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There are as many mysteries aboveground on the world of Harmony as there are underground. The island of Rainshadow is the setting for one of the greatest of those secrets: the privately owned woods known only as the Preserve...Growing up on Rainshadow, Charlotte Enright knew better than to ever go into the Preserve, until that one fateful night with Slade Attridge -- a nigThere are as many mysteries aboveground on the world of Harmony as there are underground. The island of Rainshadow is the setting for one of the greatest of those secrets: the privately owned woods known only as the Preserve...Growing up on Rainshadow, Charlotte Enright knew better than to ever go into the Preserve, until that one fateful night with Slade Attridge -- a night neither of them would forget.Now, fifteen years later, both have returned to the island: Charlotte to take over her late aunt's antiques shop and Slade to fill the police chief's position. Able to read auras, Charlotte senses something amiss in Slade, but that doesn't stop her from wanting him -- again. That is, as long as his dust bunny "deputy" keeps his paws off her merchandise.Hiding a psi injury, Slade is afraid of his powerful desire for Charlotte. But a series of increasingly violent crimes draws them closer together -- and into the darkness at the heart of the Preserve......

Title : Canyons of Night
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ISBN : 9780749956073
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Number of Pages : 325 Pages
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Canyons of Night Reviews

  • Jilly
    2019-04-11 10:06

    I don't know who the girl on the cover of this book is supposed to be, because it in no way is the heroine of the book. Maybe it's the hero's side-piece in a few years.Anyway... another okay read in this very hokey, but kind of fun, world that is taking place on another planet in the future. The romance in this one was better than the last one because you actually believed the couple liked each other. That helps when it comes to love stories. These two met as teenagers and she had a major crush on him and now are meeting 15 years later.Let me again state how absolutely crappy the sex scenes are in this series. It is so bad that it makes me laugh. I'm going to spoiler this quote because it is very explicit, so watch your virgin eyes and don't open it if you don't understand the phrase wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am.(view spoiler)[He stroked once, twice, and then his climax tore through him (hide spoiler)]Lol!! Seriously? That's all you got, dude? I thought book-sex was supposed to actually be better than real sex! Here's a lesson for you girls: if this is the sex you get when you are auditioning boyfriends, keep searching. The best characters in this series are always the dust bunnies. They are adorable fluff-balls with a ton of personality and the ability to kill your enemies. Just what I look for in a pet. In this book, we have Rex, who is a badass bunny-hunter, but develops a taste for women's fashion. Rex finds a beaded evening bag that he decides he needs and carries with him everywhere. He puts his treasures inside of it, like paper clips. Our main man, Quickdraw is what I call him, wonders if Rex's new accessory is going to hurt his man card:"It has been suggested that hanging out with a dust bunny who carries a purse might have a negative impact on my image as a hard-core crime fighter.""Don't be ridiculous," Myrna said. "It's a very nice clutch."Yeah, if anything is going to hurt your manly image, Quickdraw, it's going to be the fact that you and your girl's honeymoon lasted 30 seconds. You might need to stay in the hotel room and watch a movie or something afterwards to make things look better.Besides, Rex's purse is European, so it's okay.Man, that series was funny!Well, on to the next book. Let's hope this next guy has a little more... ahem.. stamina.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Alex is The Romance Fox
    2019-04-15 09:07

    Canyons of Night (Looking Glass Trilogy, # 3, The Arcane Society, # 12, Harmony, # 8) by Jayne Castle is a spin-off from Harmony and is set in Rainshadow Island, home to a mysterious Reserve where people who don't fit in with society can live a quiet and safe life.Charlotte Enright, owner of the local antique shop called "Looking Glass" in Rainshadow Island, and Slade Attridge, the new police chief had met when they were teeangers. Fifteen years later both have come back to the island. Strange and unexplainable are happenning in the mysterious reserve.I liked the two main characters and the secondary ones as well. I would have like to have seen a bit more chemistry between Charlotte and Slade but they were still likeable and very engaging. This series would not be the same without the Dust Bunnies........and here we have Rex..........what a character........he's definitely not your average DB!!!!I am so looking forward to more of Rainshadow Island and it's weird and wonderful cast of characters.

