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Amaryllis (St. Helens Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jayne Castle
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Book Description

New York Times bestselling author JAYNE CASTLE


Acclaimed for her novels of “delectably entertaining paranormal romantic suspense” (Booklist), the wildly popular alter ego of bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz takes off on a star-dusted excursion to a rich civilization where danger and passion are just a heartbeat away. . . .

Amaryllis Lark is one of the best psychic detectives on St. Helen’s, the earth colony recently cut off from the mother planet, yet not so very different from home. . . . Lucas Trent, the rugged head of Lodestar Exploration, isn’t keen on the prim type—and from her crisp business suit to her cool evaluation of his request to bust a corporate thief, beautiful Amaryllis is excruciatingly proper. But when a bold hunch heats up into a twisting murder investigation, by-the-book Amaryllis must let her guard down and break some rules—and a red-hot love affair ignites. Now, as they race to solve a puzzle of deadly intrigue, no power—otherworldly or otherwise—can keep them apart!

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When professional full-scale prism Amaryllis Lark agrees to serve as the "focus" for the highly psychically talented Lucas Trent in a security investigation for his company, their mind-link produces excitement?and leads them into a dangerous search for a clever psychic murderer. The chemistry between the pragmatic hero and prissy heroine is on target here. Writing under the name Jayne Castle for the first time in 16 years, veteran romance writer Jayne Ann Krentz takes her trademark combination of witty, upbeat action; lively sensuality; and appealing characters to the unique, synergistic world of St. Helens. Readers may also be interested in some of Krentz's earlier futuristic works (e.g., Shield's Lady, Starfire), recently re-released under her own name. She lives in Seattle.
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In the futuristic city of New Seattle on the Earth colony of St. Helen's, love and passion bring together two very unlikely people. Amaryllis Lark is a prism, able to focus the power of a psychic talent. She's also one of the best psychic detectives working for Psynergy, Inc. She's cool, proper and completely professional-- until Lucas Trent gets past her defenses. Lucas is head of Lodestar Exploration and wants Amaryllis to help him track down a corporate thief. This should be just another job to Amaryllis, but it turns into something much more as the rugged adventurer touches her heart and mind. Someone is betraying Lucas and he intends to find out why. Used to living life on the edge, Lucas has no interest in the prissy Miss Lark, even if her prism ability is a match for his off-the-chart talent. What starts out as a simple corporate security situation turns into a murder investigation that puts both Lucas and Amaryllis right in the middle of the danger. Lucas doesn't count on being attracted to Amaryllis, but when their minds touch, passion takes over. The unlikely duo discover that there's more to appearances than meets the eye! The incomparable Jayne Ann Krentz returns, writing as Jayne Castle in this delightful and delicious romance. Part fantasy, part paranormal, part futuristic, Amaryllis is a thoroughly entertaining love story. Lucas is the to-sigh-for hero of every woman's dreams. Rugged and handsome, he is the perfect match for Amaryllis. Their adventures together keep the reader on the edge of her seat! The genre of futuristics is still growing, but readers have already seen certain themes being repeated and redone with too much emphasis on technology and Star Wars-like intergalactic battles. Thankfully, Ms. Krentz (Castle) does an incredible job of creating a unique, realistic world in the not-too-distant future and filling it up with real characters. Readers will be looking forward to the next passionate story from Jayne Castle and Psynergy, Inc. A stunning tale from the amazing Jayne Castle! This is the future of futuristics! Ms. Castle creates a believable future with characters we care about! Readers have come to expect only the best from Jayne Ann Krentz... and she never disappoints!Kristina Wright -- Copyright © 1994-97 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved -- From Literary Times

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  • File Size: 1976 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reissue edition (September 7, 2010)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YUC6E6
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lot of Fun! June 14, 2000
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Being a fan of futuristic romance I was very happy to "surf" into this, the first book in the series (followed by Zinnia and Orchid). The icing on the cake for me was having psychic abilities added to the story! Amaryllis Lark and Lucas Trent get off to a rocky start, but slowly acknowledge their growing attraction to each other. This is fueled by their Prism/Talent Link that leads them into a nice little murder mystery to solve.
Ms. Castle (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) did a nice job of educating the reader about the time and place of the story without getting long winded. I loved the names for various foods, drinks, places and animals that are a combination of nouns used "here on earth!"
I do not regret in the least ordering all three of these books sight unseen. I've enjoyed all three enormously.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lush Futuristic Romance Fantasy & A Fun Read!! September 7, 2004
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St. Helen's, a lush green world, is an earth colony founded by humans over two centuries before "Amaryllis" begins. The original humans, Founders, were stranded shortly after discovering the planet, and were forever cut off from their home on earth. They adapted to the new environment, utilizing native metals and materials, but much of the science and technology they brought with them was lost over time. Eventually the population of St. Helens evolved into two kinds of humans - "prisms" and "talents," both with psychic ability. Talents have significant degrees of paranormal ability, but cannot focus their energy without a prism. The necessary link between a "talent" and a "prism" has to be mutually consensual in order to accomplish any paranormal activity.

