"Jayne Ann at her best!"
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,
Orchid, Zinnia and After Dark (the prequel to After Glow),
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, and C. J. Barry are
selling like hotcakes, showing off-world/sci-fi romance
books are hot in today's market, 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 alien
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. It can be read alone,
but you really should read AFTER DARK to fully appreciate
the fun. In fact, I suggest reading Amaryllis, Zinnia and
Orchid, too! See JAK at her best!
A great return to Harmony - just don't make it so long
before the next visit, Jayne Ann, because this is where you
Posted September 18, 2004
Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted November 23, 2006
Life is complicated for Lydia Smith. She's working at that
tacky, third-rate museum, Shrimpton's House of Ancient
Horrors, trying to salvage her career in para-
archaeologyand 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 things off, trouble is brewing underground in
the eerie, glowing green passageways of the Dead City and
that dynamic dust-bunny, Fuzz, has a couple of surprises
up his tatty, furry sleeve.
Of course, all of those problems pale in comparison to the
most pressing issue: Lydia has been invited to the
Restoration Ball and she hasn't got a thing to wear.
This is futuristic romantic-suspense with a paranormal