Amaryllis (St. Helens, #1)
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Amaryllis (St. Helens #1)

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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. A bold hunch leads her from a wild murder investigation into a red-hot love affair with the rugged head of Lodestar Exploration, Lucas Trent--and no power on heaven, earth, of St. Helen's can keep them apart. This i...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 1st 1998 by Pocket Books (first published October 1st 1996)
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Mojca
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 rom...more
Barks & Bites
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...more
BJ Rose
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...more
Cyndi
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 do...more
Carrie
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TBR Reading Challenge 2012: Personal- on my tbr list since June 2010.

Grade B

This 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...more
Maria
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 be...more
Sharon Falk
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...more
Cheesecake
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...more
Sherry
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.
Holly
This is one of Jayne Ann Krentz's interesting Sci-fi romance novels, written under the name
Jayne Castle. As always, her main romantic hero, Luke, is very Alpha-male, and very powerful.
The heroine, Amaryllis, dosent have a clue of just how powerful he is, because he hides it.
The reader, of course, gets to "hear" things from the point of view of each one and enjoy their
play off each other.
We are back in the very alternative universe of the planets that are colonized by earthlings,
and then 200 yea...more
Mary
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 self
made corporation owner falls in love w/ her. They make a good team and solve a murder or two.
Gunnhildur Rúnarsdóttir
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.
KarenF
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.
Sara
The story was pretty good and I liked the twist at the end, but I just couldn't get over the made-up words that the author used to describe things in the future. It's not even that they were made up words, but the fact that they were SO unoriginal!!!!! She just took the names of two normal things and stuck them together to make a "new" thing. Let me give you some examples:

Coff-tea
Bat-snake
Golf-tennis
Fern-tree
Straw-peach pie
Chick-Turk


Also, she uses the word ice constantly! Ice rock, jelly-ice, i...more
Sharon
[I also reviewed this title on my blog: Ishari's Bookshelf]

Um.

Yeah...

Maybe it was the "InstaLove"? Maybe it was the crappy world building? Maybe it was the utter predictability of the story line? Maybe it was the copious amounts of jelly-ice?

Whatever it was - I. Could. Not. Stand. This. Book.

I only finished it because I was stuck in the car for 6+ hours and had packed my alternate books. Wow, this was not a winner for me.

Amaryllis takes place on a remote planet, St. Helen, that is closed off f...more
Donna
I often have some difficulty reading books by Jayne Castle because I don't warm to the main characters. Fortunately, that wasn't an issue with this book. Prim, proper and picky Amaryllis had a depth of character and courage that worked nicely with Lucas's dark, brooding but surprisingly sensitive personality. The differences that existed between these two resulted in some pretty humourous exchanges. I find I'm especially partial to alpha males who sigh in frustration all the while being supporti...more
Lis
Rating: ★★★1/2✩ Review: Clever little romantic mystery on the planet St. Helen's. Settlers from earth have inhabited this world for over 200 years. They were cut off from home and had to adapt to using all the foreign materials and technology to survive as all earth materials disintegrated. Included in this process was making sure the settlers made the best marriage matches to ensure surviving on this world, so it is tabu when couples decide to marry on their own. The settlers also developed ps...more
Amanda
3.5

Long before I got into book blogging--probably even as early as high school--I was a huge Jayne Ann Krentz fan. Huge fan like I trolled library shelves looking for any new Jayne Ann Krentz or Amanda Quick book I could find. (And by new, I mean anything I hadn't read yet.) I avoided her Jayne Castle books because I didn't do paranormal. (Ha. I was so funny back then, wasn't I?)

Amaryllis would have likely been a good transition to paranormal for me if I had ever picked it up. It's true that it'...more
Roxanne
2.5 Stars

I would have like to give this more stars but this book fell a little flat to me. When I read the blurb I thought it was going to be a really interesting book, it definitely had its good moments but the lack of imagination in this story was its downfall.

Amaryllis and Lucas were a good couple and I was satisfied with how their relationship developed, what I wasn’t satisfied with was the descriptions of the world they lived on. This is suppose to be a sci-fi book, so naturally you would...more
Tiff TowelsandHearts
4 stars

I didn't really expect much from this book, truthfully. I'm more of a contemporary-sizzle-type when it comes to romance books. Suprisingly, though, I liked it. It had a whole new concept that I've never encountered (especially for a book published in the late 90s) and that's what made it so unique.

