Growing up on Rainshadow, Charlotte Enright knew better than to ever go into the Preserve, until that one fateful night with Slade Attridge ― a night neither of them would forget. Now, fifteen years later, both have returned to the island: Charlotte to take over her late aunt’s antiques shop and Slade to fill the police chief’s position. Able to read auras, Charlotte senses something amiss in Slade, but that doesn’t stop her from wanting him ― again. That is, as long as his dust bunny “deputy” keeps his paws off her merchandise. Hiding a psi injury, Slade is afraid of his powerful desire for Charlotte. But a series of increasingly violent crimes draws them closer together ― and into the darkness at the heart of the Preserve...
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This is #9 in Castle's Ghost Hunter series.
She kind of phoned this one in. There were sections of the book where Castle (aka Krentz) couldn't be bothered with a believable back-and-forth conversation between the lead characters. One would ask a question (What did you do?), and the other would then just lecture for a page or two. And then they would do it all over again: a leading question with paragraphs of monologue. No sense of people actually interacting or communicating with each other.
Why else do we read her?
The plots are completely predictable; doesn't bother me. The blathering about the various types of energy and ability to view or manipulate same, I just ignore. The fact that the villain is going to spill everything at the climax - in chronological order, no less - and laugh maniacally while doing so, no worries.
I read her books for the characters and their conversations. The romantic leads are always people that are involved...
I was really looking forward to this book coming out. I've read all of Jayne Ann Krentz's Arcane novels and really loved the other period pieces "In too Deep" and "Quicksilver" in the Looking Glass Trilogy. But this book was a disappointment for me.
In this story we meet Charlotte Enbright as a teenager living on Rainshadow Island on the planet called Harmony. She is attacked one night by three guys and is saved by her teen crush Slade Attridge. He takes her to a mysterious wooded area called the Preserve that no one knows what it's actually preserving.
Cut to 15 years later and both of them have come back to the island. She's taken over her Aunt's antique shop and he's just taken the open Sheriff's position after a bad psi burn left him unable to work for the FBPI anymore. They both feel the attraction of long ago and start having an affair. In the mean time, Slade is dealing with a murder investigation, smugglers, and trying to understand what's happening to...
This book was an enjoyable read. However, when it is viewed as the conclusion of a three part trilogy, it was weak. The glass weapons were glossed over. The engine to create the glass weapons could have been really exciting, but it was just there without anyone really understanding its importance. Rather than taking the time to conclude the current trilogy with all the suspense and detail it deserved, much of this book was used to introduce a new plot line. The Preserve is obviously in a new series, since it did not function in the plot of this one. Several characters played no real role in this book but are probably important in the next one. An allusion was made to something that must be found, but it wasn't. I don't mind a prequel to a new series. I am looking forward to a new series. However, I thought I was buying the conclusion to the current series. I feel cheated because I bought and read the first two books in this series expecting a rousing conclusion in the third. I didn't...
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