Now, all of the settlers, who decided to leave this nuisance planet we live on with all of our comfortable housing, plentiful food supplies, and the answer to all life's questions the internet, to go and live on some alien planet where they could scrape and struggle to survive with NO internet to go home to at night, are stuck. It's now 200 years later and the humans who live on this planet have developed psychic abilities for some reason. There were apparently aliens on this planet before we came around and.. Speaking of which, there is one majorly awesome new thing in this book that I really really want called Dust Bunnies. Yeah, I know, I technically have some. But, these are adorable little bunnies who eat pretzels, warn you of danger, and can kill anything that comes into its path. Okay, so there isn't a lot of detail about the planet itself, other than the fact that it seems to have a LOT of rocks. For some reason, amber heightens everyone's psychic abilities so they are all wearing more of this stuff than Elvis wore rhinestones. These ghosts are NOT the dead who have come back to haunt people for daring to move into their old house. These ghosts are psychic energy. But, the good news is that there are really not any giant info-dumps on the world. Two things are going on with Lydia and Emmit. Now, maybe this was the author's evil plan all along, but I really feel the need to continue reading this series so I can figure out what the hell is going on. We haven't even figured this one out on our home planet.
Once I read through the first half of the book, I was totally gripped by suspense and a feeling of excitement as the pieces of puzzle began to fall into place bit by bit toward the end. Fortunately, as the story went on, I gradually warmed up to her, otherwise I might end up giving it only 3 stars.
After Dark, the 1st book in Jayne Castle's Harmony Series. Seriously stressed-out from a nasty incident in an alien tomb, she is obliged to work part-time in Shrimpton's House of Ancient Horrors, a very low-budget museum.
Many readers complain about the lack of world building, I can't really say anything about it as I read the series completely out of order (I am reading book one and two as the last ones)...
Let me count the reasons: #1: It's the first of her Jayne Castle futuristic-romance books that I ever owned and read. :-) There were so many scenes and lines in this book that had me smiling as I read them. I always laugh out loud when reading the scene in the Green Wall Tavern, where Durant follows Lydia into the alley and sees Emmett in action. ;-) (The whole of this scene can be found in Chapter 22, on pages 252-253.) I've lost count of the number of times I've read this book. :-) Now to read book two, the continuing adventures of Lydia, Emmett, and Fuzz!!!
Maybe I'll find out in book 2, but for now I'm feeling annoyed that I have to read it. I don't kow, but at this point they could really be any two people that felt a bit of sexual attraction and decided to have some fun. And I will read it, largely because I generally like this author's books and because I am curious about Lydia's forgotten backstory.
I am writing this after reading both the books. This is the third Harmony book Ive read and the suspense /mystery pans out almost identically.
A great start to the Harmony series by Jayne Castle/ Jayne Ann Krentz, After Dark has everything that I love: there is an incredible new world, Harmony; murder and mystery unraveling through to the end; a dangerous hero and a stubborn heroine that together form an awesome couple; and even a cute pet called Fuzz.
The author of over 40 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense, often with a psychic and paranormal twist, in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle).