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Absolutely, positively


Publication Information:
New York : Pocket Books, ©1996.
Physical Description:
340 pages ; 25 cm
As trustee of her father's foundation for unusual inventions, Molly Abberwick of Seattle hires Dr. Harry Trevelyan, a top scientific consultant, only to have him propose--in a scientific and detached way--that they embark on an affair for mutual pleasure. Molly is outraged, but Trevelyan's good looks make her delay firing him. Just as well, because when a stalker appears, it is Trevelyan who comes to the rescue.


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Author Notes

Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a master's degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian.

She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. Her novels include Truth or Dare, All Night Long, Copper Beach, River Road, Promise not to Tell, and Untouchable..

She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance. In 2015 she made The New York Times Best Seller List with both Trust Me, Trust No One and Secret Sisters..

(Bowker Author Biography) Jayne Ann Krentz is the author of twenty-seven New York Times Bestselling novels. She is also the author of several other bestselling novels written under the name Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick.

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Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY Jayne Ann Krentz. Pocket, $6.50 ISBN 0-671-77873-0. The director of a Seattle charity and a scientific consultant attempt a no-frills affair. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Kirkus Review

With typically cheerful panache, Krentz (a.k.a. Amanda Quick) shamelessly pilfers from her previous offerings (Trust Me, 1995, etc.) for this newest romance. Scientific consultant Harry Stratton Trevelyan, Ph.D., is another of the author's logical, methodical, amber-eyed heroes. Dispassionately, or so he believes, Harry decides to have an affair with Molly Abberwick. He envisions logical, mutually satisfying companionship and sex (he likes Molly's ripe curves), so he invites her to his streamlined Seattle high-rise to discuss the matter calmly over tea. Molly--in the manner of Krentz's spirited, capable, green-eyed heroines--goes ballistic, doesn't believe in logical passion, and certainly doesn't feel logical about the granitely masculine Harry, a descendant of carnival stuntmen and fortunetellers, a man who can write learned textbooks and catch knives with his sensuous bare hands. Molly, owner of the Abberwick Tea and Spice Co., lives closer to Earth in a crazy Victorian mansion filled with the strange inventions of her late father: robots that dust and polish; an Automated Wine Cellar; a Food Storage and Preparation Machine that prepares complete meals when its buttons are pushed. Molly has hired Harry to be consultant to the Abberwick Foundation, started by her father to bankroll struggling inventors. Like other Krentz protagonists, the two begin at odds, but--naturally--have a lot in common: Both are orphans (like an earlier Quick hero, Harry was too late to save his murdered parents but did kill their assailants); both are self-made; and both are their families' most reliable breadwinners. As Molly's yin and Harry's yang go head to head, someone begins to threaten her life. Harry, also gifted with clairvoyance, rescues Molly; she, in turn, teaches Harry to accept his illogical gift, reconciles his bickering family, and saves him from the abyss of a lonely life. The usual slick Krentzian invention: It pushes all the right buttons--and it always works. (First printing of 180,000)

Booklist Review

Krentz has "absolutely, positively" produced another best-seller for her adoring readers to devour. In typical Krentz fashion, she pairs Molly Abberwick, trustee of a foundation for inventors, with Harry Trevelyan, a scientist and consultant for the foundation. Amid the doings of the usual quirky family members and other secondary characters, Molly becomes the target of a vicious prankster and Harry rushes to discover the identity of her tormentor. As Molly and Harry work to balance their business and personal relationships, family pressures threaten to destroy their chance for happiness. Krentz's flair for creating strong interpersonal relationships among her characters strengthens a novel with a tried (and tired) plot. Avid readers of Krentz will begin to foretell the ending (capture of the bad guy, resolution of family feud, etc.) within a few chapters, but the novel is sure to be in high demand in public libraries, so prepare accordingly. (Reviewed November 1, 1995)0671778730Melanie Duncan

Library Journal Review

Harry Stratton Trevelyan and Molly Abberwick are an unlikely pair. He is a logical historian of science who specializes in exposing frauds, while she is the impulsive daughter of an inventor and a successful entrepreneur herself. Normally a cautious man, especially in relationships, Harry is certain that he wants to have an affair with Molly. Complicating matters are his feuding relatives (carnival workers on one side of the family and tycoons on the other), a critical ex-fiancée, Harry's latent psychic talents, and mysterious threats against Molly. Krentz, who also writes as Amanda Quick (Mystique, LJ 5/15/95), delivers her usual well-crafted mix of romance between two strong, intelligent people. She also adds a dash of mystery and a cast of engaging, somewhat eccentric, supporting characters. Expect heavy demand for this latest from a popular author. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/95.]-Barbara E. Kemp, SUNY at Albany (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.