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White Lies (Arcane Society Series #2)

White Lies (Arcane Society Series #2)

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by Jayne Ann Krentz

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Relationships are challenging enough for most single over-thirty women. For level ten parasensitive Clare Lancaster, they're a minefield. The elite few who know her secret call her a human lie detector, and any falsehood, no matter how subtle or well hidden, sets her blood racing. Over the years, Clare has come to accept that someone with her extraordinary talents is


Relationships are challenging enough for most single over-thirty women. For level ten parasensitive Clare Lancaster, they're a minefield. The elite few who know her secret call her a human lie detector, and any falsehood, no matter how subtle or well hidden, sets her blood racing. Over the years, Clare has come to accept that someone with her extraordinary talents is unlikely to find a suitable mate. And she's even resigned herself to the fact that everyone, to one degree or another, hides behind a façade.

Including her recently deceased brother-in-law. When Clare finds the body of Brad McAllister, the golden child of Stone Canyon, Arizona, the posh residents turn a suspicious eye in her direction. As Archer Glazebrook's daughter, Clare is shielded from the law, but not the gossip. It seems that meeting the half sister and family whom she did not know until seven months ago was a mistake. Now her father summons her from California to play a role in his business empire, and Clare doesn't intend on making the same mistake twice. But after meeting Jake Salter, Archer's "business consultant," she is convinced that things aren't what they seem. Salter's careful conversation walks a delicate line between truth and deception, revealing and resisting. Something sparks and sizzles between them - something more than the usual electricity between a man and a woman.

Caught in a dizzying storm of secrets, lies, and half-truths, Jake and Clare will plunge into an investigation that demands every bit of their special gifts. Together, they must overcome their mutual distrust in order to unravel a web of conspiracy and murder.

Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
The mysterious Arcane Society, first introduced in Amanda Quick's Victorian thriller Second Sight, takes center stage again in this contemporary romantic paranormal thriller by Jayne Ann Krentz. Her main character, Society member Clare Lancaster, is a Level 10 parasensitive. This means she's a virtual human lie detector, a talent that makes her a very bad blind date -- but she's also the only one to believe that the husband of her half sister, Elizabeth, was really abusive. Having saved Elizabeth, Clare begins to get to know her very wealthy biological father, Archer Lancaster, who summons her to the family estate in Arizona. Tensions begin to swirling when Elizabeth's husband is murdered, and both Elizabeth and Clare become suspects. When Clare meets her father's associate, the very alpha, very mysterious Jake Salter, she knows right away he is not who he pretends to be. Jake, on the track of a mysterious Arcane Society cabal, finds it most inconvenient to be attracted to the very woman who can blow his cover. Their instant chemistry and their psychic talents take them into dangerous territory, both in and out of the bedroom. You may never feel relaxed at a spa again. Ginger Curwen
Publishers Weekly
This spirited paranormal romance is the latest in Krentz's Arcane Society series (which includes some novels, like the recent Second Sight, written as Amanda Quick). Clare Lancaster, like her parents and grandparents, is a member of the clandestine Arcane Society, an association of parasensitives who are dedicated to the study of the paranormal. Clare's extraordinary abilities as a human lie detector make even other paranormals uneasy, with the exception of her half-sister Elizabeth. Elizabeth's troubled marriage brings Clare to Arizona and into the family circle. There, Clare finally meets Archer Glazebrook, her biological father, but she also meets Jake Salter, another highly talented parasensitive who turns out to be on assignment from Jones & Jones (the investigative arm of the Arcane Society) to track down a possible plot to take over the society. The cabal he's after has some connection to the still-unsolved murder of Clare's objectionable brother-in-law months before. More murders follow, and Jake and Clare have to work together to save themselves and the society. Krentz delivers another evocative romance, complete with engaging dialogue and explicit sex scenes, but the real meat of the plot concerns the sleuthing: that a charismatic alpha male finally meets his mate is icing on another densely plotted Krentz confection. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal

