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Promise Not To Tell

Promise Not to Tell - Jayne Ann Krentz

Jayne Ann Krentz (and her pseudonyms Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle) has long been one of my go-to authors when I need a comfort read. The stories to tend to follow a pattern at times, but that's part of the reasons I like them. I know what to expect.


I also like that both books in this series have rather low angst romances. That's not to say that the couple in this book--Virginia and Cabot--didn't have issues to deal with. Both are childhood survivors of a cult leader who set fire to the barn where they were forced to sleep as children. The police officer who rescued the children fostered Cabot and two other boys, the three who make up the male leads in this series. Virginia was raised by her maternal grandmother.


The two reconnect when Virginia hired the PI firm ran by Cabot, his foster brothers, and their foster dad, Anson. She wants them to investigate the death of her friend, and adult survivor of the cult compound fire. Her death was ruled suicide, but Virginia isn't so sure. She feels there may be a connection to the past and hopes that since Anson, her rescuer, was there at the time of the fire, he will take her seriously.


The mystery was well done, and while some things were easy to figure out, there were a couple of twists I didn't see coming.


I really enjoyed the development of the relationship between Cabot and Virginia. As I mentioned above, both have issues due to the horrors they faced as children, PTSD, panic attacks, etc. It was nice to see them finally find someone who truly understood what the other was experiencing.


The ending of this book has pretty much guaranteed that I will be reading the third in the trilogy. I think it's a trilogy, anyway.