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Publisher's Summary

Elizabeth Cabot is all business. She knows how to maximize her investments and cut her losses - in both her career and her personal life. So when she discovers that Jack Fairfax has deceived her, she's determined to end their relationship. Putting a stop to their budding romance is easy, but breaking up their business deal will be more difficult. Despite all her efforts, she has no luck disentangling herself from Jack's client company, Excalibur. But the situation becomes even more strained when a lethal act of sabotage threatens to put both their companies out of business for good.
Elizabeth is no fool. If she can help Jack save Excalibur, she'll recoup her substantial investment plus millions in profits. Putting her emotions aside, she insists on helping him search for the scientist who's disappeared with a valuable new crystal that could revolutionize their high-tech industry. She'll go in, solve the problem, and get out.
The trail leads Elizabeth and Jack to a fringe film festival, but their goal is as elusive as the shadowy black-and-white images from the classic noir films. Life starts to imitate art, and double-dealing seems to be the name of the game.
For these business adversaries turned reluctant partners, keeping an eye on each other - and the lid on their sizzling attraction - seems the only insurance against further treachery. But with millions at stake, trust can turn to betrayal in the blink of an eye.
©2004 Jayne Ann Krentz (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

Krentz, known for her strong-willed, independent characters, once again provides satisfaction in this hot, suspenseful romance set against the fascinating and darkly glamorous atmosphere of a film festival. ( Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Leora on 01-09-12

Great Narrators, Great Story!

What made the experience of listening to Soft Focus the most enjoyable?

The narrators.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that it was a mystery/love story. I also liked the fact that there was both a man and a woman narrating, it made it more entertaining.

What does Dick Hill and Susie Breck bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

I love the way both of them read. They bring life to the characters unlike any other narrators. I think some of their personality & creativity comes out in the reading. They are my favorite narrators!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I almost did. I just downloaded it yesterday morning and I am already through!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Barbara on 07-26-15

Good Audio

This is one of those books that the narrators raise from ordinary to really fun. I am sure if I had read this first, I would not have enjoyed the broad homage to film noir that this book is half as much. Especially since the book itself is more of a Carole Lombard screwball comedy, than a Robert Mitchum film noir.

Susie Breck's voice goes from smokey to snarky without falling over into a parody of the 1940's dark films her modern day characters are so fascinated by.

Dick Hill is a bit over the top, in this case in a good way. As a business consultant who just wants to get a small research firm on its feet, he could do without the drama, but not without the woman who is at the center of so much of it.

I enjoyed it.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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