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Mystique (Bantam Books Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1996
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Alice is a strongheaded strongwilled young woman bent on escaping her uncle's guardianship and helping her brother establish a future. Hugh the Relentless provides a means to that, so regardless of his reputation, Alice makes a bargain with him. Hugh wants the green crystal to make his people see that he is the true lord of his lands and Alice can find the crystal for him. In return, he has to make sure Alice gets away from her uncle and her brother can study abroad.
This all sounds very nice until Hugh decides that he needs a real betrothal for he has to find someone to oversee the household (he's very picky about food and cleaning) during the winter and to prove to his people that he is ready to settle down. Alice, thinking that it's temporary agrees. But then the unexpected happens...they fall in love.
Hugh is an amazing hero. He cherishes Alice deeply and never loses his temper with her. Even when she helps his lifelong nemesis, he doesn't embarrass her in public and declares that her word is his word and that he will always support her.
The only complaint that I have about this book is how easily and quickly the green crystal was found. However, the mystery at the end makes up for it...partially.
Overall, this book is a joy to read and you'll laugh reading about how she "controls" her husband and "brings him to heel". Amazing woman. =)
I loved reading *Mystique*. The time change was a lovely addition and a nice change from the troubles of the ton that are often in historical romances. Alice truly was a wonderful heroine, and it was nice that she didn't have to worry constantly about proving that she didn't care what the ton thoght about her. She could easily do what she loved to do... study natural philosophy and study her mother's herbal book. Hugh was definately a great hero. I love the way that all of Ms. Quicks characters are linked together with some shared past, it really makes the reader have a clear picture of why they are together. The language was, as always, lovely.Read more ›
The one of two medievals (Desire being the other) from the talented Ms. Krentz/Quick. With her usual charm and wit, she creates lovable, endearing characters and as with all Quick/Krentz novels, the emphasis is on fun and hi-jinx and romance.
This time Lady Alice joins forces with Sir Hugh the Relentless,on a hunt for a long lost stone, which could cost them their lives. The tale is so endearing! Lady Alice will Capture your heart!!
When Lady Alice plucks up her nerve and approaches Hugh the Relentless, is its a dark and stormy night (lol). He is black haired, with amber eyes (with JAK you get amber, green or grey!). The first impression, he is every bit the fearsome warrior of his reputation, but to Lady Alice he is her knight in shining armour. She thinks she can control this man, after all she has been driving away fortune-seeking suitors for years, along with managing her interfering family.
Lady Alice has deliberately lured him to this man with the promise of a green crystal belong to him. But Lady Alice is using it as a bargaining chips (also she does not have it!!). She is hoping to find it, and her dowry to free herself and her brother from her uncle's clutches. Hugh agrees to her terms, only, he has terms of his own: that Lady Alice must agree to a temporary betrothal and spend the winter in Hugh's great stone fortress, Scarcliffe Keep.
The adventure begins, but Sir Hugh's lifelong enemy is plotting against them.
One of the few authors I keep in hardback and there is a reason for it!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Amanda Quick and all her other pen names! What I appreciate about her is the twists and turns of a well crafted plot as well as the chemistry between her characters. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Sheilagh Daly
This book is a little out of the normal time frame of Ms Quick. It takes place in medieval England. The heroine and her younger brother are under the guardianship of an evil... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Roberta Williams
I love any book written by Amanda Quick. The historical settings are interesting, but it is the personality of the main character, the dialogue, and the humor that I truly enjoy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mlle Gibby
Jayne/Amanda does medieval romance with a bit of spice and a bout of suspense very well. I wish there were more of them. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sue
She does historical romance almost as well as she does suspense.Published 6 months ago by Iaisha Drath