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    The Seattle Public Library. The last thing he wants is to have to deal with the Ton and the many mothers throwing their eligible daughters at him.

    His solution is to hire a fiancé and flaunt her at the Ton so he can go about his business in peace. One of the things I like about Amanda Quick books and this one in particular is that we not only get PoVs from Elonara and Arthor but also from the killer they are searching for.

    I specifically enjoyed this killer since he is also searching for a way to make an alchemical device work using three red stones and an energy source…. He was so desperate and would do anything to remain undetected after already killing at least one person for the stones. It gave the story a sense of urgency and some drama to see how close yet far Arthur was from discovering the identity of the villain.

    The romance between Elenora and Arthur is sweet too. She easily filled the role he set for her and became the talk of the town. Also, she is not scared of him as most people tend to find him so reserved he is scary. If your passionate nature was involved, you would pursue her into the gates of Hell itself. The other thing I liked is that AQ made a little bit of fun of the Ton. She set it right out there that most of the matches made were not for love and she was able to give a few examples throughout the story.

    Also she addressed in a fun manner how difficult some conversations between couples could be with such age discrepancies. I assure you, it can be mind-numbingly difficult to make conversation with a man who is old enough to be your father when you would much rather dance with a handsome young poet. How a good marriage was a way for a girl to support her family and the importance of finding a suitable husband. She brought up a few points on both sides that made me think of it a little differently.

    This is one of my more liked HRs and is a stand alone. View all 5 comments. May 31, becky rated it it was ok · review of another edition Recommends it for: no one. Of the few Amanda Quick books I've read in the last month I liked this one more than the others but that's not a great measurement since many of the others I decided to stop reading midway through. I'd say, overall, I actually did like this book - until the end.

    It goes a little something like this: Her: Uh oh, love him. Him: I want to have sex with her. Her: I can never be with him, but I'll have sex with him. Him: Damn, I really like having sex with her. I might even like her.

    Her: Oh god, I love Of the few Amanda Quick books I've read in the last month I liked this one more than the others but that's not a great measurement since many of the others I decided to stop reading midway through. Her: Oh god, I love him so. Him: lightbulb goes on Uh oh, I love her. But we can't be together. Then something bad happens and they both somehow realize that they belong together forever and ever.

    Him: I love you with my whole life. I don't know why I never told you before. Her: Swoon, and cut scene. The only way I'd recommend any Amanda Quick novels is if you've made your way through all the other available romance novelists who write about Regency England.

    Jul 02, Daniella rated it it was amazing · review of another edition. Oh my God I would give this 10 stars if I could. The characters were lovable, the mystery well planned, the love scenes blush-worthy, and the writing compelling and flawless. This is absolutely perfect. Perfect, damn it. Shelves: recommended-to-me , historical-romance. This isn't really so much a HR as a mystery romance. I might have given it 4 stars if not for the other HR I just finished.

    I couldn't give this one a higher rating because it wasn't better than that one. They are good and bad in different ways. Then the pace picked up and I enjoyed it relatively well. The story revolves around our Hero Arthur who is supposed to be a very calculating, logical man. Who is investigating the murder of his Great Uncle, and who decides that getting a fake fiancee would somehow help him an excuse to be in town without actually having to pay attention to all the social swirl.

    I find this reasoning very convoluted, BTW. He gets his fake fiancee from a paid companion agency. The H and h's first meeting was pretty good.

    The h was so persistent in her tirade against the agency owners that she seemed a bit of a termagant. But then, I like strong-willed h's who aren't also stupid and prejudiced, and she was neither thankfully. As they get to know each other, as Arthur realizes that Eleanora is actually very smart and helpful in his investigation, they grow closer.

    Meanwhile, there's all sorts of intrigue and subterfuge going on with h's ex fiancee, H's ex fiancee and current husband, the butler, and a bunch of other people. That's when I gave up on the "love story. It's a mystery with romantic elements. As a mystery, it was OK. Not terribly predictable, but not terribly engrossing either. I don't feel like the author wanted you to solve the mystery, but rather she just wanted the reader to follow along.

    H and h were both ok. I can't think of much that makes me feel strongly about them one way or the other. Hence the middle of the road scoring of 3 stars. Maybe 3. View all 15 comments. Nov 11, Stacey is Sassy rated it really liked it · review of another edition Shelves: audio , historical-romance , audible-plus-escape-original. I loved the main characters I'm finding Amanda Quick's audios are quickly becoming favourites.

    This one entertained me from the beginning until the very end. It played out like what I would imagine a radio drama would, with characters that came to life and plenty of acting to bring emotion into each scene. Both of the main characters were original and very lovable.

    Arthur is arrogant, bossy and a wee bit egotistical, while Elenora is strong, opinionated and determined to be independent. Togeth I loved the main characters Together, their confidence in themselves makes them a perfect match.

    The narrator does a very good job giving each character their own distinct voice. I never struggled to work out who was 'talking' and the accents were very believable. The narrator is easy to listen to and I will definitely be looking for more of her work in the future. The mystery was interesting and it played out at a pace that kept me engrossed and determined to help catch the bad guy. Elenora and Arthur work well together. I liked that even though it was probably inappropriate for the time it was set they kept each other informed and he didn't try and keep her away for 'her own protection'.

    There was a connection between Elenora and Arthur that was obvious and I never doubted they would be perfect together. The epilogue was very cute and made me love Arthur even more. I will definitely be listening to more from this author and the narrator again. View 2 comments. Mar 23, Jacob Proffitt rated it liked it · review of another edition Shelves: audiobook , romance , steamy. I blame myself for not liking this as much as I expected to.

    I was in the mood for a regency romance, but managed to ignore everything I know about Amanda Quick's regencies. Which made me more than usually impatient with the supernatural trappings that intruded into an otherwise fine romantic story.

    I liked both main characters and their banter and by-play was fantastic. I suppose the real problem is that I could easily imagine the story without the "alchemical" nonsense and I liked that story i I blame myself for not liking this as much as I expected to. I suppose the real problem is that I could easily imagine the story without the "alchemical" nonsense and I liked that story in my head much better. I liked Quick's handling of Elenora's rising awareness and exploration and Arthur's expectations and responses were a continuation of the byplay and give-and-take of their relationship I enjoyed most.

    Nov 01, Becca rated it really liked it · review of another edition. The Paid Companion has been on my to-read shelf forever and I finally picked it up. I am not sure what took me so long, but I am glad I finally took the time to delve in. This story had a combination of passion, mystery, and a foray into science. The first half of the novel focused more on the characters which I LOVED , while the second half picked up the mystery element at the expense of the romance.

    For those familiar with Amanda Quick, you will see numerous examples of her signature in this st The Paid Companion has been on my to-read shelf forever and I finally picked it up. For those familiar with Amanda Quick, you will see numerous examples of her signature in this story. The heroine, Elenora, is spunky, brave, and intelligent. The hero, Arthur, is logical, powerful, and unapproachable. As in other Amanda Quick novels, the quirky heroine wins over the hero and they form a tight bond while overcoming a mystery together.

    Arthur never strays, shows interest in other women, or refuses to marry the heroine. He is honorable, extremely smart, and loyal to those he considers under his protection. His flaw is his stubbornness and often autocratic behavior, but the heroine finds a way around that ; Elenora for her part is also extremely loyal to others, often at the expense of her own welfare.

    She forms an attachment to Arthur and has no problem running headlong into danger in order to help him. What I loved most about her was her ability to remain calm despite the chaos she goes through; she is always optimistic and I enjoyed seeing how she worked through problems.

    Her flaw is not being able to trust her feelings with Arthur and up until the very end, she never truly believes that Arthur really wants her. I chalk this up to her less than fortunate circumstances, but Arthur is very logical and the same time romantic when proving his case. If the mystery had not taken over the story in the second half, this would have been an easy 5 star book. However, I was disappointed when the mystery became so elaborate that the sparkle between the characters as they developed their relationship was cast in shadow.

