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New York Times bestselling sensation Jayne Ann Krentz delivers the romantic story of two opposites that attract in The Ties that Bind.Shannon Raine lives in the artistic community of Mendocino, where she designs silk-screened fabrics that look like medieval illuminations. When Garth Sheridan appears on the beach outside her home, she is immediately drawn to him, convinced New York Times bestselling sensation Jayne Ann Krentz delivers the romantic story of two opposites that attract in The Ties that Bind.Shannon Raine lives in the artistic community of Mendocino, where she designs silk-screened fabrics that look like medieval illuminations. When Garth Sheridan appears on the beach outside her home, she is immediately drawn to him, convinced that the dark stranger must be a writer or an artist. But when the two meet, she realizes that nothing could be further from the truth. She has nothing in common with the San Diego businessman whose corporate world has taught him not to trust anyone. With an undeniable attraction between them, can they find a common ground in their very different lives?


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New York Times bestselling sensation Jayne Ann Krentz delivers the romantic story of two opposites that attract in The Ties that Bind.Shannon Raine lives in the artistic community of Mendocino, where she designs silk-screened fabrics that look like medieval illuminations. When Garth Sheridan appears on the beach outside her home, she is immediately drawn to him, convinced New York Times bestselling sensation Jayne Ann Krentz delivers the romantic story of two opposites that attract in The Ties that Bind.Shannon Raine lives in the artistic community of Mendocino, where she designs silk-screened fabrics that look like medieval illuminations. When Garth Sheridan appears on the beach outside her home, she is immediately drawn to him, convinced that the dark stranger must be a writer or an artist. But when the two meet, she realizes that nothing could be further from the truth. She has nothing in common with the San Diego businessman whose corporate world has taught him not to trust anyone. With an undeniable attraction between them, can they find a common ground in their very different lives?

30 review for The Ties That Bind

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    This was typical 80s stuff. I supposed I started my romance reading with books like this. Domineering male lead. Stubborn leading lady. Neither wants to give in. She is an arty type, a craft maker. He is from the big, bad city. I love how they just hop into bed, no question asked about health checks, birth control, condoms ... It wasn't a bad way to pass an hour or two. This was typical 80s stuff. I supposed I started my romance reading with books like this. Domineering male lead. Stubborn leading lady. Neither wants to give in. She is an arty type, a craft maker. He is from the big, bad city. I love how they just hop into bed, no question asked about health checks, birth control, condoms ... It wasn't a bad way to pass an hour or two.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Max

