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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 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 buttonAmaryllis 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 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 up 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 - least 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!...

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ISBN : 9780671569037
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Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Amaryllis Reviews

  • Cyndi
    2019-03-26 12:45

    I was annoyed with this book in so many ways. It was a book I had to force myself to finish, and, in fact, I probably wouldn't have finished it if I hadn't left it at school to read while my students read their books. First of all - Amaryllis?? Amaryllis?? Really?? What a lame name. Though I suppose a character with a dumb name should be equally dumb and she was. Amaryllis was naive and grating. "Oh, no! Someone did something bad! I can't believe people aren't perfect like me!" "Oh no! People don't tell the absolute truth all the time??"I had a hard time figuring out what Lucas saw in her. He was annoyed by her "Founder values" and lack of common sense. He put her down constantly for her desire to do what was right, which (to me) was her only (slightly) redeeming quality. The only thing he seemed to appreciate was how well they were suited in bed. I also couldn't figure out what Amaryllis saw in Lucas. She seemed to think he was unprincipled and arrogant and, like Lucas, only seemed to appreciate how good they were in the sack. And speaking of their sexual chemistry - where was it?? I didn't think their encounters were "hot." In fact, I frequently rolled my eyes at Castle's descriptions of their bed sport (I've been reading too many historical romances ... and I love the phrase "bed sport"). I thought for a while that the mystery would keep me interested in the book, but it didn't. It was poorly done and lacked a reason for the reader to care. The murdered man was, by all accounts (except for Amaryllis's) an unfriendly, unreasonable man. The only person who seemed to care that he died was Amaryllis, which made me wonder why I should care. And the reveal? Blah, blah, blah! The world that Castle created should have been interesting, but she relied to much on Earth for her inspiration. Coff-tea, straw-peach pie, and turk-chick?? *sigh* It took me half the book to figure out what a psychic vampire was. At first, I thought it was a vampire that was psychic (the word "psychic" is modifying the noun "vampire" afterall). Even after reading the book I'm still not sure I fully "get it," but I do know it's not a blood-sucking vampire. I don't think I'd read anything else by this pseudonym of Jayne Anne Krentz. I am an occasional fan of her Amanda Quick books but as Jayne Castle is definitely lacking.

  • Mojca
    2019-04-07 14:53

    This was a great story with a wonderful mix of paranormal, sci-fi, and suspense elements with a little wink at historical romance with the whole “society-approved marriage” theme.Loved the hero, loved the premise, adored the psychic angle (very early Arcane Society with the added need of a focus link between two individuals), especially alongside the fact the entire population “suffers” from it. Though it’s set on a far-away (not-yet-discovered or forgotten) planet it had a very contemporary romance feel, if it weren’t for several mentions of the planet’s flora, fauna, history, and two moons the reader could’ve easily forgot it wasn’t set on Earth…The only problem I had with it (a minor one, mind you), was the heroine. She was a bit too “amandaquickish” for me. You know, those heroines from her Victorian era that love playing detectives, though they have no idea what they’re doing, thinking oh-how clever they are, attempting at “protecting” the hero and his “fragile” sensibilities…Amaryllis was one of those. Not TSTL (thankfully), but still very naïve and sometimes rather silly and stupid.Still, an amazing story and I can’t wait for more.

  • Mara
    2019-04-15 15:33

    Amaryllis made me realize that Jayne Castle/Krentz's voice just doesn't work for me, because this is the 4th book of hers that I've read, and I found them boring, dull and with so many nits I don't find it funny.I've lost quite some money on this book (7+$) and even more precious time, so I hope you won't mind I will not go in to many details.World-building. Not a strength of this author. I wonder why creating a sci-fi settings if then you limit yourself to superficiality. Fake earth name are just an example. Nostalgia isn't the best explanation. After 200 years a world and a language evolve. Except St Helen, it seems. Plot. Not existent. We are compelled to follow the heroine's madness. That's the plot. There is no reason or rhyme to the mystery except that the author/heroine's decided there is one. Unfortunately, there was no thriller or tension to the writing that made me believe the lone wolf when she howls. She simply sounded dumb and monochromatic. Every conversation turned in to her mentor's death. Unbelievable.Insta-love. Could we kill it already? Mate bonds. Enough said. The easy way out for authors worldwide. The cherry on top. The heroine. I wanted to drop the book every time she had page time. Yes. You read that. I'm not sure why this author chooses to write such unpalatable women. Again (see Shield's Lady) I'm offered what's supposed to be a highly-intelligent and educated woman. And again what I read is a dumb, idiotic, worthless girl. Worthless because she would be unbearable if she had been real. Because she would be someone I despise if she had been real. The kind of judgmental person you would steer clear of. The kind of person who would not survive long in business had she been real. Because there's a difference between honesty or integrity and moral superiority. She goes beyond even the TSTL heroine trope. And that's some feat. You need a real f* bitch to clean your palate after such a worthless being being passed as a woman. It was a struggle for me to read this book. No romance, no mystery, no world-building. There was nothing that kept me interested except my own stubborn attitude (and the 7.50 paid I refused to throw into the sewer). Not a good reason to read a book. Of course these are my nits, not any fault of the author. She writes what she please, and her huge fan base gave her a good reason to keep doing it. But I do wonder...

