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White Lies

(The Arcane Society #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  9,020 ratings  ·  431 reviews
Relationships are challenging enough for most single over-thirty women. For level ten parasensitive Clare Lancaster, they’re a minefield. The elite few who know her secret call her a human lie detector, and any falsehood, no matter how subtle or well hidden, sets her blood racing. Over the years, Clare has come to accept that someone with her extraordinary talents is unlik ...more
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Published January 28th 2008 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 25th 2007)
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Lakshmi C
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder, Mystery, Mayhem and Romance

This was a captivating read with all the necessary elements for a happy, satisfied reader. ( This was a re-read)

Clare Lancaster was feisty, stubborn and independent. The book opens with Clare meeting her half sister, Elizabeth for the first time. Elizabeth is convinced that her husband plans to kill her but nobody believes Elizabeth. Except Clare.

Some months later Clare is back in Arizona and stuck with Elizabeth's family and her father, Archer. Clare is at the
So you know I am a fan of the Arcane Society series, despite my initial reluctance to start it and the lateness in posting my reviews. Now I am in the processing of revisiting it all, and I am really enjoying reading it once more and going back and forth in time. I found it gives you a different perspective and added to my overall enjoyment. Whether as Jayne Ann Krentz or Amanda Quick, I love her writing and creative stories!

White Lies, is the kick of the Nightshade plotline set in contemporary
Robin (Bridge Four)
This is a slightly confusing series. I read the first book in the Arcane Society and enjoyed the HR/PNR aspect of it then I was eager to read the second book in the series and I didn’t look at the synopsis or anything just picked it up and thought that maybe it would be about one of the siblings from the first book. Imagine my confusion when it wasn’t about a sibling from Second Sight or anyone from Second sight because it is set in present day.

I then thought that I had purchased the wrong book
Jan 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sheree by: Lara
There were a number of things I really enjoyed about this book.
This story had a strong suspenseful plot & being uncertain of the killer until 3/4 of the way through the novel was quite refreshing. I also thoroughly enjoyed the steamy romantic sub-plot.

Clare Lancaster is a level 10 parasensitive who's psychic ability is to read lies. Jake Salter is a level 10 hunter, freelancing for Jones & Jones an investigative agency in the Arcane Society, who's purpose is to protect the formula that can crea
Apr 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jayne Ann Krentz ( and Amanda Quick etc) is always enjoyable. A great mystery, hot romance and The Arcane Society. Good stuff!
Lyndi W.
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star, favorites
4.5 stars I really like this author because I never know who the villain is until The Big Reveal. Unfortunately, that means I have a hard time putting it down. I sit down with a book when the baby goes to sleep and the next thing I know, I've finished the book and see that it's almost five in the morning. I need eye drops, my eyes are scratchy. It was worth it.

I liked our main characters, Clare and Jake. They were both alphas and I always enjoy that pairing when the woman isn't a bitch and the m
Jun 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, e-book-nook
This is a re-reading of this book and it's the second in the Arcane Series. I love JAK and I really enjoyed this story and I love how she is mixing historical fiction and contemporary fiction in one series about the Arcane Society, a parapsychological organization made up of individuals who have extra- sensory abilities. This story is about Jake Salter who is sent by a detective agency associated with The Arcane Society to investigate a plot concerning the Founders Formula. He meets Clare Lancas ...more
Diane ~Firefly~
Feb 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, paranormal, magic
JAK is my favorite author so I'm always happy to re-read.

What I enjoyed:
* Clare. She was very independent and willing to go after what she wanted. And her philosophy on lying was pretty interesting, and necessary to her survival.
* Jake. He was a good match for Clare. Alpha, but willing to listen to her ideas.
* Clare's family was supportive. It was nice to see her dad doing his best to be a good father since he hadn't known about her very long.
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Feb 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, re-read, e-book, 2009, 2011
Another great book by this author. Although IMO it wasn't the best in the series it is still a great read. And as I have seen said about other authors "a less than stellar book by JAK is much better than some authors best efforts."

Re-read Feb 08, July 09, June 11
You can find this review in English below.

No hay absolutamente nada malo sobre esta historia si te gustan los romances con insta-lust, si te gustan héroes super-alfa y heroínas super-cabezonas que “nunca han sentido nada igual a lo que sienten ahora” y si no te preocupa que una heroína que ha sido atacada 4 veces (dos de ellas con intención de matarla) crea que la policía no tiene nada que hacer, que ya se encarga ella.

