The Lost Night

Jayne Castle
Paranormal romance
Available from Berkley Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-515-15284-5
September 2012

Aura Healer Rachel Blake is still trying to find her place. She knows she wasn't meant to stay in the Harmonic Enlightenment Community that she was raised in, and her jobs in mainstream Harmony didn't go so well either. At least she has the bookstore and cafe left to her by her aunts on Rainshadow Island to fall back on. Suddenly Rainshadow Island is starting to feel like home, from the rest of its quirky residents that befriend her to her new dust bunny companion.

Descended from a famous pirate who's treasure is supposed to be buried on Rainshadow somewhere in the mysterious woods called the Preserve, Harry Sebastian comes to the island to investigate weird happenings in and around the Preserve. He also manages to throw Rachel's life out of tune with his belief that she is somehow the key to solving the mystery. In fact, she may be the one to help heal him also. But will they and their growing feelings for each other survive what's hidden inside the Preserve?

Now for complete disclosure, I have to say that I absolutely love the Jayne Castle books. You could even go so far as to say I'm a junkie who possibly squeals with glee when I see a new one. So far I have never read one of them and been disappointed and this one is no exception. Somehow she manages to weave these wonderful stories and with each one we not only get a great love story, but an intriguing mystery and a further glimpse into the strange alien world. I also have to point out that this is listed as a Rainshadow Novel, but they can be read alone since Ms Castle does a great job giving the reader pertinent info from previous books without spoiling them for when you find you just have to go back and read them!

Rachel and Harry are both compelling characters that you can't help rooting for them to find their Happily Ever Afters, especially as you get to know their pasts. Not to mention the really rich characters that also touch the story, although really I think the dust bunnies always end up stealing the show!

Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Mildly sensual

Reviewer: Amy Hopkins
September 24, 2012

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