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For many earthly centuries, a legendary curse has plagued the Winters family, stemming from the tumultuous founding of the Arcane Society. But now, on the futuristic world of Harmony, the curse's final mystery will be unravelled....

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Number of Pages : 373 Pages
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Midnight Crystal Reviews

  • Jilly
    2019-03-28 13:52

    This was the worse one of the series. You can almost guess that there will be problems when you see that this book is a numbered book in three different series. This book was trying to wrap up two different other series, along with being a number seven in this one. That was a lot to ask out of one book. So it took a TON of explaining back-stories of the other two series so that we wouldn't be lost. It didn't work. Not only was I lost, but I didn't care to find my way back. If I was interested in those other two series, I would have read them. But, I wasn't. And, I didn't. And, I won't. Now, it's a matter of principle. Don't try to force me to read other books in order to read this one. I will rebel and refuse to do it.Okay, I guess I have some cat-like tendencies.That was problem number one. But, don't worry, folks, there were many other problems in this book for me to bitch about explain kindly.Problem number two: This couple had absolutely NO chemistry. Other than him thinking she was hot because she rides a motorcycle and wears leather chaps, there was no connection between their personalities. He seems normal, makes humorous remarks, and she gets all irritated with him about it.After he makes a joke:Marlowe (that's the unfunny bitch with the stick up her ass) sighed. "You Guild bosses really do have a problem with humor, don't you?"Really? Joking around is "having a problem with humor"? Then, I have a huge problem. My family has problems. We are a fucking problematic group.But, making people laugh isn't really a problem in the real world. Our problem is with people who have absolutely no sense of humor and take themselves too seriously. And, this is our main girl. She has the personality of a root canal. It's painful.Problem number three: I remember the issue I had with a couple of early books in this series where the characters would sit around and tell each other the same story. They would all take turns saying how the bad guys were doing their crime by each telling a little bit of the story. It struck me as so stupid because nobody sits around telling each other things that everyone already knows. Well, that happens in this book again. It reminds me of one of those therapy talking circles where you have to take turns holding the stick to be allowed to talk. They just keep passing around the talking stick to tell us all the story of what happened. Here's what it's like:"So, you went and confronted him with your semi-automatic paintball gun in the old abandoned amusement park where the gang of evil clowns were hiding out and making all of that counterfeit money.""Yes, and, as always, I had brought a chalkboard with me to scratch, and my kazoo. I knew it was just a matter of time.""So, then he told you that he did the crime because his father never played fooseball with him. He also said he would have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for you meddling kids.""And, I said, what kids? Are you talking about my dwarf-partners? Because if you are, that's abuse! HATE CRIME!!"Yes, it was that bad.Do yourself a favor if you read this series. Skip this one.

  • Cindy
    2019-04-16 11:16

    A great read - it gives us what we're paying for when we buy Quick/Krentz/Castle novels: Tightly plotted stories with great suspense, characters you want to know, and cameos and references to characters you already know.The order is complicated - really, really complicated. Here's the order for the Harmony books:Harmony World series1. Bridal Jitters (2005)2. After Dark (2000)3. After Glow (2004)4. Ghost Hunter (2006)5. Silver Master (2007)6. Dark Light (2008)7. Obsidian Prey (2009)Harmony (omnibus) (2002)8. Midnight Crystal (2010) (with Jayne Ann Krentz)9. Canyons of Night(Rainshadow, #1)10.The Lost Night (Rainshadow, #2) 11.Deception Cove (Rainshadow, #3)12.The Hot Zone (Rainshadow, #4) 13.Siren's Call (Rainshadow, #5)But it is also part of the Dreamlight Trilogy which [in chronological order: isBURNING LAMP written as Amanda QuickFIRED UP written as Jayne Ann KrentzMIDNIGHT CRYSTAL written as Jayne CastleWhich, of course, is part of the Arcane Society series...As Quick: Arcane Society Historical1. Second Sight (2006)4. The Third Circle (2008)6. The Perfect Poison (2009)8. Burning Lamp (2010)As Krentz: Arcane Society Contemporary2. White Lies (2007)3. Sizzle and Burn (2007)5. Running Hot (2008)7. Fired Up (2009)10.In Too Deep (2011)As Castle: Dreamlight Trilogy9. Midnight Crystal (2010) (less)

