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SHE WOULD ONLY MARRY FOR LOVE . . Lifting her glass in salute, Hilary congratulated herself for nipping her father's plans in the bud. Ever since he decided to arrange her marriage, Hilary had been fending off wealthy entrepreneurs whose only real passion was for the Forrester restaurant chain. Unfortunately, Hilary was part of the deal. But this time she had visited the n SHE WOULD ONLY MARRY FOR LOVE . . Lifting her glass in salute, Hilary congratulated herself for nipping her father's plans in the bud. Ever since he decided to arrange her marriage, Hilary had been fending off wealthy entrepreneurs whose only real passion was for the Forrester restaurant chain. Unfortunately, Hilary was part of the deal. But this time she had visited the next candidate before the charade began. Logan Saber seemed amused over her predicament. But even he acknowledged the uselessness of attempting to woo her. She was sure she had won. Or had she imagined a spark of challenge in his gray eyes?


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SHE WOULD ONLY MARRY FOR LOVE . . Lifting her glass in salute, Hilary congratulated herself for nipping her father's plans in the bud. Ever since he decided to arrange her marriage, Hilary had been fending off wealthy entrepreneurs whose only real passion was for the Forrester restaurant chain. Unfortunately, Hilary was part of the deal. But this time she had visited the n SHE WOULD ONLY MARRY FOR LOVE . . Lifting her glass in salute, Hilary congratulated herself for nipping her father's plans in the bud. Ever since he decided to arrange her marriage, Hilary had been fending off wealthy entrepreneurs whose only real passion was for the Forrester restaurant chain. Unfortunately, Hilary was part of the deal. But this time she had visited the next candidate before the charade began. Logan Saber seemed amused over her predicament. But even he acknowledged the uselessness of attempting to woo her. She was sure she had won. Or had she imagined a spark of challenge in his gray eyes?

30 review for A Passionate Business

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chitra *CJ*

    "A Passionate Business" is the story of Hilary and Logan. Phew. Our h is a successful restaurant owner, whose businessman father keeps trying to find prospective grooms for her. After thwarting three men successfully, she decides to take matters into her own hand and approach the H, the next candidate, alone. Declaring herself to be his fiance in order to meet him, she explains her reasoning and orders him to refuse the proposition. Instead, as expected the H gets super enchanted by this firecrack "A Passionate Business" is the story of Hilary and Logan. Phew. Our h is a successful restaurant owner, whose businessman father keeps trying to find prospective grooms for her. After thwarting three men successfully, she decides to take matters into her own hand and approach the H, the next candidate, alone. Declaring herself to be his fiance in order to meet him, she explains her reasoning and orders him to refuse the proposition. Instead, as expected the H gets super enchanted by this firecracker, and decides he ABSOLUTELY wants to marry her. Thus begins this insane cat and mouse game, in which the h keeps throwing hurdles to "test" the H and convince him that they are not meant to be together- which does not work- and instead gets frustrating over time. You can see he is crazy about her, but the H is stubborn. The H is super jealous, possessive and obstinate, the h is a fierce, independent feminist- their love for salt cellars is sweet- and the overall read is engaging. Safe 3/5

  2. 4 out of 5

    reeder (reviews)

