Fired Up: Book One of the Dreamlight Trilogy (Arcane Society Series #7) [NOOK Book]


The New York Times bestselling author presents the story of a curse that spans generations, and the love that can heal it. . . .

More than three centuries ago, Nicholas Winters irrevocably altered his genetic makeup in an obsessionfueled competition with alchemist and Arcane Society founder Sylvester Jones. Driven to control their psychic abilities, each man's decision has ...
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The New York Times bestselling author presents the story of a curse that spans generations, and the love that can heal it. . . .

More than three centuries ago, Nicholas Winters irrevocably altered his genetic makeup in an obsessionfueled competition with alchemist and Arcane Society founder Sylvester Jones. Driven to control their psychic abilities, each man's decision has reverberated throughout the family line, rewarding some with powers beyond their wildest dreams, and cursing others to a life filled with madness and hallucinations.

Jack Winters, descendant of Nicholas, has been experiencing nightmares and blackouts--just the beginning, he believes, of the manifestation of the Winters family curse. The legend says that he must find the Burning Lamp or risk turning into a monster. But he can't do it alone; he needs the help of a woman with the gift to read the lamp's dreamlight.

Jack is convinced that private investigator Chloe Harper is that woman. Her talents for finding objects and accessing dream energy are what will save him, but their sudden and powerful sexual pull threatens to overwhelm them both. Danger surrounds them, and it doesn't take long for Chloe to pick up the trail of the missing lamp. And as they draw closer to the lamp, the raw power that dwells within it threatens to sweep them into a hurricane of psychic force.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Krentz's paranormal Arcane Society series, she bounces from contemporary romantic thriller (Running Hot) to steampunk historicals (Perfect Poison, as Amanda Quick). This trilogy kickoff concerns the present-day descendents of Nicholas Winters and Sylvester Jones, magic-obsessed 17th century rivals locked in a generation-spanning struggle. In Seattle, paranormal PI Chloe Harper is hired by financier Jack Winters to find the “Burning Lamp” his ancestor Nicholas created. Unrealistic whiz-bang action follows, including otherworldly powers that Winters must learn to control and a romance that may unleash an ancient curse, occasionally interrupted by psychic mobsters who also pursue the lamp. Arcane Society fans will be thrilled with the brand-new intrigue, but newcomers will need to read earlier books to understand Krentz's world. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Suffering recurring blackouts, Jack Winters fears he is falling victim to the centuries-old Winters curse and will turn into an unstable monster if he doesn't locate the legendary Burning Lamp. Jack seeks help from smart, skeptical PI Chloe Harper, whose rare dreamlight talent is necessary to work the lamp's magic. But others, some with far more sinister agendas, are also in search of the lamp, and as the puzzle pieces slowly fall into place, the danger to Jack and Chloe ratchets up. Part of the ongoing "Arcane Society" titles, this is the first in "The Dreamlight Trilogy," which will include not only a book under Krentz's historical pseudonym, Amanda Quick, but will add a new dimension with a volume by Krentz's futuristic alter ego, Jayne Castle, as well. VERDICT Sparkling with sharp wit, clever, complex plotting, intelligent humor, and electric sensuality, this lively story drops just enough hints to tease readers; classic Krentz (Running Hot).
Kirkus Reviews
A lost lamp is the MacGuffin in this dim, talky paranormal suspenser from Krentz (White Lies, 2007, etc.). The thing about the so-called Burning Lamp is that it isn't actually a lamp. Totally wickless, it was created by an infamous alchemist in the late 17th century. It stands about 18 inches high, is made of something that looks like gold but isn't, and the only light it generates is of a very special kind. The Burning Lamp gives off "dreamlight," which of course not everyone can perceive, but which explains why desperate Jack Winters has come knocking at the door of Harper Investigations. Not only can Chloe Harper read dreamlight, but, according to the best information available through the Arcane Society (don't ask), she's at least a level seven, possibly an eight, meaning she's world class. At this point Jack can't afford to settle for less. He believes he's been cursed into impending madness, and that the source of his trouble is the Burning Lamp, missing for a good many years. Without immediate help he will soon be converted, Hyde-like, into some semblance of a slavering beast. Chloe must find the lost, strayed or stolen lamp and, top-notch dreamlight reader that she is, must also figure out how to "work" it, i.e., free Winters from its terrifying burden. A lot to ask, but challenge is the breath of life to Chloe-and besides, Jack is definitely hot. The game's afoot, complicated by a throng of competing paranormals intent on bagging the Burning Lamp to satisfy a variety of objectives, few of them benign. The fun here is the sexual tension between the protagonists; the rest is psychic-babble.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101152119
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/29/2009
  • Series: Arcane Society Series, #7
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 21,950
  • File size: 357 KB

