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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,580 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Joel Blackstone spent ten years as a CEO building Thornquist Gear from a tiny local shop into a major player in the camping and sporting goods marketplace. Joel’s reward for his hard work was old man Thornquist’s promise to sell the shop to him within a year. Unfortunately for Joel, Thornquist dropped dead and bequeathed his empire to a grand-niece in the midwest. A minor ...more
Paperback, 339 pages
Published April 1st 1992 by Pocket Books (first published January 1992)
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Penny Watson
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, rounded up

As usual, JAK has created some awesome chemistry between a blue-collar hero and a sexually-inexperienced librarian. Loved them together! However, this story had WAY too much going on. It needed to be edited down by about 50%, and I'm not sure it needed an evil villain, frosty step-mother, unexpected birth in a snow-bound cabin, etc etc. Too much plot/story-line, not enough romance.

However, I was still entertained, and I adore JAK's trademark humor/banter.

Grade: B-
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing

A first read for me by this author, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The plot was well structured and thought out, and the characters were a sheer delight.

Joel Blackstone had worked hard at Thornquist Gear taking it from a small shop selling camping and sports equipment to a large successful business. Charlie Thornquist had pretty much left Joel to get on with it, while he pursued his first love fishing. He had promised to sell the business to Joel within the year, but then Charlie u
Lynn Spencer
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for comfort reads and Rosario recommended this gem. Written in the early 90s, it still stands up well. Our hero, Joel, has given years of his life to taking Thornquist Gear from a sleepy local store to becoming a major outdoor supplier. He reportedly enjoyed a close relationship with the owner and expected not only to be CEO but to be made owner.

To his surprise, when the owner dies, Joel learns that he has left the business to a niece in the Midwest. When he learns that this niece
This is a very, very late 80s/early 90s book.

I'm still not totally sure how I felt about it--there are points where I found the hero so incredibly loathsome that I was rooting for the heroine to burn everything down around him, but then I also felt that way about her idiot father too. He did improve by the end of the book, but I think the problem is just that the revenge plot (not against the heroine, fwiw) went on for far, far too long.

But honestly, my biggest takeaway is going to be how dated
Diane ~Firefly~
Feb 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, contemporary
Nothing beats a comfort read. It is standard JAK plot. Letty inherits the company Joel built and wants him to be her mentor in business. He wants her and wants to keep his revenge on track. She wants to save him from himself. I always enjoy the characters JAK writes and this book is no exception. Even the subplot with Letty's father and new young step-mother is interesting. ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A perfectly wonderful way to spend an evening after a challenging day! Joel Blackstone built Thornquist Gear into a sporting store chain with the idea that he would buy out the owner by a certain date. Unexpectedly, the owner died too soon leaving the business to his great-niece Letty. Letty feels she needs to get out of a rut and learning to run a sporting gear business might just do the trick.

Ms Krentz's humor is delightful but her compassion for her characters and their challenges is what win
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
First published: 1992
Length: 372 pages
Setting: Contemporary Seattle
Sex: Explicit. Reasonably frequent.
Hero: CEO
Heroine: Librarian come President of company

"The day she started sleeping with Joel Blackstone, a part of her had begun planning marriage." p.288

I've known you for at least three weeks now. Of course, there's a power imbalance in our relationship and you treat me like a child that needs coddling but that's fine because you're really good in bed and I've had my fi
Letitia Thornquist, a Midwest librarian, has inherited her Uncle Charlie's company, Thornquist Gear, Inc. His CEO Joel Blackstone has been the force behind the company, taking the company from a small Seattle sporting goods store to a industry giant. When Letitia walks in ready to learn the ropes and take her place as president, Joel is really angry. His goal was to buy the business from Charlie and he is determined to get the company he built from her. Now she wants him to teach her the busines ...more
Jun 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This is an older Krentz title, heavy on the romance, very light on the suspense/mystery. It was okay. The premise involved a man who had built a company from the ground up and who had been just about to purchase the company outright when the owner died and left the company to his niece. The niece, a Midwestern librarian, decided to try her hand at running a company.

I saw a lot of room for conflict in this dynamic, but it didn't quite spark for me. The chemistry was off -- possibly because the u
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. A good solid read. I loved the banter between Letty and Joel, and while I do prefer it when the heroines put up a bit more of a fight with the heroes, the book managed to stay interesting, even while Letty and Joel were in a romantic relationship.