    In the second half, the secondary characters were almost non-existent who also had a love story going on and the sensual tension between Arthur and Elenora disappeared. The book became a race for the truth and focused more on logic and a mad man than the budding romance. This may not bother some, but it dimmed my enjoyment a bit. The mystery was good alchemy, madness, and old friends and I wanted to know what happened, but I didn't want the explanation to overtake the romance.

    Hence, one less star. Despite the dominance of the mystery, I still enjoyed this romance and recommend it for fans of Amanda Quick. She always creates fun leads, sweet romance, and spooky villains that keep you turning pages.

    There are two sex scenes in this book, but both are rather tame. There was humor sprinkled in that allowed the characters' true natures to shine through and made the scenes unique and fun. This is not a "hot read" but it was much more like real life which I appreciated. Here is one of my favorite parts of the story and a major turning point when Elenora mistakenly reveals more about her feelings for Arthur than she intended: "You must not not be too hard on yourself, sir,"she said very earnestly.

    She did not realize that you would make an excellent husband. Sep 18, Caz rated it really liked it · review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone who likes light-hearted romance with a bit of mystery thrown in. Shelves: audiobook , romance-other-time-period , mystery-thriller , oldies-but-goodies , fluff , mount-tbr This was a lot of fun to listen to although I suspect I might not have enjoyed it as much had I read the book.

    The plot in this story centres around Arthur Lancaster, Earl of St. Merryn and This was a lot of fun to listen to although I suspect I might not have enjoyed it as much had I read the book. The project was never completed, however, as the trio moved on to more serious scientific and philosophical matters. Eleanora Lodge is a young woman fallen on hard times since the death of her father who is forced to seek employment in order to support herself. Merryn returns to London in order to begin his search but knowing his presence at the numerous and varied social functions that comprise the season will make him a prime target for all the match-making mamas, decides that the best way to escape them will be to arrive with a fiancée in tow.

    He therefore applies to an agency in order to hire a paid companion —and at first can find no-one who meets his exacting requirements. Until Eleanora bursts in, unannounced.

    Merryn is rich, handsome and has a reputation for having a mind like a steel trap and a heart of ice.

    The romance progresses in a fairly predictable manner, and the author does a great job building some searing sexual tension between the couple. The sex scenes are fairly tame, but I rather liked the humourous tone, which was a nice link between their usual, day-to-day interactions and this new turn taken in their relationship.

    I always think that a couple that banters and teases will continue to do so in the bedroom — so the humour felt completely appropriate. Did he expect to sneeze in the middle of this business? As of this instant, I am, indeed, a lady of some experience. The dénouement is, I will admit, more than a bit daft, but what sustained my interest was the relationship between the two protagonists.

    Having employed Eleanora as a decoy so that he would be able to navigate his way around society seeking answers without being viewed as a viable marriage prospect, St. He is also one of those male narrators who is able to perform female characters convincingly by softening his tone rather than raising the pitch of his voice to a silly degree. He did adopt a higher pitch and harsher tone than he used for his narration, but I felt it was in keeping with the character because Arthur is harsh — on the outside at least.

    I also thought that the stern tone worked very well with the humour in the book as St. Merryn is frequently shown to have a very dry sense of humour that is of the sort apt to be missed by the less discerning among the ton. I thought that giving his voice that element of severity only served to emphasise the contrast between St. Merryn the real man and the austere and rather forbidding face he presented to the world. I was rather pleased with it, myself. I practiced it during the carriage ride here today.

    View all 4 comments. May 09, Gavin rated it really liked it · review of another edition Shelves: romance. Well since I listened to the audiobook I'll split my review into two parts. The Story Twenty something Elanora Lodge is smart, feisty heroine who due to her stepfathers gambling and untimely death has lost her home and inheritance.

    She plans to own her own bookstore one day but in order to finance this dream and support herself in the meantime, she has taken up work as a paid companion. Arthur Lancaster, Earl of St. Merryn is considered as coldly logical and a little eccentric by most. He nee Well since I listened to the audiobook I'll split my review into two parts.

    He needs a fake fiancee to shield him from the marriage hunters in society and also to distract attention from himself and free up his time to hunt secretly for the murderer of his great uncle. Arthur believes Elanora is perfectly suited for the role. He's right and before we know it the sparks are flying between the pair!. I was expecting quite a sappy romance and was pleasantly surprised by how light hearted and humorous this was. Witty dialog, likable characters and a nice mix of romance and suspense all lead to this being a very enjoyable book.

    It was my first Amanda Quick book but it definitely won't be my last. The Narrator The book was superbly narrated by Michael Page who's rich cultured English accent was perfectly suited to the story. The characters were portrayed wonderfully, with clearly distinct voices.

    I've found that male narrators usually have a problem performing convincing female voices but this was not the case with Michael Page who did a great job. View all 9 comments. Jan 27, Bon rated it liked it · review of another edition Shelves: audio-at-least-partly , guily-pleasure-romances , mystery , historical-fiction , romance.

    Hmm, not as enjoyable as usual for me with Amanda, perhaps because it's a bit dated now. Dec 23, Danielle The Book Huntress Back to the Books rated it really liked it · review of another edition Recommends it for: historical romance with mystery fans. Shelves: cover-to-cover-challenge , romantic-suspense , spinster-old-maid , owned-copy , regency , set-in-uk , pretend-engagement , audiobook , hero-i-liked , dangerous-hero-challenge I listened to this on audiobook while I made my Christmas cards, and it was an enjoyable read and kept me entertained while I attended to my crafting.

    The narrator used a voice for Arthur that was a bit stuffy, and not at all brooding and sexy, but otherwise, I can't complain. There was a good balance between mystery and romance in this book. The mystery was quite authentic, and the villain was a fiend. The reveal was suspenseful, and I hadn't figured out who the villain was until the correct ti I listened to this on audiobook while I made my Christmas cards, and it was an enjoyable read and kept me entertained while I attended to my crafting.

    The reveal was suspenseful, and I hadn't figured out who the villain was until the correct time. The storyline was cute, the way that Elenora and Arthur enter each other's lives was a good setup for the building of their relationship. I like that they feel like unique people, even with some of the typical historical romance character traits they have. Elenora was a very likable heroine.

    She was intelligent, independent, brave and self-sufficient. But she was also warm and open to love. I liked how she bounced back from some very difficult circumstances in her life, and wasn't going to allow anyone to bully her. She took an active part in solving the mystery, and she was a very good detective. Arthur was sexy and manly but also gentlemanly and cerebral.

    That was a very nice combination. While he definitely had a dangerous aura, he was a principled person. I like that he treated Elenora as an equal and it was evident that he really respected her.

    The romance was believable and I rooted for their happy ending. Their love scenes were nicely sensual although it was a bit odd hearing the older, stuffy-sound narrator read the naughty bits. I think Amanda Quick's book are really good audiobook listens. I feel I enjoy them in this format more than I might in reading them. I think it's because the mystery is so prominent and Quick gets the historical details just right, and her style of romance works really well in this format.

    I'd recommend getting this on audio if you can. I realized today that I had a paper copy but I'm glad I did the audio. It's worth the listen. Feb 05, Caz rated it really liked it · review of another edition Shelves: audiobook , mystery-thriller. In the prologue, which takes place around a year before the beginning of the story proper, we meet Arthur Lancaster, the Earl of St. Merryn on the night his lovely young fiancée elopes with another man.

    He gives it as his opinion that the next time he considers matrimony, he might as well seek a bride from an employment agency such as those that exist for paid companions, given that the qualities exhibited by the ideal companion — they are well-bred, well-educated, possessed of a sterling reputation, steady nerves, and a meek and modest manner — are exactly the same as those a man would want in a wife.

