Amaryllis by Jayne Castle {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 1 July, 2013 by Amanda / 8 Comments

Amaryllis by Jayne Castle {Amanda’s Review}Amaryllis by Jayne Castle
Series: St. Helen's #1
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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!

Amaryllis brings back happy JAK memories.

My Thoughts on Amaryllis

Long before I got into book blogging–probably even as early as high school–I was a huge Jayne Ann Krentz fan. Huge fan like I trolled library shelves looking for any new Jayne Ann Krentz or Amanda Quick book I could find. (And by new, I mean anything I hadn’t read yet.) I avoided her Jayne Castle books because I didn’t do paranormal. (Ha. I was so funny back then, wasn’t I?)

Amaryllis would have likely been a good transition to paranormal for me if I had ever picked it up. It’s true that it’s set in St. Helen’s, a world cut off from earth. But St. Helen’s is basically the Pacific Northwest–where many Jayne Ann Krentz books are set–with a few differences: coff-tea, jelly-ice, and some random other things that I don’t even remember anymore. The world made me realize how masterful other authors are with their world building. St. Helen’s failed to live up to my expectations in that regard.

The characters, on the other hand, were fun. They were very Jayne Ann Krentz–almost formulaic–but I like her characters (obviously, since she was my favorite author at one point) so it worked. It’s been a while since I’ve read her books, but I was still able to predict, quite easily, certain points in Amaryllis and Lucas’s relationship. The predictability didn’t bother me–I was reading for the pleasure of it–so it was easy to sit back and watch it unfold.

Reading Amaryllis was a study in how my reading preferences have changed. I still love Jayne Ann Krentz and I’m intrigued enough to pick up Zinnia, the second in the series. But I also find that I like more complex worlds and steamier sex in my paranormal romance. Funny how we change, isn’t it?


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8 Responses to “Amaryllis by Jayne Castle {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. I used to devour books like that! Recently, I picked up a Julie Garwood and was shocked by how minimal her worldbuilding is compared to some of the authors I currently read. I still enjoyed it but wow. I’m right there with you in the need for more complexity and steam (though I’ll still pick up a cotton candy book once in a while).

    • Julie Garwood was another one of my favorites! I especially loved her historical romances. But I agree–I’ll still pick up those books, but my preferences lie elsewhere now. COMPLEXITY. STEAM. LOTS OF STEAM. ;)

  2. Hahaha yes! Love that this is an author you loved before blogging, it’s definitely fun to pick up something like this and see how your tastes have changed! I use to be all nervous about going into the romance aisle, and I’d stick more with PNRs that were more UF than anything because I didn’t want too much sex in them and now I’m all WHERE IS THE DIRTY SEX? PLEASE MAKE IT HOTTER!!!! Love it:)

  3. Dude. DUDE. I used to read EVERYTHING JAK. Seriously. I was like a junkie, pawing through the library shelves. More Krentz. MOAR KRENTZ. I, however, did go the Jayne Castle route. I steered clear of the Amanda Quick side of her writing. It’s like we’re the same, but different.

    *high five* for being almost-twinsies before we knew one another!

  4. I tend to fall back into my old reads with a different kind of mentality too. I am with you, I thought they were dirty reads back then and now I am like “you aren’t bringing da sexy”! However, I love my old favorites–they tend to transport me back to a time where I less critical when reading. Though, I have to say that this year I have been less critical and more enjoying overall. I have a work project that I can be critical about LOL

    • I agree. I still love my old favorites. And less critical is good. I know that when I do escape reading (usually involving reading a book in an afternoon), I tend to be less critical. I need more escape reading. ;)

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