I liked the first book in this series and was really looking forward to reading the second and was very disappointed.
I got about 1/3 of the way through the book and could not go any further as I could figure out exactly what was going to happen in the rest of the book. The drug the story revolved around was a little far fetched for me and the characters did not grab me.
After reading "Hush," I was curious how the Lodestone Series would develop. And SPOILER ALERT, this 2nd installment follows the original formula (pardon the pun) to a 't'. Some of Cherry Adair's lines were lol funny (she must have been watching SATC when she wrote the scenes including a scrunchie and a family pack of condoms [talk about irony]). The actions scenes were intense and the love scenes were marginally believable. The villian and the "drug demos" were disturbing, so if you are squeamish or would rather NOT read about this kind of stuff, then skip "Afterglow." True this story is farfetched, but SURPRISE, it's fiction.
A solid 3.5 stars.