Second Sight Book 4
He wants a future with her. She can’t let go of the past. Will their desire be enough?
The Green Earth Commune isn’t all that it seems. When psychic Isabelle de Grey arrives, only her ability to read the past reveals something is terribly amiss. Though her instincts tell her to run, Isabelle can’t say no to a former friend in desperate need of help.
But the turmoil has just begun when FBI profiler Gavin “Mac” MacMillan arrives unexpectedly in Los Angeles. As the passion that has always claimed them heats to beyond boiling, Mac and Isabelle find themselves at a crossroads. Tugged in different directions while confronting both past and future, they find that, when it comes to choice, desire is all that matters.
What Readers Are Saying
This book was good! Kept me interested and just a little bit of steaminess…I will be looking into the others!!
It is a great story line and I do love every series of this book. Keep it up. Great work!
Enjoyed it. Love the sex scenes by this author!
I have a feeling this story is far from over. I am happy to read that Isabelle and Mac's relationship seem to be on track.
Isabelle hadn’t spoken to Yolanda in months and yet it always seemed like just yesterday when she called. They joked about their ‘psychic’ bond.
“Yolanda!” Isabelle said, answering the phone. “It’s so good to hear from you.”
A lot had happened in the last few months. Isabelle couldn’t wait to tell her about Mac.
“We’ll see how good it is,” said the older woman, though Isabelle imagined her smiling. “I have a reading for you.”
Isabelle had been putting dishes away and stopped.
“A client?” she asked. They had been few and far between, especially since being on TV. “You have a client for me?”
“Listen up,” Yolanda said, over-pronouncing. “Reading. Not client. Reading.”
Isabelle set down the dish rag on the edge of the sink.
“I don’t understand,” she said. “A reading?”
“What are you doing right now?” Yolanda asked.
“I’m standing here in the kitchen–”
“Good,” Yolanda said. “I’m rescuing you. Come on down.”
• • • • •
The United terminal at LAX was crowded.
Then again, Mac thought, I’ve probably only seen it flying red-eyes. He followed the signs to baggage claim, a place he had yet to visit. In the past, he’d always used carry-on luggage–the rush to the crime scene more important than packing extra suits.
Though he was in a hurry today, it was the good kind.
He was on his way to see Isabelle.
He picked up the pace and smiled to himself.
It was a good thing she didn’t read the future. It was enough of a challenge being with someone who could see the past. Today’s visit was going to be a surprise, in more ways than one. When they’d said goodbye on the phone last night, he’d almost told her but he didn’t want to get her hopes up.
Hell, I don’t want to get mine up.
With a quick sidestep and tug of his carry-on, he dodged a running toddler.
It’d been a month since they’d seen each other but it’d felt like a year, an empty and frustrating one. He’d managed to extend his last visit two extra weeks. It hadn’t proved too hard since both he and Isabelle had given statements in the arrest of serial killer Prentiss Coulter and been part of evidence collection for the Grand Jury hearing. Though Mac had found and rescued Isabelle before Prentiss could perform his ritualistic kill, he’d tortured her. Isabelle’s nightmares had only just started to fade when he’d had to return to Quantico.
Mac picked up the carry-on and took the stairs instead of the crowded escalator. A suitcase, a shuttle ride to the rental cars, and a trafficky drive downtown and Mac would be with her.
He took the steps two at a time.
• • • • •
Isabelle took the short glass of dark, mint tea that Yolanda held out to her.
“It’s a double,” Yolanda said, winking. “So go slow.”
Isabelle smiled and held the little glass with both gloved hands so it didn’t slip. Yolanda gracefully sat down opposite her, the crystal ball on the table between them.
Just days after Isabelle had arrived in the neighborhood, Yolanda had paid her a visit. The ‘psychic welcome wagon,’ she’d called herself and she’d made Isabelle smile from that moment on. Yolanda Qasim was probably in her mid-sixties but belly dancing kept her tall and lanky form very fit. No longer the beauty she must have been in her youth, Yolanda still moved with grace.
“Business that bad, huh?” Yolanda said, picking up her own glass.
“It’s never been worse,” Isabelle said, gazing into the crystal ball.
The small front office of Yolanda’s home looked exactly like a psychic’s office ought to look. Rich, embroidered tablecloths done in purples and deep reds covered the small, round tables. The wicker chairs held sequined, black, velvet cushions. Ornately beaded shades covered the lamps in the back corners of the room and, with the blinds drawn down on the two front windows, the light from them was subdued and gentle.
“I’m not surprised,” Yolanda said. “After what you did on TV.”
Isabelle could only nod.
