Affair introduces Charlotte Arkendale, an industrious young woman who provides a very special service. Wealthy women hire her to check the qualifications of their suitors. When one of Charlotte’s loveliest clients is murdered, she hires the darkly handsome Baxter St. Ives to be her assistant and bodyguard. But as they pool their powers of deduction and begin to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding the murder, they also uncover the force of a powerful, and mutual, chemistry. Liberally laced with passion, the intrigue swirls, and the plot thickens around Charlotte and her handsome colleague.
©1997 Jayne A. Krentz (P)1997 Recorded Books, LLC
Hand knitting and crochet are my hobbies in retirement, listening to books makes the time and the stitches fly by!
I have read and listened to a great number of Amanda Quck's offerings, and this one is so different from the others that it was like a breath of fresh air. Not to say I don't enjoy all of her books, I do, but this one is so different! Yes, I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good listen.
A comparison does not come to mind, this book takes all of the cliché of romance novels, and turns them into great entertainment. So I guess the whole thing is that there is no comparison in my library!
I have just recently listened to Wicked Widow by Amanda Quick also done by Ms Rosenblat. She is a marvelous reader, and lends more dimension to the characters of the book. I am looking forward to getting more of her readings in the near future.
Yes! I have a terrible time putting the iPod down and getting about other things when I start a book, and this one was no exception. It was marvelous!
The wit in this book was wonderful. The dissertation of the old butler on the scream in the laboratory had me giggling at odd moments for the rest of the day!
No. And it's sad because it could have been.
This was a classic Amanda Quick novel. And i wanted to love the audio. The narrator was good, the story was good, and if they had given the guy coughing in the background for a good portion of the book at random times a cough drop it would have been a five star read for me.
Another Quick novel that stands the test of rereading.
Two strong minded people who don't trust romantic attractions and also have learned to carve their own way in the world, come together because of a murder. There is lots of situational and conversational humor, and a swashbuckling envisioning near the end.
If you are lucky enough to get the audio, you will be glad that Barbara Rosenblatt is the audio performer.
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As much as Amanda Quick's books are all similar, I still buy them and read them so they must have something that keeps me coming back. This book was not one of my favorites by this author but still good if you can get past the narrator. While Barbara Rosenblat isn't a bad narrator she does sound like an old smoker and doesn't fit the part of the main character. I have never been a big fan of her readings. Also the actual recording would have background noise such as someone coughing or ticking noise, but it is mild. Good for a sale if you like regency romances.
"things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least."
This book had such a similar premise to the author's other book, otherwise engaged, that I almost gave up on it after the first couple of chapters. But I pressed on, hoping that the story would be redeemed. It was not her best work. Unless you really like the genre, and will read anything of this. period,, I would forgo this book. I must also comment on the narrator whose voice I felt was a bit distracting and not as refined as I felt it should have been. I had the impression that the main character, Charlotte, was much older than her 20+ years.
It was too slow and almost predictable in many points. I would have liked to have a more complicated story line.
This is not the best Amanda Quick book I've purchased. There are many more that are more compelling and entertaining. It would take a great deal to measure up to Mistress, which is my favorite.
This book needs a less gruff voice. This narrator has an issue with breathing sounds which are distracting at best and irritating at worst.
There is quite a bit of backgound noise on this recording. I hear people talking, laughing, and coughing. I usually listen with headphones while traveling, so it is even more irritating.
Barbara Rosenblat delivers a wonderful assortment of narrative characters every time. She does not disappoint.
I enjoyed it. It's like watching an old movie. It's light, has a story and you feel good listening.
There is really nothing extraordinary about this book. It tends to plod along at a mildly slow pace. The characters are fairly well developed but I found them uninteresting and could not feel their plights or root and cheer for them. The mystery Charlotte and St. Ives are trying to solve is plain vanilla and I wished the story around it was more enticing. The attraction between the two is real and brings out their inner conflicting emotions as well as their proud natures.
So no major flaws or drawbacks. I believe the narrator had a lot to do with my enjoyment as she had terrific pacing and nice distinction between the characters. I always love the old fashioned language of the era and this is a fun plus for the story too.
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