Second Sight (Arcane Society Series Book 1)

By Amanda Quick

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★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
sarah hannah
Not so good. The Kindle edition, with all of its typos and miss-spellings ruined what was only a mediocre book at best.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
brynn
Venetia Milton has been hired to photograph relics belonging to the Arcane Society. Gabriel Jones is the member who has been working with Venetia in order to make certain that each of the relics is photographed in a manner that will provide the most realistic pictures. In previous books, the Arcane Society and its members have played major roles in the adventures. Although this is a part of a series, the book works as a stand alone.
The Society has existed for several hundred years. The members are men who are believers in psychic abilities in themselves as well as others. Their relics represent both success and failure from their past.
Venetia, who has family obligations and a business she must make into a success, envisions her future as a spinster. So, she has de3cided to have one night of passion and she intends to seduce Gabriel and then return to life as usual.
She gets her one night of passion and it is memorable for her. When she needs to set up her photography business in London, she chooses to pass herself off as a widow, and she chooses a very common name – Mrs Jones. Then she is horrified to read in the newspaper that Gabriel Jones has died in a fire.
It is amazing when she later reads in the newspaper that Mr Jones, her husband, has returned and is looking forward to reuniting with his wife.
Gabriel is trying to trace the person or people who are responsible for a death and the theft of one of the important relics belonging to the Arcane Society.
This is an adventure, a mystery as well as a romance. It is also a story of family. Venetia is responsible for providing for her Aunt, her younger sister and your young brother. The family had been left penniless and Venetia's talent as a photographer is what has kept them housed and fed.
When Gabriel becomes a temporary part of the family, he also begins to understand the family dynamics. He sees that this family has been holding secrets which could damage Venetia's business and ruin the family in society.
The characters of Venetia and Gabriel as well as Venetia's family are all well drawn. Ms Quick has created a story which is character driven, with the expected humor and warmth which are always a part of her books.
The plot is fast moving and keeps the reader's interest.
This is a story which takes the reader into an imaginary world, which may or may not have happened. We simply don't know.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
george hawkey
Venetia has the ability to see aura's that surround people. I have read other books that were paranormal/metaphysical some of my favorites were by Hanna Howell. I liked the heroin as she was an independent woman supporting her family as a photographer. Not such a task in today's time but in the 1800's was quite the challenge.

Gabriel Jones has his own unique abilities and has hired Venetia to take some photos. She begins to look at him as much more than a client and decides that he is her ultimate fantasy. The seduction she sets for him goes just as she had hoped even after he discovers she was a virgin.

Shortly after there adventure Venetia gets one of her images moving in the shadows in the distance. She is afraid by alerting Gabriel of what she sees that he will think her a freak. It is a secret that does not stay that way for long. She is quickly whisked away in a secret passage with Gabriel's promise that she belongs to him.

I really liked the romance behind those words. She than reads a small article in the newspaper announcing his death. I could feel her pain as she wept herself to sleep. It is 3 months before the two are reunited and some of that once captured romance fizzled for me. I did like the two together. The romance just wasn't as powerful as I would have liked. The paranormal aspect wasn't quite as captivating as I've previously enjoyed.

I understand it is in a series so I may go back to check out the other in the series. It did have the mystery elements and there were definite wicked people about. It's not one I would go back to read but peeked enough curiosity to sample another one the authors books.
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★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
rebecca devlin
3.5 Stars

Historical Fiction + Paranormal Elements + Sexy Times. Well, well, well this is right up my alley.

I like the idea of adding Paranormal aspects in a Victorian setting. The romance/sexy times isn’t as much in the forefront of the story as I would have liked for a book like this but the Murder Mystery was fun and made up for it.

In this setting some individuals have evolved to have certain Arcane powers of some sort. Venitia can see auras and sense energies on artifacts. She is the eldest daughter of a recently orphaned family and has taken up photography to support them. She meets Gabriel when she is commissioned to take photographs of some peculiar artifacts for Arcane House. In the brief time they spend together she becomes infatuated with him and knowing that she will most likely never marry due to her financial and familial situation decides to have a liaison with Gabriel. While Venitia is prepared for it to be a brief fling he is not, but before they can get it all figured out someone interrupts with a robbery and a murder attempt so they are separated.

I liked both Venitia and Gabriel as characters. Amanda Quick likes to write of woman who are smart and just a little bit quirky. In this Victorian setting it is difficult to be a woman and hold any kind of power. Venitia is able to bypass some of society’s rules by posing as a Widow to set up her business. She is resourceful and will do whatever is necessary to provide for her family. Gabriel is a scholar who has also spent his life learning how to control the predatory instincts that are as much a gift as they are a curse. He reminds me a lot of a were-anything except it is all sensory and he doesn’t change shapes.

The mystery to figure out who is looking for the alchemist’s recipe and killing off the people around Venitia was interesting but not overdone; this is more of a romance than anything else. I had a good time following them around society and enjoyed the way that the world and powers were set up.

This isn’t a super strong PNR but had just enough elements that it made the HF part of it even more interesting for me.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
jeanne carey
I came to this book after reading books in the Harmony and Rainshadow series. In looking up the next books in those series, I realized they tracked back to this Arcane Society series. In fact, the most recent Rainshadow book I read had direct plot lines back to Second Sight.

I am very glad that I didn't find this one until after being well into Harmony and Rainshadow. I fear that if I'd actually tracked everything back to this book first I wouldn't have continued on and found the fun on Harmony. This really isn't that great of a book. The female lead fell flat for me, and the plot really wasn't there enough to interest me. The Jones family on the other hand, certainly could have spent more time in the spotlight. The male lead was certainly interesting, if a little too angsty for me.

I think this was a very strong 2 1/2 stars for me - it was ok and I think I liked it more for knowing where the story goes on. If you're just getting ready to start reading the wonderful mish-mash of Arcane Society/Harmony/Rainshadow (and it looks like possibly even a few more series interwoven into this story), I'd recommend started elsewhere and then coming back to this after you've decided if you like it or not.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
jillian reid
Possibly the worst book I have read this year. Really easy to put down, took me weeks to read it and I would usually finish a good book this length in 3-4 days tops (I have a lot of waiting time to fill so I read while I am waiting to pick people up).

