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★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
This was a nice read, reminiscent of Quick's earlier works. It was much more witty and entertaining than her more recent offerings. As with all romances, it is a bit formulaic but overall it is a solid offering.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
laura eccleston
Quick read. Very good.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ann chao
Fast moving read with some interesting sub-plots. As always with this author, an enjoyable read from start to finish.
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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Loved it. I am never disappointed when I read your books!!! I have read most all by Amanda Quick .
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
paul kec
I enjoy these period pieces very much, as always the characters and there interplay is well written. The only downside, I felt, in this particular novel was the resolution. It felt a little contrived and just thrown in.

I would recommend this book to everyone.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Another great read. She never Quits. Thank-you
I love the people in her stories. Bold, funny and and charming.
I can't wait for her next book.

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Always writes an entertaining book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I really enjoyed the plot twists. The ending was a delightful surprise. The characters were engaging. I'm looking forward to her next book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
rodrigo sch tz
This is Amanda Quick at her best. A strong intelligent heroine, a hero with strength and honor, and a mystery with many facets to be solved.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
I have always enjoyed Amanda Quick. Her stories are always more interesting than the Jayne Ann Krentz ones.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
rafayel nagdimov
I've read the books like almost a hundred times lol
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Nice read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
haya nufus
Loved it! As usual, another wonderful romance set in my favorite time period from my favorite author!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Enjoyed the storyline and characters
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Like all Amanda Quick novels it reminds of the movie The Thin Man. I always envision Myrna Loy in the lead. I enjoyed reading it very much.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kelley ryan
A fast moving read, one that has the twists and turns to make it a thought provoking read. I always love her books!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
andrew sullivan
I am a true Amanda Quick, Jayne Ann Krentz fan. I like the historical settings which Amanda uses and the complications that her characters must work through.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
rebekah moan
Loved the way the story unfolded. - little mystery, great characters, and a little romance. Pure entertainment, so you don't have to think too hard to keep up.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
One of her best books, if you are an Amanda Quick fan, then she delivers, if you are picking her book for the first time then be prepared to become a fan.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
david de c spedes
I liked this book. It reminded me of the original Amanda Quick books. Mystery, romance and no paranormal. It was refreshing to read.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
I love Amanda Quick's book, but this one was very boring
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
rebekah bortolin
Characters were interesting and kept me engaged throughout the whole book. Nice to have a female character who can think quickly and take care of herself.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
megan graham
I always can't not wait for Amanda Quick's new release. Love all her books. Already waiting for the next one, hurry up please.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Loved it! I get a huge smile on my face reading Amanda Quick's books. It's so amusing when the hero shows up at the heroine's house in time to eat breakfast without being invited.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ruthie wade simpson
Was a really good book. I'm glad she wrote one that wasn't about the super natural for a change.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
angela herring
Just not as engaging as her earlier work. Didn't seem to be as much of a mystery as some of her others.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
carin moeder
Completely captured my attention! Could not put it down - was almost late getting to work it was that good! Looking forward to reading her next book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
As always, Amanda Quick has written another wonderful book. I have all her books and am happy to add this one to my library. Can't wait for the next one.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
elizabeth gimbutas
Amanda Quick never disappoints!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jennifer fosket
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
caroline gagliardi
Loved it!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kim bulger
I'm a great fan of her stories and the characters she creates. The women are strong and smart and don't wait to be rescued.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
A bit uninspired but have been a fan for 30 years will not give up on jak any time soon
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
wendy linden
Some of the story line was confusing, going in different direction. People popping up like she didn't have a plan
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
amey yurov
Loved the adventure and excitement
Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz) at her best.
A wonderful read
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
evan b
Enjoyed the book. I always look forward to any book by Amanda Quick/Jane Ann Krentz and I am never disappointed.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I always enjoy Amanda Quick,Jayne Ann Krentz and Jayne Castle books. I always reread the books through the years. Years of enjoyment.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
andrea prestinario
Loved It! My first book of Amanda Quick and I couldn't put it down. Like the romance and .mystery, how the plot develops. Will read her again.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
syd markle
This was good book to read. I just wish the happily ever after part at the end, was bit longer.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kelly flanigan
An engaging read.I would buy her books again. it held my interest until the end. I look forward to her next release.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Amanda quick always provides an enjoyable fun read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
doris pearson
the characters were fun and likeable--the story line kept my interest throughout! It made me want to read other books by this author.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This book was good all the way through. She is so good at developing characters that you can't help but get involved in the story.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
camila senkiv
Enjoyable light reading.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
meghan mckeon
Entertaining, quick read,
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
pete schwartz
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Moved quickly. Entertaining.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
breanne atha
I always enjoy this author.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
scott prutton
Not the usual page-turner for me this time. Kind of a random story. Disappointing from my favorite writer but not a bad streak.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
allison fraser
I thought it was entertaining and informative.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
blake heller
Great book. I haven't yet read a book by Amanda Quick which I didn't enjoy.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
chris valleau
Good read
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
heather shelton
Another one that was hard to put down!
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
melisa ika puspita
I think I've read every book Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick has ever written - that's 25+ years of reading her, but I'm done. The "characters" in this book aren't even 1-dimensional - each has one personality trait (the emotionless logic of an engineer; the curiosity of an independent woman; the cautiousness of an abused wife) and Krentz is apparently bored with having them actually talk to each other at any length. The villains are insane, so there's no reason to explore their personalities, and the action is predictable. No suspense, no humor, no emotional engagement - and all this for $10.99? I don't think so.

Krentz is an experienced and competent writer, she just doesn't have anything interesting to write about any more.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
very good, as usual.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
zachary harrison
I don't mind the repetition of a Quick novel--they are light, fun reads. However, I would be shocked to find out that this is truly a Quick novel. The writing style is different, conversations are MUCH less interesting, and the heroine "giggles." Has Quick ever used that term before? Ugh! This one was just not up to par.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
cynthia dahle
Very good couid not put down
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
rachael uggla
Ms. Quick has long been one of my favorite writers. Books such as "Mistress," "Seduction" and " Surrender" had engaging characters and clever plot twists. These days she just recycles old characters and tired story lines. A faux engagement which the man secretly wants to be genuine. Small, delicately formed, but spirited women. Really Ms. Quick, try stretching creatively. Otherwise I am through paying for your books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sung min
great story
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
marguerite nico
Vintage Amanda Quick
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
brytanni burtner
Dont know what went amiss but i didnt find this book entertaining at all. I struggled to read it and finally gave up. I love Krentz and have read all her backlist but this one is a hohummer.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ben gilbey
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
gil luz
For a kindle book, this was high priced but the format was not. The plot and characters were weak. The kindle formating was off and some lines were not legible. Disappointing from this author.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jonathan pyles
Interesting. I like that the characters aren't incipient .
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
This book was completely different from ALL her previous books.
I can NOT believe it was written by the same author who wrote all the other
Amanda Quick books (that I loved!).
I'm not sure I will ever read one of her books again.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
ale teleleu
Stiff, stock characters that had no life nor distinction. Mediocre plot. It reminded me of a grocery store fiction and not much else.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
josh keller
Not worth the amount of money asked. Slow uninspired plot and not up to her usual standard of story telling
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
sami melaragno
I am a long time fan of Jayne Anne Krentz, whatever name she is writing under. This is a good book, or could be if the first page in every chapter wasn't blank. Of course, with a kindle, that is several pages. Periodically throughout the book has more pages missing. Has anybody else had this problem or just the one I got?
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
margo price
The other books n the series were better
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
denisse haz
Amanda Quick/Jayne Anne Krentz, etc. is my favorite author, BUT this book was a big disappointment. The basic romanance structure is recognizable from a number of her previous Victorian period novels. The first sexual encounter is especially recognizable. She is a virgin but he doesn't realize it because she insists she's a "Woman of the World" (boy, does that phrase grate!) and, of course, it doesn't go well. There's a pretend engagement and neither knows for sure what the other feels. Yawn.

