Wicked Widow (Vanza Book 3)

By Amanda Quick

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maria spasojevic
I've collected Ms. Krentz books since her first periodic novel came about and this is the biggest disappointment yet. It's a summary of the other Vanza books and men being enigmatic but resigned to the inevitable (read: women nagging them into submission). After the first few chapters, it was clear that the hero would 'concur' with the heroine and ultimately fall in love with her, etc. Meanwhile, the baddie would try to separate them and threaten them which makes them cling on to each other even more, etc.
Surely, Ms. Krentz, you can do better than regurgitate old materials with a different dressing? One can only hope that Slightly Shady, which I have yet to read, is better.
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stephanie page
As a rabid fan of Amanda Quick, when this book first came out, I was eager to get it. Once I started reading however, it was quickly apparent that this was not going to as good as her previous books. The plotline was weak, and I didn't particularly like the characters. Artemis was too dark and Madeline was too flaky. Tried as she might, I just couldn't get into this book. If you want to start reading Amanda Quick, start with 'With This Ring' and 'I Thee Wed', they are her best. Hopefully the next one will be better.
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james sawyer
Like some of the other reviews, I am saddened that the Amanda Quick books are beginning to become boring, with Wicked Widow barely making the mark. Yes, the Vanza reference is getting old very quickly. Also, the characters seem to argue most of the way through the book - that is tiring. Hopefully Amanda Quick books will get back on track to some of the more interesting ones of the early 90's, such as Ravaged and Mystique.
Wildest Hearts :: Garden of Lies :: Crystal Gardens (Ladies of Lantern Street Book 1) :: The River Knows :: The Girl Who Knew Too Much
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Good finish to series.
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This book was pretty decent, but JAK did recycle some plot points from some of her earlier Quick novels. In particular I felt that there were some key elements from both "Dangerous" and "Scandal".