  • Lois Bujold
    2019-03-26 13:30

    Reading Krentz/Quick/Castle is something like buying a one-pound assortment of candy, and finding that they are all chocolate-covered cherries. If one happens to like the flavor (which I do), this is not really a problem, but I admit reading a bunch in a row does the author a bit of a disservice. The basic flavor of a K/Q/C romance plot might be shorthanded as "Beauty and the Beast" or "My Bodyguard"; the heroines gradually become more kick-ass over time as the market has permitted (or demanded), but, of course, never more so than their heroes. No “Freddies” here, alas.The SF-nal series under the Jayne Castle penname beginning with After Dark (2000) is the more successful in terms of genre cross-over with SF than the earlier series (the eponymous Zinnia, Orchid, and Amaryllis); the later-published works are a sort of universe-reboot of the earlier. Both more or less transpose the contemporary Pacific Northwest into SF-nalized colony-planet settings with psi powers, but the series beginning with After Dark adds ancient alien abandoned cities and artifacts to the mix, much to its benefit. “Romantic suspense with psi” might be another thumbnail description.Of the three latest of this series I picked up from the library this past weekend to treat my reading blahs, I found one shelved in the general fiction section, one in the Romance section, and one in the SF section. (All the same series, mind you. K/Q/C readers need to be persistent and wide-ranging in their shelf searches.) She’s actually done trilogies in her “Arcane Series” with one volume as historical, the second as contemporary and the third as SF, which amuses me vastly and likely gives her publisher fits. Obsidian Prey takes place in her urban colony world setting (with alien maguffins); Canyons of Night and The Lost Night move offshore to an island in P/u/g/e/t S/o/u/n/d the Amber Sea. Castle does rather a lot of the “call a rabbit a smerp”-style of SF writing, but every once in a while she slips in a real smerp.The books are probably not for the more rabid sorts of SF purists, but they did fix my reading block, as I shot through three of them in two days. Reassuring, and I would read them again sometime when I’m in a similar mood, so I’ll give them a 4-stars rating.Goodreads does not permit joint reviews, so I'll stick this all somewhat randomly under Canyons of Night. But I'd aim readers new to the series or author to the first "Harmony" novel, After Dark, for starters.Ta, L.

  • Keri
    2019-04-01 16:06

    Light and fluffy just what I needed. All the sweetness without the calories.

  • Jacob Proffitt
    2019-04-15 12:27

    I don't know if it's relief that the Harmony series isn't degenerating after all or simply a better story, but I lost myself to this book and enjoyed every minute. It's not a complete win, but it was enough of one that I'm looking forward to the next one, already.I liked Charlotte from the start. She's diffident in ways that most Krentz heroines aren't and her power is subtler (to the point that people dismiss her pretty much outright). I liked how well she puts up with that and how she takes true joy in bringing the perfect gifts to the people in her life. And yes, "rainbow auras" is every bit as silly as dreamlight but for some reason it didn't bug me nearly as much. Maybe because it had clear rules that weren't being forever extended into the next panacea for whatever the story wanted.For his part, Slade was a bit more damaged than is typical of a Krentz hero. He's facing some career-ending blowback from a previous job and struggling to find his way to a new path in life. As at least one other character notes explicitly, however, he's got the protective thing written in his DNA, so I couldn't help attaching to him early and deeply. He was maybe a little stubborn in his self-immolation, but nothing Charlotte couldn't snap him out of.I get the sense that I should be very grateful that I skipped the whole Looking Glass Trilogy. This is the last book of it and from what I can tell I'm glad I missed the other two. What little hints we get of it sound deeply silly. You can dress it up as "automatons" all you like, but in the end, it's all killer dolls. Creepy, sure, but not really interesting to me.I do like the setup for Rainshadow island. That gives me some hope for the rest of the series as it looks pretty tightly bound there going forward. I hope that turns out as well as it seems from the setup, but we'll see, I suppose.So this is a solid three and a half stars throughout and it gets a rounding boost for not having any dreamlight in it. I can't wait for the next and hope it keeps up the quality.A note about Steamy: Relatively light steam, I think. Two explicit sex scenes, but the second was both short and cut to black pretty quick. I actually liked how their intimate life played out and how it had some serious back and forth.

