Monday, September 5, 2016

Illusion Town by Jayne Castle

Illusion Town (Illusion Town Novel, An) by [Castle, Jayne]

Synopsis via Amazon:

With its opulent casinos and hotels, the desert city of Illusion Town is totally unique—and will take you on a thrill ride you’ll never forget.

Hannah West isn’t the first woman to wake up in Illusion Town married to a man she barely knows, but she has no memory of the ceremony at all. For that matter, neither does Elias Coppersmith, her new husband. All either can remember is that they were on the run…

With Hannah’s dubious background and shaky para-psych profile, she could have done much worse. The cooly competent mining heir arouses her curiosity—as well as other parts of her mind and body. And even her dust bunny likes him.

But a honeymoon spent retracing their footsteps leads Hannah and Elias into the twisting underground catacombs, where secrets from both their pasts will come to light—and where the energy of their clashing auras will grow hot enough to burn…

I have been waiting to return to Harmony FOREVER!! At least that is what it feels like to me.
Jayne Castle, aka Jayne Ann Krentz, aka Amanda Quick is one of my top 3 favorite authors and her world of Harmony is my favorite place to visit.
In  Illusion Town we are introduced to Harmony's Las Vegas. Glitter, sparkle, shine, and adrenaline rushes are the mainstay of Illusion Town. 
Let's take a look at Hannah. Hannah is a finder of missing, lost, and stolen objects in the underground world. And like all Harmony heroines, she has off the chart psychic abilities. Hers happens to be dreamlight.  She and her dust bunny companion, Virgil, hire out to locate items in the underground.
Hannah is not the first character in the Harmony series that is a strong dreamlight  worker, Marlowe Jones in Midnight Crystal was also a very strong dreamlight talent. But that is where the similarities end. Hannah  has a very special way of having a conversation with herself. But, alas, I can't spill the details or it could spoil an important part of the story. Like all females in Miss Castle's story, Hannah is a very strong woman with a less than average childhood, who has taken care of herself.
Elias Coppersmith is from the well known, wealthy Coppersmith family. He is a crystal engineer in the family business Coppersmith Mining Company. And of  course, he is an off the charts crystal worker. He can manipulate crystals.
One of the things I love about Miss Castle's Harmony series, is that it always feels like I'm coming home. She brings everything to life. Instead of feeling like you are a voyeur in someone else's story, you feel like you are walking beside them throughout their journey.
This is a hard review for me to write. I have started, stopped, and returned to it three times. Why? Well, Miss Castle/Krentz/Quick is a New York Times Best Selling author many times (no pun intended). And as I said before, reading the Harmony series is like coming home. It takes someone very special to create a world that the reader can't wait to visit over and over again. I can honestly say that there is nothing I don't like about this book.
Jayne Castle aka Jayne Ann Krentz aka Amanda Quick is an author the you have GOT to read!!
On a scale from 1-5, I give her a 10!!