This is a murder mystery with a little bit of paranormal thrown in. It is fast paced, and clues and bits or the story are revealed a little at a time. The chemistry between the two main characters is good.
I usually don't read this genre (supernatural romance) but my mother gave me this book and said I'd like it...well, she was right! Krentz' writing is fast paced yet descriptive, her characters were likable and the plot really flowed! You won't want to put this one down.
Clare Lancaster is a human lie detector and any falsehood, no matter how subtle or well hidden, sets her blood racing. When Clare finds the body of Brad McAllister, the golden child of Stone Canyon, Arizona, the posh residents turn a suspicious eye in her direction.
This book was hard to get through. Clare is a contradiction and really hard to like. She is untrusting, skeptical and stubborn as hell. The second Jake starts talking to her she spills her guts. That didn't ring true for me after the way she is portrayed. Plus the way she treats everyone else makes her really hard to sympathize with. Jake is all alpha and has a dark side, I'm all for that, but his "you will do this, you will do that" instead of asking was too much. I liked the other character, Clare's sister and Dad try so hard to help her and be a part of her life, but she shuts them out. Plus there is a bunch of Arcane history that was hard to get through. The "relationship" between Clare and Jake was too forced, I didn't get any love from them.
I love this author but at first shied away from White Lies and her other books in this "paranormal" series. I shouldn't have been worried though. This is a great tale with very good characters. Highly recommended to all.
As usual Jayne Ann Krentz has penned a winner! Jake and Clare are spectacular characters. She is a very strong psychic lie detector and feisty as hell. He is a very strong psychic hunter. You would think that they would clash like oil and water but oh no. The attraction is instant and the sex is explosive. The mystery of who killed Brad McAllister really keeps the story moving as there are lots of potential suspects. The attempts on both Jake's and Clare's lives indicate that they are getting close to figuring it out.
I really enjoyed the psychic aspects of this novel. The entire Arcane Society series is filled with wonderful characters who embark on interesting quests and find the mate of their dreams. HEA is always the outcome but the journey getting there is the fun part.
Great Story. This is an Arcane Society story. It is done in current times, unlike the previous one I read that was in England a hundred or two years ago. There is quite a great romance story mixed with suspense that will have you turning the pages.
I really enjoyed this book. Who would have thought that a human lie detector and a hunter could be made of each other. I really like that the romance is not over the top and in some places I even laughed out loud.
The Arcane Society is a group of people with psychic or paranormal abilities. Jayne Ann Krentz's first Arcane Society novel was a historical romance involving the early Jones family members. This is her second and it takes place in current times.
Clare Lancaster lives in San Francisco. She was raised by her mother and her great-aunt. The outcome of a one-night stand, she never knew her father. Her mother is a member of the Arcane Society -- her psychic ability is with numbers. At the age of 13, Clare wakes up one morning and discovers that her psychic ability is detecting lies and she is way off the charts when the Arcane Society tests her. Most human lie detectors can't take the continual barrage of lies and end up as addicts, in insane asylums, or committing suicide. They have a bad stability reputation.
But with the early help of an Arcane Society therapist, Clare has learned to cope very well. She has become emotionally strong and offbeat and gutsy. She has developed an unusual philosophy about lying.
Everything was going pretty well for her. The only fly in her ointment was she could not get a desirable job at the prestigous Jones&Jones Arcane Society detective agency because the "Dumbass", Clare's name for the head of the agency, firmly believed psychics with the lie detector ability are unstable, but nevertheless she was doing enjoyable work at charitable foundations detecting [..] artists applying for funding.
Then 6 months ago, she received an email for help from her half-sister, Elizabeth. After helping Elizabeth escape from a bad marriage and stumbling over the dead body of Brad McAllister, Elizabeth's soon to be ex, Clare's life takes a downturn. She gets fired from her job and can't find another (someone is bad mouthing her); her fiance drops her like a hot potato; the police in Arizona (where Elizabeth lives with her very wealthy father -- who happens to be Clare's father too) suspect that Clare killed Brad and only the intervention of her powerful father, Archer Glazebrook, keeps her from being arrested.
Now she is back in Arizona, staying a cheap (but clean) motel, because her father has asked her to come back. He has been keeping track of her since he found out about her and knows she has not been able to find work. He has a proposal for her: he wants to make her the head of a charitable foundation he intends to set up. Clare's not too thrilled with this proposal and neither are other members of her half family.
At a party at Archer's house, Clare meets Jake Salter, a consultant working for Glazebrook. She knows he is lying about something but it's a white lie and not an ultraviolet lie, so she's not too worried about continuing the relationship -- there is instant mutual attaction between them.
Strange things related to the Arcane Society are happening in Stone Canyon, Arizona. Her first full day in Arizona, someone tries to run over Clare with an SUV in a parking lot. Her second day in Arizona, someone tries to bash in Clare's head with an 8 pound dumbbell at a spa. Clare decides to confront her suspect (Brad's mother) and instead finds another dead body (Brad's mother). The Arizona police have not forgotten that Clare found Brad's body.
Feisty Clare decides she is going to investigate Brad's unsolved murder because all her troubles started when she found his body. Jake decides he had better help her to keep her out of trouble. Naturally that also involves moving Clare from her cheap (but clean) motel into his expensive (but clean) home and his bed.
Jake is really a detective from J&J, a psychic hunter, investigating a new Arcane Society cabal. It soon becomes evident that Clare's case and his case are related.
I like the characters of both Jake and Clare. I am eagerly awaiting the next Arcane Society novel. I want to find out what happens, romantically, to the hermit-like Fallon Jones, head of J&J (aka Clare's Dumbass).