Amaryllis Lark is a full-spectrum prism working for a company that loans prisms to talents who need focusing (yes, quite confusing but when you read it, you eventually get it). On a fake-date/...more
Emily
Once again, Krentz entertains with romance and suspense, and even elements of Science Fiction. On the futuristic world of St. Helens, the colonists have developed psychic powers. These powers are tempered by the fact that in order to use ones talents, one must have the services of another person, a Prisms. Prisms don't have talent themselves, but can focus for any talent. Both talents and prisms have levels of power and there exist (mostly in novels and movies) abnormally high talents, dubbed Ps...more
Shéa MacLeod
I read this book years ago. In fact, back in the late 90s when it first came out.

Sometime in the future, a "curtain" of energy appears in space above our world. It acts as a wormhole between Earth and an Earth-like palnet on the other side of the galaxy. For nearly 50 years we pass back and forth as easily as travelling from New York to London. And then one day, it closes, leaving thousands of people stranded on the mysterious new planet. Forever.

Amaryllis picks up 200 years after that event. A...more
Judy Goodnight
First of a series of books set in an unspecified future time on a planet settled by humans who are then cut off from Earth. Like other immigrants, they give place names reminiscent of places from the home world - in this case, the Pacific Northwest. Since arriving on the planet, humans have developed various psychic abilities. Those with a "talent" (of which there are many varieties) are only able to use the talent for a short burst with little control unless they use the services of a "prism" w...more
Graylark
Just finished her Trust Me book, which annoyingly kept repeating 'the Wainwrights' ad nauseam.

Now I find at 21% through the book that this has the same sort of thing, only this time with 'prism'. She tries to throw the word in at least once per page, and sometimes gets lucky and manages several 'prisms' in a single page.

"The word of a professional prism."
"Do I hear the touch of prism arrogance here?"
"highly trained prism"
PRISM PRISM PRISM PRISM PRISM PRISM PRISM


Cindy
First in the series and is a very enjoyable read. The society on this planet is heavily family oriented (with a definition of family that includes gay or straight) and rather rigid in marriage requirements. The primary characters have depth and a sense of humor, and I love the negotiations between Lucas and the heroine's uncle when they talk about Lucas and Amaryllis getting married. Aunt Sophie's family tradition of lying is great too. I've reread this several times and still enjoy it.
Deb
Amaryllis lives on another planet, where humans colonized but where they got cut off from earth. The colonists developed psychic abilities that help them survive. These abilities have to be used in pairs -- with one person being the "prism" who focuses the talent of the other. Amaryllis is just such a prism, one dedicated to the high moral principles of her field. But her resolve is testee when Lucas Trent, an off the chart talent, hires her and they uncover a politician misusing his talent to m...more
Carol
This was a book that was interesting and had cool supernatural concepts before it was cool to have that in romance.
Tory
Really enjoyed this book. Whether she is writing as Jayne Castle, JAK, or Amanda Quick she is a go-to author for me for a comfort read. I hadn't ready any of the St. Helen's books when they were first released. I can definitly see the similarities between the St. Helen's series and the books set in Harmony. The world building seems to be similar - such as the people having visited a new planet and the "curtain" closing and trapping them there. I enjoyed the relationship between Amaryllis and Luc...more
Nicole
Fun story. But really, jelly-ice? I had a hard time not rolling my eyes at some of the invented terminology of this world. It got to the point where I'd really be into the book, engrossed in the story, and then suddenly, jelly-anything was mentioned, and it pulled me out of the book. Aside from that, I love the concept of the prism/talent relationship, meeting on a plane beyond the physical. I liked the book, but it would have earned another star if not for the awkward, seemingly forced jargon....more
Lady Domino
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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.

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“They were having sex on Gifford's desk, if you must know."
Lucas's eyes glinted. "His desk, huh?"
"Yes." Amaryllis raised her chin, the better to look down her nose at him. "I would have thought it would have been extremely uncomfo rtable, but they appeared to enjoy it.”
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