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Review: In Too Deep by Jayne Ann Krentz

6 Apr

In Too Deep by Jayne Ann Krentz
Putnam (December 2010)
Hardback: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-399-15702-8

Favorite Lines: “Paranormal fire burned in the darkness. Auroras of psi splashed across the ether. The night sky of San Francisco was ablaze with light from across the spectrum.” (p. 1)

When Fallon Jones took over the family business, he moved Jones & Jones headquarters to Scargill Cove, a secluded coastal town in Northern California. The Cove suits him just fine, as a confirmed recluse . . . and as an investigator of the paranormal. The Cove is a hot spot, a convergence point for unusually strong currents of energy, which might explain why the town draws misfits and drifters like moths to a flame.

Isabella Valdez is used to changing apartments, jobs, even names and Social Security numbers at the drop of a hat — but this is too much. She’s been framed by some very dangerous men. They may be behind the disappearance of her grandmother. And now they’ve sent their thugs after Isabella. She would be dead if her gift of intuition hadn’t told her to run.

So she’s fled to California — and found employment with Fallon Jones. It’s been only a few days, but Fallon doesn’t remember life before his new assistant. Isabella’s already organized his pathologically chaotic office, and she doesn’t bat an eye at the psychic aspect of his job. She’s a kindred spirit, sanctuary from a world that considers his talents a form of madness. The surest sign that he’s falling for her? He doesn’t even mind her cheery personality.

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. Next thing they know, they’re fighting for their lives in an abandoned underground lab — not exactly an ideal first date. Now their lives depend on the combined strength of their powers as they unravel a cutthroat conspiracy with roots in the Jones family business . . . and Isabella’s family tree.

Book 10 of Jayne Ann Krentz Arcane Society series, In Too Deep, is also labeled as book one in her Looking Glass Trilogy. Confused? You’re not alone. Having only read one book early in the Arcane Society series, I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this book. I’m pleased to report that I had no problem reading this book as a stand alone.

The story is a paranormal romantic suspense. The story never veers from its task to solve a mystery which means the romance is more of a footnote in the story. The heroine is the hero’s office manager/associate. They seem to fall in to bed and a relationship, but there were never any sparks. I didn’t feel magnetism between them, just two equals who might be compatible. This really didn’t bother me though. I picked up the book in hopes of being entertained and I was.

I found both Fallon and Isabella to be likeable characters.  The townspeople were solid secondary characters, although for some reason the town’s ‘guardsman’ and a few dogs stand out the most. The other characters felt like extras in a film. They needed to be there, but added little to story.

The things which stand out about the story are the strange inventions. I love the idea of mechanical objects capable of releasing paranormal energy. The queen, clock and music box were wonderful ideas and I’d like to read about other paranormal things. They all add an air of danger and intrigue to the story.

In Too Deep is a quick, but forgettable read. I think if I read the entire series I’d feel different. I was never bored with the story, but no character, setting or plot line grabbed me enough to justify re-reading the story. I’m not opposed to reading the next book in the trilogy, but I won’t be pre-ordering it.