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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Suspense, romance, and the paranormal all rolled up into one great book

I really, really enjoyed this book more than I expected to. Amanda Quick (a.k.a. Jayne Ann Krentz) does not disappoint the reader with this novel set in late Victorian England. The novel has interesting characters, a complex plot, and fascinating details. I especially l...
I really, really enjoyed this book more than I expected to. Amanda Quick (a.k.a. Jayne Ann Krentz) does not disappoint the reader with this novel set in late Victorian England. The novel has interesting characters, a complex plot, and fascinating details. I especially love Venetia Milton; she is very strong, brave, and compelling. The paranormal aspects are particularly intriguing, and the romance aspect is well done. This book will leave you feeling that the time was well spent, and you'll definitely want to read more.

posted by Kiko1021 on May 6, 2010

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Second Sight

My Synopsis:

Second Sight (Arcane Society Series - Book 1) by Amanda Quick (a.k.a. Jayne Ann Krentz)

Venetia Milton is called to Arcane House to photograph artifacts that the secret society has gathered in it's two century history. Her employer, Gabriel Jones is m...
My Synopsis:

Second Sight (Arcane Society Series - Book 1) by Amanda Quick (a.k.a. Jayne Ann Krentz)

Venetia Milton is called to Arcane House to photograph artifacts that the secret society has gathered in it's two century history. Her employer, Gabriel Jones is more than Venetia could ask for and she begins a plan to seduce him.

Venetia believed that one night of passion would satisfy her, but when she hears of Gabriel's death she is shocked. She takes on his name, calling herself Mrs. Jones as she prepares to support her family with a photography business in London.

When Gabriel shows up very much alive, Venetia must use her "second sight" to help him find a killer who would go to any length to possess one of the ancient artifacts. Will Venetia and Gabriel find love? Who is the mysterious killer? What secret does Gabriel hold that could change everything?

My Thoughts:

I liked the idea of the Arcane Society series upon first hearing about it. Jayne Ann Krentz, using the pen name Amanda Quick writes the Historical Fiction titles in the series and uses her own name for the Contemporary romance titles in the series. Very interesting way to go about doing a Series.

This was a good book. I had no idea that it had some paranormal elements until I began reading it and that was a very nice surprise. I liked the idea that Venetia could read a person's 'aura' and learn things about them. Gabriel's psychical abilities were harder to define, but very interesting as well.

Jayne Ann Krentz is a great writer and her attention to detail was very apparent in this book. Her descriptions of the scenes were fantastic. I could just imagine, Arcane house, and Venetia's photography studio with ease.

The secondary characters like Edward, Beatrice, and Amelia add interest to the story and insight into the characters. I'm very intrigued by this series after reading the first one. We'll have to see how the historical and the contemporary mix.

posted by Justpeachy1 on April 7, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2007

    Cookie Cutter characters

    I started reading this book and it was hard to finish it. The characters are so bland. There is a lack of development. You feel like screaming at the characters as the plod along in the book. The story plods along no surprises nothing that makes you gasp in surprise. It was very predictable. Mr. and Mrs. Jones have a prim and proper relationship and how they respond to things are very disappointing. They don't develop at all during the book. The plot followed a storyline that has been used and reused so many times. The heroine lives on her own, the man moves in and takes over, they solve the mystery and then get married. No conflict no development. Stay away from this book. There is no emotional involvement in this book on the characters side and the readers side.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2006

    First Time I've ever returned a book!!

    I LOVE Amanda Quick's books. I rushed out to purchase this one as soon as it hit the store. What a mistake. I read the entire book thinking 'it's got to get better'. It didn't and yes I actually returned it to the store and told them exactly why. I can only hope her next effort returns to the writing that I loved!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    Writing lacks depth

    Maybe being new to the romance novel, my views are somewhat different in the area of what to expect from a book. However, I found the characters to be shallow, the story to be one-dimensional and even though I read the whole book, I would not recommend it or re-read it. IMHO, this book lacked depth in most areas. The cover is nice though.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2009

    Didn't work for me

    Could not understand if I was reading the same book as these other people until is saw the reviews on the next page. I also had to return this book to the library. Boring Boring.......

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2006

    disappointing....

    This book is strictly for the paperback romance reader. Jayne Ann Krentz can do MUCH better than this.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2006

    From a disappointed fan

    I too am an avid fan of this author and have read all the books in this series but this one was not her best. The romantic tension was missing and the paranormal element seemed forced. I felt like the author was writing to a trend in the industry rather than what she does best: historical romantic mystery.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2006

    romance an after thought

    I am a BIG Amanda Quick fan and that is why I was so disappointed in her most recent book. It almost seems as if the romance aspect of the story was an after thought. Her past characters were noted, in my opinion, for their wit and depth. I found Mr. and Mrs. Jones in 'Second Sight' to be superficial. I hope that Ms. Quick returns to the witty dialogue she wrote so aptly in her earlier novels ( Mistress, Ravished, Surrender, etc)and that I have so very much enjoyed in the past.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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