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Garden of Lies Hardcover – April 21, 2015
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Garden of Lies starts with a really intriguing prologue, so if you read this on Kindle, check to make sure that Kindle didn't "conveniently" skip it for you. Slater Roxton is one of the more nuanced heroes we have seen from Quick in a while, born between two very different London cultures and with some remarkable life experiences, he's not just any substitute hero. Ursula Kern owns and operates an exclusive ladies secretarial pool. She has remade herself several times in an era when this wasn't typically possible for women, and in ways that absolutely fit the time period. When her best friend dies, and she believes it is murder, she upends her own life in order to find out the truth. Mostly Slater Roxton is along for the ride because he wants to protect Ursula. He is nicely protective but not overly so, and doesn't once as far as I can remember, step into alpha-hole territory. And furthermore, he respects Ursula, which makes it really easy for me to enjoy a book. The villainy and mystery were nice and twisty, and mostly (except for a brief flurry at the end) the relationship was nice and straightforward - which seems to be a nice change of pace for me.Read more ›
Ursula Kern is our heroine, and she is the owner of The Kern Secretarial Agency. When we meet Ursula, she is despondent about the death of her friend and employee. Ursula does not believe her friend’s death was normal, and after finding some papers hidden away, she suspects foul play.
Slater Roxton is an archaeologist and our hero. Slater was missing for over a year, thought dead from a cave in, only to come back home and was considered by many to be somewhat eccentric and mad. Ursula is on assignment helping him research and categorize artifacts, when she tells him she needs to leave for a few weeks. Slater, who has quietly become enamored of Miss Kern, insists she tell him the truth of why she is leaving. She finally tells him she plans to go undercover to the job her friend was working on, to try and find out the truth. Of course, Slater has no intention of letting Ursula do this on her own.
What follows is an exciting adventure that involves drugs, crime lords, murder, and blackmail. With Slater and Ursula working together to discover truth, the danger escalates for both of them. In between all the surprises and twists, their relationship slowly builds and becomes a sweet and sensual romance. This was a fun, romantic and exciting story. I loved Slater and Ursula together. The last third of the book was very suspenseful, and well done by Amanda Quick. If you like historical romances, suspense, mystery and a wonderful couple, I wholly recommend Garden of Lies.
Ursula’s latest employer Slater Roxton, archaeologist and adventurer, is not only upset that she is going to quit her position with him to start investigating Ms. Cliftons demise; but feels it is too dangerous if Ursula’s intuition of foul play is correct. Instead, Slater intends to stay very close and volunteers to help Ursula with her investigation. In the interim big sparks of attraction occur between Ursula and Slater, but Ursula’s independent nature and intent to go it alone put her life in danger. In the end, would Slater be able to save Ursula for a future he now feels could be theirs?
As usual, Ms. Quick has struck gold in this latest novel of intrigue in Victorian London. Her plotting is superb, characterizations are impeccable and pacing of the action is fast and exciting. Her heroine, Ursula Kern is a very admirable character - ahead of her time as an early entrepreneur who has not only helped herself to financial security but had also given many women the opportunity to gain their own independence as professionals.
Likewise, I was fully intrigued with Slater Roxton. The preface gives a wonderful look at Slater’s background and his adventures on a mystical island that if he weren’t a survivor could have entombed him; but otherwise shaped him into the very interesting man he’d become. Outside he presented what one would consider a mild scholarly individual, but underneath he was anything but!Read more ›
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It's OK! A little confusing sometimes, I did finish it but I wasn't sad it was done!Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have read many of Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz books. Always a wonderful reading experience!!!Published 5 days ago by Kindle Customer
Amanda Quick writes books that are fun to read. there is always a surprise or two in her stories .i liked this book.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Any book by this author is terrific. I just love her books.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Garden of Lies is by Amanda Quick. It lives up to the best of her books so far. It is set in Victorian London. Read morePublished 21 days ago by P. Blevins