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Deception | [Amanda Quick]

Deception

Once Olympia Wingfield had been free to devote all her time to her true passion: the study of ancient legends and long-lost treasure. But now, with three hellion nephews to raise, the absentminded beauty has very little time for research. Which makes it seem all the more serendipitous when a handsome stranger strides into Olympia’s library unannounced and proceeds to set her world to rights.
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Publisher's Summary

Once Olympia Wingfield had been free to devote all her time to her true passion: the study of ancient legends and long-lost treasure. But now, with three hellion nephews to raise, the absentminded beauty has very little time for research. Which makes it seem all the more serendipitous when a handsome stranger strides into Olympia’s library unannounced and proceeds to set her world to rights....

Tall and dark, with long, windswept black hair, Jared Chillhurst is the embodiment of Olympia’s most exotic dreams…a daring pirate, masquerading in teacher’s garb, whose plundering kisses and traveler’s tales quickly win her heart. Yet all too soon innocent Olympia will discover the enigmatic and wickedly sensual Mr. Chillhurst is no lowly tutor but a future earl with a wealth of secrets – the kind that will lead them both on a perilous quest for a hidden fortune and a love worth more than gold.

©2009 Amanda Quick (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A featherlight, warmhearted fantasy with lots besides bedroom frolics going on, and it's all in a modern idiom (only one "mayhap'"). Fans will welcome this perfect little popover of a romance." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Amy Wenatchee, WA, United States 01-27-11
    Amy Wenatchee, WA, United States 01-27-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Poor narration"

    I can't say for certain that the story itself is bad. I had so much difficulty getting past the annoying narrator that I could barely concentrate on the story. Normally I enjoy Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz, so it is possible that the story was entertaining. Unfortunately, the narrator thought it was necessary to whisper-growl most of the voices and most statements were made in an exclamation with the last word of sentences being drawn out. It is sad but true that a narrator can make or break a good book. Perhaps this particular book should be read in paperback form rather than listening to the audio version. So, I will not comment on the storyline itself, just be aware that the narrator will pull you out of the story almost continually. I found myself dwelling on her pronuciations and excited whispers.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    B. Seidel east coast 10-20-10
    B. Seidel east coast 10-20-10 Member Since 2009

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    "At last my Favorite Quick Book!!"

    This is my favortite Quick book. I grabbed it the day it became avaiable. love the story, the wit, the danger, and gotta love the In-Laws!! i have worn out several paperback versions and a hard back...now i listen in the car and on my MP3 palyer!!! Her older books are my favorite. I also like that she doesn't feel the need to give the reader(listener) a history lesson when telling her tale! Just plain FUN. I hope some of the older ones like Mistress, With this Ring, I Thee Wed and a few others will come out with unabridges versions. I have the tape versions......./sob...i would love a unabridged verson not the horriable abridged ones they have avaiable.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 06-08-10
    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 06-08-10 Member Since 2005
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    "I found this book fun..."

    I would like to say that I found this book (Deception) to be fun and light.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Richboro, PA, United States 06-05-10
    Mary Richboro, PA, United States 06-05-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Delightful!"

    Best of the new Quick books IMO. I like Regency though tire of oft repeated plots. This takes a different slant and not always predictable. It's fascinating to hear the developing relationships of all the characters especially the interchanges between the two leads, starting from the introduction of the "tutor" into a madcap household. Both main characters are quite unique and balance each other very well as does the storyline. Definitely fun for summer read ...or anytime.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette San Jose, CA, United States 06-09-10
    Yvette San Jose, CA, United States 06-09-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Lots of fun!!!"

    This is not the Great American Novel, but it is HUGE FUN!!!! Definitely worth the credit, especially if you are already a fan of Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz).

    (Note on date-published: This new recording may be 2009 & 2010, but the actual storey's original copyright date is 1993.)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Isabelle Woodbridge, CT, United States 01-27-13
    Isabelle Woodbridge, CT, United States 01-27-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Terrible narration..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think I should have read the paperback book rather than listening to the story. The narrator just made it impossible to get fully into the story. The dragging voice, ridiculous tone inflections on certain words was almost comical at times. The narrator is really doing a dis-service to the book...


    What was most disappointing about Amanda Quick’s story?

    The story was light. It's an easy book to read (again insisting on reading it and NOT listening to it due to the terrible narration). I enjoyed the story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anne Flosnik?

    Anyone but her!!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story is definitely light and easy to read.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 07-10-14
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 07-10-14 Member Since 2011

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "If you have read one you have read them all."

    I have enjoyed Amanda Quick older books in the past and every once in a while I like to read them again. I will admit that all of the older Amanda Quick's books are very similar. There is a headstrong heroine, a dashing hero, and an ancient mystery to uncover with villains in the back ground. Of course what's not to love about that. Narrator was only just ok, she is very breathy and with her accent it makes her harder to understand.

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    Jone Chicago burbs 03-22-13
    Jone Chicago burbs 03-22-13 Member Since 2012

    I listen to audio books and knit. Usually at the same time.

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    "Romance & Buried Treasure Mystery FTW!"
    Would you listen to Deception again? Why?

    Yes. I have listened to Deception twice. It was a light, fun story that included a mystery of long lost buried treasure. You can't go wrong with that. I also liked that all of the families involved (and the relationships between secondary characters) were a little bit unusual. There are no run-of-the-mill nuclear families here. It was refreshing. Ms. Quick relegated the over-the-top drama ("Beware the Guardian!") to the buried treasure subplot and allowed the protagonists to follow their feelings without all the unnecessary anxious hyperbole that is often used in romance novels to create tension. This was also refreshing.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Amanda Quick? Why or why not?

    Yes. This was a fun love story with some quirky characters. If this is typical of Ms. Quick's work, I would happily listen to another book written by her. I would wait for a sale though.


    What does Anne Flosnik bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Anne Flosnik is very dependable. I can always count on enjoying her narration. She does an excellent job giving voice to the different characters without making them into caricatures.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I was fine with taking breaks. I like audiobooks for listening to while I perform other tasks, like cleaning or gardening. The desire to Just. Keep. Listening. is a pleasure sometimes, and obviously indicates I'm immersed in a great story, but that can interfere with my main goals. I don't consider it a drawback if I am content to listen piece-meal fashion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer TULSA, OK, United States 02-05-13
    Amazon Customer TULSA, OK, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Love the old Amanda Quick novels"

    Most people complain about the narrator but I was introduced to Anne Flosnick on a different series. I like how she portrays the characters and think that her representation of these books are wonderful. I love this book and even bought 2 copies in paperback because I read them so many times. The women in Amanda Quick books are so progressive for their times and make the books so enjoyable because of the trouble they cause the men in the books. I would recommend any book by Amanda Quick.

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    Kathie WONDER LAKE, IL, United States 11-05-12
    Kathie WONDER LAKE, IL, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "nice romance"
    What did you like best about Deception? What did you like least?

    The characters, as usual for Amanda Quick, were very well rounded. She has done better stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nicely rounded characters and good descriptions of the times and mores.


    What three words best describe Anne Flosnik’s voice?

    I would have perferred less of an accent, but it fit the story.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    More depth to the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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