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Obsidian Prey (Harmony #6)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  3,733 Ratings  ·  158 Reviews
Amber tuner and independent prospector Lyra Dore lost her heart—and her discovery of a rare amethyst ruin—to cutthroat businessman Cruz Sweetwater. At least she had her artistically talented dust-bunny to comfort her…

But the ruin’s mysterious power has put everyone involved with the project in danger. And only by trusting their psychic instincts will Cruz and Lyra surviv
Mass Market Paperback, 351 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Jove (first published January 1st 2009)
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Olga Godim
Jun 24, 2016 Olga Godim rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Reread June 2016
I love this series of futuristic romantic suspense. The heroine is always plucky. The hero is always the HERO. Love conquers all. And the dust bunny makes the icing on this delicious cake of a tale. Especially this particular dust bunny, the famous painter Chimera. Don’t ask. Read the story.

May 29, 2012
I've been OD-ing on Jayne Castle - read 6 of her Harmony novels and 3 of St. Helens during the last couple of months. This one is Harmony #6, although it's not really a series. The
Jacob Proffitt
Aug 21, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it liked it
This book wasn't really successful, to me. I mean, I liked it well enough and wasn't ever tempted to simply stop, but it felt flat all the same. If you've read any of the others in the series, then you'll know what to expect. And you really shouldn't start with this one because it's one of the least of them.

The thing is that while Cruz and Lyra are excellent romantic leads, the actual romance really concluded three months before the book starts. Which might have made for an interesting "former l
Apr 16, 2011 Jenn rated it liked it
I picked this one up on a whim, because after 2 years I finally found my library's paperback section (I'm shy, I don't like to ask questions). I decided to branch out from my usual historical romances after a particularly bad rash of classic "trashy" romance novels left me with a bad taste (probably roofies). While this book certainly had a take-charge heroine who wasn't actually sexually assaulted by the male lead (yay!), it was really not *quite* as original as I had hoped it would be from rea ...more
Feb 04, 2015 Abra rated it did not like it
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Another good book with great characters from Ms. Krentz. Her males are always so . . . well, male - not only macho but clueless when it comes to women. Cruz Sweetwater definitely is stumbling around in the dark when it comes to Lyra Dore. I particularly liked Lyra's taunts and comebacks throughout the book. She could really hold a grudge and rightfully so. It was easy to see both sides of the argument, but Cruz was definitely off to a bad start in this relationship, and I liked the way Ms. Krent ...more
Aug 31, 2009 Melody rated it really liked it
Jayne Ann Krentz has always brought a quirky and somewhat light-hearted touch to all her novels, and this one, under her pseudonym Jayne Castle, is no exception. It takes place in the future on Harmony, a planet colonized by people from Earth who travelled through a "curtain" in which to reach it. But the curtain closed with no warning, stranding the colonists who, two hundred years later, not only survived but thrived by adapting to the unique situation open to them. Lyra and Cruz are at odds w ...more
Argh! Sooner or later, even in a series this good, there's always a bad egg somewhere. Obsidian Prey is one of those bed eggs for the Harmony series.

Not because of the story, because it was great overall. Not for the intrigue, mystery or suspense. Not even for the villain. And especially not for the hero, because I simply loved Cruz and now I want to read Quicksilver again (I love those Sweetwater men).

No, my bad-egg-theory derives from the fact I utterly hated the heroine, the bitch with the wa
Oct 06, 2009 Cindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: keepers
The planet Harmony was cut off from Earth centuries before these stories take place. The descendants have developed a culture based on amber as a power source. Psychic powers are developing more each year. Indigenous creatures called 'dust bunnies' are pairing up with humans...

Before the story begins, the heroine made a 'find' in the catacombs. The hero - acting in everyone's best interest at least in his opinion - takes control of it away from her because 'it might be dangerous'. The heroine ha
Nov 16, 2009 Maggie rated it really liked it
I am a true blue Jayne Ann Krentz fan. Once I read her, way back when, I fell in love with her leap-off-the-page characters. Obsidian Prey is another of her excellent paranormal futristic books, set in the world of Harmony. I'm intrigued by the personality she imbues in the sidekicks, often using the native fluffballs known as dustbunnies. In this book, the dustbunny has a painting hobby that features in the plot.

This book ties in with her Arcane series, both in the Amanda Quick line and her con
Oct 21, 2010 Christine rated it really liked it
I haven't liked Jayne Castle's (akaJayne Krentz/Amanda Quick) science fiction as much as her other stuff, but this book finally worked for me. I enjoyed this book for both the romance and suspense elements. The characters remind me of most of her characters, but the situational interplay between them in this story created a nice dynamic. Basically, three months before the book began, he edged his way into her life under cover, lied to her, and cheated her out of a big archaeological find. Kind o ...more
Jenny Koch
Maybe I shouldn't have binged on books from this series one after another since they all basically feature the same character types in similar situations and they've all blended together in my mind so that I can't even recall which ones I read over the last week and a half.