SPOILER (perhaps) - I do not enjoy romance books where the hero and heroine end up having sex within the first few pages, especially when it makes no sense at all. I didn't feel any chemistry between them, I didn't think the way it was written in the historical sense was particularly logical either.

I really wanted to read the Arcane society novels and I have book two, so I might try that one, but it had better be written WAY better than this one.

Was this perhaps one of her first books? I don't know, but I really like JAK usually, just not this one at all!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
vern
I read some of the other books in the Arcane series before I was able to get a copy of this one, the first in the series, so it might be a tad unfair to judge this one against the more recent ones but it is what it is. This book depicts the meeting and romance of Gabriel, the future leader of the Arcane society (and in later books the current leader) and Venetia his eventual wife. Being the leaders of the society you would expect them to have some pretty awesome psychic powers but it seems that when Quick wrote this book she hadn't quite settled on how the psychic powers of her new series would work and thus Gabriel and Venetia's powers seem a little weak and ill-defined in comparison to those of the couples you'll meet in later Arcane novels.

As for the rest of the book, <Spoiler Alert> mostly it was "fine". Not great, not awful, just okay. The romance scenes were sufficiently steamy when they happened, but there were only two and outside of those there wasn't much in the way of romantic tension between the hero and heroine. Venetia in particular was kind of a cold fish. I do like that Quick writes her heroines in the Arcane series so that they're not all a bunch of blushing virgins but that doesn't mean they should be totally aloof instead.

The plot had several glaring holes in it that were never really explained, such as why on Earth Gabriel thought that the best way to protect Venetia from the danger surrounding him was to go straight to the newspaper and tell the world that he was her husband, thereby guaranteeing that his enemies would 100% for certain be aware of their connection, if they hadn't been prior to that. Or why the villain demanded that his soon-to-be jilted mistress get her picture taken by Venetia.

The villain himself was a disposable cardboard cutout. He had very little characterization and his motivation and back story aren't given until after he's been defeated. Basically just a Saturday morning cartoon villain.

All in all, it was entertaining enough that I finished it without difficulty, but the other books in the Arcane series are more exciting
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
bj rn hallberg nielsen
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

*Spoilers*

Second Sight is the first installment of The Arcane Society series by Jane Ann Krentz (some installments such as this one are written under her pen name Amanda Quick). This book takes us back in time to the reign of Queen Victoria; a time when an unmarried woman in her late twenties was headed to old spinster-hood and that she was unlikely to ever marry. Photographer, Venetia Milton, was resigned to that very fate, but when she was offered a job at the mansion of a secret society, The Arcane Society, she saw an opportunity that she couldn't let pass her by.

Gabriel Jones was a handsome strong man and Venetia didn't want to live her life not knowing what a night of passion felt like. Therefore, she decided to set out to seduce Gabriel. She could have a crazy night of sex and never have to think about it again. Then, she could go home and nobody would be the wiser and the scandal of what she had done would never come back to tarnish her name or her photography business.

Gabriel is accepting of her attempt at seduction, but he isn't so fond of the one night only part of Venetia's plan. With Gabriel's paranormal senses, he knows that she is the woman for him and isn't about to let her go so easily and he is determined to tell Venetia as much when two intruders are seen on the grounds surrounding Arcane House. Gabriel quickly shifts in to protector mode and sends Venetia away, promising to see her again, so that he can handle this new threat without the worry of her being hurt in the process.

Shortly after her return home, Venetia sees a news article that reports that Gabriel was killed in a fire at Arcane House on the night she left. She is devastated, but she must continue her plans to move her family (aunt, brother & sister) to London and launch her new photo gallery and studio. But to be successful they decide it would be better for Venetia to pose as a widow, she only needs to come up with her new last name. On a whim she decides to use Gabriel's.

Three months later Venetia gets the surprise of her life when her dearly departed shows up on her doorstep alive and breathing and full of questions.

"There was nothing like having a dead husband return from the grave to ruin a fine spring morning."

I really didn't think I was going to like this book that much because I lost interest when I was reading the synopsis of the book. But I decided to read it anyway because I knew that there were other books later in the series that I did want to read and I'm obsessive about reading books in order.

I was amazed with how quickly this book took a hold of me and I just didn't want to put it down. By the end of the first chapter I was hooked. But then sadly it took a nosedive into boredom.

I loved the passion between Venetia and Gabriel and with him staking an early claim of `mine' like most male leads in paranormal books. I was expecting that same passion to return to the couple when he paid his grieving widow a visit, but it didn't. He took a step back to let her come to him on her own and I felt the book suffered for it. So Venetia stuffed Gabriel in the attic of her house as they started their detective work and I was so bored and was asking myself when they were going to bang again and hoping it was soon because they were even making me sexually frustrated. I knew that the book wouldn't improve until the passion came back to them so I almost cheered out loud when they finally gave in to their urges.

As much as I loved Venetia and Gabriel's passion, I hated their detective skills. It often felt like I was in a middle of an episode of Scooby-Doo, especially after they discovered who the `villain' was and they had that weird little family meeting telling everybody what happened. I kept expecting to hear someone say that infamous line...

"and I would have gotten away with it too, if it hadn't been for you meddling kids,"

But I guess it's kind of hard for that to happen when the culprit was dead at that point.

But even with the block of monotony in this book, it ended up being pretty good. The pace of the book picked back up and our main couple got their happily ever after.

This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
tiaan kleyn
I purchased Sizzle and Burn (Arcane Society, Book 3), unaware that is was part of a series. However, once I discovered that it was the third book in the Arcane Society series - I decided to start at the beginning. So I purchased Second Sight - let me just say that I had reservations about the setting `Late Victorian England'. I don't normally read things written in this setting - but it wasn't as unpleasant nor as distracting as I normally find the setting.

Gabriel Jones was a well written character - I would have like to have experienced more of his dark side. Venetia Milton's character was surprising, she was an unusually strong character for the setting of the book - I have to say I was very impressed.

I am now on the 3rd book in the series, and while I am not completely hooked on the series - I have purchased the next 2 - (The Third Circle (Arcane Society Novel) and Running Hot: An Arcane Society Novel).

