Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Absolutely, Positively by Jayne Ann Krentz

Unconventional Molly Abberwick, trustee of her late father's scientific foundation, is mad enough to fire her new consultant, Dr. Harry Trevelyan. A brilliant expert on new inventions, the handsome Harry irritates Molly to no end with his preposterous insistence that they have an affair -- and that it could be planned, predicted, and run like a science project. But just when Molly is ready to let him have a piece of her mind -- not her heart -- she discovers that the eminent Dr. Trevelyan is not what he seems.

First, there is his family, a long line of carnival folk who run the Smoke & Mirrors Amusement Company. Then there are the paranormal premonitions which bring Harry to Molly's side when she most needs him. And when her troubles escalate into violence and a mysterious stalker threatens her life, Molly turns to Harry's sixth sense for help, and discovers she needs Harry not just for a week, or for an hour, but forever in love.

'Oldie but goodie' alert! I picked this one off my shelves this weekend and it was so nice to be reacquainted with a couple I enjoy and an author who gets it right. Krentz dabbles, barely gets her toes wet, with the paranormal in this particular romance, but I think Harry and Molly ride the line so well that all romance lovers would enjoy this story. Molly might be looking for someone to help her foundation but Harry's looking for something more and the sparks people - the sparks!

But in addition to the sparks, this Krentz novel exemplifies so well the type of quirky and interesting supporting characters that round out a good romance book. For better or for worse Harry is the sum of the families he's a part of, and what he's necessarily had to do to remain part of both. It's a tough situation but it makes for good drama, especially once Molly starts meddling and starts to show everyone just how important Harry is to their lives. Molly and Harry have healing to do and connections to make before their HEA can be a HEA for everyone (pretty much) and I loved reading about it all over again.

Overall Feeling - A-

Series - None