A heroine who can see dark energy flashes in a villain's aura and a hero who can squelch villainous thoughts before they're put into action go to paradise to find a murderer, but find love, sex and a nest of drug-enhanced evildoers instead in Krentz's latest Arcane Society novel. Librarian Grace Renquist and ex-cop-turned-bartender Luther Malone, both members of the centuries-old Arcane Society, join forces when the psychic investigative agency Jones & Jones hires Grace, with Luther as her bodyguard, to find a killer in Hawaii. Luther quickly realizes Grace is not your normal paranormal, but their hot romance is put (briefly) on hold as they learn that Nightshade, drug-fueled supernatural baddies, are after the same murderer-as is the lethal psychic hunter La Sirène, an opera diva with a killer voice. The plot is fast, steamy and wildly entertaining even if it defies credulity. Krentz's fans will enjoy this outing and appreciate the teaser that readers have not seen the last of this power couple. (Jan.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Running Hot (Arcane Society Series #5)by Jayne Ann Krentz, Sandra Burr
"Ex-cop Luther Malone, lifelong member of the secretive paranormal organization known as the Arcane Society, is waiting to meet Grace Renquist. Hired as an aura-reading consultant in the quest for a murder suspect, she's got zero field experience. She's from tiny Eclipse Bay, Oregon. She's a librarian, for heaven's sake." "As for Grace, she's not expecting much either… See more details below
"Ex-cop Luther Malone, lifelong member of the secretive paranormal organization known as the Arcane Society, is waiting to meet Grace Renquist. Hired as an aura-reading consultant in the quest for a murder suspect, she's got zero field experience. She's from tiny Eclipse Bay, Oregon. She's a librarian, for heaven's sake." "As for Grace, she's not expecting much either from Malone, who walks with a cane and isn't so good with a gun. Nice resume for a bodyguard." "But even before they reach their hotel in Maui - where they'll be posing as honeymooners - Grace and Luther feel the electric charge between them. Problem is, they need to remain vigilant day and night, because it soon becomes clear there's more going on here. Rogue sensitives - operatives for the underground group Nightshade - are pouring into the luxury resort like there's a convention. Grace recognizes those dark spikes in their auras. She saw the same pattern in someone else in another life - a life she hasn't revealed to Luther or anyone else. And she understands how dangerous these people can be ... especially with those para-hunters at their sides." "While the pair's employers at Jones & Jones scramble to get them backup, Luther and Grace have to think on their feet. The criminals in their midst aren't just high-level sensitives: They've enhanced their talents with a potent - and unpredictable - drug." And as Grace knows all too well, if you don't control your powers, your powers will control you.
Grabbing readers from the get-go with a sizzling murder that's the perfect setup for what's to come, this latest in Krentz's unique centuries-spanning paranormal "Arcane Society" series (she writes the 19th-century stories as Amanda Quick) pairs a bitter, wounded ex-cop-turned-bartender with an emotionally guarded genealogy librarian. The pair set off to Maui on a routine reconnaissance mission for the shadowy Jones & Jones agency that quickly turns into something else, then the sexy sparks and paranormal high jinks fly. Flawlessly matched protagonists (even their auras are in sync) are here joined by a cadre of psychically gifted characters ranging from a delightfully quirky retired landlady with a secret past to a lethally unbalanced coloratura with a killer voice. This arresting tale combines witty humor with clever plotting to weave an exceptionally memorable romance that is funnier and a shade less dark than the author's earlier Sizzle and Burn. A winner that, while part of a series, stands beautifully on its own. Krentz lives in Seattle. [See Prepub Alert, LJ9/1/08.]
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