  • Alex is The Romance Fox
    2019-04-05 14:01

    Midnight Crystal (Harmony # 7; Arcane Society # 9; Dreamlight Trilogy # 3) by Jayne Castle takes us back to the world of Harmony again.Adam Winters is the new head of the local Ghost Hunter Guild and he;s having huge problems in his life..........nightmares and hallucinations he believes his family curse will come to fruition...........become a crazy psychic unless he can find a stolen relic and the only woman who can read dreams.......that will be his only salvation.That woman is Marlowe Jones - psychic reader of dreams and PI...riding into town on a motorcycle and her dusty bunny, Gibson!!!!This was another glorious tale ....green glowing catacombs, underground jungles and dangerous monsters and beasts......take these two on a journey of love and breaking the curse.The author continues to build a world filled with the most incredible characters and settings.And most of all............those dust bunnies!!!!

  • Jacob Proffitt
    2019-04-04 10:01

    I kind of hated the beginning of the dreamlight story arc in Fired Up. The romance was good, but the whole dreamlight thing is just stupid. So I was a bit dismayed to find that dreamlight has infected the Harmony series by ending the trilogy here.And it turns out I still hate dreamlight. It's a little less obnoxious on Harmony because you have a broad spectrum of psychical talents so I could kind of ignore the bits that annoy me. But that left me with a lot to ignore that got in the way of me liking Adam and Marlowe. So I'm not sure if the characters were actually kind of flat or if it was my annoyance with the storyline, but I found it hard to fully engage in the novel.I probably should have skipped this one. Unfortunately, I'm a completionist at heart so I gritted my teeth and read it anyway. It wasn't terrible.I'll leave it there, I think. I can sense an unearned rant building and the book doesn't deserve that.A note about Steamy: This was on the upper middle range of my steam tolerance. There were three explicit sex scenes and a little extra bit as well. One of the things I hate about the stupid dreamlight nonsense is that it infects the characters' intimacy in rather intrusive ways. The energy of sex and attraction doesn't need additional hand-wavy boojums to make it "better". That just makes it even more unbelievable than romance sex already is.

  • Mojca
    2019-04-19 11:53

    Midnight Crystal: Book Three of the Dreamlight Trilogy (Arcane Society Series #9) Another wonderful installment in this series. For someone not familiar with the futuristic world of Harmony (and let me tell you, it’s a little different from the one of St. Helen), this book might represent a little of a challenge at first, what with all the new terms, the history, the psi ruins, weapons etc., but once you get into it, you’ll love it, even if you find it difficult to grasp sometimes. For most readers who’re discovering Harmony for the first time, this is just a good enticement to start a new series. It’s JAK/AQ/JC, after all. And yes, I’m one of those “most readers”. Now, to the book. It was great. Simple as that. A must read for those who follow the series, because it’s the end of the Dreamlight trilogy and a must read for all JAK/AQ/JC fans, because it’s her name on the cover, and there are really few authors in her category. Those who can grab you on the first page and spit you out only when you finish the book. This one was no different. It was pure excitement from start to finish, expertly mixing action, sex, humor, sci-fi, suspense, romance and a little drama thrown in for kicks. I loved Marlowe and Adam, both individually and as a couple that turned out to be a force to be reckoned with. And when they were “hot”, it was really hot. I chuckled every time Gibson appeared, and I kept wondering just who the heck the villain was. Great suspense tack, keeping the reader guessing, and I readily admit I had no idea until the identity was finally revealed. I’m sad to see the end of this trilogy, but rest assured I’ll keep following the series until the end. It isn’t one of my favorites for no reason. And yeah, I’ll search for the rest of the Harmony books as well, because I’m curious just why Adam had to be appointed Guild boss.

  • Zana
    2019-03-30 16:15

    *sigh*Okay, so the characters were not so repugnant as in the last book of hers that I read, but that's about all I can say that's positive in this book.First, we have futuristic world with no worldbuilding. None. It's the 21st century, transplanted onto an alien planet (with no aliens) and NO OTHER CHANGES. Except we call it the 23rd. Right.Also, this is the third book in a series that has built up all along to the foreshadowed CALAMITY that was supposed to be the pivot point of the final book. The climax comes about halfway through the book, and the CALAMITY materializes, but then the plucky heroine uses the power of her mind to... make it go away. No, really. It's exactly that lame.Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz/Jayne Castle/whatever the hell other name she's writing under, used to be my go-to person for decent plotty romance. Lately, I've gotten the feeling that she's calling it in. The characters didn't even spark off each other, and that's never been the case before; hell, it's the *formula*.

