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One of My Favorite's of the Series
Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2014
SIZZLE AND BURN is the third book in the Arcane Society series. The Arcane series is a series about the society for those with psychic powers and those within the society who are attempting to create ways to enhance their powers for evil. The series takes place in three different eras (historical, contemporary and futuristic) as Jayne Ann Krentz writes books for this series under her name and two pseudonyms (Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle).
SIZZLE AND BURN is the story of Raine Tallentyre, who hears voices when she touches items related to strong negative emotions. She has been working with the police to help solve cold cases. When she makes a discovery, she comes to the attention of a serial killer. Zack Jones is a psychic investigator who comes to meet Raine because of her family's history of working on a formula to enhance psychic abilities. The Jones family has been prominent in the series as the "good" guys. The Jones family has been in charge of the society since its founding. Raine and Zack have a very strong attraction to one another and their talents are similiar. Zack gets images of death and violence when touching objects.
The similarity of the talents of Raine and Zack makes for a particularly emotional book since both suffer for their talents. The time that the two spend together dealing with the backlash from use of their talents creates a deep intimacy between Raine and Zack. This couple is also the most connected yet since they begin to have a mental intimacy where they can sense each other being in danger. These psychic intimacies combine with shared secrets to provide a solid foundation for their relationship.
Raine is a particularly strong woman because of her past and her particular talent. She is definitely a partner in this investigation and not someone who needs to be coddled and rescued. Zack is a strong, principled man but his vulnerability with Raine is also very attractive. The suspense elements of the story are unpredictable and keep the pages turning.
For fans of the series, there are more revelations about the conspiracy that is slowly being revealed in this series. This book feels most connected to the first book of the series SECOND SIGHT because it is in many ways a contemporary analog to that book. Krentz has done a good job here, however, in not making this book dependent upon the previous books. A new reader can still enjoy this book even though it is best read as part of the series. While the story introduced here is wrapped up in this book, there are obviously still questions that need to be answered about the larger conspiracy. Luckily those questions operate as incentives to read more books rather than giving the impression that this book is incomplete.
This is one of my favorite books of the series.