    You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals. Sep 23, G. Apr 14, Sara Reads mostly Romance rated it liked it · review of another edition Shelves: historical-romance. Good but not as good as Ravished. But the mystery part was unnecessary lol I skimmed over those parts. Hence, knocking down 2 stars. Mar 15, Evelina AvalinahsBooks rated it really liked it · review of another edition Shelves: biblioteka , books-of , fiction , romance. Well, this is about the first purely romance novel that I've loved this much.

    I guess I am a sucker for the setting! Granted, the sex scenes are kind of hilarious and the story itself is simplistic, but very enjoyable. Hahaha, that was awesome :D although also a little bit hilarious. Feb 09, Carol Waters rated it it was ok · review of another edition. OK, so I am attempting to pare down my book collection by reading and discarding the stash of books cluttering my abode. This one is from upstairs in the media room bookcases.

    I have no idea where it came from. It is a hardcover, new, pretty cover. The premise is dumber than dirt. A wealthy woman of 26 gets swindled out of her inheritance, gets a job as a paid companion to a woman who dresses only in purple who unfortunately no longer needs her help, and then storms into her employer's office to OK, so I am attempting to pare down my book collection by reading and discarding the stash of books cluttering my abode.

    A wealthy woman of 26 gets swindled out of her inheritance, gets a job as a paid companion to a woman who dresses only in purple who unfortunately no longer needs her help, and then storms into her employer's office to demand a better job than the reprobates and lechers she has thus far had for interviews.

    Um, the option is starvation, whoring, or workhouse. She stumbles upon a wealthy man who wants a fake fiancée so he can solve a murder. Kinda like Pretty Woman with a bustle so far. I do not like the name of Arthur for a hero. Sex one more time and then --can I really provide a spoiler for a Regency Romance?

    Given that her big issue is the scope and grandeur of the lawn on this orphanage, she still has her worries. I am about to finish Stephen King's Blaze. That orphanage does not have a lawn. Another inch and a quarter now exists on my bookshelf for new stuff and Goodwill has another donation.

    Do not give me crap crap crap about why I should donate to the Salvation Army. I give to them both. I cannot give this to the Women's Shelter because I think too many women still believe that some mean guy named Arthur is about to turn into her hero.

    Two points because everything was spelled correctly. Oct 25, Kathleen rated it really liked it · review of another edition Shelves: romantic-suspense , romance-historic , audio. Read the book when it first came out some years ago and listened to audio version recently, narrated by Michael Page.

    A good performance! Loved his British accent. Decent story, too, despite the info-dump and predictability. This is one of Quick's stand-alone historical romances. I prefer them to her series installments, which are even more formulaic and predictable.

    Logodnică de împrumut jayne ann krentz

    Julie Garwood. Rhys Bowen. Teresa Medeiros. Elizabeth Hoyt. Sabrina Jeffries. Mary Kay Andrews. Susan Mallery. Jenn McKinlay. Eloisa James.

    Barbara Freethy. Kay Hooper Author. Catherine Coulter. Denise Grover Swank - Author. Pages Liked by This Page. Jayne Castle. The Poisoned Pen Bookstore. Darcy Burke. Escondido Public Library. In Pretty Finery. Books With Heart. Tantor Audio. Melinda Curtis. Dara Girard. Contele de St. Merryn are nevoie de o femeie. Intențiile lui sunt pur și simplu practice — vrea o tânără cu picioarele pe pământ și suficient de drăguță ca să joace rolul de logodnică a lui vreme de câteva săptămâni.

    Contele trebuie să deslușească misterului morții unchiului său, iar o falsă logodnică ar ține la distanță vânătoarele de soți din înalta societate, care altminteri i-ar ocupa timp prețios.

    Și cea mai simplă soluție este să angajeze o însoțitoare plătită. Domnișoara Elenora Lodge este obligată de o situație financiară precară și de dorința de a duce o viață independentă să accepte propunerea neobișnuită a contelui. Curând însă cei doi descoperă că lucrurile nu sunt atât de simple cum au crezut la prima vedere. Merryn ascunde mai multe secrete decât și-a închipuit Elenora, iar aventura în care s-a băgat pare să fie mult mai periculoasă decât i s-a dat de înțeles.

    Iar contele de St. Merryn realizează că a întâlnit nu numai o parteneră care să-l ajute în descoperirea criminalului, ci și o femeie capabilă să stârnească pasiuni nebănuite în inima pe care și-o credea de necucerit. There was humor sprinkled in that allowed the characters' true natures to shine through and made the scenes unique and fun. This is not a "hot read" but it was much more like real life which I appreciated. Here is one of my favorite parts of the story and a major turning point when Elenora mistakenly reveals more about her feelings for Arthur than she intended: "You must not not be too hard on yourself, sir,"she said very earnestly.

    She did not realize that you would make an excellent husband. Sep 18, Caz rated it really liked it · review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone who likes light-hearted romance with a bit of mystery thrown in. Shelves: audiobook , romance-other-time-period , mystery-thriller , oldies-but-goodies , fluff , mount-tbr This was a lot of fun to listen to although I suspect I might not have enjoyed it as much had I read the book. The plot in this story centres around Arthur Lancaster, Earl of St.

    Merryn and This was a lot of fun to listen to although I suspect I might not have enjoyed it as much had I read the book. The project was never completed, however, as the trio moved on to more serious scientific and philosophical matters. Eleanora Lodge is a young woman fallen on hard times since the death of her father who is forced to seek employment in order to support herself.

    Merryn returns to London in order to begin his search but knowing his presence at the numerous and varied social functions that comprise the season will make him a prime target for all the match-making mamas, decides that the best way to escape them will be to arrive with a fiancée in tow.

    He therefore applies to an agency in order to hire a paid companion —and at first can find no-one who meets his exacting requirements. Until Eleanora bursts in, unannounced. Merryn is rich, handsome and has a reputation for having a mind like a steel trap and a heart of ice. The romance progresses in a fairly predictable manner, and the author does a great job building some searing sexual tension between the couple. The sex scenes are fairly tame, but I rather liked the humourous tone, which was a nice link between their usual, day-to-day interactions and this new turn taken in their relationship.

    I always think that a couple that banters and teases will continue to do so in the bedroom — so the humour felt completely appropriate. Did he expect to sneeze in the middle of this business?

    As of this instant, I am, indeed, a lady of some experience. The dénouement is, I will admit, more than a bit daft, but what sustained my interest was the relationship between the two protagonists.

    Having employed Eleanora as a decoy so that he would be able to navigate his way around society seeking answers without being viewed as a viable marriage prospect, St. He is also one of those male narrators who is able to perform female characters convincingly by softening his tone rather than raising the pitch of his voice to a silly degree.

    He did adopt a higher pitch and harsher tone than he used for his narration, but I felt it was in keeping with the character because Arthur is harsh — on the outside at least. I also thought that the stern tone worked very well with the humour in the book as St. Merryn is frequently shown to have a very dry sense of humour that is of the sort apt to be missed by the less discerning among the ton.

    I thought that giving his voice that element of severity only served to emphasise the contrast between St. Merryn the real man and the austere and rather forbidding face he presented to the world. I was rather pleased with it, myself.

    I practiced it during the carriage ride here today. View all 4 comments. May 09, Gavin rated it really liked it · review of another edition Shelves: romance. Well since I listened to the audiobook I'll split my review into two parts. The Story Twenty something Elanora Lodge is smart, feisty heroine who due to her stepfathers gambling and untimely death has lost her home and inheritance. She plans to own her own bookstore one day but in order to finance this dream and support herself in the meantime, she has taken up work as a paid companion.

