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Eye Of The Beholder

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  1,615 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Best of the Best. J.L. Trask, a hard-nosed hotelier trying to unearth the truth about his father's murder 12 years before, believes his father's business partner Lloyd Kenyon committed the crime. When it turns out that Alexa Chambers, the beautiful art expert he hires to decorate Avalon, his new Arizona resort hotel, is Kenyon's stepdaughter all grown up, passions flare. T ...more
Published May 1st 1999 by Pocket Books (first published 1999)
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The narration on this unabridged audiobook by Jen Taylor brings an average, fun read up a notch to a better-than-average one. While Ms. Taylor's male voices didn't always work, her delivery was excellent. She gave the heroine real personality, infusing her dialog with nuance, changing speed and pitch more like an actress than a narrator.

I like Jayne Ann Krentz. I know what I'm getting when I pick up one of her books, and while I'm rarely surprised, I'm also rarely disappointed. (Occasionally, I
It was a little boring .. Alexa and Trask seemed to lack something that would have brought them more to life and the connection between them was really weak as for the murder mystery .. the conclusion was very anti climatic .. it was a MEH no more .. no less.
In Eye of the Beholder by Jayne Ann Krentz, heroine Alexa Chambers first sees hero, Trask when she was a teenager and he came to her stepfather’s house to accuse said stepfather of being complicate in Trask’s father’s death. They both end up back in Avalon about 15 years later. Trask is there to open the latest in a chain of luxury hotels while Alexa has moved back to recover her balance and reputation after being made the patsy in a large scale art forgery. As the two meet as adults, they begin ...more
Eye of the Beholder
3.5 Stars

Alexa Chambers will never forget the night J. L. Trask barged into her family home and accused her stepfather of murder. Now Trask is back and determined to find those responsible for his father’s death even if it means dredging up old skeletons. There are many who actively object to Trask’s investigations including an exceedingly dangerous killer with a mysterious agenda of their own.

While this is a solid romantic mystery, I was not completely swept
Totally enjoyed re-reading this book about Alexa Chambers who puts together a fantastic Art Deco collection for JL Trask's Avalon Hotel in Avalon, Arizona. The make-believe Avalon has overtones of Sedona, so there were metaphysics, vortices, etc. to spare. Trask has his own agenda, to prove his father was murdered and did not die in a car accident as claimed by the police. Plenty of plot, sub-plot, and Ms. Krentz's usual delightful characters and dialogue go into making this a wonderful repeat e ...more
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Eye of the Beholder was an okay read, especially when compared to my initial expectations, which were for an interesting, fast-paced and compelling read.

The plot was solid but in a very predictable and eventual way. There were some twists and turns along the way, but no less than what you would find in most murder-mysteries. I did not get caught up or swept into the mystery but found myself simply following through with the events. Something along the line of, Okay, one murder down, two, and now
Krentz, Jayne Ann

At a luxurious Arizona resort, a hard-edged businessman and a beautiful art consultant make a tantalizing mind-body connection--while a killer threatens their piece of paradise.

