Author: Jayne Ann Krentz (writing as Stephanie James)
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: November 1, 2008
Emelina Stratton was desperate to save her brother's life. Desperate enough to ask mafia-chieftain-in-hiding Julian Colter for help. The man, shrouded in mystery and with lethal good looks, said yes. For a price, of course. Emmy would have The Devil To Pay. Especially since she was what Julian demanded in return.
Intellectual Sophia Bennett knew what kind of man she wanted: a rugged cowboy. And in Texas they were everywhere! So why couldn't she take her eyes off brilliant professor Max Travers? He was a Wizard in mathematics who surely made love by the numbers. Yet every inch of him—no Stetson, no dusty boots—added up to dangerously sexy.
It's hard to reconcile the Jayne Ann Krentz I "know" today with her mid-80's work.
Because these two stories don't read like a JAK work at all.
The Devil to Pay
Rather good, though it shows the era it was created in. I slightly disliked the heroine (with her wild imagination and blind belief in rumors), and the hero's possessiveness (though I love my Alpha males) made me roll my eyes a few times. Too over the top if you ask me.
The suspense part was rather bland and hole-y, and the romance was a bit too rushed for me to really like this story.
HATED the heroine. Reading the very first scene in the book I couldn't believe that was the actual heroine. Made me want to hurl something heavy against something equally heavy. The hero was somewhere along the lines of the hero in the previous story - possessive and very Alpha, but it once again came across as too over the top.