The hero, with no evidence, concludes that the bastard half sister and Russian spy has to be an old lover. The villan again uses the phrase "little whore" which has been used in at least two other books. How the heroine will overcome the villain is obvious when there is a description of the contents of her purse given with the description of her ball gown.

A lot of little things made this feel formula and careless. On a postitive note, you can always count on Quick's heroines to be resourcefull and to rescue themselves. Amity and her sister had things almost under control when the cavalry arrived.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
If I could I would ask for my money back. So disappointing! No real character development, terribly contrived plot twists. I have read all of this authors books under all of her names and enjoyed most of them this is by far the worst.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
kimberly lambright
It didn't download all of the pages. So, every few pages are missing.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
joy cervantes
I enjoyed the story but not the narrator. The narrator read the book very flatly with no emphasis on anything. At the price of these books, I would expect some type of performance.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
benjamin chandler
I have been a pretty avid reader of AQ/JAK/JC. I get them as soon as I can after they are released and enjoy them immensely but this one just didn't cut it, for me. I found it kind of flat. The mystery to be solved flowed pretty well but the romance seemed to me choppy -- just stuck into the storyline, kind of contrived. Anyway, I was looking forward to it and then, well, I felt disappointed. I loved her stories with characters with paranormal powers. I found those intriguing and fun but this one, for me, was really ho hum. Sorry to be such a downer. I hope this review helps someone. I recommend getting this from the library instead of buying it but that's just me giving advice based on my opinion of this book.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
john wieschhaus
Super, Amanda Quick A.K.A. Jayne Ann Krentz can't be beat!!! Love all her books. Five Star rating!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Set in Victorian England, mostly. That magical time when science was reaching out for the impossible, such as solar engines that could power cannons.

Miss Amity Doncaster had quickly taken control after discovering a badly wounded Benedict Stanbridge during a stop in the Caribbean. Once in New York, Ben stays in America while Amity continues on to London.

It isn't long before Amity finds herself the focus of gossip claiming that she and Ben had an affair while on board the ship. This gossip attracts the attention of serial killer known as the Bridegroom. Amity manages to escape thanks to her fan weapon.

Barely off the boat to London, Ben rushes to Amity's side. Determined to protect her, he declares that they are engaged. He, Amity, and her sister Penny join Scotland Yard's Inspector Logan to find the killer, a member of the Upper Class.

Not only is there a romantic connection between Ben and Amity, but there was definite sparks between Logan and Penny. So many fascinating characters, good and bad. Various twists and turns in both main mysteries soon become a tangled mess.

Yes, there are perhaps a few too many coincidences, but it doesn't take away from the story. Some parts that I really liked include Amity's lack of excitement with her first sexual encounter, Penny's confession that her great love affair with her deceased husband was anything but, Penny's lecture to Ben about the use of condoms, and how Virgil appears normal despite his insanity. Plus both Penny and Amity actually save themselves before Logan and Ben arrive at the killing place.

The thing that has always delighted me about Quick, with rare exceptions, are her main characters, strong yet sometimes clueless about romance. I'm wondering if Declan ever got his own book and I missed it. Loved this romantic adventure. 4.5 out of 5.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
alexandra morrison
On her quest to write a travel guide for women, Amity Doncaster rescues a man who, it turns out, is on a mission for British intelligence. A shipboard romance follows but then the reluctant spy, Benedict Stanbridge, heads for California while Amity heads back to London.

Once in London, Amity is kidnapped by a serial killer, nicknamed 'the bridegroom' who accuses her of being wanton. Amity barely escapes but the exploit brings her notoriety... and, when Benedict returns to London he suggests that the only way to save her reputation is for them to claim an engagement.

The spy business is not over and the bridegroom, although wounded by Amity, remains a threat. The two, along with Amity's sister and a police detective who is falling for Amity's sister, decide to work together to unravel the various dangers and crimes.

Author Amanda Quick (Jane Ann Krentz) writes an engaging story. Her style is very approachable, her heroines always spunky and combining liberated views with Victorian sexual innocence. Like all Quick novels, OTHERWISE ENGAGED is hard to put down. Both Amity and Benedict are likable characters and Amity's sister Penny and Penny's secondary romance adds a bit of depth to the story.


Although I always enjoy Quick's writing, for me, OTHERWISE ENGAGED was not one of her best stories. (SPOILER ALERT) First, the two mystery subplots--the bridegroom and the spy elements, seemed to be drawn together for the author's benefit rather than being true to the story. Second, and related, the way Quick tied these two elements together stretched coincidence beyond credibility. First, we were to believe that the freelance spy just happened to have a brother who just happened to be a serial killer intent on women whose reputations were damaged. Second, we are to believe that spy just happened to have a longstanding crush on Benedict. Third, we are to believe that this spy just happens to work for the man who compromised Amity's reputation several years before and who intrudes in the story for no apparent reason other than to be there once Benedict and Amity unravel the mysteries.


For me, these elements made too much of this story feel forced, as if Quick were intent on pulling things together but couldn't find a valid reason, within the story, for them to do so.

