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New York Times bestselling author JAYNE CASTLEThe wildly popular alter ego of bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz creates "delectably entertaining paranormal romantic suspense" (Booklist) in the "unique, synergistic world of St. Helens (Library Journal), the not-so-distant space colony where hearts and minds are gloriously in sync!A top psychic for exclusive Psynergy Inc.,New York Times bestselling author JAYNE CASTLEThe wildly popular alter ego of bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz creates "delectably entertaining paranormal romantic suspense" (Booklist) in the "unique, synergistic world of St. Helens (Library Journal), the not-so-distant space colony where hearts and minds are gloriously in sync!A top psychic for exclusive Psynergy Inc., Orchid Adams doesn't expect even the best marriage agencies on the space colony of St. Helen's to find her a husband who measures up to her dreams. It's just as well, because she's got her hands full with a baffling murder. One thing is certain: her new client, Rafe Stonebraker, is definitely not marriage material. But Rafe -- primitive, elemental, powerful, perhaps dangerous -- is perfect for an affair....An unlicensed private eye with an edgy reputation and a psychic talent so awesome he hides its true power, Rafe has some serious secrets. Not only is he trying to solve a strange theft, he is about to replace his grandfather as CEO of Stonebraker Shipping and is fighting to ward off a hostile takeover. He needs a wife -- and fast -- to salvage his credibility. Orchid Adams doesn't fit the profile he had in mind, but she fits in his arms. Will their mind/body merger spark a rollicking and rocky partnership, just as his latest case threatens to end their world?...

Title : Orchid
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ISBN : 9780671569020
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Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Orchid Reviews

  • Pam Baddeley
    2019-02-07 20:25

    Third in the St Helen's series and by far my favourite. The hero in this is the third in the trio of three male friends who together spearheaded the defeat of the pirates who tried to take over the Western Isles some years ago, and who has made cameo appearances in the previous two books. Rafe Stonebreaker, grandson of the CEO of Stonebreaker Shipping, has paddled his own canoe up till now, after estrangement from his grandfather. He has made his money with stockmarket portfolios, having an astute assessment of business, courtesy of his particular psychic skill, known as a strat talent (presumably strategy, but on the planet of St Helen's where this is set and everyone has some psychic ability, strat talents are fairly rare 'exotics' who are regarded as primitive and possibly dangerous hunters).As the story opens, Rafe is planning with his grandfather, with whom he has now reconciled in the face of a threat to the firm, to attend the forthcoming board meeting in a few months time and make his bid to become the new CEO. Rafe's cousin, who has worked for the business for years is also gunning to take over, but due to a belief instilled into him from childhood by his mother, who blames Rafe's grandfather for her husband's death, he plans to sell the business to a rival and break up the firm, throwing two thousand people out of work. St Helen's is a very family values planet and Rafe needs to be married when he attends the board meeting, or at least engaged. The problem is, divorce is unknown and everyone is carefully matched through matrimonial agencies who also take into account the compatibility of the candidates' psychic talents. A lot of eligible young women have been put off by Rafe's exotic talent, although he has secured a (fake) certification which states he is only 6 rated. In common with the heroes of the previous two volumes, in reality his talent is off the scale, higher than a 10, the official maximum.To be able to use a psychic talent for more than a few seconds, each talent needs the co-operation of someone known as a Prism who is able to project a psychic crystal through which to focus the psychic energy. Strat talents need the assistance of a particular and rare type of Prism, known as an ice Prism, who can fine tune and adjust the prism they create. Rafe also has a sideline in private investigation and this gives him the excuse he needs to hire ice Prisms from each of the available bureaus so that he can, unbeknown to them, assess their suitability as a mate. Meanwhile, he engages the services of a representative of a top marriage agency - a continuing minor character seen in the previous two books - to find him a wife. When the story opens, the latest prism he has hired to help him with an investigation is the eponymous heroine of the novel, who has been mentioned in the other two books as the author of romantic novels featuring (supposedly mythical) psychic vampires. (As the previous novels have shown, such people are not quite as mythical as the public would like to think.)Orchid is working part-time as an Ice Prism in between novel writing, in order to pay the bills. She is also looking for a marriage partner and having the same difficulty as Rafe. Ice Prisms such as herself are difficult to match, and she has only had one agency date in the last year, a man who turned out to be a creep wanting to use her family background and contacts to get himself a lucrative position in the academic town where she grew up. Initially, she and Rafe rub each other up the wrong way, but she comes to see that the societal preconceptions about strat talents are not true in Rafe's case, while he comes to realise that her value to him is not just her ability to craft a prism which perfectly matches the needs of his talent. The two become involved in a murder mystery which is connected with Orchid's past involvement in a project at an institute which was supposed to be delving into the ability of prisms like herself to make therapeutic adjustments to the skewed talents of the mentally ill, but instead proves to be completely unethical.This story is much more successful in the melding of the character conflict and interaction, with the murder mystery. The sex scenes are also less heavy-handed and leave more to the imagination than book 2 in particular. Also the heroine is far more likeable than those in the previous two books, and holds her own with the somewhat taciturn hero. He in turn is an interesting character who starts off very dark and serious but gradually lightens up through his growing attraction to and then love for Orchid. A good wrap up for the series as a whole.

