Friday, March 1, 2019

#BookReview – “After Glow” by Jayne Castle


Life is complicated for Lydia Smith. She's working at that tacky, third-rate museum, Shrimpton's House of Ancient Horrors, trying to salvage her career in para-archaeology - and dating the most dangerous man in town. Just when she thinks she might be getting things under control, she stumbles over a dead body and discovers that her lover has a secret past that could get him killed. Just to top it off, there's trouble brewing underground in the eerie, glowing green passageways of the Dead City.

Of course, all of these problems pale in comparison to the most pressing issue: Lydia has been invited to the Restoration Ball and she hasn't got a thing to wear.


In the second Harmony series book, Lydia Smith and her boyfriend Emmett London have stumbled upon another murder. The couple starred in the previous book, After Dark, and their love story concludes in this book, which takes place a month after the first book ends.
Lydia is a para-archeologist who works at a third rate museum (a nasty accident in the ancient alien catacombs beneath the city cost Lydia her prestigious job seven months earlier), and Emmett is a powerful ghost hunter who’s now the acting boss of the Cadence City Guild (a mob-like organization that combats dangerous psychic energy, aka ghosts). Lydia doesn’t trust the guild or ghost hunters in general, but she cares for and trusts Emmett despite his loyalty to the guild.
Lydia wasn’t nearly as snobbish and prejudiced against the guild as she was in the first book. In fact, she often enjoyed the perks of being Emmett’s woman, and she threw his name around to get her way. This change of character irritated me a little, but I was relieved she’d somewhat jumped down from her high horse.
Emmett was just as secretive as ever, but Lydia had enough brains to call him out when needed. So, in essence, his secrets came to light really fast which saved me from getting frustrated. Very little was mentioned about Emmett’s time as the guild boss in Resonance City, and I really wanted to know more about that. For being a boss, he’s supposed to be a badass, take-charge kind of man, but he didn’t seem dark or moody enough for me.
In the previous book, I didn’t feel any romance, desire, or chemistry between the H/h. In this book, I could finally see them falling in love and acting like a real couple. Their main problem, however, was their lack of communication. By the middle of the book, they opened up to one another and were finally on the same page, which made the book a lot better in my opinion.
The series is set in the futuristic world of Harmony where all the humans have psychic abilities and use the amber gemstone to help them control those abilities. All the cities are run like city-states under a planet-wide Federation.
The story is fast paced but could use a light edit. For example, the author once misspelled the hero’s name and also claimed he was the boss of the Cadence Guild for six years, when she meant the Resonance Guild. This is the second time I’ve read this book, and I like it more than I did the first time. I look forward to reading more in the series.
4 Stars

Disclaimer – I bought this book for my own enjoyment. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape, or form for this honest review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.

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