In their defense though, I think they'd be less repetitive/monotonous and more quick, mindless fun if read with some hiatus between them.
Sep 05, 2009 Joy rated it liked it
Lyra and Cruz had a passionate bond, but it was shattered. Cruz's mysterious company took over a valuable discovery by Lyra, an alien ruin. In that discovery are artifacts more dangerous than anyone could have guessed. It takes the special talents of both Lyra and Cruz, plus Lyra's dust bunny Vincent, to stop their power-hungry opponents. I enjoyed the way Lyra managed the social occasions in which powerful men vied against each other.

The Harmony series remains a fun, light, sexy read. OBSIDIAN
Jun 16, 2016 Kristen rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
I skimmed the second half of this book.

I'm not sure really what possessed me to read it, but I knew from the writing style early on that it wasn't going to be my cup of tea. I didn't care for either main character, all of the worldbuilding was told, not really shown or interestingly done, and I just really couldn't get into it. I would start to, I'd really start to enjoy it, and then the characters would say something really unrealistic or just plain out of character and I was pulled right out o
Nov 17, 2015 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two hundred years after the closing of the energy Curtain that allowed interplanetary travel - cutting off all contact to Earth - the planet Harmony is thriving. Thanks to an abundant supply of amber, which powers not only electrical machines for everyday use but also psychic abilities in the colonists, Harmony has created a stable, progressive community. But when that stability is threatened, resolving an ancient family feud and a fresh lover's quarrel might be the planet's only hope.

Three mon
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne Castle
First published: 2009
Length: 322 pages
Setting: Around 200 years in the future on the planet Harmony, cut off from Earth. In Cadence City.
Sex: Very explicit, infrequent
Hero: Member of the Sweetwater family. (view spoiler)
Heroine: Amber tuner.
Includes: Excerpt from Fired Up.

Very enjoyable but relies heavily on the reader having at least a passing knowledge of Krentz/Castle/Quick's Arcane s
Sheila Melo
Aug 06, 2014 Sheila Melo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crossover Between Arcane and Harmony

OBSIDIAN PREY is the sixth Harmony book. Harmony is an earth colony that was cut off from earth and where the people have developed paranormal talents related to items found on the planet. As with DARK LIGHT this book also brings in the world of Arcane where people on earth also had paranormal talents.

OBSIDIAN PREY is the story of Cruz Sweetwater. The Sweetwater family was introduced in RUNNING HOT (a contemporary under the name of Jayne Ann Krentz). The Swee
Jan 26, 2016 Ladysatel rated it really liked it
Book #7 in the Harmony/Ghost Hunters Series by Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz)

Lyra Dore, an amber hunter, and amber tuner with a special skill, has made the biggest find of her career, an Amber Temple, with relics inside, only to have it taken away by Amber, Inc. (owned by the Sweetwater Clan). She has sued them, but got nowhere and is now deeply in debt. Lyra has no good feelings for the Sweetwater's.

Cruz Sweetwater, chief of Security for A.I., used an alias to become acquainted with Lyra to fi
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I really do like Jayne Castle's futuristic-paranormal-adorable-romances. But I can't figure out why I decided to reread this one. Cruz just annoys me. The. Whole. Damn. Time.

I forgot how pushy he was. And how rushed this romance feels. Probably because our H/h have met before this book begins, and each starts off pining for the other, I just never really grokked this one. It's unfortunate, because I quite like Owen Sweetwater in Quicksilver, and I found the glimpses of the Sweetwater's that we
Dec 12, 2014 Kathy rated it liked it
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May 15, 2015 Donna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, fantasy, 2015
It's rare for me to read more than two books back-to-back in a series. I either get tired of the author's voice, or the plot seems too similar, or the characters aren't different enough to hold my interest. But I've now read four books in this series one right after the other and enjoyed each of them separately and collectively as they've revealed more of Harmony. This book was the best one so far. This series just gets better with each book.

I don't read much romantic suspense but Castle caught
ZaBeth  Marsh
A great example of how quickly and efficiently you can build a new world (although granted Jayne Castle is building this world off of the success of the Arcane series). I like any book that makes a dust bunny a pet!
Jan 17, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it
If this book is any indication, Jayne Castle's Harmony series is now merging with the Arcane Society (written under her other pseudonyms, Jayne Ann Krentz & Amanda Quick)!