    Arthur Lancaster, Earl of St. Merryn is considered as coldly logical and a little eccentric by most. He nee Well since I listened to the audiobook I'll split my review into two parts. He needs a fake fiancee to shield him from the marriage hunters in society and also to distract attention from himself and free up his time to hunt secretly for the murderer of his great uncle. Arthur believes Elanora is perfectly suited for the role.

    He's right and before we know it the sparks are flying between the pair!. I was expecting quite a sappy romance and was pleasantly surprised by how light hearted and humorous this was. Witty dialog, likable characters and a nice mix of romance and suspense all lead to this being a very enjoyable book.

    It was my first Amanda Quick book but it definitely won't be my last. The Narrator The book was superbly narrated by Michael Page who's rich cultured English accent was perfectly suited to the story. The characters were portrayed wonderfully, with clearly distinct voices. I've found that male narrators usually have a problem performing convincing female voices but this was not the case with Michael Page who did a great job. View all 9 comments. Jan 27, Bon rated it liked it · review of another edition Shelves: audio-at-least-partly , guily-pleasure-romances , mystery , historical-fiction , romance.

    Hmm, not as enjoyable as usual for me with Amanda, perhaps because it's a bit dated now. Dec 23, Danielle The Book Huntress Back to the Books rated it really liked it · review of another edition Recommends it for: historical romance with mystery fans.

    Shelves: cover-to-cover-challenge , romantic-suspense , spinster-old-maid , owned-copy , regency , set-in-uk , pretend-engagement , audiobook , hero-i-liked , dangerous-hero-challenge I listened to this on audiobook while I made my Christmas cards, and it was an enjoyable read and kept me entertained while I attended to my crafting. The narrator used a voice for Arthur that was a bit stuffy, and not at all brooding and sexy, but otherwise, I can't complain.

    There was a good balance between mystery and romance in this book. The mystery was quite authentic, and the villain was a fiend. The reveal was suspenseful, and I hadn't figured out who the villain was until the correct ti I listened to this on audiobook while I made my Christmas cards, and it was an enjoyable read and kept me entertained while I attended to my crafting.

    The reveal was suspenseful, and I hadn't figured out who the villain was until the correct time. The storyline was cute, the way that Elenora and Arthur enter each other's lives was a good setup for the building of their relationship. I like that they feel like unique people, even with some of the typical historical romance character traits they have. Elenora was a very likable heroine.

    She was intelligent, independent, brave and self-sufficient. But she was also warm and open to love. I liked how she bounced back from some very difficult circumstances in her life, and wasn't going to allow anyone to bully her.

    She took an active part in solving the mystery, and she was a very good detective. Arthur was sexy and manly but also gentlemanly and cerebral. That was a very nice combination. While he definitely had a dangerous aura, he was a principled person.

    I like that he treated Elenora as an equal and it was evident that he really respected her. The romance was believable and I rooted for their happy ending. Their love scenes were nicely sensual although it was a bit odd hearing the older, stuffy-sound narrator read the naughty bits.

    I think Amanda Quick's book are really good audiobook listens. I feel I enjoy them in this format more than I might in reading them. I think it's because the mystery is so prominent and Quick gets the historical details just right, and her style of romance works really well in this format. I'd recommend getting this on audio if you can.

    I realized today that I had a paper copy but I'm glad I did the audio. It's worth the listen. Feb 05, Caz rated it really liked it · review of another edition Shelves: audiobook , mystery-thriller.

    In the prologue, which takes place around a year before the beginning of the story proper, we meet Arthur Lancaster, the Earl of St. Merryn on the night his lovely young fiancée elopes with another man. He gives it as his opinion that the next time he considers matrimony, he might as well seek a bride from an employment agency such as those that exist for paid companions, given that the qualities exhibited by the ideal companion — they are well-bred, well-educated, possessed of a sterling reputation, steady nerves, and a meek and modest manner — are exactly the same as those a man would want in a wife.

    You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals. Sep 23, G. Apr 14, Sara Reads mostly Romance rated it liked it · review of another edition Shelves: historical-romance. Good but not as good as Ravished. But the mystery part was unnecessary lol I skimmed over those parts. Hence, knocking down 2 stars. Mar 15, Evelina AvalinahsBooks rated it really liked it · review of another edition Shelves: biblioteka , books-of , fiction , romance.

    Well, this is about the first purely romance novel that I've loved this much. I guess I am a sucker for the setting!

    Granted, the sex scenes are kind of hilarious and the story itself is simplistic, but very enjoyable. Hahaha, that was awesome :D although also a little bit hilarious. Feb 09, Carol Waters rated it it was ok · review of another edition.

    OK, so I am attempting to pare down my book collection by reading and discarding the stash of books cluttering my abode. This one is from upstairs in the media room bookcases. I have no idea where it came from. It is a hardcover, new, pretty cover. The premise is dumber than dirt. A wealthy woman of 26 gets swindled out of her inheritance, gets a job as a paid companion to a woman who dresses only in purple who unfortunately no longer needs her help, and then storms into her employer's office to OK, so I am attempting to pare down my book collection by reading and discarding the stash of books cluttering my abode.

    A wealthy woman of 26 gets swindled out of her inheritance, gets a job as a paid companion to a woman who dresses only in purple who unfortunately no longer needs her help, and then storms into her employer's office to demand a better job than the reprobates and lechers she has thus far had for interviews. Um, the option is starvation, whoring, or workhouse.

    She stumbles upon a wealthy man who wants a fake fiancée so he can solve a murder. Kinda like Pretty Woman with a bustle so far. I do not like the name of Arthur for a hero. Sex one more time and then --can I really provide a spoiler for a Regency Romance? Given that her big issue is the scope and grandeur of the lawn on this orphanage, she still has her worries. I am about to finish Stephen King's Blaze. That orphanage does not have a lawn. Another inch and a quarter now exists on my bookshelf for new stuff and Goodwill has another donation.

    Do not give me crap crap crap about why I should donate to the Salvation Army. I give to them both. I cannot give this to the Women's Shelter because I think too many women still believe that some mean guy named Arthur is about to turn into her hero. Two points because everything was spelled correctly.

    Oct 25, Kathleen rated it really liked it · review of another edition Shelves: romantic-suspense , romance-historic , audio. Read the book when it first came out some years ago and listened to audio version recently, narrated by Michael Page.

    A good performance! Loved his British accent. Decent story, too, despite the info-dump and predictability. This is one of Quick's stand-alone historical romances.

    I prefer them to her series installments, which are even more formulaic and predictable. Quite a fun and smexy read. The Earl of St. Merryn is a wealthy and fairly eccentric nobleman. He hires a paid compani 3. He hires a paid companion to pose as his fiancée, thereby keeping those annoying husband hunters at bay while he conducts a murder investigation in the best high-society homes.

    Right from the start, his interest in his paid companion takes a personal turn. There is a nice little secondary romance here, too, with an older couple. Contents: a few explicit sex scenes, minimal or no swearing, a little violence, no typos. View all 11 comments. Aug 06, Andree rated it really liked it · review of another edition Shelves: , I maintain this is one of the better AQs. The couple if fun and entertaining.

    They're well-matched. I believe them as a couple. I mean, the villain, and the final confrontation are a bit over the top, but I mean, I'm reading historical romantic suspense, SO. It's reasonably well done. I was also struck by how sensible everyone is. Early on a smarmy character attempts blackmail, and miracle of miracles, one lead immediat Reread Reread this last night when I was in the mood for something light. Early on a smarmy character attempts blackmail, and miracle of miracles, one lead immediately goes to the other, and is immediately believed over the blackmailer.

    It is such a refreshing scene and it shouldn't be. I remember being so pleasantly surprised by how the blackmailing is resolved the first time I read this.

    Basically, I enjoy this one for having a dramatic plotline, while also maintaining leads who are sensible and not overly dramatic. If you're going to read an AQ, this is one I would read. This is actually the one I heard about that started the binge-reading, but I couldn't get it at the library until now. The plot is very similar to what the plot generally is, but I felt like the balance is better.

