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After Glow (Ghost Hunters #2)

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Para-archaeologist Lydia Smith has spent her entire adult life digging into the past, and building a career. But all that changes when she finds herself lost in the catacombs below the city, with no memory of how she came to be there. Now it's her own past that is eluding her; and the secret of what happened to her will endanger everything she's worked to rebuild, includin ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published February 24th 2004 by Jove Books (first published February 23rd 2004)
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Cruth Yes, there is enough explanation of relevant plot to read it as a stand alone BUT it would be better with the first one.
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Lizzy
A great sequel to After Dark, in After Glow we meet Lydia Smith and Emmett London again. I was unsure how good proceeding with the same hero/heroine would work, there was the risk that it could turn out dull or sluggish. However, Jayne Castle/ Jayne A. Krentz is highly successful in delivering another captivating and thrilling romance. Set in the futuristic planet of Harmony, colonized by Earth, it has a good mix of paranormal, murders and mystery, and a romance based on a more trusting and p ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Aug 06, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, sci-fi, steamy
This one was a clear improvement on the first. I think Castle has a better idea of where she's going with the books and it made a difference in the setting, particularly the side characters. Lydia and Emmet were both better, too, and their relationship was as or more fun. So yeah, a clear step up.

As with most series, I'd definitely read the first one before this one; you really need the details of their relationship and Lydia's professional life. That this book is better is something to look for
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Nurse Lisa in Ohio
3.75/5...I liked this one a lot. Good story with a fun paranormal thread. Add in the romance & voila! I'm a happy reader! :)
Jen
I love this story. It's just as fantastic a read for me as was/is the first one, if just a bit more satisfying because this is the true "end" of Lydia's story. (This is not to say that the first book, After Dark, ended in a cliffhanger. It didn't even end in an open-ended fashion. I was very satisfied after finishing it, years before this sequel was even published.) What I love about this story is that it was dedicated to me and my fellow dust-bunny aficionados. And it ended with (view spoiler) ...more
Kari Chapman
I felt that "After Glow" was a stronger book than the first book in the series, "After Dark". Which is good, as "After Dark" was enjoyable, but had room for improvement.

The characters established in the previous book are back again in book 2. They are just as enjoyable to read about this time around, and there was some good growth on both Lydia and Emmett's parts. We got to see both of them shine in their areas of expertise at various points in the book.

The magic system in this book was clearer
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Eliza Leone
Oct 03, 2014 Eliza Leone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eliza by: Donnette
Captivating and thrilling, full of unsuspecting plot twists.

Series: Harmony 2, Ghost Hunter 2, Curtain 4
Characters: Lydia & Emmett
Setting: Alien planet, Old Cadence
Mature Themes: Sex, Drug references

Picking up a few weeks after the events in After Dark, Lydia and Emmett are still feeling their way through their relationship with one another. Lydia's private consulting is picking up and with a new client, her job at the museum, and the ongoing investigating she's doing into her Lost Weekend.
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Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
awwww, I loved this storyline! And I also just enjoy Harmony as a world. Good ol' Jayne Castle/Amanda Quick.
Sheila Melo
Jul 30, 2014 Sheila Melo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sequel That Answers Questions

Sequel That Answers Questions

AFTER GLOW is the second novel in the Harmony series. It features the same couple as AFTER DARK, Lydia Smith and Emmett London. In the first book, readers were introduced to the earth colony of Harmony where humans have developed paranormal abilities. Lydia last her job when she had a lost weekend where she has 48 hours of memory loss. Lydia and Emmett began arelationship in the first book.

In this book, the relationship is finally resolve
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An Odd1
May 28, 2013 An Odd1 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
** "After Glow" follows "After Dark", among other (better?) similar-plot fantasy explicit romances by Jayne Castle aka Krentz, set in futuristic planet Harmony. A 'hunter' can tune thought waves through amber to gather or disperse 'ghost' energy radiating from crystal.

The series suffers from excess amber and jargon such as 'rez' for power. If her heroines believe hunter Guilds are criminal mobs, why do they date 'thug' bosses and manipulate marriages? Action seems jerky, fits and starts, such a
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Carrie
SOA Reading Challenge 2012 Surprise Me by Quarter: Quarter 2

Choice #3 – Rounding Out the Family – Listen to a romance where a child (under 18) or pet plays a significant role. (Fuzz, the dust bunny)


