Illusion Town by Jayne Castle

July 25th, 2016 kimbacaffeinate Review 37 Comments

25th Jul
Illusion Town by Jayne Castle
Illusion Town
by Jayne Castle
Series: Harmony #13
Published by: Penguin
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: Publisher
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A new adventure begins on Harmony…

With its opulent casinos and hotels, the desert city of Illusion Town is totally unique—and will take you on a thrill ride you’ll never forget.

Hannah West isn’t the first woman to wake up in Illusion Town married to a man she barely knows, but she has no memory of the ceremony at all. For that matter, neither does Elias Coppersmith, her new husband. All either can remember is that they were on the run…

With Hannah’s dubious background and shaky para-psych profile, she could have done much worse. The cooly competent mining heir arouses her curiosity—as well as other parts of her mind and body. And even her dust bunny likes him.

But a honeymoon spent retracing their footsteps leads Hannah and Elias into the twisting underground catacombs, where secrets from both their pasts will come to light—and where the energy of their clashing auras will grow hot enough to burn…

mystery paranormal ROMANCE SUSPENSE

Illusion Town by Jayne Castle is the thirteenth book in the Harmony series and works as a standalone. This paranormal suspense takes us to Illusion Town, Harmony’s version of Vegas with its opulent casinos and hotels. For Finder, Hannah West, things are about to become intense as she wakes up married and in danger. Fast-paced with suspense, twist, and a delicious romance Illusion Town delivered all that I have come to love from this author.

Five reasons to grab Illusion Town

  • Off planet paranormal woo-woo – Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz) has created a futuristic planet where inhabitants of Earth have relocated. The series ties into her Arcane series but books in this series work as standalone and some are broken into trilogies. Harmony is a fascinating planet filled with underground catacombs and ancient alien technology left by earlier inhabitants of the planet. Castle brilliantly explains the world from the colonized cities to the strange paranormal elements.
  • The characters will quickly pull you in as Castle reveals their secrets.- Elias Coopersmith is a member of the Coppersmith Mining Family. Fans of the series are familiar with this family and Elias’ siblings. Elias will be heading up the mining of Ghost City located just outside Illusion Town. Elias is an engineer with a special talent for working stones. Recently he hired Hannah West a dream talent with a finder ability to locate a missing family ring. The two have developed an online rapport and now that the job is finished, Elias’ asks Hannah out to dinner. This was essentially a blind date and I had a blast with the way Castle unfolded their story. Secondary characters from Hannah’s Aunts, locals, and villains added depth and pulled me into Illusion Town.
  • The plot was delicious, suspenseful and action packed. Elias picks Hannah up for their date and the next thing you know the two of them wake up in a hotel room with no memory of the previous night. She has a fortune in her purse and he has an MC in his wallet. An MC is a marriage of convenience and apparently, sometime last night these two tied the knot! As they retrace their steps, they soon discover they’re in danger and the tale that unfolds delivered a well-crafted mystery, danger and a slow-building romance.
  • Dust bunnies If you have never met these delightful creatures who inhabit Harmony and befriend talents you are missing out. Wait until you meet Virgil our little furry fluff ball. I love getting to know each of the bunnies as much as I do their owners and Virgil made me laugh.
  • The writing While these books tend to have a formulaic plot the characters, mystery and dust bunnies always manage to keep things fresh. Honestly, I devour them in a single sitting and then huff about it because I am once again counting down the days until my next visit. Castle quickly pulls the reader in with her suspenseful plots and delivers genuine romances with characters who make you swoon and laugh.

Illusion Town was another wonderful installment in Harmony series. I loved the new town and its inhabitants. I am hoping we continue to have more stories set in and around Illusion Town.

 

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About Jayne Castle

The author of over 40 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense, often with a psychic and paranormal twist, in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print. She earned a B.A. in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to obtain a Masters degree in Library Science from San Jose State University in California. Before she began writing full time she worked as a librarian in both academic and corporate libraries. Ms. Krentz is married and lives with her husband, Frank, in Seattle, Washington. Pseudonyms: Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick, Stephanie James, Jayne Bentley, Jayne Taylor, Amanda Glass.

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37 Responses to “Illusion Town by Jayne Castle”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ok..let me try to explain. The ARCANE Society series begins with Second Sight by Amanda Quick (also Jayne Ann Krentz) it is historical, the series continues into the present with books written as Krentz herself that are contemporary and then into the future on Harmony written as Jayne Castle.. All work as standalone and deal with abilities and artifacts. It is one of my favorite series and uber cool.

  1. Katherine

    I have heard of the dust bunnies but have yet to meet them and I’m so curious! I’ve read quite a bit from Jayne Ann Krentz but none under the Castle name and I’m definitely intrigued They sound really different but just as fun. Plus I want to meet the dust bunnies!

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  2. Christy LoveOfBooks

    Dang, this series has been going since 1999? I know you said it can be read as a standalone, but still. This book looks awesome! i *guess* I could jump in at this point, even if it gives me hives. lol.

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  3. Leona

    I think I’ve started reading a book by this author (under a different name) but then when I realized the AMOUNT of books this author has written from Amanda Quick and Jayne Anne Krentz I got overwhelmed. Maybe I’ll pick and choose which books by this author I’d want to read and let the intimidation slide. Really enjoyed your review 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      They will work as standalone. Look carefully, because some within the series are trilogies..so maybe that is where you should jump in.