Jayne Castle

Illusion Town (Harmony #13) By: Jayne Castle

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Illusion Town (Harmony #13) By: Jayne Castle

Plot:

A new adventure begins on Harmony…

With its opulent casinos and hotels, the desert city of Illusion Town is totally unique—and will take you on a thrill ride you’ll never forget.

Hannah West isn’t the first woman to wake up in Illusion Town married to a man she barely knows, but she has no memory of the ceremony at all. For that matter, neither does Elias Coppersmith, her new husband. All either can remember is that they were on the run…

With Hannah’s dubious background and shaky para-psych profile, she could have done much worse. The cooly competent mining heir arouses her curiosity—as well as other parts of her mind and body. And even her dust bunny likes him.

But a honeymoon spent retracing their footsteps leads Hannah and Elias into the twisting underground catacombs, where secrets from both their pasts will come to light—and where the energy of their clashing auras will grow hot enough to burn…

Review:

I like this series, apparent by the fact that this is book thirteen and I’m still reading. However, I wasn’t very impressed with this one. The romance was very lacking and it felt like a whole amnesia plot was just shoved in there to force a marriage of convenience because that would be the thing to force them to look into what happened? What? Really? The amnesia and the marriage seemed very contrived and the explanation wasn’t believable. It left no room to devlope their romance and basically all you have for that is a couple short emails at the start of the book and the fact that Elias didn’t like when Hannah kept saying it was just an MC. From that I was supposed to believe that they loved each other? Didn’t do it for me.

World was still fun so there’s that at least.

3/5

The Hot Zone (Rainshadow #3) By: Jayne Castle

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The Hot Zone (Rainshadow #3) By: Jayne Castle

Plot:

The world of Harmony has its wonders, one of them being Rainshadow Island. Just beneath its surface, a maze of catacombs hides a dangerous secret…… Halloween—with its tricks and treats—is a dust bunny’s dream come true. Just ask Lyle, Sedona Snow’s faithful sidekick. But for Sedona, it’s a nightmare. Though her new job managing a small hotel and tavern on Rainshadow is helping her move on from her tragic past, a bizarre disaster down in the catacombs has brought a pack of rowdy ghost hunters to her inn. And now, Sedona’s ex has arrived on the island, claiming he wants to get back together, just as a newcomer appears to have a strong interest in her. Cyrus Jones is the new Guild boss in town. He has his own agenda when it comes to Sedona, but even the best-laid plans are no match for the passion that springs up on Rainshadow….
Review:

Reading the series out of order had no negative impact so if that ends up happening with you, don’t worry.

I really don’t know what it is about a scorned family member, but I really love those plots. It’s like, oh you thought it was okay to disown this person for something they had no control over? Well screw you they’re amazing and you missed out on so much because of it! Hahahahahahaha

Anyway, loved that bit of the story, I also enjoyed getting to see another Jones on Harmony. I really like when authors take families and write about them for multiple generations. Jude Deveraux and Nora Roberts do that a lot and I love it.

Sedona was a nice strong woman with a powerful talent and Cyrus was a strong, but not overbearing man, with an equally strong talent. They were made for each other and were a great partnership. I also liked the fact that Sedona worked for the guild and wasn’t in a non-combatant/girly role. She wasn’t a secretary or shopkeeper or scientists. She, at one point, welded a flame thrower. Awesome.

Love the series, can’t wait for more, write faster.

5/5

Siren’s Call (Rainshadow #4) By: Jayne Castle

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Siren’s Call (Rainshadow #4) By: Jayne Castle

Plot:

In the mysterious world of Harmony, there are places filled with unexplored marvels. But Rainshadow Island isn’t about to give up its secrets…

In the alien catacombs of Rainshadow, there are creatures whose compelling songs lure the unwary to their death. That’s why Rafe Coppersmith, hired to clear out the catacombs for exploration, needs a music talent. He’s knows the perfect one, but she probably doesn’t want anything do with him… Ella Morgan had once fallen hard and fast for Rafe, but then he disappeared for months…and he’s not about to tell her why. Ella, too, has secrets that only her dust bunny knows. She’s not just a music talent, she’s a Siren: a paranormal singer capable of singing men to sleep—or to their deaths. But once on Rainshadow, Rafe and Ella will learn that surrendering to passion doesn’t come without risks—and fighting fire with fire only adds to the flame…

Review:

I somehow missed the book before this but one of the great things about a Jayne Castle book is that you can read them out of order. Each book rarely has a huge impact on the overall world and if it does she’s pretty vague about the people involved so you don’t have to worry about spoilers for the most part.

I loved how this book started out and it was pretty much nonstop from the beginning. Lots of kidnapping attempts and chances for Ella to use her siren power. I did think Rafe could have been a bit more romantic but he was very blunt and romance didn’t have much of a play.

I love the Harmony world and the dust bunnies. I do hope that one day we learn more about what happened to the aliens. I look forward to reading more books in this universe.

4/5

Deception Cove

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Deception Cove (Harmony #10) By: Jayne Castle

Plot:

As a light-talent, Alice North has the rare ability to make things disappear, including herself—a gift that comes in handy during her magic act with her dust bunny Houdini. Business mogul Drake Sebastian is day-blind, since his sight was nearly destroyed in a lab accident. But he’s the one man who can see Alice when she disappears—and he needs her. On Rainshadow Island, two dangerous Old World crystals are missing, igniting a paranormal storm. Drake thinks Alice is the key to finding them, and proposes they head there, but only after a Marriage of Convenience. Alice’s honeymoon on Rainshadow is guaranteed to be memorable, as the island—and the passion between her and Drake—is about to explode…

Review:

I’m getting kind of tired of Alice in Wonderland references. There were only one or two in here, but because of the mentions each time her name was said I thought of it. It wasn’t what the book was about, but it’s as if people think if they name a character Alice they have to reference it.

Other than that this was a good addition to the Rainshadow series. Love the world Castle has created. It’s just different enough from ours to make it interesting but not take away from the love stories.

3.5/5