  • Alp
    2019-03-31 07:52

    4.25/5Nice book. It was a perfect mix of romantic, suspense and paranormal.This was one of many books that had me hooked from page one. I liked Lucas and Amaryllis, they were attracted to each other since the first time they met. Lucas was really sweet so I couldn't help falling in love with him.

  • Dragana
    2019-04-06 12:02

    I picked up this series because Ilona Andrews mentioned they were a fan. At start it seemed like a cliched pnr but after some time I got into the story. I liked the chemistry between characters. And the world really intrigues me, I must find out more.

  • Bark
    2019-04-02 10:36

    This one disappointed me big-time. I've come to the realization that Jayne Castle/Krentz/Quick's voice/style just doesn't work for me because this is the 6th book of hers that I've read that I found very dull. I should note that I do not like mysteries as a rule so maybe that's my problem because that's what the bulk of this book was.Set on another planet, 200 years in the future, Amaryllis Lark is what they call a professional "prism." Her world is filled with people born with differing psychic abilities who are unable to use them without the help of a prism who helps them focus their talents. Lucas needs a high talent prism to help him find a leak in his company. This leads to much adventure and when they "link" it leads to true love.I found my mind wandering a lot while reading this one. I was so looking forward to a good futuristic romance but was disappointed because this one read so much like a contemporary/mystery. Castle's world of psychics and prisms was filled with so much promise that was never fulfilled in my eyes. It disappointingly mirrored current day earth with the exception of the psychic talents and the unimaginatively and laughably named items like jelly-ice, snake-bat, coff-tea, etc. and so on. She had explanations for the non-advances in technology and the silly sounding named items (nostalgia! ) but still it really bugged me. IMO, this book might as well have been set in current day Seattle rather than "New Seattle". I also thought the mystery portion of the book far overwhelmed the love story.There were moments of wit that made me smile but that didn't cut it for me. In the end I didn't feel anything for Amaryllis or Lucas - they just didn't move me and that's the most disappointing thing of all.

  • Ranee
    2019-04-21 11:53

    Strange use of adjectives to describe features of characters. I did not detest it, actually found myself laughing at times. Bottomline, this is a romance book trying to do a Dick Tracy while Professor X is all giddy with their abilities but I'm no expert in all three themes. Will I recommend it to friends? The excitement of pulling a practical joke on them thrills me but I know they can handle it, so yeah why not. This is really a 2.5 rating. The surprises were predictable, but somehow I found myself laughing at some texts so I guess I sort of liked it. It was a good idea that I read this without overthinking so it was not a struggle to finish this.

  • BJ Rose
    2019-04-04 13:44

    About 200 years ago, pioneers from Earth began colonizing the planet of St. Helen’s. They traveled between the two planets through an energy gate they called the Curtain. But suddenly and mysteriously, the Curtain closed, and the remaining pioneers were left to survive on their own. Things were made much more difficult when they realized that none of the tools and materials they brought from earth would last – books disintegrated, electronic equipment would not function, anything they made from earth materials decayed and fell apart. But the people apparently had no trouble surviving in the same atmosphere, and survive and prosper they did. And they developed skills unheard of, or untapped, on earth. – especially in the psychic areas. But by the five hells, St. Helen’s became a hyphenated world. There are bat-snakes and eel-fish and mouse-wrens and cat-dogs. The people eat straw-peaches and cherry-grapes and drink coff-tea *my reading stuttered whenever I came across that!* Even the people are hyphenated! Amaryllis is a full-spectrum prism, and Lucas is a detector-talent (he’s also an illusion-talent, but that’s a secret he guards very well).All this silliness aside, this is really a pretty-good suspense-romance (I told you it’s a hyphenated world), and even though no reputable marriage agency would match a high-class talent with a full-spectrum prism, you just know that Amaryllis and Lucas will have their happily-ever-after, especially when Lucas brings her rose-orchids!Note: this is a strong 3* read, but didn't reach a 4* rating for me.