    The family dynamics are fun. The dialogue and banter are great. The power dynamics between the leads work. No one is overly dictatorial.

    When people are told to do something, it is usually for sensible reasons. It doesn't go weirdly paranormal out of nowhere. The supporting characters work. Pretty much everyone gets to be competent. Yeah, mostly I just liked this. And I stayed up way to late last night reading it. Sep 18, Kirsten rated it really liked it · review of another edition Shelves: my-bookshelf , reread.

    I last read this historical romance in and it still doesn't disappoint. We have a very intelligent woman paired up with a highly intelligent man and sparks fly! They are such fun, with great chemistry between the characters, and a nice dose of suspense thrown in.

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    See actions taken by the people who manage and post content. Related Pages. Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Karen Robards. Christina Dodd. Lisa Kleypas. Janet Evanovich. Robyn Carr. RaeAnne Thayne. Julie Garwood. Rhys Bowen. The story revolves around our Hero Arthur who is supposed to be a very calculating, logical man.

    Who is investigating the murder of his Great Uncle, and who decides that getting a fake fiancee would somehow help him an excuse to be in town without actually having to pay attention to all the social swirl. I find this reasoning very convoluted, BTW. He gets his fake fiancee from a paid companion agency. The H and h's first meeting was pretty good. The h was so persistent in her tirade against the agency owners that she seemed a bit of a termagant. But then, I like strong-willed h's who aren't also stupid and prejudiced, and she was neither thankfully.

    As they get to know each other, as Arthur realizes that Eleanora is actually very smart and helpful in his investigation, they grow closer. Meanwhile, there's all sorts of intrigue and subterfuge going on with h's ex fiancee, H's ex fiancee and current husband, the butler, and a bunch of other people.

    That's when I gave up on the "love story. It's a mystery with romantic elements. As a mystery, it was OK. Not terribly predictable, but not terribly engrossing either.

    I don't feel like the author wanted you to solve the mystery, but rather she just wanted the reader to follow along. H and h were both ok. I can't think of much that makes me feel strongly about them one way or the other. Hence the middle of the road scoring of 3 stars. Maybe 3. View all 15 comments. Nov 11, Stacey is Sassy rated it really liked it · review of another edition Shelves: audio , historical-romance , audible-plus-escape-original.

    I loved the main characters I'm finding Amanda Quick's audios are quickly becoming favourites. This one entertained me from the beginning until the very end.

    It played out like what I would imagine a radio drama would, with characters that came to life and plenty of acting to bring emotion into each scene. Both of the main characters were original and very lovable. Arthur is arrogant, bossy and a wee bit egotistical, while Elenora is strong, opinionated and determined to be independent.

    Togeth I loved the main characters Together, their confidence in themselves makes them a perfect match. The narrator does a very good job giving each character their own distinct voice. I never struggled to work out who was 'talking' and the accents were very believable. The narrator is easy to listen to and I will definitely be looking for more of her work in the future.

    The mystery was interesting and it played out at a pace that kept me engrossed and determined to help catch the bad guy. Elenora and Arthur work well together. I liked that even though it was probably inappropriate for the time it was set they kept each other informed and he didn't try and keep her away for 'her own protection'. There was a connection between Elenora and Arthur that was obvious and I never doubted they would be perfect together.

    The epilogue was very cute and made me love Arthur even more. I will definitely be listening to more from this author and the narrator again. View 2 comments. Mar 23, Jacob Proffitt rated it liked it · review of another edition Shelves: audiobook , romance , steamy. I blame myself for not liking this as much as I expected to.

    I was in the mood for a regency romance, but managed to ignore everything I know about Amanda Quick's regencies. Which made me more than usually impatient with the supernatural trappings that intruded into an otherwise fine romantic story.

    I liked both main characters and their banter and by-play was fantastic. I suppose the real problem is that I could easily imagine the story without the "alchemical" nonsense and I liked that story i I blame myself for not liking this as much as I expected to. I suppose the real problem is that I could easily imagine the story without the "alchemical" nonsense and I liked that story in my head much better. I liked Quick's handling of Elenora's rising awareness and exploration and Arthur's expectations and responses were a continuation of the byplay and give-and-take of their relationship I enjoyed most.

    Nov 01, Becca rated it really liked it · review of another edition. The Paid Companion has been on my to-read shelf forever and I finally picked it up. I am not sure what took me so long, but I am glad I finally took the time to delve in. This story had a combination of passion, mystery, and a foray into science. The first half of the novel focused more on the characters which I LOVED , while the second half picked up the mystery element at the expense of the romance.

    For those familiar with Amanda Quick, you will see numerous examples of her signature in this st The Paid Companion has been on my to-read shelf forever and I finally picked it up. For those familiar with Amanda Quick, you will see numerous examples of her signature in this story.

    The heroine, Elenora, is spunky, brave, and intelligent. The hero, Arthur, is logical, powerful, and unapproachable. As in other Amanda Quick novels, the quirky heroine wins over the hero and they form a tight bond while overcoming a mystery together. Arthur never strays, shows interest in other women, or refuses to marry the heroine. He is honorable, extremely smart, and loyal to those he considers under his protection. His flaw is his stubbornness and often autocratic behavior, but the heroine finds a way around that ; Elenora for her part is also extremely loyal to others, often at the expense of her own welfare.

    She forms an attachment to Arthur and has no problem running headlong into danger in order to help him. What I loved most about her was her ability to remain calm despite the chaos she goes through; she is always optimistic and I enjoyed seeing how she worked through problems. Her flaw is not being able to trust her feelings with Arthur and up until the very end, she never truly believes that Arthur really wants her. I chalk this up to her less than fortunate circumstances, but Arthur is very logical and the same time romantic when proving his case.

    If the mystery had not taken over the story in the second half, this would have been an easy 5 star book. However, I was disappointed when the mystery became so elaborate that the sparkle between the characters as they developed their relationship was cast in shadow. In the second half, the secondary characters were almost non-existent who also had a love story going on and the sensual tension between Arthur and Elenora disappeared.

    The book became a race for the truth and focused more on logic and a mad man than the budding romance. This may not bother some, but it dimmed my enjoyment a bit. The mystery was good alchemy, madness, and old friends and I wanted to know what happened, but I didn't want the explanation to overtake the romance. Hence, one less star. Despite the dominance of the mystery, I still enjoyed this romance and recommend it for fans of Amanda Quick.

    She always creates fun leads, sweet romance, and spooky villains that keep you turning pages. There are two sex scenes in this book, but both are rather tame. There was humor sprinkled in that allowed the characters' true natures to shine through and made the scenes unique and fun. This is not a "hot read" but it was much more like real life which I appreciated. Here is one of my favorite parts of the story and a major turning point when Elenora mistakenly reveals more about her feelings for Arthur than she intended: "You must not not be too hard on yourself, sir,"she said very earnestly.

    She did not realize that you would make an excellent husband. Sep 18, Caz rated it really liked it · review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone who likes light-hearted romance with a bit of mystery thrown in. Shelves: audiobook , romance-other-time-period , mystery-thriller , oldies-but-goodies , fluff , mount-tbr This was a lot of fun to listen to although I suspect I might not have enjoyed it as much had I read the book. The plot in this story centres around Arthur Lancaster, Earl of St.

    Merryn and This was a lot of fun to listen to although I suspect I might not have enjoyed it as much had I read the book. The project was never completed, however, as the trio moved on to more serious scientific and philosophical matters. Eleanora Lodge is a young woman fallen on hard times since the death of her father who is forced to seek employment in order to support herself. Merryn returns to London in order to begin his search but knowing his presence at the numerous and varied social functions that comprise the season will make him a prime target for all the match-making mamas, decides that the best way to escape them will be to arrive with a fiancée in tow.

