This is the final book in the Eclipse Bay series. Nick Harte is involved with someone new - art gallery owner Octavia Brightwell. Octavia's related to the woman who sparked the long-running family feud - and fears that falling for Nick would only ignite the flames again. Octavia knows her family's past is best kept hidden.
Word gets around fast in Eclipse Bay. Nick Harte should know his family's legendary feud with the Madisons fueled the local gossip mill for years before finally cooling off. But people are still talking and rumor has it Nick's involved with someone new...
I really liked Nick Harte and his son Carson. When Nick met Octavia Brightwell, he was hurting from a previous marriage though not why everyone thinks. And Octavia had family issues of her own. The attraction is instant but Octavia knows that getting involved with hard-hearted Nick would be a huge mistake. It's fun to watch them connect and back-pedal. This is romantic courting at it's finest. Jayne Ann does it again. A great conclusion to the Eclipse Bay trilogy.
A special message from Jayne Ann Krentz. Dear Reader: Summer has arrived in Eclipse Bay and things are definitely heating up between the Hartes and the Madisons. It seems that the mysterious new gallery owner, Octavia Brightwell, is thinking about having a scandalous fling with that rogue Nick Harte before she leaves town. As far as Nick is concerned, a short-term affair sounds perfect. But it isn't going to be easy. One big obstacle is Mitchell Madison. For reasons of his own, Mitchell has taken it upon himself to play guardian to Octavia. He's made it clear that if Nick fools around with her, there will be a price to pay. And then there's Nick's young son, Carson, who has his own agenda where Octavia is concerned. He doesn't want his father messing up his plans. Summer in Eclipse Bay is going to be eventful this year. Some long-buried secrets from the infamous Harte-Madison feud are about to surface. The past and the present are on a collision course. I hope you'll join me to watch the fireworks. Happy reading . . . Jayne Ann Krentz
After thoroughly enjoying the first two books of this series, I eagerly grabbed Summer off the shelf and settled in for an entertaining read. But Nick and Octavia never came alive like the Madison men and Harte women of the previous books. JAK continues her wonderful cast of secondary characters, human and non (especially Winston who she portrays so strikingly in just a few sentences that he becomes a major figure). However, even the two family patriarchs lost some of the punch of the earlier books. It was at best an okay read.
Setting: A small town on the Oregon Coast
Art gallery owner Octavia Brightwell turns down six dates with handsome Nick Harte before she finds the courage to say "yes." She knows that not only does Nick have a "no-commitment" reputation, but he's also a member of one of Eclipse Bay's foremost families. Octavia, on the other hand, is the niece of the infamous woman who started a feud between Nick's grandfather and another prominent family, the Madisons, years ago. Sheer attraction wins out, however, and after one date, Nick is determined to make Octavia more than his dinner partner. Before the two have time to explore their relationship, a valuable painting is stolen from Octavia's art gallery and when the town names her as the prime suspect, she turns to Nick to solve the mystery. The investigation unravels an old scandal, heals a broken friendship, and forces Nick and Octavia to face and resolve the passionate attraction that binds them.
In this third tale in Jayne Ann Krentz's trilogy about life and love in a small town on the Oregon Coast, readers get to revisit the quirky characters that populate Eclipse Bay. The supporting cast also includes the fascinating members of the Harte and Madison families who starred in prior books. While the mystery element in the plot is light, the banter between hero and heroine is fun, and watching these two tread warily through the land mine-strewn road of their developing relationship is a pleasure. --Lois Faye Dyer
This book is well written with very developed and believable characters.
Word gets aroung fast in Eclipse Bay, Nick Harte should know-his family's legendary feud with the Madisons fueled the lcoal gossop mill for years. Art gallery owner Octavia Brightwell doesn't tkae charces, especially on handsome, charming men. But that's only part of the reason why she turned Nick down six times before, finally agreeing to a date. Will Octavia's hidden past destoy them.
This is the third book set in in Krentz' small town, Eclipse Bay.
Word gets around fast in Eclipse Bay. Nick Harte should know--his family's legendary feud with the Madisons fueled the local gossip mill for years before finally cooling off. But people are still talking--and rumor has it Nick's involved with someone new...
Art gallery owner Octavia Brightwell doesn't take chances--especially on handsome, charming men. But that's only part of the reason why she turned Nick down six times before--finally--agreeing to a date.
Octavia is related to the woman who sparked the long-running family feud--and fears that falling hard for Nick would only ignite the flames again. Octavia knows her family's past is best kept hidden. But her secret isn't safe in Eclipse Bay--and neither is her heart...