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With 41 bestsellers to her credit, Jayne Ann Krentz (aka Quick) still approaches a new project as if novel writing were a just-discovered pleasure she can't wait to share. This late Regency romance offers her signature goodies. Elenora Lodge loses the manor to which she was born and thus becomes the eponymous paid companion. She is, of course, plucky, intellectual, democratic, lovely and unabashedly eager to surrender her virginity to the right man: "Sensation whipped through her; a glorious, heady, dizzying whirlpool of passion. She knew that if she did not explore these thrilling emotions with him she would carry the regret with her for the rest of her life." The source of the whirlpool is Arthur Lancaster, earl of St. Merryn, cranky, quirky, decent to the death, with a sizable fortune and lusty nature to match. Although a happy ending is never in doubt, a murder mystery is threaded through the love story, allowing the besotted couple to sleuth in dark alleyways between tumbles in bed. Quick draws on Regency fascination with science to inform villainous madman Parker, who styles himself "England's second Newton" and terrorizes Elenora with a precursor of the laser. Masked balls, upper-class gambling, women who manage their own affairs and marry for love: if this is familiar territory, it still satisfies. And when Arthur proposes, readers will be right there with Elenora: "The most delicious sense of joy unfurled within her."
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Elenora Lodge is in quite a fix. Her stepfather lost her farm and all of her possessions in a mining venture, and her fiance dumps her faster than the proverbial hot potato. But Elenora is practical and pragmatic. So when Arthur Lancaster, earl of St. Merryn, offers her a position as a paid companion, she accepts. St. Merryn is in a bit of a fix himself. His favorite uncle has been murdered, and he's sworn vengeance on the killer, a mad alchemist intent on perfecting the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. Unfortunately, St. Merryn's fiancee has also dumped him, and his renewed status as one of London's most eligible bachelors is interfering with his quest for justice, hence his paying Elenora to pose as his new fiancee. Once again, the incomparable Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz) has whipped up a delectable Regency romance that mixes humor, suspense, and tantalizing historical detail with all the savory ingredients her fans have come to expect: a feisty, resourceful heroine; a hero with a decidedly dangerous edge; witty repartee; and strongly appealing secondary characters. Another winner from a major romance star. Shelley Mosley
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Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick/Jayne Castle --- three wonderful series and styles from one single author. Read morePublished on March 17 2012 by Lethal Librarian
The mystery part of this novel was rather interesting, though the science seemed a little incongruous with the era. Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by G. Greene
I love Amanda Quick. Her books are among my all time favorites. But this one was not really worth the money- and I bought mine used. Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by Catriona
Amanda Quick has come into the realm of Historical Mysteries as of late. I didn't like her last set of novels featuring Tobias and Lavinia but was pleased to see that this was out... Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by Alena
Like her last few books, this book started out interesting and seemed like the author hurried up to finish the book at the end. Read morePublished on June 10 2004 by J
Definitely a fun read! I LOVE Amanda Quick and I've been waiting for another one of her books and I am happy to say that though it took awhile it was worth it. Read morePublished on June 10 2004
Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz) has long been one of my favorite authors...however, the last few offerings have been lackluster, canned, and not up to par.
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This was a good read but it started off kinda slow... I felt something was missing in the plot. This would have been a great short story.Published on June 6 2004 by Andrea Underwood
I was surprised by how quickly I was able to read this one. It was light and entertaining, with strong, well written characters, but I give it only three stars because it's not... Read morePublished on May 27 2004 by V. Bratcher