  • Anita
    2019-03-25 15:53

    Actual Rating: 3.5 StarsAs I had hoped, Midnight Crystal wrapped up the Dreamlight trilogy quite nicely without overdoing it with the repetitive 'Burning Lamp' and 'Winters Curse' legends.  There were a few repeats of similar dialogue and actions from the previous two Dreamlight books, but overall, Midnight Crystal proved to be a standalone, and a conclusive sequel to the Dreamlight trilogy.As is usual for Jayne Castle (a.k.a. Jayne Ann Krentz), we still employ a lot of the same devices for the romantic relationship and the standard main hero and heroine.  But as is also usual, I enjoyed myself enough not to get nit-picky about it.  Once again, new psychic skills and alien discoveries were employed as part of the book's background; and once again, we get to see the interesting world of Harmony, as well as how well JAK manages to connect it to her contemporary and historical series, Arcane Society.But rather than hints here and there about a paranormal society from the 'Old World' on Earth, we make a big, distinctive connection by bringing in Marlowe Jones, the new boss of Jones & Jones, the paranormal private investigation company that works for the Arcane Society.  Even Adam Winters' appearance was more Arcane Society than Harmony, which really DID make the book feel more like part of the former series than the latter.Castle's ability to somehow interweave the paranormal talents from Arcane Society with the newly developed alien psi talents on Harmony was actually handled quite well.  I would love to see more of these interconnections, but as the Arcane Society series draws to a close, I'm not sure how much more of Harmony series will include Arcane.Nonetheless, back to Midnight Crystal...The book is enjoyable, well-written, and fun.  I loved the characters, and even though this book mainly focused on Adam and Marlowe, I loved the potential that other side characters had.  The main conflict of the book wasn't all that interesting, as it progressed along the same lines as the previous two books in this trilogy.  The rest of the story felt like there might have been more than one main conflict, which also progressed along the same lines as the rest of the Harmony books that came previously.What saves these books from being overly repetitive are the new developments in the world and the story line.  But otherwise, the romances are always the same, the general book outline is typically standard, and everything is a little predictable.But nonetheless, I always enjoy myself.One thing that stood out, though, was Marlowe's assertion that Jones & Jones was no longer a unique, stand alone paranormal private investigating agency.  With the development of paranormal and psi abilities in Harmony, the idea of psychic ability became a normal part of everyday life.  And so any old paranormal private investigator would promptly become just any old regular private investigator.  And even while Jones & Jones still gets most of its work from the Arcane Society, they are now in a greater competitive scope with many other private investigators who can do the same kind of work that Jones & Jones can do.I thought that that was a nice touch, considering how secretive the agency had to be throughout the historical and contemporary time lines.Meanwhile, I never tire of Castle's tendency to also insert some dust bunny moments that just make me feel all smiley and fuzzy.  Gibson wasn't really all that unique when it comes to dust bunnies, but he was still a wonderful addition--I can still picture the scene at the beginning of the book where Marlowe finds him a nice piece of deadwood to use as a surfboard in one of the alien underground jungle pools.***Free Friday #6:Page Count:  371Cash Award:  +$6.00Updated Bank Balance:  $233

