‘Arcane Society’ series Book #2
Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages – Publisher: Jove (February 5, 2008 ) – Language: English – ISBN-10: 0515143995 – ISBN-13: 978-0515143997
Back of the Book reads:
One of Library Journal‘s Best Romances of the Year
The bestselling author of All Night Long and Falling Awake takes us beyond the everyday boundaries of the mind – and the heart – in a compulsively readable new novel of power, deception and danger.
Level-ten parasensitive Clare Lancaster has resigned herself to the fact that she may never find a suitable mate. A human lie detector, any falsehood – no matter how subtle – sets her blood racing. And most people, to one degree or another, hide behind a facade.
Including her father’s new business “consultant,” Jake Salter. His careful conversation walks a delicate line between truth and deception. But it is with his help that Clare begins to unravel a web of conspiracy and murder involving the powerful Arizona family that she just became a part of. Caught in a dizzying storm of secrets, lies and half-truths, Clare and Jake will plunge into an investigation that demands every bit of their special gifts, as something more than mere attraction sparks between them…
6-Oct-08 to 7-Oct-08
Review: A thin line between lies and truths.
Clare Lancaster is a level-ten parasensitive. She’s a human lie detector. She can detect the smallest whiff of a lie, even if wrapped in the truth. She’d saved her new-found sister from her now dead husband, knowing that he was doing Elizabeth harm – she wasn’t having a nervous breakdown, but he was doing everything in his power to make it appear so. She’d returned to save her sister, only to come upon his dead body.
Now she’s back at the request of her new-found father, less than a year later. She doesn’t want to be there but when at her mother’s urging. He wants to offer her a job, similar to ones she’s held before, but she doesn’t want the charity – both butt heads too strongly to work side-by-side. But since she’s there, she’s determined to find out what happened to Brad to clear her name.
Jake Salter is a business ‘consultant’ for her father. She asks questions where the answers surprise her: most of his answers are a mix of truths and lies. The more her life is threatened, the more determined Jake is to stick to her like glue. For Jake is an agent with Jones & Jones, the Arcane Society’s detective agency, and he’s now just as determined to find out what’s going on as Clare is.
Right from the beginning, there is a pull between Jake and Clare. Jakes knows what he’s feeling, and is even more determined to keep Clare alive after two close calls.
What I liked was how the characters communicated. Even though they had differences of opinions, arguments, issues, they talked them out, they listened to each other. Even though both are somewhat mule-headed, they still take into account the others feelings and opinions, and that was nice to read. And just when you think you’re getting what the mystery is, a twist brings it to a whole new level. I really enjoyed the banter with several of the characters, the mystery, the action, the love scenes. All well written. Krentz is one hell of an author.