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.

Trust Me by Jayne Ann Krentz

An incredibly love story that left me smiling.

Desdemona Wainwright thinks Sam Stark looks much too calm for a man who has just been left at the alter.  The males in her theatrical family would be letting their feelings explode.  But she was hired to cater his wedding, not to save it.  Desdemona marches into Stark’s den to demand the much-needed payment for the canceled reception-not to fall in love.  But the self-controlled, steel-willed man behind Stark Security Systems, a multi-million-dollar consulting firm, does have the cold, logical brain of a computer-along with the muscular, sensual body of a medieval knight.  He is Desdemona’s exact opposite.  And don’t opposites attract?

Sam Stark cannot understand what is wrong with treating marriage as a business deal.  He ex-fiancee, stately blond Pamela, and seemed so perfect so reasonable.  This hoyden with wild red hair and huge turquoise eyes, insisting he write a check for hundreds of uneaten miniature asparagus tarts, is a different type: temoermental, volatile, and likely to drive a man crazy with her moods-or with desire.  But Desdemona has the professional catering skills he needs for his business.  It never occurs to him that she might not accept his offer to be his no-strings-attached, stand-in wife.

Desdemona has other plans for herself and Stark.  She thinks involving him with her staff, made up of her relatives and other out-of-work actors, will give him a sense of family.  He thinks he’d rather spend his time with computers, but all too soon his private life and his business affairs are under siege.  Desdemona is breaking down the walls around his heart-and someone is trying to get into his files to steal a top-secret computer program.  Stark’s suspicions soon center on the people Desdemona holds most dear, as intrigue and murder swirl them all.

I loved this book.  It was cute, humorous and enjoyable to read.

I loved how Krentz has a simple beginning but escaltes into a dangerous situation as the pieces begin to drop.

The family dynamics are very real and loving.  Each character is recognized by their abilities and flaws.  And as a plot goes this one was fascinating to read about.

Trust Me is a book you will want to pick up.

Witchcraft by Jayne Ann Krentz

When you pick up one of your favorite romance author only to discover that a mixture of paranormal is thrown in it can be confusing.  Krentz though is known for her paranormal books just as much for her romance books.  But still for me Witchcraft was strange.

Mystery writer Kimberely Sawyer lives alone and likes it that way. But when she is threatened by a hooded figure wielding a dagger, and a blood-red rose with a needle thrust into its heart is left on her doorstep, she knowns she needs protection.

It seems like perfect timing when Napa Valley vineyard owner Darius Cavenaugh returns to Kimberely’s life, offering help and a place to stay.  But how did he know she needed him?  Was it the deep intuitive intimacy of a soulmate…or was it witchcraft?

I liked the book but as I said it was strange.  I wasn’t sure with what was going on only because it seemed that I came in through half way.  But the past is explained later.

Krentz for me has a unique style of writing and I am drawn to it.  Witchcraft had that wit, humor thrown into it and the characters were intriguing but it didn’t leave me jumping for joy.  But Krentz is still a favorite of mine and will still keep reading her books.

Grand Passion by Jayne Ann Krentz

As I was browsing throught the aisles of books it got me thinking that it has been a while since I picked up Jayne Ann Krentz.  I love her style and the simple to complex characters which are developed.  I have read many of her books but I wanted to start and revisit them.

Cleopatra Robbins has imagined the moment when she’ll meet the man of her dreams.  But when Max Fortune strides into the Robbins’ Nest Inn, a devastating sensation sweeps through her.  She knows it’s him.  And he’s all wrong!

Head of the giant Curzon Hotel chain, a cynical man with a passion for rare works of art, Max is looking for five priceless paintings left to him by his mentor, Jason Cruzon.  With one long look at Cleo Robbins, Max knows he’s gazing at a masterpiece…and for the first time in his life, the solitary and powerful executive is overcome with the strangest desire for that wonderful institution called home.  But despite their mutual attraction, Max suspects Cleo of hiding something-and by the time he realizes her secrets have nothing to do with the lost treasures, it may be too late to save her from the danger rising out of her past.

Krentz delivers a sense of passion in each book that she writes but what draws me to all her books are the characters.  In some way or the other they are real.  They have a sense of being real and not just fiction.  Within Grand Passion you could relate to the characters problems they were facing which is a powerful abiltiy to do with books.

The plot is a cute romance.  A man looking for his inhertience but finds much more.  The characters of the book are delightful.  They are a little wacky and quirky but all together real and lovable.  They are the type of characters you would imagine working in a small inn.

There are secrets and sabotage moving throughout the book which gives a little mystery to keep you reading.

Grand Passion is a fun book to read, just to loose yourself in for a few hours.

Summer in Eclipse Bay by Jayne Ann Krentz

Jayne Ann Krentz is an author that will drive you to read her books once you got one in your system.  Summer in Eclipse Bay is the third book to the series Eclipse Bay.

