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Grand Passion

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,938 ratings  ·  91 reviews
A Jayne Ann Krentz Classic. First time in eBook.

Searching for his hidden inheritance, Max Fortune finds more than he expects at the Robbins' Nest Inn. Max's mentor and friend, Jason Curzon, has left five priceless paintings on the coast and from his deathbed has sent Max to retrieve them along with anything else he might discover. What Max does find is a woman who sends s
Kindle Edition, 420 pages
Published February 1st 2014 by Purple Papaya LLC (first published January 1st 1994)
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I have read several books by Jayne Ann Krentz. I generally enjoy anything she writes; they are reliably a good light read. Grand Passion doesn’t escape from this fact. I reveled in it.

Max is a wealthy hotel executive. His mentor and friend Jason Curzon has recently died and left him six valuable paintings. Collecting art is a compelling aspect of his life. The paintings have been left with Cleo, who runs a small inn in the coast. So Max resigns from his job and goes to collect his inheritance.
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Max Fortune, CEO of a giant Arizona hotel chain, comes to the Robbin's Nest Inn looking for five priceless paintings left to him by his mentor, Jason Curzon. Max believes Cleopatra Robbins has these paintings since Jason stayed at her Inn the last years of his life. Cleo is at her wits end. Her inn is booked full, her handyman has disappeared, and Cleo needs help. When she offers Max room and board for his help at the Inn, Max decides to stay at the inn in order to find where the paintings are h ...more
Sheryl Tribble
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still my favorite JAK.
Jane Stewart
Pleasant but predictable personal interaction. I wanted more meat. Audiobook narrator made it worse.

Cleo runs a small hotel/inn. Her parents were killed a few years ago. A small group of friends work at the Inn. They call themselves a “Family.” This book takes the prize for using the word “Family” more than any other book I’ve read. Max arrives. Because he was a friend of Cleo’s friend, she gives him a job at minimum wage doing maintenance. He also gets room and board. She tells him he is now pa
4.5 stars. A winner on all fronts! Heartwarming, suspenseful, sizzling, and sometimes amusing. Plus, a standalone novel, set in contemporary Pacific-time USA. I first read this years ago, when it was published. Since then, I have revisited Robbin's Nest Inn several times. I loved seeing elegant, aloof Max Fortune fall headfirst for his polar opposite, the cheerfully rumpled Cleo Robbin, innkeeper with heart. She is just what he never knew he needed, this lonely millionaire. Soon, he's got a new ...more
Diane ~Firefly~
Feb 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, romance
Standard JAK. Cleo has made a new family for herself at her inn and when Max shows up looking for his inheritance from his mentor, he finds something better than paintings, once he lets himself feel. The subplot with the Curzon hotel chain had some rocky points, but otherwise it was all good.
Not the best of Krentz '90s romances, what I liked most about this book was the way the various towns people reacted to Cleo getting her book published. There was some good humor there, especially with the man who kept complaining that his manuscript was much better, if only publishers didn't want to please women readers by putting in all the "relationship stuff". I also found the final hospital scene amusing. Otherwise this story suffers from MCs who are pretty flat, and not strong enough minor ...more
Lindsey Jackson
Apr 21, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My apologies to any fans out there, but I found this read to be predictable, recycled and exasperating. There are far too many fantastic books out there- don't waste your time with this one.
Grand Passion was another great book of Jayne Ann Krentz. Light but with growing suspense and amazing chemistry between Max and Cleo. I recommend it!
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Max is a wealthy former hotel executive. His mentor has died and left him some very valuable paintings. The problem is, the paintings are supposed to be with a woman who runs a small inn and Max goes to recover his inheritance.

Cleo runs a successful small inn on the Washington coast. Her entire staff is made up of people who she considers to be her family. They are related by a sense of caring for one another. There is a sort of organized chaos and a feeling that makes the inn a haven for travel
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
First published: 1994
Length: 392 pages, 7441 kindle locations
Setting: Contemporary, Harmony Cove.
Sex: Explicit. Infrequent. Often closed door or fade to black.
Hero: Hotel Executive.
Heroine: Would-be author and Innkeeper.

A contemporary for fans of Krentz’s historicals written as Amanda Quick. Almost a direct transplant of historical to contemporary.

✔ Oddball background characters.
✔ Ditzy yet smart and strong heroine.
✔ Stoic yet charming and respectful hero.
✔ Easy but inter
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Narrated by Richard Ferrone

Ferrone is not a favorite narrator for me but he did fairly well with this 1994 audiobook.

