Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Otherwise Engaged - Amanda Quick

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. 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.

My thoughts:
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.

Conclusion:
Suspense, danger, spying and romance too of course. I enjoyed this one.

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I approve

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Putnam Adult
Ladies of Lantern Street #3
Historical romance
For review


46 comments:

  1. That cover is really deceiving! At first, I thought this was just a girlie romance, but after reading your review, it's apparent that this book is so much more than that. Thanks for making me give it another look.

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    1. It does give that look, but it also works cos that is how the killer dresses up the women before he kills them

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  2. But what about the cover?!?!?!?!?!? ;p

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  3. A hybrid story with Bennett as a nerd sounds great

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  4. I enjoy this kind of historical.
    Cover - if you look close you can see a face :)

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  5. I believe I have one her books on my shelf. hmmmmm.

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  6. This sounds fun. I like the mix you describe, but I would've never thought that's what this book is about looking at the cover. :)

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  7. A nerdy hero you say? Sign me up! There are so few of those out there (that I can think of), so I'm excited to read this one!

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    1. I love nerdy heroes and I want more of them

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  8. I agree with the others that the cover (and the title too) look more regular romance than the story suggests, but the plot itself sounds good. And the title isn't so bad in context.

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    1. It does, but then it is romance too, and the cover makes sense after you have read about her kidnapping

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  9. The cover doesn't look like how you described it. I love suspenseful romances, they're the best.

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  10. I always loved Amanda Quick because pretty much all her romances are light and suspenseful. Glad you enjoyed it, Linda! :)

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    1. I think I read one like 10 years ago, that was before I wrote down good authors

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  11. That's a pretty cover of a lovely dress but I also have to agree about the image being totally deceiving! My first thought was also "looks too romance-y for me!" but I'm glad it offered a lot more than that!

    ~Mogsy

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    1. It's the dress she would have been killed in but yes that does not come across

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  12. I just put one of her's in my jukebox for next month :)

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  13. Sort of like a fluffy historical romantic suspense. Say that 5 times fast. ;) I do need to get this one.

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    1. Bleh, I could not say it fast! LOL

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  14. Oh I love her books! I haven't read her the last year or so though. Must do that soon!

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  15. Eeek..this was on my wishlist and someone it slipped by me...must order now!

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  16. Looking forward to this book.

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  17. wow it's so rare to have a heroine like Amity, but it must be so good to have something different like that too!

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  18. This sounds great! And I can particularly relate to the nerdy enginner-type (b/c I married one, LOL).

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  19. Ooh I want and I love the cover :)

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  20. This sounds like another good series.

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  21. I do love a resourceful heroine who doesn't let herself become a victim. This sounds great!

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    1. No one is gonna kill her, the girl know what she wants

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  22. Ooo so jealous that you have already read this one! I love Amanda Quick books! And is it true, not even a tiny hint of something paranormal or psychic in this one?

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    1. Nope, I did not at least notice anything at all.
      And yes I know you love them ;) I got lucky and was sent a copy, just like that

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  23. glad to hear the story moved easily and fast. Will be starting this one tonight.

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