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Sierra doesn't want to trust the physically and psych Reporter Sierra McIntyre's stories on Crystal City's ghost hunters—and their mysterious guild—have earned her tabloid a bit of respect. Sierra doesn't want to trust the physically and psychically powerful man, but her senses—and her pet dust bunny, Elvis—give her the green light. To uncover the conspiracy within his own organisation, Fontana proposes. And though it's purely a business arrangement, there is nothing pure about the attraction that sizzles between them.
Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published August 26th by Jove first published August 24th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Dark Light , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This series seemed like such a strange, mixed-bag type of thing when it started. It had so many odd things going on that almost didn't go together, and yet was entertaining enough. But, now I feel like it has settled into a definite identity.
It is a very campy sci-fi romance. This planet has psychic waves that the people "resonate" with, and amber helps them tune into the psychic flow. So, everything is either amber-related or "rezzed".
Here's what I mean: By the way, they DO have salt on this planet. Curtain Cola Instead of CocaCola.
The "curtain" is the window that opened from Earth to this new planet. Ghosts are balls of psychic energy in this world. They also have bulls on this world. They eat cow meat. They were armed with knives and rez-ball bats Instead of baseball bats. Just throw 'rez' in front of any word and you are able to speak the slang in this world. It reminds me of either the old Batman thing: Or maybe how McDonald's puts "Mc" in front of everything to make it their own. So, the language is almost silly.
Next is the Dust Bunnies. In the first book, our heroine has a little dust bunny as her pet. This thing was the absolutely cutest thing ever and everyone fell in love with it. So, in each subsequent book, the author has added a dust bunny pet in for each heroine, and even one of the men had one once. Each dust bunny has been a little more elaborate than the last, and each story has featured the dust bunnies a little bit more. This is smart on the author's part because she is giving her audience what they want. I swear that some people read this series for the dust bunnies alone.
Oh no, I am here for the jewelry, which I will explain in a minute. In this book, the dust bunny is an Elvis impersonator who wears a rhinestone cape and, by the way, flies around in his personal little hot air balloon made from a helium balloon and a cardboard basket. It's so freaking adorable that your teeth will ache.
I'm not going to say that the author is pandering, but Pander Bear is so great! He says everything I like! And, speaking of Elvis, and yes, I've mentioned this before. The other thing that is OTT and campy in this book is the jewelry thing. The people here wear amber jewelry to help their psychic flow. So, the more amber jewelry, the better, right? It's a little hard to be attracted to the male character when he is described as wearing this: Even the buttons of his shirt and his cuff links were set with amber.
So was his belt buckle, the face of his watch, and, of course, his seal ring. I can't think of much that is less sexy than a man dripping in jewels, like the guys in these books. So, basically, we have a series where the language is silly, there are ridiculously cute side-kicks, and men who are dripping in jewelry. Will I keep reading? I'm a sucker for camp.
Aug 16, Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it Shelves: Another good entry for the series. And again, you could easily start here if you like. I still suggest reading at least the first two before others, but you don't really have to. This story was rather light, but I kind of enjoyed that.
For one, it meant that there was a very, very bare minimum of PoV hopping. Only a couple really short shifts that weren't really bad guys so much as bad guy adjacent. While I liked both protagonists, I didn't connect strongly with either. They were good but not grea Another good entry for the series. They were good but not great. I'm sure that's a personal taste situation rather than a reflection on their quality as characters. Likewise Sierra's dust bunny, Elvis. I'm not going to diss on the King, or anything, but even if you have elvisaphenalia surviving that far into the future, I'm pretty certain it wouldn't be ubiquitous enough for all the in jokes from so many different bystanders.
So that broke immersion all on its own. So yeah, it's a solid 3. I was entertained and I got three or four laugh-out-loud literally moments. A note about Steamy: Low mid level steam.
There are two almost perfunctory explicit sex scenes. That was actually kind of frustrating because their emotional involvement far outpaced their physical intimacy and that felt a bit strange. Mar 29, Aly is so frigging bored rated it really liked it Shelves: I really enjoy these books, I don't need to concentrate overlay much to enjoy them. I liked both MCs, they didn't let themselves be defined by their families and they succeeded on their own merits.