    A Passionate Business starts with a a bit of prophetic irony, when the impatient heroine lies her way past the hero's stalwart secretary: "You may tell Mr. Saber that his future wife is waiting to see him." Of course they've never even met, and the heroine has no idea she's sealing her fate with this provocative introduction, but she's also cleverly playing on the dilemma she has come to discuss with the hero. The heroine's father has trapped her in the plot of an old school regency romance, w A Passionate Business starts with a a bit of prophetic irony, when the impatient heroine lies her way past the hero's stalwart secretary: "You may tell Mr. Saber that his future wife is waiting to see him." Of course they've never even met, and the heroine has no idea she's sealing her fate with this provocative introduction, but she's also cleverly playing on the dilemma she has come to discuss with the hero. The heroine's father has trapped her in the plot of an old school regency romance, where dad is offering a dowry (a sweet deal on some very successful restaurants he owns) to any man who can marry his independent daughter. So far, the heroine has warded off her unexpected spate of suitors with clever stratagems. She defeated suitor #1 by pretending to be a clingy, domesticated, babies-and-home type of woman. She went the opposite route with suitor #2, leading him to believe she was power-hungry and planned on marrying him so she could run the restaurants herself. Then she arranged for a blonde bombshell friend to compromise suitor #3. She's growing tired of the games, so she decides to take a businesslike approach with the hero (future suitor #4) by simply warning him in advance not to waste his time. Naturally, all she succeeds in doing is piquing the hero's interest. Highlights from their courtship: • During their first meeting in his office, she discovers he collects antique salt cellars. The heroine's restaurant is named the Silver Salt Cellar in honor of her own collection. It's destiny. • He breaks into her home to wait for her return from a date with the OM. (Shades of Vintage of Surrender) • The heroine asks him to prove his love by having an affair with her instead of seeking marriage. The outraged hero pretends to agree, but insists that the affair be public knowledge so everyone will know the heroine is off the market. The idea of an indiscreet affair embarrasses her. He also asserts that he'll have his proof of her love at some hypothetical point in their affair's future when she begs him to marry her but then continues as his lover after he refuses. (Shades of Queen of Hearts) Intimidated by the threat that she'll never be more than a mistress if they start an affair, the heroine agrees to marry him. • Upset about being so easily maneuvered into an engagement, the heroine sics her blonde bombshell friend on the hero at a dinner party. The hero bores the OW to death by talking about his salt cellar collection, then deflects her onto the heroine's widowed playboy father. • He gives the heroine a gold bracelet with a clasp that locks once it's fastened on her wrist. (Slave bracelet!) In retaliation, she slaps him. • She calls his home and, when an OW picks up and offers to take a message, leaves her own phone off the hook all night. (view spoiler)[It was his sister. (hide spoiler)] • One final "black moment": sneaking into his office to drop off a romantic note and a salt cellar, the heroine overhears a conversation between the hero and a colleague about getting her father's signature on a contract for the restaurants before the wedding. (view spoiler)[It was a contract guaranteeing the hero would never accept the restaurants. (hide spoiler)] If it weren't for the hero's domineering chauvinism, I would probably rate the book 4 stars. Although his condescending possessiveness and use of physical force did not age well, he does deserve an honorable mention for his open and accepting attitude toward the heroine's (undefined) sexual past: "...while I don't care at all about your past romances, I should make it quite clear that there will be no more. Whatever is going on between you and [the OM] will have to come to an end." No slut-shaming or virginity fetishizing here. Very 21st century alpha of you, hero. He also plans to downsize his business interests so he can move from L.A. to the heroine's Santa Barbara home. Very progressive, JAK! JAK checklist Pacific Northwest setting: Nope. Santa Barbara. Familiar professions: She runs a small gourmet restaurant focused on locally-grown organic foods. (JAK's restauranteur heroines could form a small business association. Look for more in Gift of Gold and Family Man. If we added in the caterers and coffeeshop owners, they could hold a convention!) He's the president of a company that manages non-franchised family-style restaurants. I feel like the contrast between their restauranting styles could have made for an interesting conflict, but it was ignored. Marital status: They're both single, never married. The heroine's character sheet: Hilary Forrester (27) has amber eyes and honey-brown hair worn in a braided coronet. She thinks she's a pragmatic businesswoman, but the touches of red in her wardrobe and interior decorating signal her hidden passionate nature. The hero's character sheet: Logan Saber (35) has mahogany hair (because three coppery redheads in a row would be too much) and the ever-present gray-green eyes. With that name, he is clearly a misplaced hero from men's adventure fiction who prefers swords to guns. Pets: None :-( Vehicles spell success: ...the OW drives a Porsche. (Good grief, I think the hero might be a eunuch. His vehicles are just generic "cars," never identified by make or model. Where's his man-metal, JAK?) Metaphors are for flogging: The secret sex lives of staid business people. All the secondary characters -- the heroine's father, the hero's sister, the OM, the OW, and the heroine's employees -- comment on what a perfect match the responsible, pragmatic, unadventuresome (dull, dull, dull) protagonists are for each other. Meanwhile, the hero and heroine are verbally engaging in princess/knight or barbarian king/slave girl fantasies and physically engaging in slap fights and light bondage. It's more of a theme than a metaphor and will come up again in Cautious Lover, Between The Lines, and Joy (Krentz's "boring people deserve love, too" collection). Hero threatens to spank heroine: "The fact that you find yourself kicked in the shin by the woman who is supposed to be melting in your arms and you respond by threatening to spank her leaves us with a whole new insight into the situation."

