Second Sight by Amanda Quick
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 catalogued them, to obtain such knowledge
The Arcane Society series isn’t one you really have to read in any sort of order… but I did love that in this one Venetia had this gift of sight sort of… not like to see the future but almost like looking at a negative image of the world that reveals people’s aura’s to her… and more interestingly she can use this sight to capture the best of images which has made her a well off photographer in Victorian London… and if you’ve read any of the Arcane books then you won’t be surprised that someone is looking for the alchemist formula to heighten their psychic powers… which is why them thinking she’s a Jones is highly dangerous… and with murders all around them, her and Jones have to discover the truth and of course get closer to each other… have to love the romantic side of things as well… all around a good book… filled with mystery and excitement… of course the whole series is amazing…