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"New Guild Boss and Tabloid Reporter look for conspiracy and find love"

DARK LIGHT is the fifth installment in the Ghost Hunters series, the latest futuristic romance set on the alien world of Harmony,

Tabloid journalist Sierra McIntyre is pleased but surprised to have been granted an exclusive interview with the new boss of the Crystal City Ghost Hunter's Guild, John Fontana. In particular Sierra wants answers regarding the disappearances of homeless, retired hunters off the streets of the city and the connection to their mysterious new drug of choice, "ghost juice."

What she really hadn't expected was the sense of excitement the man stirred in her from the minute she'd walked into his office, the energy he generated in her was physical as well as paranormal. Although Sierra considered Guild members little more than gangsters, even her dust bunny Elvis had taken to Fontana from the start and his instincts were generally as good as her own. It had taken all of her considerable will power to focus on the interview.

But she is totally knocked for a loop when he counters her question about his possibly unique talents with a query about her own. Did he know about her intuition?

[In a neat little twist that will thrill fans of Ms. Castle's historical and contemporary writing personas (Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz), we are let in on Sierra's family secret. Sierra and her family are descendants of early settlers whose psychic talents, unlike most, were not a result of Harmony's alien environment. Can you guess the name of the paranormal Earth society they were members of?

John Fontana is unique himself in several respects. First in a society which prizes families and family values, Fontana is the product of an affair, not the likes of which someone from a high class family such as the McIntyres would consider respectable, and he has a rare and undisclosed ability to work a deadly dark light.]

Not willing to reveal anything about herself to glean information from him, Sierra intends to end the interview when Fontana lands the doozy of all surprises by making her an offer she "can't refuse." He promises the story of her career, with one catch -- she has to marry him in order to get it!

Sierra had not been alone in feeling the odd attraction between the two of them. Fontana had been rocked on both the physical and paranormal plains as well the minute the reporter had walked through his door. Although she was the polar opposite of his usual type, the feeling was like he'd been waiting for her all of his life. He had planned his strategy before he'd met her however, surprising her further by admitting that he agreed with her assertion that a Guild conspiracy surrounded the distribution of the ghost juice and that he believed his predecessor had been directly involved. He'd told Sierra that she had come too close to the truth; that the marriage was for her own protection. But the truth was that the thought had never occurred to him until she'd walked through the door. Somehow it just felt right.

But would Fontana's protection prove to be enough or had Sierra come so close to the truth that it had become necessary to silence her once and for all? Something new and deadly had been discovered in the catacombs beneath the planet that could drastically shift the balance of power on Harmony. A corrupt force within the Guild was using this power against its own men. The King holds the missing piece of the puzzle but will Fontana and his new bride find it in time? And if they survive, will Fontana be invited to Sierra's Grandparent's anniversary party?

It is awe-inspiring the way one's knowledge of Harmony builds with each installment. The reader makes new discoveries right along with its residents. Each new piece of alien technology discovered has the potential to advance or destroy their culture. The need to know whether good or evil will prevail drives this tale, and oh what a ride it is. DARK LIGHT is an expert weaving of romance, mystery, action, and adventure with a healthy dose of the paranormal of course! What's really wonderful is that Ms. Castle has the ability to make us care about her characters from the unlikely lovers, to the down and out Hunters she refuses to leave behind for Ghost Bait. I loved Fontana and Sierra for their guts and determination, and for their open minded acceptance of each other. This book thrilled and chilled, keeping the reader on the edge of their seat. One will not want to put it down until the last page is read. Another keeper!

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted July 13, 2008

SUMMARY

**2008 PEARL WINNER - BEST FUTURISTIC ROMANCE**

**A PNR Staff Recommended Read**

Everything is different underground. Just ask the residents of Harmony, a futuristic world where alien catacombs can lead you astray - and where psychic senses spark out-of-this-world passion...

Reporter Sierra McIntyre's stories on Crystal City's ghost hunters - and their mysterious guild - have earned her tabloid a bit of respect. And they've allowed her to clothe her dust bunny companion Elvis in rock-and-roll style. It helps that she has mega-rez intuition to fall back on...

Especially when she interviews Ghost Hunter Guild Boss John Fontana about the disappearances of retired, homeless hunters. She doesn't want to trust the physically and psychically powerful man, but her senses - and Elvis - give her the green light. To uncover the conspiracy within his own organization, Fontana proposes...marriage. And though it's purely a business arrangement, there is nothing pure about the attraction that sizzles between them...

 

Dark Light
(Harmony: Book 5)
by Jayne Castle

Jove
August 1, 2008
Available: August 26, 2008
ISBN #051514519X
EAN #9780515145199
320 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Jayne Castle

Midnight Crystal
Obsidian Prey
Silver Master
Ghost Hunter
After Glow
Harmony
After Dark
Charmed
Orchid
Zinnia
Amaryllis


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