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Running Hot (The Arcane Society #5)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  8,263 Ratings  ·  341 Reviews
Ex-cop Luther Malone, lifelong member of the secretive paranormal organization known as the Arcane Society, is waiting to meet Grace Renquist. Hired as an aura-reading consultant in the quest for a murder suspect, she’s got zero field experience. She’s from tiny Eclipse Bay, Oregon. She’s a librarian, for heaven’s sake.

As for Grace, she’s not expecting much either from Mal
Hardcover, 337 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Putnam Adult (first published January 1st 2008)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Dec 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008-reads
I love Krentz's 'Arcane Society' books. Her latest in this series is the contemporary "Running Hot". This series is about a society of individuals with paranormal 'talents'. The series began with historicals, but a few years ago Krentz came out with a contemporary about the descendents of the characters in her historicals. Are you following? Anyway, her books have sizzling attraction, suspense, light action, and mystery. I enjoy getting to know each new player in this series along with their par ...more
Interesting and enjoyable. This book had a mix of paranormal and suspense, a likable hero and heroine who can read people's auras, entertaining secondary characters with their own psychic talents, and a Hawaiian setting. This was my first Arcane Society Novel. Different and fun.
You can find this review in English below.

2.5 stars.
A esta historia le ha faltado chispa. Ha sido tan directa y ha ido tan al grano que no he conseguido sentir el romance, ni las ganas de estar juntos de los protagonistas, ni el peligro ni ninguna de esas cosas que me gusta sentir cuando leo un romance con su poquito de suspense on the side.

Si a lo anterior añadimos que es un romance paranormal, con lo cual hay insta-lust (¿Qué? ¿Cómo? ¿¡Ya!?) y almas gemelas de por medio, la historia pierde tod
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Jan 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of paranormal romance
Shelves: romance, read-in-2010
This is a great paranormal suspense love story with the kind of plot twists and turns to keep the reader guessing at how it will be resolved. Even though I've read it more than once, I still enjoy these plot twists.

One of the themes in this story is the meaning of family. Krentz has Grace looking at seemingly perfect families with her talent and dissecting the cracks in the facade. In contrast, Luther, Wayne, and Petra have formed a kind of family into which Grace is welcomed. For me, this was b
Penny Watson
Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Running Hot by Jayne Ann Krentz

My favorite type of romance novel seamlessly mixes sexy characters, paranormal elements, humor and a dash of mystery. That's one of the reasons that I truly adore Amanda Quick, aka Jayne Ann Krentz, aka Jayne Castle. She's got the recipe down pat. Her Arcane Society Series is a heady combination of quirky characters, fascinating paranormal abilities, and mysterious circumstances that draw the reader into her delightful world. I absolutely loved Second Sight, which
BJ Rose
Not quite a 4* read for me, but I did like the tie-in to the Eclipse Bay series, with the verification of Arizona Snow as more than a conspiracy nut. I do enjoy reading about each new entry in the Jones & Jones psychic investigative agency - in this case, it's Luther & Grace, both with very strong psychic abilities. And I liked the husband & wife owners of the bar In Hawaii, and the way they took care of misfits - that's why they 'adopted' Luther, which turned out to be a smart move ...more
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
First published: 2008
Length: 337 pages.
Setting: Contemporary, Hawaii.
Sex: Reasonably explicit but infrequent and mostly fade to black.
Hero: Ex-cop, twice divorced, works as a bodyguard for J&J. Can read and manipulate auras.
Heroine: Grew up in foster care, works for J&J. Can read auras as a "profiler".

One of my favourites with good characters and good story. Nice use of paranormal without distracting from the personalities and underlying story. Fits well into the
Running Hot
3.5 Stars

Working as a librarian for the Arcane Society, Grace Renquist has secrets she is desperate to keep. Assigned to partner former police officer, Luther Malone, who shares her ability to read auras, Grace fears that her past will return to haunt her. Caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse with operatives from the renegade group known only as Nightshade, Grace and Luther must think on their feet and combine their resources if they are to survive dangerously potent power
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was very well written, from one of my favorite authors. This book is based on a J & J investigation. The story revolves around Luther Malone, a lifelong member of the Arcane Society. His partner is also a talent involved with the Arcane Society, named Grace Renquist. They are both talented with reading auras. Grace can also define the aura, as to personality, truth, and menace. They are to pose as honeymooners, and watch the hotel for a man with a very disturbing aura. The problem ...more
Aug 06, 2012 rated it liked it
I like the Arcane Society series, but this one wasn't my favourite. It was okay, and a good book for a light, fluffy and sweet story, but the murder investigation was fairly light-wight.

There are a couple of interesting paranormal twists, which I can't talk about without adding spoilers, but they do give a fun flavour to the story.

The romance between the two lead characters was tepid at best, and the female lead, Grace, was sort of bland, compared to other Arcane Society heroines in other books
Freda Malone
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm not entirely sure why I keep reading this series, but there are all different, with the exception of the Arcane Society and it's ancient formula that seems to wreak havoc with the J&J's. Generations of paranormal citizens of the community keep popping up, each with a match making murder mystery to solve, ending in a pair of ultras getting married.

