Amaryllis (St. Helen's Series #1)

Amaryllis (St. Helen's Series #1)

by Jayne Castle

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New York Times bestselling author JAYNE CASTLE

Acclaimed for her novels of “delectably entertaining paranormal romantic suspense” (Booklist), the wildly popular alter ego of bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz takes off on a star-dusted excursion to a rich civilization where danger and passion are just a heartbeat away. . . .

Amaryllis Lark is one of the best psychic detectives on St. Helen’s, the earth colony recently cut off from the mother planet, yet not so very different from home. . . . Lucas Trent, the rugged head of Lodestar Exploration, isn’t keen on the prim type—and from her crisp business suit to her cool evaluation of his request to bust a corporate thief, beautiful Amaryllis is excruciatingly proper. But when a bold hunch heats up into a twisting murder investigation, by-the-book Amaryllis must let her guard down and break some rules—and a red-hot love affair ignites. Now, as they race to solve a puzzle of deadly intrigue, no power—otherworldly or otherwise—can keep them apart!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671569037
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 10/01/1996
Series: St. Helen's Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 364,603
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

The author of a string of New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ uses three different pen names for each of her three "worlds". As JAYNE ANN KRENTZ (her married name) she writes contemporary romantic-suspense. She uses AMANDA QUICK for her novels of historical romantic-suspense. JAYNE CASTLE (her birth name) is reserved these days for her stories of futuristic/paranormal romantic-suspense.

She is married and lives with her husband, Frank, in Seattle, Washington.

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Amaryllis 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 87 reviews.
bookmamma52 More than 1 year ago
Purchased to replace an old missing copy, this is one of those guilty pleasures that are great for rainy days, beach days, 'I need a break' days. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Whole Trilogy (Zinnia, Orchid, and Amarylis) is the best out of all of Castle's books. I wish, wish, wish she would go back to THESE stories!! I've tapered off reading her most recent ones over the last couple of years because they just don't keep me as enthralled as this World does. MUST READ
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mary1963 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review for "Amaryllis" by Jayne CastleThe planet of St. Helen was cut off from Earth two hundred years ago. The settlers have developed psychic skills. Amaryllis Lark is a focus, a person who helps another person focus their psychic talent to better effect. Lucas Trent is a business with serious abilities. In order to help Amaryllis solve a murder mystery, he will have to use all their skills. Can the unorthodox loner Lucas possibly overcome all prim and proper Amaryllis¿ objections to romance?
shelley582 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am a sucker for these books - they are like potato chips, start one and you will be searching for the others.
debs4jc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Amaryllis lives on another planet, where humans colonized but where they got cut off from earth. The colonists developed psychic abilities that help them survive. These abilities have to be used in pairs -- with one person being the "prism" who focuses the talent of the other. Amaryllis is just such a prism, one dedicated to the high moral principles of her field. But her resolve is testee when Lucas Trent, an off the chart talent, hires her and they uncover a politician misusing his talent to manipulate the vote--and that when they use their abilities together they are strongly attracted to one another. The exotic local and psychic abilities of the protaganists add a lot of flavor to this romance, though the way the author has them name things (tea-coff) can be kind of jarring. It's a good read for a romantic escape.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Futuristic paranormal romance by Jayne Castle, the first in a series. Amaryllis Lark is a full-spectrum prism, able to focus high-level psychic talents. Lucas Trent is a successful businessman whose talent is off the scale. They team up to solve several crimes and fall in love in the process. But the society on their planet believes in arranged marriages. And prisms and talents are almost never matched.As usual with Castle (Krentz/Quick), the primary genre is romance, but the psychic/futuristic elements are well-enough handled to satisfy a SF/fantasy reader as well.
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Once again, Krentz entertains with romance and suspense, and even elements of Science Fiction. On the futuristic world of St. Helens, the colonists have developed psychic powers. These powers are tempered by the fact that in order to use ones talents, one must have the services of another person, a Prisms. Prisms don't have talent themselves, but can focus for any talent. Both talents and prisms have levels of power and there exist (mostly in novels and movies) abnormally high talents, dubbed Psychic Vampires. Amaryllis is a 'full spectrum' (highly powered) prism and Lucas Trent is an off-the-scale talent. He hires her services for a security issue, but they get more than they bargained for when they detect a local politician focusing 'charisma' in order to gain votes and contributions. This discovery leads to an investigation into the recent death of Amaryllis' professor/mentor, which the police ruled an accident. As Amaryllis and Lucas get closer to the truth, those who'd like the truth to stay hidden are more motivated to injure or even kill them.This author is highly skilled in the romance genre, writing as Amanda Quick (historical romance), Jayne Ann Krentz (contemportary) and now Jayne Castle (futuristic). Her characters are always compelling, her writing is always clean and well structured, and her love scenes are steamy without being either crude or trite. This story is particularly engaging as the beginning of a series with characters you care to know more about even after the book has ended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strong characters lot to think about intriguing on how the whole plot worked out kept you guessing all the time.
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In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Told with her trademark sense of humor, adventure and love this, the first in a trilogy is a truly fun read. Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne Castle builds an incredible world and you are a sucked into it and don’t want to leave even after the last page has turned. Opposites attract and fall in love against all odds. Off to read the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Books by Jayne Castle are impossible to put down!
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On a beach or sitting on your back porch is how this quick, fun romantic read is great for.
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