  • Cheesecake
    2019-04-20 15:51

    This book lacked a sense of humour. All the characters just seemed too pragmatic and stuffy. The heroine is especially stuffy with a complete lack of wit. I found myself wondering if she was mildly autistic because of her almost total lack of understanding of social skills and human nature, but my daughter is autistic and has a better sense of humour... The sexual chemistry always seemed to fall flat. I mean really, who has a conversation while they are feeling each other up??? Certainly nobody carried away with passion...I've tried reading Jayne Castle as Jayne Ann Krentz and couldn't get into her writing style under either Pseudonym. Yet I have really enjoyed two of her books under her alternate name of Amanda Quick. I love the premises of her 'Jayne' books but find myself bogged down in dry sentences and dialogue. Less repetition of key story points and background, might move the story along better? Anyways, I don't want to be too negative. I listened to this as an audio book and the reader wasn't very good, so that didn't help either. She would often would forget to change her voice when speaking for the Hero and choose (I thought) the wrong emphasis on some of the dialogue. But anyways, generally this book just felt to me like a favourite story turned into a movie but ruined by bad casting.

  • Laura the Highland Hussy
    2019-04-14 12:00

    Predictable but in a nice way. I enjoyed it but I can tell it's her early work. But I don't care. I liked it anyway:)The hero annoyed me by the way he kept trying to stop Amaryllis from investigating, and she was a prissy annoying heroine. It worked though. I prefer her Harmonh series I think. But yeah, enjoyable but not fantastic or anything.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-26 14:32

    It's got the Ilona Andrews seal of approval so I definitely need to give it a try!

  • Pam Baddeley
    2019-04-01 08:49

    A 1990s paranormal romance, this is a crossover novel in the sense that it has science fictional trappings though fairly superficial ones. The basic plot consists of: a couple who seem mismatched are nevertheless highly attracted to each other, during the course of an unofficial investigation into the death of the woman's university mentor. So there isn't one science fictional idea in it really. Nevertheless, the background of an ex-Earth colony cut off from the home world for 200 years (because travel to the remote star system was accomplished via an energy field near Earth called the Curtain, which somehow closed after the colony was established) was quite interesting.The planet, St Helen's, is now populated with three city-states, and New Seattle is where the story takes place. Because the colonists named everything after the Earth equivalents which they missed, it does get a little risible at times that there are beverages such as coff-tea (which makes you wonder what awful taste would that have!) and lots of other hyphenated mashups. The other aspect that gets a little wearing is the eponymous heroine's self pronounced goody twoshoes act. She constantly states that she adheres to the values of the Founders of St Helen's, believing them to be upright and honest as the day is long, rather than having the more realistic view of the hero, Lucas, that they must have done what was expedient to survive in a hostile environment where all the technology they had brought from Earth disintegrated and broke down (for reasons the author never explains) and they had to come up with alternatives.The most interesting aspect of the book is the paranormal one. Everyone on St Helen's has psychic powers of some kind, and the author has invented new ones. So there are people who can enhance the growth of plants, for example, as well as those more commonly encountered in fiction such as the ability to project illusions. Strangely enough, telepathy isn't a real power on the planet. And everyone who has a talent as it is known also requires the assistance of someone who can create a psychic prism through which to focus it, or they can do very little and for only a few seconds. It does beg the question of how they discovered this in the first place, but we have to suppose that Prisms as they are known must instinctively start to project and that the first people with talents picked up on how to use them. Thus the exercise of such powers requires the co-operation of two people - in this case, Lucas being the one with the talent and Amaryllis being the Prism. St Helen's now has a society remarkably similar to e.g. 1980s or 1990s Earth although enhanced psychically and with all energy needs being met by a substance which is mined and has the nickname of jelly-ice. Because of the necessity of ensuring a stable society when they were cut off from Earth, marriage whether between hetero- or homo-sexual couples, is permanent with divorce being unheard of and stigma being incurred by anyone who has children outside marriage. The children of such unions are bluntly termed bastards, and Amaryllis has had to endure the disgrace of being illegitimate, despite having the support of her mother's family. (Her father's refused to acknowledge her existence.)Marriage is highly organised, with everyone registering with psychic marriage bureaus, and it is regarded as foolish in the extreme to marry without being matched by a bureau, a process partly based on extensive questionnaires and interviews, and partly on psychic compatiblity. Psychic abilities are tested and certified in this slightly rigid society, and Lucas has had to fake a 9 rating as he is really higher - which would put off most prospective marriage partners - while Amaryllis is a full spectrum Prism meaning she can handle the power of a 10 or higher. Prisms such as herself have the reputation of being picky and therefore difficult to match. Amaryllis and Lucas, both undergoing the matching process, believe that despite their feelings for each other, they will not be able to stay together. The emotional conflict in the book arises in their internal monologue as each contemplates the fact that their relationship must be doomed and short-term.And, as I've said, against this quite complex and interesting background, we have the plot which is driven mainly by a murder mystery. Although there is quite a clever twist, it does have the disadvantage of appearing to create an anticlimax (view spoiler)[where you think it's odd that the book is trundling on resolving various family-related issues after the dramatic 'resolution', until you reach the real one and understand what really happened. (hide spoiler)] But all in all, quite a decent page-turning read.

