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*Starred Review* The last time Lucy Sheridan saw Mason Fletcher was 13 years ago, when he extracted her from a wild teen party and took her home to her aunt Sara. It doesn't take Lucy long to realize Mason hasn't changed a bit in all that time: he still has a protective streak a mile wide, and he still loves giving orders. One thing that has changed is Lucy's hometown of Summer River. The ever-expanding push from Napa Valley for more vineyards has turned the once-sleepy little Summer River into the latest wine-country hot spot. Property values are skyrocketing, and Lucy would be a fool not to sell the home she inherited from Sara. However, as she embarks on some renovation work, she discovers something that may seriously drag down her asking price: a dead body walled up behind the fireplace. Best-selling Krentz returns to her classic romantic-suspense roots with a spine-tingling tale of a small town harboring deadly secrets. With its irresistible mix of scintillating humor, stunning suspense, and sexy romance, River Road is a complete page-turner.--Charles, John Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Summer River is a small town in the middle of Northern California's wine country. This peaceful, serene spot is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of larger cities. In this return to romantic suspense, bestseller Krentz (Wildest Dreams: Velvet Touch) brings warmth and mystery to the sleepy burg. Lucy Sheridan returns to Summer River after the death of her beloved aunt and finds an old corpse stuffed into the chimney of her aunt's house. She also encounters Mason Fletcher, the man who made a subtle but permanent impression on her 13 years before. Together, Lucy and Mason must puzzle out who placed the body in the chimney and whether the death of her aunt is somehow connected, while they also contemplate the renewal of an attraction neither was really aware of in their teen years. Krentz has done a solid job of melding the excitement of a thriller with the sweetness of new passion. Agent: Steve Axelrod, Axelrod Agency. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Thirteen years ago, "guardian angel" Mason Fletcher rescued 16-year-old Lucy Sheridan from becoming the victim of sociopathic classmate Tristan Brinker. Now Lucy is back in Summer River, CA, to fix up the vintage Craftsman-style home she inherited from her Aunt Sara. Mason, on a break from his Washington, DC, security consulting business, is also back in town, to help out his uncle. When he and Lucy open up the old fireplace in her house, a body falls out, and things take an ominous turn. -VERDICT Wonderfully appealing protagonists, a clever, skillfully crafted plot, soul-stirring sensuality, and delicious flashes of humor result in a classic tale of romantic suspense from the ever-popular Krentz (Dream Eyes). Seattle-based Krentz also writes as Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.