Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Review 'The Hot Zone' by Jayne Castle

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20821265-the-hot-zoneThe world of Harmony has it's wonders, one of them being Rainshadow Island. Just beneath it's surface, a maze of catacombs hides a dangerous secret....

Halloween—with its tricks and treats—is a dust bunny’s dream come true. Just ask Lyle, Sedona Snow’s faithful sidekick. But for Sedona, it’s a nightmare. Though her new job managing a small hotel and tavern on Rainshadow is helping her move on from her tragic past, a bizarre disaster down in the catacombs has brought a pack of rowdy ghost hunters to her inn.

And now, Sedona’s ex has arrived on the island, claiming he wants to get back together, just as a newcomer appears to have a strong interest in her. Cyrus Jones is the new Guild boss in town. He has his own agenda when it comes to Sedona, but even the best-laid plans are no match for the passion that springs up on Rainshadow….

About the Series:


The Rainshadow series is a romantic-suspence series with a twist of paranormal. This series takes place on the Rainshadow Island of the planet Harmony. On Harmony things are a little different than on earth, especially after dark. There are the creepy ruins of a long-vanished alien civilization, a mysterious underground rainforest, and a most unusual kind of animal companion. In addition, a wide variety of psychic powers are showing up in the population. It seems that something in the environment on Harmony is bringing out the latent psychic talents in people.

In the Rainshadow novels you will meet the passionate men and women who are drawn to this remote island in the Amber Sea. You will also get to know their friends and neighbors in the community of Shadow Bay.

‘The Hot Zone’ is the third book in the Rainshadow series. 

My Review:


I received a paperback of ‘The Hot Zone’ by Jayne Castle through the ‘Little Brown Book Group’ in exchange for an honest review. ‘The Hot Zone’ is the third book in the Rainshadow series. Even though I haven’t read the previous books in this series I was super excited to start in this book. The cover of this edition (by piatkus) looks truly amazing and I love just looking at it.

In ‘The Hot Zone’ we meet Sedona Snow, a gatekeeper in the world of Harmony. Sedona is not just any gatekeeper, Sedona is very talented and unfortunately people take advantage of that fact. When Sedona escapes a strange and dangerous disaster down in the catacombs she decides to move to Rainshadow Island to start a new life. As the new manager of Knox’s Resort and Tavern Sedona tries to forget her past. Together with her dust bunny friend, Lyle, she feels right at home at the quiet island. Sedona feels almost normal again. That is until Cyrus Jones, a.k.a. Dead Zone Jones, arrives on the Island. Cyrus is the new boss of Rainshadow’s Ghost Hunters Guild and he is very interested in Sedona.

In the beginning of ‘The Hot Zone’ I was a little afraid that I wouldn’t be able to completely understand this book because I haven’t read the previous books. Although it took me a while to understand everything and all the different terms I really loved this story. This book is just a perfect mix of mystery, action, chemistry and romance. I loved that this book was full of special powers and strange creatures. This book was definitely my sort of book. Jayne Castle’s writing pulled me in immediately and I couldn’t stop reading.

The character I liked the most was definitely Cyrus. I loved the way he wanted to look after Sedona even though she wasn’t immediately able to trust him. Cyrus is the kind of guy who doesn’t give up on anything and I really admired that about him. Even though he is this ‘strong’ guy he isn’t afraid to show his insecurities.
Sedona was a character I really admired. Sedona hasn’t known very much love and kindness from people in her life. Still she isn’t bitter at all.
And let’s not forget Lyle, the dust bunny. If dust bunny’s where a real thing I would definitely want one. Lyle, is the best friend you can find out there if you ask me. I loved reading about him.

‘The Hot Zone’ is definitely a book you should read if you’re a mystery/fantasy/romance lover. I couldn’t get enough and this book is definitely going on my favorite list. I definitely need to read more books from this series.

About the Author:

Jayne Ann Krentz, who also writes historical and futuristic fiction under the pseudonyms Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle respectively, has more than fifty New York Time beststellers under her various pen names; more than twenty-five million copies of her books are in print. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

For more information about Jayne Ann Krentz, a.k.a. Jayne Castle of ‘The Hot zone’ please visit her website, Goodreads or Amazon. Or look for Jayne on Facebook and Twitter.

Many thanks to Clara Diaz and Little, Brown Book Group for giving me the opportunity to read this amazing book. 


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