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Soft Focus

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  2,460 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
Elizabeth Cabot is all business. She knows how to maximize her investments and cut her losses - in both her career and her personal life.
So when she discovers that Jack Fairfax has deceived her, she's determined to end their relationship. Putting a stop to their budding romance is easy, but breaking up their business deal will be more difficult. Despite all her efforts, s
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Published December 27th 1999 by Nova Audio Books (first published December 1st 1999)
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Jacob Proffitt
Since this is the newest of my recently acquired Krentz stash, I saved it for last. Unfortunately, as it turns out to be my least favorite of the group. While good enough as a romance, the story had some real weaknesses that interfered with my ability to simply enjoy.

First, and most significant (to me), it jumped perspective all over the place. With romance, as a genre, you expect to jump pretty freely between the two main protagonists. But this novel jumped into random people (mostly bad guys)
Serban Georgiana
Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick ,acesta a fost primul detaliu care m-a atras atunci cand am cumparat cartea.
De obicei cartile historical-romance scrise de ea mi-au cam placut,si am fost tare curioasa sa citesc si altceva ,asa ca am zis de ce nu ?
Din descrierea cartii am inteles ca este o carte de actiune,si chiar am fost intrigata datorita relatiei de rivalitate dintre cele doua personaje principale,dar realitatea este alta atunci cand incepi citirea propriuzisa a cartii.
Chiar mi-a placut prima ju
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
i always look forward in reading jayne ann krentz books. I like the idea of the lead characters being into each other no matter how they deny and contradict each other. I always like the mystery suspense and I always want to find out who is the culprit. It is always explained how this is so... but in this story i feel it didnt elaborate much on the reason , the rationale behind why the theft at Escalibur, the reason why such theft is done, how tyler Page got to know Gillian and she being the fem ...more
Stacie  M. Ritchie
This is one of the better Jayne Ann Krentz books that I have read. Elizabeth Cabot has been focused on running her late aunt’s business since her death. Jack Fairfax has had his own agenda in his business dealings since the death of his father many years before. The book opens with them in an argument that drives them apart. For six months they are weary around each other, but when some corporate espionage happens they must work together. When their relationship turns in a different direction th ...more
Jan 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Most of the books I've read by Jayne Krentz are about the Arcane Society and the characters' different talents. This was just a romance/mystery with normal people. Not bad. I didn't figure out the bad guy until the end, which always makes for an interesting read. Now, I always got upset with Patricia Cornwall introducing the villian in the last part of the book, which give you no incentive to try to solve the mystery instead of just going along for the ride. This villian was sort of like that, i ...more
Apr 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
I actively disliked this book until the last disc (of 9). Even the last disc didn't save it from one star, though. I understand that the fact that I do not "appreciate" film noir--at all (even though Casablanca is one of my favorite movies)probably influenced me strongly...negatively. So if you do appreciate film noir, you might well like this quite a bit.

Back to say--Krentz did an excellent job of evoking the feel of film noir. (Which no doubt reinforces why I didn't like it.)
Sep 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: modern, 4-stars
I read the reviews of this one before I started reading the book, so I went in believing it would be pretty good. I wasn't disappointed. This is definitely one of the best books Krentz has written! I loved Elizabeth and was actually really glad she wasn't the ice princess I thought she'd be after having read the reviews.
Grade B-

A pretty typical JAK romantic suspense. A good suspense plot and a decent but somewhat underdeveloped romance. I liked both main characters, and the suspense was well-developed and with enough twists to keep it interesting.
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Good mystery!
Elizabeth Cabot had a one-night stand with Jack Fairfax because she found out that he had destroyed the business of one of her clients, her ex-fiancée's family business. She also discovered that he was the CEO of one of her new clients so she dumped him. She never got him out of her mind though, even 6 months later when the company he was CEO of, Excalibur, was broken into and their product called 'soft focus' was stolen.
Elizabeth Cabot and Jack now needed to work together to find the stolen cr
David Johnston
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was Krentz doing something a bit different. She still has the business genius hero and the heroine with an uncanny knack for seeing the potential good in people who are acting like asses, but the deliberate film noir influence created a more complicated story than she usually did. I thought it worked although honestly I would maybe have rather followed the trophy wife with an increasingly tense relationship with her rich husband.
Kasey Riley
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This story centered around a "film noir" festival and it read like an old-style Bogart movie. Femme Fatals, dangerous had them all. I found it interesting, but a little slow in spots. Characters and settings were very well developed. I was even surprised who the final villains were. I guessed one but the other surprised me. I had a different person on my prime suspect list. Good job!
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
O aventură riscantă este construită după rețeta binecunoscută de succes a Amandei Quick: o treime mister, o treime thriller și o treime romance, umorul fiind bineînţeles şi el nelipsit, oferindu-ne astfel o lectură plăcută și relaxantă.