Part of the great Harmony re-read binge. View all 5 comments. Jun 04, Anita rated it liked it Shelves: I like the new paranormal talents that continue to be introduced with each book. I like that the characters are always likable and easy to follow. I like that the romances are steamy Actual Rating: I like that the romances are steamy and sexy and fun. I like the wit and humor. Of course, as per usual, Fontana is the typical broody, alpha with some back story issues. Sierra was a bit hard to like in those first few paragraphs if only because reporters tend to be some of my least favorite character types--but she turns out to be lots of fun, laid back and righteous, and witty in her own way.
I liked the other characters introduced, even though we'll probably never see them again. To be totally honest, as much as I like the main human characters in these books, they are always overshadowed by the dust bunnies. I don't think there's anything I don't love about dust bunnies and it makes me so happy to see them incorporated so naturally into the story.
And then it was confirmed, so I'm happy about that. So it looks like we'll have more to look forward to in these books as the world becomes more extensive. Aug 06, Irene rated it it was amazing Shelves: What can I say? Oct 05, Jenny Koch rated it really liked it Shelves: Overall a quick, fun read. I enjoyed how the heroine was a reporter for a cringeworthy tabloid and I also loved all her coworkers. Oct 31, Pam Baddeley rated it liked it Shelves: In this fifth volume of the Ghost Hunters series, we have the elements we've come to expect: In brief, Harmony is a colony cut off from Earth for years after being established in the late 21st c In this fifth volume of the Ghost Hunters series, we have the elements we've come to expect: In brief, Harmony is a colony cut off from Earth for years after being established in the late 21st century.
During that time humans have developed psychic powers, perhaps from exposure to psychic energy from the ruins left by departed aliens, which each major city and town has been built around and which extend underground for unknown distances - plus are probably connected by the recently discovered artificial rainforest environment - although the author seems to have found the original powers developed in the first two books rather limiting.
We now have various additional abilities which are known to have been brought from Earth by members of the Arcane Society - another of her series - and which do not depend on the mineral found on Harmony, named amber by the colonists, to provide a strengthening focus. Similarly, the ghost hunter talent - the ability to control the errant energy clouds which manifest in and around the underground catacombs, and which are a serious hazard to human explorers - has developed so that as well as its usual manifestation in controlling and manipulating green energy, we have encountered heroes who manipulate blue, silver and now dark energy, all of which have different properties than the usual green light.
She has been doing a series for her paper alleging Guild involvement in drug manufacturing - a new drug called juice has had an unfortunate and rapid effect on some ex-Guild members who have become homeless addicts. Fontana has recently come into office to replace the former chief who was involved in corrupt activities, including serious drug trafficking. McIntyre is taken aback when Fontana suddenly proposes they enter a Marriage of Convenience that afternoon - he convinces her that her inquiries into the disappearance of the homeless ex-hunters has placed her in danger as well, something that is proven when two men in motorcycle gear attack her as she leaves her apartment to travel to the registrar office.
Luckily she is able to reach the nearby tavern where she knows several retired Guild members who come to her rescue, and deliver her in time for her wedding, somewhat dishevelled and bruised. Sierra is an unusual heroine for this series, rather a dilletante. Most of Castle's previous heroines are career businesswomen, often down on their luck due to previous adversity not of their own making, but trying to get their own businesses going. Sierra at first appears to be a crusading do-gooder as Fontana calls her, but she actually comes from a privileged background and has never settled on a vocation.
She has tried one dead end job after another, her stint on a despised tabloid newsrag being the latest. We learn by the end of the story that, despite her zeal to get justice for the washed up guildsmen, and to find out what happened to those who disappeared, she is just as quick to quit the newspaper job for one her new husband provides. Also, unlike the heroines in the previous books, she has no special psychic ability.
