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Updated: Better than okay, the third part of trilogy by favorite author Jayne Ann Krentz
Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2019
I felt immediately after submitting this review that I love Jayne Ann Krentz so much, I needed to re-read this book, really read it (no audio), to see if it altered my perspective. It has. I am still leaving the rating at 4 stars but this is a solid 4 stars, not rounded up.
What I have noticed this time:
1. There is more chemistry between Winter and Jack than I noticed the first time reading/listening. I always miss things when listening to audio that I pick up more on when reading every word. Audio versus reading for me is the difference between skimming versus reading without skimming. The attraction is there from the start. I missed some of it when I switched to audio.
2. This book has more Arizona Snow (AZ) than most books that have her in them. She is a real kick. I love this character. She is odd but wise and so funny.
3. There is an explanation as to why the villain screws up so much in this book which I missed first time through. It's too personal this time which is why he is screws up. Emotions from the past have him screwing up, not thinking as clearly as he should to be as villianous as he had in the past. Plus, I think.I was right, that the author deliberately created the older Zane as a man who had lost some of the edge he had when he was younger. He is not as sharp as his opponents this time. He doesn't realize it. He still thinks he is the smartest man in the game but he is not anymore. It was time for him to stay lost and hidden. Coming back was a big mistake, the first of several he makes. It is an element of the plot, that he keeps making mistakes.
Original Review: I started reading the kindle version and about a third of the way through I switched to the audio. (I have age related bad vision problems, multiple, in one eyeball, so that reading print type strains my eyes. I have excellent doctors at UCSF but some problems cannot be completely fixed at this time). I generally enjoy Jayne Ann Krentz, both books and audio about equally unless the audio narratior has an odd voice.
Contains SPOILERS...skip the rest if you hate spoilers!
I was so hyped for this book ahead of time because I liked the first two parts of the trilogy so much. I really loved the second book, the one with Virginia and Cabot. I have both listened and read that book at least five times since it was released. I was expecting something just as good as that for this third book. In some ineffable way, I was so disappointed in Winter and Jack. I cannot explain why. As I said, I loved Virginia and Cabot and also liked Max and Charlotte tremendously. I just did not develop the same level of fondness for Winter and Jack.
However, the biggest disappointment, my main disappointment, was with the Quinton Zane character (aka Lucan Tazewell/this is a spoiler though not a big one since most readers will clue in that he is Zane before Jack does). In the other books, he was portrayed as this evil mastermind. He had pulled off so many cons and accumulated a fortune via his previous crimes; enough to own a private island and homes all over Europe. He had scammed so many people successfully without being caught for over twenty years. And yet in this book, he was so incompetent compared to his past crimes. He was only in his forties. He should not have lost his edge. I found Tucker Fleming (from the second book) much more menacing than Zane.
The last couple of romantic chapters were a bit bland, less fun in some way than the endings of the prior books. I did like the rescue by helicopter at the suspense climax. That was fun, the kind I expect from JAK plot climaxes. The firm of Salinas, etc. came through again in a enormous way. If I needed a PI firm, I would hire them if they were real. Great teamwork!.
Even though I was disappointed, I am so enamored by the Salinas PI firm of foster Dad and foster sons/brothers that I would enjoy reading about more cases (more books in the series) solved by these characters. They are a wonderful team of characters, taking down evil people who have eluded the justice system. I think JAK could make this group of characters into an on going series like JD Robbs "In Death" series which has over forty books in it. I was glad Cabot's young cousin was back as an intern. He is such a likeable character.
So this book gets a three point something stars, rounded up to four stars because I love JAK.