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River Road

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  6,081 Ratings  ·  682 Reviews
It’s been thirteen years since Lucy Sheridan was in Summer River. The last time she visited her aunt Sara there, as a teenager, she’d been sent home suddenly after being dragged out of a wild party—by the guy she had a crush on, just to make it more embarrassing. Obviously Mason Fletcher—only a few years older but somehow a lot more of a grown-up—was the overprotective typ ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2014)
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Oh, look, Jayne Ann Krentz was Amanda Quick all along, who would have thought. After loving her HRs, this is my first RS, and I cannot say I loved it as much. The mystery part was pretty good, I didn't figure out whodunnit - well, I didn't try very much either, I just went with the flow. I loved the writing and the characters (taken separately), but the romance part was so ridiculously bad it made my teeth hurt. It's like the author remembered this was supposed to be a romantic-suspense somewher ...more
Jun 04, 2014 Sara rated it it was ok
I had such a hard time getting through this book! When I read the summary it sounded pretty interesting and I've read at least one other book by this author so I thought I'd like it.....but no such luck.

I just found the whole story to be boring and predictable - and yet that still wasn't the thing that bothered me most about this book. It was the actual writing that drove me crazy! Every conversation in this book was so damn proper that it ended up sounding fake and stilted to me.

What I mean b
3 Stars

I am big fan of Jayne Ann Krentz, she is one my author on my auto buy list since i started reading and she was the second author i ever read after Sandra Brown but lately her books let me down, big time. I am not sure why but they not seem to be as they were or maybe i just discovered so many amazing authors lately and i am more picky cause i read so much.

Lately her books seems to be more of a mystery romance than her old type of writing with almost no heat at all. I might be wrong for j
Aug 13, 2013 Christa rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-arc
I am a long time fan of Jayne Ann Krentz, and this book is a good example of why she is a must read author for me. This book had just the right balance of romance and suspense. It kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what would happen next, and I fell in love with the main characters, Lucy and Mason, right away. Lucy has returned to Summer River, where she often visited as a teenager, to settle her aunt's estate. She is unaware of sinister events that occurred as a result of her last v ...more
CD {Boulder Blvd}
This was a quick read although I wasn't pulled into the story as much as I wanted to be. There were a few points where it felt like I had read it before - one person dies and then it turns out another person is missing. This is a common thread that all on it's own wouldn't make it seem like a re-read. What really made me feel like it was too familiar were the two MCs. I had flashbacks to other novels by Ms. Krentz. Both MCs were described and talked like a lot of her other books' MCs. It was lik ...more
Kathy Martin
Dec 13, 2013 Kathy Martin rated it it was amazing
This story was Jayne Ann Krentz at her romantic suspense best. The characters were amazingly life-like. Well, except for the fact that, if men life Mason Fletcher exist, they are staying well away from me.

The story begins with a prequel. Lucy Sheridan, age 16, is being hauled away from a wild party by her crush, the responsible and mature 19-year-old Mason Fletcher. She leaves town the next day and doesn't return to Summer River for thirteen years. What Lucy doesn't know is that she has been tar
Lucy Sheridan visited her aunt during the summer 13 years before and now she is back in Summer River after the death of her aunt. She encounters Mason Fletcher. A man she now realizes saved her from a terrible situation. Mason Fletcher is in town for reasons of his own. Together they are discovering that there are many secrets that people would love to stay secret.

I enjoyed this romantic suspense by Jayne Ann Krentz. I think the romance and suspense was balanced nicely. The characters were likab
I was looking for an enjoyable light reading time and that’s exactly what you get with Jayne A. Krentz’s River Road. A solid suspense coupled with a nice romance. I liked Lucy and Mason, and thought they were good together. Krentz’s has the knack for this type of story, however I thought it wasn’t her best effort and I suspect a forgettable experience. If you like JAK’s work and are looking for a fun, no-stress reading this is the book for you.
Dec 30, 2013 Marlene rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

I enjoyed reading River Road so much that it was surprisingly difficult to crystallize my thoughts into a review!

One utterly marvelous thing is that this is a stand-alone story, and sometimes those feel rare. As well as this one weaves past and present, it is complete within the very tight confines of itself; we have the beginning, middle and end wrapped up. No cliffhanger, no next book, no loose ends.

And this was definitely one of those “I couldn’t put it
Jan 01, 2014 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: blog-review, arc
If you're a fan of Jayne Ann Krentz’s books then you know that for the past few years she’s woven a mixture of the paranormal into her contemporary novels including her historical and futuristic novels. I was a bit unsure if I’d enjoy RIVER ROAD because as much I liked her Arcane series, I was tired of reading about the paranormal. There’s been a lot of talk about Krentz’s return to romance (just plain old fashioned romance) and it’s refreshing to see her return to her roots.

Thirteen years ago,
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
One of her weaker stories, but not too bad.
Nov 01, 2015 Angelika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reci, 2015
River Road
4 Stars

As an innocent 16 year old, Lucy Sheridan was rescued from a wild party by Mason Fletcher, the older boy who always made her pulse beat faster. Now, Lucy returns to Summer River and realizes not only that her attraction to Mason is still going strong, but there was more to the events of that night thirteen years ago. When the body of Summer River’s resident sociopath is discovered in the house of Lucy’s late aunt, she and Mason set out to discover the truth. But someone is just
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Ms. Krentz at her finest - this latest romantic suspense is a page turning. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. In this book, Sara and Mason are memorable. Their past and present are entwined. What I liked about the character development in this one is that Mason isn't as domineering as some of Ms. Krentz's male characters. He is a partner to Sara without coming across as too weak or too asshat like. From Sara's perspective, it is clear he feels he is too dominating, but from my perspective, he's ju ...more
Vannessa Anderson
Re-read in OCT 2016. Thirteen years ago Lucy visited her aunt Sara at her home in Summer River and had to be rescued by Mason Fletcher. Aunt Sara dies in an automobile accident and leaves her entire estate to Lucy. Lucy arrives to sell the land and house not knowing that her life is in danger.

