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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.)
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As a level 10 para-sensitive, Clare Lancaster can tell for certain when someone is telling the truth. So Clare knows that her half-sister, Elizabeth Glazebrook, isn't lying when she says her husband, Brad McAllister, is trying to kill her. But Brad is murdered instead, and as the first person to find his body, Clare becomes the Stone Canyon Police Department's favorite suspect. With no evidence to tie her to the crime, Clare is allowed to return to her old life in San Francisco. But six months later, her father, Archer, summons her back to Phoenix. Her unique gift tells her not only that there is more to her father's new business "consultant" Jake Salter than he would like her to believe but also that she is in grave danger. Writing as Amanda Quick, Krentz introduced the Arcane Society, a group dedicated to psychic research and investigation, in Second Sight (2006), her latest historical romance. Now Krentz successfully brings the concept into the present in 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. John Charles
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; Reprint edition (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515143995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515143997
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.9 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author of over 50 New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 35 million copies of her books in print.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Elaine C McTyer VINE VOICE on January 26, 2007
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Jayne Anne Krentz has taken her alter egos Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle and mixed the styles into a new Contemporary novel. The Arcane Society first presented in the Amanda Quick series has been brought to the present. The powers of the sensitives is remenisent of the powers in her St Helens Trilogy. They work very well togather and give us an interesting read.

Clare Lancaster is the illigetimate daughter of a real estate magnate. She became intimate with her biological relatives about 8 months ago. An e-mail from her sister brought her to Arizona to help Elizabeth escape an abusive husband. It seems the Glazebrooke family are members of the Arcane Society which measures the psychic power of the members. Clare and her mother are also members. Clare is a 10 on the psychic scale and can tell if you are telling a lie she is considered an exotic because of her power and abilities.
She is a human lie detector.

Jake Salter is an undercover agent for J&J (Jones & Jones)Detective agency. The Agency works to protect sensitives and root out any evil cabels that might form. He is working for Clare's dad. When Elizabeth's husband was shot and killed 6 months ago the clairvoyants at the Society found no connection to the Cabel that Jake is hunting. Jake is a 10 on the psychic scale an exotic with hunter powers.

Now Jake realizes he has been deliberately led down the wrong paths. Clare and Jake are very attracted to each other and the term running hot really means their powers mesh and open each other up to more sensitive revelations. Since Clare can tell if he is lying Jake decides to ask for her help on the investigation.

Almost immediately Clare has two close calls.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Carol Mello on February 16, 2007
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I have been a fan of Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick for years. I like her so much, I switched from paperbacks to hardbacks. I ordered this recently (from Amazon which has no parking problems) and it finally arrived. I stayed up all last night reading it which means I was not very productive at work today (please don't tell my manager).

Jayne Ann Krentz has frequently included a psychic element in her novels. She has written a whole series of futuristic novels where everyone on a strange planet, descendants of settlers from Earth, develops paranormal abilities. These are fun...if you like this novel, check them out.

The Arcane Society is a group of people (on Earth) with psychic or paranormal abilities. Her first Arcane Society novel was a historical romance involving the early Jones family members. This is her second and it takes place in current times.

Clare Lancaster lives in San Francisco. She was raised by her mother and her great-aunt. The outcome of a one-night stand, she never knew her father. Her mother is a member of the Arcane Society -- her psychic ability is with numbers. At the age of 13, Clare wakes up one morning and discovers that her psychic ability is detecting lies and she is way off the charts when the Arcane Society tests her. Most human lie detectors can't take the continual barrage of lies and end up as addicts, in insane asylums, or committing suicide. They have a bad stability reputation.

But with the early help of an Arcane Society therapist, Clare has learned to cope very well. She has become emotionally strong and offbeat and gutsy. She has developed an unusual philosophy about lying.

Everything was going pretty well for her.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Kelly VINE VOICE on March 27, 2008
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Clare Lancaster is a parasensitive, but unlike most, she off the charts sensitive, and has the special ability to tell when someone is lying to her. This makes most people very uneasy because not even fellow parasensitives are able to escape her ability. When she finally meets her father Archer Glazebrooke that has been absent for her entire life, they have a very tenuous relationship. Unlike the rest of her new family, she and Elizabeth immediately connected. Clare even helped Elizabeth get out of an abusive relationship with her husband who suddenly and conveniently was killed. Clare was accused of the murder, but they did not have enough evidence against her to prosecute.

Jake Salter is an investigator for the Archane Society. His special skills have been requested by Archer to find out if a group working outside the rules of the society are trying to get the founders formula to enhance a parasensitives ability. When Jake and Clare meet, they are attracted to one another, but Clare immediately knows Jake is hiding something. Attempts are made on Clare's life and she once again finds herself stumbling upon a dead body, so Jake takes it upon himself to be her protector.

This book was barely tolerable! There was so much background on the Archane Society, that it became monotonous and boring. Maybe some of this information should have been included in the first book, so that it didn't overwhelm the reader. I also felt no real chemistry or genuine feelings between Jake and Clare. What was there was contrived and forced.
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