The series in reading order:
Second Sight (The Arcane Society, Book 1)
White Lies (The Arcane Society, Book 2)
Sizzle and Burn (Arcane Society, Book 3)
The Third Circle (Arcane Society Novel)
Running Hot: An Arcane Society Novel
The Perfect Poison (Arcane Society, Book 6)
Fired Up: Book One of the Dreamlight Trilogy (Arcane Society Dreamlight Trilogy)
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
orthofracture
This book starts a series by Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz about The Arcane Society. Venetia Milton is a fashionable photographer living in London posing as a recent widow. Her business is thriving and enables her to support her family. Her supposedly deceased husband, Gabriel Jones, suddenly appears in London telling her she is in danger because by using his name she has attracted the attention of someone who is trying to find a secret formula that has been missing for centuries. Both Gabriel and Venetia have some "Psychical abilities" that prove useful as they try to identify who the person is that has started killing people around them.

I liked Venetia right away and Gabriel as well. There is just enough romance, paranormal activities and mystery to make this an interesting read. It took a little while to get into the book but once I did, it was a quick read.

I will read the entire series which I think is 12 books right now. I found the order to read on the internet that is by readers which is interesting as they list the books in a different order than the author does so I think I will try to read them in that order.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
holli
I just loved this book!

The characters are engaging, dynamic, and quite entertaining! Amanda Quick is known not just for her exciting adventures and steamy romances, but also for the comedic prose that has readers laughing out loud at the dialogue between characters.

Venetia Milton is thoroughly likable. A young charismatic photographer with a sense of adventure, she cares for her younger siblings and elderly aunt after her parents past away. She is clever with a strong sense of responsibility, loyalty, and kindness. She is a heroine the reader can't help but admire! Little does she know that her life is about to change after she embarks on a project to photograph old relics for the Jones family...

Gabriel Jones, the Jones family heir, is intelligent, dashingly handsome, and good at keeping secrets hidden. On a mission to discover who stole the recipe for the founder's formula, he embarks on a mission that can cost him his life and the lives of those he cares for. His protective nature, sense of humor, and compassion are a perfect match for Venetia and make him an excellent and thrilling hero.

The characters in the plot from young Edward to Gabriel's parents are wonderfully scripted! With a robust cast of characters, a clever and twisting plot, and a hot and sultry romance, this book was one I enjoyed immensely.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
sam anderson
After deciding to seduce her employer, photographer Venetia Milton gets more than she bargained for when criminals interrupt their night of passion. Gabriel Jones, member of the secretive Arcane Society, is sure to put Venetia far from danger before going after the criminals in his home. The thieves are there in search of an alchemist's formula thought to enhance paranormal abilities. Ensuring Venetia that they will meet again, Gabriel goes off to fight the intruders.

Later, when the papers report the Gabriel died the very night he sent her away from danger, Venetia decides to take his surname with her new venture in business--the Jones Gallery. She decides to go into trade to support herself and her family which is comprised of her two younger siblings and her aunt. Thinking that she will be given more leeway as a widow, Venetia stuns society with her impressive photography and knack for capturing things unseen in her pictures. When her deceased husband, Mr. Jones, returns from the dead her world is thrown into a whirl. She can't help but wonder if Gabriel returned for her, or for something to do with the paranormal-focused Arcane Society.

This book was okay, but just okay. Venetia was likeable, but I never felt that she had a strong sense of identity. Her psychical powers were about all she was good for, and I never really felt any reason to like or dislike her. Gabriel, on the other hand, was an impressive hero and one that I would be interested to read about in future Arcane Society novels. His gift for sensing his prey and protecting what is his were my favorite parts of this otherwise mediocre story.

As some of the other reviewers noted, all of Quick's novels are beginning to sound the same. If you like them, then you won't be disappointed. But I can't help but wonder if she has anything else in store for us.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
basma
Upon her parents' death and the resulting financial devastation to her family, it is up to the inimitable Venetia Milton to support her younger siblings and her aunt, else they become destitute. Forging a career as a much sought after photographer in a time when women rarely hold jobs in male dominated professions, Venetia finally manages to obtain a job that will secure her family's fiscal well-being for some time, even allowing an advantageous move to London.

Knowing a widow will be better received in Polite Society than an unmarried woman, she invents a late husband, adopting the last name of Gabriel Jones, the man who showed her one night of passion before his untimely demise. The plot succeeds better than she ever expected, and soon she is the toast of the town, an acclaimed photographer in high demand by the most fashionable names in London's elite society.

But the unexpected rival of the very much alive Mr. Jones on her doorstep threatens her carefully laid plans, while the danger that follows him threatens her very life!

This is the first book from Amanda Quick I have yet read. I was quite excited to read a book by this much lauded author, and the plot for Second Sight struck me as a story well aligned with my reading tastes. With a blend of the paranormal romance amidst a Victorian era setting, it is the kind of tale that I would normally find myself riveted to.

The plot was indeed well done, with some very intriguing `whodunit' twists and a suspenseful story that keeps the reader guessing until the end of the book. Where the book missed, in my opinion, was in the character development. The prologue to the story starred the hero and another male character, and neither intrigued me throughout the prologue. In fact, I could not discern which of the two men was the hero.

The first chapter introduced the heroine of the piece, Venetia Milton/Jones, and it is her character that the reader can empathize with first. Through her eyes, we are reintroduced to the hero, Gabriel Jones, and become more interested in this character as well. Both are likable, attractive people, and I genuinely wanted to see them together, but found my excitement for the match dampened by the consistent formality between the pair, even while in the throes of passion.

There was almost no real character development for the cast of supporting characters, including Venetia's family, who are present in many scenes. Throughout the first half of the book, these characters remained largely one dimensional, only becoming slightly more interesting in the second half of the book as we saw a bit more of their personalities. Still, having finished the book, I cannot tell you much about something so minor as Venetia's family's physical descriptions, beyond that her sister is 16 years of age and her brother is somewhat younger.

With the lack of character development, I felt disconnected to these characters and the story. I could have put the book down at any time and not wondered again what had happened to them.

