After Dark by Jayne Castle-Book Review

The story revolves around Lydia Smith’s efforts to start her own para-archeology consulting business. Her first client, Emmett London, wants her to locate his missing family heirloom, a cabinet of curiosities. This is complicated by the murder of one of her acquaintances.

She finds that the two things are connected. Emmett tries to fire Lydia when things get too dangerous for her, but she refuses to give up.

That’s one thing I liked about Lydia. However, there were aspects of her personality that were downright annoying. For example, she was extremely prejudiced against a group of people who she had little personal reason to hate. She was a character that was hard to become attached to. However, I related to her enough to keep reading.

This story is written in past tense, third person. The point of view shifts between Lydia and Emmett.

One of the best things about this book was Lydia’s pet dust-bunny. I’d keep reading the series just for him!

One of the worst things about this book was the sex scenes. Absolutely no foreplay. Maybe Castle was trying to make the sex seem impersonal; I don’t know. In my opinion, both Lydia and Emmett were terrible lovers since they barely touch each other before penetration.

The author of over 40 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense, often with a psychic and paranormal twist, in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print.

She earned a B.A. in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to obtain a Masters degree in Library Science from San Jose State University in California. Before she began writing full time she worked as a librarian in both academic and corporate libraries.

Ms. Krentz is married and lives with her husband, Frank, in Seattle, Washington.

Pseudonyms:
Jayne Ann Krentz
Amanda Quick
Stephanie James
Jayne Bentley
Jayne Taylor
Amanda Glass

(bio from Goodreads)

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