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by Jayne Ann Krentz

Pub Date: Jan. 18th, 2022
ISBN: 978-0-593337-75-2
Publisher: Berkley

A paranormal investigator is the key to finding a research lab that’s been hidden for decades.

Decades ago, Harlan Rancourt’s family created the Foundation, a mysterious organization that attempted to harvest and control paranormal energy. After the suspicious death of his father years earlier, Harlan disappeared and went off the grid. He had little interest in running the Foundation, letting others take control of the organization while Harlan focused on finding his father’s killer. Now, he must team up with the Foundation in order to discover the location of a lost lab which contains a dangerous weapon called the Vortex. Olivia LeClair’s investigation firm contracts for the Foundation, and Harlan insists that she's the only one who can help him. He suspects she is a latent oracle. If Harlan can activate her ability, she will be the key to not only finding the location of the lost lab, but also to safely dismantling the Vortex. Harlan and Olivia are in a race against other parties who hope to use the Vortex as a prototype for building even more dangerous paranormal weapons, which will increase their own powers. There is inventive worldbuilding and interesting exploration of how psychic abilities evolve in humans, but Harlan and Olivia are strangely flat characters in a perfunctory romance plot. Krentz demonstrates that Harlan and Olivia are good partners, playing off each other’s strengths to find the Vortex, but there is very little tension or interesting conflict driving their romantic relationship. Since they intuitively understand each other, they can focus on stopping the bad guys and recovering the Vortex; however, romance readers looking for a rich emotional journey will be disappointed.

The last installment of a trilogy has inventive, interesting worldbuilding but fails to deliver a compelling romance.