Miss Amity Doncaster, world traveler, is accustomed to adventure and risk. Benedict Stanbridge, a man of science and a spy for the Crown, has faced danger in the darker corners of foreign lands. But they are about to face a threat that is shockingly close to home . . . One does not expect to be kidnapped on a London street in broad daylight. But Amity Doncaster barely escapes with her life after she is trapped in a carriage with a blade-wielding man in a black silk mask who whispers the most vile taunts and threats into her ear.
Her quick thinking, and her secret weapon, save her … for now. But the monster known in the press as the Bridegroom, who has left a trail of female victims in his wake, has survived the wounds she inflicts and will soon be on his feet again.
He is unwholesomely obsessed by her scandalous connection to Benedict Stanbridge - gossip about their hours alone in a ship’s stateroom seems to have crossed the Atlantic faster than any sailing vessel could. Benedict refuses to let this resourceful, daring woman suffer for her romantic link to him - as tenuous as it may be.
For a man and woman so skilled at disappearing, so at home in the exotic reaches of the globe, escape is always an option. But each intends to end the Bridegroom’s reign of terror in London, and will join forces to do so. And as they prepare to confront an unbalanced criminal in the heart of the city they love, they must also face feelings that neither of them can run away from…
©2014 Jayne Ann Krentz (P)2014 Recorded Books
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"An engaging return to earlier Quick style"
The new Amanda Quick, “Otherwise Engaged”, is a return to her earlier style, with no paranormal elements. It is a riveting tale with engaging characters and intriguing turns. The action starts during a small island stopover on an ocean crossing from London to New York City. Our heroine, Amity Doncaster, rescues our hero, Benedict Stanbridge, from death in an alleyway. She guards his mysterious letter, nurses him back to health, discovers the beginnings of passion… and then doesn’t see him for some months, back in London. She’s not happy. Meanwhile, a serial killer targets her as his next victim. Did that letter play a role in drawing his attention?
As always, Amanda Quick – the pseudonym that prolific author Jayne Ann Krentz uses for her historical romances – delivers a charming tale that keeps your attention and wraps you in Victorian era England. The heroine is strong but not domineering, the hero alpha but not a bully, which creates a nice tension. Many historical authors place their stories in regency England, which I enjoy, but it is refreshing to learn about the later era and the plot devices that historical time allows. While I have enjoyed the paranormal turn in recent Amanda Quick novels, it’s a pleasure to read this return to non-paranormal plots. The narrator, Louise Jane Underwood, does a good job, including switching between British and American accents smoothly and convincingly. Definitely recommended!
I will note that if you have been reading Krentz in all her types of novels - Amanda Quick in historicals, Jayne Ann Krentz in contemporaries, and Jayne Castle in futuristic - in recent years, but have not read her older work, you will find this different. She has been exploring paranormal plot lines of various sorts for a number of years now, and those are very good. But I have been reading her novels for a very long time, and this reminds me of the first ones I read - the ones that made me a big fan in the first place. Read it for what it is, not as a continuation of her recent focus, and you will enjoy it a great deal.
"One of the Worst Narrations"
I'm a fan of Amanda Quick, but this narration was so bad, I couldn't get past the second chapter of listening.
The narrator barely changed her voice as the characters changed, so that sometimes I wasn't even sure which character was speaking. She made such long pauses between some sentences that I thought the chapter was over. Dreadful.
Sadness, anger (at having forked out money), and disappointment. I used to love B. Rosenblatt's performances of Amanda Quick's novels. They are among my favourites. This was a total letdown. So bad I had to give up.
Don't waste your time and money on this. Read the novel, but don't even think about listening to the audiobook.
"Amanda Quick is Back!!!!"
I was so hoping this book would bring me joy like The Paid Companion and the Lavinia and Tobias trilogy. It does that and more!! I loved this book. Great characters! Great story! I did not want it to end. The original Amanda Quick books started my love for historical romance and mystery, and this book reminded me of that love.
Worth waiting for. Now I want more!!
I have all of the Krentz, Quick, Castle audiable books. This was the worst. The story was so so. I just couldn't get interested in the main characters. BUT the narration was by far the worst I have ever heard. It sounded as if she was board with the story and was reading from a text book. I felt as if i was listening to an automated voice. I did go buy the hardcover book. I have them all in my library at home. I did read it after I listened to the audio version. it was OK. She has done so many interesting story lines but this was not one of them. Grab some of her other titles and skip this one.
I do plan to get her next book, be that Krentz-Quick or Castle
her performance was stiff,...sounded like the voice that you call for the correct time. maybe a male reader for the male roles might have been better.
"This must be the most annoying Amanda Quick book"
The narrator had quite a high nasal voice, which was very irritating. Also the story was not engaging, I think if there had been a better narrator it would be ok, but all I got was headache!
I couldn't make it past the first 4 hrs
Anyone! (actually thats a lie) I really enjoyed Anne Flosnik versions of the Amanda Quick books.
NO, I would rather get a root canal.
"Worst Amanda Quick novel that I have heard or read"
It was so out of line from her other books that I thought it must've been written by someone else.