Quick's writing is always superior, her characters always entertaining. The plot of this book, though, seemed flawed to me.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
maura dailey
I opened this book expecting to read Clarissa Slate's story, after all she was/is the third Lady of Lantern street, instead this book is totally unrelated to Lantern street, which does not even get a mention (correct me if I'm wrong). What really surprises me is that I haven't come across anyone else's review who found this odd.
There has been no response that I've seen to fans questions on when Clarissa Slate's story will appear, or even if it's in the works.
I really don't know why Otherwise Engaged was branded as part of the Ladies of Lantern Street story arch.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
I mostly liked this book. I am glad that she took a break from the Arcane Society series. Those were getting pretty repetitive for me and I wasn't enjoying them much anymore. A few things about this book, though. When the main characters meet, the hero was shot and the heroine doctors him back to health. Then, the next chapter, they've made a connection and lust for each other. But, we don't actually read in any of their interactions. The book jumps a week between chapter 1 and 2 (actually both prefaces), but that week has apparently been very important to the development of their relationship, so the reader completely misses out on that. We're just told that they've made a connection. When chapter 1 starts, the heroine hasn't heard from the hero in a month. She's kidnapped by the villain, escapes, the hero shows up, and immediately decides a fake engagement is the way to go because he has just missed the heroine so much. Despite only knowing her for a week, kissing her once, and then not speaking to her in a month. I think that if the reader saw that week's development, their fascination with each other would make more sense. The villain is also kind of toothless. He's locked up for the majority of the book because his mother recognizes his crazy, and then the plot really kind of goes off the rails. She should have just kept to a jack the ripper storyline without all the added mess with the crazy sister and agent of the crown nonsense that didn't add much to the book. A previous reviewer thought too much time was spent with the sister and the inspector but they were hardly given any lines. That relationship could have developed more, I thought. Overall, a good and easy read but not my favorite of hers. I honestly think I liked it was much as I did just because it wasn't an Arcane novel.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
myrna des
I am determined to finish this book, but I do not like it. The chemistry just isn't there between the main characters probably because they aren't well developed or three dimensional. Their psychological make up is missing and where it does appear it is incongruous with their actions. Usually I am very clear on who looks like what and what archetypes are at play. I'm in the middle of this book and I can't remember what the heroine or the hero look like. They are so underdeveloped that they are literally paperdolls. The whodunit part of the story is the only element driving my interest. I am SO disappointed. I have been reading Jayne Ann Krentz as Amanda Quick for more than 20 years and while there are some heroines I've liked more than others I've never felt as if any of the books I read were bad, but this one is pretty darn close.

Some other reviewers have rightly stated that the romance seems disjointed and reads like an afterthought. They're correct. Moreover, from the first page I noticed a very simplistic vocabulary as if the editors mandated that no words be used that could not be readily identified by a sixth grader. Additionally, there is far too much reliance on dialogue to move the story forward. I have never read an AQ book that had so much tedious dialogue. The characters barely have an inner voice and the witty banter is completely nonexistent. AQ's stories are usually so smartly written and richly textured with details that the characters LIVE in your mind -- you root for them or against them, either way they move you. Here, I could care less what happens to these people. This work is so lacking in the finer details of good storytelling that I would not be surprised if comes out that someone else wrote this story.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
When Amanda Quick announced that she was releasing a romance that wasn't connected to her Arcane series, it was not a question of whether I would read it, but when. After an agonizing one-year wait for the paperback to be released, I hunkered down and read Otherwise Engaged.

I loved how this story started: it is the heroine that rescues the hero from mortal danger, and they end up falling in love. But the story goes downhill from there: there isn't one, but three antagonizing elements: someone is after the plans for the solar-powered machine and has endangered Benedict's life and those close to him. There also seems to be a spy element as well, as Benedict's uncle seems to head or be part of an intelligence network, but it isn't explicitly stated, or developed in the story.

Then there's the danger to Amity -- her professional career and the publication of her first book are being threatened when gossip about her and Benedict are leaked to the press. There's also Humphrey Nash, a famous photographer who wants to take credit for Amity's work, claiming a man's name would lend the book more credibility.

Finally, there's the "Bridegroom," a serial killer who attacked Amity. The Bridegroom is an intriguing character, who seems to be very well-connected in society. He has killed several women, and Amity only managed to escape because of her quick-thinking.

It's the mention of the solar-powered device in the Gaslight era of England that got me doubting this book's ties to the Arcane series -- considering the time period, the idea of solar-power during this period and is two steps from being considered "paranormal" during that time. There were a few times that I had put down the book and check whether the book was part of the Arcane series, because there were some not-so-subtle resonances between the series and this stand-alone.

There's a familiarity to Amanda Quick's characters, and I see this as both a good and bad thing. Quick is so good at creating strong, capable characters, and her characters in Otherwise Engaged are no different. Amity is an intrepid world traveler who writes about her travel adventures for a newspaper, and Benedict is a really, really smart engineer. While there is no cookie-cutter master mold for Amanda Quick's characters, upon reading, one can tell that they are her characters. They are distinct -- but, at the same time, I also get a sense that I've read about him or her before. There's a strange sense of deja vu, but, I guess it is to be expected considering how many books this author has already published.

Unfortunately, the women of the Doncaster bloodline who had the misfortune to be endowed with those particular characteristics had acquired a certain reputation over the years. Tales were still told of the many-times great-grandmother who had barely escaped hanging as a witch during the 1600s. A century later a spirited aunt had managed to disgrace the family by running off with a highwayman. Then there was the aunt who had vanished on a hot-air balloon ride only to reappear as the mistress of a married earl.
- p. 31

* * *

"Have you had any experience with criminal investigations, Mr. Stanbridge?"

"No, but I imagine it is like any problem in engineering or mathematics," he said. "One assembles all of the relevant facts in a logical manner and then one solves for the unknown."
- p. 53

I loved the romance aspect of this story, of how Benedict and Amity get engaged out of (in)convenience, to protect Amity's reputation, but Benedict doesn't count on Amity wanting to help him with his own search. They make a great team, because they are so like-minded -- and there is very good chemistry between them.

"I think that we know each other perhaps better than we realise," he said finally. "I expect that lurching from crisis to crisis together as we have been obliged to do lately has that effect on two people. We know what to expect from each other in a pinch."

"That is very insightful of you," Amity said.

"You are surprised?" He smiled faintly. "I may not possess Declan Garraway's knowledge of psychology, and as I have noted, I'm not a fan of poetry, but I can usually add two plus two and arrive at four."

"Something to be said for a sound foundation in mathematics."
- p. 252

What I didn't like so much were the conflicts in the story -- the plans for the solar-powered engine is wonderful, but the author doesn't establish why people want it so much, and what would happen if such plans would fall into the wrong hands (global-scale devastation? England falling into darkness?) -- while I saw the danger, I didn't feel the urgency of Benedict and Amity's quest -- which is why, when the resolution came, I didn't really know what to celebrate. The Bridegroom storyline was the most exciting, but the suspense was not sustained up to the very end. The resolution felt a bit flat, and didn't quite match up to the expectation when this particular plot was introduced at the start of the story.

Overall, this was a well-written story, but not as exciting as Amanda Quick's other books.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
I must have read two dozen books by Amanda Quick under this or her other pen names. True, they are formulaic, but somehow I always end up being quite fond of the characters. Something went dramatically wrong here: not enough time before a deadline? For me the terribly weak link was the hero. Usually they are "geeky but strong" as well as great looking, of course! They also have a ton of hidden warmth and emotion. This poor chap never came to life except when he was unwell. Although I loved the device of the fan and the heroine's strength, she just remained wooden. Try early Amanda Quick for more fun. Dear author: you have the clout now, take your time!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
marina romano
In ‘Otherwise Engaged’ we go back to Victorian London and meet Miss Amity Doncaster. Amity is a twenty five year old, world traveler. She is not like your ‘normal’ Victorian London woman. Amity is modern, isn’t married and writes travel stories for woman.
Benedict Stanbridge is a handsome man of science who’s travelling as a spy for the crown. When Amity and Benedict meet there is an instant attraction, but life isn’t easy for them.
When Amity is kidnapped by a horrible murderer everything changes. Amity and Benedict decide to help the police in finding the ‘Bridegroom’ murderer and soon they find themselves in the middle of a complicated investigation.

