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Obsidian Prey

(Ghost Hunters #6)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  5,110 ratings  ·  215 reviews
The world of Harmony has its own special glow, thanks to the aliens who left behind powerful amber and twisting underground catacombs. Sparks fly, senses are rezzed, and passion can take you by surprise...

Three months ago, amber tuner and independent prospector Lyra Dore made the find of the decade in an underground rain forest: amethyst ruins. But the very man she was dat
Mass Market Paperback, 351 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Jove Books
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May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book series is just cute and mindless fun. I have to say that if you like the PR that really "brings it" in the sex department, this one is a little bit of a dud in that area. I don't know why, but the sex and romance scenes are not that hot in these books. But, it doesn't suffer because of it, instead there is a lot more "other stuff" going on in place of giant sex scenes. So, don't read it for the smut.

Read it for the dust bunnies! These things are the cutest animal side-kicks ever in a b
Jan 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
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May 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, futuristic
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Apr 16, 2011 rated it liked it
I picked this one up on a whim, because after 2 years I finally found my library's paperback section (I'm shy, I don't like to ask questions). I decided to branch out from my usual historical romances after a particularly bad rash of classic "trashy" romance novels left me with a bad taste (probably roofies). While this book certainly had a take-charge heroine who wasn't actually sexually assaulted by the male lead (yay!), it was really not *quite* as original as I had hoped it would be from rea ...more
Olga Godim
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Reread June 2016
I love this series of futuristic romantic suspense. The heroine is always plucky. The hero is always the HERO. Love conquers all. And the dust bunny makes the icing on this delicious cake of a tale. Especially this particular dust bunny, the famous painter Chimera. Don’t ask. Read the story.

May 29, 2012
I've been OD-ing on Jayne Castle - read 6 of her Harmony novels and 3 of St. Helens during the last couple of months. This one is Harmony #6, although it's not really a series. The
Jacob Proffitt
Aug 16, 2015 rated it liked it
This book wasn't really successful, to me. I mean, I liked it well enough and wasn't ever tempted to simply stop, but it felt flat all the same. If you've read any of the others in the series, then you'll know what to expect. And you really shouldn't start with this one because it's one of the least of them.

The thing is that while Cruz and Lyra are excellent romantic leads, the actual romance really concluded three months before the book starts. Which might have made for an interesting "former l
Argh! Sooner or later, even in a series this good, there's always a bad egg somewhere. Obsidian Prey is one of those bed eggs for the Harmony series.

Not because of the story, because it was great overall. Not for the intrigue, mystery or suspense. Not even for the villain. And especially not for the hero, because I simply loved Cruz and now I want to read Quicksilver again (I love those Sweetwater men).

No, my bad-egg-theory derives from the fact I utterly hated the heroine, the bitch with the wa
Another good book with great characters from Ms. Krentz. Her males are always so . . . well, male - not only macho but clueless when it comes to women. Cruz Sweetwater definitely is stumbling around in the dark when it comes to Lyra Dore. I particularly liked Lyra's taunts and comebacks throughout the book. She could really hold a grudge and rightfully so. It was easy to see both sides of the argument, but Cruz was definitely off to a bad start in this relationship, and I liked the way Ms. Krent ...more
Pam Baddeley
Obsidian Prey is number 6 in the Harmony series, set on a human colony planet, 200 years after it was cut off from contact with Earth. The inhabitants have developed psychic powers, fostered by the psychic energy which emanates from the alien ruins around which every human settlement is based. And in the last few books, the author has also introduced some additional powers which do not depend on the mineral called amber, which most people use to focus their psychic energies. Continuing this them ...more
Aug 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Jayne Ann Krentz has always brought a quirky and somewhat light-hearted touch to all her novels, and this one, under her pseudonym Jayne Castle, is no exception. It takes place in the future on Harmony, a planet colonized by people from Earth who travelled through a "curtain" in which to reach it. But the curtain closed with no warning, stranding the colonists who, two hundred years later, not only survived but thrived by adapting to the unique situation open to them. Lyra and Cruz are at odds w ...more
ZaBeth  Marsh
A great example of how quickly and efficiently you can build a new world (although granted Jayne Castle is building this world off of the success of the Arcane series). I like any book that makes a dust bunny a pet!
Kathy Martin
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Lyra is an amber-tuner and independent prospector who discovered a stash of incredibly rare and powerful amber. Cruz is a member of a huge and powerful family that also works with amber and takes the find away from her. However, before he does so, they fall in love. After he does so, she sues him until she runs out of money and has to abandon the suit. He comes to her again when he needs help with the find. Both are descendents of the Arcane Society though Lyra doesn't know she is. Both have str ...more
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

As has been with all of Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz)'s Harmony books, I immensely enjoyed Obsidian Prey.  The writing style is smooth and easy to read, the story line is straight forward, the progression is fast-paced, and the characters are fun.

I love me some dust bunnies!  They are my mascot and I really, really want to create a stuffed dust bunny of my own!  Although, while I DID love our resident dust bunny in this book, I can't say that Vincent really stood out fr
Oct 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
I haven't liked Jayne Castle's (akaJayne Krentz/Amanda Quick) science fiction as much as her other stuff, but this book finally worked for me. I enjoyed this book for both the romance and suspense elements. The characters remind me of most of her characters, but the situational interplay between them in this story created a nice dynamic. Basically, three months before the book began, he edged his way into her life under cover, lied to her, and cheated her out of a big archaeological find. Kind o ...more
Sep 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: keepers
The planet Harmony was cut off from Earth centuries before these stories take place. The descendants have developed a culture based on amber as a power source. Psychic powers are developing more each year. Indigenous creatures called 'dust bunnies' are pairing up with humans...