Meet the Author

Jayne Ann Krentz
Jayne Ann Krentz is the author of fifty New York Times bestsellers. She has written contemporary romantic suspense novels under that name, as well as futuristic and historical romance novels under the pseudonyms Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick, respectively. She lives in Seattle.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Amanda Quick, Jayne Castle
    2. Hometown:
      Seattle, WA
    1. Education:
      BA in History, University of California at Santa Cruz, MA in Librarianship from San Jose State University (California)
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Dreamlight glowed faintly on the small statue of the Egyptian queen. The prints were murky and thickly layered. A lot of people had handled the object over the decades, but none of the prints went back any farther than the late eighteen hundreds, Chloe Harper concluded. Certainly none dated from the Eighteenth Dynasty.

“I’m afraid it’s a fake.” She lowered her senses, turned away from the small statue and looked at Bernard Paddon. “A very fine fake, but a fake, nonetheless.”

“Damn it, are you absolutely certain?” Paddon’s bushy silver brows scrunched together. His face reddened in annoyance and disbelief. “I bought it from Crofton. He’s always been reliable.”

The Paddon collection of antiquities put a lot of big city museums to shame, but it was not open to the public. Paddon was a secretive, ob­sessive collector who hoarded his treasures in a vault like some cranky troll guarding his gold. He dealt almost exclusively in the notoriously gray world of the underground antiquities market, preferring to avoid the troublesome paperwork, customs requirements and other assorted legal authorizations required to buy and sell in the aboveground, more legitimate end of the trade.

He was, in fact, just the sort of client that Harper Investigations liked to cultivate, the kind that paid the bills. She did not relish having to tell him that his statue was a fake. On the other hand, the client she was representing in this deal would no doubt be suitably grateful.

Paddon had inherited a large number of the Egyptian, Roman and Greek artifacts in the vault from his father, a wealthy industrialist who had built the family fortune in a very different era. Bernard was now in his seventies. Sadly, while he had continued the family tradi­tions of collecting, he had not done such a great job when it came to investing. The result was that these days he was reduced to selling items from his collection in order to finance new acquisitions. He had been counting on the sale of the statue to pay for some other relic he craved.

Chloe was very careful never to get involved with the actual financial end of the transactions. That was an excellent way to draw the atten­tion not only of the police and Interpol but, in her case, the extremely irritating self-appointed psychic cops from Jones & Jones.

Her job, as she saw it, was to track down items of interest and then put buyers and sellers in touch with each other. She collected a fee for her service and then she got the heck out of Dodge, as Aunt Phyllis put it.

She glanced over her shoulder at the statue. “Nineteenth century, I’d say. Victorian era. It was a period of remarkably brilliant fakes.”

“Stop calling it a fake,” Paddon sputtered. “I know fakes when I see them.”

“Don’t feel bad, sir. A lot of major institutions like the British Mu­seum and the Met, not to mention a host of serious collectors such as yourself, have been deceived by fakes and forgeries from that era.”

Don’t feel bad? I paid a fortune for that statue. The provenance is pristine.”

“I’m sure Crofton will refund your money. As you say, he has a very good reputation. He was no doubt taken in as well. It’s safe to say that piece has been floating around undetected since the eighteen eighties.” Actually she was sure of it. “But under the circumstances, I really can’t advise my client to buy it.”

Paddon’s expression would have been better suited to a bulldog. “Just look at those exquisite hieroglyphs.”

“Yes, they are very well done.”

“Because they were done in the Eighteenth Dynasty,” Paddon grit­ted. “I’m going to get a second opinion.”

“Of course. If you’ll excuse me, I’ll be on my way.” She picked up her black leather satchel. “No need to show me out.”

She went briskly toward the door.

“Hold on, here.” Paddon rushed after her. “Are you going to tell your client about this?”

“Well, he is paying me for my expert opinion.”

“I can come up with any number of experts who will give him a dif­ferent opinion, including Crofton.”

“I’m sure you can.” She did not doubt that. The little statue had passed for the real thing since it had been created. Along the way any number of experts had probably declared it to be an original.

“This is your way of negotiating for an additional fee from me, isn’t it, Miss Harper?” Paddon snorted. “I have no problem with that. What number did you have in mind? If it’s reasonable I’m sure we can come to some agreement.”

“I’m sorry, Mr. Paddon. I don’t work that way. That sort of arrange­ment would be very damaging to my professional reputation.”

