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I Thee Wed Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2000

3.9 out of 5 stars 97 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in the Vanza Series

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Amanda Quick proves once again that opposites most definitely do attract in her new Regency romance, I Thee Wed. Sharp-witted lady's companion Emma Greyson has as much trouble holding a job as she does holding her tongue. But lack of references can't deter Emma; she just writes her own and finagles a new position. Her present employment brings Emma to a tedious house party in the country where she spends most of her time trying to dodge the lecherous groping of the gentlemen guests. In fact, to avoid just such an encounter Emma is forced to hide in a wardrobe. The only problem is that the space is already occupied--by mysterious financier Edison Stokes, no less! Stokes is on a quest to locate a volume of arcane potions that could prove deadly if it falls into the wrong hands, and he believes the text is in the possession of one of the partygoers. Emma soon finds herself the focus of another kind of attention, equally undesirable, when her highly developed intuition makes her susceptible to the powerful potions of the black arts. To protect her, Stokes hires Emma to be his assistant, but quickly realizes that keeping Emma out of danger is a full-time job. The only solution is to keep her close to him--very close to him. And neither Stokes nor Emma minds that at all! Bestselling author Amanda Quick keeps readers begging for more in this highly entertaining historical. --Alison Trinkle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Strong-willed, and with a redhead's combustible temper, paid companion Emma Greyson finds herself embroiled in a dangerous adventure with the dashing Edison Stokes. A wealthy member of Regency England's "Polite World," Stokes follows the clue in a dying man's last words to arrive at Ware Castle, where he suspects a dark plot is underway. At the castle he encounters Emma, who stands out among the era's decadent and depraved society as a woman of sharp intelligence. From their awkward introduction?in a wardrobe where Emma has gone to seek refuge from the unwelcome attentions of a lecher and Edison is searching for clues?the two develop an alliance often made precarious by their smoldering attraction. When Emma's life is threatened by a thief at large among Ware Castle's guests, Edison's courage and his loyalty to Emma are put to the test. A veteran in the army of steamy historical amour, Quick (With This Ring; other novels as Jayne Ann Krentz) tosses off her 15th such romance with ease. Attractive protagonists, loose bodices, thwarted love and odds overcome prove themselves once again the ingredients for success in this genre.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553574108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553574104
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading the hoards of flat reviews for Amanda Quick's _I Thee Wed_ I was expecting a horrendous book that had not even an inkling of Ms. Quick's obvious talent. I was certainly surprised to find that _I Thee Wed_ had the same flare that I've become accustomed to from Amanda Quick.

This book had me interested from the very first page! I don't usually become involved until at least two chapters have finished, but the very first page of this book started off with a bang. As always, Ms. Quick set forth a mystery that intrigued the mind and stirred the senses. Amid this mystery, Ms. Quick expertly tailored two characters that were both passionate, intricate and well developed.

Emma is delightful! She is self-reliant, resolute and determined. She also was not quite as flighty as some of Ms. Quick's other heroines. Don't get me wrong, I really love all of Ms. Quick's heroines, but Emma struck me as the most level-headed and capable of all.

Edison is a nice change from the usual brooding, dark heroes in Ms. Quick's books and seemed to have a devil-may-care twist to his personality. It was nice to see a man, who though haunted by his past, had overcome it and still held a love of life.

Their relationship, though not quite as passionate as some, has a fairy-tale-like quality that is sweet and endearing. I loved that Emma and Edison were able to conduct a deep relationship outside of the bedroom. All too often romance authors lead you to the misconception that sex is all there is to love. Ms. Quick has never used this device, she always has her characters communicate on other levels besides the carnal and Edison and Emma pull this off quite amiably. I thoroughly believed that they loved each other and I enjoyed their chemistry.

Once again, Ms.
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The independent and plain-speaking Emma Greyson is a great gal, but her refreshing personality makes her role as a professional companion problematic. She has lost at least one post in the past and fears losing her present one. She needs money badly to support her sister as they are both orphans.
Enter the iconoclastic and fabulously wealthy Edison Stokes, who is on the hunt for a psychic potion and missing book from a secret mystical society he used to belong to. Turns out one villain has big plans for Emma, plans that make her a valuable assistant for Edison.
Edison therefore secretly hires Emma, and the pleasing, often funny, banter between Emma and Edison begins. A shocking development soon pushes their relationship deeper than either had intended. I Thee Wed is at its best when it focuses on their developing rapport. Author Amanda Quick is very good at creating entertaining dialogue.
I Thee Wed has well-drawn characters, humor, an engaging plot, and a believable love story (though I would have liked for it to have been more passionate), which makes for a pretty good read.
The only thing that took away from my enjoyment was the secret society storyline. It was not developed in a believable way so often took me out of the story. Vanza came across as a childish and simplistic society, when I'm sure Quick intended for it to have more substance behind it. As it was, I couldn't imagine why our hero had ever been a member of it. Furthermore, he certainly didn't act like anyone who had ever been a member of a mystical society-he did not have a spiritual bone in his body or spiritual insight in his mind.
This lack of credibility in the suspense portion did mar my enjoyment. I hope that Quick develops this portion of her stories more fully in the future.
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Plot:
Lady's Companion, Emma Greyson, finds herself employed by Edison Stokes as bait to draw information on "The Book of Secrets". One thing leads to another and their enforced partnership results in a HEA.

Comments:
- Historical (Regency-ish) Romance.
- 5104 kindle locations.
- m/f - reasonably frequent, reasonably explicit.
- Various Quick books reference the followers of the legendary Vanza and Vanzagara. They each, however, stand alone. That said, the "Vanza" series are further linked through the hunt for "The Book of Secrets".
- Includes excerpt from "Wicked Widow" by Amanda Quick

Opinion:
A good story of different classes meeting to solve a mystery. Fun, enjoyable, readable. Some odd editing issues which suggest a bad translation from paperback to e-version. But overall a typically enjoyable Quick regency romance - nothing too difficult, but worth the time spent.

- Vanza -
1. With This Ring (1998)
2. I Thee Wed (1999)
3. Wicked Widow (2000)
4. Lie by Moonlight (2005)

-CR-
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Although I enjoy Amanda Quick and have well over two dozen of her books, I rated this just okay because I found myself putting it down frequently and it was into the third day before I actually completed reading it. I suspect I need to stick to the books with one word titles. I read this work along with "Wicked Widow" and "With this Ring". As with the Wicked Widow, the characters were involved in a mystery that is surrounded in the "ancient philosophy and the fighting arts of Vanza". The work is characteristic and pure Amanda Quick- strong women, able men with honor and seemy underbellies with nasty villians. The readable text and vivid descriptions, dialogue etc are interesting and difficult to predict so that the reader is never really bored, but Vanza is presented as a cheap imitation of Kung Fu and I have never been a Bruce Lee fan.
The second detraction is that the hero and the heroine are involved in an association that drags with the pretense that there is no attraction and there is a power push-pull that gets a little old until the very end because each does not acknowledge the connection. At one point when the hero wants to search an apothecary shop late at night and refuses to let her accompany him. She threatens to go without him. No intelligent female, no matter how brave, is going to rattle through the slums of London on a foggy night, all alone. And in this book, the nights are always foggy. Since the "season" is generally in late spring/early summer that bit is a tad too convenient to be believable. I will admit that I prefer them to either acknowledge the personal relationship early and work together on the mystery while trying to keep the attractions from interfering, or to be that odd couple that knows what the other is thinking, just disagrees on how to proceed. This book is only one of a few that actually puts the heroine in trousers to climb in and out of dark alleys and climb through tunnels and so that is fun.
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