It suffered a bit from the hackneyed villain, which I didn't feel was necessary. Luckily, not too much time was spent on him. I thought Letty's narcissistic ex-fiance didn't get nearly enough of a comeuppance -- such douchebaggery is deservin
Jan 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
I read this book back in the 90s when I was still a school when I re-read it I wondered what made me like the book so much I kept it! I was stunned I did not like the characters in the book much! Niny Letty, the "yes boss" Joel, the cold Stephanie, Morgan with the much younger new wife who forces his daughter to respect his new wife...and dun get me started on Keith and Diana and the Echo Cove town bullies aka bizmen... ...more
Addison Fox
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was my first JAK and still remains one of my most favorite books ever!!
D.R. Grady
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the book that got me hooked on Jayne's books! ...more
Sumeetha Manikandan
Oct 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked the plot and I felt that it somehow lacked the passion and chemistry that is characterized in Jayne Ann Krentz's other books (Wildest Hearts and Family Man). ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
When Charlie Thornquist dies and leaves Thornquist Gear to his niece Leticia (Letty), Joel Blackstone is in a fury. While Charlie was off fishing, Joel was the one to build Thornquist Gear into a burgeoning empire. It was understood that Charlie would be selling the company to Joel in a year (we hear about it a lot.) And now Letty wants to use the company to reinvent herself or somesuch nonsense. A former librarian from Indiana, she's chucked the cheating fiance and has decided to throw her hand ...more
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Fun book as both Letty and Joel go through some emotional growth. Letty has been a small town college librarian for the past several years. When her Uncle Charlie leaves her his sporting goods company, she decides it's time for a change. She quits her job, breaks things off with her cheating fiance, and heads for Seattle to run the company. Joel had an agreement with his boss that Charlie would sell him the company, as Joel was the one who took it from a little store to a major company. But Char ...more
I'm pretty sure this is the first Jayne Ann Krentz book I've read. It just came out on Hoopla and I mistakenly thought it was a newer book, but it's a '90s book reissued with a new cover etc. For that reason, some of it feels quite dated. I never really warmed to the hero, to be honest. Yeah, at first he's an asshole, and at the end? He's slightly less of an asshole. Some of it was vaguely fun but at the same time the funny/fun stuff was a bit overdone and broad for me, as was the Big Bad Guy. T ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Indiana reference librarian, Letty Thornquist is tired of her quiet small town life. When she unexpectedly inherits Thornquist Gear, she feels as though it is the perfect challenge. Joel Blackstone built Thornquist Gear from a small shop to a sporting goods empire. He is shocked to learn that Letty has designs on running the company that he built. Will Joel convince Letty to return to Indiana? Or will the pair turn out to be perfect partners?

I read this book for the first time in the 1990s. I lo
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joel Blackman is the CEO of Thornquist Gear and he had a deal with the owner of the firm, Charlie Thornquist to buy him out. But before Joel could complete Charlie died and the firm was inherited by Charlie's niece, Letty. Joel had built the firm up to a huge brand name and was determined to keep it. But Letty, a librarian decided she needed a change and went ahead and started running the company. Clashes between the two ensued and also a quite a bit of physical attraction, too. A fun story to r ...more
Patricia Ange
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
While this book is an older story of JAK's (now in audiobook format) it's still great to read re-read any story by JAK. What is always interesting when re-reading a book published during previous decades is being able observer the changes in the culture and society since the story was originally published. There's something so momentous about witnessing how much the society and culture has changed in the last few decades. Enough about that, because this is a story of JAK's it should be understoo ...more
Betty Skonnord
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I did enjoy this book but I found the quick tumble into an intimate relationship a little hard to believe, given what was known about the characters. There didn’t seem to be any build up to it. I realize this was one of Ms Krentz’ earlier books, written in a different time but there were a couple instances where I was wriggling inside, thinking “sexual harassment” or “too inappropriate for belief”. Still, I did enjoy the story and the characters, especially the relationship healing that went on ...more
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
While I like the well, major plot of the story, I felt I was forced to embrace constant unethical practices from the heroine as if it should be allowed only for her until she finally decides she has found good ethics by the end. I also needed more satisfaction for all Joel endured, so while the ending did bring some good to his life, the ending still left me disappointed for all he had endured. near apology for so many wrongs even when he turned out to be their hero.
Joy Norman
The book had some interesting characters and plots revolving around a business who the person in charge of the firm was told by his boss that he would be able to buy it in a year However the boss dies before this can happen and then it's passed to a niece. The story that opens up to little plots all over the place,humorous and a lot far fetched it was an ok read ...more
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Considering this book was written in the 90's, it was a lot better than I thought. I felt a little nostalgic when things like pantyhose were mentioned. And I loved the hero and heroine a lot more than I thought I would! I'm glad I read it. ...more
Lori Long
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the play between the main characters. There is humor interspersed throughout the story, and a happily ever after.

I loved the play between the main characters. There is humor interspersed throughout the story, and a happily ever after.
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Don't bother

I normally like this writer, especially her more imaginative novels, but didn't last a quarter of this book. I can accept that romance plots are often obvious, but this was just boring.
Deborah K McIntosh
Great Book

I loved the characters. I !love her books. They are hard to put down. You just want to keep reading until the end.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I thought Joel did not respect Letty as much as he should. She was his boss and deserved to be apprised of things going on in her own company.
Debra McEathron
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved how the characters were able to help each other do the right thing and how they were able to reconnect with family members.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Read this one a long time ago - it's from Krentz's back list, but worth the read. Enjoyable. ...more
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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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“Letty, it's just a business. Don't get emotional about it.”
She grinned. “You're a fine one to talk. You're the most emotional man I know.”
“The hell I am,” he muttered. “I have a lot more self-control than you do, Madam President.”
“Let's not argue about that,” Letty said”
“What about all the passion and pizzazz?” Letty smiled up at him, her hands moving on his shoulders. “I'm really enjoying that part, Joel.”
Joel laughed softly in the shadows. “Passion and pizzazz are our middle names, Letty my love. We've got enough to last us for the rest of our lives.”
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