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After Dark (Ghost Hunters #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  6,607 Ratings  ·  273 Reviews
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 keeps happening.

Take the dead body that she discovered in one
Mass Market Paperback, 332 pages
Published September 5th 2000 by Jove Books (first published January 1st 2000)
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Welcome to a whole new world that the earthlings traveled to for some reason. Then, oh noes, they got stuck there because the door-of-convenience (because if it's a mystery we don't have to explain how it defies all science to exist) closes. 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 ...more
After Dark is a good start to Harmony series. In this book, Jayne Ann Krentz, writing as Jayne Castle, did a wonderful job creating such an interesting faraway future planet of Harmony.

The story flowed fairly well and smooth. Only in the first few chapters that I found the story was a bit slow-paced, the rest of it was great. 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 to
Alex is The Romance Fox
After Dark, the 1st book in Jayne Castle's Harmony Series.
The futurist world of Harmony, a planet inhabited by humans when an energy field opened a gate between Earth. When the spaced shut down, the colonists were left in Harmony to fend for themselves.
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 Shrimpt
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: futuristic, romance
3 1/2

Incredibly one of the best in this series. Probably because it lacks the instalove and instalust that plague the other books. Here everything is slow building finally :)
All the other books appear clearly as a product rather than a book compared to this novel (meaning they are really formulaic, by the numbers).
Like most of her works this is a short novel, on the side of fluffy, very light hearted.
Many readers complain about the lack of world building, I can't really say anything about it as
I really love this book. Of course, I love pretty much everything Jayne Ann Krentz writes, no matter which name she writes it under. But this book holds a special place in my heart. Why? Let me count the reasons:
#1: It's the first of her Jayne Castle futuristic-romance books that I ever owned and read.
#2: It was my introduction to dust bunnies and I will love Fuzz forever and ever. (Oh, and I also really love Lydia and Emmett, both together and separately; I'd steal Emmett from Lydia if I could
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
Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
JC-JAK weaves this fantastical futuristic world that is highly imaginative and well thought out. And one can safely say that she and her work inspired a lot of later authors. But then at times it gets too heavy and I tended to skim over pages.
I am writing this after reading both the books. And let me tell you, I dint like the story that much. The h/H are fine as a couple and have some fine moments but the plot is distracting and vague. This is the third ‘Harmony’ book I’ve read and the suspense
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (On Hiatus)
3.5 Stars

Found the World building a little, too complicated in this one.
Took some time to ease into the whole thing...Overall a fun one time read.
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. It’s romance, suspense, thriller, paranormal, futuristic and sci-fi all in one. It could be a disaster, but it’s indeed very captivating and wholly believable. What more could anyone ...more
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
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.
First Second Books
I will read any book that has paranormal archeology in it! Seriously, any book.
Eloisa James
I ADORE all of Jayne Castle's books. The heroes are alpha cowboys on on a pioneer planet. Do not miss these.
Dec 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a mixed bag these books are. I came across free secondhand audiobook versions of them, so I figured why not. Although I had a vague association of the author with mediocre romance/PNR, I didn't worry too much about it. Free, after all.

I enjoyed some things. I didn’t mind the characters (except when I did); in some ways the story was pretty well told; I have to say the setting is fairly thorough and deep and well drawn… in places. It's an interesting idea, once exposition is provided. But i
Pam Baddeley
This is the first in the author's Ghost Hunters series set on the planet Harmony. To begin with, I thought it would tie in with an earlier trilogy with books named after the heroines, who all have flower names, but although the background of the two series is the same, the Harmony books differ in several respects. Both deal with societies which have grown up on planets remote from Earth, which were colonised after an energy cloud appeared near Earth that enabled travel to far distant worlds, but ...more
Lydia Smith, a licensed Para-archeologist, has had her whole world tumble upside down in the last six months, now she finds one of her few friends left dead. To make matters worse her new client Emmett London, wants to fire her to keep her out of danger.

I was slightly confused with this book, it is more of a futuristic tale rather than what I thought initially. Interesting concept for a story, but I had a hard time visualizing the setting. Not sure if I was more familiar with Jayne Castle's pre
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Meh.... this one was pretty useless and unconvincing for a start of a series... Not enough world-building either... The whole time I felt like I was missing something! Overall, fell completely flat as a fantasy, mystery AND romance...
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
They had me at sentient dust bunnies.
Jacob Proffitt
Dec 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
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
I would have given this book 5*, but I hate being thrown into a new series with a lot of terms that I don't understand and have to try to keep straight. I still don't know why they came through the Curtain, and who the Harmonics were. Maybe it will be explained in future stories, but it makes it hard for me want to continue the series.

Lydia is a para something archaeologist. I love archaeology, so I thought this would be a good book for me. And while I don't like all the technical terms thrown a
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Melinda Helfer - Romantic Times**
Ms. Castle adds many wonderful touches to her engaging new series, including Lydia's unique pet, Fuzz, and enthusiastic fans will clamor for further adventures.

**Publisher's Weekly**
Castle (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) is well known for her playful love stories, and this futuristic tale of romantic suspense runs delightfully true to form. In an ancient city on the planet Harmony--a place where professional ghost hunters and "para-resonators" are necessary to defuse
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
3.5 stars! I enjoyed this very much but there are some loose ends that made me knock off half a star. I loved Jayne Castle's St. Helens series and this series is shaping up to be just as interesting. Worth checking out if you're a fan of scifi romance.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
My rating is more of a 2.5 stars.

This is an NA book. Unfortunately, the tone of the book felt more YA. I cannot be fair in assessing this book; as a style of writing is not my preferred method. I found it slow paced and did not connect with the characters.

Interesting concept for the theme of the book.
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne Castle
First published: 2000
Length: 352 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

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 through in Book 2?)

Otherwise, a thoroughly enjoyable romantic
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
Aug 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, fantasy
2.5 stars

This wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. The writing was fine, and this was entertaining, but the characters, setting, and plot weren't very well-developed. I suppose that this might get better in future volumes, as many series do. Although I was amused by this book (sometimes probably not at at the things that the author meant me to be amused by, like her obvious channeling of her experiences as a PhD student in making the main character's former PI (primary investigator) the horrible ex-
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
Dec 26, 2010 rated it liked it
This is the first book of the Harmony Series. I gave it a solid 3. I like the concept of the book. Though, I call it “Sci-fi Mystery”. The plot was quite good but I found that the writing style was a bit hard to follow.

The book had a slow start and didn’t grab me right away. So I have a very hard time with the first few chapters. However, it did pick up a little faster in the middle. I found that all of the raz-this-and-that was kinda annoying. But once I get use to them, I will probably be les
Kristine (A Cozy Booknook)
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
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As things STAND now, I trust London more than I trust you.

Okay, so it fell a little short of a ringing endorsement, Emmett thought as he followed Lydia into the offices of the Transverse Wave Youth Shelter. She could have been a touch more eloquent and maybe a shade more dramatic.
I would trust London with my life, my fortune, and my sacred honor, would have done nicely. Or maybe, I would trust London to the ends of the universe.
But he would take what he could get.”
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