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The Hot Zone

(Rainshadow #3)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  4,235 ratings  ·  341 reviews
The world of Harmony has its wonders, one of them being Rainshadow Island. Just beneath its surface, a maze of catacombs hides a dangerous secret...…

Halloween—with its tricks and treats—is a dust bunny’s dream come true. Just ask Lyle, Sedona Snow’s faithful sidekick. But for Sedona, it’s a nightmare. Though her new job managing a small hotel and tavern on Rainshadow is h
Mass Market Paperback, 338 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Jove Books
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Alex is The Romance Fox
Hot Zone #3 in Rainshadow Series and #11 in Harmony Series takes us back to Rainshadow Island, where Halloween is happening right now.

Sedona Snow, the manager of the local town's small hotel and bar is trying to get her life together after the tragedies that she has had in her past life. She and her dustbunny, Lyle have been living a quiet life for a while, but things are going to change dramatically for her.

When a problem occurs in the catacombs, the ghost hunters arrive trying to sort out the
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, don't even bother trying to read this book unless you have finished all your pre-req's. It's impossible to understand what is going on unless you've done your reading.

Seriously, NASA? Who's the asshole who put this poor dog in space? Sure, it's adorable, but I'm still going to call PETA on you!

The absolute best thing about this series is the Dust Bunnies. Here is their description:

He looked like a large ball of fuzzy dryer lint studded with a pair of baby blue eyes. There were six paws an
Christina Dodd
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-books
Disclosure: Jayne Castle (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) and I are friends.
More disclosure: We met about 10 years ago when I moved to the Pacific NW. She's been my favorite writer for much, much longer than that.

That said, the advantage to being Jayne's friend is that I whined enough she gave me an arc of THE HOT ZONE. Jayne calls the book, "Halloween on Rainshadow," and that's just right — Halloween is made for Rainshadow Island where the residents are eccentric, spooky new monsters are popping up out
Lakshmi C
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
The story begins with Lyle - the dust bunny rescuing our h- Sedona Snow. Her name is similar to a Marvel Superheros and she lives upto it. Sedona is a Gatekeeper, she can open and close the gates of The Underworld.
She was kidnapped during a mission, now she is held prisoner by a doctor who experiments on her.
After the Sweet Escape, Sedona moves to Rainshadow so she can live on her own terms.

“Suddenly I seem to be very popular. Like I said, it makes me nervous.”

Cyrus Jones is the Guild Boss for
Lois Bujold
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers who liked the other Harmony books
Recommended to Lois by: library search
Much of a muchness with the others in the series. Castle does actually offer a certain amount of new invention, but it tends to be spread parsimoniously over several books instead of concentrated in one. Science fantasy, I guess, though hard to categorize. The supernatural does not exist, all phenomena having physical explanations, but the science is mostly pseudo, all psi and crystals and such. (Though not nearly as painful as "midichlorians".) The "woman menaced by evil psychologists claiming ...more
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jayne Castle, aka Jayne Ann Krentz, has done it again. I love her books under whatever name she writes, but I have a special place in my heart for the dust bunny books. In Hot Zone, the third of the Rainshadow Island series, we meet Lyle, the newest addition to the dust bunny cast.

Unlike some of the other dust bunnies, Lyle does not have a fetish for jewelry or antique clutches or dolls. Lyle likes to sort things, whether they are pieces of candy or pieces of amber. He arranges and rearranges th
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
I went into this book blindly, with no prior knowledge of this author, series, or the world she created. It’s not something I normally do, especially not this late in a series, but the synopsis was too alluring to pass up and I fervently hoped it could function as a standalone. As it turns out it can, or at least the main storyline can since it focuses on two previously unknown point of view characters.

It was a bit different with the world, since it’s very elaborate and well-built. It’s no wond
I’ve had some issues in the past with Rainshadow books being so cookie-cutter that they were boring, but I actually enjoyed this book. It had some issues that keep it from being great, but I wasn’t bored, which is more than I can say for some of JAK’s books.