The first thing I need to mention is that I seriously love the cover of this book. It’s just so pretty with the purple and the little designs on the side. This would definitely be a book I would grab if I saw it lying in a bookstore.
This story is from the beginning a very nice and enjoyable story. I loved Amity Doncaster and her way of life. She lives her life the way she wants it, without being afraid of what people have to say. And I loved that. Benedict is also a very nice character to read about. I loved the way Amity and Benedict interacted with each other and how they really don’t mind what people think of them.

This book is set in Victorian London and I loved to read about the huge dresses, and the way man and woman interacted with each other in that time. It truly is a romantic time if you ask me.
The main characters are awesome, but also the other characters are very enjoyable.

The mystery in this book was also very great. I loved the way Amity and Benedict are a part of the investigation. Until the very end I truly had no idea who the murdered could be and I loved how they came to the truth. To me this book was the perfect mystery novel with a perfect romance on the side. I loved Jayne’s writing and really hope there will be more books like this from her.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
guessner guess
Miss Amity Doncaster is on her way to board the Northern Star, the boat which will take her away from the Caribbean, but a husky male voice filled with pain, comes out of the shadows of the alley asking for her help. Amity rushes to the man's aid. He has been shot! This act of kindness will take Amity to the intrigues of espionage on the world stage, will have her fighting for her life and that of her loved ones, and take her to the heights of desire and passion. Will she survive the life-threatening attacks? Will she find love in the passion?

Thank you, Amanda Quick, for leaving the Arcane Series long enough to give your readers this gem. I loved the Arcane Series for a time, but after awhile, it just seemed like same book, same characters, different names. I just stopped looking at your books. While the idea of writing across your genres, in all your pseudonyms, was quite original and fun at first, it later became just tiresome to me. So glad I finally decided to give you another chance. For years, you were my favorite author. I mourned the loss of your guarantee of fun and excitement, but no more. This book has me excited about your work once again.

This book is riveting and engaging from start to finish. The two in one mystery element was a great plot device that kept the story clipping along at a brisk pace. I could not put it down. The characters were outstanding. Please tell me you will bring them back in other stories.

Love this book. I have read nearly every book you have written, under all your names, until the Arcane Series just got too repetitive. Love your writing in futuristic and contemporary venues, too. I am back searching every avenue for any hint of new material from you!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
renee abbot
Rating 4 1/2 Stars

Anyway, we get a chance to meet Aminty Doncaster who happens to stumble upon Benedict Stanbridge who happens to be in need of desperate help. Basically, nurses him back to help and they part. Once back in London Aminty ends up thrust into danger and manages to escape the Bridegroom Murderer. Shortly, after the incident Benedict returns and offers up protection to Aminty as they work together to solve two cases together with the help of Inspector Logan and Aminty's sister Penny.

When I started reading, Otherwise Engaged I found myself getting sucked into the story. There is a lot going on in the book, but you realize it's all tied together. You start to connect the dots, but you don't see all the dots connecting to till the end. By the end you're like whoa what the heck just happen and you see the puzzle come together. Otherwise Engaged has more a mystery/suspense feel to it, than romance. Yes, there's a little romance, but Benedict and Aminty are kind of concern about catching the bad guys. Honestly, I loved the twist and turns in the plot. I thought I had it figured out, but then there's a curve ball.

Honestly, blown away by Otherwise Engaged. I would never in a million years guess on the ending. Overall, a fantastic read. Yes, suspenseful and will keep you guessing. A dash of romance, but not overly done. I think the amount of romance was perfect for the story. So, if you are looking for a bit more suspense/mystery than romance, I would say Otherwise Engaged is your read.

Copy provided by Penguin via First-to-Read program
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I’ve been looking forward to reading a non-paranormal book by Amanda Quick for a while now, and Otherwise Engaged is a good one. It starts out with our heroine, Amity Doncaster, saving the life of the hero, Benedict Stanbridge, in an alley on a tropical island. The intrigue starts immediately when he asks her to deliver a letter to his uncle in London as he is dying … But Amity is not a timid miss, her father was a doctor and he thought her a few things. She patches up his knife wound, and takes care of him while on board the ship that will bring them to New York, and then to London.

When Benedict leaves the ship in New York to go on to California, he is almost completely healed thanks to Amity’s tender care. And they have become quite close, close enough that Amity hopes for something more. But when she is finally back in London, and he does not send her a letter or anything to let her know how he is doing, she is very disappointed. Someone has been spreading gossip about her and Ben on board the ship, and her reputation is in tatters. How will that affect the publishing of her new book, Travelling the world for ladies? And not only that, Amity becomes the target of a deranged serial killer. Only her quick wits and the use of her special fan, safe her life.

So when Benedict Stanbridge suddenly interrupts Amity’s breakfast and that of her sister Penny, who is recently widowed. On his way from the docks he heard all about Amity’s narrow escape from the Bridegroom’s clutches, and he is worried sick, he needs to find out if she is allright. Amity is not very happy to see him, to his own surprise, and when he offers to safe her reputation by pretending to be engaged to her, he is even more surprised that she doesn’t jump at the chance. He really likes Amity and admires her, and he hasn’t stopped thinking about her all those weeks. But Amity has been badly burned by a man when she was 19, he was actually the reason she started travelling the world. First to find her father who was in Japan at the time, and then just to see and experience it all. And she really does not need a man to safe her.
But Penny and Ben leave her little choice to accept his offer, to be escorted about town. The police that interrogated her did not seem very competent, so when a new police officer arrives to question her some more, the four of them decide to investigate together. As Amity thinks that the murderer is someone from the aristocracy, the inspector has little chance to get access in those ranks. And Penny sure can, and so can Ben, who will then take Amity with him.

I enjoyed this book so very much, I read it in one day. I loved how the relationship between Amity and Ben was not rushed, although they are very much attracted to each other. Amity was not very impressed with their first sexual interlude, and that was fun too. Although Amanda Quick has used that plot before, I like it. The first time just is not good. The hero has to work hard for his second chance and to redeem himself in the heroine’s eyes.
Amity had already figured out that Ben was working as a spy when she met him, and that was why he asked her to deliver a letter to his uncle in secret. And now she wants in on the intrigue, and know what it was all about. The worlds colemines are on the verge of running low, and the major countries in the world are rushing to find the next cheap energy source. Will that be oil, as the Americans hope, or solar energy? Ben is an engineer by trade and certainly not a spy, but his uncle who is one, asked him to visit a certain inventor and ascertain of his solar powered cannon would really turn the tables at sea. But before Ben arrived, the inventor was found murdered, and all his notes stolen. They think the Russians behind it all, and so the plot thickens, trying to find out who the Russian spy is, and even more important perhaps, his master.

So, a spy plot with an invention that might still be good today, a creepy killer to find and apprehend, a romance between Amity and Ben, and a secondary romance between Penny and the Inspector. A lot happened, action, humor and suspense. Everything that makes for a good Amanda Quick novel. I recommend it.