    He therefore applies to an agency in order to hire a paid companion —and at first can find no-one who meets his exacting requirements. Until Eleanora bursts in, unannounced. Merryn is rich, handsome and has a reputation for having a mind like a steel trap and a heart of ice. The romance progresses in a fairly predictable manner, and the author does a great job building some searing sexual tension between the couple.

    The sex scenes are fairly tame, but I rather liked the humourous tone, which was a nice link between their usual, day-to-day interactions and this new turn taken in their relationship. I always think that a couple that banters and teases will continue to do so in the bedroom — so the humour felt completely appropriate. Did he expect to sneeze in the middle of this business? As of this instant, I am, indeed, a lady of some experience. The dénouement is, I will admit, more than a bit daft, but what sustained my interest was the relationship between the two protagonists.

    Having employed Eleanora as a decoy so that he would be able to navigate his way around society seeking answers without being viewed as a viable marriage prospect, St.

    He is also one of those male narrators who is able to perform female characters convincingly by softening his tone rather than raising the pitch of his voice to a silly degree. He did adopt a higher pitch and harsher tone than he used for his narration, but I felt it was in keeping with the character because Arthur is harsh — on the outside at least.

    I also thought that the stern tone worked very well with the humour in the book as St. Merryn is frequently shown to have a very dry sense of humour that is of the sort apt to be missed by the less discerning among the ton. I thought that giving his voice that element of severity only served to emphasise the contrast between St. Merryn the real man and the austere and rather forbidding face he presented to the world.

    I was rather pleased with it, myself. I practiced it during the carriage ride here today. View all 4 comments.

    May 09, Gavin rated it really liked it · review of another edition Shelves: romance. Well since I listened to the audiobook I'll split my review into two parts. The Story Twenty something Elanora Lodge is smart, feisty heroine who due to her stepfathers gambling and untimely death has lost her home and inheritance. She plans to own her own bookstore one day but in order to finance this dream and support herself in the meantime, she has taken up work as a paid companion.

    Arthur Lancaster, Earl of St. Merryn is considered as coldly logical and a little eccentric by most. He nee Well since I listened to the audiobook I'll split my review into two parts. He needs a fake fiancee to shield him from the marriage hunters in society and also to distract attention from himself and free up his time to hunt secretly for the murderer of his great uncle.

    Arthur believes Elanora is perfectly suited for the role. He's right and before we know it the sparks are flying between the pair!. I was expecting quite a sappy romance and was pleasantly surprised by how light hearted and humorous this was. Witty dialog, likable characters and a nice mix of romance and suspense all lead to this being a very enjoyable book. It was my first Amanda Quick book but it definitely won't be my last.

    The Narrator The book was superbly narrated by Michael Page who's rich cultured English accent was perfectly suited to the story. The characters were portrayed wonderfully, with clearly distinct voices.

    I've found that male narrators usually have a problem performing convincing female voices but this was not the case with Michael Page who did a great job. View all 9 comments. Jan 27, Bon rated it liked it · review of another edition Shelves: audio-at-least-partly , guily-pleasure-romances , mystery , historical-fiction , romance.

    Hmm, not as enjoyable as usual for me with Amanda, perhaps because it's a bit dated now. Dec 23, Danielle The Book Huntress Back to the Books rated it really liked it · review of another edition Recommends it for: historical romance with mystery fans. Shelves: cover-to-cover-challenge , romantic-suspense , spinster-old-maid , owned-copy , regency , set-in-uk , pretend-engagement , audiobook , hero-i-liked , dangerous-hero-challenge I listened to this on audiobook while I made my Christmas cards, and it was an enjoyable read and kept me entertained while I attended to my crafting.

    The narrator used a voice for Arthur that was a bit stuffy, and not at all brooding and sexy, but otherwise, I can't complain. There was a good balance between mystery and romance in this book. The mystery was quite authentic, and the villain was a fiend. The reveal was suspenseful, and I hadn't figured out who the villain was until the correct ti I listened to this on audiobook while I made my Christmas cards, and it was an enjoyable read and kept me entertained while I attended to my crafting.

    The reveal was suspenseful, and I hadn't figured out who the villain was until the correct time. The storyline was cute, the way that Elenora and Arthur enter each other's lives was a good setup for the building of their relationship.

    I like that they feel like unique people, even with some of the typical historical romance character traits they have. Elenora was a very likable heroine.

    She was intelligent, independent, brave and self-sufficient. But she was also warm and open to love. I liked how she bounced back from some very difficult circumstances in her life, and wasn't going to allow anyone to bully her. She took an active part in solving the mystery, and she was a very good detective. Arthur was sexy and manly but also gentlemanly and cerebral. That was a very nice combination. While he definitely had a dangerous aura, he was a principled person.

    I like that he treated Elenora as an equal and it was evident that he really respected her. The romance was believable and I rooted for their happy ending. Their love scenes were nicely sensual although it was a bit odd hearing the older, stuffy-sound narrator read the naughty bits.

    I think Amanda Quick's book are really good audiobook listens. I feel I enjoy them in this format more than I might in reading them.

    I think it's because the mystery is so prominent and Quick gets the historical details just right, and her style of romance works really well in this format. I'd recommend getting this on audio if you can. I realized today that I had a paper copy but I'm glad I did the audio. It's worth the listen. Feb 05, Caz rated it really liked it · review of another edition Shelves: audiobook , mystery-thriller. In the prologue, which takes place around a year before the beginning of the story proper, we meet Arthur Lancaster, the Earl of St.

    Merryn on the night his lovely young fiancée elopes with another man. He gives it as his opinion that the next time he considers matrimony, he might as well seek a bride from an employment agency such as those that exist for paid companions, given that the qualities exhibited by the ideal companion — they are well-bred, well-educated, possessed of a sterling reputation, steady nerves, and a meek and modest manner — are exactly the same as those a man would want in a wife.

    You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals. Sep 23, G. Apr 14, Sara Reads mostly Romance rated it liked it · review of another edition Shelves: historical-romance. Good but not as good as Ravished. But the mystery part was unnecessary lol I skimmed over those parts.

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    Merryn the real man and the austere and rather forbidding face he presented to the world. I was rather pleased with it, myself. I practiced it during the carriage ride here today. View all 4 comments. May 09, Gavin rated it really liked it · review of another edition Shelves: romance.

    Well since I listened to the audiobook I'll split my review into two parts. The Story Twenty something Elanora Lodge is smart, feisty heroine who due to her stepfathers gambling and untimely death has lost her home and inheritance.

    She plans to own her own bookstore one day but in order to finance this dream and support herself in the meantime, she has taken up work as a paid companion. Arthur Lancaster, Earl of St. Merryn is considered as coldly logical and a little eccentric by most. He nee Well since I listened to the audiobook I'll split my review into two parts.

    He needs a fake fiancee to shield him from the marriage hunters in society and also to distract attention from himself and free up his time to hunt secretly for the murderer of his great uncle.

    Arthur believes Elanora is perfectly suited for the role. He's right and before we know it the sparks are flying between the pair!. I was expecting quite a sappy romance and was pleasantly surprised by how light hearted and humorous this was.

    Witty dialog, likable characters and a nice mix of romance and suspense all lead to this being a very enjoyable book. It was my first Amanda Quick book but it definitely won't be my last.

    The Narrator The book was superbly narrated by Michael Page who's rich cultured English accent was perfectly suited to the story.

    The characters were portrayed wonderfully, with clearly distinct voices. I've found that male narrators usually have a problem performing convincing female voices but this was not the case with Michael Page who did a great job. View all 9 comments. Jan 27, Bon rated it liked it · review of another edition Shelves: audio-at-least-partly , guily-pleasure-romances , mystery , historical-fiction , romance.