She has an unexplained claustrophobia, but that doesn't actually impede her from doing anything in the story. I wasn't that keen on her, to be honest, and it was difficult to grasp what Fontana saw in her. As is usual for this series, the hero and heroine are strongly attracted to each other, and the man is convinced she is the only woman for him, but the heroine needs a lot of persuasion. Despite her friendship with the old guildsmen, Sierra has a low opinion of the Guild itself. The story of their ups and downs romantic journey is interwoven with danger from the motorcycle gang, who are soon shown as working for more powerful figures behind the scenes, and the resolution of the various threads of the drug running and disappearances.
For light relief, we again have the heroine's companion dust bunny, this time a bit too cute perhaps with the author milking it for all she's worth: This and Sierra's character were both starting to grate a bit by the end, but the book does just about scrape a 3-star rating. Oct 17, Abra rated it really liked it Shelves: This is another book in the series in which the characters get married immediately for some reason.
It's a common plot in this series and I don't mind it. I liked both the hero and the heroine and enjoyed this book. Aug 29, Julie jjmachshev rated it it was amazing Shelves: The first book was written a little over 10 years ago and I was hooked. So whenever I get a new release, I put down whatever I'm reading at the time and gobble the new down.
I've reread every book in this series at least times and I know "Dark Light", the newest release, will be no exception. Sierra is a tabloid reporter, now. She's also been hotel concierge, worked in an art gallery, a various other assorted short term jobs Unlike all the others in her overachiever family. So far as a reporter, she's managed to piss off the local Guild. But hey, she did manage to score an interview with the new Guild Boss and Whoa, is he sexy! He makes her special senses sing! What's up with that? There's a rumor that Hunters 'know' when they meet their mate. Unfortunately, she's also managed to stir up some trouble that appears to be putting her in danger and she doesn't appear willing to share her sources.
So Fontana comes up with a great plan--he'll marry her! I almost forgot about Elvis! I think he steals the show in this book. The fancy outfits with all the rhinestones are fabulous! And his special abilities Once again, the perfect blend of romance, mystery, humor, and action. I don't know how she does it, but I'm so glad she does. My only beef is that now I'll have to wait another year or so for my next 'fix'. Jan 29, Pamela rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love this futuristic series.
It takes place on another planet similar to earth. There are alien artifacts, and dangers underground. This area is protected, and governed by the Guild. Each sector has it's own boss. John Fontana has barely set up his office, when a tabloid reporter shows up to interview him. He has taken this post ,due to several things not adding up, in this sector. It seems friends of hers are disappearing right off the streets. They are retired tunnel workers, and are the gu I love this futuristic series. They are retired tunnel workers, and are the guild's responsibility.
There is also a new drug of choice, out there to which, no one can find the source. It all seems to be an inside job, but the last guild boss has been dismissed. Sierra, who seems more connected to society, than first thought, will not back off, and John feels she has put a target on her back. They agree to work together. To do this they agree to a temporary relationship, where he can keep her safe.
Sparks of course fly, and tempers flare, attraction hits both of them. Then there is her dust bunt, Elvis. They are like large balls of lint with eyes, and teeth. They are harmless unless threatened. They pick their own friends, and are very funny, and loyal. I love these stories. There are all the adventures in the tunnels, and fighting creatures of the rain forest.
It is a world set up by an alien race, but one they could not inhabit, and live. Fun series to follow Sep 29, Lexie rated it really liked it Shelves: I've read the four books proceeding this one After Dark, After Glow, Ghost Hunter and Silver Master plus the novella that I believe started it all, Bridal Jitters and to date I think that other then the duo in Bridal Jitters I haven't fully liked any of the romantic couples featured to be fair its the same couple in After Dark and After Glow until this book.
Sierra was a little too reckless to be honest, but other then that I really enjoyed the interaction between Sierra and Fontana. That s I've read the four books proceeding this one After Dark, After Glow, Ghost Hunter and Silver Master plus the novella that I believe started it all, Bridal Jitters and to date I think that other then the duo in Bridal Jitters I haven't fully liked any of the romantic couples featured to be fair its the same couple in After Dark and After Glow until this book.
That said the book has 'two' endings, depending on how you look at it. The bad guy is seemingly found out, but a twist near the end makes that just turn upside down slightly. The twist made sense, but was tacked on and not given a lot of development before being pounced on the reader. The world of Harmony is such an intriguing adventure to be sure.
