I continue wading through everything Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz/Jayne Castle (they’re all the same person). I have found that the Arcane/Harmony series gets better and better the more of them you read because she adds all sorts of great inside jokes that you start picking up on. I can see why she’s able to charge $9/kindle book for that series. Fortunately most libraries seem to have them all.
(#2 adds: I’ve been really digging the Krentz contemporary books in the Arcane Society series. I’m trying to read the whole thing in order. #1 has read them out of order and that works too, but she’s definitely planning on trying reading them in order on the reread. If only they weren’t so expensive!)
While Krentz’s stuff from the 90s is really forward and could have been written in this decade in terms of gender equality and lack of rape (disclaimer: it seems like any time there’s a mental institution, there’s a past attempted rape, and a few of her historicals have back stories with a bad guy talking about raping one of the minor characters, but not actually ever coming into contact with her, generally because he dies a painful death on his way up the stairs, and in the contemporary Secret Sisters he actually does manage to drag the protagonist out of her house in the prologue before dying a painful death), but her 1985 book Witchcraft, while not anywhere near as bad as any of the Baloghs from the 1980s, really does fit into the crappy alpha male taking away the heroine’s agency theme. Thankfully she stopped doing that decades ago! (In her later stuff, sometimes the alpha male hero will attempt to take away the heroine’s agency, but will fail completely because she’s an alpha female. More often, though, they talk it out and come to joint decisions.)
Finally got off the wait list at the library for Crazy Rich Asians. It’s great! One thing I wasn’t expecting were all the helpful footnotes with translations and cultural explanations for things. Update: Man the B-story is STUPID. Soon I’ll start the sequel, China Rich Girlfriend.
#1 got Rafe the Buff Male Nanny and it was as advertised. Everyone except the ex-husband all behaves so sensibly! It does kind of end abruptly with an epilogue that ties things together, but I guess if it didn’t she would have to manufacture some unnecessary drama, so this is definitely better than that alternative.
What are y’all reading, Grumpeteers?