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Dark Light

(Ghost Hunters #5)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  5,081 ratings  ·  224 reviews
Reporter Sierra McIntyre's stories on Crystal City's ghost hunters—and their mysterious guild—have earned her tabloid a bit of respect. It helps that she has her incredible intuition to fall back on. Especially when she interviews Ghost Hunter Guild Boss John Fontana about the disappearances of retired, homeless hunters.

Sierra doesn't want to trust the physically and psych
Mass Market Paperback, 387 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by Jove (first published August 24th 2008)
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May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series seemed like such a strange, mixed-bag type of thing when it started. It had so many odd things going on that almost didn't go together, and yet was entertaining enough. But, now I feel like it has settled into a definite identity. It is a very campy sci-fi romance. Why camp?

First of all: the language. This planet has psychic waves that the people "resonate" with, and amber helps them tune into the psychic flow. So, everything is either amber-related or "rezzed". Here's what I mean:

Jacob Proffitt
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another good entry for the series. And again, you could easily start here if you like. I still suggest reading at least the first two before others, but you don't really have to.

This story was rather light, but I kind of enjoyed that. For one, it meant that there was a very, very bare minimum of PoV hopping. Only a couple really short shifts that weren't really bad guys so much as bad guy adjacent.

While I liked both protagonists, I didn't connect strongly with either. They were good but not grea
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just as fun as the previous book, this one tells the story of Sierra, an investigative reporter for a tabloid, and Fontana, the new Guild Boss.

The two meet when Sierra interviews Fontana about the disappearances of retired guild members, and their interview somehow ends with them engaged to be married that very same day.

Turns out that Sierra has stumbled upon a conspiracy that Fontana will need her sources to uncover, while she will need his protection as the Boss's wife from the conspirators wh
Aly is so frigging bored
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy these books, I don't need to concentrate overlay much to enjoy them. I liked both MCs, they didn't let themselves be defined by their families and they succeeded on their own merits. ...more
Fabiola Chenet
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
One star less because the heroine annoyed me a little at the beginning. I absolutely loved the hero's determination. A big surprise at the end of the book with the resolution of the suspense. ...more
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
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I haven't read one of these in a long time. I was cleaning out my desk and found a couple of these Jayne Castle/Jayne Ann Krentz books and after flipping through a few pages I was hooked.
If you haven't read one before, this author has 3 pen names, and 3 interconnecting series. The cool thing is all 3 series take place in different eras. The Jayne Castle books take place in the future on a world called Harmony that has been cut off from Earth for centuries.
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

There were many things I really liked about this book despite the common formula that Jayne Castle uses on a regular basis.  I like the new paranormal talents that continue to be introduced with each book.  I like that the world of Harmony isn't static, and that things are continuously being discovered from alien history, to human history, to new and unknown abilities.  I like that the characters are always likable and easy to follow.  I like that the romances are steamy
Jenny Koch
Overall a quick, fun read. I enjoyed how the heroine was a reporter for a cringeworthy tabloid and I also loved all her coworkers.
Dark Light was basically just a stamping out of the usual stock elements present in all the Harmony books. The hero and heroine meet and enter into a "marriage of convenience" incredibly quickly and for poorly defined reasons, one or both of them has a dust bunny companion that plays a pivotal role in finding the corresponding kidnapped or lost human, at some point the hero will be required to "melt amber" in order to protect the heroine and they'll have sex either right before he passes out or ...more
Pam Baddeley
In this fifth volume of the Ghost Hunters series, we have the elements we've come to expect: feisty heroine who usually has a downer on ghost hunters, controlled, powerful, hunky hero, cute dust bunnies - the indigenous life form which likes to pair up with (usually) the heroine, a mystery of some kind involving murderer(s) who would stop at nothing, and lots of alien tech and psychic powers.

In brief, Harmony is a colony cut off from Earth for 200 years after being established in the late 21st c
Julie (jjmachshev)
Aug 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008-reads
I'm loving the recent upswing in paranormal romance novels, but I must tell you that one of my favorite series is the 'Curtain/Ghost Hunter' series by Jayne Castle AKA Jayne Ann Krentz AKA Amanda Quick. The first book was written a little over 10 years ago and I was hooked. So whenever I get a new release, I put down whatever I'm reading at the time and gobble the new down. I've reread every book in this series at least 4-5 times and I know "Dark Light", the newest release, will be no exception. ...more
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this futuristic series. It takes place on another planet similar to earth. There are alien artifacts, and dangers underground. This area is protected, and governed by the Guild. Each sector has it's own boss. John Fontana has barely set up his office, when a tabloid reporter shows up to interview him. He has taken this post ,due to several things not adding up, in this sector. It seems friends of hers are disappearing right off the streets. They are retired tunnel workers, and are the gu ...more
Sep 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
I've read the four books proceeding this one (After Dark, After Glow, Ghost Hunter and Silver Master) plus the novella that (I believe) started it all, Bridal Jitters and to date I think that other then the duo in Bridal Jitters I haven't fully liked any of the romantic couples featured (to be fair its the same couple in After Dark and After Glow) until this book.

Sierra was a little too reckless to be honest, but other then that I really enjoyed the interaction between Sierra and Fontana. That s
Woohoo! Another 'freak' Ghost Hunter talent. And the heroine wasn’t that annoying either. This series keeps getting better and better.

