Desperate and Deceptive by Jayne Castle

January 17th, 2014 kimbacaffeinate Review 60 Comments

17th Jan
Desperate and Deceptive by Jayne Castle
Desperate and Deceptive
by Jayne Castle
Published by: Penguin
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

Meet Guinevere Jones—a woman with a talent for love and trouble—and Zac Justis—her sexy and dangerous partner in crime—in the first two books in the New York Times bestselling series. The Desperate Game-It’s hard to keep a small business afloat—just ask Guinevere Jones, owner of a struggling temp agency. And security consultant Zac Justis isn’t making her life any easier. After he blackmails Gwen into helping him solve a computer crime, she finds herself caught in a web of suspense, danger, and love.The Chilling Deception- A temp job as an executive secretary gives Guinevere Jones access to high places—and sets her instincts for danger tingling. Convincing Zac Justis to provide security for her client during a meeting on the wintry San Juan Islands gives her peace of mind, but brings them face-to-face with a dead man determined to avenge the past.

Desperate and Deceptive: The Guinevere Jones Collection Volume 1 by Jayne Castle brings us the first two books in the Guinevere Jones series previously published as a four book series. As a fan of Castle, I was delighted to see these books republished since they have been out of print for some time, and my library didn’t have them. I have come to love Castle’s futuristic books but loved these romantic suspense stories. Mini review: Gritty PI stories with a dynamic duo that made me laugh and stole my heart.

The Desperate Games– Introduces us to business woman, Guinevere Jones, a gutsy entrepreneur who owns a temp agency. She meets security consultant Zac Justis when he blackmails her into helping him on his current case. She goes undercover at a firm to determine who is stealing shipments. I immediately loved their interactions from the nickname she gave him to the heat that slowly developed. The case was an interesting one that included of all things a computer video game. Even secondary characters like her depressed sister and the computer geeks added to the tale. The tale had a nice flow and slowly built to the climatic ending. The novel ended on a good note with the promise of more interaction between them. Castle wove in suspense, danger and some delicious heat.

The Chilling Deception-Guinevere is temping as an executive secretary and is convinced her client is in trouble. She convinces him to allow Zac Justis to provide security during a meeting set on the wintry San Juan Islands. Zac isn’t interested in guarding a briefcase, but the idea of a long weekend with Guinevere entices him to accept. Guinevere cracked me up; she is enjoying this little game of amateur detective, and I laughed at some of the things she does. She leaves poor Zac exasperated, but her instincts are good. The romance between them is still new, and they set out to define it. Their banter made me laugh and Zac at times is such a guy with his thought process that you cannot help, but want to smack him. The mystery in this was interesting and slowly grew in intensity.

Overall I enjoyed Desperate and Deceptive. I appreciate how Castle is taking the romance slowly, and this novel is relatively clean yet still gives you moments of heat. These have an older feel to them, and their original 1980’s publishing date shows from lack of technology to Zac’s mannerism. Having said that, theses mysteries were timeless, and I quite enjoyed them. Sinister and Fatal: The Guinevere Jones Collection Volume 2 will release February 4, 2014 and I look forward to reading them.

Three and half cups of coffee out of five
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

About Jayne Castle

The author of over 40 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense, often with a psychic and paranormal twist, in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print. She earned a B.A. in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to obtain a Masters degree in Library Science from San Jose State University in California. Before she began writing full time she worked as a librarian in both academic and corporate libraries. Ms. Krentz is married and lives with her husband, Frank, in Seattle, Washington. Pseudonyms: Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick, Stephanie James, Jayne Bentley, Jayne Taylor, Amanda Glass.

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60 Responses to “Desperate and Deceptive by Jayne Castle”

  1. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I honestly don’t get why authors write under a different name if they’re just going to put both on the cover. It makes absolutely no sense to me.
    That said, this sounds very entertaining, witty banter and all. I love old(er) mysteries so I might just read this one soon.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      When these were originally published only Castle’s name appeared and her use of different names present day distinguished her three types of genres…

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, well it fits the time period and as a fan it was fun to read her earlier work.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      So cool you read the original versions..I could never get my hands on them. You are right while I enjoyed them they aren’t like her newer books that have me counting down till release day.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Melanie, she made me laugh because she is like a little terrier when she has a hunch or idea.

  2. Jenny

    Glad these mysteries are so well done Kim! I like that you said they’re timeless, all good books are I think:) I haven’t ever watched Castle, but I have to admit I kind of want to now, and start reading these books while I’m at it! I do love a slow building romance:)

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Hmm, the Castle show is different and features a cop and a writer and I love that show. This is author Jayne Castle and is a PI investigation feature a PI and a woman who owns a temping agency.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I do too, especially the Arcane Society ones. I just bought River Road by Krentz and cannot wait to start it.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      She usually writes the futuristic books and I adore her Arcane Society novels, this was old school PI and fun

  3. Heidi

    It is nice to see that these for the most part held up to the test of time. Another author I need to try sometime. Looking forward to your reviews of the new ones. Hope you have a terrific weekend!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      These are more dime store PI, but I enjoyed them and it was fun taking a trip back to the early 80’s

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Lauren yep it was the early 80’s when the men where tough and didn’t express their feelings and the woman had high hair..LOL

    • kimbacaffeinate

      These were fun, really PI with all the leg work when the men were men kinda thing 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes high hair, no cellphones, and you used a typewriter to write your school essays..LOL

  4. Ginny

    I think I’ve read some of her Deception Cove series and really enjoyed them. I am going to have to set down and make a book list for this books written under Jayne Castle, Jayne Krentz, and Amanda Quick because I know I’ve read books under each of her pen names but get them all confused.

    Thanks for sharing this one. I haven’t read it but I think I would like the 80’s references.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      If it helps here is the breakdown. Jayne Anne Krentz writes contemporary. As Amanda Quick she writes historical and as Jayne Castle she writes futuristic. Which makes these kinda cool because they are straight romantic suspense. What I love about this author is that not only does she writes in all three periods but she writes mystery, suspense, romance and paranormal woo-woo…brilly right? I use to keep an excel spreadsheet to keep track of all of them..ha! Krentz’s website does a good job of breaking them all down as well.

  5. michelle A - Novels On The Run

    I’ve not heard of this author or series and I am old school in age. Thanks for sharing. I have often wondered if it was feasible to update technology, tweak a series just a little that stood the test of time, like some of these badass long 13 year series with 25 books. Is it feasible to do that. The reason I am tangenting on this, lol, is because I started a very popular bad ass long series that started back late 90’s and they were wearing baby doll nighties and it seemed a bit twee, also the way they spoke. I felt like shaking the words and clothing up a bit to make it more modern. It wouldn’t have affected the story, but I was a tad bored. Yet a very popular long series.

    😀

    Mich
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      It would be interesting to see it done, but I wonder if it would just be easier to write new material? This had an 80’s vibe from their dress to mannerism but the case was a good one, and I enjoyed the trip down memory lane.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I like that they combined them and they are full-length novels so that is a plus.

  6. Berls

    For some reason I’m not really a fan of PI type books – I’ve never been a fan of the cop tv shows either. I’m glad you enjoyed it though 🙂 I think they need to do something about that cover though LOL
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