Good Minds Suggest—Jayne Ann Krentz’s Favorite Romantic Suspense Novels

Posted by Goodreads on January 6, 2015
Jayne Ann Krentz

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For those who like their love affairs with a side of pulse-pounding danger, Jayne Ann Krentz is the go-to master of romantic suspense. This former librarian is known to her many fans by several pen names: Jayne Ann Krentz for contemporary stories, Amanda Quick for historical settings, and Jayne Castle (her maiden name) for futuristic adventures. But no matter what the nom de plume, her plots are always packed with fast-paced action and steamy entanglements. Her latest book, Trust No One, begins with an adrenaline shot as Grace Elland finds her boss's bloody dead body, an event that uproots her life and sets her on the path to meet former marine Julius Arkwright. Seattle-based Krentz shares her favorite books that pair suspense and romance.

Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Goodreads Author)
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"Phillips gives the Gothic novel a sharp contemporary edge. The brilliantly rendered landscape—an island off the coast of Maine in winter—sets the dramatic tone for a story laced with old secrets and hidden agendas. Great dialogue, wonderful atmosphere, and suspense that does not depend on the gore factor."


Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell (Goodreads Author)
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"Mystery, danger, and passion set against the backdrop of the diving and treasure-hunting business. As always, Lowell's landscape is infused with atmosphere and high drama. And her research is first class. I always learn something from one of her books. Nobody does a more sophisticated job of combining romance and suspense."


Virtue Falls by Christina Dodd (Goodreads Author)
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"A terrific start to what looks to be a long-running series. This one has everything: a remote small town seething with secrets. An earthquake that reveals long-buried evidence of a grisly crime. A heroine who, at the age of four, witnessed her mother's brutal murder. A hero who is an FBI agent on probation. Dodd excels at weaving family drama into her romantic suspense."


Wild Justice by Kelley Armstrong (Goodreads Author)
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"The last book in the Nadia Stafford trilogy (Exit Strategy and Made to Be Broken were the first two). The hook? The heroine is a professional hit woman. Not a lot of those around in fiction. The hero is in the same business. Were these two made for each other or what? Both of them cross a few lines, to say the least, but that's what makes them so fascinating."


Saint's Gate by Carla Neggers (Goodreads Author)
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"The first book in the Sharpe & Donovan series. The murder of a nun in a Maine convent draws FBI agent Emma Sharpe into an investigation. The hook here is that Emma has a history with the Order. Once upon a time she had planned to join the Sisters of the Joyful Heart. But things didn't work out that way. Now she is an art crimes expert. As for Colin Donovan—he's a deep-cover agent for the Bureau, a man of mystery. Carla Neggers always delivers intelligent characters, intriguing relationships, and well-crafted suspense."





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message 1: by Laura (new)

Laura if JAK recommends it I have to read it . i love her books so i will probably love these too


message 2: by Bncholland (new)

Bncholland Isn't Elizabeth Lowell a pen name for Jayne Ann Krentz? If so, it's kinda tacky to recommend your own book.


message 3: by Lynda (new)

Lynda Leblanc Bncholland wrote: "Isn't Elizabeth Lowell a pen name for Jayne Ann Krentz? If so, it's kinda tacky to recommend your own book."

no, Elizabeth Lowell is a wonderful author in her own right. Krentz also writes as Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle


message 4: by Lana (new)

Lana Sims I love Heroes Are My Weakness and enjoyed the prequel to Virtue Falls (a short story). Night Diver was a solid novel but didn't hold my interest as well. Based on three of the five, I will definitely try the other two.


message 5: by Barb (new)

Barb Carla Neggers' characters always seem to be suffering from some degree of depression. I'm forever wondering whether a bit of Prozac would improve their spirits.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips has a great way with dialogue. Now if only Jennifer Crusie would return to writing again.


message 6: by Lana (new)

Lana Sims Lynda wrote: "Bncholland wrote: "Isn't Elizabeth Lowell a pen name for Jayne Ann Krentz? If so, it's kinda tacky to recommend your own book."

no, Elizabeth Lowell is a wonderful author in her own right. Krentz ..."

Elizabeth Lowell also writes under Ann Maxwell and A.E. Maxwell. JAK uses more humor; EL/AM tends to be a bit more sentimental.


message 7: by Paula (new)

Paula Bncholland wrote: "Isn't Elizabeth Lowell a pen name for Jayne Ann Krentz? If so, it's kinda tacky to recommend your own book."

No it is NOT!!!!


message 8: by Louise (new)

Louise Fragala Bncholland wrote: "Isn't Elizabeth Lowell a pen name for Jayne Ann Krentz? If so, it's kinda tacky to recommend your own book."


message 9: by Louise (new)

Louise Fragala No!


message 10: by Christine (new)

Christine I've read Night Diver and Saint's Gate (and all the books in that series, love it). JAK is spot on with her recommendations. Although JAK & EL write in the same genre, they are too entirely different voices, both of whom write excellent stories.


message 11: by Lauriewade6 (new)

Lauriewade6 These are some of my favorite authors. Like Barb, I would like to hear from Jennifer Crusie too! JAK rocks!


message 12: by Kristine (new)

Kristine Holloway Barb wrote: "Carla Neggers' characters always seem to be suffering from some degree of depression. I'm forever wondering whether a bit of Prozac would improve their spirits.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips has a grea..."


I wish Jennifer Crusie would write again too. She is so good. I love JAK though.


message 13: by Cee-cee (new)

Cee-cee I'm definitely gettin Virtue Falls! I've been looking for a book like Trust No One because I loved that one !!


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