  • Amyiw
    2019-04-09 08:38

    I liked this 3 1/2 bumped up. It is a bit old school futuristic paranormal romance with a standoffish woman, strung tight. Big businessman trying to hide his talents.A curtain/veil opened on Earth 200 years earlier and allowed intrepid humans to venture to a planet in another part of the galaxy, St Helens. Unluckily the curtain closed, so St Helens has evolved through the founders perseverance though 200 years later many question those motives and really what were the founders beliefs. Many people have gifts but those gifts take two people to use, the psy and the focus.St Helen's society is very conservative in some ways yet liberal in others. Divorce is looked down upon and almost impossible to get. Children out of wedlock is a no, no and bastards are treated very unkindly. There is birth control for both males and females so it doesn't stop relationships. It does make many cautious about making their own matches, so they go to psychic counselors whom specialize in finding the perfect fit.So our heroine works as a for hire focus, for psychics. Lucas, a wealthy businessman hires her to attend a party to investigate a traitor in his firm. They immediately have sparks and stumble upon other happenings during the investigation. They continue to look into the questions that opened up, while getting closer and having a relationship develop. It was a pretty good story and world though I felt a little like I was in the 70tys. Being on their own planet where no Earth made object functions or exists, makes it easy to develop a technology that is behind the times even though it is in the future. It was also written in 1996 which was the edge of the PNR boom of the 2000. This was a lead in and IMO, a basis for much of the Psychic PNR of today. Nalini Singh says it is one of her favorite series, and I can definitely see where it may have influenced her.I enjoyed the romance and the story and will continue on with the series. It wasn't my favorite but it was very good for an early PNR.

  • Maria
    2019-04-10 13:55

    Dec 7 ,2008 - The first in the St. Helens series, this one is about Amaryllis, a full-spectrum prism with high ethics working for Psynergy, Inc. and Lucas Trent, a rough executive who has two talents that are both off the charts. Another case where opposites attract and find out that they're not so opposite after all. I love the characters in the St. Helens books and feel like I am visiting old friends every time I re-read them, which is often. The mystery isn't bad either. Jan 3, 2011 - It's been four months since I've read any JAK, so I have been wallowing wonderfully in a re-read of Amaryllis. It is so great to get back to a good book. As often as I re-read these books, I still cannot discover the secret to her success. To put it simply, I love the way she writes. In Amaryllis, she repeatedly gets into Lucas Trent's thoughts after he asks Amaryllis for something he wants. While waiting for Amaryllis to answer, he talks himself out of what he hopes for by giving himself all the reasons why it wouldn't be a good idea, then when Amaryllis answers in the affirmative, he ignores all his mental arguments and snaps her up on it immediately. An early example is when he asks her out and she says she's busy that night. He goes into a long process where he convinces himself it's for the best giving himself several reasons why, when she tells him what she plans to do and asks if he'd like to join her, and he immediately switches gears and asks when he should pick her up. I love the way JAK does this. It really brings Trent to life and makes him real and memorable. On to the next in the series and another wonderful wallow.