After a career-stalling tangle with a fraudulent gallery owner, Art Deco expert Alexa Chambers is ready to take risks to rebuild her reputation. But when she secretly consults on an exquisite collection for the new Avalon Resorts, she doesn't know she will cross paths with the hot
Stacie  M. Ritchie
This author has written under many names, but this particular name’s stories have never grabbed me and the stories seem to be very convenient. J.L. Trask has been obsessing about his father’s death for twelve years and sees a reason to return to the small Arizona town. Alexa Chambers was drawn into a controversy, so is running a gift shop in her hometown. She sees Trask again and vividly remembers him threatening her stepfather. There is recognition on the part of Trask as well and an attraction ...more
Love this book. Follows the typical Krentz plotline, but unlike others the 'rundown' at the end in this one is short and sweet which is much better. So Alexa is a disgraced art expert and Trask is a fanatsy hotel CEO and together they uncover some sinister happenings in Avalon and work together to solve the mystery. Great plottwist at the end, unexpected which is what you want. I wish some characters had been developed more, such as Trask's brother or the PI or even Alexa's parents. Started with ...more
Kirkus Review ended with: "The mystery's dorky, but Krentz again assembles an easy-to-like community of people." Pretty much says it all, don't you think?
A good story of an art consultant and a hard edged business man. They distrust each other, yet are drawn to the other in order to solve a mystery.
Allison (The Allure of Books)
I really don't think I'm cut out to be a fan of Krentz. This is my second book of hers and I remain underwhelmed. Her stories are always a little odd and disconnected, and the characters and their lives are about as deep as a wading pool. There are never any real emotions involved, and I never felt more than a slight ping of interest in the outcome of this story. I scanned through the second half, just curious enough to see how it ended. I can't say I'd recommend it, and I don't think I'll be re ...more
Diane ~Firefly~
Trask is back in town opening a new resort and Alexa is afraid he is going to try and get revenge on her step-father over his own father's death years ago. She is also trying to earn back her reputation in the art world. So she decides on the strategy of keeping your enemies close and works with Trask to find out what happened in the past. The book follows a standard JAK plot, but for some reason these characters don't pull me in like so many of her others have.
Boring, lacked description and intriguing characters.
Although this is an older book, the writing is as interesting today as it would have been 14 years ago when it came out. This "suspense/mystery/romance" (whichever category you want call it) should stand the test of time, no matter when you want to read it. Enjoy, the interactions of the characters, and the build up to the end. :-)
Virginia Boylan
This was an enjoyable book that took awhile to get me involved. I liked the hero much earlier than the heroine. Despite her spunky introduction, Alexa was too much of a wimp as an adult for me to care much about. The actual killer seemed a bit too far removed from the action until the revelation. Still a fun read, however.
Accusations of murder 12 years earlier have brought J.L. Trask back to Avalon, Arizona under the guise of the opening of the luxurious Avalon Resort.
Alexa's step-father is person J.L. accused 12 years ago and she fears he is back for revenge.
Sparks fly between them and that with more murders move the story right along.
I really liked the romance between Trask and Alexa. The story of Trask trying to solve the mystery of how his father died got a little boring after awhile. But I loved Mac's character and that part of the story with Alexa's career in art.

Definitely not one of my favorites from JAK, but it wasn't terrible either.
Im usually a fan but this book was nothing special. It wasn't a bad book at all, it just wasn't captivating. I've been reading a bunch of really great books this week so maybe i've risen my standards a bit. If you're new to Krentz i'd say avoid this one because she has better.
Always comforting to find a writer whose books will hit the right spot. I wish I'd had access to her books when I was in high school since her female protagonists often have very interesting jobs -- might have given me more ideas about what I wanted to be when I grew up.
This book doesn't stand up in the rereads. The characters don't have the usual spark of a jak contemporary. What was inspiring about this book was the art deco themes, I did some additional research, since the book reminded me I like this art period.
Alexa and Trask's story was completely wonderful. It was disterbing with the cult-like center but that really made the book. All the elements were there; romance, danger, wit, and likeable leads. I found this book to be a wonderful read.
I just finished a listen of the audiobook and was underwhelmed. I have reread the book a couple of times, but found the narration to be amateurish with inappropriate giggles and back of the throat or high pitched male voices.
I have been re-reading this for the first time since it first came out. Its okay. I found it not as humourous or as punchy as JAK's early bests but much better than the current very repetitive Arcane Society novels...
I could see the seeds in this of her later novel DEEP WATERS. I like the past history this one contained between the hero/heroine but I think I liked DEEP WATERS better overall. This was a digital re-read.
Sheryl Tribble
Standard JAK. Comfort read if you're a fan, recommended if you like modern-day romances, not much of a mystery if you're a serious mystery reader.
I do everso love Jayne Ann Krentz.

Little bit of mystery, little bit of romance, lots of eccentric secondary characters... what's not to love?

I love JAK books. And this one is no different. I liked the chemistry between main characters and even the mystery was quite believable.
i love this book. it's one of my favorites by her. it's love, revenge and murder all wrapped into one great heart-racing novel.
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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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