December 10, 2011

Fired Up by Jayne Ann Krentz

plot summary and excerpt here
Series: Dreamlight Trilogy 1
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: December 29, 2009
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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.
This is the first time that I've got wind of Krentz/Quick's Arcane Society and the romance thriller-series is really, really good! I know that the series has about 10 novels printed already and it's a challenge to catch up considering that I get most of my books from the Public Library and some of the members are not so diligent in returning their borrowed books. Yikes!

So I decided to take up Dreamlight Trilogy instead. The prologue got me hooked immediately. Set in Seatlle, I know it's a serious read like Da Vinci Code but I didn't find it hard to stay focused and pay attention.

The heroine, Chloe Harper, is fantastic. She's a paranormal who can see and harness your dreamlight, it's like your aura but more on your dream energy. She is a workaholic and because of her ability she is a serial monogamist. Jack Winters is also an interesting character. He is the descendant of Nicholas Winters who started the entire thing and is also one formidable paranormal.

The romance between these two is sweet because given their gifts, it would indeed be hard to find a decent partner that you're compatible with. So it's no surprise that they found their soulmate in each other although they both tried to ignore the chemistry.

"What would you say to one hour in a private hot tub at the Tropical Gardens Motel?"
"The word yuck comes to mind," Chloe replied
In the middle of the chaos is the Burning Lamp that can make or break a talent and both the Arcane and Nightshades want to get their hands on it. Two powerful factions, The Arcane and Nightshade and playing tug of war to get their hands on this powerful relic and the conflict and adventure that was involved in acquiring this is nothing short of exciting.



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