  • Maria
    2019-03-24 15:53

    10-16-2010: I was thrilled to find this book on my last visit to the bookstore. Needless to say I read it as soon after purchase as possible and probably too fast, because I can't seem to get enough of JAK to begin with, even re-reading her books almost every year. This one I particularly enjoyed. Her characterization of Marlowe Jones is masterly and I loved Marlowe's cool mature approach to every situation even when her heart was trying to jump out of her body in trepidation. Marlowe is a female protagonist to look up to. The male protagonist, Adam Winters, was no slouch either. The switches from hot to cold, passion to all business, were well done and very male. JAK always does a great job of making her males, well, um, male. Sometimes I feel other author's males are too female in sensitivity, etc. I just read a book where the male knew what the color mauve was! JAK never makes that mistake. At any rate, loved the book and already can't wait to re-read it.2-19-2011: Since I was re-reading all the Harmony books, I re-read this one as well, even though I had just read it four months ago. Once again I raced through it. It's just hard to put down even when you know what is going to happen next. JAK is the best!9-4-2013: Okay, this time I was going to read it slowly. No luck. Raced through it again. There is always something happening. I particularly like the way Marlowe fixes people who are sick/going mad/etc. I've always been a sucker for a fixer.5-5-2015: I am now re-reading all the Arcane Society books, and this one is the ninth one in that series and the first, so they claim, of the Harmony books in that series, but the two books before this one in the Harmony series have Arcane Society people, so I'm not sure I agree. It is very confusing. This time I actually read this book a little more slowly, although I finished it in less than a day. The triplets are growing on me with each re-read, and I am hoping they will show up in J&J's investigations in future books. Close-knit families are always welcome in my literary world, and this book has two, although not enough about Vicky Winters either. That's the problem with re-reading JAK. You get to know her characters so well, you want to learn more about the supporting ones.

  • Melindeeloo
    2019-04-03 14:53

    Midnight Crystal, the final book in the Dreamlight trilogy which has spanned the Arcane Society's history past, present and finally future – and all three Castle/Krentz/Quick nom de plumes - finishes up on the futuristic world of Harmony where almost everyone has some degree of paranormal talent. This story was my favorite of the three in the trilogy - and better than the last Harmony/Ghosthunter book too.Midnight Crystal brings together the descendants of former enemies Sylvester Jones and Nicholas Winters who both took different paths in order to gift paranormal talents to their progeny. The pairing between resourceful Marlowe Jones, the new head of J&J, and new Guild boss Adam Winters is a good one – they are well matched in power and intelligence and the chemistry between them is good. The story which finishes the arc is good too it combines all the classic elements of Castle’s Ghosthunter stories with the Dreamlight ones, without feeling like a rehash of either. I appreciated that after seeing two other dreamlight-worker/Winters pairings that the finding and lighting of the Burning Lamp wasn’t belabored this third time around and that Marlowe and Adam’s combined talents had a purpose besides keeping Adam from the insanity of his morphing power. Probably the one weakness with the 'Lamp' portion of the story was that the with respect to lighting the Midnight Crystal has less significance than I espected. Of course I have to mention the dustbunnies - classic Harmony element after all. Marlowe’s ‘partner’, Gibson, the biker-energy-bar-chomping-dustbunny, was nowhere as obnoxious as the too cutesy ‘Elvis’ dustbunny in the last book – and if you are a dustbunny fan, Gibson has friends too.Overall, I have to say that I really enjoyed following the saga of the Burning Lamp through the three time periods and wouldn’t mind seeing a few more trilogies like this and seeing more of the families we’ve been introduced to over the course of the author’s three now-connected series.

  • Kristen
    2019-03-25 11:05

    When I read Midnight Crystal by Jayne Castle, I'm transported to a futuristic post-Earth world. She really created her own for the setting of the story. Right from the start, we're introduced to Adam Winters and Marlowe Jones, two people from rival families. From the start, we learn about their history and background. You can't miss the sparks flying between them. The chemistry is there. I rooted for them to come together and tempt Fate. Still, they took us to a new kind of world, the underworld--it's not the kind we've read about it in the past. I became impressive with the nightmares and dreamscapes, the psychic world of pulsing energy. It's exotic and out-of-this-world. Who knows what the future brings in our world? But, from start to finish, I'm exhausted from taking that magical carpet ride into the future, when things aren't what they seem and danger lurkers them with no one's business. I gasped and winced and kept reading the pages until I've finished the book. I recommend you read this book, if you wanted to be transported to a new world.

