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Otherwise Engaged | [Amanda Quick]

Otherwise Engaged

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.
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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…

©2014 Jayne Ann Krentz (P)2014 Recorded Books

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    Susanna LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 04-25-14
    Susanna LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 04-25-14 Member Since 2009

    Reader, writer, quilter, needleworker, Kentuckian.

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    "An engaging return to earlier Quick style"

    The new Amanda Quick, “Otherwise Engaged”, is a return to her earlier style, with no paranormal elements. It is a riveting tale with engaging characters and intriguing turns. The action starts during a small island stopover on an ocean crossing from London to New York City. Our heroine, Amity Doncaster, rescues our hero, Benedict Stanbridge, from death in an alleyway. She guards his mysterious letter, nurses him back to health, discovers the beginnings of passion… and then doesn’t see him for some months, back in London. She’s not happy. Meanwhile, a serial killer targets her as his next victim. Did that letter play a role in drawing his attention?

    As always, Amanda Quick – the pseudonym that prolific author Jayne Ann Krentz uses for her historical romances – delivers a charming tale that keeps your attention and wraps you in Victorian era England. The heroine is strong but not domineering, the hero alpha but not a bully, which creates a nice tension. Many historical authors place their stories in regency England, which I enjoy, but it is refreshing to learn about the later era and the plot devices that historical time allows. While I have enjoyed the paranormal turn in recent Amanda Quick novels, it’s a pleasure to read this return to non-paranormal plots. The narrator, Louise Jane Underwood, does a good job, including switching between British and American accents smoothly and convincingly. Definitely recommended!

    I will note that if you have been reading Krentz in all her types of novels - Amanda Quick in historicals, Jayne Ann Krentz in contemporaries, and Jayne Castle in futuristic - in recent years, but have not read her older work, you will find this different. She has been exploring paranormal plot lines of various sorts for a number of years now, and those are very good. But I have been reading her novels for a very long time, and this reminds me of the first ones I read - the ones that made me a big fan in the first place. Read it for what it is, not as a continuation of her recent focus, and you will enjoy it a great deal.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    nancy Florence, MA, United States 05-03-14
    nancy Florence, MA, United States 05-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Worst Amanda Quick novel that I have heard or read"
    What could Amanda Quick have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It was so out of line from her other books that I thought it must've been written by someone else.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator wasn't bad


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 04-27-14
    Elizabeth 04-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the Worst Narrations"
    Would you try another book from Amanda Quick and/or Louise Jane Underwood?

    I'm a fan of Amanda Quick, but this narration was so bad, I couldn't get past the second chapter of listening.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator barely changed her voice as the characters changed, so that sometimes I wasn't even sure which character was speaking. She made such long pauses between some sentences that I thought the chapter was over. Dreadful.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadness, anger (at having forked out money), and disappointment. I used to love B. Rosenblatt's performances of Amanda Quick's novels. They are among my favourites. This was a total letdown. So bad I had to give up.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time and money on this. Read the novel, but don't even think about listening to the audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Share Faerber St. Louis, MO, US 04-26-14
    Share Faerber St. Louis, MO, US 04-26-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Amanda Quick Fizzles on this one"

    I am a fan of Amanda Quick's books even though they are always the same formula. There is usually a good enough story and interesting enough characters to allow me to deal with the formula romance, which is always the same.
    This time it did not work for me. The story got a little convoluted and was hard to follow.
    I did not hate it but I kept losing focus, missing a chapter or two because my mind wandered, and had to go back. I almost stopped and decided to go to another book.
    Oh Well......

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Captain Skurvy Queensland, Australia 04-23-14
    Captain Skurvy Queensland, Australia 04-23-14 Member Since 2008

    I like Fantasy & Science Fiction but not into Zombie. Due to Health issues, listen to Audiobooks/read ebooks where I can enlarge the print

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    "Disappointing"

    Disappointing sums up my reaction to this latest Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz) novel. I did not think i would ever rate one of these novels so low. I does not even feel like an Amanda Quick novel. I know this is a new series but it just does not grab me in any way nor did I find myself invested in the main character(s) which is unusual for this author.

    The narrator is OK but nowhere near the normal standard of the Narrators used in any previous books done by Jayne Ann Krentz (who writes under many pseudonyms the main ones these days being Jayne Ann Krentz - present day, Amanda Quick - past and Jayne Castle - Future).

    Maybe i was expecting too much and this reaction is mine alone (but a previous rating of 1 star - No review) make me sadly think otherwise.

    I pre-ordered this when it first became available months ago based on my enjoyment of previous Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick novels.

    The gimmick of a steel fan as a weapon is only effective if no one is aware it is made of steel and that as such it can be used as a weapon and i doubt in the era the book is set in that it would look very much like an ornament nor would it be very flexible or light. the materials and manufacturing processes were just not available then. This point is probably a bit picky on my part.

