White Lies (Arcane Society) by Jayne Ann Krentz
Relationships are challenging enough for most single over-thirty women. For level ten parasensitive Clare Lancaster, they're a minefield. The elite few who know her secret call her a human lie detector, and any falsehood, no matter how subtle or well hidden, sets her blood racing. Over the years, Clare has come to accept that someone with her extraordinary talents is unlikely to find a suitable mate. And she's even resigned herself to the fact that everyone, to one degree or another, hides behind a facade.
Including her recently deceased brother-in-law. When Clare finds the body of Brad McAllister, the golden child of Stone Canyon, Arizona, the posh residents turn a suspicious eye in her direction. As Archer Glazebrook's daughter, Clare is shielded from the law, but not the gossip. It seems that meeting the half sister and family whom she did not know until seven months ago was a mistake. Now her father summons her from California to play a role in his business empire, and Clare doesn't intend on making the same mistake twice. But after meeting Jake Salter, Archer's "business consultant," she is convinced that things aren't what they seem. Salter's careful conversation walks a delicate line between truth and deception, revealing and resisting. Something sparks and sizzles between them - something more than the usual electricity between a man and a woman.
Caught in a dizzying storm of secrets, lies, and half-truths, Jake and Clare will plunge into 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.
White Lies is book 2 in The Arcane Society series. I have read other books in this series, and not in order, but that doesn't seem to matter much. The books written under the name Jayne Ann Krentz are set in the present, the ones under Amanda Quick are historical, and the ones under Jayne Castle are futuristic. They are all the same author, but it helps to keep track of the genre. I tend to prefer the Amanda Quick, but that is personal preference.
In White Lies, Clare Lancaster is a level 10 lie detector. She knows as soon as she meets Jake Salter that he is another sensitive, and that he's not telling the truth about himself, although from the quality of the lie, she's not too bothered by it. They are attracted to one another right away and end up having to solve a murder together. Overall, I enjoyed the story. If you like paranormal contemporary romances, this is worth a read.
My Rating: ****
Steam Factor: !!!!