by Jayne Castle

July 1997
ISBN: 0-671-56901-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Pocket Books
Mass Market Paperback

Welcome back to the world of the St. Helens space colony where a woman's mind is of far greater importance than her body! OK, that really is science fiction, but here on this interesting planet Jayne Castle (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) has created a world that pays tribute to paranormal talents - whether they are true psychic gifts, or the ability to focus those gifts into a useable talent. Zinnia Spring is a prism - someone who can help a talent use his skills and she is unmarried. Nick Chastain is a talent and in need of a wife. Fiery Zinnia, saddled with an unearned scandalous reputation, and Nick, who enjoys a very seriously earned dubious reputation, strike sparks off each other the instant they meet.

For Nick and Zinnia, the idea of an affair soon becomes one of great appeal, but marriage on St. Helens is handled quite differently, and it's marriage that Nick needs. After all, how is a rich casino owner to restore his rightful place in society without the correct bride? And how is Zinnia to overcome her reputation as the "Scarlet Lady" when she persists in wearing the most flamboyant red clothes? Rest assured, Krentz never lets her readers down when it comes to matters of the heart, and regardless of the settings, or even the galaxy they are in, her lovers always find a way to achieve their goals!!

Krentz's storytelling skills sweep her readers up into this imaginative world inviting them to share s ome flaky pear-berry pastries and the talented sensual skills of Nick Chastain. Neither readers nor Zinnia can refuse! As the attraction deepens, Nick and Zinnia are swept into an adventure that will change both their lives and help them learn about true love along the way. Many of the characters first introduced in Amaryllis, Krentz's first book about this planet, appear here and generate a pleasing sense of continuity. Zinnia is an entertaining and charming romance whose appeal can only be enhanced if read along with Amaryllis. And if you enjoyed these lovers, don't forget Orchid, the third and, as of now, last tale about St. Helens, psychics and passion.

Reviewed in July 2001 by Celia.

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