  • Melindeeloo
    2019-04-08 10:18

    (2.5 stars) Canyons of Night moves the Castle/Krentz/Quick's Looking Glass series back to the future and to a new corner of her Harmony world to finish off the trilogy, while apparently starting a new series of Harmony books set on Rainshadow Island. Slade Attridge had never planned to return to Rainshadow Island, but having suffered a grievous injury to his hunter talent and on the verge of psi-blindness, after a fifteen year absence he's back to play sheriff while pulling together plans for his soon to be talentless life. Having also recently returned to Rainshadow to take over her late aunt's antique shop, Charlotte is no longer the geeky young girl with a crush on the older Slade - who long ago played knight in shining armor and also took her exploring in the forbidden Preserve - but she is still captivated by Slade. Taken on it's own or as the start to the books set on Harmony's Rainshadow Island, Canyons of the Night was a cotton candy read - enjoyable, but without much substance. Both of the pair are likeable for the most part, although during the reunion that serves as our intro to our now grown up leads, Charlotte comes across a bit naggy with Slade whose dust bunny pal is on the loose around her precious antiques. But except for a minor snag on their first date, they are pretty much a done deal from the start, so their relationship just flows along to their happily ever after. Taken as the final chapter in the Looking Glass trilogy however, Canyon of the Night was pretty thin. There a few of the lethal devices make an appearance, along with a key artifact, but the wrap up to the three book saga was just plain anti-climatic with the villain popping up out of nowhere at the end, and then the classic cartoon villain pitfall leading to defeat - the monologue. Since this is the Rainshadow series starter, there are at few characters introduced and threads left hanging with respect to the mysterious Preserve. So, Canyons of Night was pleasant enough, if not all that satisfying, and I'll likely read the next one and hope for a bit more ghost hunter action the next time 'round.

  • Kirsten
    2019-03-28 15:34

    I love Jayne Ann Krentz and her other aliases, Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick. However, I normally think less of the Jayne Castle books. However, this is an exception as it is an offshoot of the Arcane Society series, which I really, really like.(I'm not too fond of the cover, though, as I don't think it represents the character well.)This story takes place entirely on a quaint, exotic island. Books that do this appeal to me. I like the isolation motif where everything is confined to a limited area like a lonely, haunted Victorian manor or, as in this case, an island.Once again, we have psi-weapons and crystals and the odd dust bunny. Very fun.

