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
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: Purchase
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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.

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

  1. 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

  2. Lark

    Good review! I enjoyed this one, too, but had to give it back to the library before I got my review written! Krentz is always fun. Now I’m on the hold list for the new Amanda Quick title. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  3. Mary

    Yay for suspense and red herrings! Not that I’m great at guessing whodunit anyway but I like to be kept guessing nonetheless.

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  4. Lorna

    I have heard of this author for years, and am sorry to say, have never tried reading her. I thought all she wrote was romances, and never dreamed she wrote any paranormal or suspense books. This sounds really good-I am glad you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 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.

  5. Jess

    This sounds like a suspenseful read! I haven’t read anything by this author and I like that this is a standalone book. On my list now! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  6. 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.

  7. Bea

    This was such a delightful story and I really enjoyed the slow burn romance and that Julius was different from so many romsuspense heroes.

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  8. Renee

    Wonderful review that you have here. I haven’t read this author in quite some time, but I love her paranormal’s….and this one sounds really exciting.

  9. Debbie Haupt

    Hi Kim, the review was great and I too am a huge Krentz in whatever name, fan too.
    I haven’t read this one yet, so it’s off to Amazon for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Benish

    I think the idea of blind dates in fiction is really great – thank you for the review, I just added this to my TBR ๐Ÿ™‚

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  11. Terri

    Good to know that Jayne still has what it takes! This one sounds intriguing, as I love the sound of the world’s most awkward blind date turning into something. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  12. Sophia Rose

    Well, this does sound like a good plot to sink my teeth into. Glad the mystery is twisty enough to keep one guessing.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Sophia. Krentz usually delivers an enjoyable ride

  13. Heidi

    I really think I need to try this one. I am in another rut, and I need a good romantic suspense with some paranormal. Thanks for the recommendation. Happy weekend.

    • 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.

  14. Lauren

    You always find such great romantic suspense novels! Very curious to check this one out and meet Grace and Julius. Great review!

  15. 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™‚

  16. 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!!

    • 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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™‚

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  19. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I really enjoyed this one, too; I hadn’t read this author in a while, so this one was a great return for me. Glad you enjoyed it, too.

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  20. Nick

    I love how you are always reading these fun romantic suspense books, Kim! This one sounds so good, especially the romance and the murder mystery.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Romantic suspense is one of my favorite genres Nick.

  21. Katherine

    I really enjoyed Krentz’s River Road and have been looking forward to trying this one. I’m already on the hold list at my library and I can’t wait to get to it!

  22. Quinn's Book Nook

    I love a good romantic suspense novel, although I haven’t read one in awhile. I have read Jayne Ann Krentz, but not in years. I should look into her books again. This one seems really good. I love those ex-marine heroes. So sexy!

  23. 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!

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  24. Braine

    I’ve only read one book of hers and its paranormal. It was okay, didn’t impress me much. Maybe I’ll have better luck with her contemporary novels such as this one

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  25. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I liked this one a lot, it was such a pleasant surprise for me! I’ve read only a few of her books so far, written under different names, which does get confusing, but I loved them all. She is such a fabulous storyteller.

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  26. Christy

    Ah, I love when I find a book that uses my life motto as its title. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This sounds good. And I so enjoy standout secondary characters

  27. 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!

    • kimbacaffeinate

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