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After Dark (Harmony #1)

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Welcome to Harmony—where the rules are a little different.

Life is tough these days for Lydia Smith, licensed para-archaeologist. 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. She has a plan to get her career back on track, but it isn’t going well. Stuff keep
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Mass Market Paperback, 332 pages
Published September 5th 2000 by Jove (first published January 1st 2000)
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Christine
I may be giving this book less credit than it deserves because it didn't fulfill my usual expectations from this author. There was something just a bit off about it. Plus, as the first book in a scienc fiction series, I have to say that I'm not sure I would have understood the world very well had I not read some of the later books first.

The biggest complaint I have is that the story isn't quite over and I'm not sure why. This author has never (as far as I've read) spent two books coming to the
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First Second Books
I will read any book that has paranormal archeology in it! Seriously, any book.
Jacob Proffitt
This is a really hard book to classify. It's sci-fi, but with some mystery and romance thrown in. In the end, I think it’s about equally romance and sci-fi with the mystery getting the shortest shrift.

I liked the premise, though it felt a little... sparsely populated. The story takes place on a world a handful of centuries after initial colonization is shut off by a closing of "the curtain". So the colonists know that they originate from Earth and that the artifacts found on the world are not fr
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Charles
First Reads Review - After Dark by Jayne Castle

Part of me bristles a little at the marketing of this book, because at first blush it's really not meant for me. From the colors of the cover to the description on the back, this is a book that is marketed more as a romance novel than a science fiction novel. Which is one of the reasons that I dislike the way books are traditionally marketed toward only specific demographics. Because I liked this book a good deal not because I'm a huge romance fan b
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Carrie
SFR Reading Challenge 2012: 3/15
SOA Listening Challenge 2012: Paranormal/SFR 3/4

Grade B-/C+
Narration by Joyce Bean 3.5* Grade B

A Krentz/Castle/Quick is generally an enjoyable read for me. After Dark is no exception, although it isn't nearly her best sci-fi/futuristic romance. There was decent world-building and the suspense plot was entertaining, but the character development was weak. Every time I thought I could like Lydia, she acted like a self-righteous prig again. Her pettiness toward Emmet
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Pamela(AllHoney)
I have enjoyed this author's books written as Jayne Ann Krentz and Amanda Quick and decided I needed to try out her Jayne Castle books. This one didn't work for me. It was alright but nothing special and I struggled through it. The characters were likable enough and the storyline had the potential but nothing really caught my attention.
Eloisa James
I ADORE all of Jayne Castle's books. The heroes are alpha cowboys on on a pioneer planet. Do not miss these.
Hannah
Re-read in February 2012.

I didn't like this book quite as much the second time. The setting of Harmony, which interested me so much the first time around, feels a bit silly and gimmicky now. I started to get irritated by the frequency with which the word "resonate" or, more often, its abreviated form, "rez," popped up. Castle/Krentz has an unfortunate tendency to introduce a moderately interesting concept, then harp on it continuously until her reader is sick of it.

Lydia is one of Krentz's feist
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Kristine
When I initially read the blurb about what the book was about I thought it was something I would enjoy. Unfortunately, the blurb did not match what the book was about at all. When I started reading I felt as though I were missing something and was feeling lost, I never quite recovered from that feeling through the book. I even checked at one point to see if I was reading the first or a second installment to see if that might explain my confusion. The writing is well done and the story is pretty ...more
Jennifer Schaper
Review Courtesy of: Books That Hook

After Dark by Jayne Castle (book 1 in the Harmony series) is a little hard to classify into one genre. It’s paranormal romance, but it is also sci-fi because it is set in the future on another planet called Harmony. Some people might say it belongs in the mystery genre as well.