    Ick. Ack. Dear god. Bah. Someone remind me to never read dated romance novels. This was written in 1986. I was one year old. I can only hope that in 1986 men weren't quite such complete and utter jerknozzles. But I have my doubts. All I can hope is that in another 25 years or so people will read romances written in 2014 and laugh at our silly gender constructs and stereotypes. (I hope). What a pair in this novel! They almost deserve each other. Almost, but not quite. Our "hero," Garth, is the quint Ick. Ack. Dear god. Bah. Someone remind me to never read dated romance novels. This was written in 1986. I was one year old. I can only hope that in 1986 men weren't quite such complete and utter jerknozzles. But I have my doubts. All I can hope is that in another 25 years or so people will read romances written in 2014 and laugh at our silly gender constructs and stereotypes. (I hope). What a pair in this novel! They almost deserve each other. Almost, but not quite. Our "hero," Garth, is the quintessential ice-man with no social skills, a ridiculous control streak, the inability to think of women as remotely intelligent, and is also an ass. Our heroine is "feisty," and "spunky," and "artsy," and also kind of an idiot. But seriously - every time she got going on a good roll about how Garth is being overbearing, and annoying, and over protective, halfway through her rant he kisses her and she forgets alllll about it, because she lurrrrves him. She lurves him so much. ICK. At times I would have happily chucked either of these people out of the window. Over all, this was wildly disappointing. Jayne Ann Krentz is an author I love, and many of her books are on my keeper shelf, but clearly this is not one. It's terribly dated, features two characters who are caricatures of caricatures, with no depth, no growth, and no emotional maturity. This plot is very similar to Krentz's Trust Me, from 1995, which features very similar characters. Except that it's much better. Read that one instead. JAK fans do yourself a favour and skip this one. Also - don't name your hero Garth - I just won't be able to take him seriously.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Shannon Raine is used to new people renting the cottage next door every summer. This year an attractive mystery man named Garth Sheridan has moved in. Shannon invites him to dinner with her and her friends. She believes that Garth is a writer or poet. In reality, he is the CEO of a company who is working on a huge bid. But other companies are also trying to win that bid and will stop at nothing to make sure Garth doesn't win. I read this book more than 20 years ago and thought I'd give it a try a Shannon Raine is used to new people renting the cottage next door every summer. This year an attractive mystery man named Garth Sheridan has moved in. Shannon invites him to dinner with her and her friends. She believes that Garth is a writer or poet. In reality, he is the CEO of a company who is working on a huge bid. But other companies are also trying to win that bid and will stop at nothing to make sure Garth doesn't win. I read this book more than 20 years ago and thought I'd give it a try again. This book felt very dated. The hero was very condescending toward the heroine. He talked to her like she didn't have a brain in her head. He also tried to make decisions for her concerning what car she should drive and which company she should pick to sell her silk-screened greeting cards and tote bags. Thankfully, the heroine stood up to him a couple of times. My rating: 2.5 Stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    As usual, Ms. Krentz makes the protagonists polar opposites with Shannon Raine a silk-screen artist and Garth Sheridan a hard-core businessman, yet they work through their differences as they get to know each other. This book was somewhat disappointing. By 1986, most of Ms. Krentz's writing is at a higher level than this, but I was so excited to get an out-of-print I hadn't read yet that it made up for a lot. The plot was a bit thin and the characters not quite as rich as I have come to expect f As usual, Ms. Krentz makes the protagonists polar opposites with Shannon Raine a silk-screen artist and Garth Sheridan a hard-core businessman, yet they work through their differences as they get to know each other. This book was somewhat disappointing. By 1986, most of Ms. Krentz's writing is at a higher level than this, but I was so excited to get an out-of-print I hadn't read yet that it made up for a lot. The plot was a bit thin and the characters not quite as rich as I have come to expect from Ms. Krentz, but it is still an enjoyable re-read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Classic 80's JAK romance, with an alpha hero and soft artsy heroine. Quick, easy reading. Classic 80's JAK romance, with an alpha hero and soft artsy heroine. Quick, easy reading.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    29/1 - What's worse, a really boring classic where the main character/narrator is waffling on about God knows what, or a dated romance featuring a TSTL heroine (my first use of that phrase/acronym, YAY!) and an asshole hero? I think the one thing that tips the balance in the dated romance's favour is that the pages are thick and the writing big, which meant that while I grimaced and shook my head through the whole session I managed to read 70 pages in half an hour last night. After getting starte 29/1 - What's worse, a really boring classic where the main character/narrator is waffling on about God knows what, or a dated romance featuring a TSTL heroine (my first use of that phrase/acronym, YAY!) and an asshole hero? I think the one thing that tips the balance in the dated romance's favour is that the pages are thick and the writing big, which meant that while I grimaced and shook my head through the whole session I managed to read 70 pages in half an hour last night. After getting started I remembered that I had read another of Krentz's early books a couple of years ago, Witchcraft, which didn't impress me much. If I had remembered that when I saw the book at the library I may not have picked it up, but at the same time I might have held out hope that not all her early books were nearing the level of 'dreadful'. It's not just that it's dated - the amount of unprotected sex going on Shannon (female MC) should be pregnant and suffering from a horrible STI by the end of the book - it's also too short for any kind of character development. Shannon's excuse for chasing after the stranger who's moved in next door was weak and stupid, but her reasoning for deciding Garth was a brooding author/poet was even worse. I couldn't decide whether to laugh or swear at the book. I don't understand why Shannon decided that Garth was the one for her. He was rude and dismissive of her and made it pretty clear that he wasn't in the least bit interested in her or her dinner party. He then made it even more clear when he insulted her other guests on numerous occasions. Why was she any more than civil when she saw him the next morning at the café? Usually I don't mind, and even quite enjoy, alpha male characters in romances, but those alphas have redeeming features to balance their possessiveness and need to control the heroines - a good reason for feeling the need to protect/control them (a bad guy), deep, abiding love and passion for the heroine and usually a lack of horribleness. Garth has all the bad traits of an alpha with none of the good ones. He's abrasive, abrupt, rude, has no sense of proper manners, and is treating Shannon like a prostitute who he has a regular weekend appointment with. Except Shannon's not getting paid. Let me tell you about the timeline for this 'epic' romance. She chases him down the beach and invites him for dinner that night. He is horribly rude and insulting and then propositions her at the end of the night. She practically throws him out (as would be completely understandable). They meet the next morning in the café and she decides that the fact that she feels 'drawn' to him is reason enough to forgive his previous behaviour. They see each other frequently over the next two days - walks on the beach, etc. He gets her to go out for dinner with him on the third night of their 'relationship'. They have sex that night. They have sex like rabbits over the next few days, before Garth goes back to his high pressure job at an electronics company in Silicon Valley. Before he leaves they decide that the arrangement will be that he'll stay and work in San Jose during the week, then drive back to Shannon's house in Mendocino for a weekend of sex before going back to work again. Sex on the third day (that's day, not date), a relationship that involves weekendly booty calls by the fifth day. I know this was the 80s, but this isn't meant to be a romantic fantasy for commitment-phobic men. I'm continuing despite all the very good reasons not to because it's really fast reading. To be continued... 30/1 - Like I said, fast reading. Finished this in about two hours last night. I was disturbed by how many similarities I saw between Garth's behaviour and that of CHRISTIAN GREY. There was no violence, but there sure was plenty of intimidation, plenty of treating her like an idiot, plenty of insulting her intelligence, and plenty of attempting to control her entire life like he owned her. At least Shannon fought against Garth's controlling behaviour, but at the same time she forgave him all his asshole behaviour. On numerous occasions she forgot all her anger because she could see 'something' in his eyes that told her he was different 'on the inside' and that even though he couldn't say it he 'really cared' about her deep down. Bah! Pathetic apologist behaviour. PopSugar 2015 Reading Challenge: A Classic Romance