*dashes off to the bookstore*
Betty Lambert
Aug 09, 2014 Betty Lambert rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I always enjoy Jayne Castle books. They take place on another planet that the people on earth had had access to due to a worm hole opening up. After they got there to settle the hole closed and they had to make a life there. Very very good. lots of detail on how they made their living, etc. Highly recommend this book and whole series. She (Jayne Castle) also writes as Jayne Ann Krentz and Amanda Quick. I have her books from the Amanda Quick and also Jayne Krentz and ...more
This would have been a 5 star book. I love the world that Ms. Castle has built on Harmony. And most of the time, the characters that populate this world intrigue and fascinate me. This was only 4 stars because the characters just weren't what I like.

Lyra seemed like a pretty decent MC. She was opinionated and a little on the bossy side. Cruz was one of the MCs I did not care for at all. I didn't understand why he waited to go after Lyra until another company incident required her help. If he had
Erin Penn
Jan 19, 2016 Erin Penn rated it really liked it
"Obsidian Prey" is Janye Castle's (Jane Ann Krentz) best Harmony book - the sixth set in the Universe and like all the rest can stand on its own. It is also lets us meet the Sweetwater clan again, previously seen in Krentz's Arcane Society regency line (under the Amanda Quick pen name) book "Quicksilver".

Love those dangerous Sweetwaters and the women they fall in love with. If you like alpha males, these men are hard to beat.

I often find the Harmony books lacking in layers, but Obsidian Prey has
Paranormal Romance
As rival families the hero and heroine aren't forbidden lovers but they are certainly an unlikely pair. Despite this, the heroine was genuinely in love with the strong calm and composed hero-that is, however, until he betrayed her by stealing her discovered ruin. In doing so, he destroyed her trust in him and they went their separate ways. Now, he's back. He's stuck in the position of needing her help but also trying desperately to right past wrongs and get her to give him a second chance. The f ...more
Donna Jo Atwood
Aug 26, 2009 Donna Jo Atwood rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
WARNING: If you haven't read any of Jayne Castle's Harmony series, this plot will make NO sense.
Lyra Dore is an amber tune and independent prospector who made a spectatular finde of alien artifacts in the underground rain forest, but she was cheated out of them by the guy she was dating, the yummy CEO of Amber Inc, Cruz Sweetwater.
She is a specialist in tuning amber, especially amethyst, and he is one of the few who can work with obsidian amber. He knows they are truly soul mates; she's not so
Sally Bennett
This paranormal romantic suspense takes us offworld to Harmony, a world colonized by a high-tech futuristic Earth but then cut off from the home planet and reverting back to today’s level of technology in a setting that is parallel to our Pacific Northwest. On this new planet, latent psi abilities are common, enhanced by tuned amber. The heroine of this book, Lyra Dore, makes her living, such as it is, by tuning amber, though she also explores the alien ruins and sells relics from them (and has ...more
Lizabeth Tucker
Feb 22, 2013 Lizabeth Tucker rated it really liked it
Lyra Dore was dead broke after trying to sue Amber Inc. after they confiscated her amethyst amber ruin find, struggling to recover after she discovered the man she loved had betrayed her, and terrified that her waking nightmares could mean she was going insane. Then Cruz Sweetwater comes storming back into her life, but why?

We're back on Harmony again, meeting new people, discovering new talents, and watching a couple come back together again. I love these futuristic books written under Jayne An
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Jayne Ann Krentz ...: Obsidian Prey (2009) Book 6 1 2 Sep 27, 2012 10:29AM  
  • Fired Up (Arcane Society, #7; Dreamlight Trilogy, #1)
  • Quicksilver (Arcane Society, #11; Looking Glass Trilogy #2)
  • Heart Thief (Celta's Heartmates, #2)
  • Hope's Folly (Dock Five Universe, #3)
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

Harmony (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • After Dark (Ghost Hunters, #1)
  • After Glow (Ghost Hunters, #2)
  • Ghost Hunter (Ghost Hunters, #3)
  • Silver Master (Ghost Hunters, #4)
  • Dark Light (Ghost Hunters, #5)
  • Midnight Crystal (Ghost Hunters, #7; Arcane Society #9; Dreamlight Trilogy #3)
  • Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, #0; Ghost Hunters, #8; Looking Glass Trilogy, #3; Arcane Society, #12)
  • The Lost Night (Rainshadow, #1; Ghost Hunters, #9)
  • Deception Cove (Rainshadow, #2; Ghost Hunters, #10)
  • The Hot Zone (Rainshadow, #3; Ghost Hunters, #11)

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