9 stars.

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★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
david mullins
I was so excited to grab this book yesterday. I have been reading so many 'stinkers' lately and wanted something really GOOD for a change. I hurried through all my work so that I could sit down and enter the world of one of my favorite authors. Comfy chair, water at hand, and my book. So happy! And then came the crash. This book was such a let down. Granted, a bad Amanda Quick is still better than a lot of authors out there, but when you are expecting the best.... When I started reading Quick/JAK/Castle all those long years ago, I was entranced. Gutsy, independent heroines and alpha male heroes made her books standouts. I not only grabbed all the new ones but made it my mission to find the ones that I had missed. Years later, I am still rereading them. Not this one. It's going into the donation box for the library sale.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
heather laslie
Miss Amity Doncaster is on the shelf, independent and an excellent traveler who carries a fan that is sharp as a blade. I adored Amity from the start, and her chance meeting with Benedict Stanbridge, an engineer and reluctant spy for the crown set of a chain of events that forced them to fake an engagement. I was delighted this story entailed one of my favorite tropes.

Amanda Quick, a pseudonym of Jayne Ann Krentz, is quite talented at spinning a tale whether it is a straight up historical romance or one twisted with paranormal woo-woo. In Otherwise Engaged, she brings us a romantic suspense with an engaging murder mystery and a quest to locate engineering plans before Russia. It was brilliant from the wicked banter to the chase. Quick knows how to pace a story, weaving in secondary storylines, and providing twists and turns that keep the reader engaged.

Benedict is awkward, noble, and downright sexy. I loved his interaction with Amity from his aloofness to how hard he tried to get things right. He was protective, yet appreciated and respected Amity’s considerable skill set. There is a second couple, and while not as fleshed out, their story made me smile. The villains were twisted and Quick brought them to life, creating a sense of danger and allowing us to fully loathe them.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
veronica vera
I have been a JAK (and all her aliases) fan for almost 20 years, and this was the first time I had to force myself to finish one of her books. It lacked excitement and mystery. It was just plain BORING. What a let down. I'd say don't waste your money on it, but if you're a JAK fan like me, I know you'll get it anyways. Just be prepared to be disappointed. Hope this is not a glimpse of future writings. I might of given 2 stars for story if I was new to author, but as I'm familiar with her work, I give only 1. This just seems like a lazy effort from a great writer such as JAK :-(
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
kelly small
I am a diehard JAK fan. And I prefer to 'listen' to her books when I can rather than read them. I was delighted that there was no 'psychic' element in this book. I have been more than ready for the return of the pre-psychic JAK books. Unfortunately, that is the best I can say. I found the characters exasperating as they teetered between out of thin air brilliant(?) leaps of insight to incredible dim-witted behavior. And the dialogue? Predictable and totally pedestrian. Note to Victorian romance writers: "Damn and Blast!"and "Bloody Hell!" are Victorian expletives not a substitute for dialogue. And reiteration-mostly of the obvious- does not advance the story. And where was the romance? Amity was oh so perfect and Benedict the awkward Victorian geek. Too awkward, too perfect and too contrived. The sizzle was more like fizzle. This was not Jayne's best effort.
Sometimes a good reader can bring life to stale dialogue and bolster weak characters. To my ear, Ms. Underwood made matters worse. Her range in character differentiation was not only weak, she made them sound-save for Amity- either shrill or pompous. Would I recommend this book to a non-JAK fan?No. To JAK fan? Only with the 'prepare to be disappointed' proviso. Hence the two star rating.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
roger aplon
Thanks to LibraryThing for a free book in exchange for a review.
I received an advanced readers copy of this book and was pleased with it. This author writes very well, and she's very well known, and even though this book was not one of the more exciting books it was still a great book. Great story premise, and well developed plot entertained me through a romantic story between two people facing numerous threats from several different facets. I love the men in these stories, and the brilliant exchange between the characters. The author introduces a new era with several new ideas and constructs a world where those ideas are plausible. It's engrossing and highly entertaining. Maybe I'm biased because I will read anything by this author, or her other names. I loved it, and if you liked her other books, then this one won't disappoint you. I have read a ton of indie books lately so it's a treat to read from a well written author. Overall entertainment is five stars.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
jill baker
I usually love the Amanda Quick books but this one seemed very disjointed. The author tried to tell two stories about two couples and it just didn't work. Both stories had potential but neither were really developed. I liked the non-psychic aspect and the idea of both couples (in separate books!) but, again, nothing exciting or even interesting about them came through to the reader. They were boring. But, my biggest problem with the book was that the plot was so BAD. I don't expect Agatha or Marsh or Sayers mystery plots in a romantic suspense but come on. Not to mention the fact that most of the deduction revolved around reading guest lists and then the light goes off and its the..... but I won't spoil it for anyone who actually finishes this one. My suggestions for diehard Quick/Castle/Krentz fans - get this one from the library first.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
ahmed elmansi
I'm giving this book a 3 for the writing. The actual story however, was BLAH. I know Quick is moving away from the paranormal, but this book lacked everything that makes Quick a favorite for me. The characters were flat and boring, the plot thin, and the dialog was missing Quick's trademark humor and charm. This would be an okay book for a first time writer, but for someone of Quick's caliber it's very disappointing. Older books like Ravished or Mistress were not part of her paranormal series and they were great reads. I hope this book was just an anomaly.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
the andreea
I read Otherwise Engaged in one sitting this morning and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked Amity and Benedict a lot and loved their verbal interactions. I also loved the secondary romance of Penny and the Inspector as well. The plot was inventive and I loved the irony about oil and solar energy's future (which is of course our present); made me think of how GM paid cities to tear out their street car tracks, that they are now rebuilding.

