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All The Colors of the Night (Fogg Lake #2) by Jayne Ann Krentz (1/5)

Blurb: North Chastain possesses a paranormal talent that gives him the ability to track down the most dangerous psychic criminals. When his father suddenly falls into a coma, North is convinced it was caused by a deadly artifact traced back to the days of a secret government laboratory known only as the Bluestone Project. North knows his only hope of saving his father is to find the artifact. He is good when it comes to tracking down killers but to locate the relic, he's going to need help from a psychic who knows the shadowy world of obsessive collectors, deceptive dealers, and ruthless raiders…

With her reputation in ruins after a false accusation, antique expert Sierra Raines is looking for a fresh start. She turns to the murky backwaters of the paranormal artifacts trade, finding and transporting valuable objects with a psychic provenance. When North Chastain approaches her for help, Sierra takes him on as a client, though not without reservations. North represents the mysterious Foundation, the secretive organization established to police the underworld populated by psychic criminals and those, like Sierra, who make a living in the shadows of that world.

North and Sierra soon find themselves at the scene of The Incident that occurred decades ago in Fogg Lake. The town and its residents were forever changed by the disaster in the nearby Bluestone Project labs. The pair unearth shocking truths about what happened that fateful night, but they are playing with fire—someone in town knows what they’ve discovered and will do anything to make sure the secrets stay buried.

Review: Jayne Ann Krentz is responsible for my love of romance novels, thus I have adored every single thing she has ever put out. Basic science. The last few books of hers I've enjoyed greatly, but All The Colors of the Night struck a chord deep inside me, reminding me of the whole reason that I loved her to begin with.

All the Colors of the Night is the second in the Fogg Lake series, featuring a town with psychic secrets. It's seriously got everything that you could ever want from a romantic suspense: twists and turns, a multitude of people whom cannot be trusted, secret caves, mysterious fog, and a bad ass duo on the case. I'll tell you right now that I have never, ever guessed the ending to a Jayne Ann Krentz romantic suspense. She is so good at leading you along, making you believe that you know exactly where it's headed, only to rip the rug out from under you and turn your assumptions entirely on their heads.

Krentz heroines are always winners, but Sierra Raines is top notch. She a high-level psychic who doesn't need any man to protect her. She's sex-positive (none of the hemming and hawing of Krentz's early 90s heroines) and has no trouble speaking her mind. AND SHE USES THE BATHROOM. No joke. I know that's pretty rare for romance heroines, but I nearly did a spit take when she tells him, after their romantic night in a cave, that she needs to go out and go to the bathroom really quick. In the wild. It made me so happy to see that.

And North is an impeccable hero. He's saved time and time again by our heroine and never once does he feel emasculated by that fact. No, he feels grateful. He treats her as an equal and, so wonderfully, he has no problem voicing his feelings for her on a regular basis. He'll go down in the books as one of my favorite Krentz heroes.

This book will knock the socks off Krentz fans. The first book in the series was good, but this is truly a return to the Krentz that we've all grown to love over many, many years. I cannot see how anyone will be disappointed. All the Colors of the Night is one for the re-read pile.


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