“You call yourself a professional? You’re nothing but a two-bit pri­vate investigator who happens to dabble in the antiquities market. If I’d known that you were so unknowledgeable I would never have agreed to let you examine the piece. Furthermore, you can bet I’ll never hire you to consult for me.”

“I’m sorry you feel that way, of course, but maybe you should con­sider one thing.”

“What’s that?” he called after her.

She paused in the doorway and looked back at him. “If you ever did hire me you could rest assured that you would be getting an honest ap­praisal. You would know for certain that I could not be bought.”

She did not wait for a response. She walked out of the gallery and went down the hall to the foyer of the large house. A woman in a housekeeper’s uniform handed her the still-damp trench coat and floppy-brimmed hat.

Chloe put on the coat. The trench was a gift from her Aunt Phyllis. Phyllis had spent her working years in Hollywood . She claimed she knew how private investigators were supposed to dress because she’d known so many stars who played those kinds of roles. Chloe wasn’t so sure about the style statement, but she liked the convenience of the numerous pockets in the coat.

Outside on the front steps she paused to pull the hat down low over her eyes. It was raining again, and although it was only a quarter to five, it was almost full dark. This was the Pacific Northwest , and it was early December. Darkness and rain came with the territory at this time of year. Some people considered it atmospheric. They didn’t mind the short days because they knew that a kind of karmic balance would kick in come summer when there would be daylight until nearly ten o’clock at night.

Those who weren’t into the yin-yang thing went out and bought special light boxes designed to treat the depressive condition known as SAD, seasonal affective disorder.

She was okay with darkness and rain. But maybe that was be­ cause of her talent for reading dreamlight. Dreams and darkness went together.

She went down the steps and crossed the vast, circular drive to where her small, nondescript car was parked. The dog sitting patiently in the passenger seat watched her intently as she came toward him. She knew that he had been fixated on the front door of the house, waiting for her to reappear since she had vanished inside forty minutes ago. The dog’s name was Hector, and he had abandonment issues.

When she opened the car door he got excited, just as if she had been gone for a week. She rubbed his ears and let him lick her hand.

“Mr. Paddon is not a happy man, Hector.” The greeting ritual fin­ished, she put the satchel on the backseat and got behind the wheel. “I don’t think we’ll be seeing him as a client of Harper Investigations anytime soon.”

Hector was not interested in clients. Satisfied that she was back, he resumed his customary position, riding shotgun in the passenger seat.

She fired up the engine. She had told Paddon the truth about the little Egyptian queen. It was a fake, and it had been floating around in the private market since the Victorian period. She was certain of that for three reasons, none of which she could explain to Paddon. The first was that her talent allowed her to date objects quite accurately. Reason number two was that she came from a long line of art and antiquities experts. She had been raised in the business.

Reason number three was also straightforward. She had recognized the workmanship and the telltale dreamlight the moment she saw the statue.

“You can’t rat out your own several times great grandfather, Hector, even if he has been dead since the first quarter of the twentieth century. Family is family.”

Norwood Harper had been a master. His work was on display in some of the finest museums in the Western world, albeit not under his own name. And now one of his most charmingly brilliant fakes was sitting in Paddon’s private collection.

It wasn’t the first time she had stumbled onto a Harper fake. Her extensive family tree boasted a number of branches that specialized in fakes, forgeries and assorted art frauds. Other limbs featured individu­als with a remarkable talent for deception, illusion and sleight-of-hand. Her relatives all had what could only be described as a true talent for less-than-legal activities.

Her own paranormal ability had taken a different and far less mar­ketable form. She had inherited the ability to read dreamlight from her Aunt Phyllis’s side of the tree. There were few practical applications—although Phyllis had managed to make it pay very well—and one really huge downside. Because of that downside, the odds were overwhelm­ing that she would never marry.

Sex wasn’t the problem. But over the course of the past year or two she had begun to lose interest in it. Perhaps that was because she had fi­nally accepted that she would never have a relationship that lasted lon­ger than a few months. Somehow, that realization had removed what little pleasure was left in short-term affairs. In the wake of the fiasco with Fletcher Monroe a few months ago she had settled into celibacy with a sense of enormous relief.

“There is a kind of freedom in the celibate lifestyle,” she explained to Hector.

Hector twitched his ears but otherwise showed no interest in the subject.

She left the street of elegant homes on Queen Anne Hill and drove back downtown through the rain, heading toward her office and apart­ment in Pioneer Square .

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  • Posted November 8, 2009

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    Fans of this brilliant author will enjoy this romantic suspense

    Jack Winters, descendant of alchemist Nicholas Winters, who in the 1660s created the Burning Lamp, which increases psychic powers in a person with paranormal skills and gives them a new one br at a horrible cost. Those with the dominant gene become insane unless they find the Burning Lamp and the female psychic who can work dreamlight produced by that object. Jack fears he is cursed because he can suddenly induce nightmares in people while he suffers blackouts and sleepwalks.

