The environment on Harmony accelerates the development of paranormal powers in those who possess them. So there are some interesting levels of powers...moreThe environment on Harmony accelerates the development of paranormal powers in those who possess them. So there are some interesting levels of powers in the characters in this futuristic book. And we're exploring more of Harmony by going underground into a subterranean world probably built by the alien race that somehow still wasn't able to survive, even in the catacombs of Harmony. As with the Winters men in the first two books of this trilogy, Adam is having nightmares and hallucinations, and needs the Burning Lamp and a strong dreamlight reader to save him. But it looks like they also have to save the entire underworld - and maybe even Harmony itself.(less)
A social reformer and a crime lord - not exactly a match made in heaven, but certainly suited for the streets of London. And Adelaide Pyne & Griff...moreA social reformer and a crime lord - not exactly a match made in heaven, but certainly suited for the streets of London. And Adelaide Pyne & Griffin Winters soon find that they are very well-suited indeed. At first, Adelaide is convinced that the Burning Lamp is motivating/manipulating their emotions. But there are other problems to solve first - someone else wants the Burning Lamp - the same someone who stole it 15 years ago, and just needs a strong dreamlighter to help him access the powers of the lamp. Adelaide just happens to be a strong dreamlighter. And it appears this thief has teamed up with the crime lord who is Griffin's strongest rival. As if the inbuilt enhanced powers of this duo are not enough, they now have red crystals that strongly but briefly enhance their powers to a deadly degree. In order to defeat the villains, it looks like the Winters and the Jones families will have to collaborate - not what their ancestors had in mind!(less)
I love the Arcane series of Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick, so I have become familiar with the strat-talents and illusionists and hunters, as well as t...moreI love the Arcane series of Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick, so I have become familiar with the strat-talents and illusionists and hunters, as well as the other psychics who are intuitive & probability talents, but now the Dreamlight Trilogy adds a dreamlight-reading talent in the person of Chloe, and Jack Winter wants to be her newest client. Jack is a financial strat, but he's been having some serious nightmares, and is convinced that he'll go crazy and commit suicide or murder - unless he finds the Burning Lamp and uses its powers to keep him from becoming a Cerberus. And that's where Chloe's talent comes in - he needs her dreamlight abilities to access the power of the lamp. The villains, of course, want the lamp and Chloe for their own use.(less)
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...moreAbout 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 earth materials decayed and fell apart. But the people apparently had no trouble surviving in the same atmosphere, and survive and prosper they did. And they developed skills unheard of, or untapped, on earth. – especially in the psychic areas. But by the five hells, St. Helen’s became a hyphenated world. There are bat-snakes and eel-fish and mouse-wrens and cat-dogs. The people eat straw-peaches and cherry-grapes and drink coff-tea *my reading stuttered whenever I came across that!* Even the people are hyphenated! Amaryllis is a full-spectrum prism, and Lucas is a detector-talent (he’s also an illusion-talent, but that’s a secret he guards very well).
All this silliness aside, this is really a pretty-good suspense-romance (I told you it’s a hyphenated world), and even though no reputable marriage agency would match a high-class talent with a full-spectrum prism, you just know that Amaryllis and Lucas will have their happily-ever-after, especially when Lucas brings her rose-orchids!