Word gets around fast in Eclipse Bay.  Nick Harte should know-his family’s legendary feud with the Madisons fueled the local gossip mill for years before finally cooling off.  But people are still talking-and rumor has it Nick’s involved with someone new…Art gallery owner Octavia Brightwell doesn’t take chances-especially on handsome, charming men.  But that’s only part of the reason she turned Nick down six times before finally agreeing to a date.  Octavia’s related to the woman who sparked the long-running family feud-and fears that falling hard for Nick would only ignite the flames again.  Octavia knows her family’s past is best kept hidden.  But her secret isn’t safe in Eclipse Bay…

The third edition to the Eclipse Bay left me smiling.  Krentz is a master at telling stories and giving the characters witty banter back and fourth.

The story of the two main characters lets the reader find the love that is starting to blosum but also to end the mystery of the Harte, Madison feud.

The characters were fun to read and the addition of Carson was nice to read about.  It was enjoyable to read about all the family on both sides.  Each brought their own unique humor to the pages.

Krentz brings a charming, enjoyable and entertaining novel in the final book of Eclipse Bay.

The Paid Companion by Amanda Quick

Quick’s books are always stellar where they grab you and pull you into the story through the characters, the plot and the dialogue.

The Plot of The Paid Companion:

The Earl of St. Merryn needs a woman.  His intentions are purely practical-he simply wants someone sensible and suitably lovely to pose as his betrothed for a few weeks among polite society.  He has his own agenda to pursue, and a false finacee will keep the husband hunters at bay while he goes about his business.  The easiest solution is to hire a paid companion.  After all, the sorry women who must accept such employment  are sure to grateful for any favor.

However, finding the right candidate proves more of a challenge than he expected-until he encounters Miss Elenora Lodge.  Her dowdy attire and pinned-up hair cannot hide her fine figure and the fire in her golden eyes.  And her unfortunate circumstances, and dreams of a life of independence, make the Earl’s generous offer undeniably appealing.

But Elenora is unsure what this masquerade might entail.  For St. Merryn is clearly hiding a secret or two, and things seem oddly amiss in his gloomy Rain Street home.  She is soon to discover that his secrets are even darker than his decor, and that this lark will be a far more dangerous adventure than she’s been led to believe.  And Arthur, Earl of St. Merryn, is making a discovery as well: that the meek and mild companion he’d intitially envisioned has become in reality, a partner in his quest to catch a killer-and an outspoken belle of the ball who stirs a wild passion in his practiced heart.

I have read this book, The Paid Companion before but was in the mood for one of her books.  It a was entertaining piece of Victorian style of writing but it seemed also modern.  I find any of her books hard to put down and continue to go back to them no matter how many times I read them.

Are you a Quick/Krentz fan?

Do you have a favorite book/author which you can’t help but re-read?

Dangerous by Amanda Quick

Only in the dead of night will she come to find her true love but can she make him hers forever…

Amanda Quick writes Dangerous which is an intriguing, mysterious love story through the Victorian period.

The Plot of Dangerous:

“At five and twenty, Prudence Merryweather knew very well the risks a woman took by visiting a gentlman in the dead of night.  But bearding teh notorious Earl of Angelstone in his den was the only way to stop him from engaging her hot-headed brother in a duel.  And that was why she found herself ushered into Sebastians forbidding presence at three in the morning-and thoroughly kissed before dawn.

She was a country-bred innocent and an intriguing experience for a man who dwelt more in the shadows than in the sunshine.  Yet as her boldness drew Prue into one dangerous episode after another, Sebastian found himself torn between a raging hunger to possess her and a driving need to protect her.  And the reckless beauty would soon need all the protection she could get…”

Amanda Quick really is one of my favorite romance authors.  I am always drawn into her books.  In this particular book Quick shows her wit with the characters as she pairs up Prue and Sebastian.  I love how Sebastian is an oddity and doesn’t care what others think.  Prue cares but wants to make everything okay along with Sebastian’s family.

Then as you are done with the character dynamic’s there is the plot which is another driving force of this novel.  I was blown away by how the plot of murder was swept into the plot without it being obvious and the same with the villain.  You thought you knew but wasn’t sure.

Dangerous was fantastic to read with the danger, paranormal activity, intrigue, wit, adventure and love underneath it all.

Don’t Look Back by Amanda Quick

Amanda Quick is back with her series of Lavinia Lake and Tobias March.  A Victorian romance that holds some mystery, suspense, danger and finally love.