A mí me aburre tanto como me crispa, así que, otra historia que abandono.

Oct 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brain-candy
Don't be fooled by the author's name. This is the second book in the Arcane Society series. Apparently Jayne Ann Krentz uses her real name for novels set in the present, the pseudonym 'Amanda Quick' for novels set in the past and the pseudonym 'Jayne Castle' for novels set in the future. Why? I have no idea! It certainly makes it confusing when she writes a series set in both the present and the past.

White Lies is set in modern day Arizona and features Jake Salter, level 10 parasensitive hunter
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I quite liked this one. It's a weird series because half of them seem to be set in the present, and half a couple hundred years ago. Basically, they all seem to be stand-alone(ish) but set in the same world.

Anyway, I think it's possible that I may like JAK better when she writes in the present day. The flexibility in what she can do with her female characters (in terms of what would be appropriate behaviour for the time period) works in her favour. It also helps balance the domineering alpha-mal
Jane (PS)
Feb 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. I read this after Sizzle and Burn but the order didn't seem to matter. I'm now going to have to continue this series - probably as keepers rather than through the library - I can see I'll want to re-read these stories...
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Basic Premise: Murder, intrigue, illegitimate children, and psychic powers.

How could you go wrong?

Krentz is a very formulaic writer. Her men are all very alpha, very protective, and the kind of guys you could refer to using the phrase "still waters run deep". In this case, Jake is a psychic "hunter", a throwback to a time when men still needed that fight or flight instinct every moment of every day. Clare, on the other hand, is a human lie detector, and I thought that was very cool.

Actually, Kr
Review of the Book - the book was ok, it was nothing to write home about. A typical contemporary with an uber ALPHA male, aka, a Hunter...and the wronged woman...ugh...I kinda figured out about half-way through who the bad guy/girl was. I'm def. going to say that i'm more a fan of JAK's historicals under the Amanda Quick name and not so much her contemporaries. That being said, I did like the first book in the series, and with this being the second, i'm going to give the third a chance (also und ...more
Clare the human lie detector and Jake the secretive liar.
Gotta say, I loved the MCs! The story though, kinda fizzles towards the end. At one point the author even has a bunch of the characters sitting around a room blah blah blahing about the the villains like an end scene from an Agatha Christie novel. Christie did it better though.
The Arcane society is on the hunt for the perpetrators of a new Cabal. All is going well, until Clare shows up and unknowingly throws a spanner into the works. She
Lisa P
May 31, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can always count on Jayne Ann Krentz for a fun, quick read, and this book was no exception. Her stuff is always so well written. This one was basically a murder mystery with the paranormal element thrown in for a little twist. The story is about the Arcane Society (members all have psychic powers of some sort, leveled 1-10, depending on their strength and abilities). There is a murder being investigated by Jake (level 10 psychic hunter), which could have dire consequences for the Arcane Societ ...more
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite Krentz/Arcane novels. And I especially enjoy the audiobook version. The heroine, Clare, is a spitfire who has a strong will but is not domineering. She is regularly put in difficult situations and always impresses. Jake is a great alpha male who also enjoys a challenge and has a wonderful sense of humor. The dialog is snappy and sharp, and the action doesn't leave you lagging.

The narration is great with a woman narrating the women's voices and the chapters written fro
Aug 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second in the Arcane series, this one set in contemporary times.

Clare Lancaster, a level 10* lie detector talent, illegitimate daughter of Archer Glazebrook is our h. Jake Salter (Jones) is in Stoney Canyon on a secret J&J investigation, when Clare arrives on a visit to Archer and throws all his plans into disarray.

