I love Linda Howard’s novels and when I found out about her novel Raintree: Inferno being the first book in the Raintree series I knew I had to give this paranormal romance from the Silhouette Nocturne line a try. I also have read a book by Beverly Barton that my aunt let me borrow from her and I liked her writing so I was excited to find out that she wrote the last book in the series. Linda Windstead Jones is a new author to me and I love to discover new authors books to read. The three Raintrees in these three books are brothers and sister and they each have a different power.
In Linda Howard’s Raintree: Inferno we are introduced to Dante Raintree who is the oldest Raintree brother and the head of the Raintree family as the King of the Raintrees. His power is to control fire and in the novel he runs a casino in Las Vegas which is where he ends up meeting his lady love Lorna Clay. They have a very dangerous path ahead of them because the Ansara, who are the Raintrees’ mortal enemy, are after Dante and Lorna because they want them both dead. At the end of this wonderful and exciting novel we are left to wonder about the other two siblings of the Raintree family.
In Linda Windstead Jones’ Raintree: Haunted we meet the middle brother Gideon Raintree who can harness electricity and talk to ghosts. Gideon is also a homicide detective because of his ability to talk to ghosts and help these murder victims find their killers so they can rest in peace. But Gideon is also haunted by this ghost of a little girl who tells him that she is he’s daughter but Gideon doesn’t have a daughter and wonders who this little girl is. In comes Gideon’s new partner and the woman he falls in love with Hope Malory but they both have to deal with this new serial killer that is a danger to both of their lives. And at the end of this thrilling and suspenseful novel we are still left to wonder about the last sibling of the Raintree family.
In Beverly Barton’s Raintree: Sanctuary we meet the youngest sister Mercy Raintree who is the guardian of the Raintree family’s sanctuary home place in the Smoky Mountains. This novel is the one that answers all the burning questions that the first two novels left use wondering with. It is the book where we finally find out how the battle between the evil Ansara and the good Raintree ends. Mercy Raintree deals with her past and finally confronts the King of the Ansara Judah Ansara, the man who wants to kill her and her family. In this novel you won’t know what hit you and I loved reading it from cover to cover. The ending left me very satisfying but a bit sad because it had to end.
The sad news is that these books came out in the beginning of last year so they won’t be available at bookstores except maybe used bookstores. I think they are still available online and I heard that there is going to be a Paperback – 3-in-1 Compilation Edition coming out in October for $14.95 so you may still be able to enjoy this wonderful paranormal series by these three talented authors. Here are the descriptions of the books from the back covers and pictures:
RAINTREE: INFERNO by Linda Howard $ 5.25 (Book 1)(280 Pages)
It’s time to discover the Raintree Trilogy
Two hundred years after the Raintree clan defeated them, the Ansara wizards are rising again to take on their bitterest foes. As king, it’s up to Dante Raintree to protect his clan, but his heart—and maybe his loyalties—may be fatally divided when Lorna Clay walks into his life. Suddenly fire, always his to control, defeats him, taking with it his livelihood. Unsure whether Lorna is to blame yet unable to walk away from her. Dante faces the fight of his lifetime, a fight even his strength and that of the Raintree clan may not be enough to win.
RAINTREE: HAUNTED by Linda Winstead Jones $ 5.25 (Book 2)(283 Pages)
It’s more than a last name; more than a notation on a family tree. It’s a mark of destiny. Each family member has a special gift, an otherworldly talent.
Gideon Raintree, a homicide detective, can harness electricity and talk to ghosts. He will need to wield gifts he’s kept hidden to solve his newest case—a relentless serial killer unleashed by the dark Ansara wizards. But first he must deal with his reaction to Hope Malory, his alluring new partner. He’d never planned on love in the midst of battle. With evil lurking at every turn, Gideon and Hope are in a race against time to save their love, their family…and their newly conceived child.
RAINTREE: SANCTUARY by Beverly Barton $ 5.25 (Book 3)(280 Pages)
The time has come for the battle to decide the Raintrees’ fate…
War with their archrival, the evil Ansara clan, is unavoidable. For Mercy Raintree, a war means she must assume her position as guardian of the Sanctuary—the sacred Raintree home place deep in the Smoky Mountains. But doing so threatens to disclose her most prized secret—one Mercy has kept to herself for six years.
As the solstice looms and the battle heats up, Dranir Judah Ansara gathers his forces, intending to wipe every Raintree from the face of the land. Including Mercy, whom he’s claimed as his to kill. Then he comes face-to-face with her—and with her daughter, Eve. Will Mercy’s closely guarded secret change not only the outcome of the battle…but also Judah’s own bitter heart?