Crystal Gardens

Not knowing that Amanda Quick aka Jayne Ann Krentz had a new release I happily took the book from my grab and go section in my library. Crystal Gardens is the latest paranormal romance book and the first book of the new series Flint & Marsh.

Evangeline Ames is a paid companion but that is not all she does. She  is a writer and secret investigator in high society, but now she is on break. Two attempted murders in the same year is tough on a person. Evangeline manged to avoid the second attempt by going into her nearest neighbor, the Crystal Gardens.

Lucas Sebastian owns the Crystal Gardens and takes intruders seriously especially with the recent passing of his Uncle. Lucas helps the damsel but the danger doesn’t stop when the intruder drops dead. Lucas will help protect Evangeline but he will soon find out the villain might want something of his as well.

With passion, the Crystal Gardens and their paranormal abilities in high gear Evangeline and Lucas will come together. But there will not be a moments peace as treasure hunters are around at every corner and would be murders.

Reading and loving most of Amanda Quick’s books I knew that Crystal Gardens would be enjoyable before I flipped to the first page. Now saying all that I am torn as I went to read I found myself thinking of the other arcane society books and how this feels familiar. That was a little disappointing until I went further into the story and you are swept into the story.

The story line yes is similar to the others with a mysterious item or powers and the two main characters are both powerful with their abilities, but Quick brings in twists or little surprises to keep you invested.

With Quick she gets you in with the intrigue the plot and characters generate through the pages. You want to know more of the danger and the villain. Or will the two characters ever find that love they were not looking for.

Quick also brings humor and wit to the pages with Lucas’s family and Evangeline’s friends. Without those side characters Crystal Gardens would be a good story but I feel incomplete.

I look forward to how Quick will continue this new series and what other problem will occur in the paranormal way.

Quicksilver

I have been looking at the book, Quicksilver, on the shelves for a month wondering if I was going to pick up the book. Anything by Amanda Quick I will read but with series I hate the waiting process especially if there is a inclusive ending. Fortunately with Quick’s books there are always endings which will leave you satisfied but even with no cliff hanger it is sometimes torture to wait for those books to arrive.

But with Amanda Quick she is worth the wait. Quicksilver is the second book to the Looking Glass Trilogy and it is riveting to read.

Virginia Dean is in a dilmena when she wakes up next to a dead body but trouble does not end there as she can’t remember how she got to be in the bed. Virginia will be saved the a man she met once but would never forget.

Owen Sweetwater hunts down killers and he is hunting one now only to find Virginia Dean in the mist of a very big problem. Owen helps out Virginia and asks for her assistance. He knows she has true power and he needs that help with finding a killer.

The arcane society took more of a step back and let those who still have paranormal powers take the stage. I liked the characters of Virginia Dean and Owen Sweetwater. They are written well and intriguing as they use their powers and how their lives are intertwined. Virginia’s powers seeing through the mirrors is haunting and you want to know more. I liked also Owen and how his family is explored through the story. There is wit that is hinted through the story.

The plot is like many of the arcane society but there is something about the characters that makes you want to read and see how their fates with end.

I like how Amanda Quick (really Jayne Ann Krentz) has several identities and how they are cross refrenced through the series she writes. It was clever of Krentz to create series that travels through the past, present and future. I have yet to really get into the future series but I guess at times I am still stuck in the past as the Victorian Period is just where I love to read.

Quicksilver was fast and thrilling to read and a great addition to the arcane society books.

Seduction by Amanda Quick

Seduction was the last thing Sophy wanted but that is what she will be getting when she is arranged to marry Julian the Earl of Ravenwood. She had been in love with him since she was eighteen but her motives are to first find her sisters lover who abandon her after ruining her but Julian will have a lot to say about the fact that his wife will not do anything dangerous.

The playfulness of Seduction was fun to read. Julian’s character gave the book edge with his own roughness which lead the reader to want him to find a happy ending with his wife this time.

Sophy was an absolute delight to read. She was not your average female. She read and wanted her own rights in the marriage which she demands and gets to a point. But her bravery is what drives Sophy as she is looking for her sisters lover and trying to have Julian find love with her. Her strength has the reader cheering for her.

Seduction is wonderful to read with blackmail, murder, ex-mistress, the ton, a wives duty and love.

Ravished by Amanda Quick

A scarred man holds mystery but not when he has a horrible scar lashed around his face with a reputation that will make you think twice of dancing with him. This was Gideon’s problem which occured six years ago but Harriet is soon to find out that Gideon is the only man for her. The scar does not worry her only that he is closed off from love but between her discovery of fossils she will find a way to show Gideon there is a upside to love.

Ravished held excitement as the idea of thieves who were intruding in on Harriet’s caves and what really happened those six years ago.

I liked the cleverness of Gideon and Harriet’s character who were funny to read about as they interacted with each other. The book went by in a flash and there was a twist that you did not see coming which ties up the whole story.

Desire by Amanda Quick

Lady Clare is used to taking care of her people but things are getting tough as he father has past and people want her land. Garth comes into save the day to become the husband of Clare. But wedded bliss will not come easy there will be struggles and fights but Garth and Clare will have to solve their own problems to help their people.

Desire was not very fast going until you got into the characters lives. I liked that Quick created the characters into the medieval time period.

Garth I thought would be the warrior who did not really respect his woman until he found love but I was surprised. Quick makes Garth a lot more understanding with Clare which was a nice touch. I also liked Clare’s attitude within the story as she is a tough woman but very kind to her people.

Through these characters the reader will enjoy the story’s interaction between the two and wanting a happy ending.

Scandal by Amanda Quick

Scandal brings the characters Simon and Emily together but will they stay that way. Find out in Amanda Quick’s book Scandal.

All he wanted was revenge from these men who made his childhood disappear. His way of doing that was simple but for one man he went further. He went to find his daughter to make his. Simon was in for a surprise as he found Emily and she was not what he thought. Emily with her intellect and whimsical idea was ready to fall in love with Simon but would she give up everything for him.

This novel held the reader through the book because you wanted to know what happened in Simon’s life that was so devastating and then when you do know it comes all about Emily and Simon. His true attentions will be made known to her and it will have to be a choice she has to make.

I liked Emily tenaciousness and whimsical quality and Simon’s motivation and coolness that will get thawed out.

Rendezvous by Amana Quick

The Earl of Graystone is looking for a wife there is a list he requires which is why Augusta Ballinger is confused as to why she is picked by Graystone but she is. Graystone and Augusta do not see eye to eye but will find comfort with each other. Augusta sooner than Harry.  But there would be troubles with their relationship as Augusta is prone to frivolous nature on her side of the family and needs to keep the memory of her brother alive as an adventurous honorable man. Harry will help but everything he is finding leads to her brother being a traitor. Will Harry find Richard to be a traitor and break Augusta’s heart?

First reading the book I wasn’t blown away by Amanda Quick’s in Rendezvous. You were brought right into the plot but the character of Harry seemed a bit dull. Then you start to read the book and understand how the characters are supposed to develop and help each other out with their flaws.

The further you read into Rendezvous the plot thickens to a new mystery and new and old ones will be solved.  This book will thrill the read as they try to solve the mystery of the spy Spider.