"JAK at the top of her game"
JAK has been on my pre-order list for two decades - Jayne
Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick and her Jayne Castle paranormals.
However, I think JAK's best writing of the last decade has
been her Castle books. Amaryllis, Zinnia and Orchid, were
sexy, funny and dead on target. The type of books that
stays in my mind ten years later. After Dark and After Glow
are tied to Ghost Hunter, and just JAK as her very best.
Okay, it's "formula". JAK has set patterns and she
gravitates toward that, but it's a formula I adore. I
simply love her males. They are properly male, bossy,
arrogant, love to control everything including the woman in
their lives. Naturally, you have the female who wants to be
loved for herself, not her family connections.
Elly St. Clair is engaged to the Guild Boss of Aurora
Spring, Cooper Boone. Her father and brothers were always
involved in the Guild, so naturally they were please when
Elly became engaged to Cooper. Getting bridal jitters, she
wants Cooper to declare his love and passion, not how
suitable they are for marriage. When Cooper doesn't give
her the reassurance she needs, fearing he wants her for her
connections not love, she breaks off the engagement and
moves to Cadence. In the six months past, she'd hope Cooper
would come after her, like a dashing knight on a charger.
Cooper thinks to give Elly time and she would come back.
Boy was he mistaken. She's opened a plant shop and enjoys
her life in Cadence.
When Elly contacts Cooper and asks him to help her, he
believes she wants to reconcile. That is at the very back
of her mind, but her current concern is her friend Bertha
is missing down in the alien catacombs, and she needs a
Ghost Hunter to save her. Cooper is delighted to get the
call. Only, once again, he is combining business and
romance as he rides to Elly's rescue of Bertha. There is
someone, a Guild hunter, summoning legendary Blue Ghosts in
connection to the manufacturing of illegal drugs. Cooper is
out to put a stop to the drugs, take down the Ghost Hunter
who handles Blue Ghosts, and win his ladylove.
Cooper stole my heart. Elly was properly feisty. Their
Highly recommended along with Amaryllis, Zinnia, Orchid,
After Dark and After Glow. It's JAK at the top of her game.
Posted June 25, 2006
Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted November 29, 2006
**2006 PEARL WINNER - BEST FUTURISTIC ROMANCE
Return to the fascinating world of Harmony where deadly energy ghosts lurk in the ruins of an ancient alien civilization; where dust bunnies prove to be loyal pets and where a ghost hunter will discover that a woman's heart is the most dangerous adversary of all...
Where deadly energy ghosts lurk in the ruins of an ancient alien civilization. Where dust bunnies prove to be loyal pets. And where a ghost hunter will discover that a woman's heart is the most dangerous adversary of all...
Local Guild boss and powerful ghost-hunter Cooper Boone is everything botanist Elly St. Clair could ask for - the handsome, strong, and silent type. Maybe too silent. For when Guild secrets threaten her career at the college, Elly has to call off their marriage - and leave small-town life behind...
But starting over in the thriving metropolis of Cadence City isn't easy, especially when one of Elly's new friends disappears in the eerie catacombs beneath the streets. Cooper turns up just in time to help Elly investigate. And as the mystery deepens and dangerous ghost myths and legends come to light, Cooper makes it clear he intends to stick around - and this time he's holding nothing back...