Monday, August 27, 2012

Ghost Hunter by Jayne Castle

Where deadly energy ghosts lurk in the ruins of an ancient alien civilization. Where dust bunnies prove to be loyal pets. And where a ghost hunter will discover that a woman's heart is the most dangerous adversary of all...

Local Guild boss and powerful ghost-hunter Cooper Boone is everything botanist Elly St. Clair could ask for - the handsome, strong, and silent type. Maybe too silent. For when Guild secrets threaten her career at the college, Elly has to call off their marriage - and leave small-town life behind...

But starting over in the thriving metropolis of Cadence City isn't easy, especially when one of Elly's new friends disappears in the eerie catacombs beneath the streets. Cooper turns up just in time to help Elly investigate. And as the mystery deepens and dangerous ghost myths and legends come to light, Cooper makes it clear he intends to stick around - and this time he's holding nothing back...

For an uncomplicated romance (futuristic or not) Jayne Castle/Jayne Ann Krentz remains a favorite. Her characters continue to be unique, even if there are similarities, and in the case of her Harmony world series I like the slight tinge of paranormal with the romance. It doesn't negatively affect the evolution of the relationship, but it does give rise to interesting reasons for conflict that don't annoy me (ie, no soap opera drama).

We're introduced to Elly and Cooper just as their relationship starts to turn sour. She gives back his ring and cancels their engagement after his promotion to head of the local Guild - a promotion she hadn't anticipated, which puts the initial problems she had about their relationship into new light. She moves to Cadence City and while it may take Cooper six months to follow her, he does, which is when the sparks between them and the danger surrounding them pick up speed. You get great action and funny conversations between our hero and heroine as they try to navigate the many misunderstandings that lead to their current predicament - it results in not a whole lot of time between the sheets but wonderful moments as they rekindle the romance and feelings that brought them together initially.

As one of the first few books of the series there are some big discoveries about the Underworld that happen in this book, which are further explored in the later installments. I recommend the whole series.

Overall Feeling - B

Series - 1) After Dark 2) After Glow 3) Ghost Hunter 4) Silver Master 5) Dark Light 6) Obsidian Prey 7) Midnight Crystal 8) Canyons of Night