Before the story begins, the heroine made a 'find' in the catacombs. The hero - acting in everyone's best interest at least in his opinion - takes control of it away from her because 'it might be dangerous'. The heroine ha
Nov 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
I am a true blue Jayne Ann Krentz fan. Once I read her, way back when, I fell in love with her leap-off-the-page characters. Obsidian Prey is another of her excellent paranormal futristic books, set in the world of Harmony. I'm intrigued by the personality she imbues in the sidekicks, often using the native fluffballs known as dustbunnies. In this book, the dustbunny has a painting hobby that features in the plot.

This book ties in with her Arcane series, both in the Amanda Quick line and her con
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
Obsidian Prey by Jayne Castle.

Gak, gak, gak! The female lead character is so icky that I almost couldn't finish the book. Lyra Dore is a mix of a stupid historical female and Eeyore. "That damn Dore luck!" She blames everything that doesn't go right in her life on her "Dore luck". Let's get real, at some point it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The reader makes Dore sound like Betty Boop and an idiot.
Fortunately I read books later in the series first or I probably wouldn't continue to read
Sep 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Lyra and Cruz had a passionate bond, but it was shattered. Cruz's mysterious company took over a valuable discovery by Lyra, an alien ruin. In that discovery are artifacts more dangerous than anyone could have guessed. It takes the special talents of both Lyra and Cruz, plus Lyra's dust bunny Vincent, to stop their power-hungry opponents. I enjoyed the way Lyra managed the social occasions in which powerful men vied against each other.

The Harmony series remains a fun, light, sexy read. OBSIDIAN
Jenny Koch
Maybe I shouldn't have binged on books from this series one after another since they all basically feature the same character types in similar situations and they've all blended together in my mind so that I can't even recall which ones I read over the last week and a half.

In their defense though, I think they'd be less repetitive/monotonous and more quick, mindless fun if read with some hiatus between them.
Raven R. (AvalonReadsBooks)
Ugh. She put up this huge stink about the stolen amber ruin and instead of getting it back she marries the guy who stole it from her.

Two villains this time, not working on the same villainous project, that's new.

Cute romance but other than that it was a standard Jayne Castle book. I'm all caught up now, no more gaps in my knowledge, onto the new novel that just came out!
Aug 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
If this book is any indication, Jayne Castle's Harmony series is now merging with the Arcane Society (written under her other pseudonyms, Jayne Ann Krentz & Amanda Quick)!

*dashes off to the bookstore*
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this story the most so far out of the Ghost Hunters series and that probably has to do with the strong ties it has to the Arcane Series, which I loved. I always wanted a story about the Sweetwater family and this was great. The only thing I didn't love was the very ending with the couple. ...more
Sep 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
why can't I give less than one star? I haven't read a book this bad in a long time. ...more
Nov 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of other books by JAK
Typical book by Jayne Ann Krentz. A bit naïve heroine and her very alpha-man love interest. The mystery part was not bad.
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was almost a 5 star book but I really feel cheated out of a good ending. It was ok, it was rushed and very fast and unlike her normal endings. I'll write a full review later, but quickly, the heroine found some ruins, the hero is part of the company that would take over sites like that one, and they were dating at the time so it makes the betrayal extra hard.

His side is that she's operating in the grey area of the law and his company would have wound up with the project no matter what, so b
Zoë Miranda
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: bodice-rippers
Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later in my foray into the world of Harmony, a tale that just didn't rez with me. It's funny though because individually I liked both characters. I mean I really liked Lyra, she was tough, smart, talented, and resilient. Cruz didn't seem so bad except that he needed to be brought up to snuff and he never quite made it. I don't blame him, he was dealt a terrible hand in his backstory and then it wasn't handled in a way that would generate any sympanthy for t ...more
Amber Daulton
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
In the sixth Harmony series book, Lyra Dore finds a remarkable amethyst ruin in the jungle. Instead of doing the legal thing and reporting the discovery to the local authorities, she decides to sell some priceless relics in the shady underground antiquities market. When her first client turns out to be an undercover agent in search of the ruin, she’s devastated because the client is also her boyfriend.
Cruz Sweetwater planned to use Lyra but never expected to fall in love with her. After he and h
I have previously read this entire series; its one of my favorites in the Future Fantasy Paranormal genre. This is book #6 in a series by Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne Castle (in her future period Paranormal novels). Do check out her web page for reading order (Jayne Ann Krentz). Each book can certainly be read as a stand-alone but JC makes slight references to previous novels’ characters that can be better enjoyed if read in order.
On the planet of Harmony, the underground catacombs provide
Tonya Johansson
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm giving this book a 2 Stars. But just barely it's a book you'll read and forget you read it 10 days later. Only just finished it two days ago the only thing I can really remember about it or mirrors and that the heroine it's not supposed to be able to see what the dreamer is dreaming she's supposed to be this feel it but it contradicts itself. When all the sudden she's seeing what the dreamer is dreaming. I never really got involved with the characters are the storyline there wasn't much of o ...more
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is probably my favorite book in the series so far. I thought the story moved very well and had some different elements that kept it interesting. I liked both the MCs and enjoyed their interactions. And though I did see some of the plot developments coming I hadn't figured out who the baddie was early on. Mostly though, this was just a really good romantic-suspense with PN elements; a fun read that thoroughly entertained me. ...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.

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