Review: Second Sight by Amanda Quick

second-sightSource: Bookstore Stock
Series: The Arcane Society #1
Edition: Paperback,338 Pages
 Paranoramal Historical Romance
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Rating: 4/5

Financially straitened and on the path to spinsterhood, Venetia Milton thought her stay at the remote, ramshackle Arcane House would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engineer her own ravishment. She was there to photograph the artifacts collected by a highly secretive organization, founded two centuries earlier by an alchemist. And the alchemist’s descendant-her employer, Gabriel Jones-has the eyes of a sorcerer.

But despite Venetia’s intent to seduce Mr. Jones and move on, she is shattered upon her return home to read in the press of his violent demise. Using the sizable fee Mr. Jones paid her, Venetia establishes a new life, opening a gallery in London. Of course, posing as a respectable widow makes it easier to do business, so-in a private tribute to her lost, only lover-she assumes the identity of “Mrs. Jones.”

Her romantic whim, however, will cause unexpected trouble. For one thing, Mr. Jones is about to stride, living and breathing, back into Venetia’s life. And the two share more than a passionate memory-indeed, they are bonded by a highly unusual sort of vision, one that goes far beyond Venetia’s abilities as a photographer. They also share a terrible threat-for someone has stolen a centuries-old notebook from Arcane House that contains a formula believed to enhance psychic powers of the kind Gabriel and Venetia possess. And the thief wants to know more-even if he must kill the keeper of the Arcane Society’s treasures, or the photographer who cataloged them, to obtain such knowledge.

Second Sight is a random read for me. I saw that I owned majority of the series at the store and because I clearly don’t have a stack of books to read.

Second Sight is a Victorian era romance, with a nice little paranormal twist. Venetia makes a name for herself by become the owner of a photography company. She’s fiercely independent and protective of the life she has built for herself and her family..of course all this is put into jeopardy by the unexpected return of Gabriel Jones. I love the banter between these two. Venetia is hesitant to allow him back into her life, and he’s willing to play the waiting game while they try to figure out who is trying to kill Gabriel and steal his Society’s secrets. He’s a smooth talking alpha, who wants to be challenged…and she’s the challenging woman who has a habit of letting words get away from her. It’s a fantastic match! The steam is so thick at times that a fan is required.

On top of the steamy romance it has a pretty cool plot as well! Some parts of it were a little odd, but as soon as the characters pointed out the flaw in a person’s thinking I actually let it go. There is nothing worse than a book where the characters are not challenged about their “good ideas”, and this book prevents that by having Venetia constantly give Gabriel shit over his. I love the mix of Victorian era mystery and paranormal tones, and how light of a tough the paranormal side takes. It still has that period feel to it, even with the terminology used for all the odd little powers people may have.

I can definitely see myself continuing this series! I’m interested to see how the next book goes as I think it’s set much during a current day timeline. I like the idea of an author using her three pen names for different time periods. Amanda Quick – Historical, Jayne Anne Krentz – Current, and Jayne Castle – Future.

4 stars

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