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Orchid (St. Helens #3)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  2,289 ratings  ·  57 reviews

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 glorious
ebook, 336 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Pocket Books (first published May 1st 1998)
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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.
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.
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
Jan 06, 2008 Mary rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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
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...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...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
BJ Rose
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
Too much psychic/other planet/future stuff. Could have been cute but went overboard with the sci fi/fantasy.
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
A good read. See Amaryllis & Zinnia
Mar 23, 2014 Trlove50 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Waiting for audio book (download).
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.
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?

a good romance set in another world... very enjoyable
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.
This was a cute story. I liked the mystery and "who dunit" plot. I really liked Rafe and his "primal" side. I don't know if this is a story I would reread, but I would recommend this book. It is enjoyable and I did not want to stop reading, but just wasn't exciting enough for me to say it's a favorite.

Happy reading, though, and a quick and simple read.
Nicola Pike
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.
Sep 09, 2009 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of paranormal romance
As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed this last tome of Krentz/Castle's St. Helen's trilogy. For anyone else who liked these books, I highly recommend picking up her Harmony series. Book 1 is After Dark.
Another great story in the world of St. Helen's. Full of suspense, romance, and some humour. Rafe is a perfect alpha male, especially when he's trying not to be "primitive". Orchid is feisty, romantic, and strong willed. They are wonderful together. Another favourite by this author.
As it turns out, this trilogy is a precursor to a series the author is still writing. I can see why she switched over--there are some elements here that didn't quite mesh, but she did pick up an awful lot of this world in the subsequent series. Enjoyable enough, as romances go.
I loved Zinnia better but this was a good read. The St. Helen stories are way better than the Harmony ones. Although i do love the dust bunnies
Jayne is a comfort read author for me. I liked Rafe and Orchid. I was intrigued with Rafe from previous books in this series. I didn't think that they played with the "only works at night" and strangeness factor that was set up in the previous books.
This is the third and perhaps last book in the St Helens series. I haven't enjoyed the Harmony series as much and I'm not sure why. It seems there is just a bit more synergy in this series and I have been compelled to reread it any number of times
You can tell that this is an early book written by Jayne Ann Krentz as Jayne Castle because her writing style and characers have improved dramatically. Nonetheless, it was a fun read and added to the world she had already created.
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.
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.
Angela James
Going back and re-reading the old Jayne Castle books, because she's always been an auto-buy for me and these books like crack. Unfortunately, some of them aren't standing the test of time for me. Dammit.
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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...more
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After Dark (Harmony #1) Amaryllis (St. Helen's, #1) Canyons of Night (Looking Glass Trilogy, #3; The Arcane Society, #12; Harmony, #8) Midnight Crystal (Harmony #7; Arcane Society #9; Dreamlight Trilogy #3) Silver Master (Harmony #4)

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