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Sizzle and Burn / the Third Circle (MP3-CD) (Jayne Ann Krentz)
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SIZZLE AND BURNRaine Tallentyre's aunt Vella warned her to keep her paranormal abilities a secret... being called creepy can be hard - even for an attractive, independent woman like Raine. Now that poor Aunt Vella - her last blood relative - has died, Raine has resigned herself to a lonely life.
But when she journeys to Washington to clear out her aunt’s house, Raine makes a horrifying discovery: a young woman, bound and terrified, in a basement storage locker. The victim has survived, and the culprit is on the loose. A new man then enters Raine’s life - investigator Zack Jones. Zack isn’t repelled by her powers: in fact, he has his own. While Raine hears voices, Zack sees visions, and within hours of their meeting, Raine experiences an intense mental, emotional, and physical intimacy that she never dared to expect.
There’s one complication: Zack Jones is working for the Arcane Society - an organization dedicated to the study of paranormal phenomena that shattered Raine’s family with an act of betrayal long ago. As a killer makes her his target, and a cabal of psychic criminals known as Nightshade operates in the shadows surrounding them, Raine and Zack must rely not only on their powerful abilities but on each other as well.
THE THIRD CIRCLELeona Hewitt has secretly made her way into Lord Delbridge’s private museum to recover a relic stolen from her family years ago. But someone else is in the dimly lit gallery, on the same errand: a tall, black-cloaked man whose very voice is enough to put her in a trance.
Thaddeus Ware, a mesmerist with powerful psychic energy, is accustomed to fearful reactions from others - women in particular. But Leona shows no trace of hysteria in his presence. A force to be reckoned with, she exerts a rather hypnotic power over the hypnotist himself and she is determined to keep the crystal they recovered.
Thaddeus, on assignment for the secretive Arcane Society, knows the menace Leona is courting by absconding with the crystal. It is a source of remarkable energy, and it holds the potential for great destruction. Lord Delbridge has already killed two men to acquire it, for it is his key to membership in the shadowy group known as the Third Circle. With the help of a hunter of preternatural skill, “The Midnight Monster”, Delbridge intends to find her.