1. Lori

    I don’t know if it makes any sense but one of the great things about a Jayne Ann Krentz book is her formula. The heroes are cut from the same cloth, all alpha with dark pasts and sizzling sexuality. The heroines can hold their own however and are smart and feisty and help in their own rescuing. The plots aren’t after-thoughts and even if you figure them out, they’re still an engrossing read.

    JAK was one of the reasons I wanted to write romance. She combines humor, heat and story in an excellent mix. And even if you know each story will bring a lot of the same elements to it as others you read, they’re solid elements in just damned good writing.

    Oh dear … do I sound like a fangrrl now?

  2. Angela James

    I don't know if it makes any sense but one of the great things about a Jayne Ann Krentz book is her formula. The heroes are cut from the same cloth, all alpha with dark pasts and sizzling sexuality. The heroines can hold their own however and are smart and feisty and help in their own rescuing. The plots aren't after-thoughts and even if you figure them out, they're still an engrossing read.

    Yes. That’s exactly why I still keep buying her books and a few other old favorites.

  3. vanessa jaye

    Lori nailed it on the head. JAK/AQ is a comfort read for me, and I have many of her books on my keeper shelf that I re-read every year or so. On the other hand, I tried not to read her books back to back because of the strong similarities in the H/h archetypes.

  4. Jessica

    I read 1986s Sweet Starfire, because I read that it inaugurated the futuristic romance genre (is that true?). I liked it, but it didn’t stay with me. I moved on to her other books, picking out the highly rated ones like Paradise, Trust Me, and Deep Waters, and I agree completely with Jane’s review and Lori’s comment. Despite a somewhat distant tone and formulaic quality, the writing is good enough and the plots are strong enough to keep me reading until the end.

  5. SusanL

    JAK/JC is a comfort read for me. I know there is a sameness to her books, but in her case it doesn’t bother me. She writes books I like to read.

    Anyone else remember Shield’s Lady? I wish she had written more books in that world. I need to dig that out for a reread.

  6. Bev(BB)

    I personally tend to think that what Krentz accomplished was to create the first “wallpaper” futuristic romance. Which is not a bad thing.

    Okay, you know, I don’t personally like the term “wallpaper” and never have. I don’t see why we don’t make a theatrical set as opposed to movie special effects comparison instead and leave time period eras out of it completely. Because that’s what we’re really talking about here. The choice of degree of set complexity.

    And that’s what she did.

    The attempts at futuristics that had come before hers in the romance genre had gone too far in trying to set the stage. They’d overdone the “effects” if you will. The readers, who might have been interested in sci-fi leaning romance but weren’t in truth used to that heavy an influence in their stories, were simply overwhelmed by the “special effects” of the books that did come out.

    She simply backed it up a bit and made her books have stage dressing instead of drowning the reader in overstimulation. What you end up with is something familiar and comfortable but still different enough to be interesting. In fact her futuristics are the only books I regularly buy of hers nowadays unless some strong reader recs come out for a particular contemporary or historical.

    Oh, and Shield’s Lady is absolutely still my personal favorite of all time of hers. I think it always will be. Quintessential Krentz. Prototype Castle. Superman & his mate. What more could I want? :D

  7. Anne

    I have been reading JAK books for over 25 years which sadly means I am older than I would like to be:) I started reading her when she wrote categories and I have kept most of her books because I love to go back and reread books. Her formula remains the same but it is something I still enjoy even though I have changed as a reader.

  8. joanne

    Jayne Ann Krentz/Jayne Castle/Amanda Quick/Whatever has always been an auto-buy for me and her books are sometimes hit and miss, more hits then misses though. Her Historicals are all on my keeper shelf.

    I don’t think she can write a ‘bad’ book simply because she is so good at her job… if that makes any sense. Some just flow better and this was, to me, a good entry in the Harmony series.

    I do have to say that a few weeks past reading Dark Light and the hero has slipped from my memory but Elvis, the dust bunny, lives on to give me a smile.

  9. MB

    Psychic powers as a plot are never very interesting to me, but I do read Jayne Ann Krentz/Jayne Castle/Amanda Quick consistently. For me they never score very high on my personal enjoyment rating, but they aren’t bad either.

    I admit I was actually enjoying this book more than most in the Jayne Castle series. (Some of them have been pretty bad.) But this one, in the interaction between the characters was pretty cute. And I always like the dustbunnies so this one who is evidently a reincarnation of Elvis or thinks he is (not sure) was kind of cute.

    So…I was reading along, thinking this one’s not too bad until I got to the end when I almost threw it against the wall! What got me, was when the main character was stalked by the bad guys and “forced” into a vehicle at “futuristic weapon” point. I just wanted to scream! Every woman, by now, should know that you should NEVER EVER get into a car with your rapist! This is a huge point in all of those self-defense classes. Don’t you think a woman in the future should know better? I do! I hate this plot point and am so sick of it recurring in all these romantic thrillers. It is right up there in annoyingness to me with the trope of the woman being stalked by the mad-serial-killer who leaves her cell phone uncharged.

    Please, authors, don’t insult my intelligence with these stupid recurring behaviors by your female characters. I like women who are smart and save themselves. I prefer to read those kinds of characters.

    Okay, thanks for letting me rant. I feel better now :-)

  10. allison

    I just finished this one and quite enjoyed it. The Jayne Castle books might be formulaic but, in the end, that’s one of the reasons I buy them. I know what I’m getting in to and when I need a read that’s a promised enjoy, I’ll go for one of these.

    That being said – I hated that all the major plot points were stumbled upon. There wasn’t much figuring out which is a plot/point that I would have liked to see. I’d like to see the protagonists puzzling it out and maybe getting it before it’s forced upon them.

    And Shield’s Lady? Oh man do I wish she’d write more in that world. It’s a book that I’ve gone through multiple copies of because I read it so often.

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