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Running Hot

by Jayne Ann Krentz

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Series: Modern Arcane Society (3), The Arcane Society (5)

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Reluctantly paired for a murder investigation by the paranormal Arcane Society, former cop Luther Malone and aura-reading librarian Grace Renquist find their mutual disgust dissolving into a powerful attraction, during a case that is further complicated by operatives for a ruthless underground psychic group.… (more)
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Running Hot
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Working as a librarian for the Arcane Society, Grace Renquist has secrets she is desperate to keep. Assigned to partner former police officer, Luther Malone, who shares her ability to read auras, Grace fears that her past will return to haunt her. Caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse with operatives from the renegade group known only as Nightshade, Grace and Luther must think on their feet and combine their resources if they are to survive dangerously potent powers enhanced by the founder's formula.

A fun read but not as suspenseful as some of the others in the series.

Luther and Grace are a typical Krentz couple. She is intelligent, feisty and damaged in some way while he is tough, sexy and absolutely irresistible. They have intense chemistry and their paranormal abilities complement each other - Grace profiles auras while Luther manipulates them. Nevertheless, their romantic relationship materializes too rapidly with very little development.

The writing and dialogue are smooth as usual, however, the suspense plot is ultimately predictable and the threat posed by the villains is scarcely threatening. Moreover, the pacing is a little off with numerous superfluous explanations that fill in gaps rather than developing the story and characterization. The Nightshade plot is overly complex and even though some questions from previous books are answered, there is insufficient information on the origins and progression of the organization.

The secondary characters are entertaining such as the band of misfits Luther hangs out with in Hawaii and Fallon Jones who seems to have bitten off more than he can chew. His character is very intriguing and I look forward to his book.

All in all, quite entertaining for those times when you want an uncomplicated read. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
i've always been a fan of Krentz romantic novels, but really do like her main character in this one. one that is strong, flawed, and fully capable of taking care of herself. ( )
  tabicham | Jul 22, 2017 |
This is another one of Krentz's book from her Arcane Society series. Grace and Luther make a great team. Krentz's theories on paranormal theories are well-planned and consistent. I like the fact that she keeps introducing new paranormal senses. I think we have the possibility (capabilities?) of having some paranormal senses and have to agree with what she writes in the book that we it's perhaps not because we don't have the capabilities but that we don't use or are not aware of those capabilities. The one thing that I'm disappointed about is the fact that Krentz seems to give her woman heroine strength and power but in reality never seems to be always bowing to a male hero. That the women's role is to supplement the man's more powerful paranormal sense or to his vast experience. She often calls the women assistants rather than having the men as the assistant. This series is consistent and for it to cross time and have stories in the past, present and future is a different twist. If you like to read about paranormal experiences and like a little romance this would be a series you would enjoy. ( )
  mmoj | Mar 2, 2017 |
Another good one, I love this series. ( )
  Gcleare | Oct 16, 2016 |
Another good one, I love this series. ( )
  Gcleare | Oct 16, 2016 |
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Reluctantly paired for a murder investigation by the paranormal Arcane Society, former cop Luther Malone and aura-reading librarian Grace Renquist find their mutual disgust dissolving into a powerful attraction, during a case that is further complicated by operatives for a ruthless underground psychic group.

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Ex-cop Luther Malone, lifelong member of the secretive paranormal organization known as the Arcane Society, is waiting to meet Grace Renquist. Hired as an aura-reading consultant in the quest for a murder suspect, she’s got zero field experience. She’s from tiny Eclipse Bay, Oregon. She’s a librarian, for heaven’s sake.

As for Grace, she’s not expecting much either from Malone, who walks with a cane and isn’t so good with a gun. Nice résumé for a bodyguard . . .

But even before they reach their hotel in Maui—where they’ll be posing as honeymooners—Grace and Luther feel the electric charge between them. Problem is, they need to remain vigilant day and night, because it soon becomes clear there’s more going on here. Rogue sensitives—operatives for the underground group Nightshade—are pouring into the luxury resort like there’s a convention. Grace recognizes those dark spikes in their auras. She saw the same pattern in someone else in another life—a life she hasn’t revealed to Luther or anyone else. And she understands how dangerous these people can be . . . especially with those para-hunters at their sides.

While the pair’s employers at Jones & Jones scramble to get them backup, Luther and Grace have to think on their feet. The criminals in their midst aren’t just high-level sensitives: They’ve enhanced their talents with a potent—and unpredictable— drug. And as Grace knows all too well, if you don’t control your powers, your powers will control you. . . .
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