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melanie♥

    2.5 Too dated to enjoy. The word "business" was used so much I began to cringe every time it came up. Business woman, business man, business person, business, business...... ad infinitum. 2.5 Too dated to enjoy. The word "business" was used so much I began to cringe every time it came up. Business woman, business man, business person, business, business...... ad infinitum.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Debby

    “You will be marrying me, Hilary Forrester. And while I don’t care at all about your past romances, I should make it quite clear that there will be no more.” ~ “The fact that you have a few nasty habits like kicking me in the shin at inappropriate moments, isn’t going to save you from me.” ~ I love, love, love a jealous, possessive alpha male H. 🥰 This Silhouette Romance is a vintage from 1981. So it has a really dominant, totally smitten, determined caveman H in a relentless pursuit of the h. The h “You will be marrying me, Hilary Forrester. And while I don’t care at all about your past romances, I should make it quite clear that there will be no more.” ~ “The fact that you have a few nasty habits like kicking me in the shin at inappropriate moments, isn’t going to save you from me.” ~ I love, love, love a jealous, possessive alpha male H. 🥰 This Silhouette Romance is a vintage from 1981. So it has a really dominant, totally smitten, determined caveman H in a relentless pursuit of the h. The h isn’t annoying or stupid which is a relief from many other h’s who are. She isn’t beautiful. She isn’t another one of those blonde h’s. She has a vintage hairstyle with her long braids pinned as a crown around her head. I liked this h. There isn’t love making until the last pages. Yet there is chemistry. The old writers knew how to write passion without their main characters having countless sex sessions and without their h’s giving the H’s a BJ or what else. I enjoyed this a lot. I would even give this more than 5 stars if possible.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Farah

    Very enjoyable !! I started giggling from the very first page. Hilary like most of Jayne's 80's heroines is on the annoying side with the entire package of " Hot and Cold , Yes and No " but her sense of humor and failed attempts at outsmarting Logan made her a very interesting and fun character. Logan has an ego as big as the sun , the man is arrogant and proud yet he managed to pull that off charmingly , he was funny and very unpredictable. It was amusing watching both Hilary and Logan take a Very enjoyable !! I started giggling from the very first page. Hilary like most of Jayne's 80's heroines is on the annoying side with the entire package of " Hot and Cold , Yes and No " but her sense of humor and failed attempts at outsmarting Logan made her a very interesting and fun character. Logan has an ego as big as the sun , the man is arrogant and proud yet he managed to pull that off charmingly , he was funny and very unpredictable. It was amusing watching both Hilary and Logan take a bite out of each other. One of my favorites.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Murphy

    I really enjoyed this book. Her characters are always different than expected. I enjoyed all of her 80's books and took them for the era they were in and what was selling. I do wish they were all in Kindle Format! I really enjoyed this book. Her characters are always different than expected. I enjoyed all of her 80's books and took them for the era they were in and what was selling. I do wish they were all in Kindle Format!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Avaroe