Tight plot, quick pacing, gripping suspense, possible alien threat, love at first sight (don’t you just love one of those), heavy denial of love at first sight (me likey), great chemistry, even greater attraction, cute couple, twisted villain (I didn’t see that one coming, great surprise), funky motley crew of journalists, some magic moments in the alien jungle...
Kari Chapman
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this one. The male leads talent was fun to read about. I liked him a lot - a nice blend of confidence and insecurity. The female lead was great as well. I liked the family issues she had to deal with. The mystery was a nice one, and the new find in the jungle was great. Overall, one of my favorite Harmony books so far.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action, fantasy
This is another book in the series in which the characters get married immediately for some reason. It's a common plot in this series and I don't mind it.

I liked both the hero and the heroine and enjoyed this book.
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
At this point in the series, the world and lore are pretty fleshed out, so the story flows well.
The dust bunny is the star of the book, as always. If any of these don't have a dust bunny, I will be disappointed.
My only issue was toward the end. I don't recall anywhere in the previous books saying that triggering an illusion trap would disarm it. I could be misremembering, though.
Amber Daulton
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the fifth Harmony series book, reporter Sierra McIntyre is investigating a powerful new drug called Ghost Juice and the disappearances of several drug-addicted ex-hunters from the local guild. When the new guild boss promises her an interview, she never expected he would propose marriage.
As the head of the organization, it’s John Fontana’s job to stop the drug flow in his city and to find the missing hunters. Since his and Sierra’s investigations are running side by side, Fontana wants to tea
Zoë Miranda
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bodice-rippers
It was a real scorcher of a day weather-wise and I decided to head for the lake, pull up a chair and read a scorcher of a novel as well. I have been obsessed with the Harmony books for the last little while. I love how whimsical the dust bunnies are, I love the magic, and I love the love. I enjoy knowing that I am going to get a solid and interesting story, but know that the characters will all have their own personalities and quirks, each installment is not simple a cookie-cutter version of the ...more
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of my favorite fantasy series - so for me, nearly a 5* rating. I am rereading it for the 3rd time. Dark Light is a fantasy novel with its setting in the distant future on a far away planet called Harmony. Colonists from earth first settled Harmony 200 yrs prior (to the the series beginning). The settlers have since lost their ability to return to earth, so they now concentrate their energies on living, thriving, and investigating their “new” home planet - which is quite different fro ...more
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sfr-pnr
Thanks to Overdrive, I have blasted my way through most of Jayne Castle’s Ghost Hunter novels in random order. I think I’ll take a break and then will probably finish them. They are all pretty much the same, which isn’t a criticism. A lot of series like this have a sameness to them. In this case there’s a girl, a guy, and a dust bunny. Oh, and some kind of psychic or paranormal senses. You just kind of have to go with it to enjoy these. And I have. Great literature, these are not, and yet I don’ ...more
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Just another romantic suspense with a paranormal twist by Jayne Castle.
Once you've read one of her books set in Harmony, you easily catch the pattern she uses: big alpha male with psychic powers meets girl with talents too, they feel an irresistible and instant attraction and they have to fight some villains to end up happily ever after together.
Entertaining and light reading to have a good time without having to think a lot.


Justo otra
Donna Schwartz
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love all the books in this series! It's set on a planet called Harmony where humans have begun to develop psychic abilites after they came through a portal called "the Curtain". They live around the areas where another race once lived and are constantly making use of the alien technology that they discover. Sierra, one of the main characters, is working for a newspaper, much like the National Enquier and is trying to save men called Ghost Hunters. She gets involved with the Guild Boss (who sup ...more
Kaitlyn Dunnett
Another good read. I'm only marking it down to a 4 rather than a 5 because, given the futuristic setting (200 years from now in a galaxy far far away), the name of the dust bunny was jarring. Why would people so far removed from 20th century earth know about the costumes and catch phrases associated with one particular mid-20th century celebrity? A couple of sentences of explanation could have taken care of the issue. As it was, that one seemingly insignificant detail just kept pulling me out of ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, rounding up to 4 because I like the author. I think I'm getting more into the Ghost Hunters stories and world-building, but I don't think I will ever like it as much as the Arcane Society stories. But, as always, I flew through this book and I enjoyed reading it. And I liked this couple a little more than the others, I think. And I do really love the dust bunnies. ...more
Kasey Riley
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It ain’t over till it’s over...

Well done. The characters are well conceived and the plot flows with enough action and mystery to keep the reader hooked. There are a few spots of “over the top” action... it most is in character with the story Overall the book is well written and easy to read...great entertainment.
Melody Palmer
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
It's always a treat to revisit Harmony with all the paranormal abilities and dust bunnies. This dust bunny's name was Elvis and he was fantastic, the best part of the book. The heroine was ok, the hero was a bit better, but not one of the best. I liked the book; it was worth the read, but not one of my favorites. I recommend to anyone who enjoys sci-fi futuristic romance. ...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

Other books in the series

Ghost Hunters (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • After Dark (Ghost Hunters, #1)
  • After Glow (Ghost Hunters, #2)
  • Ghost Hunter (Ghost Hunters, #3)
  • Silver Master (Ghost Hunters, #4)
  • Obsidian Prey (Ghost Hunters, #6)
  • 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)
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