Running Hot by Jayne Ann Krentz is the third book in the Arcane Society romantic suspense series (actually five if you count the historicals). Publisher: Putnam Adult, December 2008
Ex-cop Luther Malone, lifelong member of the secretive paranormal organization known as the Arcane Society, is waiting to meet Grace Renquist. Hired as an aura-reading consultant in the quest for a murder suspect, she’s got zero field experience. She’s from tiny Eclipse Bay, Oregon. She’s a librarian, for heaven’s sake.
As for Grace, she’s not expecting much either from Malone, who walks with a cane and isn’t so good with a gun. Nice résumé for a bodyguard . . .
But even before they reach their hotel in Maui—where they’ll be posing as honeymooners—Grace and Luther feel the electric charge between them. Problem is, they need to remain vigilant day and night, because it soon becomes clear there’s more going on here. Rogue sensitives—operatives for the underground group Nightshade—are pouring into the luxury resort like there’s a convention. Grace recognizes those dark spikes in their auras. She saw the same pattern in someone else in another life—a life she hasn’t revealed to Luther or anyone else. And she understands how dangerous these people can be . . . especially with those para-hunters at their sides.
While the pair’s employers at Jones & Jones scramble to get them backup, Luther and Grace have to think on their feet. The criminals in their midst aren’t just high-level sensitives: They’ve enhanced their talents with a potent—and unpredictable— drug. And as Grace knows all too well, if you don’t control your powers, your powers will control you. . . .
Luther Malone, ex-cop, bartender and a psychic sensitive is asked to be a bodyguard to Grace Renquist, librarian at the Arcane Society. Grace reads and profiles auras and her job is to seek out a murder suspect while in Maui. When Luther first meets Grace, they are instantly attracted to each other which have to be put aside while they take care of business. Something sinister is happening in town and both Luther and Grace will have to use their paranormal senses to hinder the culprits. I like how two damaged souls came together and it was a joy to see them break down their barriers and trust one another. This book was a page-turning romantic and suspenseful ride that I didn’t want to come off. [4 stars – really liked it]