Midnight Jewels Author:Jayne Ann Krentz 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 opened her cozy second-hand bookstore, she researched her prospects and minimized her risks. So she never should have handled a rare edition of Va... more »lley of Secret Jewels. And she should have locked the door of her shop before Croft Falconer walked in.
Falconer enjoyed violence, not literature--beautifully controlled violence of the Asian martial arts. And he looked fighting mad when he learned Mercy promised Valley of Secret Jewels to another buyer. Flaconer argued with her, offering a small fortune, and then tender seduction. As volatile as a match and dynamite, Mercy and Falconer lit sparks like the Fourth of July. But the real fireworks start when she discovered he had told her almost everything a woman falling in love wants to hear. Falconer only forgot to mention one little thing: the secret behind the book of forbidden passion that could get them both killed.« less
This is one of my favorites of hers but is an older book that has been reprinted so is typical of her strong controlling male characters. Mercy finds a rare book that Croft has believed was destroyed in a fire several years earlier along with a man who should have been destroyed with it. He wants to see the book and frightens her; of course ends up 'with' her to keep her safe though she doesn't believe she's in any danger and of course he can't tell her what he knows...anyways, if you can stand a dominant male like this one (I happen to like her characters provided I dont have to live with them myself!) you'll like this story.
Mercy Pennington owns a second-hand bookstore and has gotten her hands on a book that Croft Falconer would almost kill so have. So would someone else, literally. A good Krentz novel with humor and quick wittedness.