  • Joy
    2019-04-02 12:01

    The Harmony series has settled into a vein of solid pleasure, without the thrill of the first in the series, AFTER GLOW. Something has fallen out of its proper rhythms in the underworld that was built by Harmony's ancient alien population. If the power source crashes it could destroy the entire underworld. The current representatives of the Winters and Jones families must find and use the Lamp to recalibrate it. Will the sexual nature of their joined energies backfire and endanger their mission?I was happy to see that Marlowe's dust bunny Gibson doesn't wear Elvis costumes -- Castle must have realized that she had gone overboard with dust bunny individualization. However, now someone is going to have to keep the dust bunny pack from turning into locusts.I have not read the first two books of this trilogy, but that was not a problem. Castle/ Krentz / Quick is good at sketching in the necessary foundations so her sequals can stand alone.

  • Donna
    2019-04-21 18:07

    I absolutely loved the first 2 books in this trilogy, but this one was a little disappointing. I found the "midnight crystal" episode did not live up to my expectation and was actually a little silly. The romance between Marlowe and Adam was never really developed. And the Arcane society bit about the triplets and the Cerebrus talent felt just thrown in there. It was like there was this big build up to the finish, but this book couldn't quite deliver.

  • Keri
    2019-03-29 16:07

    I think my love affair with Harmony may be over. I skimmed most of the book. Marlow and Adam got to where I didn't really care whether they were a couple or not. I didn't really feel their romance. Maybe it is time JAK to find a new formula because Arcane is starting to feel really, really old.

  • K.
    2019-04-11 13:18

    3.5

  • Metaspinster
    2019-04-21 13:55

    So although I've read all of the previous Arcane Society books, this is my first Harmony book. And although it did seem more jargony (?) because it's a future-sf/f setting, I was able to quickly figure out what all the new scifi-ish terms meant in context. But, I think I prefer the Victorian England and contemporary American setting of the books written under the Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krenz pennames all the same. And as I noted in my reviews of the first two books in the "Dreamlight Trilogy" these are my least favorite of the Arcane Society series so far:...largely because the plots--especially the romance plotlines--of each of these three are almost exactly the same. In each case, we have a female Dreamlight reader who believes herself incapable of longterm romantic relationships due to her discomfort being in the presence of others while they sleep. Yet low and behold! Here comes the hero, in desperate need of her assistance (okay, like that aspect of it) to find a particular family heirloom and help him use it to ward off an old family curse. And of course, various nefarious others are trying to steal the artifact and/or our heroine.Now, in ALL of Quick/Krenz/Castle's Arcane Society books the h/h form a psychic bond that cements their love forever and conveniently alerts them when the other is in danger. Despite the repetition of this as a plot device, I can deal with it usually when it feels like there are actual personality traits that make the couple compatible and sometimes it even seems like there might be some level of (unconscious) choice involved, but in the Dreamlight books, it feels too much like "fated to be mated" love-at-first-sight balderdash.This one actually does differ more in the strict order of this familiar plot line. For one thing, the mythical "psychic command" from the hero's wacky, woman-hating alchemist ancestor to kill all of his enemy's descendents comes into play...but predictably, in this last installment of the trilogy, the hero is already psychically linked and in love with a member of the Jones family! Although actually, I was kind of relieved that this all happened smack dab in the middle of the book and was dealt with remarkably quickly. Now that I'm thinking about it, it's fitting with the larger theme in the Arcane Society series about honoring tradition while discarding the icky aspects of one's heritage.I'm on the fence now about whether I want to check out any of the other Harmony books. Because maybe if I started from the beginning? Also, I'm curious about the whole impermanent "Marriage of Convenience" versus permanent "Covenant Marriage" thing. Because yeah, it's the supposedly more enlightened "future" but there are obvious problems with marriage without the possibility of divorce...

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-18 12:10

    This is my first time reading one of Jayne Ann Krentz's futuristic novels, written under the pseudonym, Jayne Castle. I don't normally like to start a series in the middle for the very reasons I had some issues with this book, but it was the next one in line in the Arcane Socitey books (which span her historical, contemporary, and futuristic novels), so I forged ahead.The Harmony books are set in the future on a formerly alien-inhabited planet called Harmony. Harmony is now inhabited by humans.This particular book is #7 in the Harmony series, #9 in the Arcane Society, and #3 in the Dreamlight Trilogy (a trilogy contained within the Arcane Society novels).The main thing that bothered me is that there is little to no world building. This book reads almost like a contemporary, only with some minor sci-fi/futuristic tidbits added in. I don't know, maybe the world building happened in earlier Harmony books? If that's the case, the author should have made more of an effort to do so in this book as well for those readers, like myself, who only read this one because it was part of another series.I also grew weary very quickly of the repeated use of the word 'rez'. As in 'rez the lights', 'mag-rez gun', 'Hi-Rez Energy Bars', 'de-rezzed the engine' and so on. Had the world building been more robust, I might have been more comfortable with the word and its usage. As it was, it felt like it was just thrown in to say, “Look! Future!”Other than that, this book follows the standard Jayne Ann Krentz formula, which as you all know is something I take comfort in. (I often call her books my literary comfort food) So, I actually did enjoy this book for, even with all the things that bothered me. Once I got started, I finished the book in two days.I still prefer her historicals and her contemporaries, though.

