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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA; 1st Paperback Printing edition (1 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 077830065X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778300656
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 0.1 x 0.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 617,750 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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Lee on 4 Sep 2002
Format: Hardcover
JAK is a big favourite of mine, I have read over 70 titles written by her under her various pseudonyms and have purchased more than 60 of them but I'm afraid I will not be buying this one.The storyline is very insubstantial not up to her usual standard. Hannah Jesset inherits her late aunt's house and papers whilst being pursued by Gideon Cage who met her when he all but destroyed her brother's company in his lifelong pursuit of a fast profit.The story is woven very loosely around their relationship and amid a couple of attempts on Hannah's life by an unknown assailant.(Well, I think the assailant was supposed to be unknown - I had this person pegged from the word go.)Both the main characters appear to be going through a very early mid-life crisis and frankly are somewhat one dimensional.Gideon never convinces me that he is a ruthless high powered business predator and Hannah is so self absorbed it is difficult to develop any empathy for her at all - most unusual in a JAK book. The heroine spends a lot of time debating whether to follow her aunt's career and become famous or settle for family life with Gideon.Rather as if no woman can actually manage more than one thing at a time when most of us manage to juggle ten and with a lot less fuss!The story just becomes exasperating, too wordy by half - give this one a miss or if you still want to check it out get it from the library and put your money towards one of JAK's better efforts. Try Trust Me , a personal favourite ,Sharp Edges, Absolutely Positively, to name but three,all full of terrific characters, good storylines and an underlying thread of humour.Or go for her futuristic novels as Jayne Castle - superb! If you are an historical fan try her novels as Amanda Quick.Very entertaining so long as you are not too picky about historical accuracy! This book is one of her poorest but she is entitled to the odd off day with such a wonderful, prolific output!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Aug 2002
Format: Hardcover
JAK is a big favourite of mine, I have read over 70 titles by her under her various pseudonyms and have purchased over 60 of them but I will not be buying this one.Get it from the library if you want to check it out but save your money!
The storyline is very insubstantial for a JAK novel. Hannah Jesset inherits her late aunt's house and private papers at the same time as being pursued by Gideon Cage who met her while virtually destroying her brother's company in his pursuit of a fast profit. The story is woven loosely around their uninspiring relationship and one or two attempts on Hannah's life by an unknown assailant. Unfortunately it gets bogged down quite early on by characters who are very one-dimensional and unconvincing. Gideon is supposed to be a tough street-wise business tycoon and Hannah a guidance counsellor but neither character quite works. Hannah is totally self- obsessed and spends most of the book agonizing over whether to be a rich sucessful writer like her aunt or settle for family life. Rather as if a woman cannot manage to handle two things at once when most of us juggle ten! The result is a book that is too wordy by half with a heroine who is so exasperating it is hard to feel any empathy with her at all - very unusual in a JAK story so don't let this put you off her other books many of which are very good. Try "Trust Me" a personal favourite, Gift of Gold and Gift of Fire are interesting and her futuristic novels as Jayne Castle are superb.If you are an historical fan read her Amanda Quick novels, very entertaining as long as you are not too picky about historical accuracy! She is no Georgette Heyer but she writes well and her books are generally a good absorbing read. This book is one of the poorest I have read by JAK but surely she is entitled to the occasional off day with such a wonderful prolific output!
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By Anita Scobell on 18 Nov 2014
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Very good
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7 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jackie. on 21 Feb 2007
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This was a really good story and kept you interested through to the last page. In places I must admit to getting a bit bogged down in 'details' of anthropology, but the story line was different and I got the the end of the book wanting more. A good reccomendation for any book.
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Typical JAK elements in this reissue 19 April 2007
By Just Passing Through - Published on Amazon.com
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Although she is still recuperating from a serious auto injury, college guidance counselor Hannah Jessett travels to Las Vegas to try to save her brother's company from businessman Gideon Cage. Cage has been at the top of his game for years and doesn't have much time or use for leisure and frivolity, but he periodically goes to Las Vegas for a few days of gambling to unwind. Hannah offers Cage the opportunity to decide the fate of her brother's company on the draw of the cards. If he wins, she hands over her stocks, easing his way to a takeover. If she wins, he backs off entirely. Hannah thinks she has a trick up her sleeve. What she doesn't know is that Cage does, too, and he's playing a different game altogether.

Hannah (seemingly) wins the game and returns home to have more surgery on her injured leg. Cage returns to his business pursuits, but is distracted by Hannah, as well as the efforts of the vengeful son of an old mentor and rival to ruin him. Before long, Hannah finds herself involved in the situation between Cage and Hugh Ballantine (the deceased rival's son). She's also dealing with the estate of her aunt, the renowned anthropologist Elizabeth Nord (a sort of Margaret Meade character). Hannah just wants to decamp to her aunt's island home to recuperate, but Cage follows her, intent on furthering his relationship with her.

