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Family Man by Jayne Ann Krentz

Family Man

by Jayne Ann Krentz

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In a nutshell: the Gilchrist family empire was built on high-powered real estate deals centered around restaurants. The aging matriarch of this empire now has a problem. Her restaurants are starting to fail and there is no one within her immediate family she can trust to sort it all out. She needs needs an heir. Someone to take the reins. Someone as ruthless as she has been over the years. There is someone. Her grandson, Luke Gilchrist. The only problem? She disowned his parents years ago. Now the only person she truly trusts is her personal assistant, angelic and sweet, do-no-wrong Katy Wade. And since Katy has refused to commandeer the ship herself Queen Gilchrist has ordered her to find someone who will, namely the black sheep grandson, Luke. Luke is a very reluctant heir and it's up to Katy to convince him it is worth his while to come back. His mettle is tested early as every Gilchrist seems to get into some kind of trouble. One Gilchrist was involved in a real estate scam. Another Gilchrist was caught in a blackmail trap. Every Gilchrist comes to Luke via Katy (as the Gilchrist "guardian angel") for help. The big hook of this story should be Luke. Why does he agree to come back to help the failing empire? Are his intentions true or is he out for revenge? Krentz could have made the story line far more suspenseful and mysterious and tension filled had she kept Luke more in the shadows. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Mar 8, 2016 |
Katy Wade has spent ten years minding the Gilchrists. Now she wants to turn the family problems over to someone else - and the problems aren't small. The financial woes are likely to sink the whole financial boat if someone doesn't step in - Katy's counting on Luke Gilchrist, the family black sheep to take over. Luke's up for the job - but only if Katy's part of the package.

Complete with a pesto-thieving canine, the plot may be predictable, but the banter is amusing. If you like Krentz, this one will keep you reading. ( )
  SunnySD | Apr 2, 2012 |
I had to quit reading this book about 150 pages into the story. I couldn't concentrate on the story for a single, small by aggravating, reason: The author uses the family's last name (Gilchrist) on each page. It was hugely distracting. "He had Gilchrist eyes." "He was such a Gilchrist." "What else could she expect from a Gilchrist?" Again and again and again. It got to the point that I couldn't concentrate on the story because I had to scan the page to see if the word didn't appear. After I went about 10 pages in this manner, I finally gave up.

And the story was boring too. Obvious villains, contrived situations, poorly drawn characters. I've read a few other Krentz books; I'm fairly certain this was my last. ( )
  lavender9 | Jan 4, 2010 |
one of Krentz's best novels; great strong male hero and stubborn and independent female; timeless love story ( )
  blingtastic | Jan 11, 2008 |
Instant but justified trust. ( )
  JackieL | Sep 5, 2007 |
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It takes a heavenly creature to change a rebel with a cause into a...

Family Man

A decade of working for the high-powered Gilchrist family empire has made sassy Katy Wade determined to open her own business. But there's one last problem she must solve before she can leave. The Gilchrists need an heir apparent to save their mysteriously floundering fortunes, and there's only one man for the job: Luke Gilchrist. All his life the Gilchrists have made Luke pay for his father's scandal, and now he's a renegade who's sworn he'll never go home -- except to get even. Katy must persuade Luke to use his business expertise to rescue his family, but one look in his sexy green eyes, and she knows why they affectionately call him "the Bastard."

Meanwhile, Luke's decided he wants her even more than he wants revenge. He agrees to play savior, but only with Katy at his side. It's a strategy sure to make this red-haired angel madder than hell, but she's the only one who can turn this devilish rogue into a family man. Now he must trust Katy with his secrets -- and she must believe in his love.
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Determined to open her own business, spunky Katy Wade must first produce an heir apparent to save her family's mysteriously floundering fortunes, and she sets her sights on Luke Gilchrist.

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Determined to open her own business, spunky Katy Wade must first kproduce an heir apparent to save her family's mysteriously floundering fortunes, and she sets her sights on Luke Gilchrist.

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