The book did drag slightly in the middle, but it picked up steam again and then it was a breathtaking ride to an ending I had not seen coming. Definitely one that I will read again.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
matt crimp
This is a very well written historical romance, with a great story line, and a wonderful mystery to solve. The heroine is a strong woman who is a travel writer. During one of her treks she found a wounded man in an alley. Enter our hero, Benedict Stanbridge. He is an engineer who is on a mission for his uncle. He called to Amity, our heroine, to the alley to help him by holding a letter for him and to get that letter to his uncle. However, Amity's father was a doctor and she has picked up enough knowledge to help save Benedict's life. Their adventures will keep your turning the pages and trying to solve the mysteries.
I won this book through Library Thing in exchange for an honest review. I honestly loved it!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
I did not hate this book but neither did I really care for it. I usually re-read her books quite often( had to replace Scandle and Ravished because the covers fell off from reading so often) however this book leaves me cold. The story is uninspired and so are the hero and heroine of the story. It took me a long time to finish because I kept putting it down to go on to something better before returning to this book. If you are a longtime fan of Amanda Quick's books like I am, I would suggest skipping this book.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
patrick grizzard
I, too, love JAK's books, but this was not as good as her last one. For the first third of the book, I was filled with intrigue and it was so suspenseful. Then the repetition began to annoy me slightly. Halfway through, I realized the romance had pretty much stopped. It was all about the two mysteries. Amity and Benedict did nothing intimate or romantic for a good portion of the book. Then by the end, I was so bored of things being drawn out, I scanned the last ten or so chapters. This is definitely not a keeper for me. I hope her next one is more enthralling.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Otherwise Engaged is a change of pace from recent Amanda Quick titles as there is no paranormal element to the story. This is the story about an intrepid lady traveler, whose father was a doctor, who saves the life of a scientist who has temporarily turned spy. Amity Doncaster rescues Benedict Stanbridge as he lays shot in an alley on the Island of St. Clare. She has him transported back to the ship they were about to leave on and spends a large part of the journey nursing him back to health. When she returns to London, she is attacked by “The Bridegroom”, who is murdering young women and leaving their dead bodies to be found wearing a wedding ring. Amity escapes but the story gains much notice in the press. “The Bridegroom” had heard some gossip about Amity visiting Benedict’s stateroom on the ship and joins in the assumption that she was engaging in immoral activities. When Benedict finally returns to London and rushes to see Amity; she is less than pleased as much time had passed and she had never received news that he had survived. But together they work with Inspector Logan of Scotland Yard & Amity’s sister, Penny to unravel the mystery of “The Bridegroom” and his reasons for the murders he commits. The case is solved and now the romances can flourish. The major complaint I have about this book is that it is sometimes listed as #3 in “Ladies of Lantern Street” series and the book has no characters from that series nor is Lantern Street mentioned.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Almost more sexy than sweet this book has something for almost everyone. There is a love story (well, two, really), a murder or five, and a spy scandal. Plus the usual problems of high society in regency England.
The characters are well-thought out, and thoroughly developed. The twists of the various plots keep things very interesting, and it was a surprise for me each time the story revealed another of the answers. I especially liked the fact that the ladies were as much the heroes as the men. Or maybe, really, they were more the heroes than the men.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
niall glynn
I love Amanda Quick in historical Romances. But this book was.... there was nothing of Amanda Quick in it. Was it written by a ghostwriter with no talent? There was none of the humor of her other stories, the plot dragged and dragged and then dragged some more. The action scenes were one dimentional, flat and with no suspense. I forced myself to finish it, but why'd I bother -- there's no romance in the romance. No passion, no excitement, no suspense, no humor, and the plot was so hacky... I've read Dangerous 3 times..! I expected an excellent read, instead I got a book that was worse than disapointing, its just tired and drawn out with wooden characters that never felt real.

Truely. Just skip this one.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
This was sure no fluffy romance, I liked that. It felt more like a hybrid.

The back story is over in a few pages, Amity and Benedict meet and part, and that's it. Then Amity gets kidnapped, but she is no swooning miss. She uses the weapons she have and gets away. She is resourceful, and independent (she travels and writes about her travels after all.) I liked Amity, she was a good heroine. Interested in everything and inquisitive.

Benedict, I am just going to call him a nerd because he was and I loved him for it. He is an engineer and loves everything about it. But he is also honorable, brave and with a good head on his shoulders.

I got two characters I enjoy and want to see together. There are also some good side characters.

The story was good too, it moved easy and suddenly I had finished the whole book. Light, yet suspenseful. Amity got away from a murderer who is still alive. So to stay alive they will team up and try to find the guy. There is also another danger in the background that has to do with how they two met in the first place.

Suspense, danger, spying and romance too of course. I enjoyed this one.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
If you've heard it once you've heard it a thousand times "I'm a huge fan of Amanda Quick, her books are 'brilliant', but...." This book was soooo boring, the characters were so one-dimensional, no personality at all. None of the build up or push and pull of romance, and the mystery that needs to be solved is stale as well. The story never really took off, it was as though the two main characters were nineteen-year olds, you never got the sense they were 'attracted' to each other, just that 'well you're here and I'm here, so why not?". A huge let down.

I can't believe she actually wrote this book, wouldn't be surprised in the least to find out there was a ghost writer involved, this is nowhere near what her fans are used to. Whatever you do, don't read this book first if you are new to her work, "please" read her earlier works, she really is a fantastic writer. And if you are new to her fan club, she is also the great Jayne Ann Krentz.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
cindy stocks byrnes
Otherwise Engaged is another success. Amanda Quick aka Jayne Ann Krentz has an amazing talent for bringing characters to life. Dealing with real everyday issues and overcoming huge conflicts, JAK ties it all together in one awesome package. I love the tough no non-sense characters, the strength and weakness compliment each other. The heroine doesn't wait for the hero to rescue her, she and her sister rescue themselves with their quick thinking. I love characters with strength and attitude and JAK delivers. This is one of her best books and I've not found any of her books that weren't good.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
The title is deceiving but very appropriate once you start reading the book. I like the couple and their interaction. It is always so amazing how people can have so much confidence except when it comes to love. I also loved the relationship between the sisters and the way they looked out for each other. It was a very good read and not as slow as some of Amanda Quick's other books like The Paid Companion.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
I am a great fan of Amanda Quick's novels (I have all of her books in both paperback and Kindle and I also have most of the versions too.), so, I can forgive myself for buying this without reading the excerpt or waiting for the reviews. But, I won't make that mistake again. Granted, she pretty much uses the same plot book to book, but her mastery of the characters makes the difference for me. But, this story is so plodding and too unbelievable. All of the characters except... what's her name? "Oh! Right! Amity" were dull (at least she was quirky). And, I'm used to plot twists and turns when I read a mystery but these people jumped to the correct conclusions with no evidence whatsoever. The investigation just made no sense. Even listening to it was a chore. Yes! I even bought the Audible version without listening to the sample. Who knew?! Remember, I love Amanda Quick's books. I wonder, did she write this in a hurry? Why didn't her editor tell her this story just doesn't make sense?

Oh! Did I mention it was boring? I normally devour one of her books in a few hours, but I literally kept falling asleep after several pages. In bed, on the noisy train, during my lunch hour, Z-Z-Z.

