Title: Fired Up by Jayne Ann Krentz
Published: December 29th by Putnam Adult
Challenge(s): TBR Challenge
Grade rate: C+
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.
It’s been a while since I’ve read an adult romance and I have read all the books in the Arcane series (up to this one), so I decided to pick Fired Up, which I had bought a few years back.
I’m going to do a short review on this book. If you’ve read Jayne Ann Krentz before you know that her stories are very similar, I enjoy it more when she writes under Amanda Quick, her historical romance pseudonym. There is usually a misunderstood and very strong willed man and an equally strong woman with an ‘issue’ that only this particular man can understand/overcome. In that respect, Fired Up follows the same pattern.
If you haven’t read any of the Arcane books before, they are about a paranormal society that has its roots around the 1800s. They catalogue different paranormal abilities and also have a private investigation office (Jones & Jones) that appears in many of the books. Fired Up has some dealings with J&J, but mostly involves a separate side story about the descendant of Nicholas Winters. I really enjoyed that we got to see how Luther and Grace (from Running Hot) are doing and also we get to ‘visit’ with Fallon Jones, one of the most fascinating characters of the society.
Overall, the story was somewhat familiar, but to me, it’s like putting on an old PJ – comforting and soft.