Amaryllis Lark, a professional, academically trained full-spectrum prism, is quite beautiful - but she's also a buttoned-up, prim, proper kind of gal who plays by the rules. Amaryllis is a top psychic detective at Psynergy, Inc., one of the best companies in the business. Lucas Trent, president of Lodestar Exploration and Mining, is a talent of the strongest degree, but he needs Amaryllis to work with him in order to focus his paranormal gifts, and assist him in a simple investigation. Needless to say, Lucas is definitely not prim or proper, nor does he have rules - but when the two join forces, sparks fly! Their business arrangement turns into a murder investigation, and a much closer merger than either of them bargained for.

Jayne Castle has a real winner with "Amaryllis." St, Helens is a fascinating world peopled with some real characters. Lucas and Amaryllis are polar opposites - she's Miss Priss, a real lady - and he lets it all hang out. That's why they're so good together.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended :) March 16, 2003
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Even though this book was published quite some time ago, I only read it this weekend, due to the recommendation of one of my friends. If it hadn't been for her recommendation, I don't think I would have tried it, because the whole plot of this futuristic romance seemed a little far-fetched.
But then, if I hadn't read it I would have missed a real keeper, so I guess I'm very lucky for having friends who share my tastes, and who know what I might like even before I do.
The story is set in the Earth colony of St. Helen's, and the main characters are two very different. Amaryllis Lark is a prism, and she can help people who have psychic talents to focus them. She works for Psynergy, Inc., and is quite happy with her job. One of the tasks she must perform is help Lucas, the owner of Lodestar Exploration, to find a corporate thief. She does exactly that, by focusing his talent (remember that Amaryllis is a prism, this is more extensely explained in the book). Even they are very different, they find that they are intensely attracted to each other, and that atraction only increases as the case they investigate develops to include murder.
Jayne Castle is the name that Jayne Ann Krentz uses when she writes futuristic paranormal romances. I can only tell that she is incredible! After finishing this book, I immediately searched in the web for the sequels, "Zinnia" and "Orchid", and by now I've already read both of them (they are also great, 5 star rating). This "compulsion" to read everything similar that the author may have written is what distinguishes really good romances novels (for example, Dark Series by Feehan or Cynsters by Laurens) from others that are only midly good.
Anyway, if you follow my advise, good reading! You will have a great time! :)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars paranormal brilliance from JAK September 17, 2004
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Since they repackaged two from this series under the title of Harmony, I got these out and decided to reread them, and found I enjoyed them more the second time around. This is JAK writing as the Jayne Castle she saves for her paranormal tales, and it's her best writing of late. I have been a wee tad disappointed in her last several hardbacks, especially in her Amanda Quicks (her historical romance name). She seems to have polished her diamond too much and lost some of the spontaneity that was her trademark. But in Amaryllis, Zinnia and Orchid (and later with After Dark and After Glow) the off-world of Harmony antics show JAK at her top form. These books original received mixed reviews from fans, not completely used to JAK's paranormals. I often see the complaint JAK is a great writer, but the books are too patterned. It's in her Jayne Castle works where is her most original, yet her fans were initially resistant to the paranormal theme. Now the paranormal market has caught up with her, and is so hot, these are getting better reviews. So if you missed the Harmony tales, don't hesitate to seek them out.
In this off world tale, Amaryllis Lark is a private detective, but she is also a prism. In the Earth Colony of Harmony, people evolved with two supernatural talents: either they were a prism or a psychic. The prisms serve to increase the power of the psychics by channeling their powers through them, amplifying it and keeping it stable. Even the strongest of psychics needs a prism, for without them they cannot control and maintain their powers for long periods.
Lucas Trent, the founder of Lodestar, hires Amaryllis for her prism talents. He is an off the chart psychic who need the talent of a prism of his level. A psychic and a prism have to be matched.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoy it immensely
Published 5 days ago by NB in the midwest
5.0 out of 5 stars another new world
bit different from the others, in that it takes two to use your talent. Enjoyed immensely!
Published 1 month ago by Lyndez
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed it well enough to purchase Books 2 & 3
Book 1 for this series, enjoyed it well enough to purchase Books 2 & 3!
Published 1 month ago by S. Lykken
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My wife has her favorite authors
Published 2 months ago by pandaman
5.0 out of 5 stars I sent this book to share with my cousin. ...
I sent this book to share with my cousin. The story is a combination of romance, si-fi, and fantasy fiction. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. M. Greenwood
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
This is the best book in this 3 book series. The other 2 have very similar plots and action. I like Jayne Castle but after reading a bunch of her books they kind of run along the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Patchy
5.0 out of 5 stars more?
no, really. i needed more. no for sure!! where's the rest of these, and please quit with the ghost crap.
Published 3 months ago by trace
5.0 out of 5 stars Amaryllis
I could not put this book down it was wonderful thank you looking forward to reading Orchid and Zinnia Thank You
Published 3 months ago by betty kahler
5.0 out of 5 stars ok I'm that JAK fan
I always gush over her work no matter what name she's using. This is one of my favorite trilogies. The books all have common themes such as our ladies all being the victim of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by marie a
5.0 out of 5 stars Flower Girl
Really interesting new series (for me) with strong characters and interesting paranormal talents
Lovely romance
Now I need to go back and read Orchid
Published 5 months ago by sinnerarity
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The author of over 50 New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 35 million copies of her books in print.

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