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Jacob Proffitt
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: steamy, romance, sci-fi
This was another solid entry in the series. Indeed, it was somewhat better than the previous on practically every axis. Characters, plot, inventive new wrinkles in the underworld, and a couple if intriguing talent wrinkles should have made for a delightful read.

Should have. Unfortunately, Castle drags in a raft of references to another series and that put me off rather strongly. The Fallon Jones series got tiresome with endless go-rounds of the Sylvester formula with bad guys going insane trying
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
Loved it and can't wait for the next book to come out!
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Five reasons to grab a cup of joe and lose yourself in The Hot Zone:

1. It is Halloween on Rainshadow Island, and its newest resident Sedona Snow is in danger. She recently escaped from an underground laboratory thanks to the help of her new companion and faithful dust bunny, Lyle. Castle weaves a suspenseful tale complete with murder, mayhem and escalating danger that kept me on edge. Her villains will make you shiver and wish unhappy things to befall them!

2. Cyrus Jones. Meoow! Hunters are on t
Erin Burns
This is book 11 in the Harmony series and book 3 (or 4 depending on how you are counting) in the Rainshadow series. This is obviously not a stand-alone novel, at all. You could maybe get away with reading just the Rainshadow novels, but really, the whole Harmony series is a lot of fun and dust bunnies are completely awesome! What casual readers may or may not know, is that Jayne Castle is also Jayne Ann Krentz is also Amanda Quick. Jayne Castle is her futuristic (with paranormal) pen name under ...more
CD {Boulder Blvd}
Taking a change from the suspense field I read The Hot Zone. This is not my normal genre preference and although I liked it, I didn't love it. There were numerous times in the book where I skipped over some world building as it felt overly detailed and boring - maybe if it had been presented differently I would have been intrigued versus bored.

Overall the plot was good, but it seemed to lose momentum at points and even felt a little disjointed. It wasn't as good the 4th book in the series. (Yeah
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This joint review was originally published at The Book Pushers

Marlene: I want my own dust bunny! They seem like the most awesome pets ever. A predatory tribble with a taste for candy and danger. They just sound absolutely adorable, and like a kitten on speed.

E: I look at my two furballs, remember how I had to clean up shredded candy wrappers in the past, and I think I have my own set of dust bunnies only mine just have 2 eyes each. *grin* actually I have enjoyed the dust bunnies since they showe
Halloween on Rainshadow Island with Lyle the dust-bunny, and friends. What's a dust bunny? Check it out: ...and...

But it's not all fun and games. Murderers and monsters are climbing out of the crypts, for this is Harmony, an alien planet colonized by humans centuries ago. The planet sizzles with great quantities of psi energy, leading to energy storms, energy ghosts, psychic monsters, etc. Here on Harmony, humans
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: futuristic, romance
This series has no real romance in it, but instalust and instalove instead (which in my book isn't really "love" but a cheap way out). Usually it doesn't bother me that much as the stories support themselves well and at the end of the book you almost believe those feelings :)

Unfortunately here there was instant trust too, and that was way unbelievable for the plot this book had. She has been betrayed by every one in her life since childhood, she's been kidnapped and drugged/tortured. Every one b
Cocktails and Books
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Cocktails

It’s fitting that a dust bunny named Lyle saves Sedona and starts this book off, since dust bunnies are one of my all-time favorite things about this series. They are these cute fluffy creatures full of character and mischief, but they also have a saying about them, “by the time you see teeth, it’s too late”, they may be cute and fluffy but they can be sleek and deadly too.

Rainshadow is a unique island in a world full of wild and crazy happening and where all humans have extraordina
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am just chortling to my self as I write this. Maybe I will chortle as I breathe and sleep. No I will take a break and not chortle as I write this. If you hadn't guessed at least one word was used way to much. The story was enjoyable and I may read some more of them I just have to brace myself to chortling.
Sheila Melo
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny and Suspense Filled Halloween on Rainshadow

In THE HOT ZONE it is Halloween on Rainshadow Island. The latest installment of Castle's paranormal futuristic Rainshadow series is about the creatures that go bump in the night. At times funny and suspenseful, this is the story of a woman who fears having been the victim of an experiment and a man who has come to see if she is a danger.

