After Dark (Harmony, #1) 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.

This is the book that really gets the series going to me because it introduces the dust bunnies.  Fuzz, not a really original name, but definitely descriptive, is Lydia’s dust bunny.  Prior to the book’s beginning, he saves her live in the tunnels.  Although, dust bunnies look like a pile of lint, they are actually predators.  As it states in the book, “if you see their teeth, it’s already too late.”

This book is classic Jayne Ann Krentz which is Jayne Castle’s real name.  She is actively writing under three names right now, including Amanda Quick, and has retired several others.  I own all of her books, but a couple of the very early ones.  Anyway, there is a strong alpha male with a “feisty” female.  The clashes between them can be some of the funniest parts of the books.

I love science fiction and I love romance and I love humor.  JAK knows how to interweave these to write some of the most enjoyable books on the market.


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