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Illusion Town

Illusion Town

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by Jayne Castle

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A new adventure begins on Harmony… 
With its opulent casinos and hotels, the desert city of Illusion Town is totally unique—and will take you on a thrill ride you’ll never forget.
Hannah West isn’t the first woman to wake up in Illusion Town married to a man she barely knows, but she has


A new adventure begins on Harmony… 
With its opulent casinos and hotels, the desert city of Illusion Town is totally unique—and will take you on a thrill ride you’ll never forget.
Hannah West isn’t the first woman to wake up in Illusion Town married to a man she barely knows, but she has no memory of the ceremony at all. For that matter, neither does Elias Coppersmith, her new husband. All either can remember is that they were on the run…
With Hannah’s dubious background and shaky para-psych profile, she could have done much worse. The cooly competent mining heir arouses her curiosity—as well as other parts of her mind and body. And even her dust bunny likes him.
But a honeymoon spent retracing their footsteps leads Hannah and Elias into the twisting underground catacombs, where secrets from both their pasts will come to light—and where the energy of their clashing auras will grow hot enough to burn…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Beginning a new adventure set on the world of Harmony, Castle (Siren’s Call) delves deep into the futuristic paranormal underground to create a scintillating mystery that just happens to be a captivating romance as well. Hannah and her dust bunny companion, Virgil, are quite happy living in Illusion Town, a city where “the thrills are real.” They run a shop specializing in crystals, and glory in Hannah’s role as the finder of lost objects. Hannah breaks her cardinal rule and agrees to a date with a client. Unfortunately, they wake up the next morning to find that they’re married, with no memory of where and how they got that way. The deeper they delve into that mystery, the more questions are raised related to their psychic abilities and their respective careers. The eerie setting—part alien, part postapocalyptic, part Las Vegas—serves as an excellent background for the unexpectedly sweet romance. Some hilarity ensues, courtesy of Virgil, but the vast majority of the plot contains nuanced layers of history wrapped in enigmas, leading to an unexpected and delightful conclusion. Agent: Steven Axelrod, Axelrod Agency. (Aug.)
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Praise for Siren’s Call
“Like a siren herself, Castle expertly lures readers in with inventive plotting, wit-infused writing, and flawless characterization in the latest deliciously sexy addition to her consistently entertaining, fantasy-laced Rainshadow series.”—Booklist (starred review)
“This lively, deliciously sensual, laughter-laced adventure nicely expands Castle's mysterious, addictive futuristic world and features a doughnut-loving, wedding veil-obsessed dust bunny that is hard to forget.”—Library Journal
“A pleasant pas de deux in which a liberated woman meets a dangerous hunk who lusts after both her curves and her cerebrum. Castle adroitly lets the sparks fly in this cozy escapist story.”—Publishers Weekly
Library Journal
There's nothing like waking up in a sleazy motel room in Illusion Town's Shadow Zone with someone you barely know to get the day off to a great start. Strong dreamlight talent Hannah West and wealthy engineer Elias Coppersmith do just that, and things go from bad to worse. Not only are they virtual strangers, but they're also on the run—from whom or what they don't know—and they're married (at least temporarily). Deadly catacombs, delicious sensuality, treachery, and lots of hilarious dust bunny hijinks are layered in as Hannah and Elias foil the bad guys and find each other—and a permanent, covenant marriage—in the process. VERDICT Mystery, paranormal danger, and creepy villains keep the tension high and the passions mounting as Castle expands her creative futuristic world with a pleasure city infused with a psychic Las Vegas vibe. Another shimmering read from this incredibly innovative author. Castle (Siren's Call) lives in the Seattle area.

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Meet the Author

Jayne Castle is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the author of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers. She writes futuristic romance novels under the Castle name, contemporary romantic suspense novels under the Krentz name, and historical romance novels under the pseudonym Amanda Quick. There are more than 35 million copies of her books in print.