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-14 14:08

    You can also read this review at Reflections on Reading RomanceI’ve been a fan of Jayne Ann Krentz in her various pseudonyms ever since my Mother-in-Law shared some of her Amanda Quick books with me, and I’ve really enjoyed her Paranormal Romances written under the name Jayne Castle. So I was thrilled when I saw her newest book, Canyons of Night (Book Three of the Looking Glass Trilogy), at Target last night, especially since it’s not being released until Tuesday, August 30. While Canyons of Night feels a little short, it was a pleasant return to the world of Harmony and the Arcane Society.The book takes place on the island of Rainshadow and begins when three young tourists out for a ride decide to harass 15 year old Charlotte Enright. She’s an awkward girl with horribly nerdy glasses, but she manages to fight off her attackers until 19 year old Slade Attridge shows up and scares them off. Charlotte has a major crush on Slade, who’s the ultimate loner, and she’s thrilled when he agrees to show her parts of the Rainshadow Preserves after her ordeal. The next day he leaves to join the Federal Bureau of Psi Investigation, and Charlotte vows that the next time they see each other he won’t be treating her like a kid sister. Jump to fifteen years later and Slade is back on the island, as is Charlotte. Slade’s burned out from his job with the FBPI and working as the island’s Police Chief for 6 months until he can get his security firm up and running. Charlotte has just moved back to the island herself after inheriting her eccentric Aunt Beatrix’s para-antiques store, Looking Glass Antiques. When the body of a man who was stalking Charlotte in Frequency City appears in her store, Slade senses that his death is not from natural causes and begins an investigation. In the course of the investigation, the two begin an affair and must deal with their fears about their psychic abilities while putting off a few busybody neighbors. I’ve always enjoyed Ms. Krentz’s writing, and it’s like coming to home to read one of her books. You can count on her having likeable characters and interesting plots, and Canyons of Night is no exception to that rule. Even if you haven’t read any of her other books set in the world of Harmony, you’ll easily be able to follow along. However, while I very much like the book, I do feel that this is the weakest book in the Looking Glass Trilogy, mainly because it is so short. It’s only 325 pages long, and you can really tell the difference between this and earlier books set in Harmony, such as my favorites After Dark and Silver Master. While the older novels may have a similar number of pages, the font is noticeably smaller and there is less space between lines, yielding more text and therefore allowing for more development of characters and plot. As for the romance between the hero and heroine, Slade is a sexy alpha male and Charlotte is one of Krentz’s trademark quirky heroines. They clearly share a connection from their experience in the Rainshadow Preserves nearly 15 years ago. The two definitely set off sparks, but the romance follows the formula of Krentz’s recent books. Like several of her other newer heroes, Slade’s had a violent change in his psychic abilities that he fears will end in madness, while the insightful heroine manages to help him learn to accept and deal with the changes in his life. But Krentz does a good job of selling us on this formula, and I enjoyed their romance, despite hoping for more development. As in her other books, the mystery is tidily resolved, but in this particular novel I could spot the villain a mile off, which was somewhat disappointing. The resolution of the conflict between Charlotte and the villain struck me as familiar as well, reminding me of how the heroine in Fired Up! , the first book in the trilogy, manages to extract herself from dangerous situations. Another niggling complaint has to do with the title of the book, Canyons of Night. The phrase refers to a term that Slade uses to describe the lakes in the mysterious Rainshadow Preserves. I’m a bit conflicted about the use of the Preserves in the book, because they’re featured prominently in the story but our questions about them are never answered. I’m not sure why this was chosen as the title, since the actual mystery in the text doesn’t have anything to do with the Preserves. Several different characters venture into the forest at times and much is made of the fact that most who enter never return or return forever changed. However, the answers to the mystery of the Preserves is clearly intended for a future book. That we never learn about the danger that is clearly developing within the Preserves is a bit of a let-down. All in all, I enjoyed returning to the world of Harmony and the Arcane Society, especially since we get to meet a new dustbunny, Rex, who likes to carry around an antique beaded clutch he stole from Charlotte’s store. Reading Canyons of Night is like catching up with an old friend, but I would have liked to see more development of Charlotte and Slade’s characters. They’re likeable but, because of the length of the novel and the somewhat formulaic nature of their romance, easily forgettable.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-15 15:24

    2.5 stars This story has a cute set-up and middle that reminded me a bit of JAK's Eclipse Bay series, but set in Harmony. Unfortunately, it all fell apart with the ending for me -- the typical hero/heroine in peril, escape from said peril because of really contrived circumstances (in this case, Charlotte's psychic sense that Slade is in trouble, even though no-where else is there any indication that she has powers of that sort), et cetera, et cetera.I think it only really bothered me because I found the light-hearted, character-based beginning very charming and for it to jump in tone from enjoyable romance to middling suspense was a disappointment. Not a surprise, JAK has been disappointing me in that way for years and I keep reading her, but still... it didn't end on a high note for me.Also, the cover art makes no sense. I know, it's cover art and cover art never makes sense, but you'd think with an author who sells as much as JAK does, the publisher could make an effort.

  • boogenhagen
    2019-04-10 16:23

    I only read these for the dust bunnies! Rex was fabulous, he had style and extremely good taste! The romance was pretty good too and I enjoyed the mystery. JAK has great world building and I wasn't even too cranky about the whole Arcane thing carry over.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-18 10:24

