Second Sight (Arcane Society Series #1)

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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 ...

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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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Jayne Ann Krentz, writing as Amanda Quick, spins an exciting historical romantic thriller set late in the reign of Queen Victoria. It stars Venetia, a young spinster, down on her luck but nonetheless determined to engineer her own future as a photographer -- and her own ravishment. She decides on Gideon Jones, who supervises the treasures of Arcane House, a secretive organization. The interlude goes well -- so well, she is distressed to learn, that he has died. Venetia establishes a photographic practice in London as a widow under the name of Mrs. Jones; then her "husband" turns up, looking remarkably well.

Quick is clearly having a great time here, as she balances the awkwardness of Gideon's resurfacing against the new romance of a supposedly married couple and the watchful eyes of the Polite World -- and a plot to kill anyone remotely connected to the mysteries of Arcane House. Ginger Curwen
Publishers Weekly
Writing as Amanda Quick (Lie by Moonlight, etc.), Jayne Ann Krentz offers another spirited Victorian romance, light on Victorian, heavy on romance. Photographer Venetia Milton supports her brother, sister and maiden aunt while keeping secrets: her late father's bigamy, her paranormal gift for seeing people's auras ("like looking at a negative image of the world") and her more-than-willing ravishment by client Gabriel Jones. Heir to a generations-old clandestine association of alchemists, scientists and dabblers in psychic phenomena, Gabriel has a few secrets of his own. After his servants report his death to authorities to confound his enemies, grieving Venetia begins posing as his widow, with Gabriel soon showing up on her doorstep very much alive. Miffed, she consigns him to the attic, but their chemistry quickly reignites; while tracking down one murderous, blackmailing thief after another, they steal opportunities for fervent encounters in the garden, in the carriage, in the society's mansion and at home. But the evildoers still want Gabriel's family secrets-and now they want Venetia as well. Women masquerade as men and criminals masquerade as aristocrats in a society so full of disguise that not even second sight provides much protection. But with Quick's stylish dialogue, compelling secondary characters and near-operatic denouement, fans won't need or want it. (May 9) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Venetia Milton is an extraordinary photographer because she has some extraordinary senses. But unmarried women cannot go into business in society, so Venetia concocts both a marriage and a widowhood to Gabriel Jones, her one-time lover. Rumors of his demise are greatly exaggerated, however, which brings a whole new set of complications to Venetia's life. Anne Flosnik skillfully narrates this historical romance; her voice is deep enough to make Gabriel clearly male, with all the strength and fortitude that implies, but light enough that Venetia is definitely a young woman, capable but bound by societal strictures. Flosnik's range of British accents complements the characters nicely, from housekeepers and tradesmen to members of the upper class. She handles the earnestness of children with sweet innocence, and the villains, if not obvious, are certainly not sympathetic. A typical Quick novel that is only enhanced by Flosnik's reading.-Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Salt Lake City Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Quick (Lie by Moonlight, 2005, etc.) takes us to the waning days of Queen Victoria's reign, adding some clever feminist touches and a dollop of premarital sex. The theft of a notebook from the newly discovered, 200-year-old laboratory of Sylvester the Alchemist lies at the heart of this nimble historical romance. After the theft, Gabriel Jones, a member of the Arcane Society founded by Sylvester, transports his other relics to the society's isolated headquarters for safekeeping. Comely photographer Venetia Milton is invited to Arcane House to record the top-secret objects, and handsome Gabriel seems the perfect partner for her private plan to rid herself of her virginity without jeopardizing her social standing in Bath. A spirited virgin in her late 20s (and she's psychic too!), Venetia has no hopes of marrying, charged as she is with supporting her siblings after the death of their parents. She has no problem seducing Gabriel, but he fully intends to marry her, in order to tame an atavistic brutality he's afraid he harbors. Some menacing thugs lurking in the bushes outside Arcane House temporarily separate this unlikely pair; whoever stole the notebook is also a killer, and in order to elude him, Gabriel goes underground, faking his own death. He hadn't counted on Venetia taking advantage of this death to claim status as his widow and becoming a hit in London as a portrait photographer. Things turn sticky when Gabriel re-materializes, and the couple has to make awkward appearances together as man and wife. As part of this cozy ruse, Gabriel is installed in the attic of the Milton residence, thereby ensuring the acquaintances of Venetia's 16-year-old sister Amelia, winning younger brotherEdward and well-intentioned Aunt Beatrice. Polished, proficient romantic suspense.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455840465
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 1/15/2012
  • Series: Arcane Society Series , #1
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Amanda Quick is the pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the author, under various pen names, of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers; there are more than 35 million copies of her books in print. She lives in Seattle.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

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    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 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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2010

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    Looooovvve-itz

    I enjoyed and love reading her books.... fast paste and enjoyable ending with a bliss that I just love. I think this is the one of the 10th book that I read and I just can't stop.
    FYI...you r correct....Jayne Ann Krentz is Amanda Quick
    I also recommend JULIE GARWOOD (The Wedding and Ransom)
    Also so love her boooook mmmmmmmuuuuuch.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

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    I've enjoyed all her books. This one started it.