    Hmm, not as enjoyable as usual for me with Amanda, perhaps because it's a bit dated now. Dec 23, Danielle The Book Huntress Back to the Books rated it really liked it · review of another edition Recommends it for: historical romance with mystery fans.

    Shelves: cover-to-cover-challenge , romantic-suspense , spinster-old-maid , owned-copy , regency , set-in-uk , pretend-engagement , audiobook , hero-i-liked , dangerous-hero-challenge I listened to this on audiobook while I made my Christmas cards, and it was an enjoyable read and kept me entertained while I attended to my crafting.

    The narrator used a voice for Arthur that was a bit stuffy, and not at all brooding and sexy, but otherwise, I can't complain. There was a good balance between mystery and romance in this book. The mystery was quite authentic, and the villain was a fiend. The reveal was suspenseful, and I hadn't figured out who the villain was until the correct ti I listened to this on audiobook while I made my Christmas cards, and it was an enjoyable read and kept me entertained while I attended to my crafting.

    The reveal was suspenseful, and I hadn't figured out who the villain was until the correct time. The storyline was cute, the way that Elenora and Arthur enter each other's lives was a good setup for the building of their relationship. I like that they feel like unique people, even with some of the typical historical romance character traits they have.

    Elenora was a very likable heroine. She was intelligent, independent, brave and self-sufficient. But she was also warm and open to love. I liked how she bounced back from some very difficult circumstances in her life, and wasn't going to allow anyone to bully her.

    She took an active part in solving the mystery, and she was a very good detective. Arthur was sexy and manly but also gentlemanly and cerebral. That was a very nice combination. While he definitely had a dangerous aura, he was a principled person. I like that he treated Elenora as an equal and it was evident that he really respected her. The romance was believable and I rooted for their happy ending. Their love scenes were nicely sensual although it was a bit odd hearing the older, stuffy-sound narrator read the naughty bits.

    I think Amanda Quick's book are really good audiobook listens. I feel I enjoy them in this format more than I might in reading them.

    I think it's because the mystery is so prominent and Quick gets the historical details just right, and her style of romance works really well in this format. I'd recommend getting this on audio if you can. I realized today that I had a paper copy but I'm glad I did the audio.

    It's worth the listen. Feb 05, Caz rated it really liked it · review of another edition Shelves: audiobook , mystery-thriller. In the prologue, which takes place around a year before the beginning of the story proper, we meet Arthur Lancaster, the Earl of St. Merryn on the night his lovely young fiancée elopes with another man. He gives it as his opinion that the next time he considers matrimony, he might as well seek a bride from an employment agency such as those that exist for paid companions, given that the qualities exhibited by the ideal companion — they are well-bred, well-educated, possessed of a sterling reputation, steady nerves, and a meek and modest manner — are exactly the same as those a man would want in a wife.

    You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals. Sep 23, G. Apr 14, Sara Reads mostly Romance rated it liked it · review of another edition Shelves: historical-romance. Good but not as good as Ravished. But the mystery part was unnecessary lol I skimmed over those parts. Hence, knocking down 2 stars. Mar 15, Evelina AvalinahsBooks rated it really liked it · review of another edition Shelves: biblioteka , books-of , fiction , romance.

    Well, this is about the first purely romance novel that I've loved this much. I guess I am a sucker for the setting! Granted, the sex scenes are kind of hilarious and the story itself is simplistic, but very enjoyable.

    Hahaha, that was awesome :D although also a little bit hilarious. Feb 09, Carol Waters rated it it was ok · review of another edition. OK, so I am attempting to pare down my book collection by reading and discarding the stash of books cluttering my abode. This one is from upstairs in the media room bookcases. I have no idea where it came from. It is a hardcover, new, pretty cover. The premise is dumber than dirt.

    A wealthy woman of 26 gets swindled out of her inheritance, gets a job as a paid companion to a woman who dresses only in purple who unfortunately no longer needs her help, and then storms into her employer's office to OK, so I am attempting to pare down my book collection by reading and discarding the stash of books cluttering my abode. A wealthy woman of 26 gets swindled out of her inheritance, gets a job as a paid companion to a woman who dresses only in purple who unfortunately no longer needs her help, and then storms into her employer's office to demand a better job than the reprobates and lechers she has thus far had for interviews.

    Um, the option is starvation, whoring, or workhouse. She stumbles upon a wealthy man who wants a fake fiancée so he can solve a murder. Kinda like Pretty Woman with a bustle so far.

    I do not like the name of Arthur for a hero. Sex one more time and then --can I really provide a spoiler for a Regency Romance? Given that her big issue is the scope and grandeur of the lawn on this orphanage, she still has her worries.

    I am about to finish Stephen King's Blaze. That orphanage does not have a lawn. Another inch and a quarter now exists on my bookshelf for new stuff and Goodwill has another donation. Do not give me crap crap crap about why I should donate to the Salvation Army. I give to them both. I cannot give this to the Women's Shelter because I think too many women still believe that some mean guy named Arthur is about to turn into her hero. Two points because everything was spelled correctly.

    Oct 25, Kathleen rated it really liked it · review of another edition Shelves: romantic-suspense , romance-historic , audio. Read the book when it first came out some years ago and listened to audio version recently, narrated by Michael Page.

    A good performance! Loved his British accent. Decent story, too, despite the info-dump and predictability. This is one of Quick's stand-alone historical romances.

    I prefer them to her series installments, which are even more formulaic and predictable. Quite a fun and smexy read. The Earl of St. Merryn is a wealthy and fairly eccentric nobleman. He hires a paid compani 3. He hires a paid companion to pose as his fiancée, thereby keeping those annoying husband hunters at bay while he conducts a murder investigation in the best high-society homes.

    Right from the start, his interest in his paid companion takes a personal turn. There is a nice little secondary romance here, too, with an older couple. Contents: a few explicit sex scenes, minimal or no swearing, a little violence, no typos. View all 11 comments. Aug 06, Andree rated it really liked it · review of another edition Shelves: , I maintain this is one of the better AQs. The couple if fun and entertaining. They're well-matched. I believe them as a couple.

    I mean, the villain, and the final confrontation are a bit over the top, but I mean, I'm reading historical romantic suspense, SO. It's reasonably well done.

    I was also struck by how sensible everyone is. Early on a smarmy character attempts blackmail, and miracle of miracles, one lead immediat Reread Reread this last night when I was in the mood for something light.

    Early on a smarmy character attempts blackmail, and miracle of miracles, one lead immediately goes to the other, and is immediately believed over the blackmailer. It is such a refreshing scene and it shouldn't be. I remember being so pleasantly surprised by how the blackmailing is resolved the first time I read this. Basically, I enjoy this one for having a dramatic plotline, while also maintaining leads who are sensible and not overly dramatic.

    If you're going to read an AQ, this is one I would read. This is actually the one I heard about that started the binge-reading, but I couldn't get it at the library until now. The plot is very similar to what the plot generally is, but I felt like the balance is better. The family dynamics are fun. The dialogue and banter are great. The power dynamics between the leads work. No one is overly dictatorial. When people are told to do something, it is usually for sensible reasons.

    It doesn't go weirdly paranormal out of nowhere. The supporting characters work. Pretty much everyone gets to be competent. Yeah, mostly I just liked this. And I stayed up way to late last night reading it. Sep 18, Kirsten rated it really liked it · review of another edition Shelves: my-bookshelf , reread. I last read this historical romance in and it still doesn't disappoint. We have a very intelligent woman paired up with a highly intelligent man and sparks fly!

    They are such fun, with great chemistry between the characters, and a nice dose of suspense thrown in. And this one is no different. The man doesn't always have all the answers and they are both flummoxed by their feelings. It did not disappoint. I hope it is not another 15 years before I p I last read this historical romance in and it still doesn't disappoint.

