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The Lost Night (Rainshadow #1)

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Even the mysterious world of Harmony has people who don't quite fit in. They're drawn to places like Rainshadow Island, a beautiful sanctuary where anyone can feel safe—and where secrets are closely guarded.

Schooled in an exotic form of martial arts, and with the ability to detect auras of dangerous psychic criminals, Rachel Blake and her dust bunny companion have found pe
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Kindle Edition, 332 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Jove (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jen
Sep 02, 2012 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: krentz-quick, fv
3.5 stars

Another good book in the Arcane series.

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Jayne Castle also writes as Jayne Ann Krentz and Amanda Quick. I enjoy all of Arcane series books no matter what name they are written under. She has a fun way of writing with Amanda Quick being the historical book, Jayne Ann Krentz the present day book and then Jayne Castle following up with the futuristic book. It makes for some clever and interesting trilogies. She also has series that are stan
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Kimberly
Sep 16, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was an absolute pre-order for me. I love the Harmony and Arcane series. All of the books are designed to be read as a standalone, but I have read them in order since book one. The Lost Night offers up a suspenseful paranormal mystery with a healthy side dish of romance. Every time I open a Castle novel I find a delicious escape.

The novel centers on Rachel Blake an aura healer who was raised in a Harmonic Enlightenment community. Rachel doesn’t quite fit in and after trying life in th
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4.5 Stars

The Blurb

With the ability to detect the auras of dangerous psychic criminals, Rachel Bonner has found peace and quiet on Rainshadow Island with her dust bunny companion. Then Harry Sebastian, the descendant of a notorious pirate, arrives to investigate strange developments in the privately owned woods known as the Preserve. Rachel can sense the heart of darkness within him— and the stirrings of desire within her own soul...

As per usual Jayne Ann Krentz succeed to suck me into the amazin
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Jacob Proffitt
This was a serviceable entry in the series. I liked both protagonists well enough, but there wasn't anything there to really grab me. I think I kind of like the little twists Castle is coming up with for the talents. That could be a crutch meant to disguise lack of differentiation in the characters' personalities, but I think it works as it's own expectation for the individuality of the characters. Castle is creative enough that it doesn't feel strained and I kind of enjoy finding out what is un ...more
Kari Chapman
***Contains minor spoilers***

I really enjoyed reading this book. It had a good hook at the beginning to draw me into it. The mystery and action of the main part of the book moved at a good pace and kept me interested.

The two main characters were very interesting - I especially liked Rachel and her blend of hippy and practical.

While I did enjoy this book and look forward to the next book there were two things that didn't quite work for me.

One, the romance jumped straight from "maybe we like eacho
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Maria
I liked the opening of this book particularly. Usually JAK introduces you to both protoganists right away so it took a few pages to realize that Marcus Lancaster was actually a villain, not the hero in disguise. In fact, I was busy making excuses for Marcus in Chapter 1 until Harry showed up in Chapter 2. Good start. Harry and Rachel make an effective team, as is usual in JAK's fiction. Both are unusual talents that don't mesh well with others but do really well with each other. You can't help b ...more
Warren-Newport Public Library
Okay…this is a bit complicated—Jayne Castle writes fantasy fiction, Amanda Quick writes historical fiction and the “real” Jayne Ann Krentz writes contemporary fiction–all with a dash of romance and most with lots of mystery. Her latest The Lost Night takes us to Rainshadow Island where there are lots of secrets.

Schooled in an exotic form of martial arts, and with the ability to detect the auras of dangerous psychic criminals, Rachel Bonner and her dust bunny companion(yep, though I am not exactl
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Maxine
2.5 stars.

I really think that Jayne Ann Krentz, and her pseudonyms, have been phoning it in lately.

What happened to the snappy dialogue, great plots, and tension-filled romances of the past?

I liked The Lost Night, but I didn't love it. I thought it was a bit better than Canyons of Night, but still not fantastic.

Our hero and heroine, Rachel and Harry, were both great characters, but there was no tension between them. There were also much fewer first-person descriptions of their feelings for one a
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Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
Oct 06, 2012 Dani C. (Paulette's Papers) rated it really liked it
FYI – This review is written by a huge Jayne Castle (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) fan. I have been reading her books for over 15 years now and I have no plans on stopping!