Since reading Amanda Quick's Second Sight, I have discussed my impressions with friends who have also read her work, and they have found the same issues with newer books that I experienced in this one. Based on their opinions of her earlier works, I would like to give one of her older stories a read, as I understand those books did not suffer from the same lack of character development. If the characters are as well-fleshed in the older books as the mystery was in this one, they will be worth giving this author a second chance.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
pat shand
Late in the reign of Queen Victoria.....Gabriel Jones and his cousin Caleb uncover the remains of their mysterious ancestor and the founder of the Arcane Society in an ancient lab in a remote area of England. Their ancestor, an alchemist, was a believer in the paranormal and cloaked himself in mystery. Many members of the present day Arcane Society believe he took the formula for a mysterious potion among other treasures with him to his grave. When the cousins hire an upcoming photographer Miss Venetia Milton to photograph the relics in the alchemists lab, someone breaks in and steals a notebook written in code that may hold the secrets to the mysterious formula. Venetia must make a living for her family, but when she meets Gabriel she decides to seduce him knowing it may be the only chance she ever gets to taste passion. Shortly after she and Gabriel make love, intruders break in and Gabriel sends her off to London through a secret passage. Months later after not hearing from Gabriel, Venetia reads in the paper that he perished in a fire on the night she left him. To protect her image she assumes the identity of Gabriel's widow. Weeks later to Venetia's surprise a very much alive Gabriel arrives on her doorstep demanding she play out the role of his wife. It seems he faked his death to weed out those who stole the notebook and now Venetia is in danger from their enemies. What starts is a mysterious adventure to uncover the villians and Gabriel and Venetia's must reveal their own paranormal abilities to solve the mystery.

I felt that the first two chapters of this book started out with a rush, promising to be a passionate, thrilling book. What happened is the story went downhill from there. The passion faded, the mysterious formula never really is explained (we're supposed to know what it does?) and some of the characters just didn't make sense. For example, the villan takes on a disguise and it is explained he intended to live out his life with this disguise but that just wasn't logical. (If I say more it would ruin it for the reader) His disguise was of a nature that it could have only been pulled off temporarily and his motivations just didn't ring true. Also, what happened to Caleb? HE's in the story at first but then nothing more is mentioned about him...wouldn't it seem logical that he too is in danger....and Gabriel's paranormal abilities just kind of seem downplayed....I expected a lot after the beginning but it just didn't deliver. Its not a bad book but it just started off so good and then left me hanging that I just couldn't give it more than 3 stars. I will read one more in the series to see if it improves but if it doesn't get better that will be the last.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
austine etchevery
I like Amanda Quick's books (and also the books she writes as Jayne Castle). I think they're fun, lighthearted, amusing - even if they can be rather samey and a bit, well, cheesy.

Second Sight seemed a little different to her other Regency/Victorian books.
Although the basic story is the same -¬ romance mixed in with a murder mystery and a bit of psychic/mesmerism included as well, like Wait Until Midnight and some other books, this one felt a little... well... stale.

It started off a little differently, with the requisite giving up of virginity to tall, dark, handsome rugged stranger at the beginning of the book rather than halfway through, and somehow the rest of the book didn't quite ever catch my attention fully.

Our heroine Venetia is a photographer and she has a special talent in that she is able to view people's auras. Gabriel Jones, the tall dark rugged man, is a secretive chappie who takes her virginity and then gets himself killed. Venetia pretends she's his widow so that she can make her way in her photographic business more successfully than being a spinster - but then Mr Jones turns up alive and they start investigating murders and missing relics. It's all similar stuff to that which Amanda Quick has churned out before, but it doesn't quite have the magic that some of her other books have.

It's noticeable that the chapters are shorter in this book and that there aren't any real cliffhangers - things resolve quickly, moments of scary fighting only last a page or two, and the resolution trundles along as expected.

Some of the vocabulary in this book is remarkably similar to that in Amaryllis that Jayne Ann Krentz wrote as Jayne Castle. The `hunting', `primitive', `throwback' descriptions of Gabriel Jones seem very like Rafe Stonebraker in that other novel; is she running out of ideas?

Overall this book is a perfectly acceptable read, and none of her novels are great literature, but I usually find them better than this and Ghost Hunter, her latest Jayne Castle, was way better. This is still a step up from the Lavinia Lake books she wrote as Amanda Quick, though.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jen fumarolo
You can always tell a Jayne Ann Krentz story. Her lively characters and whimsical families will entertain you all book long. Writing as Amanda Quick, SECOND SIGHT is the start of a new series, The Arcane Society and its first family the JONES.

SECOND SIGHT follows Gabriel Jones and Venetia Milton "Jones" adventures in trying to find and stop the use if an old alchemist's notebook for nefarious reasons. London at that time was a Mecca for charlatans and fraudulent psychics. The Jones must now use their own unique talents to find the bad guys and stop them.

The Jones have been leaders of the Arcane Society since it was started by Sylvester Jones. Their job was to protect the Society and its secrets. Venetia is a hired to create a photographic record of the Society's museum. Her seduction of Gabriel is interrupted by two would-be robbers, who try to sneak into the house. Gabriel forces her to leave with the rest of the women and Venetia later learns of his death in a house fire. Using Gabriel's name, she moves to London to start her own photography studio. Three months later Venetia's "husband" Gabriel shows up in London and so their adventures begin.

Jayne Ann Krentz's touch is, as always, light and fun. So relax, enjoy, and do not miss WHITE LIES. The Jones are back!

Reviewed by Michele Patrykus
For eBookIsle
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
diep nguyen
Seducing Gabriel Jones seems like the perfect solution. He's handsome, charming, and Venetia Milton knows she'll never see him again. And Venetia certainly doesn't want to remain a virgin for the rest of her life. When word arrives that Gabriel has died, she decides to become his widow. In Victorian England, widows have so much more freedom than unmarried young women--and Venetia needs all the freedom she can get to make her photography business thrive. A thriving business is all that keeps her and her family from poverty. When Gabriel walks back into her life, however, not dead at all, her calculations go out the window. Has she put herself and her family in danger, as Gabriel suggests?

Venetia and Gabriel investigate the strange occurances that surround an alchemical discovery which Gabriel had made at the beginning of the novel. Someone has already stolen an alchemical notebook and seems intent on stealing the empty case that once held it. But Gabriel's investigation has gotten him nowhere in the months he was presumed dead and Venetia is convinced only she, perhaps using her psychic ability to perceive auras, can help him. Gabriel, in turn, wishes to keep Venetia safe and is frustrated by her willingness to put herself in danger.

