by Jayne Castle
Book 12 of Harmony
-- Book 4 of Rainshadow
In the mysterious world of Harmony, there are places filled with unexplored marvels. But Rainshadow Island isn’t about to give up its secrets…
In the alien catacombs of Rainshadow, there are creatures whose compelling songs lure the unwary to their death. That’s why Rafe Coppersmith, hired to clear out the catacombs for exploration, needs a music talent. He knows the perfect one, but she probably doesn’t want anything do with him...
Ella Morgan had once fallen hard and fast for Rafe, but then he disappeared for months…and he’s not about to tell her why. Ella, too, has secrets that only her dust bunny knows. She’s not just a music talent, she’s a Siren: a paranormal singer capable of singing men to sleep—or to their deaths.
But once on Rainshadow, Rafe and Ella will learn that surrendering to passion doesn’t come without risks—and fighting fire with fire only adds to the flame…
This book was entirely enjoyable and entirely Jayne Ann Krentz, with her usual formulaic romance, and standard great characters. I'm not complaining, but it DOES end up becoming a tad bit forgettable when the stories are always the same, even with a new adventure, a new addition to the ongoing series' conflict, and new developments with the overall Harmony world.
For this particular installment, I DID really like the entire Siren aspect of Ella's paranormal abilities, and enjoyed the references to "Old World" mythologies, as the characters like to put it. I like knowing what kinds of abilities our characters possess, so even if the explanations seem a bit far-fetched, it's interesting to know that Ella's musical talent also resonates with glass and can make it... melt.
Rafe's abilities were a bit confusing, although knowing that he's lost his own, original abilities and is stuck in a psi-fever was an interesting twist.
I still love the atmosphere and the creativity of Rainshadow Island, as well as the newly discovered catacombs there. The creation of Wonderland was quite interesting--kind of like a futuristic, alien Jurassic Park, frozen in time, and completely blue.
And then, once again, I would definitely like to see more of the dust bunnies. While the previous installment had a wonderful appearance by our dust bunnies, I feel like this one was kind of lacking. I mean, Lorelei was great with her powdered donut obsession, and her attachment to a wedding veil with sparkly crystals. But she didn't really get a whole lot of story other than that, to be honest.
Nonetheless, this was still a wonderfully enjoyable paranormal, romantic suspense written by a wonderful author!