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Orchid (St. Helens #3)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  3,544 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
Atop psychic for exclusive Psynergy Inc., Orchid Adams has her hands full with a baffling murder—which doesn’t exactly allow time for husband hunting. Is it even possible there’s a man on St. Helen’s who measures up to her dreams of wedded bliss? Take her new client, Rafe Stonebraker: primitive and elemental, an unlicensed P.I. with some serious secrets, Rafe is hardly mar ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 1998 by Pocket
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Author: Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne Castle
First published: 1998
Length: 327 pages
Setting: Future on the planet of St Helens.
Sex: Reasonably explicit but infrequent.
Hero: Off-the-scales strat-talent (hunter).
Heroine: part-time professional ice-prism. Writes Vampire Paranormal Romance.
Paranormal: Every psychic talent requires a prism to control and direct their talent. Prism must be at least as strong as the talent or risks "burning out".

Winds up the trilogy as an interesting off-shoot to her
Jun 01, 2014 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third and last in the St. Helens series, this book pulls in the last of the three friends who fought off pirates on the islands. They are all exotic talents with extremely strong abilities that they've had to hide. Rafe is a strat talent (Familiar to those who enjoy the Arcane Society books) and made his own way in the world until his grandfather was ready to retire and he came back to take over the family business. There are complications there with a cousin who's a tech talent and feels that t ...more
Apr 10, 2013 Matthew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
It's not really bad. The plot is essentially the same as the previous two Jayne Castle books I read. As are the characters. And the magical system. She just changes the names and cranks them out. The bad guys were slightly more surprising than the other two books I read. I like how the details of the magic change from book to book and it is a fascinating system, but I don't think it makes up for the lack of good pacing, plotting, and character development in the books.
This is the third in this series and I love all three. Hopefully Ms. Krentz will get back to writing about St. Helens and Psynergy, Inc. Each has its own special twist. In this one, Orchid Adams is an ice-prism and a romance writer on another world, St. Helens. Rafe Stonebraker is a delightful strat-talent, a hunter of prey. Ms. Krentz manages to keep Rafe wonderfully in character throughout the book, which is both funny and believable in an other-worldly way.
Jun 11, 2012 Lidia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It 's nice to read a book written well, where the story is original, funny, romantic. Rafe and Orchid are the protagonists and together they own a beautiful couple. And then there's adventure, action, funny lines.
Mar 28, 2009 Lyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first of the alternate universe books I read by Jayne (and this was after reading several under her alter ego Jayne Ann Krentz). Now, I've read just about all of them, and eagerly await each new one making it into paperback.
Jan 02, 2008 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: trashy romance likers
Have read this about a million times but am generally always in the middle of something brainless. It's trashy romance meets psychics on a different planet. Yeah, I know, but it's better than it sounds.
My star rating:

Plot: 3.5/5
Pacing: 5/5
Characters: 4/5
World: 4/5
Romance: 3.5/5

Enjoyment level: 4/5 stars
Nov 08, 2008 Barbra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this series and only wish there were more. The physic part keeps up your interest.
Nov 02, 2014 Dakota rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
classic JAK loved it!! I will definitely have to find the first 2 books in the series
Paranormal Romance
As an off the charts level exotic talent, the hero knows that the chances of finding a wife with an agency match is next to impossible. So when he meets the heroine, she herself a powerful and rare talent, he's intrigued by her. Their connection both with their abilities and their attraction to each other drives him to do anything in order to keep her close. Despite the fact that they aggravate each other to no end and have zero in common, they quickly fall in a sexual affair. The hero is lookin ...more
Lord Rose
Well, I was going to write individual reviews for each of the books in the series. But then I read the second one. And then the third. And I noticed something- the plots of each were quite remarkably similar. But I suppose it really says something about the books that I actually enjoyed reading what was essentially the same book three times in a row. Of course, the details were different, but quite a lot of each was exactly the same.

1. Start out with one super-powerful (and rich and secretive) m
Kristy Halseth
It was a reread but I don't know how many years ago I read it first. Long enough for me to have forgotten that the first three Harmony books were St. Helens books. It is clearly the same world with minor changes.

The jelly-ice really annoys me. Jelly Ice lights, locks, candles, and I don't know how many other things. It is like everything is made of jelly ice. Why are pets named catdogs? With no descriptions of what they are? Why is a microwave an icewave? What does ice have to do with reheating
Nov 17, 2015 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
New York Times bestselling author JAYNE CASTLE

The wildly popular alter ego of bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz creates “delectably entertaining paranormal romantic suspense” (*Booklist*) in the “unique, synergistic world of St. Helen’s” (*Library Journal *), the not-so-distant space colony where hearts and minds are gloriously in sync!
Atop psychic for exclusive Psynergy Inc., Orchid Adams has her hands full with a baffling murder—which doesn’t exactly allow time for husband hunting. I
May 19, 2010 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Janye Castle's futuristic stories about people from Earth who traveled to new worlds via a strange "Curtain," which then disappeared, leaving them stranded with Earth technology that wouldn't work. They developed psychic abilities, which manifested in each of them in different ways. Orchid is the story of Orchid Adams, a romance writer and part-time psychic "prism" for Psynergy Inc. and Rafe Stonebraker, businessman and part-time private eye. He needs a wife to help build his image so he ...more
May 01, 2015 Amyiw rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr, x-2015
2 1/2 stars
Something was missing for me in this book. Maybe I should have read something in between the 2nd and this one. The characters are again very similar to book one, and book 2. They just didn't seem to connect as well for me chemistry wise. Might have been a little bored with the same characters. But still that wasn't my biggest problem, the mystery was way too convoluted, too many bad guys, too many bad plots points, too many murders that were obviously connected to Orchid yet over look
Nov 21, 2013 Dallass rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: If you love Arcane Society, Harmony, or futuristic paranormal romances
Perhaps my favourite of the St. Helen's trilogy, this world is so similar to the Harmony books that the only thing missing are the dust bunnies. Both worlds are set after people traveled through the 'curtain' from earth centuries ago - and both series have strong laws regarding marriage and matchmaking, however the twist on the mental abilities here is a nice change from the individual psy gifts on Harmony.

