Reading Recommendation: Ghost Hunter by Jayne Castle

I’m not usually into sci-fi or futuristics – I find that most writers tend to overdo the world-building aspects – but novels by Nalini Singh and Jayne Castle are my two exceptions.

For the past week, I’ve been re-reading Jayne Castle’s backlist – in particular her Harmony series – and, because gushing to my close friends about the awesomeness of these novels wasn’t enough, I thought I’d rave about them on my blog as well! 😀

I’m currently on book four of the series, Ghost Hunter.

And, yes, that is Nathan Kamp on the cover – wow, haven’t seen him for a while! 😀

Where deadly energy ghosts lurk in the ruins of an ancient alien civilization. Where dust bunnies prove to be loyal pets. And where a ghost hunter will discover that a woman’s heart is the most dangerous adversary of all…

Local Guild boss and powerful ghost-hunter Cooper Boone is everything botanist Elly St. Clair could ask for – the handsome, strong, and silent type. Maybe too silent. For when Guild secrets threaten her career at the college, Elly has to call off their marriage – and leave small-town life behind…

But starting over in the thriving metropolis of Cadence City isn’t easy, especially when one of Elly’s new friends disappears in the eerie catacombs beneath the streets. Cooper turns up just in time to help Elly investigate. And as the mystery deepens and dangerous ghost myths and legends come to light, Cooper makes it clear he intends to stick around – and this time he’s holding nothing back…

Ghost Hunter is one of the bests – in my humble opinion –  in the series so, of course, I just had to share one of my favourite scenes:

“Well, for starters, The Road is the most exclusive nightclub and casino in town. It’s located in the Old Quarter, right up against the wall. It’s a private club with a special VIP entrance. If you don’t have a pass, you have to stand in a long line with all the lesser beings and hope that the bouncers will eventually let you in. I admit that I can’t give you any firsthand observations of the place, because Emmett tends to be extremely straitlaced about some things.”

“I’m a married man,” Emmett declared piously. “Married men don’t join clubs like The Road to the Ruins unless they’re doing deals with underworld figures or having torrid affairs with their best friends’ wives.”

“Excuses, excuses.” Lydia exchanged a meaningful glance with Elly. “Beware. This is what happens after you get married. All of a sudden they want to stay home every night and grill fish instead of taking you out for a good time.”

“I’ll remember that,” Elly said politely.

She sat down on a deck chair and crossed her legs. Cooper was suddenly keenly aware that the little violet-colored dress she was wearing was even shorter than the skirt she’d had on last night.

“They say the food is great,” Lydia continued. “And I’ve heard the entertainment is first-rate, if a little on the raunchy side.”

Cooper looked at Emmett and shook his head in a mockingly sorrowful manner. “And to think you never take your wife there.”

“Call me boring.” Emmett used the spatula to transfer the filets to the grill. “But I guarantee you, it isn’t the kind of place you’d take the respectable daughter of a high-ranking member of the Aurora Springs Guild, either.”

“I think he’s talking about me,” Elly said to Lydia.

Lydia nodded. “Yes, I did get that impression.”

This scene is one of my favourites because Emmett and Lydia – the leads of After Glow and After Dark, the previous novels – make cameos and, call ne nostalgic, but I love catching up with old characters.

If you’ve liked what you read so far, you can find the reading order of the Harmony books here and continue to explore some Harmony extras, including dust bunnies!

Here’s a book trailer featuring Vincent, the artsy dust bunny, from Obsidian Prey:

If you know a futuristic novel that you think is worth reading, please leave a comment below and share. As always, I’m desperate for good reading material. 🙂

Happy reading!

Rika Ashton

(aka The Raving Non-Lunatic)

P.S: The next novel of the Harmony series, Deception Cove, releases on August 27, 2013.

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