Author Amanda Quick (Quick is a pen name for Jayne Ann Krentz) is an excellent writer. Her characters come to life and her dialogue sizzles. It's easy to get hooked in SECOND SIGHT and it's a hard book to put down.

Still, as I read it, I started feeling as if I had read this book before. I hadn't, exactly. Increasingly, for me, Quick's books are starting to fall into the same pattern--a poor but talented and ambitious female is making her own way in the world--but badguys are causing her trouble. Fortunately, there's a hero around who finds her quirky nature compelling, helps her overcome obstacles (while nevertheless making it clear she could have done so on her own). I think I'm ready for something a little different, please Amanda.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
mallak27
The plot was rather lame and didn't hang together too well. There wasn't much suspense. The evil one was pretty easy to identify and I'm not sure there weren't loose ends. The way people spoke was quite stiff; Victorians may have talked that way, but I wouldn't think so. The convention of the single girl with responsibility for younger siblings was there, but the younger siblings had little character or anything to make them stand out.

At the end when everything was explained, the characters just took turns explaining what happened. Even the younger sister who really hadn't been involved in the plot had a piece to say about it all.

The hero was a rather silly person who worried about his psychic powers making him a throwback, but fell in love with the heroine immediately (though she, like a modern, rather than Victorian woman, just wanted a night of illicit passion - another convention for these novels, in fact, this one used by this author already). In Victorian times, this is not credible. I was thinking how she could easily have gotten pregnant. She was only 27! (Supposed to be old in Victorian times, but with her sense, she'd have known that was a risk).

Readable and OK, but really a rather dumb book!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
georgina king
I love JAK contemporary novels and her "Jayne Castle" novels. I have been about 75/25 for the Amanda Quick novels as a whole but this one is right up to her form and takes into consideration both the historical time period as well as the paranormal elements.

I read "White Lies" in hard back so I already knew something about the Arcane Society. The story opens with Gabriel and Caleb Jones, cousins, uncovering some amazing artifacts that an ancestor left behind including his own skeleton, books and a strongbox with a journal that has an alleged formula for increasing psychic powers!! The cousins enlist members of the village to help them load things and, of course, one of the villagers is greedy and steals the journal.

We flip a few months ahead to where the lovely Miss Venetia Milton, an up and coming photographer, is taking photographs at the Arcane Society mansion of the many ancient books and antiques that they have including the strongbox. She is escorted by Gabriel Jones. Venetia finds herself very attracted to Mr. Jones who is also intrigued by Miss Milton. Venetia is almost 30 and beyond the "marriageable age" so she is looking for adventure and passion. She doesn't believe in marriage as her father set a poor example (explained later in the story) and thus is hoping that the "heat" she sees in Mr. Jones' eyes is some reciprocal attraction.

Venetia is successful in seducing Gabriel -- or does he seduce her? However, Venetia also has "second sight" and senses strangers in the woods headed for the mansion. Mr. Jones summons his servants and sends them and Venetia out through a secret tunnel while he chases after the two strangers. Venetia with her handsome commission from the Arcane photographs goes to London with her aunt, sister, brother and housekeeper to setup a photo gallery.

The comedy, complexities, mysteries and romance that then ensue are just fascinating. I read this book straight through and thought it was just great fun. There were enough plot turns to keep the reader guessing as to which person wanted the formula and plenty more twists on how all would be resolved.

A fun but intriguing read!
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
taryn imwalle
After a night of passion with Gabriel Jones (the gentleman who had hired her to photograph his collection), photographer Venetia Milton is saddened to read that Gabriel has lost his life in a fire. Deciding to make use of this opportunity, Venetia poses as Gabriel's widow and moves her family to London, where she opens a new portrait shop. Imagine her surprise then when Gabriel walks into to drawing room many months later, very much alive. Apparently, someone wants access to some papers that they think Gabriel has, and he had pretended to play dead in order to discover who had tried to kill him. But now, with Venetia pretending to be his widow, Gabriel is afraid that the killer will come after Venetia. Venetia is stunned, and a little miffed that her plans have come crashing down around her; after all a live husband was the last thing she expected to have to contend with. But with her life, and potentially that of her loved ones at stake, Venetia will have to put her ire behind her and work with Gabriel. But can she? For Venetia has secrets that she'd rather not share, esp with the man she's so terribly attracted to...

I know that the last few novels by Amanda Quick haven't exactly been stellar ones --esp when one compares them with her earlier work "Seduction," "Scandal, etc. But there's always been something, even in her less than stellar works for one to grab onto -- a good storyline, good chemistry between the hero and heroine, suspense. This time around, however, everything seems very flat and very formulaic. The storyline is a variation of one that has been used a number of times, the chemistry between the hero (Gabriel) and the heroine (Venetia) is almost nonexistent, and the villain of the piece not only sticks out a mile (the villain might as well have carried a sign saying "here I stand, come and get me.") Who would have thought that there would come the day when I would actually give an Amanda Quick novel 2 stars?

