The Lost Night Mass Market Paperback – Sep 4 2012
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“No matter who she’s writing as, whether it’s as Castle, Jayne Ann Krentz or Amanda Quick, this is one author who never, ever disappoints.”—Fresh Fiction
"Jayne Castle, one of the pioneers of the futuristic subgenre, continues to set the standard against which all other such books are judged.”—Affaire de Coeur
“Writing under Jayne Castle, Jayne Ann Krentz takes her trademark combination of witty, upbeat action, lively sensuality, and appealing characters to [a] unique, synergistic world.”—Library Journal
About the Author
Jayne Castle, the author of Canyons of Night, Midnight Crystal, Obsidian Prey, Dark Light, Silver Master, Ghost Hunter, After Glow, and After Dark, is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the author of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers. She writes contemporary romantic suspense novels under the Krentz name, as well as historical novels under the pseudonym Amanda Quick.
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My advise...get it from the library or second hand from the thrift store.
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Just barely four stars. It was good, but not her best. As always with Castle (aka Krentz, Quick, etc), two likable but lonely misfits fall in love, forever sharing a tight bond. This reliable author delivers mild suspense on a stormy island setting.
The cover art is misleading. Rachel wears a leather jacket, but not the batgirl outfit.
The romance: I sympathized with the hero, Harry Sebastian, who felt he could never have a loving relationship due to his extreme psychic talent, and had been hastily dumped when his wife learned about it. In fact, Harry Sebastian is somewhat reminiscent of Harry Trevalyn in Absolutely, Positively in terms of how they both got dumped because they lose control after psychic burnout. The relationship building between Harry and Rachel was okay, but it fell a bit flat. It needed more development. Not to be snide, but Harry and Rachel's relationships with the dust bunny got almost as much air time, or so it seemed. Also, there was not enough tension, sexual or romantic -- the HEA came too easily. The sex came too soon. There are two sex scenes. The first one was okay, but they both seemed somewhat mechanical, not passionate. Krentz can deliver better passion.
The suspense: I felt no strong sense of suspense. I was never worried about Rachel, even though a nutcase was after her. This is mainly due to the fact that I understand how romances must end, with the requisite HEA, but also because I have read enough novels by Castle / Krentz / Quick / Glass / James / Taylor to be able to predict how her scenes will play out.
However, I WAS curious about what happened to Rachel during her "lost night" in the dangerous Preserve. Things got more interesting when Rachel, Harry, and the dust bunny went into the Preserve. I especially liked the scene when the monstrous octopus thing attacked.
I heart the adorable yet ferociously protective dust bunnies, like Darwina. They inhabit the entire series, and the Harmony series, each bunny having a quirky but similar character. What's odd, though, is how they carry things all day. In the prior book, Rex carried a purse. In this book, Darwina carries a doll. They have six feet, but still...how awkward for the animals. How do they run, climb, hunt, etc?
This book is part of the author's paranormal line, something I enjoy occasionally. No vampires -- except for psychic vampires who steal your psychic energy. No monsters, only psychic monsters. No shape shifters or werewolves, etc. Castle's paranormals are light reading. For a darker story, try her early works, originally written in the guise of Amanda Glass. For example, see Shield's Lady.
Something that bugs me a little: In nearly every single book -- and I've read dozens and dozens -- Krentz inserts a same sex couple ( as with this book) or a gay individual, but here's the kicker: They are NEVER flawed. Always urbane, gentle, talented, protective, loving, wise, compassionate, heroic. What are the chances? In fact, the chances are high that-- if her cumulative cast of characters represented real life -- I would have come across at least one character who was gay and ALSO hypersensitive or super-possessive, ultra-ambitious, criminally minded, or at least just plain selfish, slobbish, or stupid. After all, we're all human. I'd be just as irritated if an author was constantly pushing the benefits of wheat grass, or extolling virginity, or pumping religious propaganda.
Note: in the deleted review, a reader commented that there IS a criminally minded gay character in Copper Beach (Dark Legacy Novel). He's not the villain, but he IS crooked. My mistake. Any others? Another reader asked if there are gay villains in ANY romances. Yes, in Outlander, by Gabaldon, and in Golden Girl, by Joan Wolf, etc.
Having said that, it was a fun read, even if it was similar to other books. This author writes well, with flowing dialogue and no distracting grammos or typos. I have read just about everything by Jayne Ann Krentz, under all her pseudonyms. I tend to prefer her stand-alone titles, books that are not part of a series, with some exceptions. Some of my favorite books by this author: Wildest Hearts, Joy, Grand Passion, and in historical romance, Ravished .
(I also liked the Eclipse Bay series, Absolutely Positively, All Night Long, Witchcraft, Family Man, Sweet Starfire, etc. It's impossible to go wrong with Krentz, but some books are better than others.)
Frankly, I'm really tired of the confusing, out of sequence, back and forth stuff going on. Book 3 of the trilogy is published, but where is book 2 and why in the world does it have to be this difficult? Book two of the series isn't even listed on Amazon, so we know it doesn't exist! I've been reading this author since the 80's, and it didn't used to be this difficult. Please, can we go back to the prior excellent character and story development, continue the humor and the romance but have some sense of direction and logical development?
The "romance" angle is so muted as to make the book not technically a "romance" at all. There are many mysteries published with as much of a love interest as in "The Lost Night," although admittedly mysteries don't go in for actual sex scenes (which I tend to skip over anyway, and as there are only the two, if I recall correctly, I didn't miss much).
For sure Ms. C/K/Q has done a first-rate job inventing an imaginary world and making it truly attractive for the reader. I wish I could live on Harmony! And have a dust bunny, naturally. Big, fat, lazy cats are not at all the same thing. >;^>