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Title:Fired Up
Authors:Jayne Ann Krentz
Info:Piatkus Hb/Tpb (2010), Paperback, 368 pages
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I thought I'd gone back to the beginning, but hadn't. This was still enjoyable to read. Not sure where I'm going, finish this part of the series or truly go back to the first one in the series.

This was an ebook I read on my Kindle Fire from the library. ( )
  pnwbookgirl | Feb 7, 2016 |
Writing and editing my first novel had a major side-effect: my tolerance for bad writing has fallen to danger levels and I've abandoned the last three novels I tried to read.

No such problem with [a:Jayne Ann Krentz's|2387|Jayne Ann Krentz|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1312411698p2/2387.jpg] [b:Fired Up|6305025|Fired Up (Arcane Society, #7; Dreamlight Trilogy, #1)|Jayne Ann Krentz|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1348432016s/6305025.jpg|6489824], the first volume of a trilogy which seems to fall somewhere within an extended mythology.

Good, professional writing. Not once did my fingers itch for a blue pencil. A few repetitions suggested writing-in-a-hurry, but otherwise very well done.

The quality of the writing wasn't matched by the originality or development of the narrative. Most of the characters in the book have psychic talents of one kind or another, but these talents aren't explained in enough detail to sustain their constant role in the narrative. Page after page after page of 'adjusting channels' or 'sensing dream-psi footprints'. The author may have known what she was writing about, but pity the poor reader. There's a limit to how much you can leave to a reader's imagination.

The author put more effort into plotting intricate group dynamics and conspiracies, perhaps a left-over from previous books or a prologue to future, than into the lukewarm sex and romance. Two psychics are attracted to each other but keep their distance until the psi-power (or whatever) kicks in and they start rutting like animals in heat. Neither romantic nor erotic.

The teaser at the end of the book indicates a prequel, the narrative jumping back to focus on long-dead characters in the first volume. I didn't find these characters interesting the first time around. Can't be bothered to find out more about them in a second volume. ( )
  skirret | Jan 2, 2015 |
3.75 ( )
  jendoyle2000 | Aug 9, 2014 |
Exactly as expected. Delicious and devoid of content. Literary Fritos. Mmmmm, Fritos. ( )
  Narshkite | Mar 6, 2014 |
Romance, Psychological thriller, Mystery, Sexy leading man, Witty leading lady - this book has it all!

For fans of the Arcane Society and Dreamlight novels, this won't disappoint. While the story line is similar to some of those in the past, it works wonderfully and is like re-reading a classic Amanda Quick novel with a fun modern twist. The characters are expertly developed and likeable. The dialogue is clever. Krentz works in pieces of past novels with expert precision that provides a little wink back at some of her previous works that I've loved.

The summary on goodreads provides a great background to the context of the book: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6305025-fired-up

This was a nice addition to the burning lamp trilogy and a very enjoyable read! ( )
  Azacia | Dec 8, 2013 |
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More than three centuries ago, Nicholas Winters irrevocably altered his genetic makeup in an obsessionfueled competition with alchemist and Arcane Society founder Sylvester Jones. Driven to control their psychic abilities, each man's decision has reverberated throughout the family line, rewarding some with powers beyond their wildest dreams, and cursing others to a life filled with madness and hallucinations.

Jack Winters, descendant of Nicholas, has been experiencing nightmares and blackouts-just the beginning, he believes-of the manifestation of the Winters family curse. The legend says that he must find the Burning Lamp or risk turning into a monster. But he can't do it alone; he needs the help of a woman with the gift to read the lamp's dreamlight.

Jack is convinced that private investigator Chloe Harper is that woman. Her talents for finding objects and accessing dream energy are what will save him, but their sudden and powerful sexual pull threatens to overwhelm them both. Danger surrounds them, and it doesn't take long for Chloe to pick up the trail of the missing lamp. And as they draw closer to the lamp, the raw power that dwells within it threatens to sweep them into a hurricane of psychic force.
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After nightmares and blackouts signal the presence of a family curse, Jack Winters seeks the Burning Lamp in hopes of preventing his transformation into a monster, enlisting the help of Chloe Harper, an alluring private investigator with special powers.… (more)

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