This is the first in a trilogy by Jayne Ann Krentz. It isn't necessary to read her other books in order to read this one but I think it would definitely help understand some of the relationships going on, such as the whole Arcane society/Jones family/Winters family/Nightshade stuff. I've read a few of her other books (some under the name Amanda Quick) and would have been a lot more confused about things if I hadn't. I usually like the whole paranormal/romance/mystery type books and have enjoyed the Amanda Quick books for a fast light read but this one just seemed to fall flat to me.
Chloe is a private investigator with "talent". She is able to sense peoples' dreams and can "read" their footprints to know their emotions and other things. She is approached by Jack Winters, also with "talent", to help him find a lamp. This particular lamp was one used by his ancestor and invested with certain mystical qualities that Jack needs to help heal him. He has been having blackouts and has developed a new disturbing talent, one that literally gives people nightmares. He is afraid that he has inherited the family curse, one that will cause him to go insane.
There wasn't much language in the book, really pretty clean that way but there were a couple of of sex scenes that were much too descriptive and I found it disturbing that they were so quick to fall into bed. After a couple of times of having sex, she comments that she really doesn't know him very well. The sex scenes make it R even though every thing else is pretty clean.