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Canyons of Night

Canyons of Night

Written by Jayne Castle

Narrated by Joyce Bean


Canyons of Night

Written by Jayne Castle

Narrated by Joyce Bean

ratings:
4/5 (18 ratings)
Length:
7 hours
Released:
Aug 30, 2011
ISBN:
9781611060041
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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...

Released:
Aug 30, 2011
ISBN:
9781611060041
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

The author of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers, Jayne Ann Krentz writes romantic suspense in three different worlds: contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick), and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 35 million copies of her books in print.


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  • (3/5)
    Although I've complained about some of Krentz's books that they are paint by numbers, nevertheless, I've continued to read them because they're fast, generally fun, and I like them. This one was slow, left all kinds of questions unanswered, and felt more like a chapter in a bigger book. As usual, the villain explains of the pieces of the plot at the end because otherwise the book wouldn't make much sense. It felt very slight -- the book.
  • (4/5)
    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 comes face to face with one of Bridewell's inventions 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.
  • (5/5)
    Jayne Castle (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) continues her highly entertaining Arcane Society series, this time on a planet that was colonized many years before, when the earth was only in the 1990's-2000's. This time Charlotte is on an island named Rainshadow and super copy Slade comes to town to be Chief of Police. While the town seems pretty normal there is a forest out there that is very, very strange. Slade can get through "the Preserve" gates using his psi-powers but Charlotte has to visit with him to pass through the barriers set up by the owners of the Preserve. There are a couple of murders and some tales of powers lost and found in the story.As usual, I loved the book, but then I love everything I've ever read written by Jayne Ann Krentz, no matter which of her pseudonyms she uses. I appreciate her using the Krentz name for contemporary books, Castle for futuristic and Quick for historical. Makes it very east to know which time period you are in and slip easily back into the worlds she has created.I'm a little behind on my reading of this author -- should catch up soon.
  • (3/5)
    Canyons of Night
    3.5 Stars

    When 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.
  • (4/5)
    While I enjoyed the third book in the Looking Glass Trilogy, this one set in Castle's Harmony world, I do wish there had been more of a mystery. Because she was introducing a new part of Harmony, and setting it up for future books, there was less mystery. I did enjoy the two protagonists and the dust bunny Rex was great.
  • (4/5)
    Honestly this doesn't read much like SF. Apart from the fluff bunny it really didn't come across as all that SFnal. Slade Attridge is the new chief of police on Rainshadow Island. His career investigating paranormal events for the government is over. His last case had his psychic abilities go funny on him and now he's unsure how much longer they're going to last. Charlotte Enright has taken over her aunt's antique shop, Looking Glass Antiques on the island. Trying to sort out the variety of antiques her aunt has left her with. They were attracted to each other when they were younger and now the attraction is probably stronger, after all, now they're adults.It's an interesting read, more about the couple than about the psionics and exploring more of the world they're living in. Interesting but there wes something that just didn't gel for me.
  • (4/5)
    As a teenager Charlotte Enright admired Slade Attridge from affair. Now she's all grown up and back on Rainshadow island to take over her aunt's antique shop. Slade Attridge is all grown up, too - and he's back on the island as it's latest police chief. But not for long if he has anything to say about it.Attraction hasn't faded in the years the two spent apart, but the island has changed - something dark and increasingly powerful lurks beyond the fences of the island's Preserve. A series of break-ins at Charlotte's shop and a mysterious glass globe send Charlotte, Slade and dust-bunny Rex down a deadly path and leave the door open for a new set of romances to unfold on Harmony.A bit predictable, and not exactly a conclusive ending even though this is book three of the loosely linked trilogy.
  • (3/5)
    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.And ditto what kmartin802 said about the poor choice of cover art.
  • (4/5)
    New mysteries on the world of Harmony, in this last of the Looking Glass trilogy and first of the Rainshadow sequence. Charlotte has inherited her aunt's antique shop; Slade has returned to Rainshadow Island and the temporary chief of police. Their old attraction flares up, of course. A dead body, an ancient threat from old Earth, and too much zucchini bread threaten our heroes. And what's up with the mysterious and deadly Preserve? As always, the dust bunny steals the show.
  • (5/5)
    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.