  7. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    After a disappointing read by a newer author, I decided to re-read some older Jayne Ann Krenz. This story was written in 1986 and is one of my favorites. There is just enough of everything! Superb dialog, brilliant plot(almost a thriller, but not quite) that just pulls you in. The characters are just what I like. The male lead,Garth, is a strong alpha type guy who is just a bit rough and clueless about women. He is all business, and he has been hurt badly in the past so he has some trust issues. T After a disappointing read by a newer author, I decided to re-read some older Jayne Ann Krenz. This story was written in 1986 and is one of my favorites. There is just enough of everything! Superb dialog, brilliant plot(almost a thriller, but not quite) that just pulls you in. The characters are just what I like. The male lead,Garth, is a strong alpha type guy who is just a bit rough and clueless about women. He is all business, and he has been hurt badly in the past so he has some trust issues. The female lead character,Shannon, is very strong, and stands up to her man. In other words, she dosent let him push her around or control her. In fact, there is a strong feminist theme running alongside the main plot. Toss in some of this authors humor, and it makes for a very strong story! I plan to buy all of this authors older books! Pure enjoyment.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Willow Brook

    Three stars but only because I am such a long time fan of Krenz. Almost 30 years old, The Ties That Bind is a typical, at times nonsensical category romance of the era. It is like a microwave dinner, some approximation of a tasty, carefully prepared meal. There is the artsy, naive (at times TSTL) heroine who is drawn to the surly (but he has been hurt and betrayed in the past) loner Hero and owner of a company dealing with corporate espionage. The meet, fall in love, have major misunderstandings Three stars but only because I am such a long time fan of Krenz. Almost 30 years old, The Ties That Bind is a typical, at times nonsensical category romance of the era. It is like a microwave dinner, some approximation of a tasty, carefully prepared meal. There is the artsy, naive (at times TSTL) heroine who is drawn to the surly (but he has been hurt and betrayed in the past) loner Hero and owner of a company dealing with corporate espionage. The meet, fall in love, have major misunderstandings, make up and deal with danger all in the space of a few weeks. A pleasant little blast from what now seems like the extremely distant past.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gab

    There's alot hate on for this book but while it was dated it was also still good. The comments that described the relationship as abusive I personally disagree with - and some of our h's earlier misunderstandings have been taken as gospel by some readers. I don't see it as being anything like 50 Shades [which I refuse to read] - just two people that turn out to be what the other needed. Our H had become cynical after being continually betrayed by those he trusted. He was broken inside in an almos There's alot hate on for this book but while it was dated it was also still good. The comments that described the relationship as abusive I personally disagree with - and some of our h's earlier misunderstandings have been taken as gospel by some readers. I don't see it as being anything like 50 Shades [which I refuse to read] - just two people that turn out to be what the other needed. Our H had become cynical after being continually betrayed by those he trusted. He was broken inside in an almost fugue state. In the end he changed his entire life mostly so he could be the man our h needed. Enjoyable read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Gibson

    I'm a fan of Jayne Ann Krentz and I should know better than to read some of her early books (although I admit I've enjoyed some of them). This one is dated and dreadful. Her heroine is wimpy and uninteresting. Her hero is an asshole with no redeeming qualities. If anything, she's written a classic example of emotional abuse...the woman who tells herself she's going to stand up to the man, then wimps out; the man who controls, overrides her decisions, and uses sex to get what he wants. I do not r I'm a fan of Jayne Ann Krentz and I should know better than to read some of her early books (although I admit I've enjoyed some of them). This one is dated and dreadful. Her heroine is wimpy and uninteresting. Her hero is an asshole with no redeeming qualities. If anything, she's written a classic example of emotional abuse...the woman who tells herself she's going to stand up to the man, then wimps out; the man who controls, overrides her decisions, and uses sex to get what he wants. I do not recommend it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shirl

    How an artist and a Silicon Valley business man learn to love and trust each other.

