A Wimpy Heroine It was an okay read--but I struggled to finish it. I like my protagonist to have a little intelligence and willpower. For most of the story Amy defers to Jed's decisions, even though they were "just friends." She acts like a doormat until almost the very end of the story. I was disappointed--not Jayne Ann Krentz's usual caliber.
Coral Kiss is a discovery This was the first book of JAK that I ever read (many years ago)and it started my obsession with her writing. I actually think it is one of her best. Her characters are strong without being irritating and her dialogue natural and terrific. If you have never read one of JAK's books try this one and if you have read some of her more recent and wonder what the fuss is about, try this and I think you will see why she is beloved in the romance genre.Better than usual.... It doesn't matter if the author is writing as JAK or Amanda Quick, most readers know what to expect. Her stories are fast reads with lots of attempts at humor and "clever" repartee. If you've read one, you've read them all, they are great for relaxing summer reading. Therefore, I was surprised to discover A Coral Kiss. I understand this is a reissue of a 1987 book. Unlike so many of her more recent books that seem to strain to be interesting, this book is truly well written. Her dialogue is more "real" and though the premise is a little far-fetched, secret agent, sunken emeralds, etc., the writing almost makes it seem possible. I thought authors were supposed to get better over time. Perhaps Ms. Krentz used up all her good ideas awhile back. Regardless, this is one book by the author that shows a mature writing style that doesn't make the reader cringe at some stupid dialogue. I recently read Ghost of a Chance also an earlier book by JAK and again was pleasantly surprised. It reminded me of an early Anne Stuart book.