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How steamy is it? Sizzling

Publisher's Summary

The first kiss occurred in a dimly lit hallway on the upper floor of Elwin Hastings' grand house. Louisa never saw it coming....

Of course, Anthony Stalbridge couldn't possibly have had romantic intentions. The kiss was an act of desperation, meant to distract the armed guard who was about to catch the pair in a place they most definitely did not belong. After all, in her dull maroon gown and gold-rimmed spectacles, Louisa Bryce was no man's idea of an alluring female. Clearly, the only thing a catch like Anthony Stalbridge had in common with a wallflower like Louisa was a passionate interest in the private affairs of Mr. Hastings - a prominent member of society whom they both suspect of hiding terrible secrets. Now, thrown into each other's arms by their ruse, Anthony and Louisa are united in their efforts to find the truth.

Each has a personal reason for the quest. Months earlier, Anthony's fiancée threw herself into the Thames - or at least, that is the version whispered in London's social circles. Anthony believes someone else may have had a hand in her death - and a murderous one at that. Louisa, whose own identity is shrouded in layers of mystery, is convinced that Hastings has a connection to a notorious brothel.

When Anthony successfully cracks Hastings's hidden safe and discovers highly incriminating evidence, it appears that both their instincts were correct.

But Hastings is hiding far more than jewels and ledger books. Bringing him to justice will be more perilous than Louisa and Anthony anticipate - and their partnership will be more heated than either expects. For the two share a thrilling attraction to danger, and it is not only Anthony's curiosity that Louisa arouses.

©2007 Amanda Quick (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Stand-Alone Victorian Era Romantic Suspense

Entertaining whodunit, and Kellgren's narration is crisp yet easy on the ears — except for a few abrasive tones assigned to a few male characters. For example, the hero always sounds fine (easy on the ears), but I disliked Mr. Digby's querulous, angry tones (thank goodness, he's just a bit part). With the buds in my ears, caustic tones hurt.

This is a stand-alone novel, not part of the Arcane Series, and not paranormal. A romantic suspense, THE RIVER KNOWS is set in London towards the end of the Victorian era. One recurring theme is women's clothing:

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"But she and Emma were both staunch advocates of the rational dress movement, which held that ladies should wear no more than seven pounds of underwear. As for corsets, the movement had wisely declared them to be injurious to women’s health."
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In the prologue, the heroine kills an English lord in self-defense. A year later, she is living under an assumed name, disguised as a drab, and working as an undercover reporter. I like that kind of set-up -- a fairly common trope in Quick's historicals.

A decent whodunit (but nothing special), with snappy dialogue, suspense, humor, and some heartwarming loyalty scenes. A few secondary characters added to the fun, especially Louisa's dear friend Emma and Anthony's delightful, intrepid family. A few psychopathic villains kept the momentum moving, and Inspector Fowler made another welcome appearance.

Quick went with her formula, but it's a good one, and at least you know what you're getting.

Contents include three sex scenes (one is a fade-to-black scene). Minimal cursing or profanity, but there is some. No pejorative terms for female anatomy. Some violence, including bloody murder.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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good

I had a hard time at first getting into the book and focus my mind kept wondering and had to play the opening chapter over at least 3 times to understand what was happening once I past that stage the story was great

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  • LBurnett
  • Macon, GA United States
  • 02-23-16

Good Book

Really enjoyed the narrator. Very fast-paced and romantic. Typical Amanda Quick with a little darkness.

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VERMONT FAN

BRAVO MS KELLGREN.AS WITH ALL AUDIO BOOKS THE NARRATOR IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IN THE PURCHESS. THERE IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOMEONE WHO JUST READS THE LINES AND SOMEONE WHO THROWS THEMSELVES INTO EACH CHARACTER WHICH ALLOWS THE LISTENER TO HEAR WITH THEIR IMAGINATIONS AS A READER OF THE BOOK USES THEIR OWN WHEN READING. AGAIN BRAVO!

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very nice

funny,warm, and charming. loved the narrator and found the story line amusing. would read again

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  • Tracy T
  • Jacksonville, FL USA
  • 02-03-14

Fantastic book full of dialogue! Loved it!

This book was great and was all dialogue! So refreshing to read a book that the characters actually speak to each other and you just don't read about feelings they are assuming about each other. This story was really good. I loved the murder, mystery, and romance in this historical romance novel. I do wish the romance and sex was more than it was, but the story was good enough to overlook the lack of sex.

The narration was one of the best! I love Katherine Kellgren she is fantastic!

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  • Bonita
  • Los Osos, CA, United States
  • 04-03-10

Enjoyable listen--

Interesting characters and plot. Classic Amanda Quick. Excellent narrator.

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love it.

i loved reading the book and listenig to it also. i listen while i work. makes the day go faster.

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good read...again

I had read this book a few years ago and enjoyed it. I liked it even better this time!

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  • MKE
  • 02-18-18

Murder, suicide, and the sensation press

Interesting tale of ruthlessness, greed, guilt , romance, and surprising informants to the sensation press.
The narrator was adequate.