  12. 4 out of 5

    charmaine White

    Always great You know when you're picking up a book by Jayne Ann Krentz that you're going to enjoy it.She never fails to amaze. Always great You know when you're picking up a book by Jayne Ann Krentz that you're going to enjoy it.She never fails to amaze.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cheri

    A short but okay story. One of her earlier ones and not as thrilling as her later ones

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I can't finish this one, sorry Ms. Krentz!!! JAK was one of my favorite romance authors back when I was cutting my teeth on romance, so when this older book of hers went on sale for kindle, I thought it would be fun to read, even though I couldn't remember if I had read it or not. I was wrong. It was painful and I only made it through about 30%. The male lead is a douchecanoe who wants all of the power over the dumb female lead. She is mostly helpless but also bright enough to resent the dude ma I can't finish this one, sorry Ms. Krentz!!! JAK was one of my favorite romance authors back when I was cutting my teeth on romance, so when this older book of hers went on sale for kindle, I thought it would be fun to read, even though I couldn't remember if I had read it or not. I was wrong. It was painful and I only made it through about 30%. The male lead is a douchecanoe who wants all of the power over the dumb female lead. She is mostly helpless but also bright enough to resent the dude making the decisions. And she's about to surprise him at some work party. They've been together for two weeks and she wants to surprise him there when he doesn't want her even in his city? Not your best move, dummy. I couldn't read this train wreck any more. However, I have to say that Krentz's newer stuff is much, much better. No 80s swag or new women's lib. And her Amanda Quick stuff is good too. So don't judge her by this one bad novel!

  15. 4 out of 5

    C K

    This is an author that I have read a lot of and have added her books to my 'keeper' book shelf. Most I have read at least twice and some even more than that. This is an author that I have read a lot of and have added her books to my 'keeper' book shelf. Most I have read at least twice and some even more than that.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Agnes Ross

    Another of one of my favorite authors.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Darlene

    Love her books. Automatic buy for me

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dacia

    It was ok, has some funny parts. The characters are like-able and is a quick read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    A ton of fun it's an oldie but I enjoyed it. A ton of fun it's an oldie but I enjoyed it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paraphrodite

    3 stars. An oldie from JAK. Not one of her better ones. The hero is wary of trust after being burned by his ex-wife and business partner and has some very archaic views about "protecting" the little woman. I liked that the heroine manages to save herself without his intervention and is actually quite independent. You can see glimpses of JAK's later heroines in her. 3 stars. An oldie from JAK. Not one of her better ones. The hero is wary of trust after being burned by his ex-wife and business partner and has some very archaic views about "protecting" the little woman. I liked that the heroine manages to save herself without his intervention and is actually quite independent. You can see glimpses of JAK's later heroines in her.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    I picked this book up from the library on a whim. I had hoped for a quick, easy, and fun read. I was a little disappointed. Personally, I found both Shannon and Garth very annoying. Garth was overbearing and patronizing. Shannon didn't seem to have much common sense. I won't be rereading it again. I picked this book up from the library on a whim. I had hoped for a quick, easy, and fun read. I was a little disappointed. Personally, I found both Shannon and Garth very annoying. Garth was overbearing and patronizing. Shannon didn't seem to have much common sense. I won't be rereading it again.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tamara Usher

    Great book Just love her way of telling tales, her men are never the same , this one is damaged, and of course heroine cures him. Kind of classis, but I never tore of her tales. Strong heroinr, love that

  23. 5 out of 5

    Allison Feingold

    This book was really dated. I usually like the author but I wanted to slap the both of the characters. I struggled to finish.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Winnie Razey

    Binding ties. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and once I started reading it I couldn't put it down, would recommend it to all. Binding ties. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and once I started reading it I couldn't put it down, would recommend it to all.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Deyara

    Annoying characters, at least it was quick.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laura Hannaway

    Not offensive but definitely dated!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    norma davis

    I usually love Ms. Krentz's books, but I don't like pushy, domineering men, hence my 3 star review. I usually love Ms. Krentz's books, but I don't like pushy, domineering men, hence my 3 star review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marta Natal

    Very good I first saw this book while Checking all the romances ebooks and decided to give it a try I love it

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Allen

    Jayne Ann Krentz is one of my favorite authors. The narrator was not very good. It was hard to finish the book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I got like 65% through and had to bail. This book reads like the beginning of an abusive marriage. The hero needs all the therapy.

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