  • Barb in Maryland
    2019-04-03 10:21

    There's a good deal going on in this book and all of it fun. Ms. Krentz/Castle wraps up her Dreamlight story arc with this futuristic story set in her long-established Harmony world. We encounter the Burning Lamp again as Adam Winters needs it to keep from going crazy--those pesky family curses, don't you know. And this time his dreamlight reader is Marlowe Jones (of the Arcane Society Jones & Jones).Adam is an alpha male, alright, but pretty civilized. Marlowe is a very competent woman without being cold. In other words--two likable adults. Who talk to each other, when they aren't fending off assassination attempts, mysterious mazes, and other assorted dangers.The romance was low-key and straight-forward. A lot more space was devoted to solving several entwined mysteries.I liked the revelation of what the Midnight crystal was--yeah, a little over the top, but hey--the guy who made it was stark raving crazy, so that was to be expected. I also liked that there was another use for the Lamp.And it was fun to see the cameo appearance of several characters from Obsideon Prey.And, of course, there is a dust bunny. Must have a dust bunny!The long-time read of JAK's books will probably enjoy this (I know I did). And a new-comer to her writing won't be too lost if this is the first book of hers they pick up.

  • Patty
    2019-04-24 10:12

    I have been enjoying books by Jayne Ann Krentz (and any of her various other names) for many years, going back into the 1980's. Although they often follow a similar formula she always manages to bring something new a fresh to the story.This is the third, and final, book in the Dreamlight Trilogy but also the ninth Arcane book and the seventh Harmony book. Takes some serious talent and planning to bring together three different series, keep track of the "history" of all three series and manage to tie up quite a few story lines all in on book!Since this is a Harmony book and written as Jayne Castle it is set far in the future on a planet colonized by Earth but cut off from it for a few centuries. Some of the rules of the planet earth are similar, many are not, and it is those that aren't that make the stories interesting.Usually listed as a romance writer I classify her as a romantic suspense writer, and these books have all delivered. Fast paced, unique setting, wonderful characters. Can't wait for the next book, we get to enjoy Fallon's story.

  • Melody
    2019-03-29 14:20

    The Dreamlight Trilogy united the nom de plumes of author Jayne Anne Krentz by joining her contemporary voice with Amanda Quick's historicals and Jayne Castle's other-worldly novels. Midnight Crystal was the last in the trilogy, and Jayne does not disappoint. Marlowe Jones is a dreamlight talent and has been heading up J&J Investigations for the past three months. Adam Winters is the new Boss of the Frequency Guild, a direct descendant of Nicholas Winters, and the apparent recipient of the Winters' Curse. Marlowe is on the case to find the Burning Lamp, stolen from the Jones Archives, and Adam needs it for more reasons than just one. Adding in his own humor is Gibson, the pink dust bunny.I enjoy Jayne's ability to tell an entertaining and engaging story of an imagined world, while uniting three totally different eras in a believable fashion. She's a creative writer, and her characters are people I love getting to know.

  • An Odd1
    2019-04-21 11:01

    Motorcycle riding dreamlight reading gal Marlowe Jones matches Adam Winter, as usual super-strong hunter guild boss. Both search for the earth artifact 'lamp' rumored to heal him. And, oh ya, the alien power-source for the whole world approaching meltdown. Author Jayne Castle combines futuristic amber tuned crystal energy planet Harmony with her alter ego Krentz's psychic PI Jones agency and alias Amanda Quick's historical Arcane Society, mystery and all their explicit romance. Sometimes I wonder if author was boy-burned, when the heroine so often has a shifty ex-boyfriend. But villains do twist and surprise.

