Series: Rainshadow #2
Published by Penguin on 2013-08-27
Reviewed by Jo
In the world of Harmony, Rainshadow Island is home to a mysterious preserve, secrets that have been kept for centuries, and a treasure worth killing for... As a light-talent, Alice North has the rare ability to make things disappear, including herself—a gift that comes in handy during her magic act with her dust bunny Houdini. Business mogul Drake Sebastian is day-blind, since his sight was nearly destroyed in a lab accident. But he’s the one man who can see Alice when she disappears—and he needs her. On Rainshadow Island, two dangerous Old World crystals are missing, igniting a paranormal storm. Drake thinks Alice is the key to finding them, and proposes they head there, but only after a Marriage of Convenience. Alice’s honeymoon on Rainshadow is guaranteed to be memorable, as the island—and the passion between her and Drake—is about to explode...
Alice North has been on the run for what seems like forever, but it’s actually only been since her disastrous attempt at a marriage. While on her so-called honeymoon, Alice learned that the man she married had been hiding some serious intentions and that her heritage was much fuller than Alice ever imagined. Like many on her planet, Alice is a talent but it seems like her talent is only for stagecraft. That is until a night were Alice and her dust bunny partner, Houdini, meet her destiny.
Drake Sebastian is on a hunt for the one woman who might be able to help his company and family find two mysterious stones that could mean life and death to the people and animals that reside on Rainshadow Island. Drake is the head of the Sebastian businesses and is also a scientist, but he is now day blind because of a lab incident. Well day blind is the easiest way to describe what Drake now sees and one thing he can see very well is Alice – no matter what she is doing.
Alice agrees to accompany Drake to Rainshadow Island, the place of her first horrible attempt at a honeymoon, and to put a bow on it, they are obtaining a Marriage of Convenience. That is why Alice is having a sense of déjà vu when she and Drake take off for the island. But that is where the similarities end. There is a stifling, and potentially deadly, fog that covers the island now. Drake, Alice and Houdini, of course, make it on to the island to discover that things have seriously been turned upside down. Some of the answers come to Drake and Alice pretty fast, but they only lead to more questions. On top of this, the attraction between Drake and Alice is proving to be almost as hot as the atmosphere around them. With the help of the residents still on the island, Drake and Alice will have to not only find those missing crystals, but also capture the people behind the actions which cause the changes on the island before it’s too late to save anything or anyone.
It’s a trio of mysteries, an island, two crystals and a hot fog, that bring two unlikely people together in a journey of discovery and love. Deception Cove brought Alice and Drake together in a search for the cause of the changes to Rainshadow Island and also the people behind them. Along the way, they discover that their attraction quickly changed into passion and that the Marriage of Convenience they started their journey with would not be enough. I loved how Drake instantly came to Alice’s defense and how they became such a firm team so quickly. I found that both of them had baggage in their past that could have destroyed any chance they had for a future, and yet I watched as they overcame each and every hurdle in their way. I also loved just how they solved the main mysteries and also captured the mad mastermind behind it all. I just couldn’t write a review on one of Ms. Castle’s books, if I didn’t mention the dust bunnies. In this case it was Houdini. With each book I learn more about these funny and caring animals who have both a playful and predator side. I know that if you have a dust bunny on your side, the other side should just wave the white flag of defeat.
Deception Cove is fully of suspense, passion and discoveries that both answer and leave more questions. I fell for Drake and Alice instantly and love that yet another wonderful couple has found their place in a fantastic world in which talents, ghost hunters and dust bunnies live. I can’t wait for the next venture into this world. To say that I Joyfully Recommend this book as a must read it putting it almost too simply, but I do whole heartedly.