Sunday, January 13, 2013

Romance Book Review: Jayne Castle's The Lost Night

Five Heart Review
Author: Jayne Castle
Series Connection: A Rainshadow Novel
ISBN: 978-0515152845
Genre: Sci-Fi/ Romance
Publisher: Jove

In her first of the Rainshadow Novel series, Jayne Castle brings her audience back to Harmony and continues her story after Canyons of Night. Changes in weather patterns to the island brings Harry Sebastian, a Foundation security expert and member of the family that owns the Preserve, to investigate. 

There are some strange happenings on the Rainshadow and one of the top suspects on the list is Rachel, a woman was lost in the Preserve for a night and then found her way out all on her own. Not many people would not get lost inside the Preserve much less find their way out without help. However Rachel can't remember anything that happened during her night in the Preserve. 

Rachel knows she's a suspect in the happenings on the island as far as Harry is concerned, but she can't help her attraction to Harry. She understands the importance of what's happening on Rainshadow but she can't think of anyone on the island that would be part of problems. Now she has to try to remember that lost night, work to stay alive when someone out there might be trying to kill her and Harry, as well as work to find out what is going on in the island. 

The Lost Night opens a series that investigates what is causing the problems on the island and the search of the three mysterious crystals that were brought from earth when the settlers came to Harmony. 

I love Jayne Castles world building skills. There is just enough of earth to make Harmony recognizable, but enough different to make it seem new age or a future earth.

Even the mysterious world of Harmony has people who don’t quite fit in. They’re drawn to places like Rainshadow Island, a beautiful sanctuary where anyone can feel safe—and where secrets are closely guarded... 

Schooled in an exotic form of martial arts, and with the ability to detect the auras of dangerous psychic criminals, Rachel Bonner and her dust bunny companion have found peace and quiet on Rainshadow Island, operating a bookstore and café.

But her tranquil new life is thrown into chaos when Harry Sebastian, the descendant of a notorious pirate, arrives to investigate strange developments in the privately owned woods known as the Preserve.

Immediately drawn to the amber-eyed woman, Harry must tread carefully. While Rachel’s special talents can help him track down dangerous rogues who have violated the Preserve, they can also sense the heart of darkness within him. But desire can weaken the strongest of defenses—and leave even the strongest man wanting more…

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