Saturday, September 17, 2016

Review: Illusion Town by Jayne Castle

Title: Illusion Town
Series: Harmony
Author: Jayne Castle
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: July 26, 2016
Publisher: Jove
ISBN: 0515155756
ISBN-13: 9780515155754

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...

My rating:

The last few books by this author (in her historical and "futuristic" incarnation) are starting to feel really formulaic. While the first books in this series featured exciting heroines and heroes, hot romance, gripping plots, intense suspense, intriguing mystery, and vivid imagery and depictions, the last few ventures into the world of Harmony feel template-y with rehashed characters, plots, "issues" with paranormal talents, lukewarm (at best) romance, and this latest, a Las Vegas-style town in the middle of the desert.

Slow, predictable plot, and rather boring (and at times too fast) romance with a cardboard copy heroine, and a bland hero (who tried his best at humor on sporadic occasion). Not even the dust bunny is worth a mention, since he was pretty much a copy of previous critters.



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