    So sadly based on my experience I must give this book a 2.5 star rating, again this is my reaction on my first listen and it might grow on me over time, but if it does Audible does not give you the chance to update/edit a review. I never thought i would rate an Amanda Quick book so low.

    Please if you enjoyed this novel then write a review to give others differing views

    At times, to me anyway, it did not even flow like an Jayne Ann Krentz novel

    Again i stress this review is made based on my impression after my first listen.

    Sorry Jayne Ann Krentz - for you and the books sake I hope I'm in the minority

    It's enough to make your dust bunny cry

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    B. Seidel east coast 04-30-14
    B. Seidel east coast 04-30-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Very disappointed"
    What would have made Otherwise Engaged better?

    I have all of the Krentz, Quick, Castle audiable books. This was the worst. The story was so so. I just couldn't get interested in the main characters. BUT the narration was by far the worst I have ever heard. It sounded as if she was board with the story and was reading from a text book. I felt as if i was listening to an automated voice. I did go buy the hardcover book. I have them all in my library at home. I did read it after I listened to the audio version. it was OK. She has done so many interesting story lines but this was not one of them. Grab some of her other titles and skip this one.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I do plan to get her next book, be that Krentz-Quick or Castle


    What didn’t you like about Louise Jane Underwood’s performance?

    her performance was stiff,...sounded like the voice that you call for the correct time. maybe a male reader for the male roles might have been better.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Roswell, GA, US 04-29-14
    Kindle Customer Roswell, GA, US 04-29-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Amanda Quick is Back!!!!"

    I was so hoping this book would bring me joy like The Paid Companion and the Lavinia and Tobias trilogy. It does that and more!! I loved this book. Great characters! Great story! I did not want it to end. The original Amanda Quick books started my love for historical romance and mystery, and this book reminded me of that love.
    Worth waiting for. Now I want more!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Mt. Juliet, TN, United States 04-27-14
    Pamela Mt. Juliet, TN, United States 04-27-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Seems like I've heard this before."

    I enjoy Jayne Ann Krentz regardless of what name her books are under. However, throughout this story I kept feeling that I had hear it before and I got so far ahead of the plot that I lost interest in the characters. Sorry but Louise Jane Underwood's narration didn't help. It wasn't terrible but it took awhile before I realized which was the male and which was the female speaker. Overall I give this two stars, I won't be asking for my credit back but I doubt I'll listen to this one again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katha Kingwood, TX, United States 04-26-14
    Katha Kingwood, TX, United States 04-26-14 Member Since 2008
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    "A Romance that is not Romantic"
    Any additional comments?

    It seemed Ms. Quick wanted to write a Victorian murder mystery but knows you have to input a romance, so she threw in two unremarkable sex scenes in odd places and done. There wasn't a single bit of sexual tension, which is much more important. I used to love Ms. Quick's quirky heroines and dark heroes. This heroine tried to be quirky but the hero felt like a school boy, whether by the writing or the reader, I wasn't sure. This is a very lightweight romance, if that is your type.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    charlotte christchurch, New Zealand 07-23-14
    charlotte christchurch, New Zealand 07-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "This must be the most annoying Amanda Quick book"
    What did you like best about Otherwise Engaged? What did you like least?

    The narrator had quite a high nasal voice, which was very irritating. Also the story was not engaging, I think if there had been a better narrator it would be ok, but all I got was headache!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I couldn't make it past the first 4 hrs


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Louise Jane Underwood?

    Anyone! (actually thats a lie) I really enjoyed Anne Flosnik versions of the Amanda Quick books.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    NO, I would rather get a root canal.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "PTERODAKTYL!!!!"
    Would you listen to Otherwise Engaged again? Why?

    Yes, I would. I re-listen to all AQ books. They are great lazy listen. Entertaining and not very secret pleasure of mine.


    What other book might you compare Otherwise Engaged to, and why?

    Movies rather than books actually. Hence my headline. I kept on thinking that pterodactyl would appear any minute now (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec) for the heroine (Amity) was similar character to that of Adèle. As for the fan of which one other reviewer wrote I remembered some other movie, it might have been Le pacte des loups where somebody was using the fan as weapon. Just a note on that one- there is a Japanese war fan which was used by samurai for centuries, so yes, you could have gotten one in late Victorian era if you travelled or knew somebody who did or perhaps were inspired and had one made. Steel- no problem ;-)


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

    I did!


    Any additional comments?

    I agree regarding the narration. I did get used to it after a bit and it did not bother me. I just wish the author would use same narrator for all books written as AQ as many other authors do (not sure if she has the choice or if it is the publisher). I loved Anne Flosnik as narrator for some other books and I did rather grow fond of Justine Eyre both of whom have very sensual voices and great male character voice. I even buy books because Ms. Flosnik narrates!

    Always pleasure to listen to AQ book. Cannot wait for another one! Hurry up Jayne!

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