Actually, that should probably be Castle, Castle, Quick, Quick, because first I was on a Jayne Castle binge and now it’s shifted over to Amanda Quick. And I ain’t done yet. I may even work my way over to some actual Jayne Ann Krentz titles before this is done.
Okay, let’s see what I’ve read so far. It all started with Ghost Hunter (Jayne Castle). I really liked it, so much so that I can’t think of a thing to say about it. No, really, and it’s maddening. Honestly, the thing that stands out to me about this new futuristic romance is that when I tried to put my thoughts down into words I kept finding myself describing it by saying “typical Krentz” this or that, which isn’t a bad thing no matter that others might think polarization is better than the same old, same old.
Well, maybe being radical is better than just being good, but I’m not sure it would be when an author has as many titles under their belt as Krentz does. Or that they would ever be able to get that many under their belt by being constantly polarizing in their approach. I mean what actually constitutes a master writer when we get right down to it? One who rocks the boat at every opportunity until readers learn to be suspicious and cautious or one who consistently gives such solid satisfaction that readers learn to trust them implicitly? Personally, I tend to believe it’s more the latter than the former.
But I digress. Big time.
After Ghost Hunter, I skipped over to rereading Bridal Jitters, the short story beginning of her Harmony group in the Charmed anthology. After that it was all Quick as I breezed again through Mystique (medieval), Desire (medieval), Seduction (Regency), Rendezvous (Regency) & Ravished (Regency). I’m currently rereading Reckless (Regency). I keep telling myself that I need a break from this onslaught but only seem to find another one I want to revisit once I finish each one. I think I’m in the zone. What zone that is remains to be seen. ;p
And it’s not true that all her books are essentially the same story – just don’t ask me to explain what’s different about each because it’s everything and nothing. It is impressive, however, that she can consistently maintain the same level of quality and interest while seeming to recycle the same plots and characters.