  • Ashley♥Alexis
    2019-04-16 17:57

    I love those dust bunnies. Each Harmony dust bunny is so unique. I was bummed that this was only a 3 book series but also happy to see the end of it. I know there are only so much you can do with finding a lamp but the Winters family plays a huge role in the Jones family and the fact that they founded the Arcane Society i felt that the Winters family never really got enough coverage. With that being said i'm glad the series ended with the Winters and Jones reconciliation. I love love love the world of Harmony so i hope theres another in the Harmony Saga. I like the Arcane Society, it's never dull. I thought this novel was really nice weaving together 3 different series.

  • Lexie
    2019-04-01 14:11

    Prelim review: Honestly speaking I really dislike when authors do crossovers for their different genres--I'm an OCD sort of reader so I feel an urge to read all the other books. Despite not being that interested in the Arcane Society.So I'm ignoring that this is part of a trilogy.As a new Harmony novel it was fascinating because it gave a lot more clues away about the world and the aliens then we've gotten in recent books. Also Dust Bunnies were featured more prominently (I really would like a Dust Bunny adventure book).

  • Carrie
    2019-03-31 10:13

    Reading these books is kind of like being confronted with a bag of kettle chips or a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies, you just start cramming them in and it's fun (lots of fun) but it ends too soon...Sidenote: Gibson- best pet/sidekick/assistant yet; a pool that includes Marlene and Katie (ala Jennifer Crusie)Further off to the side: I didn't know that the author used to be a librarian- rock on!

  • Gamatst
    2019-03-29 11:01

    I "read" this one via audiobook. Loved it just as I have all the other Castle Ghosthunter books. Tanya Eby was a new narrator for this series and she did an excellent job. It was a nice change up in voices and in some attitude.JAK is a comfort read for me, whenever I pick them up I know what I'm going to get and I always enjoy it.

  • Micii
    2019-03-27 16:14

    Maybe because it involved Arcane but I really enjoyed this book. It was nice to see some strings tied off that are hinted at in other books.

  • Renée
    2019-04-11 14:54

    There are a few things that I'd like to discuss: 1. Just how far in the future is this? 2. What the hell is this world called Harmony? Don't you dare not tell. I got intel that this is the seventh (7th!) installment in the Ghost Hunters series. What the hell girl 3. Finally, the Winters and Jonses will be bonded together! By marriage, no less! This is a dream come true. 4. You know, this Ghost Hunter Guild is making me recall that Ghost Rider movie starring Nicholas Cage. Funny how Nicholas is also the name of the man who started this entire mess of a curse. 5. You must think me silly but what the hell is a dust bunny? What is a vortex? What happened in the Era of Discord? 6. Aliens! What is happening 7. Awwww you guys. You're all worried about my relationship with Adam? It will work out, I promise. You know Dad (Ben Jones), I can almost see you and Sam Winters watching Adam and I in the garden. And Adam would lean in to kiss me and you'll say, "Whoops. Whoops. Whoops. He's going for the kill!" Then Sam would say, "How fast the children have grown. About to have children of their own." 8. Mom, stop! This is embarrassing. Stop looking at us courting each other! And Adam, stop touching me in front of my parents! And your parents! This is so embarrassing for me, I would figuratively die from humiliation. 9. You know this ever-occurring fusing of auras and everything? That's a really easy way of knowing that someone is right for you. You don't get that in real life. That's why a lot of couples gets divorced. 10. This is a good conclusion to a series. Deeply satisfying. A lot of things happened. Really complicated and seems like it's forced to be that way, but it's well constructed and the pacing as well. Would have wanted to know if Marlowe was the descendant of Fallon Jones tho. I am really sad that this came first.

