Midnight Jewels

Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz dazzles with this thrilling contemporary romance of deadly secrets and desires. When a mysterious man enters a bookshop and demands a rare collection of 18th-century erotica, the owner has no idea that she will soon be a part of his dark and intriguing world.

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By Janette (Radford, VA) · ★★★☆☆ · January 09, 2011
WOULD HIS KISSES FREE HER DEEPEST DESIRES...OR MAKE HER A PRISONER OF LOVE?

From the moment Croft Falconer walked into her West Coast bookstore, Mercy felt drawn to him. He radiated an aura of mystery and a raw, primitive maleness that made her shiver with desire. Her career was books; his was vio... ...more
By Lisa · ★★☆☆☆ · March 24, 2015
This is another book from JAK's early career and it shows. The heroine, Mercy, is the epitome of TSTL and the hero, Croft, is arrogant and overbearing.

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By Dawn (Bordentown, NJ) · ★☆☆☆☆ · April 04, 2014
I can't believe I'm saying this because I usually like JAK, but I could not finish this. It is really rare that I don't finish a book because no matter how bad it is, I always need to know what happens. So little actually happens in the 150 or so pages I read that I don't care how it ends. The gu... ...more
By Carrie (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · April 14, 2011
2.5*

Midnight Jewels is in many ways a typical JAK book, with a remote hero and a woman who doesn't know her own worth. The heroine in JAK novels often owns some small business, a bookstore, an art gallery, an antique store, and is getting over some form of tragedy in her life. The hero often stud... ...more
By Jane (Chicago, IL) · ★☆☆☆☆ · September 10, 2010
I couldn't enjoy the story because I was angry at the heroine's stupidity.

At least three different times, Croft told Mercy (the heroine) to stay put while he went to do what he was good at doing, sneaking around like a ghost, investigating and dealing with bad guys. She did not do as he told her,... ...more
By Sharon (Deer Park, TX) · ★★★★★ · July 26, 2008
Early Jayne Ann Krentz, copyright 1987. Excellent read. Again, if you can find it.

Here's the back cover text if you're interested. . .

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A LOVELY EX-LIBRARIAN CLASHES WITH A HANDSOME MARTIAL ARTS EXPERT? THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES!

Mercy Pennington liked to play it safe. Before she op... ...more
By Rexanna (Columbia, MO) · ★★★☆☆ · February 11, 2014
Krentz is on of my favorite authors, however, this story seemed to drag a bit compared to many of her books I've enjoyed. Still, I finished it and loved it once I got to the end. It had good sex, romance and suspense, just not the certain something that keeps me reading long past my bedtime. ...more
By Nancy (Cedar, MI) · ★★☆☆☆ · January 28, 2013
A friend recommended Jayne Ann Krentz when I told her I liked adventure/ romance / paranormal / time travel books as fun reading.

Reading this book was an exercise in frustration, however. None of the pieces seemed to fit. Who was the hero and what gave him such special powers? Nothing, evidently... ...more
By Annalisa (Channahon, IL) · ★★★★★ · March 01, 2015
Writing contemporary in her own name, Krentz takes a journey involving a rare edition of erotica called Valley of Secret Jewels involving book store owner Mercy Pennington and Croft Falconer, a rugged man who prefers martial arts to literature. ...more
By Maria (Bellevue, WA) · ★★★☆☆ · February 20, 2014
Not one of my favorite Jayne Ann Krentz books, it is still worthy of re-reading every other year or so. It was published in 1987 when Ms. Krentz was beginning to hit her stride in character development and more intricate plot lines, but this plot is a bit over the top for me as are the main chara... ...more