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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; 1st Printing edition (April 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399165142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399165146
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

*Starred Review* There is nothing Londoners love more than a good scandal, and Amity Doncaster has given the city’s residents plenty to talk about. While en route home to London, Amity’s Good-Samaritan efforts to take care of Benedict Stanbridge, a wounded fellow passenger on the Northern Star, are transformed into a tawdry shipboard tryst by scandalmongers. When Amity finally arrives in London, she has the misfortune to be abducted by the serial killer known as the Bridegroom for his attacks on women. Thanks to her cool head and a cleverly weaponized lady’s fan, Amity escapes the killer’s clutches, only to find herself once again fodder for gossip. Fortunately, Benedict has the perfect solution. If they pretend to become engaged, not only will it diffuse any of the rumors about their shipboard relationship, it will also allow Benedict to stick close to Amity’s side until the Bridegroom can be stopped once and for all. Neatly complemented by equal measures of smoldering chemistry and lively banter, the action-packed plot is served up with plenty of dramatic flair and just the right dash of dry wit, making this a first-rate addition to Quick’s canon of classic historical romances. --John Charles

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"...Equal measures of smoldering chemistry and lively banter, the action-packed plot is served up with plenty of dramatic flair and just the right dash of dry wit..." - John Charles, Booklist, starred review

"...Stellar plotting, exquisite dialogue and impeccable characterization.  Benedict and Amity are a perfect pair." - Kirkus, starred review


"...Quick... has outdone herself.  ...Sustains the suspense in a novel that never loses its sense of humor." - Seattle Times


“Amanda Quick is an exceptional storyteller.” —Los Angeles Daily News
 
“One of the most creative, inventive storytellers in the field, Quick infuses her own addictive brand of breathless, sexy adventure with dashes of vengeance, greed, and violence and a hefty splash of delectable, offbeat humor.” —Library Journal
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The author of over 50 New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 35 million copies of her books in print.

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Customer Reviews

I always enjoy Amanda Quick,Jayne Ann Krentz and Jayne Castle books.
Sue J
It's a fun book to read, and I recommend it to those who like historical fiction as well as those looking for purely romantic action.
sophiemom
This is another great mystery/romance interesting characters and a wonderful story line.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Imho on April 22, 2014
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The latest Amanda Quick (JAK) is a Victorian murder mystery without the physic element of the recent previous titles. I did miss that aspect at first, but the story seemed as if it would hold up without it. For the most part it does but bogs down in the middle and soon becomes repetitious, even tedious. I love all of JAK's books, under any name, but this one is stale and predictable. Anyone who is a JAK regular will have this figured out long before the end. Sure there are twists and turns but very easily followed as there are not enough characters to provide an alternate ending, nor any red herrings to lead the reader astray. Also, the hero makes one huge leap in logic to figure things out that really comes out of nowhere, a sloppy mistake JAK does not normally make. I gave it three stars as it is still worth reading especially if you are new to Krentz's books.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Melo on April 24, 2014
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OTHERWISE ENGAGED is the story of Amity Dorcaster who meets Benedict Stanbridge when she encounters him as he has been shot and left for dead. She saves his life and the town get know one another while traveling on a ship to New York. When they part, Benedict promises to see her in London. Weeks later, Amity is in London and barely escapes from The Bridegroom, a serial killer who kills scandalous women. When Benedict arrives in London, he is determined to help save Amity from the killer.

I really, really liked the beginning of this book. It was unique and Amity is such a strong heroine. Her fan that plays such an important part of the book is unique and the scene where Amity uses it to escape from the killer was dramatic and tension filled. I thought the beginning was so good but to me the remainder of the book just didn't fulfill that promise.

I really wanted to love this book but in the end could only like it. I didn't feel any particular interest in the romance as we see it between the main characters. I wish we had seen more of their earlier time together because it seemed like the true romance story happens then. Once they are in London the two already have a connection and I felt somewhat cheated.

Also, there really wasn't much tension in the mystery since the revelation is not one that the reader can figure out from reading the story but is just revealed as a complete unknown. The additional villains are easily figured out since there are few characters that could be the villain.

It may seem like I didn't like the book, but I generally did. It had many of the hallmarks of the author's books that I like but it didn't have that extra that makes it a must read. I really enjoy Jayne Ann Krentz in all her pseudonyms and I have come to expect more. This is a nice book that I liked but is not one that I will turn back to and read again and again.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Richert on May 7, 2014
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I have been a pretty avid reader of AQ/JAK/JC. I get them as soon as I can after they are released and enjoy them immensely but this one just didn't cut it, for me. I found it kind of flat. The mystery to be solved flowed pretty well but the romance seemed to me choppy -- just stuck into the storyline, kind of contrived. Anyway, I was looking forward to it and then, well, I felt disappointed. I loved her stories with characters with paranormal powers. I found those intriguing and fun but this one, for me, was really ho hum. Sorry to be such a downer. I hope this review helps someone. I recommend getting this from the library instead of buying it but that's just me giving advice based on my opinion of this book.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Melody May on April 22, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Rating 4 1/2 Stars

Anyway, we get a chance to meet Aminty Doncaster who happens to stumble upon Benedict Stanbridge who happens to be in need of desperate help. Basically, nurses him back to help and they part. Once back in London Aminty ends up thrust into danger and manages to escape the Bridegroom Murderer. Shortly, after the incident Benedict returns and offers up protection to Aminty as they work together to solve two cases together with the help of Inspector Logan and Aminty's sister Penny.

When I started reading, Otherwise Engaged I found myself getting sucked into the story. There is a lot going on in the book, but you realize it's all tied together. You start to connect the dots, but you don't see all the dots connecting to till the end. By the end you're like whoa what the heck just happen and you see the puzzle come together. Otherwise Engaged has more a mystery/suspense feel to it, than romance. Yes, there's a little romance, but Benedict and Aminty are kind of concern about catching the bad guys. Honestly, I loved the twist and turns in the plot. I thought I had it figured out, but then there's a curve ball.

Honestly, blown away by Otherwise Engaged. I would never in a million years guess on the ending. Overall, a fantastic read. Yes, suspenseful and will keep you guessing. A dash of romance, but not overly done. I think the amount of romance was perfect for the story. So, if you are looking for a bit more suspense/mystery than romance, I would say Otherwise Engaged is your read.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 13, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I have been a JAK (and all her aliases) fan for almost 20 years, and this was the first time I had to force myself to finish one of her books. It lacked excitement and mystery. It was just plain BORING. What a let down. I'd say don't waste your money on it, but if you're a JAK fan like me, I know you'll get it anyways. Just be prepared to be disappointed. Hope this is not a glimpse of future writings. I might of given 2 stars for story if I was new to author, but as I'm familiar with her work, I give only 1. This just seems like a lazy effort from a great writer such as JAK :-(
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