SFR Reading Challenge 2012

2.5* rounded up to 3*
Grade C+

Mildly entertaining futuristic suspense novel hampered by clunky writing and too much telling. I generally enjoy JAK in all her permutations, but this isn't one of her best. Lydia and Emmett skirted around actually talking about their true feeling
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Christine
As I mentioned in my review of "After Dark," the first half of this duet, I was kind of annoyed that I had to read another book in order to get the rest of the story. My feelings didn't really change after I finished this. I continue to feel that this is one of Jaynce Castle's weaker stories by any psuedonym and her weakest under this one. I'd say it took her a couple of books to get into writing science fiction, but with the possible exception that she didn't lay the groundwork very well (in th ...more
Ladysatel
After Glow is Book 2 of the Harmony/Ghost Hunters Series

Lydia Smith is still dealing with the after effects of her 48 hours alone in the alien tunnels under Cadence: still not a member of the faculty as a para-archaeologist at the University; still working at Shrimpton's House of Ancient Horrors and working out her feelings for Emmett London a retired Ghost Hunter.

Then another incident adds to her list of worries. Mercer Wyatt, current head of the Ghost Hunters Union in Cadence City, is shot. Wh
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Babs
Jun 05, 2016 Babs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like a book with a happy ending and the mystery gets solved.
Thenia
Lydia and Emmett's story's conclusion, where loose ends are tied, mysteries are solved and our heroes get their happy ever after future.

Interesting world, flawed characters and a conspiracy theory made this an engaging read.

The series continues with Ghost Hunter and a new couple's story.
Katy M
Jan 26, 2015 Katy M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Derring do" and "bill and coo."

I never put spoilers in my reviews.
Ms. Krentz is my favorite 3 headed author: Amanda Quick (past,) Jayne Ann Krentz (present,) Jayne Castle (future.) Her world building is unique in that she builds a believable world that coexists with our "normal" one seamlessly for her past and present books which leads to the believable future world.
All the books I have read, and liked, that she's written have mystery, action and romance all in one. As far as I can see, all the
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Margaret
Nov 03, 2015 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Return to Harmony—where nothing is as it seems.**


Life is complicated for Lydia Smith. She’s working at a 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
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Anita
-- This is a review for the first two books in the Harmony series. Originally posted at Ani's Book Abyss | Series Start Review: Harmony


Book #1: After Dark | Rating: 3.5 Stars
Book #2: After Glow | Rating: 3.5 Stars

Overall Average Rating: 3.5 Stars


First of all, while these two books are part of a larger series, both After Darkand After Glowwould be best read together as a set. According to other reviews, the two books detail a complete story arc concerning the same characters and one particular m
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Pamela
I love these books about the para normal, and the relics found on the planet left behind by another race. I also loved the sexy Guild Boss, Emmitt. Lydia a renown para-archiologist is recovering from a bad burn in the underground, when people she is close to begin dropping dead. This is a fun read, and a sexy read. There are plenty of plot changes, and clues, and false leads to keep you turning the page. I also love the dust bunnies, and hers is adorable. It had a great ending, that surprised me ...more
Kate Trudeau
Jul 14, 2015 Kate Trudeau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent sequel

The interesting thing about this sequel is its not really a sequel. The first book concluded its storyline and left the story of the heroine untold. Thus, this book tells the backstory of After Dark, by cleverly bringing the main characters into a new challenge that arises because of the success of the first book. Very often, trilogy and duos don't work, but these two books together are perfect. Add in a marvelous and humorous dust bunny ending, and it is a great lite read.
Cruth
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne Castle
First published: 2004
Length: 343 pages
Setting: Around 200 years in the future on the planet Harmony, cut off from Earth. In Cadence City.
Sex: Very explicit, infrequent
Hero: Hunter and former Guild Head.
Heroine: para-archeologist
Includes: Excerpt from White Lies

From my review of Book 1: “What really happened when Lydia was burned? I wish Krentz had told us.. It was relevant to her motivations and attitudes but was never explained. (May be followed t
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Raven R.
Oct 27, 2015 Raven R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the typical Jayne Castle book. Which of course I loved. And once again I've picked up a sequel that I didn't realize was a Sequal. Good move there, Raven.