The story revolves around Lydia Smith’s efforts to start her own para-archeology consulting business. Her first client, Emmett London, wants her to locate his missing family heirloom, a c
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Sheila Melo
Funny, Engaging Futuristic Romantic Suspense

AFTER DARK is the first book in the Harmony series of futuristic stories that take place on the earth colony of Harmony. The nice thing about this book is that A reader is never overwhelmed with the details of the world. A reader of the series will learn how detailed this imagined world is but a reader is never taken away from the story in order to provide endless details about this world. Harmony was founded when a Curtain opened between Earth and Har
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Jennie Pratt
Ha! This book was an unexpected enjoyment. I was really taken aback by the setting and world building in this book. It is a very creative idea that a curtain in space opened, humans went through, and then it closed so the colonists were left to inhabit a long abandoned planet. The former species that lived there was able to harness an unseen, psychic energy and that as human generations evolved, they too could learn to manipulate it. Though at just a fraction of what the former species could. (T ...more
Lenny
Really good book.A very well written paranormal series..Funny and dangerous at the same time. Well worth your reading time if you are in to Paranormal mysteries.
Mary
Apr 16, 2014 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Mary by: it's a Jayne Castle/Jayne Ann Krentz
Shelves: romance, fantasy
I can't say enough about Jayne Castle's Harmony books. Whenever I am in the mood for something but don't know exactly what, her dust bunnies fill the bill! As the first one on the series, it got things off with a bang. I loved Lydia and her reluctant affection for the ruin rat who managed to complicate her life. When said ruin rat (you'd have to have read the book to know what that means) manages to die at Lydia's jobsite on the very first page of the book, you know you are in for a fun ride.

And
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Alexa
I really should have known better! I was in search of some “light” reading, and was thinking this sci-fi/romance would hit the spot. This was so abysmally inane! Her idea of world building is to stick one of two ridiculous prefix on every other word. And there wasn’t any romance either! Blech, blech, blech!!! And the whole thing feels like something written in the 1970s both in terms of technology and in relationships. “So what’s it like, being the wife of (important man)? What do you do besides ...more
Paranormal Romance
The hero hires the heroine to find a stolen heirloom but in the process brings her into a deeper mystery that kicks off with a murder. This book never really had a smooth start off, it just sort of jumped into the action. The hero, almost too calm cool and collected, wants to cancel the contract when it becomes clear that the heroine may be in danger but true to form, the heroine stubbornly refuses to give up the first real opportunity to make a mark for herself in the para-archeology game. She' ...more
Tyler
I really wanted to like this book, but then I don't start books expecting to dislike them as a general rule. I've had this book on my list for awhile, and it is with great disappointment that I must say I didn't like it. Don't get me wrong it's not the worst book I've ever read, definitely not, but it really didn't do anything for me either.

First, there were several formatting and grammar bugs, especially missing quotation marks at the beginning of dialogue. I'm going to assume this is something
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Eliza
Sep 18, 2014 Eliza rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Eliza by: Donnette
Mysterious and riveting, captivating to its core!

4 Stars!

Series: Harmony 1, Ghost-Hunter 1, Curtain 2
Characters: Lydia & Emmett
Setting: Alien planet, Old Cadence
Mature Themes: Sex

Lydia is an experienced para-archaeologist, down on her luck after a bad underground accident, and looking for the client to put her back in the game and help to prove herself to her former colleagues and herself. When Emmett London hires her to find his missing family heirloom they are both set on path filled with
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Lisa ~ Books Are My Drugs ~
Book 1 in the Harmony series

Lydia Smith is a para-archeologist who's currently working in a third-rate museum after she was lost in the catacombs under the city for 2 days. She's trying to get her private consulting business going, but has run into a big snag. She finds the man who stole her first client from her dead in a sarcophagus in the museum where she works. And her new potential client is with her when she finds the dead man.

Emmett London wants to hire Lydia to find something/someone for
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melissa
I liked it. I did spend the first few chapters struggling to reconcile this book with the other 2 from the series I have read (one before, one after). They are set in the same world, but not necessarily the same characters. Once I realized that, it was easier to let it go, and enjoy the story. I enjoy (and admire) the author’s ability to create the world so similar, and so different, but has the ability to suck you in completely. Within that she weaves together and intricate mystery, with the ap ...more
Dawn
Oct 04, 2011 Dawn rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like JD Robb's In Death Series
Shelves: 2011-books, pnr, fantasy
Lydia Smith is a paranormal archeologist on the colony of Harmony. She has recently had an episode where she has been labeled as "psychically crippled" and has been shunned from her life at University. Lydia is trying to figure out how to redeem herself by working at a third rate museum. One day things look up as a wealthy businessman hires her as a consultant to find a stolen family artifact. However the same day they meet a man is murdered and that man is Lydia’s friend. Emmet London is more t ...more
Joy
Lydia thinks she has found a rich client who will get her consulting business off the ground. Emmett thinks he has found a professional outcast with connections to the criminal underworld. They are both half wrong. But in the world of Harmony, where ancient dead cities are riddled with ancient paranormal booby traps, each one has found exactly what they need – a partner with talent to burn.

