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Eye of the Beholder [Mass Market Paperback]

Jayne Ann Krentz
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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18 Aug 2003
After a career-stalling tangle with a fraudulent gallery owner, Art Deco expert Alexa Chambers is ready to get back in the game. But when she secretly consults on an exquisite collection for Arizona's luxurious Avalon Resorts, she doesn't know she will cross paths with enigmatic business titan J. L. Trask. Years ago, Trask accused Alexa's stepfather of murder -- and vowed he would get revenge. Now, their meeting is inevitable -- and attraction immediate -- as they trade sizzling sparks and snappy repartee. But when a killer emerges from the shadows, these sensual sparring partners team up to solve a deadly crime from the past. Following a trail of clues to a trendy but decidedly strange New Age spa, Trask and Alexa don't need a crystal ball to see that their survival -- and their chances of bliss -- will depend on a little help from a higher power: a true and trustworthy love.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (18 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671523074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671523077
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 422,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jayne Ann Krentz, who also writes historical and futuristic fiction under the pseudonyms Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle respectively, has more than fifty NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers under various pen names; more than twenty-five million copies of her books are in print. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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barnesandnoble.comIn the eye of the romance reader, Jayne Ann Krentz remains one of the great authors of the decade....This wonderful writer always provides an entertaining story. Readers will relish the exciting story line. The lead protagonists are a warm, intrepid duo.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner! 19 April 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Jayne Ann Krentz has done it yet again with Eye of the Beholder. The only thing that runs deeper than the mystery and intrigue is the passion and strong attraction of the hero and heroine. Twelve years ago J.L. Trask's father died in a mysterious car crash while trying to build a resort in Avalon, AZ. Trask is convinced his father was murdered. It has taken 12 years of perseverance and empire building but now, a hotel and resort mogul in his own right, Trask is returning for the realization of his father's dream. That Trask will likely stir up the past is not lost on the locals. Alexa Chambers is the step-daughter of one of the men Trask first accused all those years ago. Once prominent in her field, antiquities expert of the early 20th century Art Deco period Alexa is now professionally disgraced. Alexa now runs a tacky tourist shop (don't tell her its tacky) filled with miniature gargoyles, coats of armour and renditions of old maps. Alexa is determined to protect the man who did his best to fill the shoes of her late father. Trask is determined to find the truth. Neither is able to resist the other. However, the world outside the fantasy intervenes. Alexa and Trask face the unknown menace together. All of this is set in a romantic locale in Arizona complete with red rocks, hidden springs and a new age guru. Everything is not quite as it seems and the truth may depend on your point of view. Pick up this book, ignore the doorbell, turn off the phone and enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great beach read: 6 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Alexa Chambers, once a prominent art expert now runs a tiny shop and dreams of making her comeback. JL Trask just might hold the key. A hotel owner who unwittingly provides Alexa with the opportunity she needs, Trask might get her foot back in the Deco door. Their first meeting provides sparks and resurects an old mystery -- a mystery Trask is determined to solve. And he needs Alexa's help to do it. Romance, intrigue, art and new ageism is mixed in another wonderfully quirky story by Jayne Ann Krentz.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! 8 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I just finished "Eye of the Beholder" and found it to be one of the author's better books of late. I hate to admit it but I wasn't in any hurry to pick up this book since I'd read several of JAK's books recently and they had all started sounding alike. But I really liked this one and read it in 2 days - it would have been 1 day but life got in the way.
I liked the interaction of the main characters and the eccentricities of the supporting ones. I love it when JAK adds the "odd" people - they make the story more interesting. It had drama, humor (a necessity), and just the right touches of mystery and romance, of course. I liked the fact that the story wasn't overwhelmed by the love interest (Trask & Alexa) but was neatly blended together with the mystery to create a thoroughly enjoyable story.
But, I especially liked the fact that I couldn't figure out the entire plot until the end of the story. Tho' the story was lightweight compared to some, it kept me interested and curious. I've read several mysteries lately that were a waste of time - this one wasn't.
