Series: Harmony #10
Published by Jove on August 27, 2013
Genres: Fantasy Romance, Paranormal romantic suspense
Also in this series: The Hot Zone, Siren's Call
Also by this author: The Hot Zone, Siren's Call
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...
The third Rainshadow* book hits the ground running as magician and light-talent Alice, leaving the theater after her act was closed down, is threatened by two thugs in an alley. Not coincidentally, Drake Sebastian comes to her rescue — needlessly, as it turns out, because Alice is pretty good at taking care of herself. She should be; she’s had a lot of practice.
There are two intertwined plots in Deception Cove: the need to find a pair of missing crystals that are wreaking havoc on Rainshadow Island’s mysterious Preserve, and the thugs and stalkers someone keeps sending after Alice. As usual, Castle (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) blends paranormal futuristic fantasy, thrills, sizzling passion, and humor in more-or-less equal measure. After a bad first marriage, Alice is predictably cautious about getting involved with Drake, but an MC (Marriage of Convenience, a “trial marriage” on Harmony) appears to be the best way to keep her safe from her stalker while she and Drake track down the crystals. I enjoyed the relationship between them, as they find themselves having to trust each other in order to stay alive.
No Harmony book is complete without a dust bunny, and Houdini is a charmer (and boosts my rating from 3 to 3.5 stars.) We also see a few old friends, particularly Charlotte and Rachel from the previous two Rainshadow novels. Unfortunately, their husbands, Slade and Drake’s brother Harry, are off in the Preserve on a rescue mission; they don’t appear until everything is resolved.
My only quibble with Deception Cove are that it’s a little harder to follow and a little less believable than most of the previous books set in this world (insofar as any of them are believable — which is, of course, half the fun.) The plot seemed a hair less well thought-out and tightly executed as I generally expect from Castle/Krentz, but it was still an exciting and thoroughly escapist read.
Deception Cove is not a good starting place if you’re unfamiliar with Castle’s Harmony/Ghost Hunter novels. At the very least, start with Canyons of Night, the first Rainshadow book, starring Charlotte and Slade. Better yet, go right back to the beginning and read After Dark, the first in the Ghost Hunters series.
*Goodreads counts this as Rainshadow #2, with Canyons of Night as Rainshadow #0.