    The plot, characters are great. The story line gave insight to research being done. I believe you will not go wrong with this series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2010

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    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 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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    Second Sight

    This is the first book in the series about people with paranormal gifts. Unlike the nowadays series by Jayne Ann Krentz, these stories are placed in Victorian England. This first book explains the founder's formula and the Arcane House before the creation of the famous Jones and Jones. It tells of a romantic story where two people are coming into the terms with thier phenomonal gifts and the fight against the people who will become Nightshade in the nowadays books. I read this after I finished the books set in present time and love the way it shows how Jones and Jones comes to be. This is a must-read for any Krentz/Quick fan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    Exciting and suspensful Victorian romance

    I loved this book. Not only does it have witty dialogue that moves along very quickly (you'll not want to put it down), but it has an unexpectedly sweet romance topped off by an intriguing mystery that includes a bit of the paranormal. You really do get caught up in the feeling of being caught up in the foggy nights and creepy events taking place. This may be the best Amanda Quick novel I have ever read and I've read a few.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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 May 3, 2012

    Suspence/Romance

    I have been a fan of Amanda Quick since I was in high school. I love her books because of the perfect mix of mistery and romance. These books are an easy quick read with quirky ordinary heroines and not so ordinary heros.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Second sight

    Quick read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Enjoyed this book - hard to put it down

    I enjoyed the intrigue and suspense of this novel.

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  • Posted January 7, 2012

    highly recommended

    Great! I love Amanda Quick.

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

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    Interesting start to a series....

    Really, I'd have to say this is more of a 3 1/2 star book, not quite four stars...about a page and a half into the first chapter, I experienced major deja-vu. I'm positive I started reading this book before, but don't remember finishing it. I have no idea why...it's pretty good, if a little overdone in parts. Gabriel and Venetia are interesting characters, with witty and fun dialogue. The supernatural elements are subtle but interesting. It was a page turner, or would have been if I'd been reading a version with pages. I listened to it on audio, and though it was well done overall, the transition between chapters tended to be disconcertingly abrupt. It didn't seriously detract from my enjoyment of it, however. I am interested in checking out others in the series, though I've got (many!) other books on my list to read before then.I

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2011

    Good Read

    I don't usually read historical fiction but this one was able to keep my attention. I am looking forward to reading more in this series.

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  • Posted August 11, 2009

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    Exciting Adventure

    Venetia Milton is a woman in her late twenties, over proper marrying age. She has already accepted the fact that she will never have a husband but does not see why she can't enjoy a little passion in her life. She is sent to photograph certain artifacts for a very secret society when she meets Gabriel Jones. Gabriel seems like the perfect man for her seduction scheme. On the night her seduction becomes a success she is suddenly escaping the house from dangerous intruders leaving Gabriel to fend them off. Later Venetia is shocked to hear that Gabriel has died. She moves to London taking his name and starting her successful career as the recently widowed photographer Mrs. Jones. Everything seems to be going well for Mrs. Jones until Mr. Jones arrives on her door step. It looks like what she hoped was one uncomplicated night of pleasure has entered her into the dangerous tangles of this secret society with ties to the paranormal. I thoroughly enjoyed this book it kept me guessing as to who was the real culprit was until at last it was revealed and the romance between Venetia and Gabriel was so endearing and genuine.

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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 22, 2009

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    Another great Arcane Society story!

    I enjoy the turn of the century and modern day Arcane Society stories. I love that in the turn of the century stories, such as this, the woman are strong, capable and don't need a man to "guide" them through life. They become partners with their men.

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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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  • Posted May 31, 2009

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    Gripping: Full of Danger & Intrique

    I love all of the Arcane Society books. I am very confused as to why Jayne Ann Krentz has written some of this series under her real name, and the rest under the pen name Amanda Quick. By doing so, I nearly missed some really good books, and books from the same series! Arcane Society members are blessed with an exaggerated 6th sense. This giftedness can be in many forms, and in varied degrees. Some see auras, others are hunters, some have an exaggerated sense of seeing patterns where others see only chaos, and so forth. This book features Venetia, a female photographer who lives in an early era when females did not typically run their own business or have much freedom. She accepts a commission to photograph the artifacts owned by the Arcane Society. That is how she meets Gabriel, one of the Jones family descendants, and a powerful hunter. Venetia, too, is gifted as an aura reader, but has never been a member of the Society. The two are powerfully attracted to each other from day one. Their relationship is interrupted by a fire, and Gabriel is assumed dead. To appear a more legitimate business person, and acceptable to society, Venetia takes on the last name of Jones, and claims to be a widow. Little did she know that this would make her a target for some very bad people. It also creates some interesting problems when Mr Jones returns with the intent of protecting her while catching the bad guys! This book is gripping, exciting, transports you to a different time and place in history, and is full of fast paced drama, danger and intrique. There is romance, fantasy and all things considered, an outstanding work.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2008

    Another Great Arcane Book

    I really loved this book and read it in one nite 'about 4 1/2 Hrs' I love all of the books that deal with the Arcane Society. It doesn't matter if its modern day or Victorian era. Keep them coming. I am anticipating reading the Third Circle!

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