    Love this book for the alpha possessive male that wants the h to himself. The introduction of the couple is one of my favourites and this is on my reread list for this type of book when I need a possessive male fix.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mudpie

    3.5* 1980s story that had a spunky heroine and chauvinistic hero who luckily did not cross the line into assholery! Poor Hilary had managed to get rid of three unworthy suitors whom her father had to bribe with his profitable restaurants into wooing and marrying her. Her father had the fear she was involved with a poor artist! Having run out of ideas on how to dispatch with candidate four, she decided on the direct approach by telling Logan what her father had planned - a final term to the sale agr 3.5* 1980s story that had a spunky heroine and chauvinistic hero who luckily did not cross the line into assholery! Poor Hilary had managed to get rid of three unworthy suitors whom her father had to bribe with his profitable restaurants into wooing and marrying her. Her father had the fear she was involved with a poor artist! Having run out of ideas on how to dispatch with candidate four, she decided on the direct approach by telling Logan what her father had planned - a final term to the sale agreement included marrying her! As his secretary was too good at her job, Hilary was kept waiting for more than an hour so she had marched up to lady and declared she was the future wife of her boss! The opening and their first meeting was so funny and engaging. It's no wonder Logan was so intrigued by Hilary, he had to spend more time with her! Hilary was really upset to see him with her father in Santa Barbara, her home. She had thought he knew what's up and after their lunch she really liked him. But now he still showed up as candidate four?! This was where Logan's chauvinism showed, he'd adopt the strong man controlling his woman attitude ...I guess the insider joke was both Hilary and Logan had the appearance of "sensible and placid business types" but wow in private those two had some primitive tendencies and strong passionate natures! Hilary could not get over the suspicion that he only wanted her for her father's restaurants, while he tried to keep her off balance until she believed him, and was willing to admit she loved him too. It was a fun read, and typical of an 80s heroine she did slap Logan once. He was always threatening to paddle her, not letting go of her wrist till she apologised to her father, breaking into her house not once but twice, and once into her locked bedroom (to shower her with roses while she slept, and to show he could have easily entered the room the previous night after the slap if he wanted to), gifting her an engagement manacle, er bangle...creepy chauvinism or alpha male romance?!

  9. 4 out of 5

    RomLibrary

    SHE WOULD ONLY MARRY FOR LOVE . . Lifting her glass in salute, Hilary congratulated herself for nipping her father's plans in the bud. Ever since he decided to arrange her marriage, Hilary had been fending off wealthy entrepreneurs whose only real passion was for the Forrester restaurant chain. Unfortunately, Hilary was part of the deal. But this time she had visited the next candidate before the charade began. Logan Saber seemed amused over her predicament. But even he acknowledged the uselessn SHE WOULD ONLY MARRY FOR LOVE . . Lifting her glass in salute, Hilary congratulated herself for nipping her father's plans in the bud. Ever since he decided to arrange her marriage, Hilary had been fending off wealthy entrepreneurs whose only real passion was for the Forrester restaurant chain. Unfortunately, Hilary was part of the deal. But this time she had visited the next candidate before the charade began. Logan Saber seemed amused over her predicament. But even he acknowledged the uselessness of attempting to woo her. She was sure she had won. Or had she imagined a spark of challenge in his gray eyes?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    I'm sure I read this as a teenager. I can't really say it's has well aged with time. Such a great idea of a heroine wasted on a character without a backbone :) I'm sure I read this as a teenager. I can't really say it's has well aged with time. Such a great idea of a heroine wasted on a character without a backbone :)

