Author: Castle Jayne
Package Dimensions: 19x229x522
Number Of Pages: 304
Release Date: 16-11-2021
Details: Product Description
Welcome to Illusion Town on the colony world of Harmony—like Las Vegas on Earth, but way more weird.
Living in this new, alien world doesn’t stop the settlers from trying to re-create what they’ve left behind. Case in point—weddings are still the highlight of any social calendar. But it’s the after-party that turns disastrous for Lucy Bell. Kidnapped and drugged as she leaves the party, she manages to escape—only to find herself lost in the mysterious, alien underground maze of glowing green tunnels beneath Illusion Town. She’s been surviving on determination and cold pizza, scavenged for her by a special dust bunny, when help finally shows up.
Gabriel Jones is the Ghost Hunter sent to rescue her, but escaping the underground ruins isn’t the end of her troubles—it’s only the beginning. With no rational reason for her abduction, and her sole witness gone on another assignment for the Guild, whispers start circulating that Lucy made it all up. Soon her life unravels until she has nothing left but her pride. The last thing she expects is for Gabriel Jones to come back to town for her.
The Lucy that Gabriel finds is not the same woman he rescued, the one who looked at him as if he were her hero. This Lucy is sharp, angry, and more than a little cynical—instead of awe, she treats him with extreme caution. But a killer is still hunting her, and there aren’t a lot of options when it comes to heroes. Despite her wariness, Gabriel is also the one person who believes Lucy—after all, he was there. He’s determined to help clear her reputation, no matter what it takes. And as the new Guild Boss, his word is law, even in the lawlessness of Illusion Town.
“Tinged with just a kiss of romantic suspense, the novel’s seamless blend of past, present, and future sensibilities and familiar yet otherworldly backdrop are more than enough to tantalize. Add in frequent humor, and one incorrigible dust bunny with a penchant for pizza, and readers will fall in love.”—
“Castle expertly finesses the quicksilver pacing and danger-infused plot while displaying her mastery of dryly humorous dialogue and simmering sexual chemistry. A pizza-eating dust bunny and clever nods to her previous books add another layer of fun to the story, and a tantalizing twist at the end hints at reading pleasures yet to come.”—Booklist, starred review
“Romance, mystery, and dust bunnies abound in this solid addition to a long-running series.”—
About the Author
Jayne Castle, the author of
Illusion Town, Siren’s Call,
The Hot Zone,
The Lost Night,
Canyons of Night,
After Glow, and
After Dark, is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the author of more than fifty
New York Times bestsellers. She writes contemporary romantic suspense novels under the Krentz name, as well as historical novels under the pseudonym Amanda Quick.
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The Lord of the Underworld showed up with the dust bunny and a pizza.
Lucy Bell decided she was probably hallucinating again. She ignored the figure looming in the arched doorway and focused on the dust bunny.
“Right on time, Otis,” she said. “I’m hungry.”
The dust bunny chortled a greeting and bounced across the glowing green quartz floor. He stopped in front of the massive quartz throne where she lounged, the black skirts of her bridesmaid dress draped over one arm of the grand chair.
She leaned down and scooped him up. Clutching his warm, fluffy body steadied her nerves and her senses. Otis, at least, was real. She risked another glance at the doorway. The Lord of the Underworld was still there. He was the one with the pizza box. Usually Otis carried it in two of his six paws.
“Hades, I presume?” she said, going for cool and polite. She had discovered the hard way that strong emotions tended to exaggerate the vi