Jake is a level 10* Hunter and is trying to find the person connected to the disappearance & murder of various Lab technicians and the possible new Cabal promoting the Founders'Formul
Freda Malone
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the blurb says it all, I will say only that I enjoyed this novel. I like the subtlety of the paranormals in the 'Arcane Society' series and the characters. Normal, except for their gifts. Even though this is a series, the stories are in different times and different characters as well as places. I'm starting to like these books by Jayne Ann Krentz. A bit of everything, romance, mystery, paranormal and suspense, but not too intense. Easy reading and a good mystery!
Kaitlyn Dunnett
Fast moving romantic suspense. I did have a strong suspicion about who the villain was before "the obligatory spilling of the beans," but that was probably because this was a reread. Having finished rereading all the Harmony books (w/a Jayne Castle), I'm now making my way through the Krentz and Quick titles dealing with members of the Arcane Society. Excellent summer reading.
Becky Lower
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Krentz's humor, both in person and in print. This book was exactly what I needed to read, with all the chaos going on right now in the world. A riveting escape that had me turning the pages so quickly, my dog objected to the breeze I was creating. Jake and Clare are a great team of paranormal beings and I loved reading their story.
The one thing that stood out the most to me in this book was how much I loved the partnership and subsequent relationship between Jake and Clare.  The two of them work very well together as an investigating team, and while their chemistry isn't exactly off-the-charts hot or anything, they DO present a rather obvious "meant to be" aura about them--I don't know if that has to do with the deliberate engineering by the author to create a couple destined to be perfect for each other or what?  Whateve ...more
Sheila Melo
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-bookshelf
Romantic Suspense with a Paranormal Twist

WHITE LIES is the second book in the Arcane series. It is a contemporary romantic suspense book. Clare Landcaster is a high level parasensitive who is a human lie detector. Because of her abilities, she has a difficult time trusting people. She has come to Arizona to meet with her father and half siblings. At her father's home, she meets Jake Salter an Arcane business consultant, who she can tell has secrets. The two hit it off (reluctantly on Clare's par
Clare Lancaster lives in San Francisco, never knowing who her father was, being raised by her mother and her great-aunt. Her psychic ability is detecting lies, a gift thought by the Arcane society to eventually cause the person to become unstable, often needing to be institutionalized. She has received an email from her half-sister in Arizona, who needs help. Turns out they share the same father, a psychic who Clare has known and often referred to as Dumbass!

Jake Salter is an undercover agent fo
The first in the modern Arcane Society books, the psychic aspect doesn't do much for me. As usual it is the characters, the dialogue, and the plot that save the book, although the plot is wrapped up in the Arcane Society. Still, Ms. Krentz can write so that one forgets that it is utterly unbelievable until you stop reading, and, to me, that's the true test of being a good writer.
4-8-15: I was trying to read the Arcane Society books in order, but this book, listed as the second in the series, re
Interesting "beach read". The mystery was amusing enough. What i didn't like thought was the interaction and the non-existant chemistry between the two main characters. It was constantly said that they were "burning up the sheets" but:
A) i just didn't really see it, and
B) out of bed they had no chemistry - they were so boring together and acted like an old married bickering couple!

Also, it got a little old how many times he said that she shouldn't touch him because "everything will be over too
It's possiible this book isn't bad. The mystery was decent, and I appreciate that paranormal elements being just a small amount (as opposed to taking over the whole book). However, I listened to the audio version, and it was so badly read (by 2 people no less) that it left me unable to judge the book on it's own. It's tough when a man and a woman both do the reading, because they made the choice to do all dialogue by a man in the man's voice - but if it was from a scene in the woman's point of v ...more
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I am a huge fan of Jayne Ann Krentz, this book just wasn't memorable. The plot was very predictable. I didn't feel any connection with the characters.

This book lost 2 stars for the story itself. The relationship between characters was a bit difficult to believe. For example, Claire never met her father until she was 31. Now at 32, he's intimidating her boyfriends to be a protective dad? That just seems a bit over the top. The way they solved all kinds of plots was difficult too. And the p
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“I am absolutely positive they’re wrong.”


“Because you belong to me, that’s why.” She swept out her free hand. “We’re perfect for each other. I love you. Why do you need What’s that woman they claim they found for you got that I don’t have?”

The dangerous energy that had swirled around him shifted with disconcerting abruptness into sensual hunger.

“Interesting question,” he said.

“The answer is nothing. Zero. Zip. Nada. She’s got absolutely nothing that I don’t have. Don’t bother to set up a date with her because there will be three of us there and I don’t think she’s going to feel real comfortable chatting with me, do you?”

“Don’t know,” he said. “It would certainly make for an unusual first date.”

“Skip the snappy repartee. I am dead serious, Jake Salter Jones.”

His mouth tweaked up at the corners. Heat burned in his eyes. “About me?”

“About you. And me. We’re a match. Can’t you see that?”


“What’s more, there’s no frickin’ way those people could have found anyone who will love you more than I do.”
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