Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Quick Thoughts: Silver Master

Silver Master

by Jayne Castle
Book 4 of Harmony

~ Goodreads ~

Rating:  3.5 Stars

Fleeing a lurid scandal, matchmaker Celinda Ingram arrived in Cadence City desperate for a new start.  Known for her strong para-resonator abilities, she is able to match up clients by reading their psi waves.  It’s this talent that sets her body tingling when security specialist Davis Oakes shows up at her office.

A formidable psychic himself, Davis is trying to track down a powerful relic that Celinda supposedly bought as a toy for her pet dust bunny.  Trying to wrest the ruby red object from the suspicious duo nearly drains Davis of the energy he’ll need to keep his growing desire for Celinda in check and to keep her safe from those who will do anything to possess the relic...

The summary blurb is a little bit misleading, but then again, not really.  So this first sentence was moot.

Much like the previous book in Jayne Castle's Harmony series, Silver Master is a lot of fun to read--entertaining, with great characters, and a hooking story line despite the predictability of it all.  The pacing is fast and smooth, so we get into the action right away, just as it seems we do for all other JAK books.

Unfortunately, much like the previous book in this series, Silver Master isn't really all that memorable, I guess, aside from the dust bunnies and the "Great Pink Wedding."

What I DO like about these books--aside from their absurd addictive quality and how well they keep me entertained--is that there are new developments in the Harmony world as each book progresses.  Besides a new set of characters and a new crime thriller and a new suspense, we also get new psychic abilities, new discoveries... it beats reading several installments of the same stories about ghost hunters and tanglers exploring the alien catacombs, that's for sure.

So I love that, while the stories are somewhat predictable, the story lines and plot progressions are all unique in their own way, with introductions of new stuff.

Also, I find it hard to dislike books that have adorable critters and those dust bunnies are certainly doing it for me.

The romance was another standard type:  Woman with eccentric qualities meets man with similar eccentric qualities, therein changing each other's outlook on their own love lives.  Sparks fly, steamy sex happens, Happily Ever After™.

Don't get me wrong, Davis and Celinda are both great individuals, and as per JAK standards, they both also make a great investigating team as well as romantic coupling.  There is nothing I can think of that I disliked about the romance.  It was just so standard that it doesn't really stand out.

Side characters are always nice, and I'm always intrigued by them and wonder if they will get their own stories.  I'm specifically also curious about Detective Alice Martinez, who has thus far graced the pages of every Harmony book so far since After Dark--she gets little scene time in the books as a side character, but her presence is quite strong nonetheless.

The suspense part was predictable, although we don't really have much of a mystery, per se.  So most of the suspense parts were really just that, some suspense, some action, some thrill, and some investigation, of sorts.

Overall, Silver Master is another entertaining and enjoyable Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz) read and I'm looking forward to continuing this series.


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