The shame of it was that the storyline, although it was much used intrigue/mystery subplot, had quite a bit going for it. However, while one can overlook the fact that an author has much used a very familiar subplot, slightly harder to overlook is the fact that the interaction between the hero and heroine in "Second Sight" lacked sparkle. From the manner in which the first few chapters unfolded, I rather thought that I was going to like Venetia quite a bit -- she seemed intelligent and very capable. But while, thank goodness, Amanda Quick did not allow her heroine to behave in an extremely foolish manner even once, she did make her seem rather obtuse at times. Gabriel, on the other hand, was easy to like and take to, even if his character was under-developed -- and really, one has little choice but to approve of a hero who possesses a sense of humour. All in all, though, this was a disappointing read: the historical aspect was mere wall papering (and although I realize that for many readers this is not a priority. I rather like a little more detail in these historical novels), the suspense was lacking, as was the chemistry between Venetia and Gabriel, and the storyline just lacked energy and vivacity. If you are a fan, by all means read this book, but be forewarned, it is nothing like her earlier works. If you've never picked up an Amanda Quick romance novel, than choose one of her earlier works instead (esp her "S" series), you won't be disappointed
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nickie adler
I do have to preface this review by saying that I am extremely biased towards Amanda Quick books. Love her storylines, interaction between characters, quick dialoge, I could go on. However I was a bit nervous about this story, as I really liked her Regency novels, but I am not a big fan of the Victorian Era. But she came though again. Her heroine was plucky and quick-witted and brave and very take charge. Her hero was powerful and confident. Venetia Milton was a photographer (unusual profession for a woman in the Victorian era) with a family to take care of. She was the sole breadwinner in her family consisting of herself, her aunt and her younger sister and brother. She had no time to persue relationships so the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get herself ravished was too good to pass up. Her employer (and ravisher) Gabriel Jones had the eyes of a sorcerer. . . however soon after thier tryst, Venetia learns that he has died tragically. As a romantic whimsy to pay tribute to him, she takes on the guise of Mrs. Jones, a young widow and goes to London to pursue her career. However, Mr. Jones is not dead, and the people who wanted him that way, may now be interested in Venetia. The story gets better from there with nosy interferring family members and secrets aplenty. This is the first Arcane Society Novel and I can only hope for more
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
eunice kim
This book was a good read.

Nothing stunning, nothing new, and, sadly, part of a series.

But a good read, none the less.

Our Heroine, Venetia, is a woman who has been orphaned and is responsible, with a maiden aunt, for raising younger siblings. She obtains gainful employment as a photographer. This is all back story - I've a feeling this was gone over somewhere else, and I've missed it.

We start the story (after a quick, pithy prologue) at a museum of sorts. Venetia has decided, since she's doomed to be an old maid, that she wants a night of passion. She's picked our hero, Gabriel, for her liaison.

Gabriel also chooses Venetia, only for a bit more than a liaison.

There are twists and turns and all sorts of "psychical" subtones. It's a very fun story, a very hot romance.

(*)>
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
pawl schwartz
I really enjoyed this book. Venetia is a talented photographer and aura reader. She is hired by the Society to photograph artifacts. In fear of spending an eternity alone she seduces Arcane Society member Gabriel. Gabriel and Venetia have an instant connection, which they both reciprocate. Something happens that forces them apart. Distraught at his disappearance and forced to work in a mans world Venetia adapts into to the role of Gabriels widow. Unknowingly endangering herself and her family her "husband" comes back to protect her. They dance around the new role as husband and wife quite well. This book was face paced, witty and intriguing, along with the murder suspence of the plot. Gabriel and Venetia are an adorable couple. Gabriel also interacts with her family quite charmingly.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
mr 5x5
Second Sight stood out amongst the stacks of fluffy mystery books I borrowed. I wolfed down the paperback in a few hours. It's not a cozy murder mystery; it's a romance thriller with an intrigue.

Though the characters in this book were on the anemic side and the plot a little murky, I still enjoyed the story a lot. The mystical properties held by the central characters were interesting to this first time Amanda Quick reader.

I realize that the paranormal presented in Second Sight is a measly scrap for ardent pursuers of supernatural centered stories. Still, the tasty bit served in this book roused my enthusiastic curiosity for more.

Also the seduction scenes were fun too! The few scenarios sizzled on the pages on Second Sight. Judiciously placed, the few trysts add a spicy tang to the story without overwhelming the reader's senses.

It was my first book from this author and I'm looking forward to more - under her real name of Jayne Ann Krentz or by her pseudonyms. I'm sure her works will all be thrilling, fast reads.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
gabriela gonzalez
Holy wow, dive right in. But then there are only 3 intimate scenes, so "bodice ripper" I would not call this. I liked headstrong Venetia and mysterious Gabriel. I did like the story of the Arcane Society and I hope to find out a lot more in the next books because I will be continuing this series!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
rachael eggebeen
It didn't take me long to read this historic romantic suspense novel. Amanda Quick has a way with prose that draws the reader into each chapter alongside the characters.

In "Second Sight", photographer Venetia Milton has a romantic encounter with Gabriel Jones, heir to the Arcane Society, immediately after which she is whisked away to safety while he stays to try and capture intruders before they can steal any valuable artifacts. After reading that Gabriel has supposedly been killed, she moves with her family to Victorian London, using the alias of the widowed Mrs. Jones when she sets up her studio. What follows is a fun bit of suspense, a love story, and a tale of psychical powers all rolled into one.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
alicia robinson
I love that I never feel `had' when I buy a hardcover book by Amanda Quick since her writing is always so consistantly good.

When Venetia Milton, a spunky photographer who believes herself to be on the shelf seduces her employer, it isn't just her psychic gifts she's keeping secret. But that's okay because Gabriel Jones has secrets of his own. Venetia is Amanda's standard spunky female lead and Gabriel is her standard alpha male trying to disguise himself as a Beta.

One of the aspects that I found so interesting in this book is that she brought some of the characteristics from her Jayne Castle futuristic books into this historical thereby setting up a world view that is continuous across her genres. I would love to see her further pursue this line of thought and more firmly connect characters from her Amanda Quick world to her Jayne Castle world.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
donovan foote
If this book had been written by any other author, I would have given it 2 stars. I was very disappointed because I have read every book written by Ms. Krentz/Quick and have loved them all. I own them all! This one totally left me cold. I never got into the characters. I thought I would like Venetia at first, but I never really got into her. She was very stiff, formal and had no sense of humor whatsoever. She did warm up some during the love scenes, but even those seemed thrown in because they were necessary in the book. It was like the characters thought, "Oh yeah, we're supposed to be incredibly sexually attracted to each other, so let's have some sex scenes". The character of Gabriel was also like a shadow of all the other male leads in the Quick books. None of the relationships in the book were well developed. Venetia's and Gabriel's relationship didn't really develop either. It didn't seem like they were friends, let alone lovers. Finally, the mystery seemed to limp along. It didn't make a whole lot of sense to me throughout. It then comes to an abrupt, unbelievable end. I hope the next Quick book will be up to the standard of her previous books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
weatherly
Second Sight by Amanda Quick was released in 2006. A suspense/romance thriller has Venetia and Gabriel being attracted to each other. They both have psychic abilities and that makes the story flow. Fans of Amanda Quick will like this the most.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
sophia
Good read, entertaining, kept a good pace. Romance and mystery with the supernatural mixed in. A perfect mix! Love these stories.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
nathaniel dean
I'm so disappointed. I always look forward to an Amanda Quick book, although the last several haven't been her best.

