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Second Sight (The Arcane Society, Book 1) (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Amanda Quick

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Title:Second Sight (The Arcane Society, Book 1)
Authors:Amanda Quick
Info:Jove (2007), Paperback, 352 pages
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Second Sight by Amanda Quick (2006)

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This Victorian paranormal romance was a quick, enjoyable read. I liked the leads, although sometimes I got frustrated by two intelligent people making some of the worst decisions ever. I also found the sex scenes a bit "modern" for my suspension of disbelief. Still, the story kept my interest and kept me turning pages.

The second historical book in this series is better than this one. So keep the faith and read on.

If you enjoy Victorian romances with a healthy dose of sex, this should interest you. If you enjoy paranormal romances, this could also be of interest. If you like both, this should be your cup of tea. ( )
  Jean_Sexton | Feb 12, 2019 |
Victorian romantic suspense with a paranormal psychic twist. Mystery, romance and the paranormal. ( )
  Bettesbooks | Oct 30, 2018 |
Second Sight by Amanda Quick
Book #1 in The Arcane Society
4 Stars

Synopsis:
Venetia Milton is a Victorian-era photographer with the uncanny ability to see people's auras. Gabriel Jones is a member of the Arcane Society, which has hired Venetia to photographic their mysterious collection of relics. When these two meet, sparks fly in more ways than one and they must ultimately join forces to catch a killer intent on discovering the secret formula to enhance psychic abilities.

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This is a quick and entertaining read (no pun intended). The prose flows and the characters are well developed. The romantic leads have a sweet relationship and there are some interesting details on early photographic techniques.
Nevertheless, I had some minor issues. First, the mystery outweighs the romance, and second, the discovery of the killer's identity and his demise are quite sudden and anti-climactic. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
3.5 fun light read. Nicely plotted. ( )
  thewriterswife | Mar 26, 2018 |
DESCRIPTION, NOT REVIEW: New York Times bestselling author Amanda Quick invites you to experience a thrilling adventure filled with the lure of ancient secrets and the simmering passions of the Victorian age in the first Arcane Society novel.

Venetia Milton’s memories of a romantic night with Gabriel Jones—an alchemist’s descendant—are shattered soon thereafter by news of his death. Adopting the guise of his respectable widow, she embarks on a new career as a fashionable photographer in London, where her unique ability to “see” beyond her subjects makes her photographs highly prized.

But Venetia’s romantic whim causes unexpected trouble. For one thing, Mr. Jones is about to stride, living and breathing, back into her life. And someone he is tracking will go to any lengths, even murder, to possess an ancient, extraordinary secret that has been lost for centuries. Someone who believes that as the “wife” of Mr. Jones, Venetia is the key... ( )
  treehousereader | Oct 15, 2017 |
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Prologue ----- Late in the reign of Queen Victoria...... The skeleton lay on an elaborately carved and gilded bed in the center of the ancient laboratory that had become the chemist's tomb.
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Venetia Milton's memories of a romantic night with Gabriel Jones--an alchemist's descendant--are shattered soon thereafter by news of his death. Adopting the guise of his respectable widow, she embarks on a new career as a fashionable photographer in London, where her unique ability to "see" beyond her subjects makes her photographs highly prized.

But Venetia's romantic whim causes unexpected trouble. For one thing, Mr. Jones is about to stride, living and breathing, back into her life. And someone he is tracking will go to any length, even murder, to possess an ancient, extraordinary secret that has been lost for centuries--someone who believes that, as the "wife" of Mr. Jones, Venetia is the key ...
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In financial straits and on a sure path to spinsterhood, Venetia Milton thought her stay at the remote, ramshackle Arcane House, far from society’s prying eyes, would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engineer her own ravishment. She was there to photograph the relics and artifacts collected by a highly secretive organization, founded two centuries earlier by an eccentric alchemist. And the alchemist’s descendant - her employer, Mr. Gabriel Jones - had the eyes of a sorcerer . . . After a night to remember, Venetia is prepared to cherish the memories of her romantic encounter and move on, but she is shattered when, shortly after their night together, she reads of Jones’s death in the papers. As a private tribute to her one-time lover, she adopts the name “Mrs. Jones” and the guise of a respectable widow, and embarks on a new career as a fashionable photographer in London, where her unique ability to “see” beyond her subjects and capture that quality in her photography makes her photographs highly prized. But her romantic whim causes unexpected trouble. For one thing, Mr. Jones is about to stride, living and breathing, back into her life. And the bonds that tie them together include more than just the memory of passion; Venetia’s special “double vision” has caught the attention of someone Mr. Jones is tracking - someone who will go to any lengths, even murder, to possess an ancient, extraordinary secret that has been lost for centuries. Someone who believes that as the “wife” of Mr. Jones, Venetia is the key. Now, as she introduces Gabriel about town as her miraculously back-from-the-dead “husband,” Venetia must join him in a perilous quest to track down a dangerous opponent who manages to stay one step ahead. As they explore the darker, wilder underbelly of the modern, scientific Victorian world, they must see through society’s illusions - or this time, Gabriel Jones may not be coming from the dead, and neither may Mrs. Jones.

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Venetia Milton earns big bucks photographing the artifacts owned by the brooding Gabriel Jones, whom she also manages to seduce, but after hearing that he is dead, she is stunned when he winds up on her doorstep very much alive and afraid for his life.… (more)

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