  • Cruth
    2019-03-31 09:53

    Author: Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne CastleFirst published: 2010Length: 372 pagesSetting: Future. Frequency City on Harmony.Sex: Reasonably frequent but mostly fade to black. Not a big deal for the story.Hero: Newly made head of Ghost Hunters Guild. Thinks he's becoming a cerberus. Can do something paranormal (I was never quite sure what).Heroine: Newly made head of J&J. Dreamlight Reader.Includes: Excerpts from Fired Up by Jayne Ann Krentz and Burning Lamp by Amanda QuickDespite clearly being part of the Arcane Society series, Midnight Crystal throws in a lot of past history from Castle's Harmony books. This reader of Midnight Crystal suffered for not doing the pre-reading, especially since it was not clear the reading was a prerequisite for the final book of The Dreamlight Trilogy.I have read other Harmony books, albeit later in the series, but this is the first that really built on other plots. Stuff about ghost hunters and the Era of Discord threw me.*grimace*Overall, Midnight Crystal was good enough but lacked that certain something that makes a book truly enjoyable. I wasn't enamoured of the MCs and I found the apparently suspenseful mystery plot far too handwavy. And the ending was trite.It was okay.2.5 stars rounded down.Arcane Society:The Arcance Society novels are published under 3 pen-names, each name highlighting setting and/or subgenre. As a rule-of-thumb, Jayne Ann Krentz is for contemporary romantic-suspense, Amanda Quick historical romantic-suspense and Jayne Castle publishes futuristic/paranormal romantic-suspense.Book 1 Second Sight (Amanda Quick) - Venetia Milton and Gabriel JonesBook 2 White Lies (Jayne Ann Krentz) - Clare Lancaster and Jake SalterBook 3 Sizzle and Burn (Jayne Ann Krentz) - Raine Tallentyre and Zack JonesBook 4 The Third Circle (Amanda Quick) - Leona Hewitt and Thaddeus WareBook 5 Running Hot (Jayne Ann Krentz) - Luther Malone and Grace RenquistBook 6 The Perfect Poison (Amanda Quick) - Lucinda Bromley and Caleb JonesBook 7 Fired Up (Jayne Ann Krentz) - Jack Winters and Chloe Harper; Book 1 of the Dreamlight Series.Book 8 Burning Lamp (Amanda Quick) - Griffin Winters and Adelaide Pyne; Book 2 of the Dreamlight Series.Book 9 Midnight Crystal (Jayne Castle) - Adam Winters and Marlowe Jones; Book 3 of the Dreamlight Series.Book 9.5 The Scargill Cove Case Files (Jayne Ann Krentz) - Fallon Jones; Book .5 of the Looking Glass Series.Book 10 In Too Deep (Jayne Ann Krentz) - Fallon Jones and Isabella Valdez; Book 1 of the Looking Glass Series.Book 11 Quicksilver (Amanda Quick) - Virginia Dean and Owen Sweetwater; Book 2 of the Looking Glass Series.Book 12 Canyons of Night (Jayne Castle) - Charlotte Enright and Slade Attridge; Book 3 of the Looking Glass Series.References:Author's website: http://jayneannkrentz.com/midnight-cr...(ISBN 978-0-515-14836-7)-CR-

  • Kasey Riley
    2019-04-02 15:14

    Worth every star...I don't often find a book worth 5*...but Midnight Crystal most definitely is. Layers of mystery that last until the final chapter, characters so well imagined that you can picture them in your mind, a plot that carries from the first page to the last chapter...not much more a reader could want. Add to those a light hand and a sense of humor and you have a novel to challenge your mind and make you smile at the same time...GOOD JOB! I am going to find more from Jayne Castle...

  • Trudi Jorda
    2019-04-08 18:20

    I love Jayne Ann Krentz-Jayne Castle!!!!! Adam Winters and Marlowe Jones are two strong talents and in book 3 they come come together! The chemistry , the heat and the psi talent are awesome. Well written story line, just the right amount of sex and plenty of excitement make this one of my favorite books of the series! Adam is everything you hope for in the strong silent brooding sort of male and Marlowe is just the gutsy woman who is strong enough for him to let go and heal-- and have fun along the way!

  • Abby
    2019-04-24 18:03

    A good conclusion to the trilogy. Since it was published last in the series, the majority of it wasn't given away by the two that came before that feel like they were published out of order. I hasn't read any of the other books that take place on the world of Harmony before, and after reading this I think I'm definitely going to. Some of it was a little difficult to follow because I haven't read any of the books in the Ghost Hunters series, but I was able to keep up easily with minimal questions left over at the end of the book. Can't wait for the rest of the Arcane series!