    I hate to say anything negative about a book, I really do. Even if I couldn't stand it or couldn't finish it (or both), I just don't like to say anything bad about it, at least in print. The way I see it, this author plus all the people who got this book ready for the market put in a lot of time, effort, and hard work. And yet...and yet...I've been reading Jayne Castle's (aka Jayne Ann Krentz, aka Amanda Quick) Harmony series for years and years. I think reading any new editions has just become habit. So here's the gist: some time in our (us real people) future and a few centuries in the character's past, some kind of cosmic door opened between Earth and another planet and we earthlings, being intrepid adventurers that we are, went through it. All was fine, until said cosmic door closed, and suddenly everything the earth-folk brought with them (computers, electronics, and such) stopped working. They created a primitive type society, working to stabilize the population, all next to a green (and long empty) alien city. The city couldn't be inhabited because...well...weird alien stuff. Jump to the character's present, and former-earthlings have since developed various psychic abilities enabling them to cope in their new environment, they're back up to speed with technology, and at least one protagonist will have a "pet" dust bunny - a dust bunny that has four eyes and likes to viciously attack anyone who threatens their humans.So, I could tell you about this novel, but as so often happens with long-running series, it's exactly like every other book in the series. Ugh. The main differences here are that instead of taking place in one of the main cities, this story takes place on an island, and instead of the hero and heroine going underground into the strange, green, alien city, there's some kind of wonky nature preserve that people go in, but never return. Oh, and as the series goes on, each hero and heroine has bigger, badder powers and faces bigger, badder dangers. But everything else? EXACTLY THE SAME.Once upon a time, I really liked these books. The first few times. It was new and interesting; now it's old and stale. It also ties in to Krentz's Arcane novels. I've never read any of those, so I don't know how they stack up, but I probably will never attempt to find out. And yet I keep reading this series as new titles are published. Maybe I'm a masochist. I don't know.I'd suggest one of the first few titles in this series if you like a bit of sci-fi mixed in with your romance, or romance mixed in with your sci-fi, but stop there. Because after that: they're ALL THE SAME.

  • Pat
    2019-04-15 14:10

    First let me say that I'm not normally a fan of the "futuristic" genre. But for some reason I do enjoy Jayne Castle's books based on the Harmony world. Why? Maybe it's because this world is interesting to me or maybe it's the adorable dust bunnies that I just adore!!! (I want Rex!) Having thought about this I think its simply the fact that I love anything Krentz/Quick/Castle writes. Did I enjoy this book? Definitely. Charlotte and Slade are very interesting characters and truly made for each other. LOL I'm terrible at condensing story lines so I'll just recommend that you read the book. LOLAs for Rex, well....the only dust bunnies I can find are the ones under my bed! ~sigh~

  • Kathy Martin
    2019-03-30 12:09

    This is the conclusion of the Looking Glass Trilogy which began in the book In Too Deep by Jayne Ann Krentz and continued in Quicksilver by Amanda Quick. This story moves to the planet of Harmony and takes place on the island of Rainshadow. It is a small isolated island. Charlotte spent part of her childhood there with her aunt and now has returned to take over her aunt's antique store. Charlotte has a little-regarded psychic gift of being a rainbow reader. She can see people's auras and can tune some antiques to be just the right thing for a person. She has also recently inherited some things from a grateful client. She is busy organizing her aunt's shop and getting settled in on Rainshadow.Slade Attridge has returned to Rainshadow to be the new chief of police. He has been forced to leave his higher profile career in law enforcement after an accident that the doctors and para-psychologists have said damaged his psychic gift beyond repair. Slade is determined to only stay on Rainshadow for a brief time while he makes other plans for his life.Charlotte and Slade had met briefly fifteen years before and had been interested in each other but their lives led them in different directions. Now, the romance is rekindled. Slade is reluctant to make any sort of commitment to Charlotte, though, because of his very uncertain future. But, when Charlotte finds a dead body in her store, Slade's plans to lie low until he has has new life plans in place is derailed. Charlotte may be in danger and Slade's protective instincts come to the fore. They are both busy trying to find out who killed Charlotte's intruder and also what is going on in the Preserve. This privately owned area is changing and becoming more frightening and dangerous. Adding a lot of humor to the suspense and romance is Slade's dust bunny partner Rex. Dust bunnies are native to Harmony and occasionally adopt some of the humans. Rex looks cute and fluffy most of the time but he is a dangerous predator is there is a threat. Rex also loves zucchini bread which is a constant thread in this book since zucchini season has hit and one of the locals is constantly giving everyone loaves of it. He also has taken a fancy to an antique beaded evening bag from Charlotte's store and won't be parted from it. This one has all the elements of the most successful of Jayne Castle's books. It has romance. It has danger. It has cute dust bunnies. And it has crisp, snappy dialog. All in all, it was a very satisfying read, a great conclusion to the Looking Glass trilogy, and a great introduction to stories about the Preserve and Rainshadow.My only quibble with the story concerns the cover. I have no idea who the cover is supposed to illustrate. Charlotte is not the kind to go around in tight leather. That aside, this one is well worth reading.

