Curtain: St. Helen’s bk 1

Jayne Castle

Amaryllis Lark is undeniably beautiful. She’s also one of the best psychic detectives on St. Helen’s, the earth colony recently cut off from the mother planet, yet not so very different from home-a place where love still defies the most incredible odds. Lucas Trent, the rugged head of Lodestar Exploration, isn’t keen on the prim and proper type-and, from her neatly buttoned business suit to her cool evaluation of his request to bust a corporate thief, Amaryllis is excruciatingly proper.

Amaryllis may have psychic powers, but she can’t read minds-lease of all her own. When a bold hunch leads them from a wild murder investigation to a red-hot love affair, Amaryllis is shocked, Lucas is delighted-and no power on heaven, earth, or St. Helen’s can keep them apart!

I am a huge fan of Jayne Castle and have read all of her Ghost Hunter books (well all but the newest one) and so when I saw that my mom had this one and that I hadn’t read it grabbed it up and began to read it.

This book is different in than her Ghost Hunter series in a couple of ways, one in that everyone that wants a successful marriage goes through a marriage service, and two in that the psychic powers that they have are different.

I enjoyed reading this book because because the characters Amaryllis and Lucas are such complete opposites and have absolutely nothing in common. In my opinion that is one of the reasons that their relationship works so well is that despite the complete lack of anything in common and that they drive each other completely insane they have a connection and a sexual chemistry that is off the charts, they are completely drawn to each other.

Amaryllis is who she is because of her background and childhood. In a world where being born out of wedlock  is a major no no, she has had to overcome a lot and is very much an anal retentive person. This drives Lucas absolutely batty. Lucas is also someone who has been shaped by his past and his childhood. He knows absolute betrayal and doesn’t trust easily.

Watching these two work together and get to know each other and fall in love is so fun that you have to keep reading to see what mess she is going to get into next and how Lucas is going to react. All the while they are both putting in their paperwork for the marriage service, knowing that their relationship won’t last. The end of the book however is well worth the read.

I give this book a 4 out of 5.


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