Wednesday, August 12, 2015

review: SIREN'S CALL by Jayne Castle

SIREN'S CALL by Jayne Castle
aka Jayne Ann Krentz
Rainshadow #4 / Harmony #12
Penguin: Jove
released July 28, 2015
source: bookstore
323 pages

Rating: Really liked it!

In the mysterious world of Harmony, there are places filled with unexplored marvels. But Rainshadow Island isn't about to give up its secrets . . .

In the alien catacombs of Rainshadow, there are creatures whose compelling songs lure the unwary to their deaths. That's why Rafe Coppersmith, hired to clear out the catacombs for exploration, needs a music talent. He knows the perfect one, but she probably doesn't want anything to do with him . . .

Ella Morgan had once fallen hard and fast for Rafe, but then he disappeared for months . . . and he's not about to tell her why. Ella, too, has secrets that only her dust bunny knows. She's not just a music talent, she's a Siren: a paranormal singer capable of singing men to sleep - or to their deaths.

But once on Rainshadow, Rafe and Ella will learn that surrendering to passion doesn't come without risks - and fighting fire with fire only adds to the flame . . .

My Thoughts

I must admit that I have a ridiculous soft spot for this series. Really, I love all of the many, many Arcane titles under the Krentz and Quick lines too, but the Castle titles will always hold the bulk of this affection. (Scifi romance FTW!) For that reason, I am not the most impartial judge of quality here. I am more than willing to overlook the book's deficiencies in order to have my yearly romp through this world once more. Siren's Call is not a perfect book, but if you love Arcane as much as I do then you will likely be willing to do the same and just sit back and enjoy the ride!

Soon after Ella Morgan opens her new dream consulting business, she comes across a very insistent dust bunny. Following it down into the catacombs, she manages to help the dust bunny and its friends before landing herself in a very dangerous situation . . . and has to use her talent to save herself. Rafe Coppersmith covers for her and her secret talent with the local investigator, asks her out for coffee . . . and never shows.

Fast forward three months, and Rafe shows up at Ella's new office requesting her help as a music talent and Siren on a project for his family's Coppersmith Mining company. She has no desire to see him again, considering he never showed up to claim that coffee date she was so anticipating, but eventually agrees to go for the sake of her company. Having Coppersmith Mining as a client would do wonders for its reputation. Besides, who can say no to saving people from dinosaurs in Wonderland over on Rainshadow Island?

Yes, I said dinosaurs. Seriously.

I love the beautiful mind of Jayne Ann Krentz!

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