I can't believe this book was written by Jayne Ann Krentz! The characters were flat and had no life in them. There was nothing to show why the hero and heroine loved each other. The villan was boring and unrealized and the storyline uninteresting. I finished the book hoping for improvements but they never appeared.

Sadly, I felt nothing for Gabriel and Venetia. Based on the first chapter I thought I was going to like Venetia but it turned out otherwise. Once she went to London she became hard and a bit unfeeling. I couldn't believe her reaction to Gabriel being alive and not dead - it was as though the woman in the first chapter had vanished and been replaced by this unfeeling person. Her attitude was that he should go away and let her focus on her business. She often unknowingly relayed that disinterested feeling to others. Again, a big disappointment.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
sky thibedeau
This was a pretty good story, and I really liked the interactions between the hero and heroine. I have always enjoyed Ms. Quick's characters, they are not your usual cookie cutter fare. This book is no exception, and it is very well written. I especially liked the elements of paranormal that were tied into the plot-and it was very smoothly done as well. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a touch of the supernatural in their romance, and also to all the readers like me, who will pick anything up with her name on it!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
emiergo
Knowing her family needs money, photographer Venetia Milton obtains a gig at isolated Arcane House where she plans to seduce her employer Gabriel Jones. She succeeds on both parts, but feels despondent when she has to leave as she believes she is in love. However, not long afterward, she reads in the newspaper that her beloved died.

Feeling like a widow, Venetia pretends that she and Gabriel were married. To her shock, Gabriel arrives at her home. Apparently, he arranged his death to fool his enemies who want his secrets that he possesses as the current ancestor of an alchemist who formed a clandestine society to study psychic phenomena; Venetia hides the fact that she sees auras from her "guest". As they fall in love, they team up to uncover killers, blackmailers, and thieves who covet both their secrets in a world filled with masquerades in which SECOND SIGHT can prove misleading.

This is a delightful Victorian romantic suspense with a touch of the paranormal. The story line balances the kissing scenes with the perilous escapades so that the audience obtains a quick-paced fun thriller. Venetia is a wonderful protagonist struggling with her secrets including her desire for her "late" employer while Gabriel battles his enemies but has revised his life goals as he reciprocates his employee's desires. Historical romance fans will enjoy this charming couple who either are in the fire or causing the fire.

Harriet Klausner
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
golnaz
I found this surprisingly good. I'm not much of a romance reader unless it is mixed with another genre, but I really liked this one. The characters were smart, funny, and endearing. The setting is historical with a touch of fantasy. The characters have some form of magical ability which they hide from society by being a part of the "Arcane society." I thought the minor characters were so funny and sweet. Each was different and unique from each other. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nour
This is a book you will either love or hate.

The book starts of with the two main characters Venetia and Gabriel together in a room. You kind of feel you missed them getting to know each other as they've already been together a week.

The main story of this book is that Gabriel Jones is presumed dead after a break-in at the house they were both staying at. So for Venetia to open her own business and not have to face prejudice she decide to pretend she is married and takes the surname, you've guessed it Jones.

Now he is dead, right, so what has Ms Venetia to fear? Well guess what Gabriel isn't dead, he's pretending, so he can flush out the real murderer who he want to think that he is dead. Confused. Don't be. It's quite simple when you read it.

Anyway Gabriel reads the paper one morning with his cousin in attendance and he knows straight away this woman who is a photographer, who has his surname, is Venetia. So he decided to go to her and see what she is about.

He puts the tale about he is her dead husband returned from the dead. The tabloids weave a romantic story out of this. It's really her own fault.

Now keep in mind Venetia has a special ability, she has paranormal gifts, but so to does Mr Jones. So they have some things in common. This is focused on a bit throughout the book. You also meet Venetia's family who are involved in the family business and her younger brother at times is quite funny with the way he says thing and then Gabriel's family are rather interesting also.

Anyway to sum it up, this was funny in parts and a very enjoyable read for any Amanda Quick fan. Enjoy
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
casper
I was surprised by all the positive reviews of this book; it averaged one star with my book club. This is the 2nd Amanda Quick book I have read (the first being "With this Ring") and there is no comparison between the two. I really enjoyed her first book, but with "Second Sight", it felt like reading a different author entirely. The characters were bland, the dialogue repetitive, and there was no sexual tension whatsoever. This is light reading with a capital L. I'm going to try another of her older books, I hope it isn't as boring as this one.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
virginia marie
Why do I feel that I have read this book before?

Could it be because the protaganists are the same characters as in ALL the previous titles by this author? Or maybe because we have the pretend wife/widow plot AGAIN? Or even because there is a secret society of an archaelogical nature -as in the VANZA books?

The whole thing is just a mish-mash of previously used ideas thrown together under a new title and with new names.

For all that, it is readable. Certainly a great deal better that the Lavinia/Tobias series which I found to be a dead bore!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kerri peters
Amanda Quick does not disappoint in her latest installment set in Victorian England. She has the gift of all fine writers -- the ability to create interesting characters, complex plots, and fascinating details (who can resist the Arcane Society?) that leave the reader with the feeling that the time was well spent. The paranormal aspects of this book are particularly intriguing, and the romance aspect was well done.

Be prepared to finish this in one sitting, because you won't want to put it down.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
claudius
I gave it 4 stars but if available, I would give it 4-1/2 stars. Ms. Krentz never disappoints. I enjoyed this book as I have all of her previous books. I love her sense of humor, and the personality quirks she gives her characters as well as the strength and intelligence she gives all of her female characters. I love that I learn something new about the era she is writing about in every book. I anxiously await the second book in this series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
fadi ghali
I've read almost all of Amanda Quick's romances and most of her work as Krentz. I liked Lie by Moonlight better than Second Sight because it seemed less predictable. Regardless, her writing is a notch above other romance novelists and it is always good for fast easy read with likeable characters and just the right amount of steam. If you are looking for great literature along the lines of something by John Steinbeck this is not it of course, but sometimes you need a little chocolate and a romance.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
fellinara
The reading is very good but... if you expect a paranormal story you won't get one so if you don't like paranormal stories you'll enjoy this one. The problem here is that I really wanted one when I bought this book. On the other hand the story'll keep you reading and trying to guess what'll be in the next page.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
afnan
I have read several of the Amanda Quick books and although some are very interesting Second Sight is extremely boring. Both the hero and herione are boring and the interaction between them is snooze city. Iwill be reading a lot of reviews before I buy another of these victorian series of boring books.l
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
maryam hany
I really love Amanda Quick, but this one just didn't work. We don't even get to see the hero and heroine meet and spend time together; the action starts after they've already spent a week getting to know each other. Very disappointing from a romance novel.

