Thursday, January 13, 2011

Romance Book Review: In Too Deep

Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
Series Connection: Looking Glass Trilogy/ An Arcane Society Nove
ISBN-10: 0399157026
ISBN-13: 978-0399157028
Genre: Paranormal/ Contemporary
Publisher: Putnam

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Jayne Ann Krentz is one of my favorite romantic story tellers of all time. I have read and own every one of her books, with the exception of the first book that is so hard to find that some online sellers are selling it for $700 or more. That being said some may think I'm a little biased in my review of her new book In Too Deep. Actually though I believe this is one of her better books in the past couple of years.

I truly believe that the Arcane Society books should be read in order, as a complete series. Although the author does try to keep people up-to-date without making them read each book, there is a lot going on in the series.

With In Too Deep, Jayne starts a whole knew new series within the Arcane series. As with the previous series, Looking Glass Trilogy, will feature a story from each of the time periods that Jayne writes in under her different names, Jayne Ann Krentz, Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick. In Too Deep, is the contemporary book. Those she write as Amanda Quick are the historicals and Jayne Castle are the futuristic or Sci Fi versions.

With In Too Deep we finally get to spend some time with the mysterious, and most of the time abrupt, Fallon Jones. Fallon is in charge of Jones and Jones Investigations, the paranormal investigation agency that works mostly with the Arcane Society. There are rumors afloat that Fallon has gone over the edge, like many of the Jones men with his talent before him. Both Fallon and his cousin, Zack Jones, the head of the Arcane Society, think that this is an attempt to take over not only J&J, but also the Arcane Society as a whole, maybe even by the Arcane Society nemeses--Nightshade.

In the meantime, Fallon has finally gotten himself a new assistant. Isabella was mentioned in the previous story as the woman who worked across the way that Fallon was attracted to. Now she is working for him and he can't seem to get his mind off of her.

Isabella has a story of her own. In her previous line of work, before she came to Scargill Cove, she was being framed for stealing paranormal weapons. Rather than face prison she takes off. She has told no one but her grandmother, a infamous conspiracy theorist--who even has a blog, about what is going on. Her grandmother sends her to Scaegrill Cove and Fallon Jones for help.

Knowing who her grandmother is makes Fallon wonder if Isabella is really in danger of if she is just getting wrapped up in another conspiracy theory.

I really adore Fallon Jones. I've always thought he was one of the better characters in the Arcane series. True to form when Jayne brings his character to life there is so much more to him. He reminds me of some of the earlier hero characters from Jayne's category romance books. Isabella is a strong heroine with a lot of heart who is just right for him. The chemistry between Fallon and Isabella is off the charts good. For those who like the paranormal psychic angle stories this is a fun series.

Jayne Ann Krentz follows up her highly successful Dreamlight Trilogy — written in collaboration with her two alter egos, Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle — with a brand-new story arc that begins in a secluded coastal town in northern California.

Scargill Cove is the perfect place for Fallon Jones, confirmed recluse and investigator of the paranormal. It’s a hot spot, a convergence point for unusually strong currents of energy, which might explain why the town attracts misfits and drifters like moths to a flame. Now someone else has been drawn to the Cove — Isabella Valdez, on the run from some very dangerous men.

When she starts working as Fallon’s assistant, Isabella impresses him by organizing his pathologically chaotic office — and doesn’t bat an eye at the psychic element of his job. She’s a kindred spirit, a sanctuary from a world that considers his talents a form of madness. But after a routine case unearths an antique clock infused with dark energy, Fallon and Isabella are dragged into the secret history of Scargill Cove and forced to fight for their lives, as they unravel a cutthroat conspiracy with roots in the Jones family business...and Isabella’s family tree.

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