Claire Lancaster has had an interesting year, having discovered that she is the daughter of Archer Glazebrook, owner of a huge corporate empire in Arizona. She meets her half-sister Elizabeth and determines that Elizabeth's husband, Brad, is trying to kill his wife. Yet it is Brad who ends up dead, with Claire discovering the body and being accused of his murder. Though she is never charged and returns to her home in California, she loses her fiancé and her job when word gets out. Now Archer has called Claire back to Arizona to ask her to chair his new charitable foundation. Little does Claire know that she is stepping into a new adventure that leads to additional murders, a conspiracy, and the love of her life, Jake Salter. This book is part of Krentz's Arcane Society series, where the characters have paranomal powers. Claire is a natural lie detector and Jake a hunter, with skills they both use to solve the various murders and discover the plans of the Cabal, an organization that wants to destroy the society. Kathy Garver and David Colacci do a masterly job of reading, alternating chapters while acting out the various parts. Some may find it disconcerting; others will enjoy the idea. For public library romance collections and libraries where Krentz has a following.
—Danna Bell-Russel

Kirkus Reviews
A wealthy family of Arizona paranormals wrestles with the murder of one of its favorite sons, in Krentz's latest standardized romance-suspense hybrid (All Night Long, 2006, etc.). The Glazebrooks are a family of psychics-each ranking higher or lower on the Jones Scale of the Arcane Society, an organization devoted to psychic and paranormal research. Six months ago, Clare Lancaster, the highest ranker on the Jones Scale, was sought out by her stepsister Elizabeth for help with her abusive marriage. Clare and Elizabeth, who share the same father, met for the first time-Clare's mother had an affair with Arizona businessman Archer Lancaster more than 30 years ago, and Clare never knew him growing up. After the two met, Elizabeth's princely husband, Archer's colleague Bradley McAllister, was murdered, and Clare was roundly blamed because she meddled in his and Elizabeth's marriage. Now it's July, and Clare has been summoned by the patriarch to the Stone Canyon, Ariz., family estate to discuss her taking over a new charitable foundation Archer wants to establish. Soon, Clare meets Jake Salter, the seemingly plain but sharp-eyed private investigator for the Jones & Jones firm hired independently by Archer and the Arcane Society. In fact, the elusive Jones & Jones firm's main task is to guard the founder's psychic formula, which apparently transforms its users into "ruthless, psychically enhanced, highly unstable sociopaths." While Clare, the human lie-detector, swoons over Jake, who has misrepresented his psychic abilities in order to work undercover, and the two delve deeper into Brad's shadowy dealings, Clare is attacked by Brad's deranged-by-grief, alcoholic mother, Valerie Shipley. Thepsychic edge intrigues, but the effect is diffused in this small society of sameness.
From the Publisher
“Whether the plots are contemporary, historical or futuristic, Krentz delivers the punch her readers are looking for, with imaginative story lines, strong characters, intriguing plot twists and plenty of hot romantic chemistry.”—The Seattle Times
“Krentz adds an intriguing paranormal twist to her already irresistible, deliciously dry humor.”—Chicago Tribune
“Krentz delivers another evocative romance…[a] densely plotted Krentz confection.”—Publishers Weekly
“This lively romance with a paranormal touch has the potential to appeal to Krentz’s fans across the board…Compelling and well done.”—Library Journal
“A seductive, sharply witty, and paranormal-flavored thriller in which she deftly infuses an expertly crafted plot with sizzling sexual chemistry between two intriguing protagonists to create another of her supremely addictive tales of romantic suspense.”—Booklist

“Intriguing suspense and captivating romance expertly crafted by Jayne Ann Krentz.”—The State (Columbia, SC)

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Brilliance Audio
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Arcane Society Series , #2
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5.37(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Jayne Ann Krentz is the author of more than 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. There are more than 35 million copies of her books in print.

