Petite, thirty-something Clare Lancaster is a gifted psychic and a 'human lie detector.' Over the years she's come to accept that someone with her extraordinary talents is likely to have trouble in the relationship department. And she's even resigned herself to the fact that everyone, to one degree or another, hides behind a façade...
Until recently, Clare had never had much to do with her estranged father, Archer Lancaster, so when he summons her from California, she is reluctant to say the least. But after meeting Jake Salter, Archer's financial consultant, Clare is convinced that things aren't what they seem. Something sparks and sizzles between them - something more than just casual flirtation between a man and a woman.
Caught in a dizzying storm of secrets, lies, and half-truths, Jake and Clare must work together in an investigation that demands every bit of their special gifts - together they must overcome their mutual distrust in order to unravel a web of conspiracy and murder.
This spirited paranormal romance is the latest in Krentz's Arcane Society series (which includes some novels, like the recent Second Sight, written as Amanda Quick). Clare Lancaster, like her parents and grandparents, is a member of the clandestine Arcane Society, an association of parasensitives who are dedicated to the study of the paranormal. Clare's extraordinary abilities as a human lie detector make even other paranormals uneasy, with the exception of her half-sister Elizabeth. Elizabeth's troubled marriage brings Clare to Arizona and into the family circle. There, Clare finally meets Archer Glazebrook, her biological father, but she also meets Jake Salter, another highly talented parasensitive who turns out to be on assignment from Jones & Jones (the investigative arm of the Arcane Society) to track down a possible plot to take over the society. The cabal he's after has some connection to the still-unsolved murder of Clare's objectionable brother-in-law months before. More murders follow, and Jake and Clare have to work together to save themselves and the society. Krentz delivers another evocative romance, complete with engaging dialogue and explicit sex scenes, but the real meat of the plot concerns the sleuthing: that a charismatic alpha male finally meets his mate is icing on another densely plotted Krentz confection.