With the ability to detect the auras of dangerous psychic criminals, Rachel Bonner has found peace and quiet on Rainshadow Island with her dust bunny companion. Then Harry Sebastian, the descendant of a notorious pirate, arrives to investigate strange developments in the privately owned woods known as the Preserve. Rachel can sense the heart of darkness within him - and the stirrings of desire within her own soul....
©2012 Jayne Castle (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I generally enjoy all of Jayne Castle/Jayne Krentz/Amanda Quick's books, this one was no exception. The beginning felt slightly disjointed, the transition from Frequency City to Rainshadow Island felt a little rushed. I almost thought I accidentally forwarded through a scene, but I know that she uses that style in a lot of her writing. Though it is easier to 'see' the transition when you read than when you listen, lol.
Castle's female characters are always a bit feisty and a little 'unusual' in that they never seem to fit in with the norm (of the society the books are set in). Their quirks are part of their charm, and usually the reason the hero ends up falling for them. I've always liked the mix of fantasy & mystery & romance she puts in all her series. I am fascinated with the idea of psi- abilities and like the way she's still able to put a slight twist on it given Harmony's history - a bit of old fashioned sci-fi alien technology mixed with old-world fantasy psi-abilities.
I basically logged on to Audible today to see if she had any other more recent books out in any of her pseudonyms. Alas, not until next month!
Definitely recommend the author and this series, as well as the Arcane Society series which can be seen as part of this series too, if you squint :)
Born to read
this is another typical Harmony book-- it was very good.
If you like her books you will not be disappointed. --
a good addition
Jayne Castle delivers consistently engaging paranormals and this is another one to add to my keeper shelf. In the Lost Night, the main characters are interesting and have real (paranormal) issues. I enjoyed Lost Night so much I listened to it twice the first week I got it.
I have several favorite authors. Will look for a book written by one of those.
Solid,pleasant, and very expressive
Books books books
I have always enjoyed Joyce Beans male voices she did a good job
I'd have to tell the writer to go back to the drawing board
Could not even finish this book. It's so so so slow and the chemistry between the two lead characters is just sad. The world that the author created is like watching a child learn how to color in between the lines, which could be cute but its not something I would pay for.
My husband and I always listen together and we both agreed that this book was amateurish and boring. The storyline is a good one and could have been a really good book, but the author's writing technique sounded like it had been written by a young girl writing her first story. The dialogue was stilted and unnatural. The narrator was completely wrong for the story, or maybe she could only do so much with the material given to her. I would be extremely wary of ever selecting this author or narrator again.
I would change the narrator. Her voice was grating and awful. When she made her voice deeper for the male characters it made me cringe and not want to keep listening. I know she can't help it but she kind of ruined it for me.
My favourite character in the story was the dust bunny.
She read the story very well, but her voice wrecked it for me.
A different narrator.
I must say that I love, adore many of the Jayne Anne Krentz Books, but I found myself cringing while listening to this story or falling asleep to "The Lost Night". I typically adore the paranormal in Jayne's stories. I also enjoy the plot replayed over and over again -- that of two powerful talents finding each other. I have not managed to finish listening to this title though I've managed to fly solo to the USA and back to Sweden and take a 11 hour train trip within Sweden... again, solo (meaning no children to watch at the time). I simply must not be a Harmony fan. It is a pity. This was my first audible listen, and a treat to myself. But it one that I could not manage.
I don't know how to be fair to Joyce Bean in this review. After-all, she portrays the messenger in this dynamic. I had a super difficult time enjoying her voice when listening about Harry Sebastian. I cannot distinguish if this is because Harry's lines were simply not pleasing for me to hear or if it were the portrayal of the lines.
This book was average to me - not great, not bad. The story was pretty good, but all the weird paranormal elements in the book were somewhat distracting. I feel like this book should be part 2 in a series, as it was hard to understand why the setting was on another plant that is earth-like, but not earth. Some background seemed to be missing. The characters were somewhat hard to get into or relate with. I had to force myself to keep listening for the first couple of hours, but thereafter, I got into the book more and could finish it. If you have plenty of credits, give it a try, but if you are trying to be selective, I'd pass on this one.
"Very easy listening"
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this whilst doing my knitting. The story was interesting, fanciful and entertaining. I enjoy Jayne Castle's Harmony series.
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