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Eclipse Bay (Eclipse Bay #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  4,564 Ratings  ·  158 Reviews
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"It's no wonder that AKrentz's? novels consistently hit bestseller lists."
--Publishers Weekly

Eclipse Bay has grown and flourished on the rugged Oregon coast, where the shore can be rocky and forbidding, full of sharp cliffs and hidden coves. Eclipse Bay by Jayne Ann Krentz, this small town is also filled with secrets as treacherous as the landscape an

ebook, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
First published: 2000
Length: 190 pages (in anthology)
Setting: Contemporary. Smalltown off Oregon Coast
Sex: Explicit once or twice.
Hero: Black sheep entrepeneur.
Heroine: Wedding planner.

Once you get past the repetitive Harte's do ..., Madison's always ...., it's an enjoyable, light mystery with a sweet romance. The romance could have been better developed but it was *shrug* enjoyable.

A good read.

Eclipse Bay Trilogy:
Book 1 Eclipse Bay - Hannah Harte and Rafe Madison
Book 2 D
Jane Stewart
2.5 stars. I have mixed feelings on this book. It felt too much like a bland mystery for me.

There was romance, but it didn't draw me in as much as I would have liked. Rafe Madison and Hannah Harte are the two main characters. Their grandfathers were business partners turned enemies, with a feud that lasted thirty-some years. Hannah's Aunt Isabel owns a large mansion. She believes Rafe and Hannah are right for each other, even though they have never dated. When she dies she leaves her mansion to
My least favorite by this author so far. Since she seems to have dozens of titles, I suppose that's bound to happen sooner or later.

This book attempts to be a modern day Romeo and Juliet, with the children of two feuding families developing a romantic interest in one another. Something about the feud never resonated with me, though, and I got increasingly annoyed every time they talked about what the Harts would do or what a Madison would do, as if every member of the same family has the same p
Domino (aka Meme)
this book was just alright. before starting the novel i thought it would be pretty good. the plot being about a fued between two families and how an individuals from each family fall in love and marry eventhough their families disapprove. well...the fued really didn't seem warranted and the relationship between the two main characters wasn't all that great and then there was this mystery that got solved like a Scooby Doo cartoon. seriously, i mean the villain actually said "if it weren't for u t ...more
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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It could have been a good read if it weren't for the stuck up heroine and the constant use of " A Madison doesn't do this .. A Madison doesn't do that .. Harte family this and Harte family that GAH enough already !!! every few lines we either hear the Madison name or the Harte name .. it was excruciatingly annoying .. also the whole family feud issue was ridiculous and way over the top. I didn't really like this one.
Diana (DomesticGoddess)
2.5 stars.
First the caveat: I'm not the biggest fan of contemporary romance. This one was gifted by an esteemed friend; an author she obviously likes. It's just OK; a pleasant enough read for when I'm not too busy or inundated with novels that I really want to read. I've seen in other reviews that this isn't Krentz's best - I'll try again with some other of her works.
Alex is The Romance Fox
Have you read a book where you fall in love with one of the characters? Of course you have!!!!! I did reading Jayne Ann Krentz’s Eclipse Bay, the first book in the trilogy of the Harte and Madison families of Eclipse Bay.
It’s a kind of modern day Romeo and Juliet…..the two families being at war with each other for three generations and what happens when Hannah Harte and Rafe Madison fall in love with each other.
Well, it’s a bit more than that!!
Rafe Madison is the local bad boy whose main goal i
A modern day romance with a touch of Romeo and Juliet, a hunky leading man, a murder mystery, and a beautiful beach setting.

I wanted to love this book, I really did, but it fell flat in a few areas.

Rafe is the small town bad-boy from the Madison family. With a history of failed marriages, his goal in life is to stay out of jail. Rafe cooks like a God, looks like a God, and apparently has the patience of a God to put up with Hannah.