    Jack seeks out private investigator Chloe Harper, a high level psi who can work with dream energy. Through her aunt, she locates the Burning Lamp; the owner is happy to get rid of it as it makes him uneasy. The organization Nightshade, made up of paranormal criminals want the Burning Lamp too. While on the run from these thugs, Chloe uses the artifact on Jack who has fallen in love with her; she reciprocates. While praying use of the map turns him into a safe psi, Nightshade capture Chloe, who believe they possess the perfect way to force her to work for them.

    This Arcane Society tale is the first book of the Dreamlight trilogy, which occurs in the present; books two and three will be in the Victorian Era and the far future on Planet harmony respectively. The story line is fast-paced from the opening three centuries ago as the rivalry between Nicholas and Sebastian Jones heats up and never slows down as Nicholas and Chloe team up. Fans of this brilliant author will enjoy this romantic suspense as the lead couple is a wonderful pairing and the support cast either quirky or deadly quirky. Readers will enjoy this strong contemporary and look forward to the talent of the author to take her saga historically and futuristically.

    Harriet Klausner

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

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    Interesting Twists, Turns, and Flips!

    First, this novel isn't for a first time reader of either Jayne Ann Krentz novels or the Arcane Society series. Not only is this an "Arcane" title, it's part one of a three part series that will span past, present and future(yes, Harmony will represent). This is also not a novel for those who dislike sci-fi. I say that, because there's a lot of "suspend your disbelief" situations that mix average everyday society with things out of the ordinary. The heroine of the story is psychic; The hero is too...oh and he's a genetically ticking time bomb and only the heroine and a psychic family heirloom can save him from becoming a psychotic psychic killer(say that ten times fast).

    Add to this a evil secret psychic group(Nightshade) that can take so-so psychics and turn them into super psychics with the help of a drug...but if someone fails to perform, the drug gets cut off and the person goes insane and dies. Oh, yeah, there's another secret psychic group(The Arcane Society aka 'the good guys') who are trying to find and get rid of Nightshade, their lab, and the drug itself, which just happens to have been developed by the original founder of the Arcane over 100 years ago. Like I said, a lot of disbelief is being suspended! Did I mention the hot sex scenes and that Nightshade sprang from Arcane? Sorry if I forgot.

    This all makes for quite a fascinating and exciting read, and I can't wait for the next installment in the trilogy.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2010

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    Can the dark side be good?

    By turning to the dark side of our paranormal favorite, Krentz opens us up to people who don't want to be members of the Arcane Society. How can that be? How can the Society not be loved by everyone, but evil?
    This story envolves people who use their paranormal senses to do their jobs and fight for their lives. Some how, their lives start to mix with the Arcane Society. What trouble will that cause them?
    Ed: The worse thing about a Krentz, is that it comes to an end!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

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    love it

    I love the arcane society books, they are just enough mystery to keep you interest, (page turner) and enough romance to keep you believing.

    Jayne Ann Krentz and Amanda Quick really know how to write a good book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2010

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    Love your Arcane Society Books

    Can't wait for the next one in this Trilogy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2010

    good book

    I love her books

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Jayne Krentz, "Fired Up"

    I have been a fan of Ms Krentz for many years. No matter what name that she writes under... Amanda Quick, Jayne Castle, or Jayne Krentz. Some of my "Jayne collection" goes back to the 1980's. I like her various styles and her ability to write in different time periods. The Harmony series is my favorite, but enjoy all others just as much. Would you like this book? If you can accept a little science fiction with mystery, a great romance story, and strong characters, then yes. What is the book about? Old myths and a "curse" placed on a character in the story. I hesitate to give you a complete re-telling of the story, because this is one you should definately read. This site requests that I recommend another book to you. Actually, any of the Arcane/Ghost Hunter books would be a great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Another cant-put-down book!

    Really, the title says it all- I can't wait for the next one! You really have to read all the books with this storyline in sequence.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    I'm waiting!

    I'm waiting for the next in the Arcane series and the Dreamlight Trilogy! I always wait for Ms Krentz and her psuedos to pander to my romantic nature and my love of mystery without blood and gore. I truly enjoyed Fired Up, easy to like characters, enough of the Arcane involvement without drowning the new Trilogy, love, mystery and just a little spooky to whet my appetite for more. Ms Pyne, I can't wait to meet you!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2010

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    Fired Up

    Another Arcane Society book. Jayne does it again. She given us another great read. I loved the characters and the story. I want to read the next in the series.