Even as things start to heat up between Hannah and Cage, the business situation between Cage and Ballantine continues to escalate to a potentially devastating conclusion. Additionally, Hannah herself has some strange and threatening experiences that lead her to think there may have been more to her auto accident and that her life may be in danger.

TWIST OF FATE is pretty standard JAK fare for this early period in her career; however, it does have some interesting characters and some interesting subplots, including the story of Elizabeth Nord and the choices women face in trying to have both fulfilling personal lives and careers. This book was initially published in 1986, but, sadly, many of JAK's points are on this topic are still relevant today.

The character of Cage is a little more the product of that era. Although he's not as scary as some of her early "heroes" with their controlling attitudes, he is too overbearing at times. Hannah also fits into a standard JAK mold--blithely optimistic and excessively perky. At one point, Cage tells her, "Christ, lady, you're an idiot. But an amusing idiot." Personally, I thought that Hannah was the weakest element in the book and quickly found her more annoying than amusing. Readers were reminded over and over and over that she was, in fact, a guidance counselor, which apparently gave her permission/authority to lecture other people about their lives and choices. (And I got really sick of hearing descriptions of her ugly Banana Republic, safari-style outfits.)

While TWIST OF FATE isn't a terrible book, it's not a good one, either. For most JAK fans, the interest will lie in experiencing something from her backlist to compare to her later works. For my part, I'm glad I can check it off my list, but I won't be revisiting it. I'm giving this book a scant 3 stars just because I like JAK so much, but it honestly should be closer to 2 ½ stars.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Thoughtful and enjoyable romance novel deals with corporate raiders and a woman choosing between her career and a man. 23 Jun 2008
By Jane - Published on Amazon.com
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Rich corporate raider Gideon gets no joy from his work. Guidance counselor Hannah surprises him by sensing this and gives him unsolicited advice. Hannah first meets Gideon when she visits him to ask him to stop his takeover attempts of her brother's technology firm. I enjoyed seeing the development of their relationship. He follows her to a vacation island. He visits her in Seattle. A fellow corporate raider who hates Gideon learns of this relationship and he too visits Hannah in Seattle. Her interaction with the two of them was odd, different and fun to watch. She wanted no part of the war between them.

A second story is about Hannah's ancestors. There were several independent, successful and never married women in her past, a mathematician, an artist and more recently her aunt Elizabeth who was a famous anthropologist. Elizabeth dies and leaves her research papers and journals to Hannah. Hannah is considering writing a book from these sources. She is tempted to live a life devoted to career success, which would exclude marriage for her. Gideon wants her in his life, but she feels she cannot have career success if she is with him. Her evaluation and ultimate decisions are thoughtful and interesting.

Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: three. Setting: current day Las Vegas, Santa Inez Island, Seattle and Tucson. Copyright: 1986. Genre: contemporary romance.

For a list of my reviews of other books by this author, see my 4 star review of "Sizzle and Burn" posted 2-09-08.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Worst book ever by JAK. 3 July 2012
By Mickie B, - Published on Amazon.com
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I have always enjoyed all of Jayne Ann Krentz, Jayne Castle and Amanda Quicks books. It was hard to convince myself to finish this book, couldn't find any to like about Hannah and her so called "quest". The bad guys were very predictable, easy to figure out as soon as they were introduced. Not much depth here.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Twist of Fate 6 Mar 2012
By vikisatx - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Kretz always makes you want to read her at one sitting. She can keep you interested in all of her stories. In this story you do not know who wants to help her or who wants to hurt her. If you want to read a great book buy this one. It is worth your time and your money.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
delightful lighthearted contemporary romance 10 Feb 2007
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Though she needs a cane to walk since the recent car accident and will require surgery, Seattle guidance counselor Hannah Jessett comes to Vegas to try to persuade ruthless business shark Gideon Cage from taking over her brother's firm Accelerated Design. She offers the predator a game of chance, high card; if he wins she hands over her shares of stock while if she wins he backs off. He agrees and she draws the higher card.

Gideon cannot get Hannah out of his mind as she brought to him is first refreshing event since he was betrayed by his mentor years ago. Though he must contend with his late teacher's offspring Hugh Ballantine, Gideon decides to go after Hannah. She, in turn, is looking at the journals her late Aunt Elizabeth Nord; a renowned but controversial anthropologist took when she visited Revelation Island. The shy counselor steps out of character for the second time in a short period to follow up on her aunt's revolutionary work. Gideon joins her.

TWIST OF FATE is a delightful lighthearted contemporary romance with some suspense elements mostly late. The tale stars a likable seemingly naive heroine and an apparent business predator; readers will quickly decide that perceptions and images can be deceiving. The support cast enhances the fun story line starting when Hannah pulls out her deck of cards and Gideon keeps them as a souvenir and never slows down until the final confrontation with Aunt Elizabeth's legacy.

Harriet Klausner
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