I suppose what grabs me is the uniqueness in each mystery and the characters involved. Boring and predictable in some instances but still a go
Mar 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. The Arcane Society is a group of paranormal special talents who can do things like read auras, detect violence at a crime scene, detect lies,kill people with their minds, etc... The series goes back to the 1800's in some of the novels and present day like this one. There is always a sexy couple who partner together with their unique talents to fight crimes. This one has Luther and Grace as partners. They make a great team. You have to suspend belief with all the woo woo stuff ...more
Jan 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Like comfort food at the end of a bad day, I know exactly what to expect when I read a Jayne Ann Krentz romance and that makes me happy. The heroine will be feisty, smart and endearingly imperfect. The hero will be tough, flawed and quite irresistible. There will be a little humor, the right amount of action and suspense and a satisfyingly happy ending. Sigh!
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, library, 2014
This one was fun! I loved the characters-- the protagonists, Grace and Luther, were both fascinating and they had some hot chemistry; the villains were just as compelling and I enjoyed being taken deeper into the depths of the Arcane Society and the psychic world, with even more connections to the historical volumes of the series. Can't wait to dive into the next book!
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Contemporary paranormal romance with protected sex. #5 in the Arcane Society series.

This was a solid story. Liked Grace & Luther. They both have aura talents. There were a lot of new characters introduced. If you like the series, you'll definitely like this one!
Kate Trudeau
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a wonderful read

I've read this book several times. I particularly like the heroine. From classic attention grabbing opening to happy-ever-after ending, Running Hot is entertaining and oddly moving.
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jayne-ann-krentz
Love the historical books of the Arcane Society as well as the contemporary books of their descendants.
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychic-ability, 2015
4.5 stars
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 ☆s.
Samantha Duran
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Crazily fabulous. It is a great book to read during a cold winter day.
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book 5 of The Arcane Society Series - Set in Current Time

Luke Malone, an aura talent and member of The Arcan Society is a former cop who now works part time as a bartender at The Dark Rainbow. After being shot in the leg on his last job Luther now needs a cane to walk. Occasionally he takes on a surveillence job for Fallon Jones of J&J Investigations.

Grace Renquist, an aura talent and member of The Arcane Society works as a reference librarian at The Arcane Society Bureau of Genealogy. Fallo
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jayne Ann Krentz continues the saga of the Arcane Society with Running Hot. The Jones & Jones Agency (aka J&J) has another strange case to deal with as some members of the Arcane Society have informed Fallon Jones that a man named Eubanks has murdered a member of their family. Fallon recruits Grace Renquist from the Arcane Society Genealogical Library to discover if Eubanks is indeed a killer. Since Grace is a new employee, Fallon thoughtfully arranges for her to have a partner/bodyguard ...more
I love the Arcane Society series to begin with, so I may be biased. I really liked the multiple arcs in this book, there was a lot going on and a lot more brickwork to the underlying story between The Arcane Society and Nightshade, but it managed not to get complicated or tangled. I liked that Running Hot touched on the gray side of the Society which was parallel with the taboo notions of PTSD and homelessness in the real world. The characters were well suited and well developed, as per all of K ...more
Two aura talents are on a "babysitting" mission on Maui, when they stumble on a full-fledged Nightshade convention.

I think I somehow jinxed myself a few days back when I wrote in a review Ms. Krentz can do no wrong with her Arcane Society series. Because there was something off with this book.
It started great with a rather chilling prologue and a great suspense kick-start, but after the first half it started deteriorating rapidly, mostly in the pacing department with loads of explanations and di
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was prepared not to like this book as my more recent experiences with some of the big-name authors haven't been positive. Not only did I enjoy this, however, but I read the entire book in one day. During February vacation. On a day when all three children were home. That's saying something.

It didn't hurt that Krentz put into words the code I read by:

"You read the ending first?"
"I always read the ending before I commit to the whole book."
He looked at her, baffled. "If you know how it ends, wh
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I didn't dig this one as much as the previous book, which was #3 in this series. But I still had a good time. Luther trying to get Grace to leave every other scene got a bit tiring and even though he's the hero and supposedly a bad ass alpha, he is constantly letting people get the drop on him. Grace doesn't need Luther, she saved herself every time. But I was a bit bothered by his lack of saving the day, so -1 star.

I think I've officially run out of Arcane Society books, though. I'm not real in
Luther, an ex-cop, injured and a little bitter, is roped in to play bodyguard for Grace, an Arcane Society librarian with a useful gift, who is on her way to her first mission.

Neither is what the other expects and they're both less than happy to be forced to work together, but they soon get over their reservations and end up making a pretty good team. They uncover more than they expected and find themselves in considerable danger, but manage to make it out in one piece and deeply in love.

I'm tho
Jun 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
After re-reading this book, I like it alot more than I did the first time around and actually give it 4.5 stars.I feel that it is one of the most complete novels yet in the Arcane Society Series. The Nightshade storyline is more fully developed, the characters are interesting and quirky, and the the characters around them are also interesting. I love the bar in Hawaii! Grace Rehnquist and Luke Malone again find themselves attracted to each other because of complementary psychic talents. Grace is ...more
Feb 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Krentz is usually a good bet for a fun, escapist read that blends humor and romance. This entry into her paranormal series (the Arcane Society) does that, but it is a bit flat. The book seems very thin, the characters sketched out in just enough detail. In fact, the whole book seems just enough....just enough detail, just enough plot, just enough romance. The chapters seem too short and abrupt and the paranormal aspect of the book seems a bit silly. I love her victorian romances and they seem to ...more
Mar 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Now I have to take back what I said in my review for the previous book in the series. I had said that I preferred the titles set in the Victorian era, but this book is set in modern-day and I really liked it. It was filled with damaged, quirky characters of all age groups. Now that I'm solidly past middle age, it is great to meet characters that are vibrant and capable when they are no longer in their 20's or 30's. And I'm enjoying all the unique ways that the psychical talents manifest. The pag ...more
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Jayne Ann Krentz ...: Running Hot (2009) Arcane 5 1 6 Sep 27, 2012 10:47AM  
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The author of over 50 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print.

She earned a B.A. in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to obtain a Masters degre
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"You read the ending first?"
"I always read the ending before I commit to the whole book."
"If you know how it ends, why read the book?"
"I don't read for the ending. I read for the story".”
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