In Too Deep (Arcane Society #10) by Jayne Ann Krentz
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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Jayne Ann Krentz writes under three names–her own for her present-day novels, Amanda Quick for her historical stuff, and Jayne Castle for her Harmony series–and her Arcane Society books span all three pseudonyms. I’m not partial to her Amanda Quick stories but I enjoy the titles she’s published under the other two names.
This time around, the focus is on the reclusive Fallon Jones, the man in charge of J&J Investigations, and a secondary character in some of the other novels. Now, though, he’s front and centre, along with Isabella Valdez, another psychic who’s on the run. They have an almost instant understanding, or at least Isabella has an immediate understanding of Fallon’s talent, while he remains slightly confused because the situation involves feelings. I really liked the chemistry these two characters had. There was some sizzle, as per usual in a romance novel, but there was also a strong sense of compatibility that you don’t always see in romances. I found this to be really nice since I don’t always want to read about opposites attracting or major clashes; it’s really nice to see a pair of truly compatible people falling in love.
In Too Deep is the first book in one of the trilogies that Jayne Ann Krentz has started writing within her Arcane Society world. The second book, Quicksilver, was just released in April, and the third comes out at the end of the month. While I likely won’t read Quicksilver, I’m very excited to see what the author has in store for us in Canyons of Night, since it sounds like a departure from the usual Harmony stories.