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Summer in Eclipse Bay (Eclipse Bay #3)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  2,873 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
A special message from Jayne Ann Krentz. Dear Reader: Summer has arrived in Eclipse Bay and things are definitely heating up between the Hartes and the Madisons. It seems that the mysterious new gallery owner, Octavia Brightwell, is thinking about having a scandalous fling with that rogue Nick Harte before she leaves town. As far as Nick is concerned, a short-term affair s ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published August 11th 2004 by Jove Books (first published January 1st 2002)
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Bark's Book Nonsense
I listened to this as an unabridged audiobook and if it weren't for the fact that I was trapped in a car with no other form of entertainment to be found I more than likely would've given up on this one mid-way through. The characters were too blah to hold my attention and their attraction to each other just didn't come alive for me.

It turns out this story is the third in a series but it easily stands alone since its plot isn't exactly complicated. Octavia Brightwell is relatively new to Eclipse
Andrea Hussey
plot spoilers*
I hated that he had a kid. That can ruin a book for me. I don’t see the appeal of getting with a man whose already created a family with someone else. And the intellectual 5 yr old was annoying and ridiculous. The whole he’s-smarter than-his-years thing and showing business tactics was ridiculous.

She had worn a pale, fluttery dress that fell to her ankles and a pair of dainty, strappy little heels that had emphasized her elegantly arched feet.
Her elegantly arched feet?
Am I to belie
Jun 26, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is like a movie; everything ends up happily ever after. It was too perfect. The story was bland. It's not a page-turner and I was very disappointed with the ending. Not recommended. 1/5 stars.
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the Eclipse Bay trilogy and I liked it the best.

This book revolves around Nick Harte and Octavia Brightwell.

Nick is Hannah and Lillian's brother. His wife Amelia had died in a plane crash nearly four years ago leaving Nick and his now five year old son, Carson. Nick has developed a reputation for not letting any woman get close to him in a relationship and has acquired the nickname 'Hardhearted Harte'.

Octavia Brightwell is a successful art gallery owner and the niece of
Angela James
One of my least favorite books by her, I've remembered. I probably will not reread again.
Octavia Brightwell debated whether or not to tell Mitchell Madison that her great-aunt was Claudia Banner, the cause of the feud between the Harte's and the Madison's. They had become friends and she decided it was only right. She went to see him and told him and found out that both her and Sullivan Harte had already figured it out. She told Mitchell that Claudia had been dead for a year and a half. She then told him that she was going to sell her both her galleries, one in Portland and the othe ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dala bych 3,5 hvězdy. Tak jsem to rozdělila, tady 3, Databáze knih 4. Léto bylo z celé série nejslabším článkem. Přesto celý příběh pěkně ukončilo. Čtení bylo pohlazením po duši a odpočinkem. Jedná se oddechovou a ne úplně naivní romantiku s detektivní zápletkou v každém díle. A já vám ji doporučuji k přečtení celou. Více v mé recenzi na
Diana (DomesticGoddess)
3.5 stars.
I liked this one a bit better than the previous two in the series - mainly because I found the character Octavia more interesting.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Řemeslně je dobrá, ale chybí jí kouzlo.

s. 45 Z okamžik
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Feb 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nick's way of putting people in their places and standing up for Octavia was swoon worthy .. he was also kinda of adorable whenever he tried to make Octavia happy by going along with her plans. Octavia was a little bland but her scene with the two gossipers in the supermarket had me giggling uncontrollably *instant like* love a heroine that can stand up for herself and do it with attitude.

I liked Jeremy and enjoyed the little bits and pieces of him with Gail and I liked how he and Nick repair
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
First published: 2002
Length: 190 pages (in anthology)
Setting: Contemporary. Smalltown off Oregon Coast
Sex: Explicit. Infrequent.
Hero: Father of 6yo. Author.
Heroine: Owns an art gallery/shop.

Enjoyable ending to the trilogy. Good story and nice romance. Would have enjoyed seeing more wooing with the boy involved but otherwise it's a light, easy story.

And a good HEA.

Eclipse Bay Trilogy:
Book 1 Eclipse Bay - Hannah Harte and Rafe Madison
Book 2 Dawn in Eclipse Bay - Lillian Har
Connie N.
#3 of the Eclipse Bay trilogy

I had high hopes for this story since it was about Nick Harte, brother of Hannah and Lillian from the previous 2 books. But it fell a little flat for me. The plot was interesting, following up on the theft of a valuable painting. But the romance was disappointing, mostly because I didn't really care for the main character Octavia Brightwell. She openly admitted that she was the grand-niece of Claudia, the woman who duped the elder Harte and Madison, bringing down the
Pat Cromwell
The last book of the trilogy and of course there are no more Madison brothers for hero's so this book is all about Hannah and Lillian's brother Nick and the great grand-daughter of the woman who started the entire Madison-Harte feud. It is only fitting that Nick and Olivia be the couple that completely ends the feud. As with Gabe and Rafe (hero's from book 1 & 2) as I read the book, all I could picture was this brooding guy standing against the wall in deep thought assimilating a plan to get ...more
Oct 29, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Nick... a Harte (and it is repeated - Harte's 'know what they want', 'go after what they want', 'are honest', 'know their passion', 'stay with their woman', etc.) with his precocious 6 year old son... return to Eclipse Bay because he can't get Octavia off his mind - but being a man who's wife was running off with another man when she was killed, he doesn't admit to himself that he might fall in love with her. Octavia's aunt caused the rift between the grandfathers, and she has come to help, but ...more
It's hard to say that any of the three books in this trilogy might be a "least favorite" but this one barely squeaks in. Still, it holds up well for being almost 15 years old.
Nick Harte's sisters helped to mend the Harte-Madison feud when they married the Madison brothers. Now they're all living in connubial bliss and he's ust trying to get a date. But even after asking six times, Olivia Brightwell is still giving him (patently false) excuses. But never an outright "no."
Olivia is hesitant to fi
Summer in Eclipse Bay
2 Stars

Octavia Butler has come to Eclipse Bay to heal the rift between the Hartes and the Madisons caused by her aunt. But Octavia finds more than she counted on when she becomes the object of affection for heart-breaker Nick Harte as well as the prime suspect in the case of a missing painting.