She’d known it would kill her business but there hadn’t been any choice. After the kidnapper had asked to speak with Isabelle and they’d found out that his victim was alive, Mac had devised a plan to shake the man up. It had involved making him think he was in charge, that he was winning his war against the evil that Isabelle represented, and hopefully buying Esme a little more time. It had amounted to Isabelle saying publicly that she was a fake. Only a few clients had stuck with her.
“You know,” Yolanda said. “Crystal gazing isn’t really your thing. You’d be better off touching it.”
Isabelle had to smirk and looked up from the clear ball.
“Do you think I’d find clients with it?” she asked.
“Only mine,” Yolanda said. “They can’t seem to keep their dirty hands off it.”
Isabelle had to laugh a little. The last thing she was going to do was take off her glove and touch anything that had been so close to the public. Her ability to read the past of objects and people with just the touch of her fingers wasn’t something she could control.
“What’s different about you?” Yolanda asked, leaning back in her chair and crossing her legs.
“Oh,” Isabelle said. “You mean aside from having psychic ability and wearing gloves all the time…”
“No,” Yolanda said slyly, scrutinizing her. “No, there’s something positively… You’ve met someone.” Yolanda patted the little table between them. “I’d bet my last dollar.”
Isabelle smiled down into her tea and felt her face flush hot.
“Well?” Yolanda prompted. “Spill it.”
She took a long sip of her tea and settled back.
“There isn’t a lot to tell,” Isabelle said, excited despite herself. “But we met through a client.”
Isabelle told Yolanda all about Gavin “Mac” MacMillan: devastatingly handsome, athletic, with the most gorgeous blue-green eyes she’d ever seen. He was a profiler with the FBI, wasn’t bothered by her gift, and made a mean plate of scrambled eggs.
“But?” Yolanda said as Isabelle finished gushing.
“He lives in Quantico,” Isabelle said. “Virginia.”
“Yes. I know where Quantico is.” There was silence for a few moments and Yolanda sat back. “You’ve already fallen for him,” Yolanda said. “Haven’t you?” Isabelle didn’t answer. She’d been careful not to say how she felt because she already knew what Yolanda thought of relationships between psychics and non-psychics. Maybe that’s why she’s alone, Isabelle thought. She stared into her tea. “So,” Yolanda continued. “Just a few days here and there. East coast, west coast.” She shrugged. “Not exactly a real relationship.” Not exactly a relationship? Isabelle gripped the glass tighter. Yolanda didn’t know the first thing about Mac or what they’d been through. They were a couple, no matter the living arrangements. “End it,” Yolanda said.
Isabelle scowled at her.
“It’ll only bring you grief,” Yolanda said with a sigh. “End it before it’s too late.”
Isabelle took a deep breath. This was ground they’d already been over and one of the reasons she didn’t see Yolanda often. According to her, the only person who could understand a psychic was another psychic.
“Mac is different,” Isabelle said.
For a moment, Yolanda looked as though she were going to say something but she paused, glancing sideways.
“I could do a reading for you,” she announced. She set the tea down and reached for her polishing cloth. “Give the future a little gander,” she said, rubbing the fuzzy, grey fabric over the crystal ball between them. “On the house.”
“No,” Isabelle said, setting her tea down so quickly she splashed some on her glove.
“Are you sure?” she asked, hand resting on the clear and shining orb. “It might set your mind at ease.”
“My mind is at ease.”
Slowly, Yolanda folded the polishing cloth and set it back into place.
“I just don’t want to see you get hurt again,” she said. Then she shrugged and sat back. “But the choice is yours.”
“Is this the reading you had for me?” Isabelle asked.
“Now, now,” Yolanda said. “No need to get mad.” Isabelle had been about to retort but Yolanda held up a hand. “And no, that’s not the reading I have for you.” Yolanda nodded at the crystal ball. “I’ve seen you in one of my client’s futures.” Isabelle widened her eyes, staring. “Susan Massen,” Yolanda said. “She says she knows you.”
Isabelle’s surprise turned to puzzlement. That sounded so familiar.
“Where do I know that name?” Isabelle murmured, staring at the floor. “Susan Massen,” she whispered. Finally, it clicked. “Not Susan but Kayla,” Isabelle said, looking up. “Her daughter. I knew Kayla in college.”
The memories flooded back–not all of them good. They hadn’t parted on the best of terms.
“Well Susan was here for a reading this morning,” Yolanda said. “She was trying to get information about Kayla. The last time she saw her was several months ago, when she left to join some eco-commune in Topanga Canyon. Now, she can’t get her daughter on the phone and she’s worried. But when I did a reading, it wasn’t her daughter I saw in her future, it was you.”
“Me?” Isabelle said. “I can’t think why.”
Yolanda smirked at her and picked up her tea.
“Because you’re going to help her,” Yolanda said, as though it were obvious. “I’ve given her your number.”