  • Carrie
    2019-04-09 10:57

    SFR Reading Challenge 2012 TBR Reading Challenge 2012: Personal- on my tbr list since June 2010.Grade BThis is a fairly typical Jayne Castle/Krentz book: not too deep, but entertaining. Her heroes are rarely well-developed, and seems to spend a lot of time gnashing teeth over the heroine's actions. Lucien is a fine hero, but a little bland. Amaryllis is more developed, but isn't an inspiring heroine. One character describes her as "a prissy, straight-laced, self-righteous [person] who seemed to think it was her job in life to act as a goddamned conscience for everyone else." And that about sums up Amaryllis. She's about as sexy as a Miss Manners etiquette book, but not as humorous. I didn't dislike her at all, I just wasn't drawn to her and couldn't see any reason Lucien was, either. Plus she pulled one or two TSTL stunts and was way too naive to be believed.Since Castle has spent time in this book setting up the world, the next two books might have more plot and less backstory. I'll probably read the next one since I own it.

  • Sharon Falk
    2019-03-27 10:44

    I was interested enough to finish the book, but I really wasn't drawn to the main character at all. Actually, I found myself rooting against her. If she would have talked about the founder's values one... more... time...Also, the living on another planet aspect didn't work so well for me. Making up words like coff-tea and occasionally talking about a curtain just don't make an off-world book for me. Also, I felt like some of the things they said just didn't make sense without having the Earth as a reference.I would not recommend this book.

  • Sherry
    2019-04-19 11:02

    How to review a book that you have trouble putting into a specified genre, hhmmm? I’m not quite sure either but I do know that “Amaryllis” is an interesting and enjoyable read. It has a little something for readers of science fiction, something for romance fans, a bit for suspense and even light-hearted humorous banter for those who enjoy chic lit. If you are looking to try for something a little different, be sure and give this title a try.

  • Lyndi
    2019-04-23 13:42

    I had a really hard time pushing through this. I skimmed a lot. Because Amaryllis was such a naive, prissy little sprig. Their words, not mine. It was annoying.What I did enjoy was Lucas (yum!) and Amaryllis's's's (whatevs) coworkers. And I liked the twist, because I already felt like I had solved the mystery 30% of the way in. But the author really surprised me.I kinda liked it, but Jayne Castle has done waaay better.

  • Maggie
    2019-04-23 07:44

    Amaryllis is a hoot. She's very much a by-the-numbers kind of gal who gets into all kind of trouble in her chosen profession. She lands at a not-so-highly thought of tourist attraction and finds a dead guy.Don't want to reveal the plot, but if you like futuristic paranormals, this one is for you. It was the start of the dust bunnies and ghost hunters.This one's on my keeper shelf

  • Gunnhildur Rúnarsdóttir
    2019-03-27 15:37

    Good book.The world building surprised me in a good way. The characters were fun and the story was good. Would love to read more about Amaryllis and her escapades but I think each book in the series is independent. The titles are the names of the lead female character in each book.This was a fast read so perhaps I'll check out the other books in this series.

  • Mιss •kαthєяίиє•Τhε Emεrαℓd Pяίиcεss®
    2019-04-04 13:57

    Amazing books! The series Amaryllis-Zinnia-Orchid by Jayne Castle are certainly one amazing amazing experience....Set in a futuristic planet where Earthlings colonized some time ago before the Curtain closed between the two worlds, they were forced to their own means. The books combine a sense of supernatural along with some good old mystery solving.

  • Mary
    2019-04-07 14:45

    Everyone needs a little paranormal romance. Besides that, why not stretch into an imagined future parallel to Earth? Extrasensory fun, Amaryllis seeks out truth and justice. Lucas Trent, a selfmade corporation owner falls in love w/ her. They make a good team and solve a murder or two.

  • KarenF
    2019-04-03 08:33

    4*s because even a Jayne Castle that I don't love is still an entertaining book. This one didn't hold my attention as much as the Harmony books (I think I missed the dust bunnies!) but I really liked Lucas and Amaryllis and am intrigued by the set ups for the books.