Rachel Blake has an unusual psychic talent as an aura healer, and an unusual childhood. After trying to fit in with the mainstream community and finding that it isn’t working for her, she moves to Rainshadow Island. There she reopen’s her Aunts bookstore and sells not only books she also sells her very own specially blended just for y
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Barb in Maryland
Not one of Jayne's better outings. It just seemed like a pale imitation of of her earlier work.
Nothing wrong with it--but...
The adventure itself is fun and we learn more about the mysterious Preserve that is at the heart of Rainshadow Island. The romance is okay, but it doesn't sparkle. Our hero and heroine, Harry and Rachel, spend a lot of time talking, but those conversations are more expository than romantic. There's no real sexual tension.
The bad guys are interesting and there is one plot tw
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Sally906
I love Dustbunnies – I want a Dustbunny of my very own!! Sadly they don’t exist on earth so I have to get my fix by reading the Harmony series of books. THE LOST NIGHT is the first book the Rainshadow series, which is a spinoff off from the Harmony series. It can be read as a standalone. This is an adult paranormal romance with a suspenseful mystery set in a futuristic world - a story that is filled with creepy men, monsters, romance and enough twists to keep me turning the pages and burning the ...more
Jacqueline Seewald
It's no secret that I am a big fan of Jayne Ann Krentz's writing. THE LOST NIGHT written under her Jayne Castle nom de plume is a wonderful, thrilling read. Essentially, this novel is sci-fi, fantasy romantic suspense. The author is quite creative in the invention of Rainshadow Island. Rachel Blake feels at home on the strange island until she passes into a fugue state and disappears into the Preserve for. When she returns, Rachel has no memory of the time spent there. Meanwhile the island is om ...more
Vikki
Sep 11, 2012 Vikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I though that this book was interesting enough, I think that if I was familiar with the world this author had previously created in her other series that I would have enjoyed it a bit more. The main characters fell a bit flat for me, like why is a spiritually enlighted pacifist trained in an exotic martial art. She never even fought anyone throught the whole book. And the romance fell flat, even thought I was rooting for Harry and Rachel to end up together, which they did. All in all, it was a p ...more
Once Upon a Twilight
FYI – This review is written by a huge Jayne Castle (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) fan. I have been reading her books for over 15 years now and I will as long as she continues to write!

Rachel Blake has an unusual psychic talent as an aura healer, and an unusual childhood living in a commune. After trying to fit in with the mainstream community and finding that it isn’t working for her, she moves to Rainshadow Island. There she reopens her Aunt’s bookstore where she sells not only books but also her very
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Lisa
Jan 30, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very cookie-cutter book. Anybody who has read JAK/AQ/JC books will recognize all the stock elements in the plot of The Lost Night.

The main premise involves a heroine who got lost in a heavily psychically energized area and miraculously emerged alive but with amnesia. The recovery of her memory piece by piece reveals the villain(s) master plot and that she used her extra-special and incredibly rare talent to make her way through some kind of alien barrier in order to escape. That's bas
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Margaret
Oct 26, 2015 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Even the mysterious world of Harmony has people who don't quite fit in. They're drawn to places like Rainshadow Island, a beautiful sanctuary where anyone can feel safe - and where secrets are closely guarded. Schooled in an exotic form of martial arts and with the ability to detect the auras of dangerous psychic criminals, Rachel Bonner and her dust bunny companion have found peace and quiet on Rainshadow Island, operating a bookstore and café. But her tranquil new life is thrown into chaos whe

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Cruth
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne Castle
First published: 2012
Length: 332 pages
Setting: Rainshadow Island, an island on the planet Harmony
Sex: Reasonably frequent but mostly fade to black. Not a big deal for the story.
Hero: Divorced in a time when divorce is almost unheard of. Has a shadow aura.
Heroine: Reads auras.
Includes: Excerpt from Dream Eyes by Jayne Ann Krentz

A good sf/fantasy story that takes the Arcane series to a new planet with further enhancements of their paranormal talents
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Marilyn Rondeau
Oct 25, 2014 Marilyn Rondeau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rachel Blake is somewhat of a misfit, yet has found peace and quiet on Rainshadow Island with her dust bunny companion. That peace would be shaken when Harry Sebastian, the descendant of a notorious pirate, arrives to investigate strange developments in the privately owned woods known as the Preserve. Rachel has the ability to see ‘aura’s’ and senses a darkness in him, but more importantly she feels a desire within herself.

Before finding sanctuary on Rainshadow Island, Rachel knew monsters exis
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Sheila Melo
Aug 13, 2014 Sheila Melo rated it it was amazing
I'd Rate This One a 4.25

I'd Rate This One a 4.25

THE LOST NIGHT is the first book in the Rainshadow series (although CANYONS OF NIGHT introduces the island and operates as prequel to the series). Rainshadow Island is on the planet of Harmony (this book is also the ninth book about that earth colony) and has an intense paranormal energy about it.

