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3.00053490238032 out of 53.00053490238032 out of 53.00053490238032 out of 53.00053490238032 out of 53.00053490238032 out of 5 3.00 (3,739 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amanda Quick, Bianca Amato Narrator: Bianca Amato Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2014 ISBN: 9781490652740
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The Earl of St. Merryn needs a woman. His intentions are purely practical—he simply wants someone sensible and suitably lovely to pose as his betrothed for a few weeks among polite society. He has his own agenda to pursue, and a false fiancée will keep the husband-hunters at bay while he goes about his business. The simplest solution is to hire a paid companion.

Finding the right candidate proves more of a challenge than he expected. But when he encounters Miss Elenora Lodge, the fire in her golden eyes sways him to make a generous offer.

Her sorry financial circumstances—and dreams of a life of independence—convince her to accept. But St. Merryn appears to be hiding a secret or two, and things seem oddly amiss in his gloomy London home. Elenora soon discovers that this lark will be a far more dangerous adventure than she’d been led to believe. And the Earl of St. Merryn will find that the meek and mild companion he’d initially envisioned has become a partner in his quest to catch a killer—and an outspoken belle of the ball who stirs a bothersome passion in his practical heart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Once again, the incomparable Quick has whipped up a delectable Regency romance that mixes humor, suspense, and tantalizing historical detail with all the savory ingredients her fans have come to expect: a feisty, resourceful heroine; a hero with a decidedly dangerous edge; witty repartee; and strongly appealing secondary characters. Another winner from a major romance star.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jadetyger Sevea | 1/30/2014

    " I enjoyed this, although I do wish that more romance novels would show something other than the standard 'happily ever after with 2.5 kids' ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 1/13/2014

    " Got to love a good bet "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle MacLennan | 12/12/2013

    " I'm liking the story but it's very detailed and hard to get through "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin Olivas | 11/23/2013

    " ok so far nothing is happening but i think this book is gonna have a sexy scene....lol...im not a perv ok:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Purcell | 11/2/2013

    " Perfect escape! A little mystery, a little romance, a lot of fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catie | 10/26/2013

    " Starts quite well (was thinking 4 stars) but gets worse. And worse (ok then 3 stars...). Incredibly stupid towards the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harriet | 10/19/2013

    " Re-read. Satisfying, if dry, Amanda Quick romance with two sensible characters and a sweet ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 8/12/2013

    " Not quite the typical romance novel, but pretty close. Has some adventurous parts with an actual mystery that gets a little confusing but not too predictable!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 7/23/2013

    " Another fun read from Quick. I really enjoyed the mystery aspects as well as the romance. If you are looking for a fun, easy read, this is a best bet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jage | 3/25/2013

    " cute story with a solid plot and background. the rkmance felt a bit lacking at some bits as I didn't see them fall in love but still quite good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 1/25/2013

    " So, Amanda Quick also writes as Jayne Krentz - the ones she writes as Amanda Quick are historical romances. Compared to some of the romances I've read this one was a lot tamer with the bedroom scenes. I'll probably check out a few more. I liked the mystery she brought into the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 10/23/2012

    " my first romance paperback ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nan | 7/16/2012

    " I listened to the audio book and just skipped the sex scenes (unnecessary descriptions IMHO) and otherwise found it good enough travel listening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 12/9/2011

    " Ahhh- this is one of those books that has you laughing, cursing and crying. Elenora and Arthur make a great team to solve a mystery. I adore Elenora and her quick witted tongue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 11/8/2011

    " It's seem that I am on an A.Q. ninge this week and I wasn't dissapointed in this one. It was not the greatest book I've ever read nor is it going to be a fav. of mine but I enjoyed it. There was a touch of danger along with a victorain romance going on. It also had me laughing throughout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bu | 10/17/2011

    " Amanda quick always balances mystery and romance wonderfully. Involving you with the character and rooting for them to resolves whatever they are up against. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Sevcik | 9/9/2011

    " Basic romance novel, though the heroine is not naive, but the illicit affair (consensual, of course) and that nasty manhood showing up when they kiss . . . . "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marti | 8/19/2011

    " Derivative and predictable; no chemistry between the main love interests. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 6/20/2011

    " More about the alchemists and their revival in regency England. More high society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catrina | 6/14/2011

    " Alchemy again. I really liked this one. I thought it was one of her better books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maddux | 5/23/2011

    " More of a mystery than a romance...

    And I much prefer romance.

    But this book did have it's good points. There were some fun moments, and that was worthwhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 5/2/2011

    " I thought I had read all of her books, pleasant surprise to find one I had missed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 4/1/2011

    " Checked this out from the library - I can't remember how long ago. It was okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 3/20/2011

    " Enjoyable read. THe "paid companion" is a woman hired from an agency to pretend to be a fiancee. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/23/2011

    " Nothing profound, but thoroughly enjoyable. Romantic and a bit lusty....and you are still guessing about the "mystery" until the end. Good fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 1/16/2011

    " The first 3/4 had great potential for four stars, but then that crashed and burned. Oh well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 11/30/2010

    " One of a few historical romances that I tend to re-read over and over again because of the great hero & heroine dynamics throughout the book. I highly recommend this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 11/18/2010

    " It's seem that I am on an A.Q. ninge this week and I wasn't dissapointed in this one. It was not the greatest book I've ever read nor is it going to be a fav. of mine but I enjoyed it. There was a touch of danger along with a victorain romance going on. It also had me laughing throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 11/11/2010

    " It was very enjoyable. A great read for when you are stuck inside all week because you and the kids are sick :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 10/15/2010

    " A fun read; I really enjoyed the dialogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 9/26/2010

    " Fun Regency with a determined heroine and enough twists and humour that it goes on the re-read shelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlene | 9/17/2010

    " Fun re-read. Not my favorite by her, but the thing about Amanda Quick/Krentz/whatever name she writes under is that she is consistent. You really can always count on an entertaining and competent story, and this makes her books good reliable re-reads even when it's not a favorite. "

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About the Author
Author Amanda Quick

Amanda Quick, a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, is a New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of contemporary and historical romances. There are nearly thirty million copies of her books in print. She makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Frank.

About the Narrator

Bianca Amato, winner of ten Earphones Awards and the Audie Award for best narration, is an actress born and raised in South Africa. Trained at the University of Cape Town’s Drama school, she went on to work in theater and television in South Africa before moving to New York in 2002.