THE STORY: Sedona Snow is a gatekeeper which means that she has a talent which allows her to open gates in the
A "Meh" 2.5 stars.

I honestly don't know why I keep picking up the Jayne Castle stuff done by Jayne Ann Krentz. I don't know if I've ever really liked one of them, even in a guilty pleasure way. Even though they're all the same author, the only one of her personas I like these days is Amanda Quick (I'm the same way with Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb -- I can take or leave a NR -- usually leave -- but I will read the crap out of her Eve Dallas books) and some of her old JAK stuff.

With that out of the way
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
“The Hot Zone” by Jayne Castle is another imaginative and thought-provoking tale that explores the capability of the human mind with the complications inherent when artificial enhancements are explored without proper safeguards. Sedona Snow is the very talented Class 5 paranormal gatekeeper who runs afoul of those who are looking for a shortcut to enhancing their powers. Her encounters with the newly appointed Rainshadow Guild boss, Cyrus (Dead Zone) Jones, is just as life-changing as h
Olga Godim
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I haven’t enjoyed this author’s new novels in recent years, but this one, her latest, reminded me why she was on the bestsellers’ lists for decades. A surprisingly charming novel, it belongs to the genre of futuristic romance – a romantic story set in some ‘not-quite’ here and now but very close.
The action unfolds on another planet, which humans colonized a couple centuries ago. Everyone on this planet has developed some psychic powers, and the author comes up with different variations of such
(Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
Favorite Quote: “If you ever disappeared, I would look for you and I would not stop until I found you.”

Sedona Snow, a gate keeper, came to Rainshadow when she was left for dead by a guild boss and subsequently kidnapped and experimented on. She escapes her captors with the help of a dust bunny, Lyle, four days later only to discover her “husband” has already replaced her. When Sedona begins to notice the experiments done to her have altered her original psi talents, she decides to hide on the is
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Not sure why, but I liked this one more than the others. So much that I read it through the night and suffered a terrible book hangover. Yes, I have an addiction problem and it seems to be getting a lot worse.

Sedona Snow is a woman who has been sorely screwed. Bastard love child between a couple who left their own marriages, Sedona is left on her own after she finished her schooling. As a powerful talent, she was forced to make it on her own. Successfully opening portals, she is shocked when she
Gail Koger
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Entertaining book and I love dust bunnies.
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fv, krentz-quick
Sedona and Cyrus

Liked this one. Her solid heroes are always good to read. Full review to come on Fiction Vixen Book Reviews
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne Castle
First published: 2013
Length: 342 pages
Setting: Rainshadow Island and Crystal City on the planet Harmony
Sex: Reasonably frequent but mostly fade to black.
Hero: Head of the new Rainshadow Ghost Hunters' Guild. Cooler talent.
Heroine: Gatekeeper.

Another enjoyable Arcane-in-the-future tale from Krentz/Castle. Relying heavily on told (and annoyingly untold) stories from the contemporary series, The Hot Zone revolves around The Formula and another round o
Stephanie  G
Jayne Ann Krentz has long been one of my comfort reads, whether I’m reading her books when she writes as Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick or under her own name. I own most of the books she’s written as Jayne Castle featuring the futuristic world of Harmony, and when the opportunity came to read and review The Hot Zone, I grabbed it.
Her books are a fun blend of science fiction and paranormal all melded into one. The book dives into the action quickly with our heroine, Sedona Snow, escaping from the me
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In ‘The Hot Zone’ we meet Sedona Snow, a gatekeeper in the world of Harmony. Sedona is not just any gatekeeper, Sedona is very talented and unfortunately people take advantage of that fact. When Sedona escapes a strange and dangerous disaster down in the catacombs she decides to move to Rainshadow Island to start a new life. As the new manager of Knox’s Resort and Tavern Sedona tries to forget her past. Together with her dust bunny friend, Lyle, she feels right at home at the quiet island. Sedon ...more
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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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