  • Lauren
    2019-03-25 08:24

    Canyons of Night3.5 StarsWhen Charlotte Enright returns to Rainshadow Island to run her aunt’s antique store, she is surprised to discover that the new Chief of Police is none other than Slade Attridge - someone she was never been able to forget after he rescued her as a teen. Now a number of mysterious break-ins and a dead body in her shop has Charlotte coming to Slade for help once again. Series note:This is the 3rd book in the Looking Glass trilogy, and the 12th and final book in the Arcane Society series. Nevertheless, it is also book #8 in the Harmony series and the prequel to the Rainshadow series, both of which are ongoing (yes, it is as confusing as it seems).Although set in the future and on a different planet, Canyons of Night is more contemporary romantic suspense that science-fiction. The basic plot follows the same formula as the other installments in the Arcane series and the romance is lukewarm. Nevertheless, there is something about Castle (aka Krentz’s) writing that makes her works eminently readable. Although their chemistry isn’t that spectacular, Charlotte and Slade are very relatable both as individuals and as a couple. The mystery has potential, but is under-developed with little to no new information on Mrs. Brightwell’s clockwork curiosities and a villain who comes out of nowhere. That said, the enigmatic nature of the area of Rainshadow known as The Preserve is very compelling and the hints at something mystifying and perhaps even nefarious going on are enough to convince me to read the on.All in all, this is a solid conclusion to the Arcane Society series, and I'm looking forward to reading more about Rainshadow Island.

  • Barbara ★
    2019-04-06 14:31

    What can I say...I love Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick)! She writes the most exciting romances. Her heroes are always to die for and her heroines are usually kickass. Canyons of Night is no different. I totally loved Slade Attridge. He is the perfect man for Charlotte Enright. His psychic abilities mesh completely with hers making for a perfect match. I particularly liked Rex, the dust bunny with 6 legs, 4 eyes and a mouthful of sharp teeth. He provided the needed comic relief. I loved him and his clutch purse. He carried that thing everywhere and put little trinkets in it. Just too damn cute. Charlotte Enright owns the local antique store on Rainshadow Island and uses her psychic gifts to enchance the items for specific clients. When a previous client is found murdered in her store, police chief Slade Attridge realizes that something sinister is afoot on the island. Charlotte and Slade play detective to ferret out who killed him and why. There really isn't much suspense but the sparks between Charlotte and Slade are intense. This is the conclusion to the Looking Glass Trilogy so it has a few elements of that series (the clockwork curiosities and the mirror) but it is also part of the Arcane Society series so there are references to Jones & Jones and of course it's part of the Harmony series. The story focused more on Harmony than the other two but it all blended together very well.

  • Maria
    2019-04-05 12:26

    Although almost all JAK books immediately rate five stars with me, I felt this one was somewhat tepid and not as fast-paced as her other books, but what is probably really happening is that I haven't quite got a handle on the Rainshadow Island thing yet. I read a new JAK so fast that I suspect I miss things that I appreciate more on a second and slower reading, at which time the rating usually goes up. Charlotte and Slade are in a new place, both literally and figuratively. It took nearly three-quarters of the book to find out what they can do with their respective talents and it seemed like there were three different plots going on at once until the end when the reader discovers there is really only one plot with a preview of another. You are introduced to characters that you want to get to know better and are left to hope they will be included in later books, because you barely get a look-see in this one. I guess what I'm saying is that this book wasn't enough. That's the trouble. Is there any such thing as enough Krentz?8-30-2017: On my fourth reading of this book, I have decided that it is just right. I enjoyed every minute of it. The rating went up to the usual five stars, and I am ready to start the next in this series to see if there is more on some of the characters introduced, which I already know there is. Yes! There's a lot to be said for re-reading books, especially Krentz books.

