Because she’s single-handedly managed to drag me kicking and screaming – okay, not exactly screaming but definitely reluctantly – out of my self-imposed hiatus with a recent post on a Jayne Ann Krentz book called Random Romance Sunday: Jungle Love. And even that probably wouldn’t have done it for me it I hadn’t already been mulling over the craziness of a recent purchase of mine.
Here’s the thing, I’ve been seriously thinking lately on filling out my collection of Krentz’s backlist, all AKAs. Notice the word “collection” there. This isn’t so much a reader thing, as it is a collector thing, although I do love her current Jayne Castle books. Anyway, last week, I think it was, I was out shopping, I can’t even remember which store, and picked up a couple of random romances purchases that just happened to be Krentz’s I didn’t have yet, although one was under her Jayne Castle pen. They were All Night Long (Krentz) and Midnight Crystal (Castle)
Then I got home and started checking out Midnight Crystal, figuring I’d read it first due to it being a Castle and noticed something odd. Way down at the bottom of the front there’s this line of small, fine print, “Book Three of the Dreamlight Trilogy”. What?
How did I miss Book One and Two?
So, I immediately got online and checked her website. That only made things worse. An Arcane Society Novel #9? Oh, but wait there’s more. I went to Goodreads, just to doublecheck and my head almost hit the desk. It’s listed there as Harmony #7, which in the normal course of things wouldn’t bother me since I think I have all those books.
It’s just the other connections. When the heck did Krentz of all people start doing connected books to the point where the publishers are actually numbering them on the covers?!?
Oh, and an even more important question, do I have to read a previous book in either the Dreamlight or Arcane groups before I read this one?