Either way I loved the story. There was a bit of a loop hole with you know a guy getting murdered and her not knowing what had happened cause she didn't have her memories, but when she gets them back there's nothing about the murder. I mean everything else got cleared up didn't it? Why wasn't that? It sort of seemed like that was conve
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Maria
The second in the Harmony series, this one is just as good as the first. Ms. Krentz creates wonderful worlds not our own and peoples them with interesting characters, not to mention their pets. Lydia has no time for fools and makes short shrift verbally of several characters in this book to the delight of the reader. Tamara emerges as a more viable character, not so one-sided after all, and Mercer Wyatt and Emmett have a moment that I will always treasure, but which the reader might not fully un ...more
Emily
Mar 08, 2011 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second novel featuring Lydia Smith, a 'tangler,' and Emmett London, a 'ghost hunter' is an excellent continuation of their tale. Generally, I believe each couple gets one book, and after that, they can guest in other books, but in the case of Lydia and Emmett, their story was too long for just one book. I had mentioned in my review of "After Dark" that I thought there were some loose ends, and this book ties them up. The mystery of Lydia's "Lost Weekend" in the Harmonic Catacombs is solved, ...more
Kathy
Aug 25, 2013 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, sci-fi, alien
Setting: Cadence – her apartment at Dead City View Apartments, his condo – closer to the ruins and it’s resonance power, Hunter Headquarters, Shrimpton’s House of Ancient Horrors, Restoration Ball; Dead City of Old Cadence – green glowing passageways, underground offices and holding cells, one with complicated psi-trap to prevent from going further;

Theme:
Love and commitment – waiting for the other, as hinting for it – both her and him; responsibility; what happened on Lydia’s Lost Weekend, and
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Wan
Feb 13, 2011 Wan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave After Glow a solid 4. I don’t know if I’ve gotten use to the writing style and the terminologies of the series but I found it more enjoyable second time around. I will definitely read the entire series after all.

In this book, I like that the trio, Emmett, Lydia and Fuzz, again, teamed up going against the bad guys and solving all the murder mysteries -- that seemed to constantly follow them around. They made such a great team. Though, IMO, Emmett still oozed power and sexuality while Lyd
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Gmc
Mar 17, 2014 Gmc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After Glow - Harmony, Bk 2 by Jayne Castle

Lydia Smith Para-archaeologist labeled as fragile after a bad burn in the tunnels, and working to build a new career, she has flickers of memory about her lost weekend. She doesn't trust hunter as she feels that hunter are the cause of her lost week end.

Emmett London who has a dangerous past of his own to overcome, have retired as Hunter Guild boss in one city is tapped for the job as temporary boss in this one.


And then there are the Greenies.
Mary
Apr 16, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Mary by: It's a Jayne Castle/ Jayne Ann Krentz
Shelves: romance, fantasy
Sequel to After Dark, it follows Lydia and Emmett's next adventure. Only this time it's not a ruin rat that dies in the first page, it's an old college professor gone drug addict. But of course, drug addict or not, with Lydia and Emmett involved, his death can't possibly be a natural one.

This book has the same sparkling humor, the same fantastical world, the same familiar but not quite sense of place. I love all her Harmony books and recommend them most highly.
Meltem Y.K
Nov 13, 2013 Meltem Y.K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jayne Castle’s futuristic novels set in Harmony have just the right amount of paranormal, mystery and love to keep you going from one book to the next. There are nine books in the series so far and I am pretty certain there will be more. These books are stand alones, but all relate to each other. As you read more books you come across references to the hero and heroine of another one in the series, somehow they all know each other and soon you start to feel like you know them all, too. Jayne Cas ...more
Deirdre
Aug 17, 2009 Deirdre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is part of Jayne Castle aka Jayne Ann Krentz's Ghost Hunter series, chronologically the third in the series but as a full novel the second in the series.

This tells the continuing story of Lydia Smith, she's working for a tacky third-rate museum, Shrimpton's House of Ancient Horrors, taking on the occasional job to try to reclaim her career. Between that, dating one of the most powerful and dangerous men in the town and dead bodies turning up she has a handful of trouble.

Lydia is an intere
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Donna
Apr 03, 2012 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fantasy, 2012
I often have difficulty rating books written by Castle(Krentz). I really liked the way she built the world of Harmony - the Dead City and its catacombs, dissonance energy ghosts, hunters and tanglers, etc. I especially enjoyed the personality of the dust bunny Fuzz. The pacing was good, the plot was interesting, and the writing style let the story flow. However, I never became emotionally invested in the characters. It may have been made more difficult in this book because Lydia and Emmett first ...more
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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

Ghost Hunters (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • After Dark (Ghost Hunters, #1)
  • Ghost Hunter (Ghost Hunters, #3)
  • Silver Master (Ghost Hunters, #4)
  • Dark Light (Ghost Hunters, #5)
  • Obsidian Prey (Ghost Hunters, #6)
  • Midnight Crystal (Ghost Hunters, #7; Arcane Society #9; Dreamlight Trilogy #3)
  • Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, #0; Ghost Hunters, #8; Looking Glass Trilogy, #3; Arcane Society, #12)
  • The Lost Night (Rainshadow, #1; Ghost Hunters, #9)
  • Deception Cove (Rainshadow, #2; Ghost Hunters, #10)
  • The Hot Zone (Rainshadow, #3; Ghost Hunters, #11)

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