And I don't really expect tightly woven mysteries in my romance novels, but the plot in this one defies belief. It's never explained why the first murder even occurs. The hero's fear that the murderer will focus on Venetia because she's using the last name "Jones" is beyond ludicrous. If that was going to be a major plot point, at least make it an unusual name that would link the hero and heroine together. But JONES?!

All would be forgiven if the romance were compelling, but it wasn't in the slightest. I will probably choose to wait for the next one in paperback or at the library.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
brian kurt
If you have enjoyed Amanda Quick other books you will find this one very entertaining. The characters are interesting and play off of each other well. The idea of both Gabriel and Venetia having paranormal abilities and both using them on each other was exciting. Both of their families were enjoyable to read about. I hope her next book is about Caleb, Gabriel's cousin.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
charles theonia
I was wary of switching from reading Jayne Ann Krentz novels to any of her psudonyms because I knew they would be different tones and/or voices, but I'm so glad I did. Second sight was the second Amanada Quick novel I've read (The River Knows was the first one), and now I'm hooked. Her writings of the Polite World and its inhabitants are just as good as those set in more modern times. It's a good thing too since I've read all the ones by Krentz published as herself. I now have a whole new set of books to read!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
clarissa militante
Very entertaining. This was a good start to a very interesting series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
madie wendricks
I just love the intrigue of the Arcane Society novels and for that I gave this 4 stars. I bought the unabridged library edition and admit that it seemed a bit long, but listening to Anne Flosnik read the story definitely helped. Ms. flosnik's reading style and accent totally take me right to England and I can picture everything that is happening. The main characters are likable and are presented in an average mystery/light romance. If I had to read the same, it would have dragged on too long and although I liked the storyline, there definitely is not enough romance in this novel for my reading tastes.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
pat shay
i really like the stories of this era. the constraints among the sexes are so intrigueing
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jessa
Interesting story and wonderful character development. I would buy more stories from this author. I can't wait for the next in the series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
sara marino
I KNOW THAT THERE IS A LOT OF SIMILARITY IN HER BOOKS AND THIS ONE WAS A LITTLE MORE PREDICTABLE THAN MOST BUT I JUST LOVE HER CHARACTERS. I ENJOY THE INTERACTION AND THAT THE WOMEN ARE USUALLY WITTY AND SELF POSSESSED. THE PREVIOUS REVIEWS ARE RIGHT ON TARGET. THIS IS NOT HER BEST BUT IT IS PRETTY GOOD AND I ALWAYS ENJOY THE WORLD SHE CREATES.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
maru ta
Good entertainment and light, fun read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
enixxe
I love this writer. I can't be objective with her stuff, so if you're looking for that type of review skip this one. Her heroines are great her heroes are to die for. Buy this book!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
hendrik
I was very impressed with this work and read her later books because of it. Too bad the others were not nearly as interesting as this one. Great characters!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
adam roll
Always enjoy Arcane stories
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
karen garrison
Enjoyed this one!
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
sevil
I've always been a fan of Amanda Quick's witty sense for verbal exchanges and amusing plots, but this is by far one of the worst romances I have ever read. The romance between the couple in unconvincing and unsubstanciated; the plot is silly and nonsensical. Do not read it; you'll be disappointed. Try one of her earlier books, like Mystique, that's a bit more plausible.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
roisin
3 out of 5 stars. Another book I started out really liking and then grew bored with. It was ok I guess.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
naranchuluun
The supernatural is a player in this romance involving a widow who seduces a man who ends up dying, and then returning from death.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
cj dainton
outstanding book. Very good subject and very well written. I loved Venetia and her modern views.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
anita williamson
First, the story was terrific. Second, its obviously a step forward from the previous Amanda Quick time frame. Probably ten to fifteen years. Third, and most importantly, this is the beginning of a new series of really "arcane" ideas that should lead to many more great reads. Progress in time in this series must lead to greatly expanded possibilities in plot. This is the story that began that trend.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
oren
I love this book. Shipped when and received as promised. Will order again.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
catherine reinehr
5stars, very good book would recommend to any true romance reader and a little
Mystery included,couldn't put it down excellent read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jennifer healey
I Love this author, I love the themes and I think that her leading ladies are all really strong.

I have been reading her books for years and although some of the themes are familiar, the books are always fresh never boring and I can never put them down.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
kashiichan
I am a great fan of Amanda Quick and this book did not move me at all. I really could not get with the whol aura business. But because I like her books I read it anyway. I would recommend it if you had nothing else to read.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
beth louise
If ever there were a book in need of copy-editing, it is this one. Averages one error per page. Compound sentences joined with "but"? No comma. Introductory adverbial clauses? No comma following.

To read something so flawed physically is to destroy what may be inherent goodness.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
nameet
I have all of the Amanda Quick novels so of course I bought this one as well. I fact, I have most of the books written by her other authorial names she uses as well. Her romance is as pleasing, enjoyable and complicated as I expected.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
andrew dobay
This book will probably rate fairly high on a romance-novel lover's list. There is a heroine with some special ability, a hero, and a mystery. The story is pleasant, if not memorable. It was rather like cotton candy, sweet and light, no particular flavor and soon gone.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jennifer schreter
Nice book to escape into. I always look forward to reading Amanda Quick and this book didn't disappoint me.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
autumn wallin
Don't waste your time or money on this one. This book is terrible. Whatever happened to Amanda Quick writing great books. She used to be my favorite autor. It will be a long time before I ever purchase another one of her books.
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