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Bridal Jitters

(Ghost Hunters #0.5)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,915 ratings  ·  153 reviews
Virginia Burch, a psychic archeologist, can't believe her luck when she meets Sam Gage, a ghost hunter and owner of prime real estate in the Old Quarters of Cadence, above the Dead City. He offers her his space to live and start up her business. What follows is an even more intriguing proposal-to become his wife. Strictly for professional reasons, of course. Their marriage ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 82 pages
Published October 27th 2005 by Penguin Group USA Inc (first published 2005)
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Alex is The Romance Fox
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A quick read novella that introduces the reader to Jayne Castle's futuristic world of Harmony, a planet inhabited by descents of colonists from Earth, 200 years before when an energy field in space opened allowing travel between Earth and other planets. However, when the energy curtain closed down, humans were left stranded in Harmony and had to build a new society, which have given their descendants paranormal abilities.

Previous inhabitants of Harmony have left behind signs of thei
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Very short story...not one of her best, but it had a dust bunny!
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Bridal Jitters introduces a far-away world of Harmony. The human history of the place starts when colonists arrive to this new planet and the Curtain opens enabling them to travel. However, the Curtain closes at one point leaving all those people on Harmony.

The thing about the planet and Cadence City in particular is that it belonged to something else before. Those previous inhabitants left all kinds of unexplored places booby-trapped. Some of the characters in the series are para-archaeologists
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars rounded up to 4 Stars.
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-owned-read
I originally read this more then a decade ago when I was looking for more scifi-rom (having read through all of Linnea Sinclair's stuff). It introduced me to Harmony and boy am I forever grateful.

Objectively speaking this is heavy on exposition (which from what I remember the rules that govern Harmony are oft repeated in the books), built around a strong lack of communication and an off screen villain mastermind (and an on screen two bit thug). Nostalgia paints the fact I enjoyed this, though Vi
This was a cute short story, but probably not one I'd ever re-read. Virginia Burch has agreed to a Marriage of Convenience to Sam Gage, her landlord and now business partner. I'm not 100% sure I understood why they had to do an MoC instead of just merging their businesses (it had something to do with keeping a house, but I'm still not sure how that necessitated a marriage), but maybe I just misunderstood that. Virginia has been in love with Sam for... some amount of time (it seemed like they onl ...more
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
If you enjoy reading the world of Harmony this won't be an exception. I've enjoyed these books and realized along the way I missed this one. This is a short story, set pretty early in the series. Virginia is a para-archeologist and Sam is a ghost hunter. They have decided to merge their businesses and enter into a marriage of convenience (MC) but Virginia is getting cold feet. She has feelings for Sam but he only seems interested in business and she isn't sure she made the right decision when sh ...more
Olga Godim
Jan 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
It was the first Castle's story set on Harmony, a futuristic romance novella first published in 1999. I don't think the author's forte lies in short form - she is better at writing novels - but it wasn't bad.
The thing that struck me in this story was the emotional response of the heroine to the alien catacombs. In all the later novels, characters enjoy the thrill of the alien paranormal powers they experience underground. In this one though, the heroine is disturbed and excited in equal measures
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Jayne Castle presents his new futuristic world called Harmony, where things are a little different, especially after dark.
Seems that something in the environment on Harmony is bringing out the latent psychic talents in people...but love is always the same.


Jayne Castle presenta su nuevo mundo futurista llamado Harmony, donde las cosas son un poco diferentes, especialmente después del anochecer.
Parece que algo en el ambiente en Harmony está sac
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is actually a re-read. I had read this years ago. Its a very short novella but cute and satisfying. The Hero and heroine have crazy chemsitry from the start. Ita not as explicit as many modern books, but a hot read nevertheless.

I rated this highly since this novella started me on the path of Jayne Castle and her futuristic romance books. I’ve since enjoyed many of her other ones in this series.

Excited to rediscover them.
Mar 28, 2012 rated it liked it
A quick read novella that introduces the reader to Jayne Castle's futuristic world of Harmony and the Dead City in Cadence. We get to see two types of paranormal talent that exist in this world - ghost-hunters and tanglers, and the type of work and challenges presented to them as they explore the tunnels and the catacombs of the Dead City. The story deals with the attraction between Sam, a ghost-hunter, and Virginia, a tangler, as they attempt to solve the first case in their business partnershi ...more
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good short Harmony story! Very enjoyable!
Amber Daulton
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the prequel novella to the Harmony series, Virginia and Sam have agreed to combine their businesses and enter into a temporary two-year Marriage of Convenience contract. It’s just a business arrangement for them, but Virginia is having second thoughts. Sam knows she’s ready to call it quits, and he’s desperate to convince her otherwise.
Though I really liked Sam and Virginia, they really needed to talk. A little communication would’ve solved their problems without all the confusion, nervousnes
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
5 Stars - I have a copy and read it over and over again. If the book is ever in tatters, I will repurchase
4 Stars - I love it and either have a copy or it's on my "to buy" list.
3 Stars - Interesting but I would read it from the library first before buying
2 Stars - Borrow it from the library
1 Star - Read it only if you are completely bored and have no other book to read.