The Plot of Don’t Look Back:

“As if a head for business and a nose for trouble aren’t enough to distinguish fiercely independent Lavinia Lake  from the other women of London’s fashionable Claremont Lane, there is one more feature to set her apart.  Lavinia is also well versed in the practice of mesmerism, an extraordinary gift that far surpasses mere charm and physical appeal.  Nobody knows this better than the usually coolheaded Tobias March, who seem to have fallen hopelessly under the spell.  Fortunately for all, however, Lavinia uses her powers for good.  And ever since tragedy involving one of her subjects, she has even retired them in favor of her work with Lake and March, a joint venture providing “discreet private inquiries for individuals of quality.”  Celeste Hudson, the stunningly beautiful young wife of a family friend and fellow mesmerist, would surely count herself among such individuals-were she still alive, that is.

While mythology’s Medusa could turn men to stone, lovely Celeste was more accustomed to turning them to jelly.  In fact, unbeknownst to her husband.  Howard, the ambitious Celeste was planning to use her talents to forge a new future in Society-one that would not include him.  Sadly, her plans were cut short when she was murdered.  Only a gentleman’s cravat evidence-small compensation for the strange and priceless bracelet that may have been snatched from her wrist as she drew her last breath.

As a result, Lake and March are soon in Howard Hudson’s employ on the trail of the killer.  But Tobias is convinced the dashing widower is more interested in tracking down the missing relic.  If so, Howard is not alone.  Any number of ruthless types are after the very same antiquity, whose centerpiece is an unusual blue cameo of inestimable value and supposed legendary powers-power of immeasurable worth to anyone in Howard’s line of work.

Together, Lake and March undertake a tantalizing investigation that leads them from the glittering ballrooms of the ton to London’s seediest taverns to a mesmerist whose therapies include treating ladies suffering from “hysteria” via a most unconventional method-and, not least of all, to the darkest reaches of men’s psyches.”

I loved reading this book again.  It was a while ago when I found the book but after re-reading the first one I knew I had to continue to read.  I can’t seem to get enough of this series.  I liked that the first introduced us to the characters and definetly pulled you in but the second book goes into Lavinia’s past people of the past show up.  Tobias is not happy, which I love to read.

They are developing feelings for each other even though they were doing this in the first book, but now they are closure.  Of course they are not the only ones close, Emmeline and Anthony have gotten even more close.  Emmeline finally kisses Anthony.

I love the plot with the use of mesmerist.  This is the part that Lavinia is the expert in and Tobias doesn’t believe but in this case both of them will have to pull together to solve this case.

Don’t Look Back is another thriller, mystery and enjoyable to read.

Quick is Back with the Burning Lamp

Jayne Ann Krentz or Amanda Quick or her many other names she goes by as an author is one of my favorite authors.  She has a particular style of writing that I love to read.  As she writes under Amanda Quick those books cater to the Victorian Period which I love and she throws in some paranormal activity.  Since I have been following her series of the Arcane Society it is hard to wait sometimes for her books but they are worth the wait.

The Plot of Burning Lamp:

“The Arcane Society was born in turmoil, when the friendship of its two founders evolved into a fierce rivaly.  Nicholas Winter’s efforts led to the creation of a device of unknown powers called the Burning Lamp.  Each generation, the Winters man who inherits it is destined to develop multiple talents-and the curse of madness.

Plagued by hallucinations and nightmares, the notorious crime lord Griffin Winters is convinced he has been struck with the Winters Curse.  But even as he arranges a meeting with the mysterious Adelaide Pyne, he has no idea how closely their fates are bound, for she holds the missing lamp in her possession.

Their dangerous psychical experiment makes them the target of forces both inside and outside the Arcane Society.  And though desire strengthens their power, their different lives will keep them apart-if death doesn’t take them together.”

Honestly if you follow or don’t follow the series you will have no problem following this book.  It is interesting and intriguing as a crime lord and social reformer are bonded together through this whirlwind adventure.  I feel in love with the characters, new and old.  It was fun to see again how Krentz created the paranormal world through her romances.

If you like paranormal romances, adventure, paranormal artifacts, the victorian period, and a thrilling mystery then this book might be the book for you.

Gift of Fire by Jayne Ann Krentz

“Gourmet restaurant-owner Verity Ames determines to secure herself in a relationship with the lean and sexy Jonas Quarrel.  She suspects that Jonas is not the marrying kind, and soon enough her adventuring lover sets off to hunt for missing Reniassance jewels on a Pacific Northwest island.  Verity follows him to an ancient mansion of hidden passageways and mysterious perils, where she hopes to discover the most precious treasure a woman and a man can find.”

When I picked up the book, Gift of Fire by Jayne Ann Krentz I had already read the first book Gift of Gold and I didn’t know it was about the same characters.  I was pleasantly surprised since Krentz left the first book at an ending but more could happen.

I loved to see how the characters progressed in their own relationship and their own persona.  The book was charming and intriguing with the plot and the paranormal activity that centered around the book.