Unfortunately, Nick and Octavia are as bland as a couple can get and it is difficult to care about their romance.
The mystery of the stolen painting is trite and the inve
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is the third book in the Eclipse Bay series and I think this was the best one. The third Harte sibling is the main character in this book. Nick Harte returns to Eclipse Bay for the summer with his 5 year old son Carson. He is hoping to get Octavia Brightwell to go out with him. Carson develops a friendship with Octavia and is entering a picture in her art show. He does not want his dad to mess things up. A valuable picture disappears from her gallery and Nick is hired to help her find out w ...more
Stacie  M. Ritchie
Nick Harte has been raising his son since the death of his wife five years before. He has dated, but not been serious in all that time. His eye is fixed by Octavia Brightwell, who runs the local art gallery. His son has fallen under her spell, but she continually turns him down. They end up dating and he is thrown into some feelings he is not expecting. He is being berated by the old men in the family, and he must convince Octavia to remain in Eclipse Bay. They finally get to solve some very old ...more
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2012
Once again I wasn't able to figure out who the thief was, so that is always nice.

I did think Octavia was manipulative with Nick. I'm just not a fan of those kind of females. It wasn't like any harm was done, but at least Nick called her on it. I really liked both Nick and Octavia. Carson was really cute and so serious at times. What a great little boy.

Mitchell tried to interfere with their relationship but thankfully he didn't do much harm. I guess it helped a little that neither of them is ac
Aug 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, romance
Well this book in one way was kind of nice and funny. I liked the characters like Nicks son Carson who is a very enjoyable little boy. Theres quite a few funny parts in it that had me laughing. It would have been more interesting to read if there were more of those. There was a small mystery on the missing painting where Nick was hired as a temporary detective by Octavia because he wrote mystery books.(nice a way to choose a detective) :)
The story was nice if quite a bit silly.
But it was boring
Michelle Tempted By Books
Long feuding families the Hartes and the Madisons are well known through Eclipse Bay. A small tourist town on the Oregon coast has a host of interesting characters, not the least of which is Arizona Snow. I think she was likely the most enjoyable character in these books. We meet her also in the Arcane Society books. That said this series follows the newest generation of the Hartes and Madisons, will they follow the rivalry or will they repair the rift. I found this to be one of the more enjoyab ...more
The third and last in the Eclipse Bay series, on first reading I felt this one lacked something, but now that I've had time to read it three more times, I have grown to appreciate the plot, which I thought somewhat tame the first time. Now it seems subtle rather than tame, the characters have grown on me, and the dialogue, as usual, is believable and entertaining. This book has a particularly good beginning.
Barbara ★
I really liked Nick Harte and his son Carson. When Nick met Octavia Brightwell, he was hurting from a previous marriage though not why everyone thinks. And Octavia had family issues of her own. The attraction is instant but Octavia knows that getting involved with hard-hearted Nick would be a huge mistake. It's fun to watch them connect and back-pedal. This is romantic courting at it's finest. Jayne Ann does it again. A great conclusion to the Eclipse Bay trilogy.
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one I got, without reading the earlier ones, so I'll deal with it as stand-alone.
Krentz's books are usually well-written, with multiple layers of plot and twisty mystery. I was pleased that she kept me wondering as to the thief right to the end. It was an easy-going love story, an easy read for a day when I wanted no stress, and didn't want to think too deeply. In this, shevdid admirably well.
Maxi Bolongaita
Finally, after 12 years, I finally finished reading this series. I found the first book second hand and I thought it would be great if I got the entire series from a store that sold pre-loved books. It was mehh compared to the first one. I think time changes perspectives on books and after more than a decade of books in between the first and the last, I think my preferences have changed drastically, especially in regards to the writing style.

Jayne Anne Krentz is okay, but I've moved on.
Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think any of Krenz's books, under any of her pen names, could be made into a movie. I like the lightness of this story--an unknown masterpiece inherited by the local eccentrics, the painting stolen, trying to heal the wounds of a long ago past, good romantic reading.

BUT! my heroine is Arizona Snow! I want an AZ Snow story!
Through this entire series I keep waiting for one of the women to tell Mitchell to fuck right off and let her get laid. He keeps saying he doesn't want these men "fooling around" and/or "shacking up" with the women and it's like, what if she wants to get shacked?? This is not the dark ages and Mitchell is not the keeper of the keys to her chastity belt. Fuck off!!
Nov 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, romance
My least favorite of the trilogy. I'd say the first book was the one I liked the most. There is a bit of a mystery in this one, and it's fairly easy to solve right away. Also, I'm not sure why the two leads like each other. I get that they are supposed to, but I don't find any evidence for it in the book.
Sep 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. The author managed to create a lot of chemistry between the two main characters. There were parts of the story that was a little far fetched... much ado about a children's art show, the constant gossip & the fascination with the two families, the famous mating ritual of the main character, however the story was cute and very enjoyable.

This was my second time reading it.
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Olivia is tied to this Romeo/Juliet issue because of her aunt. Getting mixed up with the grumpy pushy men is a mistake that she enjoys. The plot twist is not so much a twist but a piece of the "mystery" falling into place. Not unexpected, it makes a nice finish to this trilogy. Can be read as a standalone.
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