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Sizzle and Burn

(The Arcane Society #3)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  8,569 ratings  ·  410 reviews
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, had told her years ago to keep her talents a secret. And now tha ...more
Hardcover, 359 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Putnam Publishing Group (first published 2008)
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Feb 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Awesome read! Just what I like. A bit of danger, a bit of paranormal, lots of romance, a good amount of sexual tension. This was a great addition to the series. Am so looking forward to her next one when she goes back to her AQ persona. Highly recommended (as per usual with JAK's books). :)

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4 Stars

Raine Tallentyre and J&J agent, Zack Jones, have one thing in common - their paranormal abilities. Raine can hear voices while Zack has visions. With Raine in the sights of a deranged serial killer and a secret cabal of psychic criminals intent on obtaining the Tallentyre family secrets, Raine and Zack must rely both on their abilities and on each other in order to survive.

The most entertaining in the series so far. The romance is wonderful even if the p
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love the Arcane Society, either with Amanda Quick or JA Krentz. This one was no exception. The only thing that bothered me was that I had the feeling I had read part of this plot line in another book somewhere, and it drove me crazy trying to figure out what it was. I think maybe it was mentioned in another JA Krentz Arcane Novel. But, other than that it was really a fast read. If you notice I got through a book pretty fast that's a good indication I am really into it.
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

Sizzle and Burn is another highly enjoyable, readily intriguing romantic suspense by Jayne Ann Krentz.  And I say this every time I read one of her books, but they are indeed extremely addictive and easy to read.

I found myself liking a lot of things about this book.  Raine and Zack were great characters, both with their own unique traits, and a wonderfully compatible relationship.  I winced a little bit at the "meant to be" vibes, but I set those aside after the two of th
Raine Tallentyre hears voices. Usually of the bad-mojo kind. So when she hears a whisper about burning witches in her recently-deceased aunt’s house, she’s quite alarmed. Lucky for her (and the witch hunter’s victim) the girl in the basement is still alive, but not the hunter has set his sights on Raine.

But that’s not the end of Raine’s problems. Because that same day she gets an unexpected visit from one Zack Jones, member of the Arcane Society and working for J&J, the company that shattere
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, pnr
Raine has psychic abilities. She hears voices. These voices are of violent emotions and who has the most violent emotions, murderers and serial killers. Raine has worked for a number of years with a police detective that acknowledges her abilities but not why she has them.

Her Aunt Vella spent the last years of her life in a mental institution for having the same abilities. Her father was a researcher and after her mother's death Aunt Vella raised her. When her father also died two others helped
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This I enjoyed. Am beginning to wonder if I should read more of JAK's contemporaries. The plot is not super different than the others, but I enjoy the balance more a lot of the time. I also kind of enjoy the Arcane Society books. I also enjoy how this book dealt with Bradley, someone who the heroine had thought might be a good potential boyfriend who rejected her advances. It's interesting, because Bradley is consistently portrayed as a good cop, and a mostly good guy, who just isn't that into h ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Another solid entry in the series. The MCs are interesting and the old family rivalries made for believable sparks between them. My only quibble was the way various unrelated characters called a serial killer "the freak". It seemed out of character and a little odd. Still that's a small thing in an otherwise fun story. 3.5 stars

NB - I'm reading these seriously out of order and it doesn't matter much.
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
First published: 2008
Length: 359 pages, 4702 kindle locations.
Setting: Contemporary, Washington state.
Sex: Reasonably explicit but infrequent.
Hero: Mirror talent. High-level Jones.
Heroine: Clairaudient. Father was a scientist.

There's not a whole lot to say about this series, particularly if you don't want to give any spoilers. It's a light mystery in a paranormal setting with a well-developed World. Light sex, some Insta-Love and good writing. Krentz's typically well-writ
Jane Stewart
Sep 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Good story. I didn't want to put it down.