The narrator wasn't bad
"A Romance that is not Romantic"
It seemed Ms. Quick wanted to write a Victorian murder mystery but knows you have to input a romance, so she threw in two unremarkable sex scenes in odd places and done. There wasn't a single bit of sexual tension, which is much more important. I used to love Ms. Quick's quirky heroines and dark heroes. This heroine tried to be quirky but the hero felt like a school boy, whether by the writing or the reader, I wasn't sure. This is a very lightweight romance, if that is your type.
"Amanda Quick Fizzles on this one"
I am a fan of Amanda Quick's books even though they are always the same formula. There is usually a good enough story and interesting enough characters to allow me to deal with the formula romance, which is always the same.
This time it did not work for me. The story got a little convoluted and was hard to follow.
I did not hate it but I kept losing focus, missing a chapter or two because my mind wandered, and had to go back. I almost stopped and decided to go to another book.
Disappointing sums up my reaction to this latest Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz) novel. I did not think i would ever rate one of these novels so low. I does not even feel like an Amanda Quick novel. I know this is a new series but it just does not grab me in any way nor did I find myself invested in the main character(s) which is unusual for this author.
The narrator is OK but nowhere near the normal standard of the Narrators used in any previous books done by Jayne Ann Krentz (who writes under many pseudonyms the main ones these days being Jayne Ann Krentz - present day, Amanda Quick - past and Jayne Castle - Future).
Maybe i was expecting too much and this reaction is mine alone (but a previous rating of 1 star - No review) make me sadly think otherwise.
I pre-ordered this when it first became available months ago based on my enjoyment of previous Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick novels.
The gimmick of a steel fan as a weapon is only effective if no one is aware it is made of steel and that as such it can be used as a weapon and i doubt in the era the book is set in that it would look very much like an ornament nor would it be very flexible or light. the materials and manufacturing processes were just not available then. This point is probably a bit picky on my part.
So sadly based on my experience I must give this book a 2.5 star rating, again this is my reaction on my first listen and it might grow on me over time, but if it does Audible does not give you the chance to update/edit a review. I never thought i would rate an Amanda Quick book so low.
Please if you enjoyed this novel then write a review to give others differing views
At times, to me anyway, it did not even flow like an Jayne Ann Krentz novel
Again i stress this review is made based on my impression after my first listen.
Sorry Jayne Ann Krentz - for you and the books sake I hope I'm in the minority
It's enough to make your dust bunny cry
"Ok story, terrible narration"
Strong female character, interesting time period. Hated the narration. Phony British accent was very distracting.
Yes, because I generally like her books. Would never listen to this narrator again.
In many ways. Strange pronunciations. Like Char Lott as two words instead of the name pronounced as Charlotte. Long pauses and characters that you want to like such as Amity and Penny sounded like dreadful, simpering snobs.
Mystery was ok, but romance was lacking. Not a lot of chemistry.
Yes, I would. I re-listen to all AQ books. They are great lazy listen. Entertaining and not very secret pleasure of mine.
Movies rather than books actually. Hence my headline. I kept on thinking that pterodactyl would appear any minute now (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec) for the heroine (Amity) was similar character to that of Adèle. As for the fan of which one other reviewer wrote I remembered some other movie, it might have been Le pacte des loups where somebody was using the fan as weapon. Just a note on that one- there is a Japanese war fan which was used by samurai for centuries, so yes, you could have gotten one in late Victorian era if you travelled or knew somebody who did or perhaps were inspired and had one made. Steel- no problem ;-)
I agree regarding the narration. I did get used to it after a bit and it did not bother me. I just wish the author would use same narrator for all books written as AQ as many other authors do (not sure if she has the choice or if it is the publisher). I loved Anne Flosnik as narrator for some other books and I did rather grow fond of Justine Eyre both of whom have very sensual voices and great male character voice. I even buy books because Ms. Flosnik narrates!
Always pleasure to listen to AQ book. Cannot wait for another one! Hurry up Jayne!
"Definitely NOT like Georgette Heyer"
People keep promising me that an author is 'like Georgette Heyer' only for me to be disillusioned. AQ's characters have lots of sex before marriage, and talk and have attitudes like people born in the 1990's rather than the 1890's.There had clearly been SOME research done into the time, for example demonstrating that the first rubber condoms had come into use, and that telegrams were now able to carry messages from Australia to England, but these things were dropped so clunkily into the story that I found myself cringing.
No. I can't take any more awkward graphic sex scenes with scattered descriptions of breeches and bodices thrown in as though the clothing makes it period rather than the attitudes and behaviour.
Any number of people. I tried the sample audio and thought she would be fine, but after a while I kept checking how long the story had to go because I was getting impatient with the story and found Underwood's voice grating.
***SPOILER****I can't remember her name, something like 'Lady Plainshaw'. A pointless character who decided monologuing while holding someone at gun point in a busy place was a good idea, and yet despite being apparently brainless was supposed to have previously made a living as a successful spy. Ridiculous.
The beginning of the book was the best part - it promised a strong, smart, female character who could take care of herself and had seen something of the world. But it failed epically to deliver after that, and the heroine seemed to get stupider as the story went on.I also found the mystery very weak.
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