Orchid and Rafe are like the odd couple for most of the book. They seem to keep getting on
Book Monitor
This is the final part of the St Helen's Trilogy. Again I enjoyed it. The setting remains the planet of St Helen's, the lead characters this time are Orchid Adams, a writer of Psychic Vampire Romances and Rafe Stonebraker, part-time Private investigator and the renegade son of one of the top business families in the area. There is a mysterious death, a missing alien relic, a family feud, and lots more happening this book, but it is all told really well and comes together as a good enjoyable read ...more
I am definitely a St. Helen's series fan. The plot and characters were fun and I was drawn into the story instantly;just couldn't wait to find out what would happen. It was interesting to see the roots of characters and world-aspects from her other series in this earlier one. My only problem with this book was that I felt like the tension between our hero and his cousin seemed to resolve too easily. I have a hard time believing that so much long festered anger could be let go over one evening of ...more
I'm really sorry to see this series/trilogy go.

Though we had another amandaquickish heroine to contend with, Orhid was toned down just enough to keep things lively but not too annoying. The pacing was yet again spot-on, the villain a complete surprise, the mystery intriguing and chilling...And the hero turned out to be my favorite of the three in this trilogy.

There are no words to describe just how much I loved Rafe Stonebreaker. I love my heroes to have a little of a primitive warrior/hunter in
BJ Rose
Mar 01, 2011 BJ Rose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychic, futuristic
More of the same on the planet of St. Helens – and Hobart Batt, the agent for matchmaking Synergistic Connections, has his hands full again with two extremely-difficult-to-match people: Orchid is the author of psychic-vampire novels, and is also an off-the-charts full-spectrum prism; and Rafe Stonebraker possesses a talent that appears to frighten most people: he’s a strat-talent and apparently people are afraid that means he can read their minds. I really like the comic-relief appearance of Hob ...more
Apr 08, 2011 Lychee rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, sf-f
Always get what I hope/expect from Krentz/Castle/Quick. With all the different 'para' talents that she's introduced throughout her novels is starting to seem like an on-going social intervention -- showing us that we all have differing talents/strengths. Perhaps even that we function best when we use our talents in conjunction with those of others. Maybe this is an ongoing theme in all kinds of fiction, but b/c of the specific names that she gives each talent (e.g., "strat talent," "dream talent ...more
Jan 22, 2015 Narariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book, with a nice bit of twist, it doesn't really compare to the Harmony books. The sci-fi/fantasy trope of re-naming things to sound more exotic (coff-tea, dog-cat, moose-deer, etc.) was distracting from the story. But it was an enjoyable read. Since it was the first of the St. Helens books I read, but the third in the series, I found the references to the previous books a little disconcerting, even though they were expected. I'm not sure if I'll read the other books or not, but probably ...more
Jan 22, 2013 107rinoNeko rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ro-mf
Sep 25, 2011 KarenF rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very high 4* rating, in fact, I almost bumped it up to 5 because Rafe Stonebreaker is perhaps the best romance hero name ever. It makes me smile just to think about it. Anyway, very good Castle/Quick/Krentz type book. Although I do miss the dust bunnies in this earlier trilogy I do think the stories are a little bit tighter than some more recent offerings. Rafe & Orchid are a fun couple and the mystery is intriguing without overshadowing the romance.
Dec 13, 2010 Jeri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 One word -- fun. Castle (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) creates another enjoyable romantic adventure in ORCHID. St. Helen's is an interesting place with some decidedly odd conventions, and I like it. A fast, enjoyable read.

Oh, and my favorite line from the book -- "In an exuberant frenzy of happy lust he rolled with her across the wide bed, rumpling the quilt and the sheets until all was chaos." Don't you just love it?

May 14, 2015 Aimee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the books that got me hooked on Jayne Ann Krentz (aka Jayne Castle, aka Amanda Quick). It was and still is a great romance with just enough SF and adventure to make it fun. However, to be completely fair, I must say that I like the world of Harmony better. I think it's because of the Dust Bunnies. I wouldn't mind having one or two arould the house.
Jan 11, 2011 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, romance, series
The St. Helen's series, like the Harmony series, always features strong male and female protagonists. This series focuses on women who have been wronged and who also happen to be strong psychics, while the men often come from difficult or troubling backgrounds. While each is similar in flavor, they individually satisfy given the variety Castle adds to each.
Nicola Pike
Jul 31, 2012 Nicola Pike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The last book in this series we follow the story of the last of the three friends. This has a lot of influence from her Arcane society series with a Hunter who is seeking his bride.

I really wish there were more in this series I really enjoyed the men who invariably say something wrong but I love that they know their minds.
Wishing and hoping for more St Helen! I could not put this down. Orchid Adams and Rafe Stonebreaker are off the scale psychic talents. She is an ice prism and able to focus his stra-talent. There's murder, stolen relics, revenge, dysfunctional families, hidden agendas, kidnapping, and love. I really enjoyed this 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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