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Twist of Fate

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  1,241 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
Cloistered as a faculty member at a small college, beautiful Hannah Jessett can almost forget her family heritage. Few know she’s the niece of Elizabeth Nord, the legendary anthropologist who stunned the world with her revolutionary work—until her aunt dies, leaving Hannah in sole possession of her priceless unpublished journals.

But Hannah has other matters to contend with
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 1st 1991 by Severn House Publishers (first published June 1st 1986)
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Nothing burned more fiercely than the white hot fire of revenge.

That statement is illustrated again and again in Jayne Ann Krentz's romance thriller Twist of Fate. The fire of revenge for the various players in this story is so consuming that it destroys everything in its path, including innocent by-standers. True revenge does not leave room for anything else.

This is precisely why Hannah Jessett is so weary of involving herself with Gideon Cage, who has been locked in a battle of revenge for n
Feb 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, adult-books
I picked this up wanting mindless romance, and up until the final romantic conflict it was fine. The story was fairly mediocre. Nothing really wrong with it - not great - not horrible - not going to read it again. But then Hannah started dithering about whether she wanted to become an Amazon like other females in her family and write a book - be alone the rest of her life and successful and happy. Or she could follow Gideon and her heart and be happy. Gideon wasn't even pressuring her into choos ...more
Jane Stewart
Sep 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoughtful and enjoyable romance novel deals with corporate raiders and a woman choosing between her career and a man.

Rich corporate raider Gideon gets no joy from his work. Guidance counselor Hannah surprises him by sensing this and gives him unsolicited advice. Hannah first meets Gideon when she visits him to ask him to stop his takeover attempts of her brother’s technology firm. I enjoyed seeing the development of their relationship. He follows her to a vacation island. He visits her in Seatt
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Twist of Fate was a good novel, but it could have been a great one. As I progressed through the book, I began to think Jayne Ann Krentz had departed from her usual mild romantic suspense formula and had created a set of complex circumstances with no black-and-white answers and no clear villains. Then, just when I was beginning to believe that this was the most nuanced novel Krentz had ever written, she abruptly wrapped up the plot and tied it neatly with a bow. The villains revealed themselves a ...more
Kevin Connery
Sep 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
We understand that the main character is a guidance counselor, but in case we didn’t get the message, it’s repeated pretty much at least once per page. Similarly, once someone knows something, most of their associates reference it, even if there’s no explanation of when they learned it, since they didn’t know about it a few pages earlier. Decent characterization, highly variable dialog (a trend she has maintained even now [this book is from 1986], and somewhat unbelievable “villains”.
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Started off as a fun, light read. By the end, it was just dull. Needed some good editing. Most of the elements were boring and overdone (her safari look, the necklace, what do I choose!), and by the end the dialogue was coming out in paragraphs, basically rehashing the entire plot. The last chapters were a painful read.
Not a typical Krentz, this book has a hero, Gideon Cage, who is harder, more power hungry and less susceptible to outside influence than most of her males, although like most Krentz heroes, he knows he wants Hannah but is clueless as to why, and a heroine, Hannah Jessett, who is more independent, stronger, and more ambitious, at least for most of the second half of the book, than her females usually are, although I would have to say she was a bit illogical in her thinking about independence and ...more
Jane (PS)
Nov 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
I vacillated between being very interested in the book (enjoying the 'mystery' and H/h interaction) and wondering where it was going (particularly toward the end). I wasn't convinced about Hannah - she had some pretty strange notions and confused ideas about strength and love. Her ponderings from the middle of the book through to the end didn't really add much to the story. One can see this must have been written in the eighties for her idea of self-destiny to be a resolution issue. In the end, ...more
Gideon Cage, a jaded corporate raider with an eye for the deal, as well as the ladies.
Hannah Jesset, guidance counselor, a determined young woman surprises him by sensing this and gives him unsolicited advice.
Hannah shakes up his world when she confronts Gideon on his plan to take-over her brother's software company. She points out that he does not need the business and suggests he gamble with her, best of three, for the company.
Along with the story of Hannah's inheritance is the mystery of a
Shawna Hansen
Lots of feisty moments in Twist of Fate. It's fun to follow the story from Vegas all the way to a lush island. Lots of great adventures and fun clues to help us solve the mystery. Plenty of action to keep the reader interested. The romance was OK. I always love JAK's spunky heroines and imperfect heros. Fun & quick read with lots of fun solving a rather devious mystery.
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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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