The chemistry between Artemis and Madeline was enjoyable. I felt they were a believable couple. I do wish that JAK hadn't used the name Artemis though since in Greek Mythology Artemis is a female deity. Thus when I would see the character's name in the book I had to force myself to remember that it was a male character.
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carlos pelaez
I really liked Wicked Widow very much. I love the Vanza-philosophy theme and I was very glad when I discovered that it is continued in this book. The female heroine, Madeline, and her aunt are very likable characters, two determined ladies who are scared by the shadows of events in the past but they are not letting their fears influence their good spirits and their lives. The hero, Artemas Hunt, is also a wonderful character, who slowly learns to look into the future instead of remaining in the past he cannot but would like to change. I really enjoyed the book very much and was sad when it ende.
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I've read every book Amanda Quick has written and this one just isn't up to her usual standards. It's still an enjoyable read, but you might want to wait till it goes to paperback. There were one to many similararities to previous books of hers.
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This is the second time I have read this book. I enjoyed it as much the second time as I did the first time, but I am an Amanda Quick fan. I am sure that I am biased.
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courtney webber
This book was very clever in some of her plot twists, yet I 2 though it was a little over done in some parts. It a so so read, and yet again a classical Amanda Quick book and I believe that these characters are richer than some of her other ones. I think that both are deserving of each other.
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laura alley dietrich
Having been an Amanda Quick fan from the beginning(Seduction is a wonderful book) I am saddened by the deterioration reflected in her last 4-5 books. Her earlier books were characterized by intricate plots and layers of character development. Her heroes and heroines had depth and in fact were people you wanted to invite for dinner. I stopped buying them( I get them from the library) several books ago. Having just read the Wicked Widow, I am now going to stop reading them.PS, is it my imagination or have all successful paperback authors undergone similar transformations as they move to hardback? Elizabeth Lowell is also quickly degenerating as well,
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This is the first novel I have read from Amanda Quick. She grapped my attention before i finished the 2 pages. Her characters are hard to hate, and I found myself laughing at the sexual tention between the Dialogue of Wicked Widow and Hunt. The scenes where very real and the tention of the mistery keep me up for hours. I finished the book in 2 days and I found it impossible to put down. This book allowed me to laugh, cry and be scared. Its the perfect mixutre of everything. I am dying to read another Amanda Quick book really soon.
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I think Amanda Quick has run out of story. By reading few pages of this book, I can guess the rest of the story. I think this book has all the combination of the last few books she wrote, you can find the similarity.
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Great read loved it, Great price.
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I had great expectations for this book. I love Amanda Quick's style and her slightly eccentric heroines. This one, however, was plain, boring and in no way wicked. The story wasn't as well-written as AQ's books usually are and simply dragged on and on and on.
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This was my first Quick book, and I haven't been able to put down her books ever since. Imagine my surprise when I read her earlier work! This is no doubt a lesser book than her early efforts, but I still found it to be funny and intriguing. I do agree with another reviewer who said that the author used Vanza as an excuse for any inexplicable behavior the hero displayed. Vanza became more of a nuisance after a while, but the characters really kept me turning the pages.
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mai mostafa
I had hopes for this book. I'm not usually an Amanda Quick fan, but I thought the concept for this book was interesting. Wrong. I thought it dragged on. It wasn't as suspenseful as I thought it would be, either. I know I won't be purchasing anymore by this author.
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I had never read one of her books before and this really sparked my interest. I love a mystery and this had it all. Mystery ,Romance, and suspense. I would reccomend it to anyone whether you love fiction or mysteries.
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bronwyn harris
As usual, this author writes a good story which moves along and keeps your interest. I enjoy the paranormal aspect.
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beth forney
I like mysteries and humor books. Quick's books are always combinations of those with smart, stubborn, independent women. Fun to read.
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Witty, original characters. Fast paced plot. As with all AQ books, you know the ending, but it is fun seeing how they get there.
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For the first time ever, I scanned a Quick book. I usually like her writing but this book never developed. She just hammered on Artemis being "Vanza"...and never let the characters develop. She flirted with the possibilities, toyed with the reader, but in the end...I find that I just can't recommend this one.
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tom ashman
I have never knocked a Krentz/Quick book, despite the fact that some are far better than others. In this latest work (?) I couldn't help but feel I'd read this all before... several times. I wish the author would get off the one-dimensional Vanza characters and turn out the kind of page turning sizzle that I know she's capable of producing! Next time I'll wait for the paperback ... or borrow a copy.
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I wasn't very fond of this book. The plot was very thin. I look forward to the next Amanda Quick book.
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I kept asking when a new Amanda Quick was comming out. Well you know what they say "Be careful what you ask for..." I guess I should have asked when a Good, entertaining and uncliched Amanda Quick was coming out. I feel cheated and am glad I didn'g pay the publisher's price for this DUD! I hope she is working on a good book for next time.
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pryscilla dechaviony
Amanda Quick is always a delight. The Wicked Widow is another in her Vanzagara series. The heroine Madeline has reason to distrucst all things Vanza but when she fears her husband's ghost is theatening her she needs a Vanza Master to help her. sparks fly as the two discover what true trust and love really is - and solve the mystery at the same time!
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Ms. Krentz, aka Amanda Quick, needs a vacation. She is trying to capitalize on her popularity as both Jayne Krentz and Amanda Quick and the novels are suffering---badly. The last three Quick novels, including this one, were not memorable AT ALL.
Don't waste your money on the hardcover--wait for the paperback.
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doug wilson
So glad this wasn't the first AQ book I've read, or I would never have picked up another.
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A really fun engaging read, with great characters,mystery, exvitement and of course, love!
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ga lle
This was my first Amanda Quick- and I wasn't impressed. It was dry and slow in places. I, too, got tired of Vanza this and Vanza that. It was overdone. As for the characters- I did like Artemis Hunt, owner of the Dreams Pavilion but there was something missing with Madeline "The Wicked Widow" Deveridge. And their romance was definitely flat and missing something (not that I want more description, but I did not feel the love there). I did finish the book but I won't suggest this one to friends.
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lyn polk
This was my first Amanda Quick novel but, it will not be my last. I really enjoyed this novel. It had a unique plot that I found refreshing. It was a little heavy on the Vanza stuff. And I did not quite feel the attraction between the hero and heroine that I would have liked, hence the four stars instead of five.
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andrea johnson
I usually listen to audiobooks while I drive to and from work everyday. I was enjoying this one so much that I brought it in the house and found reasons to stay at the computer to listen to it. It was wonderful narration and the story was thrilling.
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tammie smith
This is a typical Amanda Quick book. Good easy read. Would be a good summer vacation book for the beach.
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shanin hagene
This book suffers from too much Vanza, and not enough character development of the herione. I've read every Amanda Quick and this one seems like a re-hash of one of her prior books.
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