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After Jayne Ann's last three efforts under her Krentz name and Quick penname, I was in despair. She is one of my favourite writers, but she had lost of heart, I feared. The books spent more time talking about food than romance, and her leads were tediously boring. In her aim to sell mainstream, she is killing her decades-long, devout romance fans with books that lack ROMANCE. Jayne needs to take time go back and read her own books such as “Wildest Hearts”, “Family Man”, and “Absolutely Positively”, to get "the mind scent back", find her roots.
That said, this was - to me - was a "make or break" book. If she did not come up with the old magic, I would likely move on to spend my monies on writers that are delivering. Well, I am SO DELIGHTED to say this book has the old Jayne Ann magic. And I hope this book is received better than the other "Harmony Books". I adored them all and see the JAK dazzle in there. It is in her off-world books “Amaryllis”, “Orchard”, “Zinnia” and “After Dark”, where you can still find the old JAK magic that pulls at the heart, that makes you smile. These books were not well-accepted, because she was AHEAD of the pack. Futuristic books with J. D. Robb, Robin D. Owens, C. J. Barry - and the new Dorchester line coming with Susan Grant and Kathleen Nance's books kicking it off - are selling like hotcakes, showing off-world books are the cutting edge. Meaning everyone else is JUST NOW catching up with JAK.
In this long awaited sequel to “After Dark” (2000), where we first met Emmett London and Lydia Smith, we pick up their lives a month after the pair had their last adventure. They have moved in together, with Emmett hoping to work Lydia into a Covenant Marriage, but fears Lydia's experience in the Alien Underground has permanently set her against "ghost-hunters" - people with the talent to channel and control the residual energy left behind by the race that once lived on New Harmony. And since Emmett is one of the best ghost-hunters, he fears this could tip their relationship into shattering. Worse, the head of the Guild - (union/government) for the ghost-hunters - has been wounded and Emmett has to step into his place to keep things running smooth.
Lydia is not happy with the limelight that is hitting Emmett as the new guild boss. especially not thrilled the press is dragging out the fact Emmett was engaged to marry the Guild's Boss wife. This prompts her to push Emmett into a MC - Marriage of Convenience - to protect him. Emmett is thrilled for he sees this as a chance to convince Lydia into making it a Covenant Marriage.
It has all the JAK special characters, the romance, the adventure that marks her best works. After being so disappointed by her last three books - and I am hoping this is a new streak starting for JAK that show she can "rez" them ghosts and fascinate us as she has for so long. It can be read alone, but you really should read “After Dark” to fully appreciate the fun. In fact, I suggest reading “Amarylliss”, “Zinnia” and ‘Orchid”, too! See JAK at her best!
Great Return to Harmony - just don't make it so long before the next visit, Jayne Ann, because this is where you are shining!
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on 13 April 2007
This book follows "After Dark" which includes the same characters and describes how Lydia Smith and Emmett London met. It isn't necessary to have read the first book to understand this one (in fact I read this one first and didn't have any difficulties in understanding what's going on) but it does rather give away some of the events in the first book, if you haven't yet read it.

The events in After Glow take place a month after the end of the previous book. Lydia is still working in Shrimpton's museum, is continuing her relationship with Emmett London, and is getting along quietly with her life after the excitement of the murders and the discovery of the dreamstone jar in the previous book. However she finds herself at the scene of another death - this time a former professor of archaeology who appears to have overdosed on drugs. As she waits for the police to arrive Emmett London meets up with her and she discovers that the head of the Cadence Guild, the local Ghost Hunter organisation which sometimes seems rather like its own private army, has been shot. Emmett is now acting head of the Guild, for reasons which he eventually explains to Lydia.

The first section of this book is taken up with Lydia coming to terms with Emmett's position in the Guild. She's not sure about their relationship - how seriously he takes it - and has strong misgivings about the Guild. But when she discovers there's a threat to Emmett's safety with this new position she does all she can to protect him, involving some surprising actions. The threads of events start to click together for Lydia and she realises the death of the Professor might have something to do with her 'Lost Weekend', a 48 hour amnesia that she experienced 7 months ago and which put an end to her highbrow career. When events get nasty Lydia has to fight for her safety and freedom as well as understanding more about her relationship with Emmett.

Jayne Castle (aka Jayne Ann Krentz and Amanda Quick) is good at writing books that are well paced and interesting. Her worldbuilding in this book isn't brilliant - there are a lot of irritating repetitions of things like "rez" to apparently show it's a different type of world but the whole underlying Ghosts and Traps ideas are enough and some of her writing seems to be rather silly. Still, the characters are good, particularly Lydia who is feisty and honest and appealing, and the relationship with Emmett isn't the main focus of the book, there's more about the plot and whodunit aspect to keep the reader's attention. It's a worthy sequel to the previous book and one that I can recommend.
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Kick back, relax, shift your mind to cruise and enjoy Joyce Bean's topnotch reading of After Glow. Under stated, sincere Bean almost makes you believe in the paranormal and, of course, solidifies your belief in the endless possibilities of romance. An Audie Award winner with four Audie medallions and a host of Earphone Awards, Bean is the consummate narrator always seeming to reflect the author's intentions with not only words but intonations and nuances.

Speaking of authors, After Glow is penned by Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne Castle. Evidently, she quickly recognized the popularity of both romance books and titles dealing with the paranormal so she gives us both - a romance spiced with the other worldly.

It would benefit listeners to be familiar with the first in this series but lacking that we know that Lydia and Emmett (a British ghost hunter) are a couple. She is a para-archeologist who lost her museum job and now finds herself working at a really rundown museum (think of something along the old Route 66. ) Unfortunately that's not all of Lydia's bad luck - she also has a tendency to find dead bodies, and somehow when she was wandering about the catacombs beneath Cadence City she lost her memory. There's also the question of whether or not the planet Harmony left any aliens behind.

Emmett cannot be the pillar she needs at this point in her life as he has challenges of his own, nonetheless nothing diminishes the attraction they feel for one another.

Didn't I tell you, romance and the paranormal - plenty of both. Enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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on 26 April 2011
The book arrived on time. It gave me several hours of pleasure while I read it and I shall no doubt enjoy the second time as well. Jayne Castle writes with a vivid imagination and tells a good mystery story, if you suspend the normal world. I do not understand why her books are not more widely available.
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on 22 July 2013
The book is part of a series I started reading. I love the series but I have found the books vary in well written or not. I personally enjoyed the book
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on 7 November 2013
Enjoyable light action/romance of the expected quality from Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne Castle for her sci-fi Harmony series.
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on 5 March 2013
I love jayne Castle's books, alway exciting and keeps me glued to the page. Only problem is that I cannot put it down
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on 10 September 2013
was a nice stroll the plot was ok kept you interested will look for others in the collection
i want a fuzz
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on 14 July 2014
Once again another great read from this author. Found it hard to put the book down.
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on 10 June 2015
Just love Harmony and the dust bunnies
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