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. Jo...More
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Great storyline, too!!
Narration makes escape impossible
An engaging enough historical romance (first in the Arcane Society series) if it had been read by someone more talented. Minimal character development would have been an acceptable trade for the racy sex, but to have someone who sounds like my 8th grade catholic school principal (Sister Dorothy) read what is supposed to be red hot lovemaking is not my cup of tea. I tried to cope by imagining the words on the page, and then reading them again to myself, to no avail. Skip this one and buy the book. I'll be buying or borrowing the next in the series, because they're fun sexy 'thrillers' -- but the narration here makes escape impossible. Want something comparable (though less racy), but extremely well-read and compelling? Try one of these two historical romance/detective series: Amanda Peabody mysteries or Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia series. Excellent character development, plot and compelling romances, read by first rate narrators.