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The Hot Zone by Jayne Castle
Series: Rainshadow #3
Published by Jove Genres: Paranormal
Reviewed by Jo
Sedona Snow escaped to Rainshadow Island after first being kidnapped and learned that her new husband didn’t waste any time dissolving their marriage and moving on. Sedona is used to being left, as a child of an unsanctioned union she was abandoned by both sides of her parent’s families once she was eighteen. Now she lives alone with her companion/sidekick, Lyle, her rescuing dust bunny. Halloween is coming and it seems that everyone on the Island is sort of waiting – the kids for the Halloween celebrations and the adults for what will happen next within the mysterious preserve. For Sedona, she is using up all her good intentions dealing with the hunters who have come to the Island to work in and under the preserve.
Cyrus Jones is the newly hired Guild boss to manage all of the hunters and the ghost wrangling that they will do. His first inkling that he and the hunters might not be welcomed by everyone is from the woman manning the front desk when he checks into his hotel. It seems that she wants to send him to another hotel when all the hunters are staying at this one. His next clue is his cabin – not exactly something a Guild boss would expect to be given. Cyrus is willing to put up with that and more to find out what it is about Sedona is calling to him.
Sedona’s gift is very unusual and she’s determined that no one in this newly founded guild on the Island will learn what it is. That lasts just a few hours when circumstances throw her into Cyrus’ arms and his cabin. It seems even Lyle is plotting against her keeping this secret. Yet when a new drug shows up and her ex-husband reappears out of the mists, it seems that both events are aimed at Sedona and her gift. The mystery of what is going on just gets stranger as Cyrus and Sedona discover a passion that isn’t just a smattering of lust. When Cyrus and Sedona think they have most of the answers and the danger is over, betrayal strikes and places Sedona into the deadliest of dangers. It’s going to take Cyrus and Lyle using their wits and knowledge to find Sedona in time. Love just found Cyrus and Sedona but will the past destroy them before they get the chance to explore all that is in front of them?
An island of oddities has once again brought two people who don’t quite fit in anywhere together in a strong and hot passion – if they can survive the danger out to tear them apart. Cyrus and Sedona will discover that the strength of love and teamwork can defeat even the worst of betrayals in The Hot Zone. I really love how the Rainshadow series is bringing those that just don’t seem to fit anywhere else, together in love. This time it was Cyrus and Sedona who learned that even those with the oddest gifts can find love as they join the other social outcasts on Rainshadow Island. I love watching as Cyrus patiently showed Sedona that not all Guild bosses were horrible people. Even as they teamed up to learn just what was going on below the preserve and made the island just a bit safer for those living there. Of course, Lyle followed in the best dust bunny example of caring for his chosen human and making sure she was safe and well loved. I absolutely adore those dust bunnies. Seeing how the past so greatly affected Sedona the past few years and brought her into the worst kind of danger had me wanting those behind the betrayals to get what they deserved and I think they did – with much help from Cryus and Lyle. I can tell that the future will be filled with wonderful adventures for Lyle, Sedona and Cyrus. The Hot Zone is very hot both in passion and suspense with touches of humor and danger to keep the story rounded out. There are still huge portions of the preserve on Rainshadow Island that need to be discovered and I can’t wait to see which couple will find the next answers on what the aliens left behind.