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Running Hot (Arcane Society Series #5)

Running Hot (Arcane Society Series #5)

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by Jayne Ann Krentz

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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...


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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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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Penguin Publishing Group
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Arcane Society Series , #5
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18 Years

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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Running Hot 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 122 reviews.
jjmachshev More than 1 year ago
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'.

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!

Fun and engaging. Onto my keeper shelf it goes.
PearlKK More than 1 year ago
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.
SherryTX More than 1 year ago
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.
traceofmagic More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
Kiko1021 More than 1 year ago
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.
bookaholicMJ More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 12 days ago
Loved the winding tendrils of family hidden among the tesuon of an island thriller.
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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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Great book
CandyCU More than 1 year ago
Great read and reread
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