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.
Castle returns to the intricately built, unique world of her Harmony series, a former Earth colony long cut off from the home world, in the hot, delightful standalone 14th installment (after Illusion Town). Lucy Bell, a professional weather channeler, meets her very own brooding prince charming in Gabriel Jones, a member of the peacekeeping Ghost Hunter Guild who comes to her rescue after a botched kidnapping attempt lands her in the alien Underworld beneath Illusion Town, Harmony's version of Las Vegas. With no witnesses and no suspects, no one believes Lucy's story, instead assuming she's too embarrassed to admit she'd simply gotten lost. Her professional reputation takes a nosedive—until Gabriel crashes back into her life two months later as the new Guild Boss of Illusion Town with a job offer for Lucy in hand. Together, they explore the alien technologies and dangerous crevices of the Underworld and find themselves drawn into a conspiracy generations in the making. 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.
Dust bunnies are awesome
I liked the main characters but story felt rushed. Could have explained the dynamic with Lucy’s family a bit better but ended up as a cliché. Didn’t get along with her dad or stepmom and is considered an embarrassment to the family name. Don’t expect any changes to Jayne Castle’s formula of writing. Romance and mystery with dust bunnies in tow but I don’t mind that. Overall, a good read for a lazy day but not her best work