Running Hot (Arcane Society Series #5) [NOOK Book]


The New York Times bestseller that's "full of fun and thrills...irresistible" (Seattle Times)

While they hunt for a killer, two gifted psychics take passion to a whole new level...

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The New York Times bestseller that's "full of fun and thrills...irresistible" (Seattle Times)

While they hunt for a killer, two gifted psychics take passion to a whole new level...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

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.)

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Library Journal

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.]

—Kristin Ramsdell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440697241
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Series: Arcane Society Series , #5
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 29,370
  • File size: 416 KB

Meet the Author

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.


A successful corporate and academic librarian-turned-author, Jayne Ann Krentz wrote serial romances for several publishers (including industry powerhouse Harlequin) before breaking out in the '90s as a writer of romantic novels. To say that she has been successful is an understatement: A New York Times- bestselling author with more than 23 million copies of her books in print, she writes three sub-genres of romantic suspense under three different pen names: contemporary romances as Jayne Ann Krentz, historicals as Amanda Quick, and futuristic/paranormal romances as Jayne Castle. (In her early career, she employed at least three additional pseudonyms!) In 2006, the prolific Krentz launched The Arcane Society series -- crossover thrillers written under all three noms de plume that feature members of a secret organization devoted to the study of the paranormal.

It would be hard to find a more passionate advocate for romantic fiction than Krentz. In 1992, she edited and contributed to Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance, an award-winning nonfiction essay collection that serves an eloquent apologia for the genre. She has also received the Jane Austen Commemorative Medal from Romantic Times magazine for her work educating readers about Romance. "The Romance genre is the only genre where readers are guaranteed novels that place the heroine at the heart of the story," she says on her website. "These are books that celebrate women's heroic virtues and values: courage, honor, determination and a belief in the healing power of love." Clearly, her legions of loyal fans agree!

Good To Know

I have finally reached the point in my career where I have some say over cover art. Unfortunately, it turns out that I have absolutely no talent for cover art design. Thank heavens I'm with a publisher (Putnam/Berkley) that maintains a terrific art department.

I love green tea and red wine and was absolutely thrilled when it turned out that both are now considered health foods.

I love all animals except for squirrels which, I strongly suspect, are aliens from outer space who are here to take over the planet. You have been warned.

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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)
    2. Website:

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  • Posted December 30, 2008

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    Running Hot by Jayne Ann Krentz

    I love Krentz's 'Arcane Society' books. Her latest in this series is the contemporary "Running Hot". This series is about a society of individuals with paranormal 'talents'. The series began with historicals, but a few years ago Krentz came out with a contemporary about the descendents of the characters in her historicals. Are you following? Anyway, her books have sizzling attraction, suspense, light action, and mystery. I enjoy getting to know each new player in this series along with their particular 'talent'.<BR/><BR/>What happens when two off-the-chart aura talents get together? Immediate attraction, for one. Grace and Luther are much more comfortable working alone, so when they're assigned the cover of a married couple, neither is too sold on the idea...until they meet. It doesn't take them long to realize how well they mesh, both psychically and physically! Now if they could just get rid of the bad guys and the wacko opera singer (that's right, wacko opera singer) they could get on with their lives!<BR/><BR/>Fun and engaging. Onto my keeper shelf it goes.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Makes You Wonder

    If you let your imagination go you will enjoy this read. I've read several of the Arcane Society novels and have enjoyed them. This is the type of book that is suspenseful and draws you in. Sprinkled with bits of humor so that it doesn't become too far on the dark side. I liked the characters in this one, some from previous books and some new. A great way to keep the series going. If you like suspense you will enjoy.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Running Hot

    I was not crazy about this particular book. It was just too "out there" for me to enjoy. But if you like reading about the paranormal and psychic ablities then this one is for you.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

    Great read....a page turner.

    This book is another great story in the Arcane Society Series. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story stands alone and would be good without the other books in the series. However, I recommend all of this series and her other Arcane Society novels.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2011


    I got this one on cd. I should have just stopped listening to it, but cd's are expensive so I kept going. I didn't realize this was the 5th one in a series so that could be adding to the fact that I thought it was a snoozer?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2010

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    4.5 stars. Really liked it and recommend it.

    I had a tough time deciding between 4 and 5 stars, but somehow I ended up with 4, which fits my definition of "really liked it." The Arcane Society series books are some of the best novels I have read. I love the fact that the series occurs in the present as Jayne Ann Krentz, and in the late Victorian era under the Amanda Quick pen name. It doesn't matter which pen name is on the book because the stories are all compelling and entertaining.

    In this book, Krentz weaves an intricate plot around two battered and bruised Arcane Society members. Grace Renquist, a librarian with a past, and Luther Malone, an ex-cop, join forces for a routine assignment from J&J. Routine becomes the opposite as they stumble onto Nightshade. There are many different plot lines that come together almost flawlessly for a dramatic ending.