  • Dragana
    2019-02-22 15:20

    St. Helen's is the first series by Jayne Castle I have read. While it has all the trademark cliches of classic PNR novels, the thing that sets it apart is off-the-charts chemistry between main couple that sizzles from the pages and intriguing mystery that makes it unputdownable. I enjoyed it very much, and I will definitely read more from this author.

  • Cruth
    2019-02-14 22:11

    Author: Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne CastleFirst published: 1998Length: 327 pagesSetting: Future on the planet of St Helens.Sex: Reasonably explicit but infrequent.Hero: Off-the-scales strat-talent (hunter).Heroine: part-time professional ice-prism. Writes Vampire Paranormal Romance.Paranormal: Every psychic talent requires a prism to control and direct their talent. Prism must be at least as strong as the talent or risks "burning out".Winds up the trilogy as an interesting off-shoot to her Harmony and Arcane Society series.There's nothing particularly startling or novel about Orchid. It's an sf romance with a light mystery. Easy to read. Quick to engage. Well-written. Some hot, explicit sex. It completely suits it's sub-genre without challenging the reader.I enjoyed it. But I'm happy to finish it and move on to the next book on my tbr.2.5 stars rounded up. Because Catle/Krentz/Quick writes well.St Helen's:Book 1 Amaryllis - Amaryllis Lark and Lucas TrentBook 2 Zinnia - Zinnia Spring and Nick ChastainBook 3 Orchid - Orchid Adams and Rafe StonebrakerReferences:Author's website: 978-0-671-56902-0)-CR-

  • Cindy
    2019-02-08 19:56

    Third and last in the St. Helens series, this book pulls in the last of the three friends who fought off pirates on the islands. They are all exotic talents with extremely strong abilities that they've had to hide. Rafe is a strat talent (Familiar to those who enjoy the Arcane Society books) and made his own way in the world until his grandfather was ready to retire and he came back to take over the family business. There are complications there with a cousin who's a tech talent and feels that the Stonebraker family caused his father's death. Rafe's parents are both academics, as are Orchid's parents. She comes from a very mellow family, immersed in a philosophy that she feels stifles her feelings of romanticism. She writes psychic vampire novels during the day and works as an ice prism at night. Rafe has an investigative business at night that he's used to help his ennui and together they work to solve some mysteries in Orchid's past and heal the distances in their own families and relationship. This is another HEA ending, but it is well written and enjoyable to read, or re-read as I've done today. I highly recommend Jayne Ann Krentz under any of her nom de plumes.

  • Matthew
    2019-02-21 15:56

    It's not really bad. The plot is essentially the same as the previous two Jayne Castle books I read. As are the characters. And the magical system. She just changes the names and cranks them out. The bad guys were slightly more surprising than the other two books I read. I like how the details of the magic change from book to book and it is a fascinating system, but I don't think it makes up for the lack of good pacing, plotting, and character development in the books.

  • Maria
    2019-02-02 19:00

    This is the third in this series and I love all three. Hopefully Ms. Krentz will get back to writing about St. Helens and Psynergy, Inc. Each has its own special twist. In this one, Orchid Adams is an ice-prism and a romance writer on another world, St. Helens. Rafe Stonebraker is a delightful strat-talent, a hunter of prey. Ms. Krentz manages to keep Rafe wonderfully in character throughout the book, which is both funny and believable in an other-worldly way.

  • Aimee
    2019-01-31 16:58

    This was one of the books that got me hooked on Jayne Ann Krentz (aka Jayne Castle, aka Amanda Quick). It was and still is a great romance with just enough SF and adventure to make it fun. However, to be completely fair, I must say that I like the world of Harmony better. I think it's because of the Dust Bunnies. I wouldn't mind having one or two arould the house.