    I love the way she goes from comtemporary to historical with this series.

    Fired up is worth the read. I highly recommend this book.


    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2010

    Fast Paced

    I loved this book! Good fast pace. Interesting characters. Can't wait until I get the audio version.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Interesting but pay attention...

    Overall a great read. Will definitely read it again! Pay attention throughout the book though, as it is easy to miss key information!

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  • Posted June 8, 2013

    I'm wondering - book 1 of this trilogy was published 2009/2010.

    I'm wondering - book 1 of this trilogy was published 2009/2010.  When will book 2 and 3 be published?   I hate being left in the dark for
    years. Therefore, I'm giving this book a 1 star rating.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Another great read from Jayne A Krentz

    Loved it. Can't wait to start book 2 of trilogy. Happy reading.

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  • Posted March 22, 2012

    Not much in the way of romance. Lots of explantion about backgr

    Not much in the way of romance. Lots of explantion about background of the lamp. The story seemed more of a set up for the series. Still had enough relationship between the leads to keep my interest.

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  • Posted April 8, 2011

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    Great Read

    Another great one in the series. I love what the unexpected friendship of a Jones and a Winters can lead to. And of course the luck of a man wandering into the office of just the right dreamlight reader. Jack and Chloe are some team. She's loyal, tough, smart and so protective of him it's sweet. Even when that person he needs protection from is himself. Jack is strong, honorable, and worried he's coming down with the infamous family curse. The duo face all kinds of odds to overcome it as well as some very intense plotting by who else, Nightshade. This means Jack and Fallon will have to team up. Wild ride by all. I also really loved the vulnerability in both men. For all their strengths, Jack is hard on himself and Fallon is desperately lonely. It's a wonderful combo of angst, friendship, danger, twists, murder, romance and psytalent.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

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    A Trilogy Within a Series?

    Jayne Ann Krentz is getting pretty creative with her Arcane Series books and fortunately for her, "Fired Up" is a solid lead off novel for the Dreamlight Trilogy.
    "Fired Up" introduces us to Jack Winters, a direct descendent of Nicholas Winters, the twisted alchemist and arch-enemy of Sylvester Jones, who were the original founders of the Arcance Society. Both Jones and Winters were consumed by creating a way to enhance paranormal abilities. Jones, by creating a (very) flawed formula and Winters by creating the Burning Lamp, which can only be activated by those in his bloodline. Because Nicholas experimented with the lamp on himself, a strange twist in his DNA (known as the Winters' Curse) was passed down to Jack. Now Jack must find the lamp and (according to the legend) a female dreamlight talent to help him alter the curse and prevent him from losing his sanity and potentially his life. Jack hires Chloe Harper, a private investigator (and dreamlight talent) to help him locate the lamp and use her talent to alter the Winters' curse.
    I thought Krentz hit her marks with this installment. The historical intrigue of the Arcane Society, it's nemisiss Nightshade and two hot sensitives. It's all there. I love the fact that she is going back to the origins of both the Arcane Society as well as the founder's formula and now the new twist with the Burning Lamp. She even gives readers a whole new insight (hinted in Running Hot) into Fallon Jones and what might be in store for him as well as his inner-sanctum as the head of J&J. A good read for all Jayne Ann Krentz fans. Enjoy!

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

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    Love this series!

    I really loved this first book of the Dreamlight trilogy. There's witty dialogue, well-rounded characters, steamy romance, and it's a well-written plot. Jack is a wonderfully dark character and Chloe is a much tougher woman than many of Jayne Ann Krentz's heroines. You might think this would make for a dark book, but there's still plenty of snappy banter and plenty of fun, sexy moments as the two work together to save Jack's mind and his life. Also, the book takes a different direction from the other Arcane Society books, away from the founder's formula, thus opening up a new direction for the series, while still exploring the paranormal world that readers of the Arcane Society enjoy. And, we see a lot more of Fallon Jones in this story. Fired Up wasn't what I expected, it was better!

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  • Posted August 14, 2010

    Not the Best

    I read Fired Up with high hopes and really looking forward to reading it. I checked it out of the library and read it two days but really just to get through it and hoping it was going to get better as i went on. I am a huge fan of the Arcane Society Series but I have to say that Fired Up was my least favorite out of all of them. It definely didnt hold the same thrill and romanticism as the previous books. I am getting ready to read The Burning Lamp and I really hope its a better read than Fired Up. Fired Up was a little diappointing.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

    JAK does it again.

    I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and flowed, making for a easy read. There was just enough mystery and romance.

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