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The Desperate Game and The Chilling Deception, together for the first time!Meet Guinevere Jones—a woman with a talent for love and trouble—and Zac Justis—her sexy and dangerous partner in crime—in the first two books in the New York Times bestselling series.The Desperate Game It’s hard to keep a small business afloat—just ask Guinevere Jones, owner of a struggling temp ageThe Desperate Game and The Chilling Deception, together for the first time!Meet Guinevere Jones—a woman with a talent for love and trouble—and Zac Justis—her sexy and dangerous partner in crime—in the first two books in the New York Times bestselling series.The Desperate Game It’s hard to keep a small business afloat—just ask Guinevere Jones, owner of a struggling temp agency. And security consultant Zac Justis isn’t making her life any easier. After he blackmails Gwen into helping him solve a computer crime, she finds herself caught in a web of suspense, danger, and love.The Chilling Deception A temp job as an executive secretary gives Guinevere Jones access to high places—and sets her instincts for danger tingling. Convincing Zac Justis to provide security for her client during a meeting on the wintry San Juan Islands gives her peace of mind, but brings them face-to-face with a dead man determined to avenge the past....

Title : Desperate and Deceptive: The Guinevere Jones Collection Volume 1
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ISBN : 9780425271834
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Number of Pages : 371 Pages
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Desperate and Deceptive: The Guinevere Jones Collection Volume 1 Reviews

  • Shannon
    2019-04-22 05:01

    Like many early efforts by authors I like (such as Linda Howard), their first efforts are sometimes things better left forgotten. This compilation of two of Jayne Castle's early books is not that bad, but it's not stellar either. The books are dated (which is kind of fun, actually, considering the first book is about computers/computer programming/early games). Neither the protagonists nor the plots completely sucked me in, but there are glimmers in the books of Castle/Quick/Krentz that promise of a stronger writer down the road. Overall this was ok - not great, not completely awful (like some of the early Howard's I once made the mistake of reading)And the preview for the next compilation sounds good - I may have to read it, just because.

  • Linda George
    2019-04-21 06:52

    I like the character development that is taking place for Guinivere Jones and Zac Justis and the developing romantic relationship. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series.

  • Debbie Lester
    2019-04-06 05:39

    Desperate and Deceptive is a two-book collection of the first two Jayne Castle novels featuring heroine Guinevere Jones originally released in 1986. Jayne Castle is a pseudonym of bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz. This collection includes both 'The Desperate Game' and 'The Chilling Deception' and will be followed later this year with a second volume that will include the last two books in the series. Readers who enjoy romantic suspense with an edge, will be thrilled with this re-release of some of Krentz's earlier works.What I liked: This is some of JAK's early writing and before now it has been relatively hard to get a hold of. I liked the fact that Berkley Trade decided to re-release these stories in a collection. Both books were short enough to be done in this way and not provide a long and meandering book when put together. I liked having them both at my fingertips, so as soon as I finished one I could start the second one. Those of us who love a good series enjoy that. When JAK first started writing she wrote a lot of male characters that were most definitely alpha. But they also tended to be a little too dominant for my tastes. It was nice to see that Zac in this series is not so abrasive and hard to like, as some of those JAK was writing at the same time. Zac being the security game has to have a tough persona but it doesn't get out of hand and he turns out to be a pretty good leading man. Guinevere is a true original. She is a plucky small business owner who knows exactly what she wants, but can't seem to stay out of the trouble in the process. Mixing her with Zac, just seems to add to her troubles instead of making them better. In first book in this collection, The Desperate Game. she and Zac team up for the first time and the rest is history. They both find that they are really suited to working together and playing off each others strengths. JAK did a great job with Gwen and readers who have read these stories long ago will want to read them again, and Gwen will find a whole new audience as well. The Desperate Game deals mostly with the set up of the partnership of Zac and Guinevere and the computer related case that Zac is working on. The fact that he blackmails Gwen into helping him is classic and a lot of fun. The case was interesting and provided a great backdrop to the relationship that was developing between the characters.The Chilling Deception in my opinion was the better of the two stories. Readers already had the background on who these characters were, what kind of motivations they had etc. In this story they focus more on the cases at hand and how to solve them. I liked the way that JAK let the story unfold with a steady pace but not overwhelming one. The fact that one of the characters was supposed to have been dead added another dimension to the story. I enjoyed this one a lot. It was obvious that these were early books from this author and that over the years she has really honed her craft and become a great writer. That is not to say that either of these stories are not well written. They both are, it's just that JAK has gotten better and better. Any fan of a good writer likes to read every thing they have written and it's nice to have these back in print again for that reason.What I didn't like: I really can't pinpoint anything that I didn't like in either of these stories. It is just hard to give them a 5 apple rating when I know the author has written some other highly exceptional works.Bottom Line:They were good stories, but not JAK's best. I would certainly still recommend them as they both still stand on their own merit. Great characters is one of JAK's strong suits and that is true of Gwen and Zac in this series. I'm looking forward to reading the second volume in this collection and catching up on the last two books in the original series.

