After Dark

After Dark

By Jayne Castle

Ghost Hunter Series, book 1

Category: Paranormal and Sci-Fi Romance

 Overall Rating: 3.8

  • Captivation: 4
  • Sizzle: 4
  • Romance: 4
  • Enjoyment: 4
  • Literacy: 3*

Book Description: Life is tough enough these days for Lydia Smith, licensed Para-archaelogist.

Seriously stressed-out from a nasty incident in an alien tomb, she is obliged to work part-time 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 one of the sarcophagus exhibits. 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.

Captivation:  Neat story with a unique world and setting!  I found the book moved slowly at times, but at other times kept me quite intrigued.

Sizzle: The intimate scenes in this book are good with a little bit of tingle-inducing shivers.  It wasn’t the most unique, descriptive, or detailed of intercourse scenes, though.

Romance: Before I explain my rating here, please note that Lydia and Emmett’s story doesn’t end here.  I found the development of the relationship in this book to be okay, but it lacked quite a bit in both emotion and… well, communication.  I did like the way their relationship starts and the realistic feel of their beginning courtship.

Enjoyment: Much as I think this book could be better, I do find the entire world created by Castle (Krentz) creates here absolutely fascinating in both history and culture!

Literacy:  Just let me say… ouch!  Noting that I read as an ebook, I found so many errors I not only stopped counting, but gave up highlighting them.  There are a number of spots where there is a new line in the middle of a sentence.  At least once per page containing dialog, there are missing opening quotation marks.  Suddenly, you get to the end of a paragraph, see closed quotes, and realize that at least part of that paragraph is verbal dialog.  This type of thing is one of my bigger pet peeves!

Overall, I’m enjoying the truly fantastical world Castle (Krentz) creates!  This series is on my read again book shelf as a whole because of the fantasy aspect; the romance and relationship parts are a pretty good bonus!

*I purchased this as an ebook off of Amazon several years ago.  It is possible there are updated versions without the grammatical errors.

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