White Lies by Jayne Ann Krentz
Level-ten parasensitive Clare Lancaster has resigned herself to the fact that she may never find a suitable mate. A human lie detector, any falsehood--no matter how subtle--sets her blood racing. And most people, to one degree or another, hide behind a facade.
Including her father's new business "consultant," Jake Salter. His careful conversation walks a delicate line between truth and deception. But it is with his help that Clare begins to unravel a web of conspiracy and murder involving the powerful Arizona family that she just became a part of. Caught in a dizzying storm of secrets, lies, and half-truths. Clare and Jake will plunge into an investigation that demands every bit of their special gifts, as something more than mere attraction sparks between them...
Eight months ago, Clare contacted her half-sister Elizabeth and received one word in reply: Help. Clare raced from San Francisco to Stone Canyon, AZ in time to save Clare from her psychopathic husband. The problem? Nobody but Clare believed Elizabeth when she declared that Brad, her husband, was dangerous. When he is found murdered, by Clare, she becomes the prime suspect.
Clare is now back in Stone Canyon, at the request of her father whom she has only met briefly as Clare was the product of a one-night stand between her father and his secretary. Clare has grown up with her mother and great-aunt and his not sure about how she feels about being summoned by Archer (her father). When she shows up, her father is entertaining friends and business associates, including Jake Salter who sends Clare's senses, both normal and psychic, reeling. Clare is hesitant to crash the party but is not given much choice by either Jake or Archer. Unfortunately, when Brad's mother sees Clare, she melts down as she still believes Clare to be a murderess.
Archer has a business proposal for Clare, who reluctantly agrees to stay in Stone Canyon to think about it. She decides to take some of that time to figure out what really happened to Brad and why he targeted Elizabeth in the first place. Things quickly get complicated as it appears that someone is very uncomfortable with Clare's inquiries and Jake quickly steps up to help Clare as he decides it is the only way to protect the stubborn woman he is falling for.
White Lies is one of my favorite JAK titles and I have read it several times. I love the interactions between the Glazebrook family members as well as Clare's interactions with Jake. The mystery is a good one with plenty of twists and turns and the love story between Clare and Jake is in turns, funny, witty, sweet, and sexy. One of my favorite scenes is in the hospital when Jake is on pain meds...you have to read it!
Hard Core Reread
I purchased this book with my own funds.