  • ☕ Kimberly
    2019-04-08 02:03

    The Desperate Games- Introduces us to business woman, Guinevere Jones, a gutsy entrepreneur who owns a temp agency. She meets security consultant Zac Justis when he blackmails her into helping him on his current case. She goes undercover at a firm to determine who is stealing shipments. I immediately loved their interactions from the nickname she gave him to the heat that slowly developed. The case was an interesting one that included of all things a computer video game. Even secondary characters like her depressed sister and the computer geeks added to the tale. The tale had a nice flow and slowly built to the climatic ending. The novel ended on a good note with the promise of more interaction between them. Castle wove in suspense, danger and some delicious heat.The Chilling Deception-Guinevere is temping as an executive secretary and is convinced her client is in trouble. She convinces him to allow Zac Justis to provide security during a meeting set on the wintry San Juan Islands. Zac isn’t interested in guarding a briefcase, but the idea of a long weekend with Guinevere entices him to accept. Guinevere cracked me up; she is enjoying this little game of amateur detective, and I laughed at some of the things she does. She leaves poor Zac exasperated, but her instincts are good. The romance between them is still new, and they set out to define it. Their banter made me laugh and Zac at times is such a guy with his thought process that you cannot help, but want to smack him. The mystery in this was interesting and slowly grew in intensity.Overall I enjoyed Desperate and Deceptive. I appreciate how Castle is taking the romance slowly, and this novel is relatively clean yet still gives you moments of heat. These have an older feel to them, and their original 1980’s publishing date shows from lack of technology to Zac’s mannerism. Having said that, theses mysteries were timeless, and I quite enjoyed them. Sinister and Fatal: The Guinevere Jones Collection Volume 2 will release February 4, 2014 and I look forward to reading them.Copy received in exchange for unbiased review​. Full review originally published @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer​

  • Laurla2
    2019-04-07 06:45

    "the desperate game" Guinevere Jones - Smart, savvy, and something else to see. She was an independent operator until Zac enlisted her secret services and ignited a desire for adventure--and romance. Zachariah Justis - The dark, rugged private eye thought he could use Gwen, then let her go. But forcing her to become his personal spy meant stepping into his own trap to discover the perfect partner--in danger and in love. The dynamic duo follows a baffling trail of high-voltage video game clues to solve a computer crime and catch a cunning high-tech killer."the chilling deception" Guinevere Jones - Besides being brainy, brave, and beautiful, she had an uncanny way with people. From the moment she found the gold gun in the mauve-and-black marble executive washroom, she knew Mr. Vandyke was in serious trouble. Zachariah Justis - Only the promise of a wild weekend cavorting with Guinevere in the wintry San Juan Islands convinced him to come along to provide security for Vandyke Development. But it was business before pleasure when events brought them face-to-face with chilling danger and a dead man determined to avenge the past.

  • Ballerina60
    2019-04-01 23:56

    both stories have very good elements, but there was a lot of trite and cliche'. the heroine keeps sticking her nose into dangerous situations and the hero has to save her. in the first story, it was SO obvious how to fix the problem of the missing shipments. either Gwen or Zac should have thought of it; then they would have realized that Elf would have thought of it too, so they would have known he was behind the problem. also, if a close friend goes missing, the close friend would go to their house to see if the friend is sick. then there would have been a missing persons report. in the 2nd story, it's just plain silly that Zac would not believe that Gwen's room had been "tossed". and it's also silly that he did not carry a gun. in both stories, the fight scenes were good and the description of Zac as a glacier was apt and interesting.

  • Mem
    2019-04-01 02:57

    Two of Jayne Ann Krentz's earlier books written as "Jayne Castle". I enjoyed the chemistry between Gwen and Zac, she jumps into the situation and he is the cautious thinker, thinking things through. Desperate Game: Guinevere Jones owns a struggling temp agency. She is blacked mailed into helping Zac Justice, security consultant, at a business she had temped for and her sister had worked for. Zac is on the trail of a computer crime, missing shipments. Chilling Deception: Gwen has a temp executive secretary and her instinct is warning her of danger. She convinces Zac to provide security for her client. They come face-to-face with a "dead" man from the client's past.

  • WillowBe
    2019-04-17 01:51

    Liked it, but it's one of her - Business Makes the world go 'round- books. And there is unaware sexism of the 80's despite JK trying so hard to make Gwen " liberated".I laugh bec GJ's "small, feminine sounds of satisfaction" which make what's his name feel like such a man, should really be appreciated by him. The late 90's hero will need to make his woman come screaming to her orgasm and I imagine that will take a bit more work on the man's part, eh? :D

  • Donna
    2019-04-09 02:43

    It is nice to go back every once and a while and read a favorite authors earlier stuff. With that in mind I jumped at the opportunity to pick up the Guinevere Jones books by Jayne Ann Krentz aka Jayne Castle. These stories have Ms. Krentz’s trademark chemistry, action, adventure and mystery. They show a little age but the stories still hold up.

  • Roew1
    2019-04-07 07:04

    I actually read the second volume first, but I kind of like Gwen and Zac. Gwen seems find herself in an interesting set of conundrums. Along they way she finds her Frog (Zac) who always gets his guy. Quick reads, easy to follow and I like the two short stories in one book.

  • Rhonda
    2019-04-14 05:56

    I read these years ago, back when they were very hard to find. I don't remember much about them, but I do remember that I enjoyed them. Now that they've been re-released, I'm going to have to pick them up again.

  • Christa
    2019-04-16 00:54

    did not finish-the heroine was a dope-and the hero was verbally abusive...this felt like the lining the pension sad

  • Vicki
    2019-04-22 02:47

    Vintage Krentz--and they've aged quite well.

  • Fullfaun Faun
    2019-04-24 07:47

    really good had no clue who the villain was.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-26 02:54

    3.5 starsIt was like walking down memory lane, but new! Also, I didn't realize cell phones existed in 1986? But they were only used twice so... maybe I need to look that up.

  • Kathleen Burket
    2019-04-01 06:07

    I did not like Zac Justis, the hero. He was very bossy and irrationally jealous of any other man with whom Guinevere had a chance acquaintance.

  • Toni
    2019-04-09 02:01

    A toad and a temp. Got to love the characters. At first I thought it was going to be a spin off from the arcane series but even though it isn't I really liked reading this.

  • Carey
    2019-04-13 02:03

    The 1st story was good. The 2nd story was just okay. I was a little bored during parts of it.