“Book #7 in the Harmony/Ghost Hunters Series by Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz)
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“Book #7 in the Harmony/Ghost Hunters Series by Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz)
Lyra Dore, an amber hunter, and amber tuner with a special skill, has made the biggest find of her career, an Amber Temple, with relics inside, only to have it taken away by Amber, Inc. (owned by the Sweetwater Clan). She has sued them, but got nowhere and is now deeply in debt. Lyra has no good feelings for the Sweetwater's.
Cruz Sweetwater, chief of Security for A.I., used an alias to become acquainted with Lyra to find the location of the Amber Temple. The fact that he deceived her has made him number one on her hate list.
Now Cruz finds he needs her help to open a way into the temple where A. I. has set up a lab to test the relics inside. Someone has closed the gate and several people are inside and can not get out. They are running out of air and the gate needs to be opened.
The history between the Sweetwater Clan and the Dore's is long and distrustful. Lyra does not want to help Cruz, but there are innocent people who need her help and she agrees to open the gate.
Crruz suspects that more is going on with this fabulous find, as well as some thefts from the A. I. vaults. He asks Lyra to continue to work with him to discover who is behind all of the strange happenings at the site. She agrees to continue to help him, but she doesn't have to like him. Cruz knows that Lyra is his perfect mate and hopes to convince her that she should become his wife.
Both soon discover they are in grave danger and need each other. Each has a particular set of complementary skiils which help them discover what is going on and who is behind it.
Readers will fall in love with Vincent (Lyra's dust bunny) and his jaunty little red beret.”
“It was very entertaining. I had a hard time believing Lyra was in love Cruz. Sexually attracted? Hurt? Mad? Upset because she lost her find & her lawsuit? Yes. I could believe all of that. Cruz crazy about Lyra? Didn't really feel that either. It was a fast read and I always look forward to the Dust Bunny. Vincent the painting dust bunny was really cute.”Julianna wrote this review Wednesday, February 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not my fave Jayne Castle story.”Bookworm's Spawn wrote this review Wednesday, November 16, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“too much like a romantic novel in the future, nothing about ghost hunting to speak of”Kelly wrote this review Saturday, February 19, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was the first book I read by Jayne Castle and I loved it. Lyra and Cruz make a good couple to solve a mystery and you will love Vincent her dust bunny.”Juanita J wrote this review Friday, January 14, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“series getting old. stories too similar. ”Elizabeth H wrote this review Tuesday, September 21, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
““You’re the woman who broke Cruz Sweetwater’s heart.” That’s what everyone connected to the Sweetwater family says to me whenever I meet one of them and it’s driving me crazy!
First of all, Cruz lied to me about his name. When we met, he said his name was Cruz Marlow. And so now he tells me that Marlow is his middle name. Okay, so I guess technically he didn’t lie, but he never used the name Sweetwater around me, so I call that a lie by omission. Second, he used me. He kept me distracted just long enough so his company, Amber, Inc., could jump all over my find in the rainforest and file paperwork with the government so they could legally claim my amethyst ruin as their own. Right out from under my nose! Can you believe that? And then, once their claim had been accepted, they shut me out, refusing me any access at all. It was my ruin, darn it! I found it, therefore, it belongs to me, not them! And third, oh, third was the worst. Once I was shut out, Cruz walked out of my life. Bam! Gone! So long, see ya, thanks for the memories. And those crazy Sweetwaters actually have the gall to say I broke his heart!
So now here we are, three months later, and look who’s come crawling back. I was all set to enjoy my revenge. I imagined Cruz Marlow—um—Sweetwater, begging to take me back, but I never imagined him asking me for help. It seems an energy storm is blocking the entrance to their—ahem—my ruin and no one within the Amber, Inc. empire can de-rez it. But since I’m the one who opened it in the first place, could I please come do it again? I was all set to say no when Cruz told me there were five people trapped inside. Oh, geez. Guess I’m going to have to help Cruz after all.
So off into the underground rainforest we went and I oh-so-nicely-and-neatly made short work of the energy storm. I now have the gratitude of Amber, Inc. and the Ghost Hunter Guild. I can do without the Guild’s gratitude, but as for Amber, Inc? I need to decide how much to charge them for my skills.
But there’s something else Cruz needs my help with. Seems one of the amethyst relics collected from the ruin has gone missing and he thinks, given my naturally affinity with amethyst, I can help him track it down. I naturally refuse to help him, but the next day, I was consulting with a new client at an exclusive collector’s auction and what did I sense but missing relic. But before Cruz or I can do anything, the gallery owner is murdered. Oh geez again!
So not only do I have Cruz Sweetwater back in my life, I have to deal with a gang of thieves and murders. Oh, and there’s the strange waking nightmares I’ve been having lately, and the feeling that someone is stalking me. Plus all those darn Sweetwaters keep saying I broke Cruz’s heart!
Can’t they understand that it’s Cruz who broke my heart when the cad made me fall in love with him and then walked away from me?
I tried to channel the spirit of Lyra Dore as I wrote this, but I can’t say I was particularly successful at it. Oh well, it was fun to write anyway.
Jayne Castle/Jayne Ann Krentz has the wonderful ability to create characters that are slightly whacky and a little off center, but spunky. Lyra certainly fits that description and she’s a perfect foil for Cruz. Throw in a dust bunny, a secret admirer, a mysterious modern artist and an even more mysterious collector and you have another entertaining Harmonic adventure.
I was disappointed at the very end, though. Throughout the story, Lyra and Cruz trade barbs and snappy remarks that add to the emotional and sexual tension between them. Even when some of that tension is released (you know what I mean), they still have this great banter between them. He hurt her by stealing her claim and then walking away and now he’s back and he wants her, but she’s not going to go quietly. She fights him every inch of the way, kicking and screaming and just when she’s had enough of those darned Sweetwaters saying she broke his heart, he goes and says “I’m sorry. I screwed up. But I fell in love with you when I first saw you.”
And she melts like putty in his hands.
What a way to ruin an ending.
“I like the concept of blending science fiction with romance.”Cecilia R wrote this review Saturday, August 21, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I had a hard time getting into this book, unlike it's predecessors where it was grab-you-and-take-you-away from page one. And the ending was a little bit too corny for my liking. The twists and plots is slightly predictable. About one-third into the book and I was pretty sure who the bad guys are which proved to be correct at the end. Still an enjoyable read. Story-telling quality is 4 out of 5. But on the whole, I give this book a 3.
Cherry's Rating: 3 out of 5”
“This particular series of books by Krentz/Castle/Quick is definitely escapist reading. I am not a real science fiction fan, but I find myself wanting a dust bunny for a pet! Great escapist reading for a hot summer day!”Panhandle Jane wrote this review Wednesday, July 28, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No