  • SM
    2019-04-15 09:54

    Entertaining story but not as well done as her later books. In this world it takes two people to make the magic work: one with the paranormal psychic powers and a "prism" to focus their erratic and unpredictable gifts. Amaryllis is a prime and picky play by the rules prism. Lucas is rough and tumble self made man of the world with mysterious powers and no rules. The story seemed to get a bit thin for me at times which made it hard to commit to the characters.Paperback library book. Ruthi had it checked out.=====================Acclaimed for her novels of “delectably entertaining paranormal romantic suspense” (Booklist), the wildly popular alter ego of bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz takes off on a star-dusted excursion to a rich civilization where danger and passion are just a heartbeat away. . . . Amaryllis Lark is 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. . . . Lucas Trent, the rugged head of Lodestar Exploration, isn’t keen on the prim type—and from her crisp business suit to her cool evaluation of his request to bust a corporate thief, beautiful Amaryllis is excruciatingly proper. But when a bold hunch heats up into a twisting murder investigation, by-the-book Amaryllis must let her guard down and break some rules—and a red-hot love affair ignites. Now, as they race to solve a puzzle of deadly intrigue, no power—otherworldly or otherwise—can keep them apart!

  • Sherry
    2019-04-15 11:00

    The book would have been a five stars if the main character evolved a bit, her constant moral lectures and naivety get on my nerves so much that I give props for the main guy for staying with her till the end....serious applauds for Lucas Trent, I think I'd go crazy if I'm around Amaryllis for more than an hour. Yes I understand that her whole character is suppose to be uptight, prim, and naive, but after more than 50% of the book of her repeating white=good and black=bad speeches I wanted to shake her and tell her to grow up.....but Trent, oh Trent, just made the whole book so much better (guess love does conquer all). Ending was a lot satisfactory than I expected given how stubborn Amaryllis was, again this book is definitely a 5 star if you just ignore Amaryllis's speeches for like 90% of the time!

  • Abra
    2019-04-14 11:01

    This is a good book. I was disappointed that the heroine is a virgin. I think it's an irritating plot mechanism to have a mature woman be a virgin so she's more connected to the hero. It would be better to put the time in and write some scenes where the reader can see the couple fall in love. If I were really paranoid, I'd say that having her be a virgin makes her the property of the hero. He never says "mine", but the principle is the same.Having said all that, I liked the characters a lot. There was more to the hero than in some of the other books written by Ms. Castle. There was some buildup to the romance and declarations of love, which is also missing from a few of her books. The setting on St. Helen's, while similar to the Harmony books, was interesting and I like the idea of having to have two people to work any psychic ability. The plot is good and kept me interested.

  • Aurélie
    2019-04-22 10:01

    Je me souviens avoir adoré ce roman de science-fiction, nous dirions aujourd'hui cette 'romance paranormale', assez mal référencée dans l'ancienne collection 'Amour et Destin' chez J'ai Lu.J'avais pris ce livre à l'époque où je lisais les Lieutenant Eve Dallas de Nora Roberts à la chaîne (dans la même collection).Quelle différence entre ces 2 univers ! Mais je n'ai pas été déçue par Secrète Amaryllis, au contraire : énormément d'éléments me semblaient neufs, pleins d'imagination et de potentiel.Pour ce qui est de la romance, rien à redire, elle tient la route et les personnages sont attachants. La preuve, je m'en souviens encore presque 20 ans plus tard !Un livre que j'aurais plaisir à relire, pour enfin pouvoir découvrir la suite !

  • Felicia
    2019-04-03 12:45

    This book was a good mystery and a good romance, but it suffers from the "space cat" problem. In an effort to prove that the world is alien, animals have six legs and are called "cat-dog" or "bat-snake". As opposed to having lights, there are "jelly-ice lights" and a "jelly-ice fire". The male love interest adds details that make no sense in the conversation, because they add to the sci-fi atmosphere. There are a lot of people who write better science fiction with less shouting "this is alien!" over and over. That being said, if you can overlook the "cat-dog" and "jelly-ice", it is definitely a book worth reading.

  • Evergreen
    2019-04-08 12:01

    I feel cheated. The excerpt did not give the promise of an exciting couple's romance. In fact, it felt like it was a description of another book. Reason why, Amaryllis is not the best psychic detectives. She is however one of the best 'prisms'. Her non-existent detective work only occurred when her beloved mentor died and she wanted to look into the circumstances of his death. I couldn't get behind the main heroine. Her ability to spout ethical rules and guidelines wore on my nerves fast.

  • Janine
    2019-03-27 09:35

    So another world opened up from earth - like Harmony - this one called St. Helen. They are similar in fashion... could have been stated better in the beginning... like "another world opened up when the veil collapsed on Harmony..." Anyway. Good story, good characters as only 'Jayne Castle' could do it.