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Trust Me by Jayne Ann Krentz

Trust Me

by Jayne Ann Krentz (Author)

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A strong opening with millionaire computer genius Sam Stark left standing at the altar for the second time and Desdemona Wainwright, his wedding reception caterer, left with the bill. After patiently listening to his self-censuring tale of woe, she finally gets through to him long enough to get paid, and thus begins a growing relationship between two very different personalities.

Computer espionage puts in an appearance and propels the story forward, but the progress is held back by the baggage of Desdemona's extended theatrical family and similar complications on Sam's side.

Ms Krentz probably did some homework to make the computer hacking realistic, but not enough to make this element of the story convincing. Some dreadful plot holes in mid-story didn't help, and the airport scene at the end, with family and friends allowed a front-row seat at an FBI takedown, was almost juvenile in its naivety.

Desdemona's optimistic and trusting personality was a tad too sugary, and Sam's misanthropic nerd character peppery and unsympathetic.

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  skirret | Jan 2, 2015 |
Theater and computers don’t mix well – except in this delightful tale by one of my favorite writers. The novel combines a solid plot line, based on industrial espionage, interesting male and female leads, and a pinch of humor. Several dialogs are simply priceless, probably some of the best JAK has written. All in all, this book is a perfect brain candy (I shamelessly steal the term from Mike, the Paladin): a light, engrossing read with no thinking required. Of course, there is prerequisite steaming sex, demanded by the genre, but if you ignore the few bed scenes, the rest of the novel is addictive, fluffy, and fun. You can’t stop turning the pages until you reach the last one.
Recommended for all romance buffs.
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  olga_godim | Oct 4, 2012 |
Sweet and fluffy as a shrimp-stuffed puff pastry.

Desdemona Wainwright has a steady job and a supportive, if overly dramatic family. Somewhat of a pigeon among peacocks, Desdemona is startled to find herself attracted to somewhat robotic Sam Stark - even as she's attempting to gently guide him into paying her catering bill for his failed wedding.

For his part, computer mogul Sam is baffled, but entranced by the petite redhead. The complication? An attempt to hack Sam's cyber-security project points a finger squarely at Desdemon's step-brother. What's a girl to do? Why hire a security expert to get to the bottom of things, of course. ( )
  SunnySD | Aug 13, 2010 |
This book has all the familiar JAK themes - Sam Stark is a cold computer nerd, Desdemona is a warm caterer with a family full of the dramatic types. They meet as he is stood up at the altar, and she still wants him to pay for the catering (after all, the ice sculptures have melted too much for any chance of reuse) It's sweet and funny, and both of them have family issues and the HEA feels real and solid. It's very 90's - no one uses emails or cell phones, but charming nonetheless. It's a keeper and a reread for me. ( )
  amf0001 | Nov 16, 2009 |
Desdemona Wainwright meets Sam Stark when she caters his abortive wedding reception, his fiancée having failed to show. She has been raised by a flamboyant clan of “theatre people” while he has a reputation for being just like the computers he works with. Desdemona is the one keeping her family afloat, having cosigned a loan for a cousin and used her catering business to provide work between acting gigs. Sparks fly despite her family’s protective skepticism and Stark’s unexpected summer responsibility taking care of two preteen half-brothers. But when Stark realizes someone is trying to steal his new program and signs point to Tony, Desdemona’s stepbrother, complications ensue. Entertaining and better than a lot of her more recent work, which is rather tired, but not among my favorites. ( )
  jholcomb | Jul 9, 2009 |
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Bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz always delivers great entertainment - warm, original characters you love getting to know, witty repartee, and spicy romance. Now the fun is about to begin with TRUST ME, when a handsome computer genius is short-circuited by an emotional and emoting career woman, who intends to teach him that there is no logic to love!

Desdemona Wainwright thinks Sam Stark looks much too calm for a man who has just been left at the altar. The males in her theatrical family would be letting their feelings explode. But she was hired to cater his wedding, not to save it. Desdemona marches into Stark's den to demand the much-needed payment for the cancelled reception - not to fall in love. But the self-controlled, steel-willed man behind Stark Security Systems, a multi-million-dollar sonsulting firm, does have the cold, logical brain of a computer - along with the muscular, sensual body of a medieval knight, he is Desdemona's exact opposite. And don't opposites attract?

mSam Stark cannot understand what is wrong with treating marriage as a business deal. His ex-fiancee, stately blond Pamela, had seemed so perfect, so reasonable. This hoyden with wild red hair and huge turquoise eyes, insisting he write a check for hundreds of uneaten miniature asparagus tarts, is a different type: temperamental, volatile, and likely to drive a man crazy with her moods - or with desire. But Desdemona has the professional catering skills he needs for his business. It never occurs to him that she might not accept his offer to be his no-strings-attached, stand-in wife.

Desdemona has other plans for herself and Stark. She thinks involving him with her staff, made up of her relatives and other out-of-wok actors, will give him a sense of family. He thinks he'd rather spend his time with computers, but all too soon his private life and his businall affairs are under siege. Desdemona is breaking down the walls around his heart - and someone is trying to get into his files to steal a top-secret computer program. Stark's suspicions soon center on the people Desdemona holds most dear, as intrigue and murder swirl around them all. For this unlikely but ravishing pair, their love and even their lives may depend on emotions and bonds that can't be measured - like unstoppable passion and unbreakable trust - in this wonderful new love story from Jayne Ann Krentz.
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The captivating new novel from the "New York Times" best selling author of "Grand Passion!"
Passion is simple, but there's no logic to love....
When Desdemona Wainwright tries to collect a much-needed payment for catering Sam Stark's canceled wedding reception, she encounters not a heartbroken suitor, but the steel-willed head of a multimillion-dollar consulting firm with the cold brain of a computer -- and the finely hewn body of a medieval knight. Sam sees a beautiful, theatrical hoyden with huge turquoise eyes who has just the right professional catering skills he needs for his business. Opposites attract, and before long, he's sure he's found the perfect business wife; but Desdemona intends to break down the walls around his heart.
When someone tries to steal his top-secret computer program, Sam's suspicions center on the people Desdemona holds most dear. As sinister intrigues swirl around them all, this unlikely pair discover that their love and even their lives may depend on emotions and bonds that can't be measured -- like unstoppable passion and unbreakable trust. Filled with fabulous fun, tingling suspense, and a wonderful new love story, "Trust Me" is great entertainment.

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A woman locked in cold storage by a killer uses a minicomputer to e-mail for help in this mystery romance. She is Desdemona Wainwright, a Seattle caterer who is left with unpaid bills and melting swans of ice when a wedding reception is cancelled. The compensation is the jilted bridegroom, Sam Stark, a rugged computer man so handsome it scares her. He hires her to cater for his company, there is a murder, she hires him to prove a stepbrother innocent, and both live dangerously. By the author of Grand Passion.… (more)

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