  • Laura
    2019-04-14 13:29

    I know alot of people complain about how JAK's books are formulaic, and they ARE in a way, but each character brings a little something different, a little something extra to every book she writes.This book's plot is the usual, boy saves girl as a child, girl falls in love with boy, boy leaves to find himself, they meet again many years later, etc. It works, I truly liked the characters, both the main characters and the secondary characters. Slade was brooding and sexy, and Charlotte was easy to love, she was normal, her personailty wasn't one extreme or the other, she was just..normal. Rex, the dust bunny...I love the dust bunny's in her stories and Rex was definitely no exception, he was such a character and a lot more feral than the other dust bunnies we've seen. This book made me laugh out loud at some parts (they were supposed to be funny, and they definitely were). The 'suspense' portion of the book was actually the weakest part of the book, but still enjoyable. When Slade enters his house and (view spoiler)[ comes face to face with one of Bridewell's inventions(hide spoiler)] I definitely cringed, we've see what those things can do!All in all I really enjoyed this book, and an looking forward to the next one set on Rainshadow Island.

  • Donna
    2019-03-25 12:34

    I used to be big fan of Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick/Jayne Castle, but lately, I would have to say, if you have read one of her books, you have read them all. Ever since she began writing about the Arcane Society, all her stories and characters seem to blend together. I would be hard pressed to recall the differences between them without refreshing my memory by reading a synopsis. And while Canyons of Night features an appealing couple--I have already forgotten their names--they are just like all the other couples she writes about, past, present and futuristic. The man always has a problem with his talent and the woman saves him somehow. Do not get me wrong--the formula works, but it has gone stale. When I think back to her earlier pre-Arcane novels, I find her current books a disappointment. Still, I keep reading them, hoping for something fresh, because I like the author's style. Maybe next time...

  • Li
    2019-04-15 10:23

    Jayne Ann Krentz (and her various pseudonyms) used to be an autobuy for me - however, the only books of hers I regularly read nowadays are the Jayne Castle ones. I suspect it's because the paranormal aspects that so annoy me when they appear in her historicals and contemporaries fit in nicely with her futuristic romances.If you've read other Harmony books, you know exactly what to expect from CANYONS OF NIGHT. Hero meets heroine, they argue, then realise their talents dovetail perfectly together, and have a HEA (after getting rid of the bad guys). Having said that, I liked how Slade and Charlotte had a bit of a history, the chemistry between the two, and the small-town atmosphere. The suspense angle? Didn't work for me.And Rex the dust-bunny (for a change, belonging to the hero, not the heroine) and his fondness for sparkly objects? Love. Yep, I may be just reading this series for the dust-bunnies.

  • Jenny Schwartz
    2019-03-25 11:29

    Island magic.I'm a big fan of Jayne Castle/Jayne Ann Krentz and especially of her lightly SF series set on Harmony. "Canyons of Night" continues the series with trademark humour, passion and swift pacing. If you're thinking of reading it -- and I hope you are -- I'd read a couple of other books in the series first (starting withAfter Dark) to get the background. That's more important than ever with "Canyons of Night" because although it never feels forced, there's a lot of new information in the book, setting the scene for a spin-off sub-series.The characters are well-established and likeable. The trope of meeting your teenage crush later in life works for me. Enjoyable and pleasantly re-readable.

  • Harriet
    2019-04-06 08:13

    Dust bunnies rule! I want my own! Rex is an awesome metrosexual dust bunny; I would've liked to know a little bit more about whether he had a girlfriend that he was bringing treasures in his little clutch. :)Of the three installments, I liked this one best - Slade and Charlotte's relationship, while quickly progressing - seemed more realistic. Slade isn't overwhelming all about his soul mate, as some of the author's heroes. The ending was very tidy and unsurprising, which is perhaps why I liked how this book was more about the couple than the artifacts and Arcane.