Maybe it's because I've read her full-length Harmony series but this book was just bad. I wasn't invested in t
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I decided to try out Jayne Castle's Harmony series because I picked up a couple books at a library sale and I recently saw it a list of sci-fi author picks of book to tv/movie adaptions. Bridal Jitters is a sort of novella that could be read at the beginning or later in the series. The concept of the world building was a little slow for me to comprehend. You have Sam and Virginia who are entering a partnership for an investigative start up business. He's a ghost-hunter and she's a psychic archae ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was an okayish novella, but nothing was explained. This world is clearly something very different than everyday normal life. I understand that they’re on a different planet, but other than that it’s just a whole load of confusion. Firstly throughout the entire story I was just thinking “wtf is UDEMs”. Do you know when I found out? Like 3 pages before the END! Yep the END! Ahh it’s soo frustrating. Why couldn’t the writer just be a little clearer. I swear this novella is supposed to be like an ...more
This is another re-read for me and I'm kinda digging going back into the Ghost Hunters world. There's a little danger, a little steam, and some intriguing paranormal things happening both above and below ground.

This time around we have Virginia and Sam. They're entering into a marriage of convenience for business reasons, but they both have more than MC feelings for the other. Naturally, neither say anything until they're in a rough spot and the potential for death is present. Also, they, uhh, h
Kathy Martin
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
This short novel (115 pages) takes place on Harmony (but there are no dust bunnies!). Sam Gage is an independent hunter and Virginia Burh is a tangler. They meet when she rents office space and an apartment from him. They decide to form a partnership and combine their businesses. They also plan to enter into a marriage of convenience. Virginia has second thoughts since she's fallen in love with him and doesn't want a temporary marriage. He's fallen for her and is hoping to convince her to marry ...more
Feb 11, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I guess it was OK for what it was, but not to my taste at all.

Writing was mediocre, English was bad, plot-line (what there was of it) seemed to have no basis even in any kind of speculative science and didn't seem logical at points.

Lots of hot romance though (which I can do without, especially when it replaces the plots I like), a bit of action and some hint of semi-mystical woo-woo trend to the plot which I expect to get heavier in future books.

I'm not totally opposed to any of that (I loved th
Samm Lynn
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
I loved this intro to Harmony as I had not read it before. Sam and Virginia are the perfect team - a hunter and a tangler and this story required both of their talents. I actually stopped reading right after the incident with the vehicle but soon picked it up again as I HAD to know what happened. Loved their hiding place and all the speculation over what kind of place it was (I wonder what Sierra McIntyre from Dark Light would have thought of it). Overall, it's a great intro to Harmony but as I ...more
Natasha Saari
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced, good paranormal romance

Enjoyable story. Not available on audible.
Fast paced romance with a paranormal twist. Loved the entire Harmony, ghost hunter etc stories.
Wish the author would continue with more arcane\ harmony\ghost hunter\ rain shadow novels. Really loved those and really miss the series.
Loved the past, present and future of the entire series of books with the paranormal romantic suspense twist.
Please bring more back!!!
Wish there were more to the Am Illuusion Town
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun year

I love the Harmony series who can resist ghost hunters who are always tall dark and handsome!! Sam and Virginia go into business together with plans for a two year marriage of convenience. But their first job takes them into a dangerous situation that takes both of their special abilities to get out of and make a decision about their future.
Karen Griffin
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short but sweet

It is definitely a short read. Finished it in a couple hours. But cute introduction to all the other Harmony stories. Not too much of a plot since it was so short. Most of the action occurs in one day. The characters were typical new lovers who were unsure of each other. Good for a quick read in an afternoon.
Kasey Riley
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short and sweet

Well developed characters, well told story and well edited to boot,,,what more could a reader want? I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others searching for a light and entertaining read. Good job!
Marina P
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very sensual futuristic romance where the two main characters have been in love with each other from their first meeting but avoiding to reveal their feelings & the unavoidable misunderstandings and doubts accompanying such a situation.

Too short, but still enjoyable!!!
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
A decent book but not up to Jayne Castle/Krentz's usual mark. This introduces Harmony and the alien catacombs.

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Bummer.. I read this in early October thinking "hey ghosts and it's nearly Halloween. Let's give it a try..." Well I'm disappointed to say there were no ghosts, just some kind of weird paranormal energy.. So I'm bummed. ...more
May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Old and new

I have read every book in this series at least a dozen times, but this is the first time I have read this one. Interesting to know how the series started. Not a must read to enjoy the series it is just a sweet opener.
Janet Eason

As introductions go, this was OK. A really short story about a new world where para normal is the new norm.
Tricia Linden
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Funny, the book title did not seem to fit the story as well as I would have expected, but I still love most everything from Jayne Castle/Jayne Ann Krantz.
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