DECEPTION COVE by Jayne Castle


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Alice North spent one honeymoon on Rainshadow Island, after which her husband turned up dead; still dealing with the ramifications of that marriage of convenience, she isn’t too keen on entering into another one, no matter how powerful, protective or sexy Drake Sebastian is.

Alice has taken care of herself for far longer than she should have had to, but things became even worse after she wed Fulton Whitcomb in a marriage of convenience and he wound up dead on Rainshadow Island, the mysterious island preserve known for its unstable paranormal energy. Fulton insisted the two spend their honeymoon there so they could track some ancients crystals that Alice has an affinity for. Since Fulton’s death, his powerful mother has made Alice’s life a living nightmare, so when magnate Drake Sebastian enlists Alice’s aid in cleaning up the mess Fulton left behind on the island and offers his protection through yet another marriage of convenience, Alice is skeptical. Yet the crystals and the island represent a connection to a grandfather she never knew and a legacy of wealth and family history she craves to learn more about, so she agrees. She finds herself falling in love with the compelling yet enigmatic Drake. In order to save the island, the two must face physical and paranormal peril. In order to find happiness, they must navigate emotional and earthly minefields and get past distrust and danger to forge a shared future. Castle (aka Jayne Ann Krentz and Amanda Quick) brings her signature smooth writing, deft plotting and artful romantic touch to another pitch-perfect romance, this one set in Harmony, Castle’s futuristic, yet recognizable world wherein the popular dust bunnies reside. Castle is a master at combining suspense elements with her own paranormal worldbuilding, tossing in tried-and-true romantic tropes, stirring them together and coming up with satisfying, innovative storylines, no matter the time period. Her newest is no exception.

Another successful, absorbing winner from Castle. With dust bunnies.

Pub Date: Aug. 27th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-515-15285-2
Page count: 368pp
Publisher: Jove/Penguin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2013


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