Endless possibilities, but the details given about the original inhabitants of the planet the humans call 'Harmony' make me wish this was more of a scifi book series that would give us a whole book or at least novella with more concrete clues then 'educated' guesses. Sep 08, Mojca rated it it was amazing Shelves: Another 'freak' Ghost Hunter talent.
This series keeps getting better and better. And a dust-bunny dressed like Elvis. The hero was yummy, the heroine was feisty, they ran for their lives, they worked wonderfully together to uncover the conspiracy within the Guild, they both almost died Aug 04, Kari Chapman rated it really liked it Shelves: I really liked this one. The male leads talent was fun to read about. I liked him a lot - a nice blend of confidence and insecurity.
And now she must decide whether to trust her guts or her heart She has an unexplained claustrophobia, but that doesn't actually impede her from doing anything in the story. Lyra and Cruz are both harboring psychic secrets. In the first book, our heroine has a little dust bunny as her pet. Then I liked going to the island of Rainshadow and into the preserve. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
The female lead was great as well. I liked the family issues she had to deal with. The mystery was a nice one, and the new find in the jungle was great. Overall, one of my favorite Harmony books so far. Jan 30, Lisa rated it it was ok Shelves: Dark Light was basically just a stamping out of the usual stock elements present in all the Harmony books. The hero and heroine meet and enter into a "marriage of convenience" incredibly quickly and for poorly defined reasons, one or both of them has a dust bunny companion that plays a pivotal role in finding the corresponding kidnapped or lost human, at some point the hero will be required to "melt amber" in order to protect the heroine and they'll have sex either right before he passes out or Dark Light was basically just a stamping out of the usual stock elements present in all the Harmony books.
The hero and heroine meet and enter into a "marriage of convenience" incredibly quickly and for poorly defined reasons, one or both of them has a dust bunny companion that plays a pivotal role in finding the corresponding kidnapped or lost human, at some point the hero will be required to "melt amber" in order to protect the heroine and they'll have sex either right before he passes out or after he regains consciousness, and the story wraps up within half a page of the hero and heroine admitting that they love each other while a whole gaggle of dust bunnies have a party somewhere close by.
That is pretty much the plot of every single Harmony book and Dark Light doesn't stray from that outline at all. Most of the time I don't mind the repetitive formula. Unfortunately, Dark Light didn't include enough interesting elements or character development to help me look past the boiler-plate plot. Sierra and Fontana are already in the middle of their first meeting when the story opens up, so we didn't get to see their first glimpse of each other or read their inner thoughts about each other, etc..
Then Fontana proposes a marriage of convenience completely out of no where. It's only after the fact, in the next chapter, that we get a peek at Fontana's inner thoughts where he admits that he hadn't intended to propose to Sierra before meeting her, but once he saw her he felt this instant connection and just went for it. Leaving aside for a moment how ridiculous it is to propose even an MC after only knowing a person for an hour regardless of attraction, by the time we read this snippet from Fontana's mind it's too late to convince the reader that this proposal is anything but a plot contrivance.
Blindsiding us with a proposal that doesn't make sense isn't romantic, it's off-putting. We need to feel a connection with and between the characters first! If we'd gotten to know the characters before the proposal, or at least read their inner monologues it would have been one thing; but as it was, all we got was "they're getting married because I say they are.
Sierra constantly talks about how this is just a business arrangement and that's exactly what it feels like. There's no spark or sizzle between them. So when a line about Fontana getting irritated that Sierra keeps reminding everyone that this is just a MC gets thrown in, it seems weird and out of place because there basically IS no romance. It really IS just a business arrangement.
Sierra seems completely unaffected by Fontana to the point where JC had to resort to getting her drunk before she'd even flirt with the him. Sierra shows much, MUCH more enthusiasm when discussing her work at a tabloid paper that publishes completely fictitious stories about vampires and alien abductions. I had trouble relating to Sierra's character. Her big "troubled past" is that she's a trust fund baby from an incredibly rich, powerful, successful and psychically gifted family that dates back to the Arcane Society from the Amanda Quick and Jayne Anne Krentz books.