The Hot Zone (Rainshadow Series #3)

The Hot Zone (Rainshadow Series #3)

by Jayne Castle
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burns_erin More than 1 year ago
This is book 11 in the Harmony series and  book 3 (or 4 depending on how you are counting) in the Rainshadow series. This is obviously not a stand-alone novel, at all. You could maybe get away with reading just the Rainshadow novels, but really, the whole Harmony series is a lot of fun and dust bunnies are completely awesome! What casual readers may or may not know, is that Jayne Castle is also Jayne Ann Krentz is also Amanda Quick. Jayne Castle is her futuristic (with paranormal) pen name under which she is writing the Harmony/Rainshadow series. Jayne Ann Krentz is her contemporary (some of which is also paranormal) pen name under which she has or currently is writing the following series: Eclipse Bay, Arcane, and Dark Legacy. And Amanda Quick is her historical (some of which is also paranormal) pen name under which she writes The Ladies of Lantern Street and Arcane. And there are some trilogies that fit into the larger series that span through time and are written under each pen name, like Looking Glass Trilogy and Dreamlight Trilogy.  Confused yet? Well you don't have to be. Most of the time you don't actually have to cross genres and pen names to enjoy the stories, there doesn't seem to be too much the casual reader needs to enjoy most of the books. However, if you do follow or read all of them there are fun connections between events and characters that just make everything so much more fun. So, back to The Hot Zone. Harmony is a futuristic world where 200 years in their past, a curtain opened between that world and earth. Colonists started coming over and everything was fine until the curtain suddenly closed stranding them away from earth and her technology. Conditions on Harmony were a bit different from earth, so long story short, people started developing psychic talents and the means to control them and they also started bonding with dust bunnies. They also discover that aliens previously lived on this planet, and though they are gone, they left tunnels and artifacts behind. (This may sound like Castle's St. Helen's Trilogy, but it isn't. I consider those books to be kind of like proto-Harmony books, but they aren't connected though some of the themes and world building a very similar). This particular book features Sedona Snow (which if you have read the Eclipse Bay series ought to ring all sorts of bells), her faithful dust bunny Lyle, and Cyrus Jones (yes, one of those Jones's). Cyrus has been brought on to Rainshadow Island as the Guild Boss for the newly established Rainshadow Guild. Shenanigans are had, mysteries are solved, dust bunnies have a superb time, and two people who think they may just be all wrong for each other turn out to be exactly right. So, yes, these books are formulaic in the extreme. But somehow, they almost always turn out to be more than the sum of their parts. The characters have different talents, different struggles and (sometimes) different personalities. Plus, there are dust bunnies and I just can't emphasize enough how they are really just as enjoyable as the romance. I find myself picking this series up and re-reading on a somewhat regular basis. They are fun, and they are fun the second or even third time you read them. And that is without all the tiny little linkings to all those other series. Digging in to the linkings just increases the fun factor, for me, exponentially.
maggietoussaint More than 1 year ago
Captured by a mad scientist and subjected to unwanted radiation and injection for three weeks, Sedona Snow escapes and tries to reclaim her life and her senses, only her fickle husband has already divorced her. She finds him in their bed with his assistant. Sedonna takes Lyle, the dust bunny who rescued her, and heads out to Rainshadow Island to start over. Cyrus Jones is the new Guild boss on Rainshadow Island, but he’s on a secret mission to learn all he can about Sedona. Sparks flash immediately, but his icy dead zone ability is the perfect complement to her new fire talent. It was a delight to come upon familiar characters in this latest installation of Jayne’s Arcane Society on Harmony. Cyrus is another memorable Jones in a long line of men who are decidedly different. And what fun to run into Arizona Snow again. I’ve enjoyed seeing her crop up in so many of Jayne’s novels. Lyle the dust bunny is another keeper too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jayne, did it again.  Back again to the island of misfits. Snow has come to the island to live, she is trying to excape her past, and the weird way it has turn, she's found some place she thinks she could belong. Enter Jones the new ghost hunter boss, check out and clean out the new tunnels thar had been found, is his new job discription.  Of course he is a Jones so he got the job really to find miss snow. This relationship will be another strong couple  for this island.  Can't wait for what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual Jane Castle's story did not disappoint. This was an excellent and exciting adventure in Rainshadow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jayne Castle is my favorite of Jayne Ann Krentz's alter egoes. Rainshadow is an island on the futuristic planet of Harmony, on it live a collection of misfit tallents. Sedona Snow is the newest resident. This is her story. She is joined by Cyrus Jones and Lyle. Jones is the new guild boss of Rainshadow. Lyle is the dust bunny who rescued Sedona and adopted her. The characters are a delight and the story fast paced and interesting as are all JAK's books. The story can stand alone, but the whole Harmony saga is so good it would be a shame not to read them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! It grabs you from page one and holds you to the end. I always hate to leave this world and return to reality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J Castle continues her intriguing paranormal series. Her dust bunnies are the best sidekicks EVER!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The characters were sexy and funny and smart. I loved Lyle, the dust bunny too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rainshadow Island on Halloween, what could be better. It was fun to see the sparks fly when a Snow and a Jones come together. I loved this addition to the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it, you should check it out!!!
sue_tree More than 1 year ago
As always Jayne Castle has written another great book. I dont like to read the story in the reviews so I will just say that you will not be disappointed in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this one. Can't wait for her next one.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
I admit it--I am totally enamored with dust bunnies! They are my idea of the perfect animal companion. When they are in a cleverly crafted story with alien aspects, special talents, hot romance (without it being so graphic as to seem like an anatomy lesson), interesting characters, and humor, I am sold! I eagerly await each Rainshadow Island novel. She can't write them fast enough for me! The historical stories a great, too.
TheReadingAddict More than 1 year ago
Jayne Castle wonderfully crafts another great story in the continuing Arcane/Jones/Harmony saga. While all these stories follow the paranormal powers, dust bunny, alien catacomb disaster formula, I'm never bored by these story lines. Jayne's writing is always top notch, keeping the story flowing with new characters, monsters, and motives. In this story, the Halloween theme brings surprise, great atmosphere, and some giggles too. The biggest problem I have, is waiting for the next book to come out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read from Jayne Castle! This one takes place on Rainshadow Island, which is on Harmony...a place somewhere else and in the future. The characters are very well developed and the pace is good. This is a read of romance, suspense, and fantasy. Lyle the dust bunny steals the show...as dust bunnies are wont to do. In some ways, Lyle is as much a hero in the story as the male protagonist. This was a great read and I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Love the action and adventure
Anonymous 10 months ago
As usual great characters loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jayne Castle...always a good read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Jane Ann krontze in any form she writes in
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It doesn't matter what name, what century, or even what planet...Jayne/Amanda has no equal!! If she writes it, I'll buy it and read it.......no questions asked.....she's that good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a classic a real classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book like the hole series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago