Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Review: The Lost Night by Jayne Castle

Title: The Lost Night
Series: Harmony, Rainshadow
Author: Jayne Castle
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: September 4, 2012
Publisher: Jove
ISBN: 0515152846
ISBN-13: 9780515152845

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 auras of dangerous psychic criminals, Rachel Blake 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 know as the Preserve.

Immediately drawn to the amber-eyes 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 toughest of defenses—and leave even the strongest man wanting more.

My rating:

Ooh, another Rainshadow book. I’ve become fascinated with the island, and more importantly, the Preserve, in the first book in the series and in this one that intriguing spot of land on Rainshadow Island featured even more prominently.

This second installment in the series, albeit interesting in concept and plot, was a rather slow reading at times (maybe because I was watching a rather interesting editorial piece on TV as well), but still, I enjoyed it.

And as predicted, the crystals that were found buried in the garden in Crystal Gardens were important (and will be).

Surprisingly, though the story pretty much revolved around her, the heroine in this book came through as rather bland. Where were the martial arts promised in the blurb? She was rather forgettable, if you ask me. No matter, because I was completely blown away by the hero. Or more specifically, the hero’s talent. Or even more specifically, the authors description of the hero’s talent. I was particularly impressed with the term ‘graveyard cold’. Ooh, chilling.

The ending was a little disappointing for me, though. Not the resolution of the case part, but the psy-stalker part. It was over a little too quickly for my taste. But what can I say, I’m weird that way. ;)

Anyhow, a solid story with a promise of a great story in the future (featuring Harry’s brother and North’s granddaughter). Can’t wait.


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