Brief Biography

Seattle, WA
Place of Birth:
San Diego, CA
BA in History, University of California at Santa Cruz, MA in Librarianship from San Jose State University (California)

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White Lies (Arcane Society Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 118 reviews.
lovetoreadAR More than 1 year ago
This is my second read for the Arcane Society Series. I'm afraid I started backwards with the Ghost Hunter Series and then Midnight Crystal. But it's great to see how it all started and meet the ancestors of major players throughout both series. We meet Clare, who's a tough and skilled woman that loves her family. We also learn there's a heck of a past attached to her. I adored the first time Jake saw her and the crack about 'something wicked this way comes' haha. We fast find that he's a very intelligent and in control man, and that he's also not quite who he seems. Both have abilities and secrets which leads to a wild ride of murder, mystery, danger, conspiracies, romance, family and humor. I adored both Jake and Clare's families and am glad they were just as developed as the leads. Clare's dad is gruff yet loving, and a very sweet papa bear. Her loving and loyal sister and Myra, who ends up being a surprise. Jake's cousin, who's going to have to work hard to win Clare over *grin*, is also very interesting. Have a feeling we'll be seeing him again. I also feel this series will only get better. As always, Krentz's work is exceptional and I highly recommend this amazing series.
Kiko1021 More than 1 year ago
Jayne Ann Krentz (aka Amanda Quick) is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I recently read "Second Sight," the first Arcane Society novel set in the Victorian era. I am very glad that Krentz decided to extend the Arcane society stories over a wider time range; it gives lots of scope for interesting 'back-and-forth'-ing through time. This novel is smart, funny, passionate, and mysterious with sizzling sexual tension. I loved the relationship between the protagonists, Jake and Clare. They talked and listened to each other; they had disagreements and difficulties, but they were willing to communicate and deal with their problems. Start reading this series...I promise you won't regret it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I have read many books by Amanda Quick and loved them. I really enjoy historical books and was a little skeptical about the present time frame but I wanted to try one of her books written under Jayne Ann Krentz. I was pleasantly suprised. Now I have a new series to read!
Laughtillucry More than 1 year ago
I love all of Jayne Ann Krentz's books no matter what name she writes under. This book was exceptionally good. Krentz has a way of blending the perfect amoounts of supsense, romance, mystery and sci-fi to make a smooth, "can't put the book down" read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Five stars all the way. The Arcane Society is a amazing and detailed looked into the (not so unrealistic) side of human nature. Well written and fantastic. I have read all her books on the Arcane Society, cannot wait for the next one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This one was awesome! And I really did like the readers, especially how the male and female readers worked together. Great story, and romance, and the characters really came together.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Arcane Society Novels never cease to please. they twist and turn and keep you guessing. I look forward to the next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This had an intriguing plot and great characterization. Typical for Jayne Ann. I couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The suspense was there for the whole book. It wasn't until the near end that I was aware who the murderer might be. It was a very enjoyable book in a enjoyable series so far.
GwensMom More than 1 year ago
This is a great read that although selves into the supernatural, it is still very believable. The plot is good and with the main characters delving into murders and mayhem, they are not so meddlesome that the reader becomes annoyed with them. This is a great book to curl up on a rainy afternoon and escape. It is a good length but also does not drag anywhere. Great plot development and although these books are a series, there is enough reader information as to not feel left out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Jayne. I have pretty much read every book she has written. I liked this book. It wasn't her best but it was still good. I am really not a fan of having to jump form one centry to the next when reading a series of books though. I can't wait to read Sizzle and Burn.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well folks, she did it again. Jayne Ann Krentz has you up all night with book in hand. From the first line to the end of the Novel, you just can¿t put it down. So be prepared to give up on sleeping. I¿ve read Thousands of Novels, and when I run across something that has me turning pages with no concept of time, its Appreciated. The passion between Clare and Jake is steamy¿ You fall in Love with Jake and Clare. Clare with a Love of family and wanting to belong, but don¿t get me wrong, Clare can be pretty stubborn and will stand on her own and Jake is a powerful man with a protective streak that makes you just want to wrap yourself around him or him wrap himself around you. With both having extraordinary talents that may have you thinking about what the future could hold. So grab yourself a blanket, wrap up and read how the events unfold.
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Amanda quick is historcal jayne castle is future jayne ann krentz is now these stories entertwine into the arcane society they are great reads sight sight written by amanda quick is the first white lies by jayne ann krentz sizzle and burn by jak the third circle aq running hot jak the. perfect poisen aq fired up jak burning lamp aq midnight crystals jc in too deepjak quicksilver aq
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I look forward to any books written by this author. She just keeps getting better.
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