Running Hot by Jayne Ann Krentz (The Arcane Society Book #5) Book Review

Running Hot by Jayne Ann Krentz

Series: The Arcane Society Book 5
Author:Jayne Ann Krentz
Publisher: Jove Books (December 2009)
ISBN: 9780515147384
Page Count: 480 pages
Format: paperback

Target Age Group: adult
My Rating:

Running Hot Jayne Ann Krentz Book Synopsis:

Bodyguard Luther Malone expected a little old librarian to show up in Hawaii when he reported for his latest mission. What he got was young, spunky Grace Renquist. Grace expected a hulking brute who relied on his physical prowess to protect her. What she got was a laid back, sexy hunk with a cane.

The mission was supposed to be simple: Luther would protect Grace while she examined the aura of a suspected murderer who was staying at a Hawaiian resort. Of course, nothing turns out as expected. The murderer is a member of a covert paranormal group experimenting with psychic-power boosting drugs. A powerful parahunter is also at the resort watching the murderer. A psychotic singer is on the loose, killing people with her voice. And Grace has finally found someone whose touch she can tolerate – Luther’s…

The Arcane Society Series Update:

Running Hot by Jayne Ann Krentz is book #3 in the contemporary Arcane Society Series and book #5 in the series if you count the 2 books written under Krentz’s historical pen name, Amanda Quick. It is fast-paced, full of action and has great characters.

Running Hot by Jayne Ann Krentz can be read as a stand-alone novel, but does have a few previously introduced characters in it from other Arcane Society books. For those who have read the other books in the Arcane Society series, these little glimpses of other characters add a bit of fun, but they do not detract from first-time readers’ enjoyment.

Running Hot Jayne Ann Krentz Book Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed the two lead characters in Running Hot by Jayne Ann Krentz. Luther is the first non-parahunter hero Krentz has used in her contemporary segment of the Arcane series. Instead, Luther is an aura manipulator and inspires feelings of fear, happiness, tiredness, etc. in someone’s mind. He relies much more on his mental powers than his physical prowess, which was a refreshing change (though there is nothing wrong with a sexy brute of a hero in a romance book!).  I thought aura manipulation was a unique and imaginative power to have.

Grace, our heroine, reads auras and can “see” violence, personality traits and talents. She has a violent past and is strong willed, but very alone. Sparks fly from the moment Luther and Grace meet and it was great to see their relationship develop throughout the book. It was also wonderful to see a heroine who stayed put when the hero had a rational reason for asking her to do so!

The search for the evil Nightshade organization continues and I am excited to read the next installment in the Arcane Society series!

Running Hot Jayne Ann Krentz Book Content:

This is a contemporary romance novel with the requisite bedroom scenes so, yes, there are descriptions of sex.  The scenes are very tastefully done and are not overly graphic.  They are also very easy to skip if you are not interested in reading these sections.  There are a few psychotic killers in this book so there is also quite a bit of violence.  Several people are murdered.  There are no graphic descriptions of the bodies.  The bad guys use drugs to manipulate their powers so a lot of the villains are dealing with withdrawal and addiction.  The requisite HEA (“happily ever after”) is present so romance readers will not be disappointed.  Depending on what kind of content you allow your teenagers to read, this book is appropriate for ages 14 and up.

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