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.
"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)
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.
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.)
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...
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.
Anyone but her!!
The story is definitely light and easy to read.
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.
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.
I loved the way Olympia and Jarod interacted and treated each other. It was fun to go along with them as they discovered each other while they never lost sight of their obligations to others. Intertwining a cast of characters and a mystery, it was light and interesting with humor. A feel good read.
I enjoyed the way she was able to bring the humor of the characters through and also transporting you into that time period so you felt involved, not just a bystander.
On the shelf Olympia doesn't give a hoot about society's view. In fact, she's quite content with her status, dedicating herself to knowing all there is about far off lands and customs.
When her uncle purchases a rare diary she had been seeking in his travels, he tells Jarod, a fellow passenger, about his unusual niece. Seeking the diary himself, Jarod offers to deliver it to Olympia while her uncle continues his travels.
Hoping to purchase the diary from her instead of stealing it as his relatives want him to do, Jarod discovers he is more intrigued by this woman of the world than the diary she possesses.
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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.
I listen to audio books and knit. Usually at the same time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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