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Cesilia Buenrostro
My first series from Jayne Ann Krentz. I fell in love with this book! Modern version of Romeo & Juliet;

Hannah Harte and Rafe Madison are from two families that have hated each other for two generations, their grandparents and their parents, now they're expected to feel the same way. However they feel anything but.
One night, Hannah is on the date with her boyfriend, they get into an argument and gets out of his car and he leaves her in the middle of the night, alone. Hannah, a responsible, o
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Alex is The Romance Fox
Have you read a book where you fall in love with one of the characters? Of course you have!!!!! I did reading Jayne Ann Krentz’s Eclipse Bay, the first book in the trilogy of the Harte and Madison families of Eclipse Bay.
It’s a kind of modern day Romeo and Juliet…..the two families being at war with each other for three generations and what happens when Hannah Harte and Rafe Madison fall in love with each other.
Well, it’s a bit more than that!!
Rafe Madison is the local bad boy whose main goal i
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Aimee
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Stacie  M. Ritchie
This is the first book in the Eclipse Bay trilogy. The book opens with Hannah walking down the road in the seaside where she was raised. She had just left her date because he wanted more than she was able to give and is determined to walk home. She meets up with Rafe Madison a member of the hated Madison family. He has ditched his date, because she is using him. They walk together and talk. Rafe leaves her at her door with a since of wanting. The next morning Hannah is required to be an alibi fo ...more
Jenna
I really enjoyed this book. I'm a sucker for romantic fiction so somewhat contrived setups for the main characters come with the territory. At first I thought I was going to be bothered by the way the two were thrown together, but it wasn't too unbelievable. I thought the way the story was set up was actually pretty interesting and the characters were very memorable. I enjoyed the way the mystery was intertwined with the Romance, for me it was the perfect level of intensity. The only part that s ...more
R.G.
like all her books it is so much more than just a romance novel... the constant anticipation of what would happen next keeps you reading long into the night... as it's pointed out several times in the book it's the story of romeo and juliet but with a happier ending... but it's more than just 2 people that come from feuding families... Rafe was accused of murder 8 years ago and was only kept from jail by Hannah's alibi for him... now they've returned to Eclipse Bay because Hannah's quirky aunt l ...more
Okie
Jan 03, 2013 Okie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who don't mind weak story lines
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This was a decent read, but with a pretty bland story line. I never really bought the whole feud thing between the grandfathers, & I felt like it wasn't really supported well. I live in a small town, but even I found the bit about generalizing personality traits based on family name to be unbelievable for two people who spent so much time together. Those types of generalizations are more believable for the initial phase of the relationship, but once they started interacting so much, they sho ...more
Emily
4.5 stars

I really enjoyed this book, and I'm really looking forward to continuing the series.

I happened upon a used copy of this book. It's been sitting on my dresser for awhile, but I decided to give it a try. That was this morning. I finished the book later in the evening. This was quite the feat, since I have two small children. I took advantage of their nap time and put chores on the back burner.

Krentz certainly did a phenomenal job with Eclipse Bay by setting up the plot early and keeping
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Karen
I did this trilogy as books on tape while stuck in the car for 6 hours. Almost got through this first one in one trip. It was very entertaining, and enough of a story that I wanted to do the other two books as well.

Predictable story, but lots of family history built up and I enjoyed listening to this book.
Sara
It was okay. The mystery and the romance were both sub-par for this author, who is one of my favorites. I like the Oregon Coast cover art. Some of the worst memories in my life take place in that area, so it's good to see that at least someone likes it. This story was enjoyable but forgettable, though.
Dawn
Krentz may single-handedly get me to forgive the contempory genre and try some others. This story featured a very silly family feud as the backdrop for the Hero & the Heroine. I liked this book a lot because both of the main characters were human, made mistakes, and just the tiniest bit neurotic. The family background and characters were also good and the heroine's dog stole the show. As with Deep Waters, this book also featured a murder mystery as part of the subplot which brings together t ...more
Pat Cromwell
The Madison Brothers are two of my fav all time book heroes and Rafe is definitely my fav, though the enter Madison Clan shines - including Rafe and Gabe's onery old grandfather. Rafe reminds me of James Dean in East of Eden's openning scene all alone on the top of the railway car. The fact that he - Rafe - spends years to prove himself worthy of Hannah endears him further. All three of the Eclipse Bay books are great and the continuation of the "mystery" from book to book is great. It always am ...more
Tracy
Another excellent read by Krentz. Lately I have been in a Krentz/Quick kind of mood and that's all I seem to be reading. She is an amazing author and I love all of her books.

In Eclipse Bay, Hannah and Rafe are caught in the Madison/Harte feud that has been going on for generations. One night when both were in their youth they had a conversation that would be with them their lifetimes. After 8 years of Rafe doing his thing and Hannah doing hers they are brought back together because of the romant
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Michelle Tempted By Books
Book one is an unlikely scenario but nonetheless worth a shot. The chemistry is a little tough at first but soon you are routing for the pair.

Long feuding families the Hartes and the Madisons are well known through Eclipse Bay. A small tourist town on the Oregon coast has a host of interesting characters, not the least of which is Arizona Snow. I think she was likely the most enjoyable character in these books. We meet her also in the Arcane Society books. That said this series follows the newe
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Judy Goodnight
JAK is in good form with this first novel of a trilogy set in the town of Eclipse Bay, Oregon. The Harte and Madison families have been feuding for years since a business partnership between Sullivan Harte and Mitchell Madison went down the tubes. Two generations later, Rafe Madison & Hannah Harte are drawn together - first as alibis for each other in the death of a young woman, Rafe's ex-girlfriend; then, 8 years later, as co-owners of Dreamscape, a mansion that each wants to convert into a ...more
Laura
Family names are continuously used to describe character traits. While this may appear to be a minor complaint, it's not! Hardly a page passed without an allusion to Harte or Madison. For me at least it was extremely annoying! It rather ruins the point the author it trying to make that "people can change."

The romance and mystery were bland and I agree with other reviews that at the end I half expected the Mystery Machine to roll up and Velma to cry Jinkies! Yes it was actually that cliche!

I wo
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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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