Krentz is, and always will be, a comfort read for me, I know the basics of what I'm going to get going in and I enjoy the new twists and turns she adds along the way.
All Max Fortune wants is the five paintings his mentor hid in the Robbins' Nest. He doesn't want to get pulled into the day-to-day drama or be put to work as the president handyman. And yet, here he is. And he seems to be falling in love with the lifestyle. And with Cleo. But someone else is after those paintings and someone is ready to kill Cleo.
A book that I read every so often out of nostalgia. Max is great in that he's and alpha male but not an asshole about it. His forays into erotica (fair
Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it

It was an okay read. The paranormal aspect was disappointing though - it was mentioned at the beginning that the hero has an ‘inner eye’ but that was about it. It didn’t play a part that pertained to the plot at all. I didn’t dislike the book, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Too bland.
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
The mystery is pretty blah, actually. I can't believe that smart, savvy Max couldn't find the paintings in the first place. I thought it was pretty obvious. But the writing is fine and the characters are likable. Sometimes I want to throttle Kimberly and her family, though.
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story was very predictable but okay. The main characters name was Max Fortune, though. That's a pretty cheesy name - it reminds me of the episode of The Simpsons where Homer changes his name to Max Power. He got it off a hair dryer.
Amanda Kern
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lucky ducky

Sammy is my favorite character. And as we find out lucky ducky can swim every where. To learn more read this book.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this.
Phylisha Stone
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like JAK's books and writing style. Even the older books are good!
Becky Griffus
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it. Love Story, everyone deserves happiness. Little suspense and mystery thrown in. All over a good story.
Dec 15, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-borrowed
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This was a solid book. The plot kept me interested and I liked both the hero and heroine, Max and Cleo.
Max is a rich but lonely business man who desperately wants to belong to a family but doesn't know the first thing about being a part of one. Getting bounced from one foster home to another as a child taught him that possessions are the only things he can be sure won't leave him. When the story begins, art is the only thing that stirs any sense of passion in Max.

Cleo is a young and generous inn
3-7-2009: This was the first JAK I ever read. I got it from the library 14 years ago, and I've been collecting JAK ever since, not to mention re-reading all of the 155 books I have managed to get my hands on so far. This reading was at least the fourth for this one. It remains one of my favorites. The characters are phenomenal, the dialogue quick and entertaining, and the suspense better than most of her others, although I do not read JAK for the suspense alone, or I wouldn't be re-reading all h ...more
Apr 18, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chic-lit
This is the first book I read by this author. It was okay. The first 1/3 of the book grabbed my attention. The main female character, Cleo, is a successful small business owner of an inn in Washington. Then she meets Max, the man in "The Mirror", and she becomes more naive in her thoughts and the comments she makes. I didn't like her as much after she met Max. There were some proofreading errors in the book too. A couple sentances would just end in mid-sentance and the next line in the book woul ...more

Grand Passion was a mixed bag for me. Parts of the story, like the romance with it's ties to the "man in the mirror," were well done and unique. I liked the main characters and the small crowd of secondary characters involved in the inn, even though I felt the "new age" references dated the book. The dialog between Cleo and Max was well done, as well as the conversations between the "the family" group at the inn. They had an authentic feel to them.

What wasn't unique was the mystery surroundi
Pilar Seacord
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Max Fortune a loner, secretly looking for family. He works for a man called Jason Curzon who had a huge conglomerate of hotels. In his 80's and on his deathbed. He tells Max that he has 5 expensive paintings that he is giving him but he has to go up to the coastline to Robbins' Inn. He will find them there as well as something else. He goes to the Inn and is surprised by Cleopatra Robbins'. He believes she was Jason's mistress. There is a mutual attraction. She offers him the same deal as Jason ...more
Mar 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2013
There was about a 10 year gap between this book and the later All Night Long by the same author. Since I listened to the books back to back, it's interesting to see how JAK used the same background story for both heroines... the parents both died from an apparent murder-suicide and both heroines were unable to let the verdict stand and had to find ways to cope.

In All Night Long, the heroine became a reporter. In Grand Passion, the heroine wrote a book. Not just any sort of book, mind you, an "er
Perfectly acceptable contemporary romance with a bit of a mystery/suspense plot thrown in. As usual with JAK the characters were likable and the dialogue was good. I enjoyed the book for the most part and probably would give 4*s except for two things. One is silly but it did hinder my enjoyment - the hero's name is Max Fortune. Really? I kept flashing to the Simpson's episode where Homer changes his name to Max Power because he decides what's holding him back from success is the name Homer Simps ...more
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite Krentz novel and one of my top five romance novels. Yes, it's pretty dated, but it has all the elements that make up a Krentz novel and I think this book covers all those elements the best. Quirky heroine, slightly dark, emotionally unaccessable, ridiculously successful businessman hero, the family you make vs the family you're born with (which usually are pretty awful, according to Krentz). I happen to love Max the most of any of Krentz's heroes and I like the "family" Cleo' ...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