Hannah, daughter of the feuding family, the Harts, is a prissy,
Eclipse Bay
4 Stars

In the small town of Eclipse Bay nothing is more certain than the Harte/Madison feud. Hannah Harte and Rafe Madison are expected to continue the tradition but when they are thrust together by an unexpected inheritance, they soon discover that what they feel for each other is far from hatred. Unfortunately, their return to Eclipse Bay has also awakened a dormant threat that may jeopardize everything they are working toward.

A sweet romance and a solid mystery.

The s
Aug 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a fairly average romance/mystery.

Eclipse Bay is in Oregon. The Madisons and Hartes have lived there for years, but a falling out between war buddies Mitchell Madison and Sullivan Harte over a business deal gone sour three generations ago had resulted in a long-standing feud between the families.

Their grandchildren, Rafe Madison and Hannah Harte meet by chance one night on the beach at Eclipse Bay when Rafe is 24 and Hannah 20. Hannah has her life mapped out in front of her, while Rafe's
Gizella Tóth
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A régi jó JAK, amit úgy imádtam. Üdvös lenne, ha teljesen visszatérne ehhez a stílushoz a meglehetősen sikerületlen paratrilógiái helyett. (Mondjuk, olyan apróságokon elgondolkodtam, mi lehetett a kvintakármicsoda angol megfelelője, és miért kellett használni, tényleg nem volt más jelző... vagy azon, hogy a magyar nem színházat csinál, hanem jelenetet rendez vagy cirkuszol (cirkuszt csinál:)... és társain, de ezzel együtt az elejétől a végéig élveztem.
Jane (PS)
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Audiobook - 2.5 stars

This was OK. I can't say I liked it. It was all a bit ho-hum and... what wine are they drinking now? - Hmmm wouldn't mind a wine... Perhaps I'll put this book down and go get one... It just didn't grab my attention (except to make me thirsty). I don't think I'll continue with the next book.
Jun 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually reminds me of some by Nora Roberts... A good read, despite the heroine - characterized as prim and prissy and indeed, rather irritating on the whole. Hero much more fun to be around, and one can only hope she mellows before he loses the stars in his eyes..
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tedy, slupla jsem to jako malinu. Tohle jsem si měla dát o Vánocích a ne pohřbívání za živa. Parádní oddechovka, romantika, erotika a vražda. Dala bych 4,5*, tak dám tady 4 a na Databázi knih 5. :-D Recenze vyjde brzy na
Jul 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ta trilogija mi je daleko najzanimljivija iz opusa doticne, svakako preporucam, i citajte po redu :)
Claudia Banner was the reason for the feud between the Madison's and the Harte's. Sullivan Harte and Mitchell Madison were in the army together and as soon as they got out the began Harte-Madison. Their plan was to buy parking garages and wait until the value went up and then sell them to developers for a huge profit. They hired Claudia to broker the sales and they were both infatuated with her. Sullivan tried to tell Mitchell that something was off and Mitchell refused to listen. Claudia soon t ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Un inceput promitator dar care m-a dezamagit din pacate. Un soi de Romeo si Julieta modern care ar fi avut un potential mai mare daca daca in noaptea in care Hannah a fost alibiul lui Rafe, s-ar fi creat o legatura ceva mai profunda. Stim ca familiile Harte si Madison se urasc din suflet , si sunt foarte importante in Eclipse Bay, atat de importante incat devine obositoare reamintirea la cateva paragrafe (hei, Rafe, esti incapatanat, doar esti un Madison. Wow, Hannah, esti o femeie puternica, do ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book came out when I was 14, It wasn't the first book I had read by JAK but it's the one that has had the most impact. I've reread this book enough times that I have 3 paperback copies that are tapped together and an e-book version.

You can't help but fall in love with the characters and the town. It's adults dealing with the not so perfect everyday and then there is the mystery that has to be solved. ( Because you have to have something for the story to center around)

It's witty, and easy
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Jayne. Always a great read, awesome characters & super storyline. She has a way of making you see the story in your mind & I adore that.
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A re-read of a classic Krentz. As always, enjoyable, tight and extraordinarily well written.
Selena Lucia
Great read for an easy Saturday afternoon if you can go through all that Harte versus Madison thing (and it's there all the way through).
Maggie Shanley
Light mystery, intriguing characters who fall for each other despite a family feud and different life goals.
Kate McMurry
Review of Kindle Edition of a fun, witty Krentz romantic suspense novel from the year 2000

Eclipse Bay is Book 1 in a trilogy of three, contemporary, romantic-suspense novels. The second book is Dawn in Eclipse Bay. The third book is Summer in Eclipse Bay.

