Series: Rainshadow

THE HOT ZONE by Jayne Castle

THE HOT ZONE by Jayne Castle
The Hot Zone
by Jayne Castle

Series: Rainshadow #3
Published by Jove Genres: Paranormal
Source: Publisher

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.

DECEPTION COVE by Jayne Castle

DECEPTION COVE by Jayne Castle

DECEPTION COVE by Jayne Castle
Deception Cove
by Jayne Castle

Series: Rainshadow #2
Published by Penguin Genres: Paranormal

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.

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