Story brief: The Arcane Society is an organization of humans who have different types of psychic powers and at different strengths. When touching an object, Raine hears voices from the person touching it previously. Zack sees visions when he touches the object. There are some murders taking place related to an evil organization, whose members also have psychic powers. There is also a serial killer who put a victim in the house that Raine just inherited. Z
Feb 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I am a die-hard Jayne Ann Krentz-Amanda Quick-Jayne Castle-Stephanie James fan and own over 130 books by the author. It all started when I picked up one of Quick’s “S” books (Seduction, Scandal, Surrender) while in University and then discovered Quick was a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz and that she wrote books under other pseudonyms too (Jayne Castle, Amanda Glass, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Bentley, Stephanie James). I am very familiar with her writing style and therefore I endeavor to judge each ne ...more
Rachel  Jones
May 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
Ugh, no. NO. NOOOO!!! I listened to this book in the car on my way home from work when there's nothing good on the radio. I thought about quitting multiple times, but I didn't have any other audio books yet, so I hung in there. The sex scenes were random. I found myself skipping a couple of them actually. I didn't really understand the connected between Zack and Raine. Sure by the end, it made sense, but they got together way too fast. There was none of the tension, romantically or sexually. To ...more
The characters and dialogue are as good as ever and the suspense is the kind I like, i.e., not too close for comfort. The plot got off to a fast start and kept up the pace until the end. Krentz books are always easy to read and hard to put down, even though I've read them multiple times, some as many as a dozen times. I particularly enjoyed the crime-solving hobby of Raine Tallentyre, in spite of its psychic nature, and wish there had been more detailed descriptions of her work with Bradley Mitc ...more
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Excellent series entry, I wasn't sure if Jayne Ann Krentz series on the Arcane could bounce between the 19th century (as Amanda Quick) and the 21st (Jayne Ann Krentz). Paranormal investigation are really well done in this series, if it wasn't for the paranormal I'd say this was a straight up romance/suspense series. This is my third in the series and I know I'll be moving onto book 4 before I know it. Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick is an excellent writer.

BTW I've been doing this entire series vi
Feb 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
I am almost embarrassed to say I read this book. I picked it up off the library shelf and quickly read the back. It sounded like a decent book and I was in a hurry so I grabbed it. I didn't really notice the front until I picked it up to read. I thought maybe it looked similar to the trashy romance novels with "heaving bosoms and pulsing members", but the summary didn't sound like that so I read it. Soon discovered it was very similar to those romance novels. I thought it was a suspense novel. I ...more
Oct 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a good blend of mystery, action, romance, and suspense. And all with a paranormal twist. There was less sentimentality in this book than the last book, White Lies, which I appreciated. The hero and heroine were strong characters and handled themselves well. Krentz doesn't resort of big misunderstandings, anger, lies, or other regretful scenarios to create tension in the relationship. The tension there seems understandable given the couples differing backgrounds and the events happening a ...more
Jan 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers
Another excellent entry in the Arcane Society series - great characters, suspenseful plotting and interesting setting - all set off by the touch of paranormal. This is one of the contemporary books [the historicals seem to be being published under the Amanda Quick name:] and the sequel to White Lies. Operatives of the Nightshade group are the bad guys again - with a serving of serial killer on the side. Real page-turning read.

The Perfect Poison - Book 6
Running Hot - Book 5
The Third Circle - Boo
Lisa P
May 03, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was not my favorite in this series so far, but I still enjoyed it. Raine is a strong female lead, and her chemistry with Zack was undeniable. I liked the fact that they had an "extra connection" to each other because of their psychic abilities. The mystery here was interesting, but I thought it was a little drawn out for most of the book, and then wrapped up too quickly at the end. I am curious to find out more about the Arcane Society, because I think the idea behind the group is intr ...more
Kari Chapman
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. The two main characters were great together. The female lead's history with the Arcane Society and J&J specifically provided some great tension in the book. It was nice to get a male lead that wasn't a hunter. His talent provided a nice change of pace there.

