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Sizzle and Burn: Arcane Society, Book 3 | [Jayne Ann Krentz]

Sizzle and Burn: Arcane Society, Book 3

Being called creepy can be hard on your self-esteem - even for an attractive, independent woman like Raine Tallentyre. That's what happened when she made the mistake of revealing her paranormal abilities, bringing her most recent romantic relationship to a hasty end.
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Publisher's Summary

Being called creepy can be hard on your self-esteem - even for an attractive, independent woman like Raine Tallentyre. That's what happened when she made the mistake of revealing her paranormal abilities, bringing her most recent romantic relationship to a hasty end. Her aunt Vella, a gifted but troubled soul, told her years ago to keep her talents a secret. And now that poor Aunt Vella - her last blood relative - has died, Raine has resigned herself to a lonely life.

But when she journeys to Shelbyville, Washington, to clear out her aunt's house - trying to ignore the locals' comments about the "witch" and the "crazy lady" - Raine's highly developed sensitivity leads her to a horrifying discovery: a young woman, bound and terrified, in a basement storage locker. The victim has survived, and the culprit is on the loose. Without warning, a new man enters Raine's life - investigator Zack Jones. Surprisingly, Zack isn't repelled by her powers: in fact, he has his own. While Raine hears voices, Zack sees visions, and within hours of their meeting, Raine experiences an intense, thrilling intimacy - mental, emotional, and physical - that she never dared to expect.

There's one complication, however: Zack Jones is working for the Arcane Society. This secret organization, dedicated to the study of paranormal phenomena, shattered Raine's family with an act of betrayal long ago, and she's not about to trust them now. As a killer makes her his target, and a cabal of psychic criminals known as Nightshade operates in the shadows surrounding them, Raine and Zack must rely not only on their powerful abilities but on each other as well.

Listen to another Arcane Society novel.

©2008 Jayne Ann Krentz; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

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    Brenda Culver City, CA, United States 06-01-08
    Brenda Culver City, CA, United States 06-01-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Sizzle is a definite overstatment."

    I think I keep buying Krentz novels because I loved her early work. The key characters in this novel supposedly have high level paranormal powers, which are talked about frequently, but when demonstrated they are very ho hum. Krentz's heroes have been so formulaic with the arcane novels that they're indistinguishable. I could live with that - but they're so mild mannered most of the time that they edge on boring, so I don't understand the repetition. The key to the supposed chemistry between the hero and heroine seems to be "we're both so wierd, there's no one else we could match with".

    On the plus side, the narrator is good!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    J House 02-15-09
    J House 02-15-09 Member Since 2008
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    "good book"

    I enjoyed this book. It held my attention through to whole book. The only drawback is the narrator's voice sounds like a munchkin when she talks in the voice of a man. It is horrible!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy 06-27-08
    Peggy 06-27-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Sizzle and Burn"

    The story had great movement and players. It didn't drag at all. Greatly enjoyed it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Henderson, NV 07-02-14
    Amazon Customer Henderson, NV 07-02-14 Member Since 2012

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    What did you like best about Sizzle and Burn? What did you like least?

    The story was fine - same formula as the first two books. Nothing new, just the ending of the series.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There were too many unnecessary pauses. I thought the reader was pausing for emphasis, but really it was just a lot of empty space in between sentences.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sandra Burr?

    I don't like her male voices. Some of them sound elderly when they shouldn't or "whiny" but I got used to it. Liked the production of the second book better with a male and female voice. The extra long pauses after a few lines was THE REAL PROBLEM.


    Do you think Sizzle and Burn needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO! But there might be one. Unless they bring together all the couples they introduced to work together on a much deeper mystery (and get rid of all the Soft Porn - you know make them married with kids instead), I will probably not even consider another book By Jayne Ann Krentz. Apparently she is pandering to women who haven't got a real sex life.


    Any additional comments?

    You really need to rate these books like people rate movies. This one is at least an "R" rating for explicit sexual content. No wonder youth fiction is so big now. Who wants to listen to this crap over and over and over and over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jocelyn Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada 04-03-13
    Jocelyn Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada 04-03-13
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    What made the experience of listening to Sizzle and Burn the most enjoyable?

    I had read the book, but I am on a bus for. 3 hours per day and enjoy listening to books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line is good.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The male voice was very feminine. Took the romance out of it for me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, because of the man's voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ivy-Lynne Cranbrook, BC, Canada 08-27-08
    Ivy-Lynne Cranbrook, BC, Canada 08-27-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Jayne Ann does it again"

    It was a really great book to listen too. I love the mystery and romance of it all
    I would recomend any of Jayne Ann Krent to read or listen to.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Barb Silver City, NM, United States 09-20-08
    Barb Silver City, NM, United States 09-20-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Sizzle and Yawn"

    Not such and intresting book. Could have done better.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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