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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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"[Burr] seamlessly moves from character to character with a deliberate cadence that is interesting, unique, and highly entertaining. Most enjoyable!" (AudioFile)

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  • Brenda
  • Culver City, CA, United States
  • 06-01-08

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!

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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!

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  • Jocelyn
  • Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada
  • 04-03-13

Male voice

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Sizzle and Burn

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

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Odd performance great narration

Sandra Barr did great as narrator. Unfortunately her performance was marred by the random music and awkward pauses they added to the audio. I'm sure the music was meant to add to the listening experience, but paired with the random pauses... Overall it was a good book

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Story was fun, music not so much

If you could sum up Sizzle and Burn in three words, what would they be?

Usual Arcane Story

Any additional comments?

I liked it except for one particular thing that went on continually in this narration: the music. I understand that the music is supposed to add to the mood, or suggest a shift, but the editing of it was so poorly done that it detracted from the overall story rather then adding anything.

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twists and turns

the book had a lot of twists and turns every time I thought that it had came to an end, the head in another Direction. I still enjoyed it.

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Fascinating

I love the storyline and hope there will be more about Zack and Raine. Wonderful action

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Terrific Book

Loved it as all of her books I've read or listened to & the narrator is the best I've heard so far. She does a great job with different voices for each character.

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