Emmett is in the city of Cadence tracking an irreplaceable family heirloom, and enlists the help of Lydia
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Maria
First in a two book series about Emmett London and Lydia Smith, this one gets off to a fast-paced start when they find a body in an ancient alien sarcophagus. Ms. Krentz has created another world in which some of the rules of this one apply (the settlers originally came from Earth after all) but many do not (it is a different planet). This formula has been considerably successful, since paranormal doesn't seem so abnormal on Harmony, but there is a comfortable familiarity to much of the book sin ...more
Mojca
What a great start (real one) of the Harmony series. Wonderful introduction into the world, the history, and paranormal elements. And despite the fact it’s set in a foreign planet, in the (distant?) future, and the inhabitants all have paranormal abilities, it still reads like a pretty straightforward romance (almost contemporary, if you ignore certain para/sci-fi terms). It has murder, it has romance, it has danger, it has an explosive attraction, it has mystery and intrigue, it has sex, it has ...more
Maggie Cats
Eh, this was an ok start of a new sci-fi series, but I don't think it engaged me enough to read further.

The action takes place on a planet not our own, 200 years after Earth colonized the planet and the "curtain" shut down, cutting off the colonists from Earth. The colonists have made their own way though, discovering psychic abilities that allow them to "resonate" with amber and other materials. Turns out Harmony (the new planet...at least I think) was home to an alien race before humans arrive
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Susan Schnelbach
Although I do like the story, an antiquities theft-murder mystery, the paranormal part of the story is tossed in a little too casually. Terms like para-archaeology, rez-shrinks, para-rez, and a few others are sprinkled within the narrative before they were explained, and the explanations, when they did come, were not detailed enough to eliminate any confusion. Readers are a few dozen pages or a chapter or two into the novel before learning the series takes place on an off-world colony that has b ...more
ZaBeth  Marsh
Imagine there is a great Connection open that people on Earth can go through to another planet. Jayne Castle, aka Jayne Ann Krentz, has done exactly that in After Dark, the first full-length book in Castle’s Harmony series. Harmony was colonized by people who are later cut off from Earth and have created a very Earth like society on a strange planet once thought to be inhabited by aliens. After generations had lived on Harmony, people learn to use amber to focus their psychic abilities to contro ...more
Whitney
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Kathy
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Michelle
Not a horrible book by any means, but definitely not something I'd normally read. Which is the point of getting free books from BookBub.

A new planet where people para-archaeologists and can use equipment by resonating with it. Some intrigue and murder and a dust bunny with four eyes and 6 legs, named Fuzz. I think its kind of telling that I can't remember the names of the main characters without looking them up in the book though. I don't think I'll be reading the rest of this series.
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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). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print.

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Other Books in the Series

Harmony (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • After Glow (Harmony #2)
  • Ghost Hunter (Harmony #3)
  • Silver Master (Harmony #4)
  • Dark Light (Harmony #5)
  • Obsidian Prey (Harmony #6)
  • Midnight Crystal (Harmony #7; Arcane Society #9; Dreamlight Trilogy #3)
  • Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, #0; Harmony, #8; Looking Glass Trilogy, #3; Arcane Society, #12)
  • The Lost Night (Rainshadow, #1; Harmony, #9)
  • Deception Cove (Rainshadow, #2; Harmony, #10)
  • The Hot Zone (Rainshadow, #3; Harmony, #11)
Amaryllis (St. Helen's, #1) Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, #0; Harmony, #8; Looking Glass Trilogy, #3; Arcane Society, #12) Midnight Crystal (Harmony #7; Arcane Society #9; Dreamlight Trilogy #3) Silver Master (Harmony #4) Ghost Hunter (Harmony #3)

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