cover image Perfect Partners

Perfect Partners

Jayne Ann Krentz. Pocket Books, $7.99 (368pp) ISBN 978-0-671-72855-7

With bold style and a wicked sense of humor Krentz ( Sweet Fortune ) tells the story of Letty Thornquist, an Indiana librarian who heads for Seattle to run the sporting equipment company she has inherited. This threatens the plans of Thornquist Gear's CEO Joel Blackstone, who made the firm a success and plans to take over another company owned by an old and dangerous enemy. Joel tries to undermine Letty's influence; but, calm and steadfastly staying at the helm, Letty discovers his tricks and finds ways to improve the company's line. After Joel and Letty's new working relationship moves out of the office, she even fine-tunes his plan for revenge. Toss in a gaggle of vividly drawn minor characters--including Letty's former fiance, the pompous professor Philip Dixon, who arrives in Seattle shod in wingtips and claims that he should run Thornquist Gear--and it adds up to entertaining contemporary romance. Letty's stereotypical librarian background is a letdown, but when Krentz sharpens her claws on business professors and prenatal classes for yuppie mommies, she's in top form. (Apr.)