  • Donna
    2019-03-26 15:11

    I did really like this, but it was only a 4-star for me because it seemed to lack the intensity of many of her other books. I liked both Slade and Charlotte a lot and liked the way they were drawn back to Rainshadow and each other. I also loved Devin and his story. I just felt the romance was a little shallow, I didn't feel any sexual tension. The conflict/mystery/bad guys was also kind of flat. Overall, this was a enjoyable addition to the Harmony/Arcane series, but not one of my favorites.

  • Dee Sauter
    2019-04-17 14:21

    First off Jayne Castle/Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz has a tendency to be very confusing. It is almost impossible to follow any kind of trilogy because she keeps changing her name. That is soooo frustrating! Each one of the trilogies are under a different name. Of the three this one is the best. In my poor nonpsycical mind this one was the easiest to relate too.

  • Julie
    2019-04-01 10:26

    Always love reading her books, one of my top comfort authors. Love the background of H/h knowing each others when younger; always a winning premise. Fun quick read

  • Abra
    2019-04-22 15:21

    This was ok. The hero wasn't a jerk like some of the others in this series.

  • Micii
    2019-04-17 11:28

    Hot, interesting book with the addition of parapsychology. :)

  • Wendy
    2019-04-10 08:28

    I was going back and forth between contemporary and Victorian era and then I'm on another planet? With no explanation? That was a bit much. I really liked Rex the dust bunny, though. And his/her clutch purse.Addendum: The more I think about this book the more it annoys me. I don't know if it holds true for all of the books in the Harmony series, but it's definitely not up to the quality of the other Arcane Society novels. It only fits in peripherally and the characters aren't nearly as well developed as those in the other Arcane Society novels. Normally I'm not into the über-Alpha male books, but those had brainy stubborn, kick-ass female counterparts that were their equals. These characters felt lukewarm. It could be that I haven't read the other Harmony books, to be fair, but given this one, I don't really want to. For someone reading this one who hasn't read the other Arcane Society books, I would recommend the historical ones especially, even though there are some minor inaccuracies with language occasionally that are a little jarring. I don't read contemporaries as much but I liked those okay as well (I was checking them out from the library and they were missing a couple of the contemporaries).

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-10 08:29

    I hate giving this book 3 stars because I love the Arcane Society series so much. And I fled through this book in 2 days, just like all the others. That being said, throughout this entire series I have found that whenever it was a "crossover" book, I liked it less. I haven't read the Harmony/Ghost Hunter series yet (I do intend to start that eventually) but it always felt like I was missing a lot because I didn't know that series. This was the final book in the Arcane Society and it felt like it had very little to do with Jones or Arcane. Instead of wrapping things up it opened up a pile of new questions that weren't even answered at the end. (view spoiler)[What was the key her 'aunt'? was looking for?? What's going on in the Preserve? It seems like this book was supposed to be the start of yet another new series called Rainshadow but I don't think she ever wrote any more books following up this one (hide spoiler)] I liked the main couple, but I didn't really have a good grasp on their talents and I didn't really feel their connection to each other they way I have in almost all of the other stories.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-04 11:32

    Antique shop owner and aura reader, Charlotte Enright, and chief of police, Slade Attridge, a powerful hunter talent, haven't seen each other in fifteen years, when Slade helped Charlotte fend off some bullies when they were both still teenagers. Now Slade has returned to Rainshadow Island in the futuristic world of Harmony, where most people have some type of psychic ability. Slade thinks the island will be a quiet place to recover from a psi injury, until Charlotte discovers a dead body in her antique shop. Someone is definitely after something that Charlotte has recently come into possession of. There is also something strange going on inside the heavily wooded Preserve on the island, as well. Several people have gotten lost inside the Preserve recently, and have not fared well after being rescued.

  • EmmaMay
    2019-03-29 08:28

    Castle/Krentz is a reliably good writer. But have noticed a certain - for want of a better word - lacklustre element creeping into her stories/characters. Whereas once her books were great, must reads, now they are merely ok, and I'll get around to reading them eventually.I think perhaps it might be the characters - there is a certain sameness to all the male/female characters. With very little (besides a name change) to differentiate them between novels. Which means no one novel, no one romance ever really stands out.Still, I'm happy to keep investing in this series/author.