Saturday, June 4, 2011

Review: Fired Up by Jayne Ann Krentz

Title: Fired Up
Series: Arcane Society / Dreamlight Trilogy
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: January 4, 2010
Publisher: Jove
ISBN: 0515148784
ISBN-13: 9780515148787

More than three centuries ago, Nicholas Winters irrevocably altered his genetic makeup in an obsession-fueled competition with alchemist and Arcane Society founder Sylvester Jones. Both men are driven to control their psychic abilities, and their decisions have 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 talent to read the lamp’s dreamlight.

Jack is convinced that private investigator Chloe Harper is that woman. Her talent for finding objects and accessing dream energy are what will save him, but a 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 she and Jack draw closer to it, the raw power that dwells within it threatens to sweep them into a hurricane of psychic power.

My rating:

Well, this was the usual Arcane Society fare with an added twist of a going-crazy threat. Not as good as the historicals in the series and not as good as the first few contemporaries in the series either, but still above par to what's out there these days.

JAK/AQ/JC just never disappoints.

The problem was I've forgotten a few of the characters (mentioned or present) in this book already had their stories told, and needed to go back and read my reviews to refresh my memory.
Now I admit I'm looking forward to Fallon Jones' story. He's intriguing, and rather funny in a dry, eccentric sort of way.


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