Amanda Quick, a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, is a bestselling, award-winning author of contemporary and historical romances. There are over twenty-five million copies of her books in print, including Seduction, Surrender, Scandal, Rendezvous, Ravished, Reckless, Dangerous, Deception, Desire, Mistress, Mystique, Mischief, Affair, With This Ring, and I Thee Wed. She makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Frank.
Odd's teeth! Is this the same pen that gave readers the delicious Mischief, among many other entertainments? The multifaceted Jayne Ann Krentz's pseudonym for her Regency romances, Amanda Quick has been a reliable label, guaranteeing witty dialogue between strong-willed lovers and offering genuine suspense laced with erotic thrills. Alas, the present offering falls short. Virgin widow Madeline Reed Deveridge is maddeningly befuddled about men. Dubbed the Wicked Widow ever since she was obliged to shoot her husband, scoundrel Renwick Deveridge, in self-defense, she now seems to be haunted by Renwick's ghost. Worse, she requires an eternity to realize she loves (and is loved by) Artemis Hunt, whose help she enlists when her maid is kidnapped from the Dream Pavilions, London pleasure gardens secretly owned by Hunt. Artemis is gruff and bossy, rather than exquisitely arrogant in the traditional model, and he commands little sympathy in an obsessive plot to avenge the death of his actress love, Catherine Jensen, five years before the main story takes place. Much space is devoted to the Vanzagarian Society, an arcane cult of which Artemis is a master--Madeline's father belonged to the society too, and Renwick tried to turn it to his evil purposes--but we never know its particularities or feel its power. Sex scenes are perfunctory. The occasional flashes of vivid writing, as in the descriptions of fog-bound pursuits through London's seamier neighborhoods, provoke nostalgia for Quick at her best. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
"If you start an Amanda Quick book in the late afternoon, you'll
probably spend the night with it."
-- The Denver Post
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Another delicious entry in Jayne Anne Krentz's regency romantic suspense series under the name of Amanda Quick. Superbly narrated by Barbara Rosenblat, this novel presents Madeline Deveridge, viewed as notorious by society because of the rumors that she murdered her husband. Artemis Hunt has heard the stories but is involved in both making a success of the Magic Pavilions, pleasure gardens that have become popular with all levels of Londoners, and his overriding goal: meting out punishment to the men who killed his lover five years ago. Their lives become enmeshed when Madeline's maid is kidnapped outside the pleasure gardens; after Artemis rescues her, Madeline hires him to discover the identity of a mysterious figure who threatens her and who may be after her father's Book of Secrets. Of course, both feel an immediate attraction but must battle their independent natures and misconceptions about one another before they can admit their love. If Artemis is a bit bossier than some Quick heroes and Madeline slower than some to admit her feelings for him, these weaknesses are overcome by Rosenblat's flawless narration, which brings a strong sense of individuality and personality to not only the major characters but the supporting ones as well. As usual, her grasp of accents and dialect is impressive. An author interview is conducted with insight and perception and adds to the enjoyment of Quick's work. Highly recommended for fiction collections. Melody A. Moxley, Rowan P.L., Salisbury, NC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.