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Siren's Call

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Siren's Call

Futuristic World of Harmony: Rainshadow Series, Book 4
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 death. That's why Rafe Coppersmith, hired to clear out the catacombs for exploration, needs a music talent. He's knows the perfect one, but she probably doesn't want anything 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...
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 death. That's why Rafe Coppersmith, hired to clear out the catacombs for exploration, needs a music talent. He's knows the perfect one, but she probably doesn't want anything 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...
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    A Note from Jayne

    Welcome back to my other world—Harmony—and another adventure on Rainshadow Island, where everyone has a past. The local inhabitants are good at keeping secrets—their own and those of their neighbors. On Rainshadow you don't ask too many personal questions. The island has long been a refuge for people who don't fit in anywhere else.

    Those who make their home on the island are also accustomed to dealing with the dangerous mysteries concealed in the ancient underground catacombs and inside the forbidden territory known as the Preserve. Rainshadow, it turns out, was once the site of ancient Alien bioengineering labs. (What could possibly go wrong, hmm?)

    The tight-knit community on Rainshadow figures it can handle the monsters, the reverse-engineered dinosaurs, and the deadly legends that seethe just beneath the surface.

    The real problems, as usual, are caused by humans.

    Chapter 1

    It was the wedding of the season and it went off flawlessly—right up until the moment when the bridesmaid announced to the bride, the pastor, and the crowd in the pews that the groom had murdered his first two wives. . . .

    "If anyone knows why this man and this woman should not be married, let him speak now or forever hold his peace," the pastor intoned.

    Ella's cell phone rang. Everyone grumbled at the breach of good manners, although several people surreptitiously checked their own cell phones to make certain they were switched off.

    But Ella dug hers out of the middle of the bouquet where she had concealed it and read the text, her pulse racing.

    "Stop the wedding," she shouted.

    All three hundred guests, the bridal attendants, the best man, and the wedding singer stared at her. She focused on the message she had just received and then looked at the bride.

    "Karen, you can't marry him. His real name is Leo Bellamy and he's wanted for the murder of his first two wives. He's also wanted for questioning in the murder of another woman, a fiancée."

    Karen Leggett, a delicate blonde draped in yards of white tulle and silver satin, was nearly speechless with shock.

    "Ella," she finally managed. "What is wrong with you? Have you gone crazy?"

    Ella moved to stand between Karen and the too-handsome, too-perfect groom. Her senses were heightened and she could see the cold, dark shadows in the dreamlight fields of Bellamy's aura. She knew a monster when she saw one, and she had known Bellamy for what he was ever since Karen had introduced them a few weeks earlier.

    "I sensed that there was something off about you the first time I met you," she said. "I had a private-investigation agency take a closer look into your background."

    Violent energy spiked in the groom's aura but his expression was one of calm, compassionate concern. He was a chameleon-talent, Ella reminded herself. He had a talent for deception.

    "Karen, your friend is having some sort of nervous breakdown," he said gently. "Someone should escort her to the emergency room at the nearest para-psych hospital. Perhaps one of our guests will volunteer to assist her."

    "I'm not going anywhere." Ella held up the phone displaying the text message she had just received. "This is from Jones and Jones, Karen. It says that the man you know as Charles Forbes is a chameleon-talent whose real name is Leo Bellamy. He lied to you from the start. Lied to the matchmaking agency, too."

    It was the Jones & Jones name that finally penetrated Karen's state of stunned shock and sparked a wave of low-voiced concern among the wedding guests. Like Ella, Karen and many of those present were members of...

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    June 1, 2015
    The ultraprolific Jayne Ann Krentz dons her Castle pseudonym for the steamy fourth Rainshadow novel (after The Hot Zone), exploring Rainshadow Island’s alien tunnels and psychic powers. After perennial bridesmaid Ella Morgan unmasks a friend’s bridegroom at the altar as a two-time wife-killer, she blasts his mind with her hidden and rare psionic talent, which she’s sure renders her unmarriageable. Then she meets smoldering-hot Rafe Coppersmith, and for most of the rest of this torrid fantasy adventure, she repeatedly declares her disbelief that he not only doesn’t fear her but is intrigued by the notion of a confident, monster-slaying woman. Castle’s involved plot features the accustomed assortment of baddies, but Ella’s psionic ability (and her helpful companion, Lorelei, a bouncy creature called a dust bunny) defeats them all before Ella and Rafe reach matching high notes of ecstasy. Though entirely predictable and couched in standard romance genre language, this is still 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.

  • Library Journal

    Starred review from August 1, 2015

    Paranormal music talent Ella Morgan is caught off guard when magnetic, powerful Rafe Coppersmith walks through the door of her dream counseling firm and asks for help in dealing with ancient alien monsters on remote Rainshadow Island that lure their prey with paranormal songs. She surprises them both by agreeing to do it, but someone is determined that they don't succeed. It will take all their skill--and a little help from some resourceful dust bunnies--to make sure all turns out well. VERDICT A woman with the ability to sing men to their deaths and a man who needs the siren's love and comfort find a paranormal bond that is much more than passion. 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. Castle (The Hot Zone) lives in the Seattle area.

    Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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