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Second Sight (2006)

by Amanda Quick

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Series: The Arcane Society (1), Historical Arcane Society (1)

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Venetia hopes to further her career by presenting herself as the widowed Mrs. Jones, until Mr. Jones reappears in the flesh. However, they become targets of a killer, hunting for a special formula for enhancing psychic abilities, from the Arcane House.
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    Copper Beach by Jayne Ann Krentz (tmommy4)
    tmommy4: Well actually start with second sight and read all of the arcane novels. Paranormal, crystal energy.
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    Warrior by Zoë Archer (SockMonkeyGirl)
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    Harmony (After Dark / Bridal Jitters) by Jayne Castle (jholcomb)

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The first Arcane Society story takes place late in Queen Victoria's reign. Venetia Milton is trying to support her family - spinster aunt, younger sister, and younger brother - by working as a society photographer. She gets a plum assignment - paid in advance - to take pictures of objects owned by the Arcane Society. She meets Gabriel Jones at that remote location and decides to seduce him since she's certain she'll never marry, is attracted to him, and figures she'll never see him again when her job is finished.

When thieves threaten the house, Gabriel sends her away. Some days later she reads a small article in the paper indicating that Gabriel is dead and the house has burnt to the ground. She and her family are just about to transfer their business to London and Venetia needs a new name. She chooses Mrs. Jones since she figures he's gone for good. Imagine her surprise, and Gabriel's, when he shows up to protect her from those who wanted something from among the artifacts.

This was a fun romance. I really liked the relationship between Venetia and Gabriel and liked Venetia's relationship with her family. The story had a lot of action and excitement as a terrible villain has some creepy plans for Venetia. ( )
  kmartin802 | Jul 27, 2021 |
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

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.

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 |
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For Cathie Linz: Great Write, Great Photographer, Great Friend
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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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Amanda Quick also writes Arcane Society novels under her real name of Jayne Ann Krentz and pen name Jayne Castle.
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Venetia hopes to further her career by presenting herself as the widowed Mrs. Jones, until Mr. Jones reappears in the flesh. However, they become targets of a killer, hunting for a special formula for enhancing psychic abilities, from the Arcane House.

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