Harry Sebastian has a frightening paranormal talent that caused his wife to leave him after only three weeks of marriage. He comes to Rainshadow Island be
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Bruce
Mar 17, 2014 Bruce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When psychic Rachel Bonner firsts meets wealthy Harry Sebastian on Rainshadow Island, it’s lust at first sight. So when he appears dressed in black at her front door the next day seeking shelter from the storm, it’s time for a closer look and a reexamination of her feelings. As she studies the “sharp planes and angles of his face and the sleek, powerful silhouette of his shoulders,” she recalls admiring his “big SUV with its powerful flash-rock engine promised a more exciting ride than [her] bic ...more
Ladysatel
Book 1 of the Rainshadow Series by author Jayne Castle (jaayne Ann Krentz)

On the world of Harmony settled over 200 years ago by humans, the colonists discovered they were not the first settlers. Thousands of years before aliens colonized the planet, then left. Leaving behind mysterious ruins made of a green crystal harder than anything seen before. These ruins were both above and below ground.

After the wormhole closed the colonists were cut off from Earth. They managed to survive and thrive on t
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Kimberley
Sep 25, 2014 Kimberley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always been a Jayne Ann Krentz/Jayne Castle/Amanda Quick fan. And the paranormal books set in Harmony have been some of my favorite.

The heroine, Rachel Bonner, can detect the auras of dangerous criminals. She found work at the Chapman Clinic and is fired after warning her boss that one of its patients was faking his illness. Rachel returns to Rainshadow Island to start a new life after inheriting a book store and cafe from her aunts. She even gets adopted by a dust bunny pet, Darwina, to
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Adrienne Testa
Jun 14, 2014 Adrienne Testa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rainshadow Island, a hub of paranormal activity and past alien inhabitants. Now has a new problem that is causing problems all over the island. Rachel Black has the ability to read auras. When she loses twelve hours of her memory in the Preserve, she develops nightmares that make no sense to her. Harry Sebastian is called on to the island to help locate and resolve the sudden problems. His family owns the preserve and his great grand father is a legend pirate. Harry is attracted to Rachel but sh ...more
Yvonne Boag
Sep 29, 2012 Yvonne Boag rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I'm finding I don't enjoy Krentz's books as much as I used to. This one is no exception. I found the plot weak and didn't bond with any of the characters. I might have to go back to some of her earlier books and see if I just had rose coloured glasses on. I give this one somewhere between two and a half and three stars.
Denise Van plew
Sep 05, 2013 Denise Van plew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
Love these books the characters are alive and enjoy reading each new set. The dust bunnies are so cute and a puzzle piece to this story that I know is important as I read each one of these a big mystery waiting to be revealed. Love how each couple start out having to help each other out and then end up together.
Paraphrodite
Sep 15, 2012 Paraphrodite rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
It was ok but I must admit I don't find it very memorable at all. It's still linked loosely with the Arcane series in that it's linked to Canyons of Night. I believe there's going to be another 2 books set in Rain-shadow, I hope they'll get more interesting because JAK is still one of my favorite authors.
Catherine
Well it started out like it could be a hot smoldering book. Dark aura man, Hippy type gorgeous lady.
It was fun, light witty, predictable to say the least and I was enjoying this light (non erotic, was a little disappointed but oh well) right up until the scenes and dialog turned into a 1930's "gotcha now buddy spill the beans of who, why and how while I got the gun trained on you" and that's kind of how it went down!
It was little like the writer ran out of time or steam and had to get the whol
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Shannon
Oct 05, 2012 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what it is about these books, but I devour them - I think it's the dust bunnies ... Anyway, a fun, light read that just hits the right notes of amusing, paranormal, ancient mysteries, and romance that guarantees I read this rather than get anything else done.
Myriad
Apr 22, 2016 Myriad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fantasy
This reads a little like a New Age shop exploded (if I never read the words 'crystal' or 'frequency' or 'resonance' again...) and the characters weren't terribly well-developed, but it was enjoyable none the less. Definitely a colorful world, and I'm in love with the dust bunnies. Where do I go to get a dust bunny of my very own?

It's not terribly significant in terms of craftsmanship or emotional depth, but there's a lot of creativity in the setup of Harmony/Rainshadow. Good beach reading, or i
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Dakota
Sep 18, 2012 Dakota rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
I usually get engrossed in a JAK novel esp her Harmony series butI really didnt get into the book until the middle. I like Darwina's role in the book though. It was an ok read but I still look forward to the next book.
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The author of over 40 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense, often with a psychic and paranormal twist, in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print.

She earned a B.A. in History from the University of California at Sant
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Other Books in the Series

Rainshadow (5 books)
  • Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, #0; Ghost Hunters, #8; Looking Glass Trilogy, #3; Arcane Society, #12)
  • Deception Cove (Rainshadow, #2; Ghost Hunters, #10)
  • The Hot Zone (Rainshadow, #3; Ghost Hunters, #11)
  • Siren's Call (Rainshadow, #4; Ghost Hunters, #12)

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