Note: this is a strong 3* read, but didn't reach a 4* rating for me. (less)
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 e...moreMore 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 Hobart and all the hoops he puts Rafe through. There are also more murders to be solved, and another conspiracy to unravel. (less)
You can’t fight Mother Nature. Psychic talents need the help of a human prism to help them focus and use their power to the fullest extent – just foll...moreYou can’t fight Mother Nature. Psychic talents need the help of a human prism to help them focus and use their power to the fullest extent – just following the laws of synergy. But Nick has learned that most prisms don’t like to work with matrix-talents, and that’s what he is. But when he sends out a psychic probe, he gets a response from a strong prism in his casino – Zinnia has been wandering the casino, trying to figure out a way to get into Nick Chastain’s office because she’s convinced he had one of her clients kidnapped. Yep, this is the same Zinnia who was photographed coming out of the bedroom of a very influential businessman who also happened to be very much married - you’ll need to read the book to find out what that was all about! Now she’s on the front page again – after Nick convinced her he didn’t kidnap her client, she hied herself off to Morris’ bookshop, and discovered his body. Nick followed her to try to keep her out of trouble, but the combination of a murdered body, the owner of Chastain’s Casino, and The Scarlet Lady (aka Zinnia) was too much for the tabloids to ignore. And it seems that everywhere she turns, that tabloid photographer is there to put the worst spin on her activities, which doesn’t make her relatives happy – they’ve lost their place in society and are looking for Zinnia to make an advantageous marriage to put them back where they think they deserve to be (except for her brother Leo – he’s on her side). And then there’s Nick’s relatives, who love to keep reminding him that he’s a bastard in more than one way. If that’s not enough, they’ve got some mysterious deaths to figure out, and the mystery of the lost Third Chastain Expedition, and the difficulties of finding a marriage match for two decidedly unmatchable people - well, guess how that will turn out! (less)
Rose has been on the run from Whitney and his breeding program for 8 months, and Kane has been searching unsuccessfully for her. Then Kane’s GhostWalk...moreRose has been on the run from Whitney and his breeding program for 8 months, and Kane has been searching unsuccessfully for her. Then Kane’s GhostWalker team is assigned to rescue some cartel hostages, and it turns out that Rose is the informer who provided the information about where they were. The hostages are successfully rescued, but Kane and Rose don’t make it to the helicopter in time, and now they’re on the run from Whitney and from the cartel. And Rose’s baby decides that now is a good time to be born! But how to protect him without going into hiding again?!
“We’re different. We’re always going to be different,” Kane tells Rose. “We have enemies and we can’t pretend them away.” To Rose that also means that Whitney will go on playing his ruthless game, and she’ll just have to be prepared to deal with it. But Kane is slowly convincing Rose that she needs him – in more ways than one – and that his team, his family, are hers also; that she no longer needs to feel alone. Rose justifiably has trust issues, so even trusting Kane was a big deal, and now she’s supposed to trust all these strangers?! Sure, they’re his family, but Rose is just now experiencing the concept of family as support. So they’ll give her some time to realize that together they cancel out each others’ weaknesses. And Rose takes it to heart when Rhianna says, “Being alone is no fun when you know no one has your back.” Family looks out for family, and that’s not a cage, that’s love and protection. (less)
Not quite a 4* read for me, but I did like the tie-in to the Eclipse Bay series, with the verification of Arizona Snow as more than a conspiracy nut....moreNot quite a 4* read for me, but I did like the tie-in to the Eclipse Bay series, with the verification of Arizona Snow as more than a conspiracy nut. I do enjoy reading about each new entry in the Jones & Jones psychic investigative agency - in this case, it's Luther & Grace, both with very strong psychic abilities. And I liked the husband & wife owners of the bar In Hawaii, and the way they took care of misfits - that's why they 'adopted' Luther, which turned out to be a smart move on their part. He made the perfect bartender/bouncer - just manipulate emotions to prevent fights, convince drunks to go home & sleep it off, etc. I don't think I could ever trust my feelings around Luther - no wonder Grace told him to stop using his skill on her!(less)
Marlie Keen had lived as a virtual prisoner for over 20 years because her psychic gift made her too vulnerable around people - she was so bombarded wi...moreMarlie Keen had lived as a virtual prisoner for over 20 years because her psychic gift made her too vulnerable around people - she was so bombarded with the emotions of others that her only defense was to live like a hermit. Then something horrible happened to her, and she lost her psychic skills. For six years, she lived and enjoyed a normal life.
Now she's 'experienced' another woman's violent death, but when she reports it to the PD, she is faced with the cynicism and disbelief of Detective Dane Hollister, who feels that a psychic is simply a psychotic who forgot the 'ot'. However, that doesn't stop him from wanting to get into bed with her.
I loved the epilogue - very cheesy, but still funny!
This is the first E. Thornton book I've read with paranormal elements in it, and it seemed to me that she tried to give a light-hearted approach to th...moreThis is the first E. Thornton book I've read with paranormal elements in it, and it seemed to me that she tried to give a light-hearted approach to the psychic element at the expense of the drama of the political intrigue, with this reader left somewhere in the middle. Even with all the red herrings thrown in, I was able to easily figure out who the real villain was by the middle of the book, but that may be because I've read a lot of her books.
All that said, I did enjoy the book and read it in one day, so she did keep my interest, but it didn't have that feeling of suspense I usually get from her. And the rocky-path-to-true-love aspect was well-done. I'd give it 3.5* (less)