I checked out a Kindle copy of this book through my local library, and the publisher required a rather onerous USB download. The formatting is oddly done with double-spacing between every paragraph. This might actually have made the book easier
Cesilia Buenrostro
Jul 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My first series from Jayne Ann Krentz. I fell in love with this book! Modern version of Romeo & Juliet;

Hannah Harte and Rafe Madison are from two families that have hated each other for two generations, their grandparents and their parents, now they're expected to feel the same way. However they feel anything but.
One night, Hannah is on the date with her boyfriend, they get into an argument and gets out of his car and he leaves her in the middle of the night, alone. Hannah, a responsible, o
Connie N.
What a pleasant, enjoyable romance, with a bit of an old-fashioned feel about it. Perhaps because there wasn't a huge number of sexual scenes, or perhaps because the heroine seemed a little prudish, or maybe it was just a typical romantic plot. In any case, it was very good and I will definitely continue with this series. Rafe is the poor-boy-turned-rich-man, a good-looking town boy from the wrong side of the tracks, with a bit of a rough reputation. He's come back to town 8 years later driving ...more
Oct 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really liked this story! I’m excited that it’s a series and that I get to follow these characters a little further. Both Rafe and Hannah are incredibly independent individuals and to see them come together was fun. Hannah is very naive which was a little annoying at times, but it still worked for her in this book.

The little bit of drama that the two were involved in gave the story something more than just a love story. Most of all, their honesty and determination carry them through the invest
Aug 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed the coastal Oregon setting of this romantic suspense. Hannah Harte, whose family vacations in the small Oregon town of Eclipse Bay, is a successful wedding planner, but has not had much luck in the romance department herself. Rafe Madison grew up in Eclipse Bay, has done well for himself, but like Hannah, cannot seem to find the right one. The Harte and Madison families have been feuding for several generations; however, Hannah and Rafe did share one kiss eight years earlier tha ...more
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I'm a sucker for romantic fiction so somewhat contrived setups for the main characters come with the territory. At first I thought I was going to be bothered by the way the two were thrown together, but it wasn't too unbelievable. I thought the way the story was set up was actually pretty interesting and the characters were very memorable. I enjoyed the way the mystery was intertwined with the Romance, for me it was the perfect level of intensity. The only part that s ...more
Stacie  M. Ritchie
This is the first book in the Eclipse Bay trilogy. The book opens with Hannah walking down the road in the seaside where she was raised. She had just left her date because he wanted more than she was able to give and is determined to walk home. She meets up with Rafe Madison a member of the hated Madison family. He has ditched his date, because she is using him. They walk together and talk. Rafe leaves her at her door with a since of wanting. The next morning Hannah is required to be an alibi fo ...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.

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“By the way,” Arizona interrupted rather casually, “how long are you two gonna shack up together out there at Dreamscape?” Anger surged, temporarily submerging the little thrill of dread Hannah had felt a few seconds ago. She jerked to a halt, spun around, and glared at Arizona. “We are not shacking up.” Rafe tightened his grip on her arm. “Hannah, this isn’t the time to go into it.” “The heck it isn’t.” Hannah grabbed the edge of the door as Rafe tried to haul her forcibly out into the hall. “I want to set the record straight before we leave. Listen, Arizona, Rafe and I are sharing Dreamscape until we negotiate a way out of the mess Isabel left us in. We are not shacking up there.” “Sorta hard to tell the difference,” Arizona answered through a cloud of smoke. “Not from where I stand,” Hannah retorted. “We’re sleeping on separate floors.” “Sounds uncomfortable,” Arizona said.” 0 likes
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