  • Lidia
    2019-02-14 20:58

    It 's nice to read a book written well, where the story is original, funny, romantic. Rafe and Orchid are the protagonists and together they own a beautiful couple. And then there's adventure, action, funny lines.

  • Lyn
    2019-02-20 22:01

    This was the first of the alternate universe books I read by Jayne (and this was after reading several under her alter ego Jayne Ann Krentz). Now, I've read just about all of them, and eagerly await each new one making it into paperback.

  • Mary
    2019-02-02 16:14

    Have read this about a million times but am generally always in the middle of something brainless. It's trashy romance meets psychics on a different planet. Yeah, I know, but it's better than it sounds.

  • LibraryLass
    2019-02-15 17:05

    My star rating:Plot: 3.5/5 Pacing: 5/5 Characters: 4/5World: 4/5Romance: 3.5/5 Enjoyment level: 4/5 stars

  • Barbra
    2019-02-16 21:07

    Loved this series and only wish there were more. The physic part keeps up your interest.

  • Dakota
    2019-02-14 16:16

    classic JAK loved it!! I will definitely have to find the first 2 books in the series

  • Loise
    2019-02-01 22:24

    enjoyed this more

  • Paranormal Romance
    2019-02-04 18:57

    As an off the charts level exotic talent, the hero knows that the chances of finding a wife with an agency match is next to impossible. So when he meets the heroine, she herself a powerful and rare talent, he's intrigued by her. Their connection both with their abilities and their attraction to each other drives him to do anything in order to keep her close. Despite the fact that they aggravate each other to no end and have zero in common, they quickly fall in a sexual affair. The hero is looking for a wife but his social awkwardness and his primitive talent make him less then prince charming. He bugles up his chances at first by stating she should consider marrying him because he needs a wife to take over the family business and she herself doesn't have any other prospects. With such gentlemanly words it's no surprise when she turns him down flat. The hero has had a bad experience with agency matches and as such is extremely distrustful of them. Turns out they have a lot more in common then they think-both being powerful talents and neither able to find a match with the marriage agency. They also both have a taste and a talent for private investigation which is what brought them together in the first place. The hero hires her to aid in the search of a stolen artifact which leads them into a major conspiracy with murder and corruption. I liked this book but I didn't absolutely love it. I found the ending to be rather dull and a major let down considering how much I adored the story up until that point. The chemistry between the characters was great and the fact that they didn't need a scientific match to fall in love. I really really liked the heroine. She was a cool customer. She kept her composure in every situation-especially when confronted by the hero's cousin. She really made them feel stupid with her calm demeanor-letting them know that nothing they could say would faze her. It made me admire her character a great deal. I really loved the hero because he grew so much as a character. He was able to tease and joke with her and though he didn't say he loved her until the end- it was so clearly evident in the way he spoke to her and about her. Very nice book in a very nice series. I must say all the books I've read so far in the St. Helen's world have been pretty good.

  • Lord Rose
    2019-01-26 21:24

    Well, I was going to write individual reviews for each of the books in the series. But then I read the second one. And then the third. And I noticed something- the plots of each were quite remarkably similar. But I suppose it really says something about the books that I actually enjoyed reading what was essentially the same book three times in a row. Of course, the details were different, but quite a lot of each was exactly the same.1. Start out with one super-powerful (and rich and secretive) man who has decided it's time for him to get married, and has gone to a matchmaking agency to get the process started. He must also have an off-the-charts talent (magical ability), but reveals this to no one.2. Add an abnormally powerful woman who can focus the hero's talent as no one before ever could. (And who all work for the same company.)3. Have a murder occur, and have the heroine convinced she's the only one who cares enough to get to the bottom of it, and then have her do everything in her power, including a few things that border on TSTL, to solve it, despite having absolutely no investigative experience.4. As far as sex is concerned: have one kiss that almost proceeds to sex, but have the heroine bail at the last moment, frightened by the hero's power. In the next encounter, however, she's more than willing, and all encounters proceed almost exactly the same (view spoiler)[, including surprise virginity and psychic linking. (hide spoiler)]5. End with the matchmaking agency confirming that it's just as they thought, they're perfect for each other!Okay, I could go on, but I'm getting bored now, so I'll stop.Anyway, even though all three books were nearly the same, I still enjoyed them. I just wouldn't necessarily recommend reading them back-to-back.

