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Family Man [Paperback]

Jayne Ann Krentz
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1 Mar 2010
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. Jayne Ann Krentz pens a wicked, wonderful tale filled with the joy of two hearts finding a place to call home!

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  • Paperback: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (1 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439194351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439194355
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 945,138 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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Jayne Ann Krentz' s acclaimed New York Times bestsellers include Smoke in Mirrors, Lost and Found, Soft Focus, Eye of the Beholder, Flash, and Grand Passion. She writes contemporary romantic suspense novels under her own name, futuristic novels as Jayne Castle (also available from Pocket Books), and historical romance novels under the pseudonym Amanda Quick. She lives in Seattle.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Old book 21 Jan 2014
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This was a book not readily available in books stores and the condition was not great,but considering the age not unexpected.A book that the wife wanted to re read so overall no complaints.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it. 8 April 2013
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A great read yet again. JAK books are always a great read and I cant wait to read her other books
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5.0 out of 5 stars REPRINT Alert - but WOW what a reprint!! JAK at her best! 11 Feb 2003
By Deborah MacGillivray - Published on
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Jayne Ann stopped surprising us a long time again for two reasons. First, she delivers time and again some of the most enchanting books in romance. I appreciate she has never forgotten her romance roots as some of the others that have moved from romance paperback to mainstream hardback do. Almost like they are ashamed of writing romance and want to write 'legit'. Shame on them! I get sick of writers that build their career off the very readers they turn around and seem to disdain. I think writing romance is one of the hardest things to do - it's not easy to work in a formula and deliver someone fresh and original. Secondly, she stopped surprising us because her book are like that well-worn baggy sweater that you have had for decades and always go to because it's so warm and fuzzy. JAK's books are warm and fuzzy.
We KNOW what we are going to get with small variations, but she weaves her magick spell and we adore it. For the most part, JAK's reprints of late and even a couple of her new ones, have been pains. The reprints are SO Dates they should be ashamed for reprinting and CHARGING NEW BOOK PRICE. They convince some readers the book is new, so everyone dashes out and buys them, only to get home and go OH NO!!!!
Well, this is a reprint, but from JAK at her best! This is from her middle period, where every book she cranked out was pure perfection. So if you have not read this, you will be delighted with it.
Jayne seems best when she is writing about dysfunctional she is in full swing here. The Gilchrist family empire is failing and only one man can save it and when he is called "the bastard" by his own family, you know things are off to a rocky start. The Bastard....hum, Luke Gilchrist has been 'punished' by the Gilchrist family all his life because his father's "scandal". Worse, he never conformed to the Gilchrist way, so they cut him off to - again, to punish him. Instead of accepting their dictates, he is a rebel with a cause - but a smart one - that has done very well in business. Now the family NEEDS the bastard to save the crumbling family empire.
Only, Luke has had a belly full of their arrogant, cruel ways, so he is ready to come in for the kill. Time has come for him to punish them. They have to beg him to save their mysteriously floundering business.
The only trouble - so far Luke just might be mean enough to extract his revenge by watching the whole works go down in flames. And it falls to Katy Wade to bring him around to the right way of thinking. Katy has been to chief-cook, bottle-washer and resident keeper of this oddball family. It's been a good job, though exasperating at time, a job Katy NEEDED, when her parents died and she was left with raising her younger brother. But he is about to graduate high school, and suddenly Katy will be able to move on and do what she wants for a change instead of what she must.
The one stumbling block, she has to convince Luke to return and do his family duty. However, Luke has had years of wanting to get back at the family, so bringing Luke back to the Gilchrist Clan is setting the fox amongst the chickens. Worse, the first demand Luke makes in return for coming back, is Katy has to stay as his personal assistant.
Katy knows when she looks into the cold green eyes, she is making a pack with the devil....And Luke has his own that might thinking claiming Katy could be more important that revenge upon his family.
A wonderfully written romance, that will be vivid in your mind years after you put it down. I absolutely LOVED Luke and Katy!
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Keeper"! 14 Mar 2003
By Detra Fitch - Published on
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Katy Wade has a brother finishing high school. To support him, she has been the personal secretary to the Gilchrist family for almost a decade. At last she is ready to start her own business.
First she must lure Luke Gilchrist home to take over the Gilchrist empire. Not an easy task, since Luke holds a life long grudge against them. The Gilchrist empire will fall without him. Luke has the magic touch of how to make money. Once Katy lures Luke home to do his "family duty" she can get on with her own life.
Katy's attempts to bring Luke back succeeds more than anyone would have suspected. But Luke has plans of his own for this stubborn and loyal lady.
This is the BEST Modern Day Romance I have EVER read. A match of wits, love, and family loyalies. A wickedly wonderful tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite JAK book!!! 16 Mar 2003
By Ellen - Published on
I've had this book for the longest time but it's one of the only books that has left a lasting impression on me and I've re-read it many times and it's still good! It's Jayne Ann Krentz at her finest! Luke is sexy and so hot and he looks out for Katy and tries to protect her, which is so damn sweet! If you haven't read this book, go out and get it right now~!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jayne Ann Krentz---Family Man---Fiction 11 Dec 2001
By Roanne - Published on
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Family Man is a fiction book authored by Jayne Ann Krentz. This book is about two people, Katy and Luke, coming together to save a family business from embezzlement. Luke has been put aside from his family for three years over a dispute his father had with his grandmother, by not marrying Katy's mother 37 years before. Anyway, the partnership Gilchrist, Inc. is having trouble, because someone inside the family business is stealing money. Luke's grandmother Justine believes nobody can save the family business and is very frightened. She asks Katy, her personal assistant, if she could go and meet Luke and ask him to save the business. Katy sets off to meet Luke. He is a tough and sarcastic man who tells Katy that he will not help the family firm and that he has no responsibility to. Of course, he turns up at the firm and takes complete control of it. He and Katy are both attracted to each other and their relationship is a funny, but passionate one. Katy Wade has spent the last few years of her life looking after the Gilchrists, she acted as their guardian angel.
The head of family, Justine Gilchrist, has reached a time in her life when she wants to step down from the Gilchrist family supremacy that she had built many years before. However, she doesn't believe that anybody in her immediate family has the ability to take over and run the company as it should be. Her only hope is in convincing her disloyal grandson, Luke Gilchrist, to take over the company. Luke is not eager to become the new CEO. He says no to the thought unless Katy is willing to become his assistant and when she agrees, he decides that he will clear them out of their condition. Of course, it isn't just Katy that he wants, he also wants their number one restaurant as part of the deal. The family becomes overwhelmed.
I really liked this story. Luke Gilchrist is very demanding. Katy is everything you would expect in a guardian angel: she is a loyal arbitrator in the lives of all the Gilchrists, who really do rely on her to bail them all out of their messes. The best part is that no matter what, she truly believes in Luke and in his ability to get his relatives out of their little messes. What I also really liked in this book was Luke's dog, Zeke and his habit of carrying his dog dish with him everywhere he went. Also, that he loved to steal Katy's original pesto sauces that she created. This added humor to the story.
Jayne Ann Krentz makes this book exciting by adding humor, suspense, and passion. She also made the book seem realistic. I have read many of Jayne Ann's stories and I think this is one of her best.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny & Sexy 7 Jun 2000
By Tina Engler Keen - Published on
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This book is in my JAK top 3. It has all the necessary elements I look for whenever I buy anything penned by this author...witty dialogue, sexy script, humorous secondary characters, a strong hero determined to make the heroine his, & a stubborn, quirky heroine who isn't so sure she wants the hero to succeed. In effect, this is JAK at her best...a must-buy for any of her fans.
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