So, even tho' I thought the ending came a little too quickly & neatly, my only real complaint is the fact that Trask's brother was missing at the finish. How could the story end without Nathan showing up? He's there at the beginning, he's there in the middle, but along comes the ending and he's no where in sight...?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm romance with amateur sleuth elements 11 Mar 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
When John Laird Trask thinks of his hometown of Avalon, Arizona, his thoughts are filled with hatred and animosity. The hotel builder knows that a resident of the town killed his father, making it seem as if the man died in an automobile accident. In spite of his averse feelings, Johns company, Avalon Resorts, constructs a hotel in Avalon. Still, he plans to attend the opening ceremony and investigate what truly happened to his father even if it means stepping on the toes of the townsfolk.
Alexis Chambers has been decorating the hotel, hoping that her work leads to her regaining her lost reputation destroyed by an art scandal. When John arrives, he pleads with her to assist him on his quest for the truth. Though she knows he considers her stepfather to be one of his fathers killers, she agrees to help him with his inquires. As they seek the facts behind his fathers death, they fall in love, but a killer lurks in the shadows, planning to add the two of them to the growing count of murders.
In the eye of the romance reader, Jayne Ann Krentz remains one of the great authors of the decade. Her latest romantic intrigue, EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, will validate the audiences faith that this wonderful writer always provides an entertaining story. Sub-genre fans and readers of amateur sleuth tales will relish the exciting story line. The lead protagonists are a warm, intrepid duo and the support cast augments the plot with the typical Krentz trademark of unconventional but affable individuals. Ms. Krentz appears to be headed back to her normal spot on the New York Times best seller list.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved every minute of this one! 3 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Alexa Chambers is an expert in Art Deco of the early twentieth century. In fact, she is the one who pulled the plug on her employer's huge art scam. In return, she lost her job and her reputation. After all, who wants to hire an expert who would be honest about their employer's dealings? Alexa went to ground for the scandal to die. She now runs a little shop in her home town.
J.L. Trask first saw Alexa when she was but a teenager. He had gone to her house to accuse her stepfather of murdering his own father. Now, twelve years later, he returns to find answers to his father's death. Alexa and Trask have an instant mutual attraction. The whole town knows the history of their families and everyone wonders who is using who. Then someone is murdered and two other attempts are made against people in town. Unless Alexa and Trask can find out who the murderer is, they will be the next victims!
***THIS IS THE NEWEST KRENTZ RELEASE! The author once again managed to capture my interest at the beginning and hold onto it through the entire story. A hero for a woman to dream of and a heroine for a woman to admire. Jayne Ann Krentz is a master at Mondern Contemporary!***
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars This story is flat and unimaginative.
JAK's continued overuse of new-age thinking cannot disguise the fact that this story was dull and the characters were not developed to their full potential. Read more
Published on 3 Sep 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to dream on!
Find an older Krentz, Castle, Quick, or other of Jayne Ann's pseudonyms on vacation. Anyone can have an off day, unfortunately, this was one for Jayne Ann Krentz. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars I hope JAK does a better job in her new book!!
JAK used to do this kind of romance very well. She had the very strong male lead, strong female counter-part who may be antagnostic towards one another, but have great physical... Read more
Published on 29 July 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Romance? A believable story? I think not!!!
This book was a waste of my time and money. I can not believe J.A.K. actually wrote this book. I am a huge fan and I always buy her books. Read more
Published on 1 July 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, Boring, Boring!!!!
This was not worth buying the hardcover version. I can't not believe they tried to foist this book on a true J.A.K fan. Read more
Published on 30 Jun 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTING!!!!!
The story had no substance and it seemed like I read this book before. The characters were wooden and I really did not care if they got together or not. Read more
Published on 29 Jun 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment for a huge Krentz fan
I have always loved JAK's novels, but this one and her most recent Flash were both disppointments. The characters were not developed and the plot ludicrous. Read more
Published on 25 Jun 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Cardboard cutouts and boring "details"
I expect more from a top-line hardback than this book produced. I was surprised but uninterested when the two main characters finally made love. Talk about the kiss of death. Read more
Published on 25 Jun 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars I usually love her books but this one was the same old story
J.A.K.'s stories are usually a quick enjoyable read. They get to the point and the main characters are usually fun interesting people with great more than one dimentional... Read more
Published on 1 Jun 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Same old, same old
What a disappointment. Krentz just seems to be recycling bits and pieces of her old books. It's the same hardbitten businessman, yuppie cuisine, New Age nonsense, etc. Read more
Published on 28 May 1999
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