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Waiting on Wednesday: Til Death Do Us Part

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Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick

Publication Date: April 19, 2016

Publisher: Berkley

Synopsis: The author of the New York Times bestseller Garden of Lies returns to Victorian London in an all-new novel of deadly obsession.

Calista Langley operates an exclusive “introduction” agency in Victorian London, catering to respectable ladies and gentlemen who find themselves alone in the world. But now, a dangerously obsessed individual has begun sending her trinkets and gifts suitable only for those in deepest mourning—a black mirror, a funeral wreath, a ring set with black jet stone. Each is engraved with her initials.

Desperate for help and fearing that the police will be of no assistance, Calista turns to Trent Hastings, a reclusive author of popular crime novels. Believing that Calista may be taking advantage of his lonely sister, who has become one of her clients, Trent doesn’t trust her. Scarred by his past, he’s learned to keep his emotions at bay, even as an instant attraction threatens his resolve.

But as Trent and Calista comb through files of rejected clients in hopes of identifying her tormentor, it becomes clear that the danger may be coming from Calista’s own secret past—and that only her death will satisfy the stalker..

Personal Thoughts:One of my favorite authors and an auto read book. I’ll be looking forward for this book to come out as it sounds really good.

What are you Waiting on this Wednesday?

Waiting on Wednesday: Garden of Lies

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick

Publication Date: April 21st 2015

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Synopsis:The Kern Secretarial Agency provides reliable professional services to its wealthy clientele, and Anne Clifton was one of the finest women in Ursula Kern’s employ. But Miss Clifton has met an untimely end—and Ursula is convinced it was not due to natural causes.

Archaeologist and adventurer Slater Roxton thinks Mrs. Kern is off her head to meddle in such dangerous business. Nevertheless, he seems sensible enough to Ursula, though she does find herself unnerved by his self-possession and unreadable green-gold eyes…

If this mysterious widowed beauty insists on stirring the pot, Slater intends to remain close by as they venture into the dark side of polite society. Together they must reveal the identity of a killer—and to achieve their goal they may need to reveal their deepest secrets to each other as well…

Personal Thoughts: Ohh another Amanda Quick book! This one promises to be a great read full of mystery, suspense and some romance thrown in there! 🙂 I can’t wait to read this one. Quick always does a great job with her stand alones and series and this one I know won’t be any different. Is it any wonder that she is an auto read for me? hehe 🙂

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Otherwise Engaged Book Review

Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick

Publication Date: April 22, 2014

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Source: Library

SynopsisMiss 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. . 

Personal Thoughts: I have been awaiting for this book to come out with anticipation. Amanda Quick is a great author that has always delivered on her great stories and this one was no different.  We meet Amity Doncaster when she is in the Caribbean writing one of her travel pieces for women, and things start to heat up when she puts her medical expertise to save the ever handsome Benedict Stanbridge from a gun shot wound. He is everything she has ever wanted in a man  and being in close quarters with him does not help the situation.

Once she arrives back in London, England, her adventure is not over yet because a serial killer attempts to kill her. From one adventure to another, Amity ‘s character showcases that she is one strong female who is capable of taking care of herself and those that she loves most dearly. Otherwise Engaged is a wonderful story filled with suspense, romance and plenty of adventure. Fans of Amanda Quick will not be disappointed and will be left wanting more of her great stories.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Waiting on Wednesday: Otherwise Engaged

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Otherwise Engaged

Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick.

Publication Date: April 22, 2014

Publisher: Putnam Adult

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. . .

Personal Thoughts: Yey! Another Amanda Quick book is coming out later next month! I love her historical romance books. They are always entertaining reads full of females that take matters into their own hands. 🙂 Cannot wait!

What are you waiting for this Wednesday?

The Mystery Woman Book Review

The Mystery Woman by Amanda Quick

Publication Date: April 23, 2013

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads): Beatrice Lockwood, one of the intrepid ladies of Lantern Street, is in the middle of a case when her past comes back to haunt her.  Joshua North, a former spy for the Crown, has come out of a self-imposed retirement after a disastrous case that left him scarred and forced to use a cane.  He is hunting the villain who is blackmailing his sister.

The trail leads him to Beatrice who is his chief suspect.  But when he realizes that she is not the blackmailer they set out to find the real extortionist.  Passion flares between them as they dodge a professional assassin.  Meanwhile a mysterious scientist intent on resurrecting his dead lover using an ancient Egyptian formula for preserving the bodies of the dead is also hunting Beatrice. He is keeping his dead love perfectly preserved in a special, crystal-topped sarcophagus filled with the special fluid.   But he needs Beatrice’s paranormal talent to activate the reviving properties of the preservative in the coffin.  Time is running out for everyone involved.

The two cases collide at a mysterious country-house filled with artifacts from ancient Egyptian tombs.  The drama concludes in the mad scientist’s laboratory where Joshua discovers that the past he thought was dead is still very much alive — sort of.

Personal Thoughts: I’ve been waiting for The Mystery Woman to come out for a while now and it didn’t disappoint. I love the spy/investigative action that happens in the book. There is plenty of mystery, action and romance. The era is one of my favorites and I love reading about the times and the societal etiquette. It would drive me nuts if I had to have a chaperoned every time I went out. Luckily I don’t live in that era. 🙂

I loved Beatrice’s character. She’s a go-getter and won’t depend on a man to do what needs to be done. It was intriguing to see  just how handy she could be. The banter between Josh and her made me laugh and thoroughly enjoy the book. There were a few plot twists and turns that made the book really interesting and worth continuing reading. The secondary characters are creepy, evil and just bizarre but that is what makes a story go from ordinary to unique 🙂

Amanda Quick never disappoints and she always takes you on a new adventure that you are sure to enjoy. So far I am loving the Ladies of Lantern Street series and can’t wait until the next book comes out. It won’t be for a while though 🙁

Rating: 4/5 Stars