  • Kristy Halseth
    2019-02-07 16:07

    It was a reread but I don't know how many years ago I read it first. Long enough for me to have forgotten that the first three Harmony books were St. Helens books. It is clearly the same world with minor changes. The jelly-ice really annoys me. Jelly Ice lights, locks, candles, and I don't know how many other things. It is like everything is made of jelly ice. Why are pets named catdogs? With no descriptions of what they are? Why is a microwave an icewave? What does ice have to do with reheating food? And refrigerators have a perfectly good name and a second name of icebox. Why call them icerators? People don't use crystals (amber) to focus their abilities but instead use other people who are called prisms who have the ability to function as a crystal. Place names are all, based on west coast cities. New Seattle and such.After these three books, it seems that the author realized some things were not working and revamped the entire world, changing the name of the planet to Harmoney and changing the cities and how people talk about psych abilities and how those abilities are channeled and used. But the Curtain is there, matchmaking agencies, talents and the families that had psych abilities on the old world and bringing them to the new world, the focus on marriage and family and the difficulty of divorce.The stories are okay but I wouldn't mind seeing a version of this book, and the others, rewritten as proper Harmony novels. I think they would be much better.

  • Margaret
    2019-02-17 19:58

    ** New York Times bestselling author JAYNE CASTLE The wildly popular alter ego of bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz creates “delectably entertaining paranormal romantic suspense” (*Booklist*) in the “unique, synergistic world of St. Helen’s” (*Library Journal *), the not-so-distant space colony where hearts and minds are gloriously in sync! ** Atop psychic for exclusive Psynergy Inc., Orchid Adams has her hands full with a baffling murder—which doesn’t exactly allow time for husband hunting. Is it even possible there’s a man on St. Helen’s who measures up to her dreams of wedded bliss? Take her new client, Rafe Stonebraker: primitive and elemental, an unlicensed P.I. with some serious secrets, Rafe is hardly marriage material. So why does his powerful presence have Orchid imagining the most *outrageous *affair? Rafe is embroiled in solving a strange theft while thwarting a hostile takeover of Stonebraker Shipping; he needs a wife—and fast—to salvage his credibility. Orchid Adams doesn’t fit the profile he had in mind, but she fits in his arms. Will their electrifying connection end up getting them burned?**

  • Barbara
    2019-02-15 20:01

    I love Janye Castle's futuristic stories about people from Earth who traveled to new worlds via a strange "Curtain," which then disappeared, leaving them stranded with Earth technology that wouldn't work. They developed psychic abilities, which manifested in each of them in different ways. Orchid is the story of Orchid Adams, a romance writer and part-time psychic "prism" for Psynergy Inc. and Rafe Stonebraker, businessman and part-time private eye. He needs a wife to help build his image so he can take over as CEO of Stonebraker Shipping from his grandfather, as he's fighting a hostile takeover. Rafe has a powerful psychic talent, and Orchid is a well-matched prism for his talent, which makes their partnership unique as they work together to solve a strange theft and the death of one of her friends. On St Helen, all marriages are arranged by matchmakers, and they are for life, so it's a serious business. The sparks fly as they realize they were meant for each other, even if they haven't been formally "matched."

  • Amyiw
    2019-01-25 16:07

    2 1/2 starsSomething was missing for me in this book. Maybe I should have read something in between the 2nd and this one. The characters are again very similar to book one, and book 2. They just didn't seem to connect as well for me chemistry wise. Might have been a little bored with the same characters. But still that wasn't my biggest problem, the mystery was way too convoluted, too many bad guys, too many bad plots points, too many murders that were obviously connected to Orchid yet over looked. At the end, I didn't really care about the last of the villains, it seemed too obvious. I had a bit of a problem keeping my attention and continuing reading- it was the last in the trilogy, so I pushed on through, but it was a push. The other books entertained me all the way through even though I had my issues. Not so entertained with the one. It was OK and a little OK with the families, I liked that part, but not the romance or mystery. Oh well, the trilogy over all was pretty good.

  • Dallass
    2019-02-03 22:22

    Perhaps my favourite of the St. Helen's trilogy, this world is so similar to the Harmony books that the only thing missing are the dust bunnies. Both worlds are set after people traveled through the 'curtain' from earth centuries ago - and both series have strong laws regarding marriage and matchmaking, however the twist on the mental abilities here is a nice change from the individual psy gifts on Harmony.Orchid and Rafe are like the odd couple for most of the book. They seem to keep getting on each others nerves, while harbouring a serious case of lust at first sight, which quickly builds into a raging affair of the heart.They mystery that the romance story revolves around is the conclusion of what was started in the first book, Amaryllis, so I would recommend that you read these books in order so that you get all the references.Oh, and there are Jones family members on St. Helen's too, for those of you who love the Arcane Society ;-D

