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Title:Fired Up
Authors:Jayne Ann Krentz
Info:Piatkus Hb/Tpb (2010), Paperback, 368 pages
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Fired Up by Jayne Ann Krentz

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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 |
Fired Up
4 Stars

Synopsis
A direct descendent of Nicholas Winters (the arch-nemesis of Sylvester Jones), Jack Winters is subject to the family curse, i.e. he will develop secondary psychic talents that will ultimately cause him to go insane. The only solution is to locate the Burning Lamp and a Dreamlight reader who can stabilize Jack's abilities. Chloe Harper is the only one powerful enough to manipulate the lamp but can she help Jack before it is too late?

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Note: This is the first book in the Dreamlight Trilogy but the 7th book in the Arcane Society series. While it is not necessary to read the previous books to understand the basic story, reading them may provide background that will make it easier to grasp the complete story arc.

Fired Up is another action-packed and entertaining addition to the series. the writing mainly flows despite one or two editing issues. One problem with the writing is the overly technical descriptions of the dreamlight energy and its manipulation.

The romance between Chloe and Jack is captivating. They have intense chemistry as well as an emotional and psychic bond that makes their connection even stronger. Chloe is fiercely independent with a profound need to rescue others (mangy dogs, homeless people, runaway girls, etc.). While Jack's character is not as developed, he is still a strong hero and I liked the fact that he is proactive about the curse.

The plot is similar to the other installments in the series and as such the outcome is predictable. However, there are certain original aspects such as the dream motif (which could have been better developed) and the Winters' family curse (the excerpts from Nicholas Winter's diary at the beginning of the book, set the stage very nicely).

Overall, an enjoyable read and I am looking forward to the next book (the historical prequel), and to finally reading Fallon's story (he seems to get more grumpy and reclusive as the series progresses). ( )
  Lauren2013 | Apr 2, 2013 |
I pretty much love anything that Jayne Ann Krentz writes, under any of her various names. This book is a sub-series of the Arcane books, the first in the Dreamlight Trilogy.

Chloe is a sensitive who can work dreamlight, Jack is a strong strategic talent who is having problems with his dreams. He hunts down Chloe to help him find an antique lamp that used to belong to his family in the hopes that the lamp along with Chloe's talent will "cure" him.

J&J is involved as is Nightshade. As usual there is a lot of the "whoo whoo" stuff but there is also a fairly good mystery and a romance of the two main characters.

If you like the Arcane books you should like this one as well. Me, I have them on my "auto buy" list. ( )
  bookswoman | Mar 31, 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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