I am still a great fan and this dud will not stop me from picking up her next book, but I will be a little more cautious when spending so much money.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
debbie lausman
Amity Doncaster saves Benedict Stanbridge's life and then finds hers in danger. This is another great mystery/romance interesting characters and a wonderful story line. Amity is another strong female charater with something in her past that sent her traveling around the world. Benedict is great as the male who she saves and who is interested in Amity. This is not part of a series but it does have a hook that could produce a related book set in the present.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
christian fisette
I really enjoyed it. It was very suspenseful, and romantic. The only thing I was disappointed in was that it was called Ladies of Lantern street book 3. In the first book of that series, there were 3 women and it was mostly about the one and the agency they worked for, book 2 you read about another one from the agency. but this book didn't have any of them or the physic link. But the story was very good and I love all of her books under all of her names.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Otherwise Engaged is a lovely, enthralling story that keeps the reader entertained. This is the story of Amity, a traveler/writer who meets Benedict during one of her adventures. Benedict has been shot and Amity saves his life. When she returns she finds herself in danger and her reputation in question. Benedict returns to London and they try to solve a murder mystery.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
joe mossa
Murder mystery involving a madman who has been named the Bridegroom by the press, and his quarry Amity Doncaster, who proves to be a formidable opponent. There's action, adventure, romance, danger and some steam that keeps the plot moving along at a quick pace.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
serves you
I was disappointed in this book. The storyline was boring. No sparks between Amity and Benedict. The banter between characters was annoying. The characters were not developed - no depth to them.I will try another Amanda Quick book, but this one was not for me.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick was released in 2014. A great Victorian murder mystery romance ! From the time Amity saves Benedict's life, you the reader are in for quite a ride. The secondary characters are well written also. Fans of Amanda Quick will like this the most.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
kelly c
I have this in audible. Just judging story alone, it comes across as a very early work that was originally rejected for publication, but recently tweaked and published on JAK name value. Lots of what I think of as mistakes in this one as other reviews point out. But interesting enough to read. Don't listen. The narrator is terrible.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
natasha brown
I will not spend this much for a book that's not lending enabled or that much for a hard cover! I've been reading this author since the early 80s as soon as a book is released by her. But you've found my price point that I won't pass. I'll either pass on it or head for the library! It's just not worth it!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kamilla ludwig
This fast-paced story is full of the drama and intrigue I love to see in a good historical suspense. The dialogue is witty and fun, and the action is balanced with a good healthy dose of romance. Readers will enjoy this engrossing murder mystery solved with fashion sense and wicked accessories.

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
seline pierson
I can truly say that Amanda Quick's books, as well as those she writes under her other pseudonyms, are among my favorites. Otherwise Engaged has both the enterprising heroine and the strong hero she does so well. The story combines wonderfully developed characters, an exciting tale and the details she is so good at including of the people and time in which the story is set. I heartily recommend this book!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
lama khaled x1f495
I can always count on an enjoyable read from Amanda Quick/Jayne Krentz. I particularly am enjoying a detour from the Arcane series. Admittedly the stories are set right to a formula, but it's reliable and enjoyable for me. A nice summer read, including romance, conflict, the ladies and gentlemen working together to solve the mystery makes me a happy reader.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
mike ruff
It took me a bit to get through this novel. It isn't bad, but it isn't memorable. I got it from my local library so I did not pay for this book. My rating is based on how I would have felt had I paid money for this work.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I really like majority of all her books. There was a specific few that just didn't hit me right, but otherwise I love all the rest. I was excited to find out she wrote this one that didn't have the Arcane Society in it. Back to the classic of her strong female heroine. Not only that, but this one was very different from her others. I loved it.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
I love Ms. Quick's book but found this one less than enthralling. Not sure why, but this book just did not hold my interests. Mostly, I think, that the men in this story were less than completely developed and even the villain wasn't that interesting. No passion. It seemed very formula driven. I hope her next book returns to her usually engrossing characters and plot lines.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
If you enjoyed the Lavinia and Tobias stories, this book is for you. A little travel, a little intrigue, spying for the Crown, and I will not say too much as I hate the reviews that give one the whole story -spoilers. Benedict and Amity will soon become another set of beloved Amanda Quick characters. I hope to see them in another book soon.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
vinoaj vijeyakumaar
Amanda Quick never disappoints. "Otherwise Engaged" shows all the conflict, twists and unexpected events one would expect from such a talented author. It's almost impossible to set this book aside once you start reading it. It's definitely a winner by any standard.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
mike rumley wells
Another quick Quick. I enjoy them because they are simple yet full. The mystery isn't always simple and the relationships are always fulfilling. The attractions always make sense. Have been a Quick fan since the beginning. Never disappointed.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Well written, few curse words, and steamy scenes.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I was a little worried since this was a departure from the Arcane Society which I love but this was great too. It has a strong heroine, supporting hero and rich secondary cast. If you like a throwback with clean romance and twisting mystery order this!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
kat a
This is typical of Amanda Quick's recent work, but it's not in the same league as her earlier books, especially those with one-word titles. If you are a true Amanda Quick fan and enjoyed her last few books, you'll enjoy this one too. If you are looking for something comparable to her earlier works, skip this book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

AN INTRIGUING mystery set mostly in London. Lots of twists & turns.
Amanda Quick never disappoints!!!! I just buy them as soon as they are released and will continue to do so.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jessica clark
As always under whatever name this author continues to delight the reader. I always feel refreshed and happy when I have finished one of her tales.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
therese fowler
I've been a fan of A.Quick for years. I like her style and I'm glad she wrote a story that didn't involve anything supernatural.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jesus hernan
What's not to like? Traditional romance, traditionally told. Great way to spend an afternoon and evening!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jake gest
Quick returned to her best writing, to the time before Ladies of Lantern Street and Arcane. I am pleased with this very much, because I missed her resolute heroines and intelligent heroes.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
melissa weatherwax
I read Amanda Quick for the pleasure of the characters and interesting circumstances. No disappointment here! As another reviewer suggested, there is the potential for a series ... or at least one more with these characters. Good idea!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
bettina frohn
It was good but not the best. I agree with other reviewers the romance was an after thought.I got more chemistry from penny and inspector than the main characters. The mystery was good and engaging
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lin christiansen
One of the best from Amanda Quick! I have read all of her books and have yet to be disappointed. A must read for anyone who loves a good romance. The main characters are so alive and real that you feel like you are there with them.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
mario anglada
Amanda Quick always writes a good story with great characters. Characters you care about and want to read more about, but this story, not so much. Characters and story lines were weakly developed.

But I'm an Amanda Quick fan for life!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
divya nag
Usually these "romance" type books are pretty much the same. This one, however, far exceeded the usual. Lots of unexpected twists and turns. really enjoyed this book.
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Whether she's writing as Jayne Ann Krentz, Jane Castle or Amanda Quick her books are great reads. It has a believable plot line with twists and turns but keeps you thinking and guessing to the very end.
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This book was a great read. I did not want to put it down, in fact, I did not until I completed it. It was romance with a strong heroine. Loved it!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
allison lk
Not as good as the usual Amanda Quick read. Almost like someone else was the author-the writing didn't "flow" as well-more stilted.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
liz odmark
I'm not sure which would be worse: to find out that this was written by a ghost writer, or to find out JAK actually did write it.

JAK's characters are usually interesting and fun. Here they are two-dimensional and dull. Even when her plots are predictable, the story is usually engaging because of the quirky characters and dialog. Not so with this book.