River Road ¬was¬¬ an outstanding read and would have been a five-star read had Recorded Books made a better choice in storyteller. Amanda Leigh Cobb, storyteller, could not do voices and often forgot which
Nov 24, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
When Lucy returns to take care of her aunts will she gets caught up in something that started years earlier.
Mason never forgot the summer Lucy spent in Summer River, and now that shes back, hes ready to reacquaint himself with her.
When danger starts lurking, they join forces to get through this mystery.
Contemporary romance, suspense and smutty fluff in a great combo.
Listened to the audioversion and the narrator was great.
Jun 01, 2014 Kjen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 Stars~~~This was a good, solid romantic suspense read. It's so obvious that Krentz is a seasoned author. The story line was strong and distinct. The past was revealed in a seamless way to power the current plot. I really liked Mason and Lucy's characters...Mason, especially. The bad guy/s weren't readily apparent until the end. I did pick up on things before the reveal, but that's because I was told by someone else that it was a surprising twist.
Yesenia Gonzalez
I really liked the book I've read a book like this about a small town and the secrets and I loved it. I really liked this one too the secrets that everyone knew, Glad Lucy and mason were together in the end.
Jan 07, 2014 Cristina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r-suspense
Boring and predictable...
Bert Edens
From my book review blog at:

I received a copy of this book via Penguin’s First To Read program, so many thanks to them for making it available. While it was provided to me at not cost to myself, I am not obligated to give a positive review.

Somehow, I have managed to not read anything by Krentz before, whether it be as Krentz or under a nom de plume such as Amanda Quick or Jayne Castle. I know she’s perceived as writing romantic suspense, but that’s not why
Jun 08, 2014 Betty rated it it was amazing

River Road
By Jayne Ann Krentz
January 2014

Lucy Sheridan spent summers with her aunt Sara in Summer River, California until she was sixteen—Lucy can still recall her last night there with embarrassment. Since she was an outsider she made few friends. Nineteen year old Mason Fletcher lives in his older brother Zeke’s house, and takes care of his brainiac younger brother, Aaron. Mason has also appointed himself Lucy’s protector, and the first time Lucy
Kimberly ☕
Dec 04, 2013 Kimberly ☕ rated it really liked it
4.5 Krentz has a knack for creating strong characters that you instantly connect to. Lucy is strong, and her instincts are quite good a skill that comes in handy as forensic genealogist. Mason and his brother run a successful firm with his brother solving cold cases. The man is everything that makes my knees buckle. Smexy, noble, smart…*swoons* The friends to lovers trope is one of my favorites and her characters Lucy and Mason were the perfect couple. From the moment, they were reunited you cou ...more
Oct 27, 2013 Becky rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book. Generally, I really enjoy Jayne Ann Krentz's contemporaries. But, this one just fell a little flat for me and I can't really put my finger on why. I liked both main characters. The romance built nicely. I think part of it is that Jayne excels at adding a touch of paranormal to her books. While I kept seeing glimmers and hints at her previous paranormal ideas, it was as if she had taken her whole previous Arcane society mythology, watered it down to apply to a n ...more
Mar 06, 2014 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me say upfront that I love JAK books, under whichever name she writes.

However, River Road takes us down some familiar avenues; there is always more than one villain; the young H/h having a short crush before being separated for years (Canyons of Night 2011); the middle aged women living together (presumably as lesbians, though its never made clear in black & white)(Deception 1993);the fight in the winery with the h throwing wine bottles to defend herself (Witchcraft 1985); the H solves c
Oct 15, 2013 Lara rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, 2016
Ah, a traditional JAK tale, somewhat updated. In this story we have a heroine returning to the small town she visited as a teen to stay with her aunt. One night she was "rescued" from a party by an older teen, and her crush. Years later she is back on town to take care of some family business, and runs into him again. Not only does she learn more about what really was going on that night, but the major players then become important again here.

This book departs some from the formula--no breaking
MB (What she read)
Feb 01, 2014 MB (What she read) rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Nora Roberts fans
It was nice to get away from the sillyness of her paranormals back to straight contemporary romance, but ultimately I felt about the same reading reaction as I do with those. Her people are nice and likeable, but the plot was kind of silly/melodramatic/improbable. I did enjoy the setting.

One problem for me was all of the names are genericly random and I couldn't be bothered to keep straight who the characters were. When I can't remember the hero's name after almost finishing the book, or pick h
Diane ~Firefly~
I'm always excited to read a new JAK book and it was nice to see one without a paranormal aspect for a change. As always a great read.

I do like that Lucy and Mason didn't try and solve the case on their own, when appropriate they brought in help. I also enjoyed watching their relationship grow. I really enjoyed Deke (view spoiler)
Jan 15, 2014 ~Leslie~ rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-ebook
Classic straight JAK romantic suspense. Small town goings on, strong female character, alpha male who appreciates a strong female, good strong side characters - it's all here. Quite an enjoyable read.
Jul 12, 2013 Ewa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, kindle, my-own
I am very satisfied. Great book. Great old/new Jayne Ann Krentz. I am very glad that she returned to written suspense. More, more! I need more books from Krentz :)
I'm addicted.
Aslında sondaki gizem faktörü fena değil ama yazarın Amanda Quick kitaplarını daha çok sevmiştim. Genelde polisiyeleri üç yıldızdan öteye gidemiyor gibi.
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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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