Monday, February 11, 2008

Sizzle and Burn

Sizzle and Burn by Jayne Ann Krentz
When Raine Tallentyre made the mistake of revealing her paranormal abilities, her most recent romantic relationship came to a hasty end. Her Aunt Vella, a gifted but troubled soul, had told her years ago to keep her talents a secret. And now that poor Aunt Vella-her last blood relative-has died, Raine has resigned herself to a lonely life.

But when she journeys to Shelbyville, Washington, to clear out Aunt Vella's house, Raine's highly developed sensitivity leads her to a horrifying discovery: a young woman bound and terrified in a basement storage locker. The victim has survived, but the culprit is still on the loose. Without warning, a new man enters Raine's life-investigator Zack Jones. Surprisingly, Zack isn't repelled by her powers: in fact, he has them himself. While Raine hears voices, Zack sees visions and within hours of their meeting, Raine experiences an intense, thrilling intimacy-mental, emotional, and physical-she never dared to expect.

There's one complication, however: Zack Jones is working for the Arcane Society. This secret organization, dedicated to the study of paranormal phenomena, shattered Raine's family with an act of betrayal long ago, and she's not about to trust them now. But as a killer makes her his target, and a cabal of psychic criminals known as Nightshade operates in the shadows surrounding them, Raine and Zack must rely not only on their powerful abilities but on each other . . .

From the author who also hits bestseller lists under the names Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick, this is a delightful new caper filled with suspense and wit-and the steamy Victorian passion her devoted readers love.

I love almost all of Jayne Ann Krentz's books. And her Arcane Society novels are so far a huge hit. The Arcane Society is a secret society that comprises of people with psychic powers. All kinds of different powers abound and they even have a ranking system for how powerful a person is. Naturally the main characters are usually level 10's (the most powerful). Added to that there is some cloak and dagger action from a rival psychic society. In fact there's a lot of similarities between her Arcane Society novels and Harmony novels. What's also fun is that the Arcane Society series could be sent in the time period from 1800's till the present.

This book is set in present times, It tells of Raine, who is a strong psychic but cut off from the Arcane Society because of the actions of her father and Zack Jones who is an agent of the Arcane Society. Zack and Raine are very likable characters and play off each other very well.

If you've never read an Arcane Society novel, I recommend starting there with Second Sight (the first Arcane Society Novel).

I give Sizze and Burn a 5/5

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