JAK's been having trouble with her writing for a while. Where I used to buy them as soon as they came out, now I wait until they come to the library. After this one, I may not even bother getting them out of the library.
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I liked the book but not as much as I thought I would. Seems little bit not like Amanda Quick books. Moved slowly, in my opinion, and not sure I liked the heroine that much.
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selen p
happily surprised not to fine any paranormal and reasonable amount of relationship drama. I liked this romance light easy always well written. A bit usual cast of characters but very enjoyable
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maciej mikulski
Amanda Quick Never Disappoints! Having been a fan of Jayne Ann Krentz under all of her pen names for many years, I was pleased that this book kept up the high standards I expect from her.
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ruthie benjamin
It was a very nice story but I missed Harmony. There are so many loose ends from those stories that, while a stand alone story is nice, one keeps waiting for those mysteries soon.
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megan purvis
If you like strong minded men and women, you will like this offering by Amanda Quick..A little bit of mystery, murder and mayhem are intertwined with just the right amount of romance..
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leneah willis
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sara russ
This sweet, sexy story has it all. It has strong, smart, loyal and engaging characters. The mystery is captivating, the villain is ugly. The romance is heated and savory.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kristin nabors
If you enjoy Anne Perry, Victoria Thompson or M. Louisa Locke books, you will surely be in your element with this one by Amanda Quick. Looking forward to her next book!
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janelle wellsbury
I received a print copy and ignored my TBR pile to read it right away. Some interesting twists and turns, but still an entertaining read. My advice, don't miss it!
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cindy nolt helms
Smut:A writing style that is sexually explicit and generally associated with females.
Basically porn aimed towards women
So what starts out as an interesting Steampunk-like story runs amok with smut.So it's neither all smut nor all story.
Characters stare lecherously at each other, pretending to have moral standards, then jump into the hay (literally) the first chance they get. How can they be outraged by rumors of them having an affair ? The woman isn't sure she really wants to go through with "it" when she sees his huge ---coming at her, but he's too selfish to stop, that's not romance. They also seem to have condoms in this era, but he doesn't use one. Why is it always Ok for the guy to have "experience" but the girl is always a virgin. He's getting "lucky", her first time is crude, hasty & lacking in a declarations of love.(Which she really wants). So unromantic. They talk about love (inside their heads), but they don't know each other, they don't communicate, they just jump into having sex. They make a point of saying how "modern" the woman is in her thinking, saying that she's willing to take a lover for the novelty when secretly she doesn't think the guy wants anything but sex so she's willing to settle! Then they have her upset with the guy because he's not declaring he loves her,What?She didn't even try to hold him off & then she's disgusted with Him !? Good characters are written better. I am simply embarrassed to admit I even got 1/2 way through the book before I quit & decided these characters weren't worth my time, no matter what plot you put them in
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Very strong females leading independent lives before it was acceptable to do so made a good story great! Good mystery with some true evil just to make it intersting
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kristina provence
A fun read.
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This is an interesting romantic spy novel. Ms Quick has returned to an earlier style of writing that doesn't involve the paranormal. While I enjoy those as well, this was a fun read. I hope this is the start of a new series about this group of characters and stories of Victorian England, spy's and murder.
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rachel kassman
I always look forward to Amanda Quick novels, I know it will be an afternoon spent enjoying myself. I have read others that I found more enjoyable, ie Crystal Gardens and any of the Arcane series, but this was a good read. I would think it an ideal read for the beach or summer leisure.
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I do not normally read Histoticals but this one caught my interest. It's a good read I look forward to reading more of this author
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lisa albrecht
this story is great whether one waits for the summer for a good beach read or in the winter before a fire. Very enjoyable!
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nisha chhabra
Classic Amanda Quick. Have not liked a lot of her recent books but this one harkened back to the original themes and was very enjoyable!
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penny clasper
I never hesitate to purchase this author, I have been reading her from the start and have never been disappointed.
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josh emery
What a fun read! Great way to spend an afternoon. It has well written characters, and a not tooo ridiculous premise.
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ivy feinstein
Amanda Quick never disapoints. Otherwise Engaged are en exciting story with strong heros and a engaging plot. i could not put it down. I love the fact that the book is a historical but not a paranormal one. Excellent. Quick gets better and better.
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I enjoyed this book. Seems like the endings of her books are getting rushed these days...but, still give 5 stars.
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stephanie seale
As always up to her high standards.
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I wish she would go back to her older versions.
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jay dixit
I enjoyed this story, however, I would not say it is my favorite of the Amanda Quick novels. I really liked the characters, however, I felt the story was not as intricate as others. I have not returned to re-read this story as I have with many of her previous novels.
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ahmed rayan
I have read a lot of books by Amanda Quick. I love her female characters very much and the way that she complements them with the males!
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lea mills
No matter what name she writes under, Amanda Quick, Jayne Ann Krentz, Jayne Castle (or Stephanie James), enjoy reading her books.
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scott cosden
I've been reading Jayne Ann Krentz since her first books and have always enjoyed them, finding her writing much better than most romance writers and liking her strong woman characters. She must have pounded this one out in a few weeks. It's poorly written and generally pretty disappointing.
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Great book to get lost in!
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Good read.
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I love all of Amanda Quick's books. I try to get every one.
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patricia wooster
I loved the Fan knife.
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Goes with set.Got earlier than I figured.
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raina lie
I loved the twists and turns of the plot. The shuttle way she kelp you guessing who was the real person behind the mystery.
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lisa albrecht
This historical romance/mystery is a great read. It is a quick moving mystery that requires the aid of several characters to solve and opens the way for romance to bloom. Very Enjoyable!
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melissa kyeyune
Amanda Quick is great. She makes me laugh reading her books. This book started out a little strange but once it got going it turned out to be a fun read
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sari m
Must have taken a whole month to write it! Her books have become too cut and paste, I won't buy anymore of them.
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Good read of type. Always enjoy these light but satisfying books by this author. Never too ugly or unnecessarily gross.
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Haphazard, storyline, undeveloped characters. I felt that I was missing something from the very first page and I never recovered.
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Always enjoy her books. She delivers an escape to another place and time. Always get her books and enjoy each one.
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Amanda quick always delivers a resourceful heroine and a interesting hero. I like this much better than
The paranormal books in her last series.
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Seemed a bit of a novella. And awfully reminiscent of the authors other works. You knew who the villains were ( and there were 3) much before you needed to. I usually love Amanda Quick but I found this much too short
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claire frank
for me to read a book I must be brought into the story fast this book did that.
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marta acosta
Good book to read
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Kept me interested and enjoyed the story
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Good beach. Reading
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Truly enjoyed her latest book. l so look forward to her new releases. My only criticism is I wish she wrote faster!!
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Love Amanda Quick
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jenny dodgson
I am very sad to say that I lost patience with this book early on. I purchased it because I loved the cover and title. I had also read a short blurb on Facebook. I had high hopes for this best-seller by a well known author. I was quickly disappointed.

There are two reasons I couldn't finish this book. (I'm listing them chronologically rather than in order of importance) The first is that I grew tired of the writing style which was obviously geared to an 8th grade reading level. I know that's what publishers want in order to sell books. I am well out of high school, however, and prefer books that are more intellectually challenging.

My second reason for not finishing this book and leaving a poor rating is that I don't read historical romance because I want to find a commentary on big oil companies vs Solar Power. The references were so blatant I just got fed up.

I suppose if she wanted to brainwash the younger generation rather than provide entertainment, she's right on target. If that's the case, I am Otherwise Engaged.
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laurie somers
Was a little boring and not as amusing as her previous books. I always look forward to the Amanda Quick books, I hope the next is better.
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