The mystery was fun to work through, and the development of the cabal was fun to see. I feel this is the strongest of the 3 books in the Arcane Society series that I've read so far.
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-paranormal
This is definitely my favorite of the series so far. I liked the "bad guy" story and the evolution of the "bad guy" gang. Its also nice when the secondary characters are particularly interesting and it makes me wonder if any of them will end up in later books. I am also beginning to wonder if any of the Jones legacy characters will be women or if they will always be male. I really like the conversational style of the interactions between the two characters!
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, castle-jayne
A good book that's interesting, creative, gripping, and leaves you wanting to read more in the series. I really liked the imagination and how well written this was. I enjoyed reading it and can't wait to read more. I liked the characters, their personalities, the suspense, the emotions, courage, determination, bravery, special-ness, and ending. This was a good book and a great intro into this world for me. Totally Enjoy.
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, by one of my favorite authors, flew by and I was finished before I knew it. The pace was near perfect, the relationship, though it developed very quickly, was satisfying, and the suspense was ... suspenseful. Right up until the last few pages I was still trying to figure out if some of the good guys were really bad guys. Since this is a continuing series, that may still be the case.
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Contemporary paranormal with protected sex. The 3rd in the Arcane Society series.

This one was pretty good. Zack was hot. Raine wasn't perfectly pretty, but spunky & assertive. The story kept you guessing. The Nightshade society keeps getting more twisted. A good addition to the series.
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Jan 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of contemporary romance
I'm in love with the Arcane series. The paranormal element is minor in the scheme of an excellent contemporary romance. The only thing I did not like was how quickly the heroine ended up in bed with the hero.
Becka Nash
I love the Arcane Society! You can read the series in order or all the historical (Amanda Quick) and then all the contemporary (Jayne Ann Krentz) either way it's fun!

Sizzle and Burn is the third Arcane Book- the second contemporary novel in the series.
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
Never a boring moment, good chemistry, loved the cat's names.
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Exciting mystery. A bit shy on depth when it came to the romance, but that was okay for me. A well written series, and I'm ready to read the next.
Jan 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Enjoyable paranormal romance- an easy read. I recommend it for a quick fix of romance, especially if the supernatural elements interest you.
Raine Tallentyre's mother had died when she was a year and a half in age. Her father, Judson, buried himself in his work. Judson called his sister, Vella, to help raise Raine. Her father's lab was destroyed and that same night he died in a car accident. Vella began to have mental lapses and she asked for help from a lifelong friend, Andrew Kittredge and his partner, Gordon, in raising Raine.
Vella had recently died of a heart attack at age 59 in her room at St. Damian's Psychiatric Hospital in O
Amber Daulton
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Arcane Society series just keeps getting better. In this installment, Raine Tallentyre finds a kidnapped woman in the basement of her deceased aunt’s house. Raine’s unique talent is she hears voices when feeling extreme emotional energy like rage, hate, and misery, which is usually left behind from murderers and their victims. After she finds the woman alive, the killer sets his sights on her.
A deadly group called Nightshade also wants Raine, believing she has information they need. It’s up
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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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The Arcane Society (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Second Sight (Arcane Society, #1)
  • White Lies (Arcane Society, #2)
  • The Third Circle (Arcane Society, #4)
  • Running Hot (Arcane Society, #5)
  • The Perfect Poison (Arcane Society, #6)
  • Fired Up (Arcane Society, #7; Dreamlight Trilogy, #1)
  • Burning Lamp (Arcane Society, #8; Dreamlight Trilogy, #2)
  • Midnight Crystal (Ghost Hunters, #7; Arcane Society #9; Dreamlight Trilogy #3)
  • In Too Deep (Arcane Society, #10; Looking Glass Trilogy, #1)
  • Quicksilver (Arcane Society, #11; Looking Glass Trilogy #2)
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