Friday, August 27, 2010

After Dark & After Glow by Jayne Castle

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 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 the sarcophagus exhibit. Who needed that? Finding out that her new client, Emmett London, is one of the most dangerous men in the city isn’t helping matters either. And that’s just today’s list of setbacks. Here in the shadows of the Dead City of Old Cadence, things don’t really heat up until After Dark.

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, glowing green passageways of the Dead City.

Descending into these twisting catacombs, Lydia will learn just what it's like to put her heart-and life- on the line...

I know I haven't done a ton of reviews lately, I've been distracted by my upcoming Dragon*Con adventures, but I did want to highlight a couple of books that I picked back up off my shelves last week. Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz) definitely has a winning series with her futuristic romance ghost hunter books. With each book we get a great look at the physical environment, social and cultural mores, and personal choices that motivate her characters. In particular with these two books it's even more engaging as the story is not really complete (no confirmed HEA) at the end of book 1.

Between the two readers have the opportunity to learn more personally about Lydia and Emmett and what makes them tick as a couple. Both have pasts that come back to affect their present, and there's a good bit of murder mystery to keep things interesting. Throw in Guild politics and hidden alien chambers and you've got a rollicking good time. I'd recommend to anyone that they go and pick up these 2 stories (along with the other books Krentz has released as Castle), but even without the rest these are very much worth your money and your time.

Overall Feeling - Thumbs up.

Series - 1) After Dark 2) After Glow