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Otherwise Engaged Hardcover – April 22, 2014
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“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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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.
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I always like Amanda Quick's books - witty dialog and non-traditional heroines.Published 13 days ago by wendy k ryan
I like Amanda Quick's books. 1 MAJOR complaint about this book--the First letter of every word in the beginning of every chapter was MISSING. Annoying. Odd. Aggravating. Read morePublished 14 days ago by lovebooks45
The romance builds at a believable pace. The suspects are not obvious to spot and the conclusion is well thought out. I loved it. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Brandy Romano
Twist and turns with just the right amount of romance made this a great read. Amity and Benedict are perfect for each..Published 1 month ago by M. J. Matous
Murder mystery involving a madman who has been named the Bridegroom by the press, and his quarry Amity Doncaster, who proves to be a formidable opponent. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jennifer