  • Book Monitor
    2019-02-20 17:59

    This is the final part of the St Helen's Trilogy. Again I enjoyed it. The setting remains the planet of St Helen's, the lead characters this time are Orchid Adams, a writer of Psychic Vampire Romances and Rafe Stonebraker, part-time Private investigator and the renegade son of one of the top business families in the area. There is a mysterious death, a missing alien relic, a family feud, and lots more happening this book, but it is all told really well and comes together as a good enjoyable read. The psychic elements are well integrated into the story and as usual the characters are appealing and their individuality comes through. It is also nice to see the recurring characters from the earlier books reappearing. There are always some character types in this authors books, (Gruff but heart of gold older generation man, feisty females, a gay couple, etc) but within this they have their own personalities and style.

  • Jessica
    2019-02-16 15:07

    I am definitely a St. Helen's series fan. The plot and characters were fun and I was drawn into the story instantly;just couldn't wait to find out what would happen. It was interesting to see the roots of characters and world-aspects from her other series in this earlier one. My only problem with this book was that I felt like the tension between our hero and his cousin seemed to resolve too easily. I have a hard time believing that so much long festered anger could be let go over one evening of male bonding. Things are never that easy, so that was the one part of the book where I could not suspend disbelief. It was a big eye-roll moment. But besides that, I really loved this book. I look forward to reading the other two in the series.

  • Mojca
    2019-02-16 16:15

    I'm really sorry to see this series/trilogy go.Though we had another amandaquickish heroine to contend with, Orhid was toned down just enough to keep things lively but not too annoying. The pacing was yet again spot-on, the villain a complete surprise, the mystery intriguing and chilling...And the hero turned out to be my favorite of the three in this trilogy.There are no words to describe just how much I loved Rafe Stonebreaker. I love my heroes to have a little of a primitive warrior/hunter in them and Rafe had those instincts in abundance. A perfect ending to the trilogy and well worth the wait from his first appearance in Amaryllis. ;)

  • BJ Rose
    2019-02-02 15:03

    More of the same on the planet of St. Helens – and Hobart Batt, the agent for matchmaking Synergistic Connections, has his hands full again with two extremely-difficult-to-match people: Orchid is the author of psychic-vampire novels, and is also an off-the-charts full-spectrum prism; and Rafe Stonebraker possesses a talent that appears to frighten most people: he’s a strat-talent and apparently people are afraid that means he can read their minds. I really like the comic-relief appearance of Hobart and all the hoops he puts Rafe through. There are also more murders to be solved, and another conspiracy to unravel.

  • Lychee
    2019-02-18 20:57

    Always get what I hope/expect from Krentz/Castle/Quick. With all the different 'para' talents that she's introduced throughout her novels is starting to seem like an on-going social intervention -- showing us that we all have differing talents/strengths. Perhaps even that we function best when we use our talents in conjunction with those of others. Maybe this is an ongoing theme in all kinds of fiction, but b/c of the specific names that she gives each talent (e.g., "strat talent," "dream talent," "prism talent") the differences are marked and not at all subtle.

  • Narariel
    2019-01-30 21:25

    A good book, with a nice bit of twist, it doesn't really compare to the Harmony books. The sci-fi/fantasy trope of re-naming things to sound more exotic (coff-tea, dog-cat, moose-deer, etc.) was distracting from the story. But it was an enjoyable read. Since it was the first of the St. Helens books I read, but the third in the series, I found the references to the previous books a little disconcerting, even though they were expected. I'm not sure if I'll read the other books or not, but probably.

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    2019-02-04 17:04


  • KarenF
    2019-01-30 20:18

    Very high 4* rating, in fact, I almost bumped it up to 5 because Rafe Stonebreaker is perhaps the best romance hero name ever. It makes me smile just to think about it. Anyway, very good Castle/Quick/Krentz type book. Although I do miss the dust bunnies in this earlier trilogy I do think the stories are a little bit tighter than some more recent offerings. Rafe & Orchid are a fun couple and the mystery is intriguing without overshadowing the romance.

  • Jeri
    2019-02-07 21:58

    3.5 One word -- fun. Castle (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) creates another enjoyable romantic adventure in ORCHID. St. Helen's is an interesting place with some decidedly odd conventions, and I like it. A fast, enjoyable read.Oh, and my favorite line from the book -- "In an exuberant frenzy of happy lust he rolled with her across the wide bed, rumpling the quilt and the sheets until all was chaos." Don't you just love it?