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Illusion Town 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been reading this author's works for many many years. I'm always thrilled when I know one is coming out with the dust bunnies, I can clearly see them in my mind. No matter what name she writes under I read everything I can get my hands on if she's the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whether writing as Jayne Castle, or Amanda Quick, or Jayne Ann Krentz the writing is excellent. All of her books contain good stories with well developed characters. Any new book should be a reader's automatic reorder. This story lives up to her standards of excellence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great continuation of Harmony.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful read by Jayne Castle, aka Jayne Ann Krentz. Love dust bunnies, Virgil, was not my favorite. Liked the action and the characters. Hope we find out more about the new undergound site in up comming books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters. Story not long enough. Good read but wanted more.
Anonymous 6 days ago
When will she do another story set in the uncharted wilds of harmony. Only strong talents can make it through. Strange native creatures as well as alien psi. Wow
Anonymous 7 months ago
Another great book and as written marvelous
Queenbethanny 12 months ago
I enjoy Jayne Castle's unique characters and plots. The world she created on Harmony is a fantastic place full of endless possibilities. I've been a big fan of this world for a long time. My favorite part of the stories are the cute dust bunnies and their unique connections to their partners/owners. Elias and Hannah wake up married and cannot remember how or why. This story takes you on their journey of remembrance and danger. They are determined to protect Hannah's legacy and inheritance. I had wished that the romantic connection with the characters has been more prevalent during the story, however.
dibbylodd 12 months ago
I am greatly enamored of the Harmony books by Jayne Castle. They are amusing while not slipping into being frivolous. Interesting questions arise about living on an Earth like world that is not Earth and has alien artifacts and building sites that have yet to be understood. I must admit that my absolute favorite is the dust bunnies. They are just such an incredibly clever invention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished Illusion Town and am so glad I bought it. I love the entire series. Actually all JAK books. I enjoy those dust bunnies. They make the best of friends and usually make me laugh. Maybe one day there will be baby dust bunnies, wouldn't that be awesome. Her books always seem to have just the right amount of funny, scary, mystery and of course, romance. I stayed both interested and entertained through out the story. I'm going to have to read all of the prior Harmony stories so that I can visit old friends and dust bunnies. Thank you JAK aka Jayne Castle for writing and sharing.
BookReaderAnnie More than 1 year ago
Once a year I really look forward to my date with a dust bunny! Yes, I know that sounds silly but what can I say, from the second I read After Dark in 2000 I was both hooked on this series and dust bunnies. If for no other reason, the books are worth reading for them. Those buggers are so cute! Illusion Town is book #13 in the Harmony series. I have been loving this whole series. I really do look forward to visiting this world every year. As a whole I really enjoyed Illusion Town. For me the book is a solid 3 but I think that's based more on the story line, then the characters. I know, you want to know what I mean by that and here is why. I really loved the story, as always it was well-written. Castle always makes me laugh with her stories. She is wonderful at writing characters interactions. Her characters always work well together, or I should say they usually do. I will admit that I did like both Hannah West & Elias Coppersmith. There is nothing wrong with them as characters. They are really good in the story. My main issue with the book and why I don't think it's a 4 is because I really didn't feel anything between Hannah & Elias. The romance in Illusion Town isn't a secondary story, it's more like a step-child. I didn't feel that they had any heat for each other, no romance between them. When I ended the story I didn't feel like they would last. I've never had this happen in a book by her before. I'm sure that with other authors it might have happened once or twice, but never her. Including all the names she writes under. I never thought I would say this about one of her books but.... Me not feeling like Hannah & Elias didn't work won't stop by from reading her again because like I said, her story was good and I doubt me not thinking the characters work together could happen again. Fingers crossed! It's worth reading and you do get to visit with the dust bunny (not sure you really get to know Virgil either) I'm not making this any better am I? Oh well!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this author - can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read with lots of action and adventure. Plenty of romance too. Loved that dust bunny and his Arizona Snow doll.
MaryTerryMZ More than 1 year ago
Every summer I await the release of Jayne Castle's Harmony book, and this year's "Illusion Town" does not disappoint. In this fun, exciting story, Hannah and Elias wake up with amnesia, and married(!) Vegas-style. No refunds! Although they've only just met, they've been corresponding for months, and certainly get to know each other better very quickly as they go on the run with Hannah's dust bunny (of course!) to avoid the requisite unknown villains--are they after Elias, or Hannah? -- meet the family and slowly regain their memories, while exploring their feelings for each other. Being able to guess who the mastermind was did not decrease my enjoyment of this book. The journey was fun and suspenseful, with various twists and turns. All in all, a satisfying read and a solid four out of five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MStagg More than 1 year ago
Welcome back to Harmony where the Dust Bunnies are adrenaline junkies and the Alien Tech only hurts when the humans get involved. Waking up in Illusion Town Married wasn't on Hannah West's to-do list let alone not remembering it. Elias Coppersmith only wanted to go on a date but ending up married was fine with him. Now all he had to do was figure out what happened and convince Hannah that the marriage isn't temporary. Jayne Castle has done it again. Her fast pace and witty dialog will have you wanting more. I couldn't put this book down and can't wait for the next one.
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
Great addition to the series. Hannah and Elias were perfect. Wonderful close knit family in the DZ. Loved all the guests at the big event at the end of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed every story from Harmony and the precursors before Harmony was discovered! Please write more and quickly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent, new town, new characters, new environment Still harmony,
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Welcome to Illusion Town where the thrills are real and existence is an adventure. I LOVE this series and this book is a terrific addition. Illusion Town is Harmony’s version of Las Vegas and like Las Vegas there are good sections and not so good sections of town. Unlike Las Vegas the quality of living in Illusion Town has more to do with how close you are to the Alien’s old towns. I adore the characters in this series and several are given a nod in this new arc. Hannah is The Finder. She has a gift for dream light and dream walking. She is an orphan from the wrong side of town. Elias Coppersmith was born to privilege but works for a living. I love Elias’ engineer mind. Great for solving puzzles not so great for wooing the woman he married. Watching these two figure out a mystery and their relationship is a total hoot.
Anonymous 11 months ago
My mother and I ate the biggest fans of Jayne Castle and have been for years,and we both agree this was not up to par for a Jayne Castle book,my mom read it all the way to the end and i i sufferd to page 20.I hope the next one is readable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Been reading jayne under all her names since tge start of her career so we are both pushing 70..she must have forgotten that sharing hot sex on a camp cot is impossible..you can barely turn over on your own without the cot colapsing..also she calls one of the minor characters in the book her brother even though they are no relation. and never explains why...grrrr..she immediately finds an old ring for the hero from one of his ancient relatives lost somewhere in harmony in the distant past.....really..I once lost my wedding ring in my own home for three months..found it when I flipped the mattress..lost it tucking in sheets I guess...not one of her better books..unbelievable
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