    I can hardly wait for Caleb and Fallon Jones's books; I just don't want this series to end! Highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

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    Don't miss this book

    If you haven't been introduced to the Arcane Society yet, you are missing some good reading. Go back to some of the Amanda Quick books for an introduction. The background puts the characters into REAL LIFE. You'll remember bits and pieces of them. The Society is indeed plausible especially with our current medical efforts into the mind and the vastness of the undiscovered potential. I'm sure you will be like me, keep these books. The diversity of Ms Krentz keeps bookaholics like me chomping on the bit for the next one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2014

    Pretty good

    This book out of all ive read was less gripping than the ones that come b4. Still a good read. A sweet love story for sure. I could almost feel her hands burning when she touched ppl. Over all a yes. :-) rhonni

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013


    Great book

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  • Posted September 9, 2012

    highly recommend

    Great read and reread

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

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    Pretty Hot

    Jayne Ann Krentz rarely disappoints me in the romance department of her books and this Arcane Society installment is no exception. Hot, hot, hot. The story, however, is not as intricate or as riveting as some of the others in this series. Which leaves me wondering where everything is headed, or even if this installment really had anything to do with the overall plot of the series? In Running Hot we find another storyline where J & J is investigating a possible Nightshade operative and trying to stop the renegade organization from producing and distributing the Founders Formula which enhances the level of talent in paranormal sensitives. The formula, of course, still causes madness in those that take it as well as kills them if they stop. The two main characters, Luther and Grace, are both high level Aura reading talents, which helps to spark off the romantic aspect, but unfortunately not the plot line. Still a good read, but more of spin-off of the Arcane Society series instead of an integral part. My favorite Arcane Society novels are still the ones that take place back in Victorian era England. While I appreciate the paranormal world that Krentz has attempted to maintain in modern times, something just doesn't translate and leaves me somewhat unsatisfied.

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

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    Another great Arcane novel

    We start off with Grace in a very precarious situation and talk about brave and intelligent. That saved her, along with her talent of course. We later meet the equally intriguing and mysterious Luther. Who's got a past of his own and carrying some pain and doubt. But that doesn't stop him from working for J&J, which leads to him meeting the newly created Grace and a wild ride. Arms dealing, Nightshade, rogue talents and The Drug, murder and competition for seats in secret organizations, spies, family trees uncovered and new talents unleashed. All tied in nicely with the romance of the two main characters, the return of some old favorites in Fallon and great new characters like Wayne, Petra and Arizona (and what a surprise connection they have! I laughed out loud, such fun!) I feel we're also gearing up for something to happen with Fallon as he's having an even more difficult time with his position and predicting the probability of the chaos unfolding in Arcane due to Nightshades agents. The poor guy is ready to run himself into the ground. All the great things we've come to expect from the series in this one. Read it straight through.

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  • Posted August 26, 2010

    Loved this Book

    I like most of Ms. Krentz's books. Her Arcane series has been a enjoyable read. This book has been the best to date. I'm really looking forward to the Midnight Crystal coming out at the end of the month.

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

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    Running Hot

    When I first delve into "Sizzle and Burn" I was unsure I would like a paranormal romance. Like "Sizzle and Burn," "Running Hot" deals with the Arcane Society of psychics. The Society has to fight against a rogue group entitled Nightshade. The books all have action and drama, and of course sexy romance. This book in particular follows a group of individuals who are trying to unmask a murderer. The books are extremely entertaining and keep the reader's focus.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

    the story

    I really am enjoying all of the books for this series. Each is different but follow well. This book has characters in it that are interesting and the plot is full of action and romance.

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

    Quirky Females Rule

    Jayne Ann Krentz still has the ability to create quirky characters in her new Arcane Society Novel. I have been reading all of them from the Victorian England era to the present. The female character in this book has a strong sense of self that will not let her quit. She always has an alternative plan if what she is working on will fall apart.

    The male character having a similar ability to hers makes for an interesting foil. I also like the idea that he too has alterate plans in case his first plan fails.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2009

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    Unique forms of aura reading

    The main characters both have a unique spin on reading auras. Using their abilities they not only provide essential information but they foil murder plots as well.

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  • Posted March 15, 2009

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    Picture a tropical setting, plot twists, strange murders...

    One of the things I love best about Jayne Krentz Arcane series is the way she creates characters that are offbeat with a twist of being psychic. She bounces back between Regency England where Nightshade's roots really take hold to present day in the series. In this episode, set in Hawaii, the main characters are a librarian and a burned out, shot up, cop. Both are running from something or possibly someone. The book is fast-paced and has many twists and turns unlike a lot of romance novels. That is why I love Jayne Krentz's books so much. The romance is there, the danger, the thrill-ride, even drama, but the sex doesn't carry on for page after page after page...she makes the point and gets on with the plot. I would recommend her books to anyone who wants a lazy day in bed, or a soak in the tub, at the beach, actually anywhere at all. I gave her book 5 stars because it gave me a puzzle that surprised me and that is usually hard to do. The only flaw with the book is the cover. Whoever designed it should have focused not on the male character, but something "arcane."

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  • Posted March 15, 2009

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    An exciting story - Jayne Ann Krentz has written quite a few of the Arcane Society stories regarding sensitives - the charters are always strong and very different; the males are very male and passionate yet there is always a vulnerability in them that captures the female's interest and the female sensitives are equally compelling which makes the combination so very exciting. This is another of those stories that shows two experienced and damaged sensitives recovering from past injuries; harboring secrets and facing very dangerous challenges before them, but immediately they form a bond that is a package of love, passion, loyalty and courage. Very exciting and if you are a romantic this will be very enjoyable. You will like and hate the characters and there are a few. A real page turner.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

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    Great Read

    I always enjoy books by this author. Especially the Arcane Society books. The women characters are always strong and independent.

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