Thursday, September 30, 2010

Re-Read: The Golden Chance by Jayne Ann Krentz

Last day of the month of September! It's hard to tell whether the month has gone by quickly or slowly LOL. It seems just a few days since it was Labor Day week-end. At the same time, the weeks without new releases have gone by oh-so slowly! Anyway, it's useless to complain about it, LOL. All I can say with certainty is that fall is here... and seriously, it shows - at least, over here. Temperatures have dropped a lot and we've been getting lots of rain. The only nice touch is that the leaves have started changing colors as well - was it earlier than the previous year?

Good news, bad news for this month's re-read challenge. The good news is I did re-read a book. The bad news? Not the one that I planned... but does it really matter? LOL. I guess not. I was planning to read Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder, but I just never got around to it. I've been kind of in a slump at some point this month... nothing was appealing to read ^_^; Then, I had a friend who was purging her books. She was getting rid of many Jayne Ann Krentz and while going through my own stash of JAK books to see which ones I've read and which ones I haven't, I came across The Golden Chance... and just felt like re-reading it :) So The Golden Chance it is this month :)
The Golden Chance by Jayne Ann Krentz
published by Simon & Schuster in December 1997
When she gains control of his family fortune, it's love at first fight.

Stunning, stubborn, and independent, Philadelphia Fox lost her best friend because of the fabulously rich and powerful Lightfoot family of Washington state. Now she's got her friend's controlling shares in Lightfoot Industries - an inheritance that brings Nick, the family's prodigal and supremely attractive son, knocking at her door.

An unexpected and irrepressible spark between them blazes into extraordinary passion, and Phila - historically unlucky in love - finds the deepest satisfaction she has ever known. But behind Nick's gray eyes lurks a disturbing enigma? and Phila must make the choice of her life. Trusting Nick may come with quite a price - but giving in to his strong, sensual seduction is a golden chance that may never come again.
Genre: contemporary romance
Series: none

You can read my previous review of The Golden Chance here. Since there's already a review, I'm not going to summarize the plot again :P

My Opinion: I cannot believe it's been already more than a year since I went on my Jayne Ann Krentz binge! Seems like yesterday, really.

Okay, so I read this book till 3am in the morning, that must tell you something about my enjoyment, right? :P This is pretty much a classic JAK book - hero is a businessman with a hidden agenda and heroine is someone a bit eccentric, a lot unique :) They meet, they are attracted and they try to navigate all the obstacles - usually involved family and business. It might be classic and in some way, predictable; however, it's well written and I liked it :)

I like Phila's determination and loyalty and the fact that she tries to understand the situation and the people she has to deal with. She's not ruthless, but at the same time, she doesn't let people run over her. She stands by her own beliefs and values and that's what make her such an admirable character... and I can totally see why Nick finds her so attractive. As for Nick, I think he's a great match for her. Not as direct as her, but I do think he believes in the same thing as her... Simply, it comes off differently because they were raised in different environments. LOL, is it me or reading this time, it seems that Nick is a bit nerd-ish. Totally missed that :P In any case, I think he complements Phila well and I like that he wants to take care of her. Not simply because he wants her, but because that's who he is. Also, he's not above being sneaky or harsh to get what he wants... in this case, I think that's manly or typically male. As in, it's too much bother explaining his motives and reasoning, I'll just do it and you can think whatever you want. LOL, typically male ^_^;

One aspect of this book that I enjoyed is the whole family. Everyone fighting to protect or advance their own interest. It's a bit saga-ish and I like that style of story. I also think it's a good kind of plot when you want to focus on relationship, but have something else. I mean, you can make it as complex or uncomplicated as you want, so it will match with other elements of your storyline... and Ms Krentz knows how to take advantage of this kind of plotline.

I cannot really pinpoint what makes me enjoy this book so much. Could be the relationship between Nick and Phila, could be the story, the writing. I simply do LOL. I know, not very helpful as a review, but The Golden Chance has become somehow a comfort read.

My Grade: B+


  1. I love JAK's older books. I have quite a few and they're comfort reads as well. I know what you mean about not knowing exactly what it is that makes it so, sometimes. Your review shows your enjoyment of this story. :)

  2. It's been years since I read JAK - I just bought one of her Castle books which I've always enjoyed so I'll see where I stand on her in a bit.

    Hope you have a great weekend!


  3. I haven't read many JAK books. I mainly stuck with her Amanda Quick titles.

    Since this kept you up until 3, I'll give it a try. :)

  4. Hilcia - Well I'm happy that it shows I enjoyed this book :D That's the most important in the review I think :P Thanks Hils!

    JAK older books might be from the same mold, but they are really enjoyable I think :P Funny thing is that nobody writes them like she does...

    Cindy - For some reasons, I'm not a fan of her other pseudonyms - Castle and Quick. I guess it's the time period/genre.

    You too, have a nice week-end! :P

    Leslie - Nod nod. I've just started reading them last year LOL. Truthfully though, she doesn't have that many under JAK.

    Hope you enjoy it as much as I did :P

  5. Oh, the older JAKs are definitely comfort reads for me too! Agree they tend to follow the same pattern, but she does it so well ;-)

    I think I've mentioned it before, but Family Man is my favourite JAK. And I really like her early Castle books too, actually I like most of her 90s books. Not massively keen on the recent ones (why the paranormal aspects?!!), but I still buy her new Castle books.


  6. Li - Exactly! LOL.

    Yes, you did mention Family Man and I was able to hunt it down. I enjoyed it, but I still prefer The Golden Chance.

    Yeah, her most recent books are just okay imo.

  7. Great reviews.
    I am so late! I didn't do a 're-read' for either August or September *sniff*.
    But I am trying to get back on track and I've done a re-read for October.
    I read "The Viking's Woman" by Heather Graham.