Trust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz

April 17th, 2015 Kimberly Review 69 Comments

17th Apr
Trust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz
Trust No One
by Jayne Ann Krentz
Published by: Penguin
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

It's no coincidence when Grace Elland finds a vodka bottle next to the lifeless body of her boss, motivational speaker Sprague Witherspoon. The bottle is a terrifying--and deliberate--reminder of the horrors of her past. Grace retreats to her hometown to regroup and tries to put everything she's learned about positive thinking into practice--a process that is seriously challenged on the world's worst blind date. Awkward doesn't begin to describe her evening with venture-capitalist Julius Arkwright. She has nothing in common with a man who lives to make money, but the intense ex-Marine does have some skills that Grace can use--and he's the perfect man to help her when it becomes clear she is being stalked.ย As Witherspoon's financial empire continues to crumble around them, taking a deadly toll, Julius will help Grace step into her past to uncover a devious plan to destroy not only Grace, but everyone around her...

Jayne Ann Krentz is a go to author for me, from her paranormal to romantic suspense she delivers regardless of the name she uses. Trust No One is a standalone romantic suspense that held me spellbound, made me laugh and allowed me to settle in and lose myself within the story.

In Trust No One, we met Grace Elland who finds a vodka bottle next to the body of her murdered boss, a motivational speaker, that she helped reach stardom. Ironically, the bottle of vodka scares her more having her retreating to her hometown after finding herself jobless.

Here she tries to regroup and come up with a career strategy. Grace is a little flighty career wise, but she really enjoyed her job writing positive affirmations. Her best friend decides that a surprise blind date is in order. Enter, Julius Arkwright, a venture capitalist who is no more interested in a relationship than Grace. The two have an awkward start, but as an ex-Marine and out of the box thinker Julius may be just the man Grace needs. Krentz made both characters realistic, with flaws and quirks that I found charming. I could see the slow-burning chemistry beginning between them and enjoyed their banter. They played off each other well each highlighted the otherโ€™s strength.

The suspense angle in Trust No One was my favorite aspect. We have murder, a stalker, and an intermixing of Graceโ€™s past and Witherspoonโ€™s murder. We had plenty of suspects, red herrings and twists to keep me guessing. Krentz kept thing realistic and allowed me to enjoy the events as they unfolded. I loved how vivid the secondary characters were from the over the top daughter of the deceased to the husband of Grace’s best friend.

Perfectly paced, blending romance and suspense Trust No One was a delightful tale with fleshed out characters that kept me immersed until the last page was read.

About Jayne Ann Krentz

The author of over 50 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense 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.

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69 Responses to “Trust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz”

  1. Melliane

    I did read a lot of books by her years ago, kept some too and I think I have 1 or 2 to read still. It’s great that she is always good with her books, I need to go back to her!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love Krentz in all her forms- Castle and Amanda Quick.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I discovered her first as Amanda Quick, but love Jayne Castle too.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love all of her books to some degree but I also read her as Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick

  2. Bookworm Brandee

    I’ve never read anything from Krentz (or Castle). *gasp* I KNOW! I’m not sure why, actually. However, your review has made me more curious about her. It sounds like she does a great job with creating characters and building suspense – both sexual and mystery. Lovely review, Kimba. Happy Friday!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, have you tried her as Amanda Quick? I love all three.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Romantic suspense is one of my favorite genres Nick.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I try to read everything by her including her Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle books

  3. Ramona

    Okay, this author is completely new to me and I want to kick myself for it, because she sounds really good. The combination between the strong plot and two well drawn characters that leap off the pages through their flaws and quirks is a recipe for greatness ๐Ÿ™‚ An enchanting review, full of all a newbie like myself needs to know about this. Thank you & have a wonderful weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      :blinks: You so need to try her. She writes as Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle each best sellers.

  4. Sarah

    This author has been around for a long time, but for some reason, I haven’t tried to get into her books that much. I tried one but wasn’t so into it because I wasn’t in the mood for it. Maybe now that I’ve found a love for audiobooks I can pick up one of hers! I like the sound of this one, I am so in the mood for romantic suspense!

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  5. kindlemom1

    I didn’t realize she has a pseudonym! How fun! Sounds like she is a fabulous writer regardless of what name or genre she is writing under. I will have to give something of her’s a try!
    Have a wonderful weekend Kim and wonderful review!!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      She has two. Her real name is Jayne Ann Krentz in which she writes contemporary stories. Then she is Amanda Quick who writes in the historical genre and lastly she is Jayne Castle who does futuristic stories. One of my all time favorites series is the Arcane Society series in which she uses all three names and takes us from the past to the future. They are paranormal romantic suspense stories.

  6. Stormi

    It’s sad but I have heard of this author but never tried her, so I am going to put her on my list of authors to try as her books sound like books I would enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love a good romantic suspense. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh no not another rut. This has been a tough year for you Heidi. I enjoy this author and read books under all of her names.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Sophia. Krentz usually delivers an enjoyable ride

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Have you read her as Amanda Quick or Jayne Castle? I think you would enjoy this Melissa.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy Benish. I enjoy all of this author’s books

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Agreed Bea. I managed to have a good time with all of her books

  7. Amir

    For some reason, whenever I see Jayne Anne Krentz, I get reminded of Linda Howard and vice versa. I do love romantic suspense, they just add more to a typical romance story. I haven’t read a lot of JAK but I did enjoy the ones I did. Awesome review Kimba! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love the genre Amir, it replaces the drama in a typical contemporary romance with mystery and suspense.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh you have been missing out. I hope you try it Jess. Most local libraries carry her work

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh no Jane Ann Krentz writes romantic suspense/paranormal present day. She writes as Amanda Quick and those are romance/paranormal/mystery/suspense in historical setting. Then she writes as Jayne Castle paranormal/romantic suspense/fantasy in the future and off planet. Her Arcane Society novels are my favorite and utilize all three author names beginning with Second Sight.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you give her a go, the library usually has them

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, I have been there done that. I have the Quick book pre-ordered!!

  8. Dani Chapman

    You really hit the nail on the head with your review! I too gave Trust No One 4 stars. I really enjoyed it but it wasn’t my favorite of her books.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      *blushes* Thanks Dani. I adore this author but yes not my favorite