Recenzia mea:
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Wow. I found it very hard to like either of these characters. They were not nice to themselves or each other. Not fun. The writing itself was Jayne’s usual caliber, which is the only thing that saved the book and let me finish it.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
started on the 9th finish on 11th
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: open-lib
A good mystery with an alpha hero and equally strong heroine. Developed as an ice princess character, Elizabeth remained a major player. Jayne Ann Krentz aka Amanda Quick has always been very impressive in romantic suspense genre.
Aug 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The film noir feel in the Prologue nearly had me abandoning it before I got to chapter 1 then I thought maybe it was deliberate. I'm not a fan of these old B & W movies, whether mysteries or love stories even though it's very unfashionable of me to admit that.

The rest of the book was average and while I liked Jack Fairfax, and to a lesser extent, Elizabeth, they aren't anywhere near my fav pairings. I found it slow-going once they arrive
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
First published: 1999
Length: 403 pages (Large Print)
Setting: Contemporary Seattle.
Sex: Some Reasonably explicit but most fade to black. Frequent.
Hero: CEO. Helps save family businesses.
Heroine: Runs a fund that provides startup money.

Enjoyable with a heavy dose of noir film trivia, many could-be femme fatales and a surprising number of deaths. Not overly predictable, in part because important information / clues were withheld. A rapid and confusing romance woven through.

Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z-2017
This book has a bit of melodrama as some characters and events reflect the film noir backdrop. Much of the book takes place in a small Colorado ski town that is hosting a film festival. It is full of wanna-be stars, directors, and film aficionados. The plot revolves around the theft of a cutting edge piece of technology. Who committed the theft is identified very quickly. The real question is why, who else is involved, and where the thief and the tech are located. The hero and heroine have a mes ...more
This romantic suspense is set mainly in a small resort town in Colorado during a film festival. Finance executive Elizabeth Cabot and business consultant Jack Fairfax set aside their differences to track down a stolen technology component that will cost them both a large sum of money if not found quickly, as they have both invested quite heavily in the missing crystal. Although Elizabeth is determined not to fall for Jack a second time, as she believes she was quite mislead by him previously, th ...more
Jack Fairfax is not having a good year. First, he finds out that the woman that he's seeing (Elizabeth Cabot), not only didn't have a good time with him, she was affected by a vicious takeover that he set up. It ended up with a yelling match in a rather well-known restaurant which end with a pitcher of water over his head. He's still linked to her because her foundation is supporting a business that he's consulting and that business has just had their top-secret, going-to-save-the-company produc ...more
Great characters, plot and dialogue. Elizabeth Cabot and Jack Fairfax make interesting business partners, possibly because of their on-going antagonism and constant sparring. They join forces to solve the mystery of the disappearance of a joint venture high-tech product. Throw in fringe movie making in film noir and a town in Colorado ski country where a film festival is being held, and you have all the elements of a good read. It doesn't hurt that Elizabeth and Jack are crazy about each other f ...more
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 08, 2012 rated it liked it
A story of high-tech theft and intrigue. Throw in an independent film festival (film noir) set in a resort town in Colorado (although it sounds suspicously like the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah), complete with a femme fatale and a good dose of heroes and villians, and a constant reminder that, as in film, nothing is as it seems. Entertaining enough story, although unbelievable in the sense that a real CEO and money person would not go about solving a high-tech crime in this way in r ...more
Not my favorite JAK. The banter between Jack and Elizabeth was often more caustic than friendly, and their characters weren't developed well enough for me to really care about them. Part of that might have been the focus on the noir elements, which was an interesting stylistic choice but, well ... noir is stylized bleakness, and JAK tends more towards fizzy. The tones didn't really mesh. It did make me start looking for some Bogart/Bacall titles to borrow from the library though, so that's somet ...more
Diane ~Firefly~
Feb 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, romance
This was a re-read. Book still holds up, but then JAK is one of my favorite authors and her stories are like a comfy blanket on a cold day.

This story has Elizabeth and Jack working together to find something stolen from a company Jack is trying to turn around with money from Elizabeth's fund even though they had a personal flame out. I had forgotten who the villain was, so it was a good surprise. I enjoyed the family theme that ran through the book as well. The background of a film noir fest was
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth Cabot and Jack Fairfax anticipated a heated romance and a profitable business association, but there's a third player in the game. Hayden Shaw is determined to ruin Jack in every possible way. Was it Hayden who arranged the theft of Soft Focus, the new technology that Jack expects will save his company? Elizabeth and Jack, forced into wary partnership again, spend the week at a Sundance-like film festival in attempt to recover the only sample of Soft Focus, and the bodies begin to pile ...more
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
a very interesting storyline. i enjoyed all the info about the small films industry and all the info about film noir. i like it when an author goes to the trouble to research in order to give you interesting information. i thought the mystery was real interesting too. this was written quite some time ago, but even quite a few years back, JAK was a great writer.
Vannessa Anderson
Excalibur has been stolen by one of the scientist who works for the company. Jack, the Company’s CEO and Elizabeth, investor, combine efforts to find Excalibur before the news got out that Excalibur was no longer in the hands of the company causing other investors to pull out of the deal. Dick Hill and Susie Breck did an okay job in storytelling.
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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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