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Acclaimed for her novels of "delectably entertaining paranormal romantic suspense" (Booklist), the wildly popular alter ego of best-selling 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.

©1996 Jayne Ann Krentz (P)2018 Tantor

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Light relief from Lockdown

This is a book written in 1996, set in a future, on a planet similar but different to earth. The Human population has thrived and has evolved paranormal abilities. Amaryllis is a Prism talent, someone who focuses for other psychic talents. Lucas is a top businessman with secrets and an off-the-charts talent.
This was a good read. Fun, fast, witty and very readable. I can't say it will rock the literary world but the characters were likeable and quirky and the setting well imagined. It is clearly a foretaste of later Harmony and Rainshadow novels but is interesting for the differences and as always the romance at the heart of the book is spiced with murder, mystery and intrigue. If you like romances to be a bit different this might be for you. There are 2 others in this mini-series both are also worth reading.
Jan 2021
I listened to this book on audible as a bit of light relief from the Lockdown and on-going Covid stressors.
My review from 6 years ago still stands and despite its flaws and some inconsistencies it is still a good listen. The narration was very good with reasonable differentiation between characters.

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  • P. James
  • 21-11-18

Finally!

This book and the two others in the trilogy were predecessors to the author's Harmony series. While not set on the same planet, the premise was the beginning of what grew into Harmony and touches on her entire Arcane Society multiverse. I'm a big fan, leaning more to the futuristic part of the AS-verse. I started with the books in the Ghost Hunters/Harmony series, then discovered that this book, and two more were out there, and predated the series I'd come to love. I'm thrilled that Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz) has released this early dip into SciFi Romance in audio and I hope it won't be long before the two additional books will also release. Narrator Tanya Eby does a good job voicing the characters.

Note: The original book released back in 1995 so be aware that it has touches of "old skool" romance. It helps to be a connoisseur of the romance genre of that era.

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  • Kat in Hawaii
  • 11-12-18

Excellent start to this old series!!! Thank you!!!

I have been requesting this series to be brought to the Audible format!!!! Numerous times. A++++++

I would love to thank Jayne Castle, aka J. A. Krentz for Finally bringing this series to Audible!!!😁😻😊😀

Finally, to my surprise, it is finally here and I have only 8 more days for book 2 - Zinnia on the Audible Format.

Still waiting for book 3 - Orchid, on Audible, to complete the 3 book start of one of Castle's paranormal series!!!

DON'T FORGET BRIDAL JITTERS and Charmed
on the Audible format, please.
PLEASE!!!!
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LOVED THE STORY, CHARACTERS AND THE TWISTS AND TURNS IN THIS PARANORMAL SUSPENSE!

AUDIBLE NARRATION WAS FANTASTIC!

Was wondering if Jayne Castle will write any more books to continue the Rain Shadow Series???

Or Anymore books to continue the Arcane Series?

I Really miss more books in the above mentioned book series!!
A hooked fan for life.
Also, I love Amanda quick books too.I



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  • Jefflyn
  • 11-12-18

Good story, Great Narrator

I love Jayne Castle’s stories of The planet Harmony. I have read the whole series. The stories are even better, when presented by Audible.com.
The narrator ,” Tanya Eby”, really brings it to life. What a fun story.

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  • Sue
  • 11-06-19

Deadly Boring

The performance is dreadful. The narration is hurried & artificial. Male voices sound robotic. The story is tedious, slow and boring. The female lead is an annoying pedantic wet blanket.

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  • Heidi Buswell
  • 29-10-20

Narration too fast

I felt like it was being “speed read” on this one. The quality of the reading was much better once I reduced the speed to .9 instead of the full speed.

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  • Criosa
  • 27-11-18

Love the book but narration is off

I love the original three books - Amaryllis, Orchid, and Zinnia. I was looking forward to listening to this book as I have been struggling with my vision for some time. The characters felt off and the speed of the narration distracted from the story. I tried slowing it down but it did not help - just made the issue more obvious. The cadence was off and it felt rushed. I could live with the way the narrator interpreted the characters but when you can not focus on the story because of the tempo of the narrators speech it ruins the story. Right now I would not listen to another book by this narrator. I am hoping Jayne Ann Krentz selects a different narrator for the next two stories.

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  • A_Basset_Lover
  • 20-11-18

How could Eby Ruin One of My Favorite Books!?!

I listened to the sample and it sounded fine. I pre-ordered and downloaded the book as soon as I woke up this morning

I get five minutes into the book and I've already tried speeding the narrator up and down to make the characters sound right. It's not working :-(

Most of JAK's female and male characters fall along the same lines. I've never heard them be voiced this nasally and dramatic. Add in the huffy and pompous way the male sounds in the first convo doesnt bode well for the rest of the book.

I haven't waited years for this book for it to sound so awful!


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  • lopay
  • 29-11-18

Terrible audio!

I've waited years to get the audio version of this book Amaryllis and the other two books in the St. Helens series Zinnia and Orchid. I listen to the sample audio before I made my purchase and the narrator's speed was normal. I downloaded it one day and didn't listen to it until the next day. I was really surprised by how fast the narration was set so I manually slowed it down from 1.0 to 0.7 and 0.5 but then it was too slow and dragging. The narrator wasn't so bad. I think the audio setting is malfunctioning or it was originally recorded at a incorrect speed. I listen to about 1 minute more of the audio book then I returned it. Don't buy this audiobook you will end up returning it unless Audible fixes the problem.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 21-11-18

Intro Lost Colony life, but no dustbunnies

I can’t tell you how excited I was to find Castle’s earlier colony books in audio. Amaryllis, followed by Orchid, then Zinnia, are set on the colony of St Helens. These three works were printed prior to her Ghost Hunter and Rainshadow series. The only thing missing is her dustbunnies.
Lucas hires Amaryllis for her prism talents to help focus his psychic talents; and to help him deal with corporate espionage. One question leads to another; with more suspense and threat.
Meanwhile, both have started the intake process with a socially desirable matchmaking service, as it’s time to find a spouse to marry. Once started, they’re not able to stop the process, regardless of how drawn they are to each other.
Eby is ok, but I feel there’s another narrator out there who could have added more depth.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-02-19

An old favorite finally on Audible!

This is of my favorite JC books, and I was so excited to see it show up on Audible! The narrator isn't my favorite. Her female voices are more shrill and her male voices higher than I like. But *HEARING* a story that I've only read before was terrific!!

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