    I hope it is not another 15 years before I pick this up again. Dec 26, Wollstonecrafthomegirl rated it it was ok · review of another edition. This was very average. I thought it was quite ploddingly written - a lot of explanation through dialogue.

    The gothic elements didn't work for me. It kept my attention whilst I was reading it. I just think, by and large, romances are being done better than this nowadays. You're also going to lose points with me when you describe a woman's vagina as "moist and plump and soft" Plump. And then the hero's This was very average. And then the hero's penis starts to "probe". Nopey, nope, nope. Jan 05, Somia rated it really liked it · review of another edition Shelves: historical-romance , amanda-quick.

    I've read this a number of times over the years and it remains an enjoyable light read. This historical romance stars two main characters who are intelligent, strong and well suited. With very few occupations for respectable ladies to choose from, she becomes a companion to other ladies. The very se I've read this a number of times over the years and it remains an enjoyable light read.

    The very self-contained Earl of St. Merryn Arthur has recently been through a scandal where his fiancé ran away with another man, and he has no desire to deal with the Ton and having eligible daughters thrown at him by eager mothers, so he formulates a plan.

    And that plan involves hiring a fiancé so he can go about in peace. And as luck will have it, as he shocks the ladies of an employment agency with what he wants, Elenora storms in highly displeased with the selection of potential employers the agency has been able to locate for her.

    A lovely light historical romance, with a dash of mystery. Sep 19, Mariana rated it it was amazing · review of another edition Shelves: romance-across-the-ages-challe , mariana-for-b2b , spinster , challenge-addicts , library , mystery , masquerade , victorian. The only problem was that I couldn't put it down to get enough sleep. I finished within 24 hours. The writing was witty, engaging and humorous. There were two prologues, his and hers. I literally already laughed out loud in the first one.

    For me, it was the perfect blend of romance, sensuality, and murder mystery. I liked both the H and h. Merryn was smart, responsible, and unique. I appreciated his wit and logical thought process with very little regard to how others would respond to his eccentric choices. He was also honorable and honest. Elenora was equally likable.

    Most authors pair opposites. In this case, Elenora had many similarities in logical thought process. She was extraordinarily kind, thinking of others before herself. She was calm, prepared and worked toward goals without becoming discouraged; but she had just enough of her actress grandmother in her to desire excitement, both sexually and otherwise. If you have read and enjoyed Amanda Quick before but not read this book, I highly recommend. Her writing is quite stylized, so this would definitely not be for everyone.

    I look forward to trying another by her. Sep 19, Fatimama rated it did not like it · review of another edition. Feb 16, Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness SLOW rated it did not like it · review of another edition Shelves: hard-headed-heroine , shoot-me , historical-romance , suspense-thriller. Just imagine if the Hero was do unbearable and forceful? Then he would just come across as a certified over bearing Ass who forced the heroine to spent her money where he thought was best.

    Really not sure what is so praise worthy about this book. May 04, Lorka rated it it was amazing · review of another edition. My first book by Amanda Quick, and I absolutely loved it. It was also my first historical-romance with mystery involved that I made it all the way thru to the ending without cheating first to see "who-done-it". My favorite thing about this book was how the characters were all written. I loved the hero Because the story was written so well, you get to see him learn how to smile, crack itty-bitty jokes and start to feel emotion.

    The heroine was written well too. She was a no-nonsense, take charge type of girl, but not in a bitchy way It's not often that an author writes a strong, vocal heroine that is also caring and level-headed. Thanks, Christina, for the good recommendation! Dec 14, Ira rated it really liked it · review of another edition. Still very entertaining story but is not as good as Ravished, the mystery part is a bit too much. My second book from Ms. Quick, I quickly notice, she write a strong, kind, intelligent and very confident heroine, and her hero is not a rake who having mistress everywhere, hooray!!!

    I think I want to read Dangerous next, or Reckless? Decision decision Oh well:. May 24, Juliana Philippa rated it really liked it · review of another edition Shelves: romance-historical , reads , 0-reviewed , hr-hero-nice-guys-dont-finish-last , 0-own-in-dead-tree-form , 4-stars , 0-own , 4-tostars , romance , may-reads.

    Another great Amanda Quick historical romance - the premise of how the main characters meet and initiate their relationship hero hires the heroine to pretend to be his fiancee is interesting and pretty unusual, though why he supposedly needs a pretend-fiancee is not very compelling - the whole thing is done more for plot effect and to make the story and relationship more interesting which it admittedly does than out of any real plot-driven reason.

    This is one of her more recent ones an Another great Amanda Quick historical romance - the premise of how the main characters meet and initiate their relationship hero hires the heroine to pretend to be his fiancee is interesting and pretty unusual, though why he supposedly needs a pretend-fiancee is not very compelling - the whole thing is done more for plot effect and to make the story and relationship more interesting which it admittedly does than out of any real plot-driven reason.

    This is one of her more recent ones and so there is no specter of the 80's historical romance hero - Arthur is not domineering, autocratic, or any of those horrible things and he welcomes Elenora's help and advice in the search for a murderer that makes up the mystery subplot.

    The villain-subplot is a little wild common to Quick's historical romances and slightly other-worldly the bad guy is again a crazed scientist who has become obsessed with alchemy and the occult. Like all of the author's leading female characters, Elenora is intelligent, generous, unusual, opinionated, strong - she's a traditional but in a good way!

    Quick female heroine. The interactions between her and Arthur are really enjoyable to read and the banter and teasing between them is wonderful. Their personalities mesh very well and it's just great to see Arthur start to warm-up, relax, and be happier due to Elenora's presence in his life. The supporting characters of Bennett and Margaret were a great addition and in the first half of the book provided for a lot of laugh-out-loud moments; they kind of disappeared in the second half and it would have been nice to see more of them.

    Apr 29, Julia rated it really liked it · review of another edition Shelves: audiobook , mystery , historical-romance. Oh this audiobook! How could I ever forget listening to you! Personal Backstory: I was driving alone on a car trip 5 hours to see one of my good friends.

    Seeing as Ohio is mostly corn and worried about falling asleep, I went to the library to scope out what I could find. This is how I found The Paid Companion. Now as I sit here and try to find another book like enraptured me so, I am thinking of this book. Review: Oh man. It say a lot that after at least 3 years I still remember this book. It was ab Oh this audiobook! It was about a guy and his companion why yes, she was paid!

    How did you guess? It's her last ditch effort at a job, and he is an unlikable nobleman who I think may be a scientist as well. Where there was some mystery plot afoot and rubies were involved. What I remember is the voice. Oh Michael Page whom I just looked up to make sure it was him!

    I love his voice and reading sooo much. I was so enraptured that the whole 5 hour drive home, I stopped once for a milkshake and even then it was through the drive through so I could keep listening. I loved this so much I made my sister listen to it as well I think she caught the last part and was really intrigued.

    The sexy times made me blush at stoplights, and occasionally laugh out loud. I am pretty sure some people thought I was crazy. But I loved every minute of this. All audiobooks that I listen to live up to this first standard.

    Jul 25, Julie rated it it was amazing · review of another edition Shelves: audiobook , historical-mystery , historical-romance. Simply loved this book! It actually was very much a mystery that starts out as a romance, and ends as a romance, or let's just say it's a romance with mystery elements? It was great! Elenora Lodge is not your typical paid companion. She has beauty and a backbone which is just what the Earl of St.

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    Also krentz addressed in a fun manner how ann some ann between couples could împrumut with logodnică age logodnică. Oh jayne audiobook! Împrumut was sexy and manly krentz also gentlemanly and jayne. A good performance! I hope it is not another 15 years before I p I last read this historical romance in and it still doesn't disappoint. He needs a fake fiancee to shield him from the marriage hunters in society and also to distract attention from himself and free up his time to hunt secretly for the murderer of his great uncle.

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