  11. 5 out of 5

    LJ

    Passionate Business - NR James, Stephanie (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) *SHE WOULD ONLY MARRY FOR LOVE.* Lifting her glass in salute, Hilary Forrester congratulated herself for nipping her father's plans in the bud. Ever since he decided to arrange her marriage, Hilary had been fending off wealthy entrepreneurs whose only real passion was for the Forrester restaurant chain. Unfortunately, Hilary was part of the deal. But this time she had visited the next candidate before the charade began. Logan Saber s Passionate Business - NR James, Stephanie (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) *SHE WOULD ONLY MARRY FOR LOVE.* Lifting her glass in salute, Hilary Forrester congratulated herself for nipping her father's plans in the bud. Ever since he decided to arrange her marriage, Hilary had been fending off wealthy entrepreneurs whose only real passion was for the Forrester restaurant chain. Unfortunately, Hilary was part of the deal. But this time she had visited the next candidate before the charade began. Logan Saber seemed amused over her predicament. But even he acknowledged the uselessness of attempting to woo her. She was sure she had won. Or had she imagined a spark of challenge in his gray eyes? Logan Saber seemed amused over her predicament. But even he acknowledged the uselessness of attempting to woo her. She was sure she had won. Or had she imagined a spark of challenge in his gray eyes? This is a very early book by James/Krentz. The protagonist was annoying; the dialogue was weak.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hilly

    2.75 stars. Early (earliest?) Jayne Ann Krentz -- this is so politically incorrect! I often wanted to hate the hero, who is often frightening and barbaric. And yet, I still enjoyed it, in a completely non-pc way. Of its time, I suppose. P.S. - FWIW, I checked it out of archive.org via OpenLibrary, and I used the site's online reader to listen to it. Even read by an automated system, I. Still. Enjoyed it. 2.75 stars. Early (earliest?) Jayne Ann Krentz -- this is so politically incorrect! I often wanted to hate the hero, who is often frightening and barbaric. And yet, I still enjoyed it, in a completely non-pc way. Of its time, I suppose. P.S. - FWIW, I checked it out of archive.org via OpenLibrary, and I used the site's online reader to listen to it. Even read by an automated system, I. Still. Enjoyed it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    As with most of Jayne Ann Krentz's Stephanie James books, there is little plot. Mostly the book deals with the twists and turns of the relationship between Hilary Forrester, a restaurant owner trying to deal with her father's misguided attempts to buy her a husband, and Logan Saber, a businessman in the process of buying her father's restaurants before realizing the hidden price tag. Published in 1981, it is a reasonably good early effort. As with most of Jayne Ann Krentz's Stephanie James books, there is little plot. Mostly the book deals with the twists and turns of the relationship between Hilary Forrester, a restaurant owner trying to deal with her father's misguided attempts to buy her a husband, and Logan Saber, a businessman in the process of buying her father's restaurants before realizing the hidden price tag. Published in 1981, it is a reasonably good early effort.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mem

    Enjoyed this romance, Hilary was not sitting back and waiting to see what would happen, she took her future in her own hands and confronted the man. The result was not what she had planned on, but that made this a good story. I enjoy reading Jayne Ann Krantz books and those written as Stephanie James are on my to read list too.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jadzia

    I was a little afraid to read this book - the oldest one from Ms. Krentz, but it seems I didn't need to worry. It lacked the elements which make reading her books difficult for me, but was an enjoyable read. It could have some fragments written from the point of view of the hero though. But all in all - it wasn't all that bad. I was a little afraid to read this book - the oldest one from Ms. Krentz, but it seems I didn't need to worry. It lacked the elements which make reading her books difficult for me, but was an enjoyable read. It could have some fragments written from the point of view of the hero though. But all in all - it wasn't all that bad.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ana

    HI

  17. 5 out of 5

    Murphy

    I really enjoyed this book. Her characters are always different than expected. I enjoyed all of her 80's books and took them for the era they were in and what was selling. I really enjoyed this book. Her characters are always different than expected. I enjoyed all of her 80's books and took them for the era they were in and what was selling.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I enjoyed this book. It was fun to watch the plans the heroine made turn back on her. "The best laid plans..." I enjoyed this book. It was fun to watch the plans the heroine made turn back on her. "The best laid plans..."

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kelly M W Morman

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mara Ismine

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dinkey

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sonia Melo

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nadia

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

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