Hi Readers! Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for joining us for this weeks BCT. My fellow BCT bloggers and I get to read and promote many authors. So sometimes, we fall behind on our own favorite authors that we read just for pleasure. So this week, we are playing CATCH UP here and we each are choosing a fave author we have fallen behind on. For me, I am choosing Amanda Quick aka Jayne Ann Krentz's historical alter ego.
About The Book:
Miss Amity Doncaster, world traveler, is accustomed to adventure and risk. Benedict Stanbridge, a man of science and a spy for the Crown, has faced danger in the darker corners of foreign lands. But they are about to face a threat that is shockingly close to home . . .
One does not expect to be kidnapped on a London street in broad daylight. But Amity Doncaster barely escapes with her life after she is trapped in a carriage with a blade-wielding man in a black silk mask who whispers the most vile taunts and threats into her ear. Her quick thinking, and her secret weapon, save her . . . for now.
But the monster known in the press as the Bridegroom, who has left a trail of female victims in his wake, has survived the wounds she inflicts and will soon be on his feet again. He is unwholesomely obsessed by her scandalous connection to Benedict Stanbridge—gossip about their hours alone in a ship’s stateroom seems to have crossed the Atlantic faster than any sailing vessel could. Benedict refuses to let this resourceful, daring woman suffer for her romantic link to him—as tenuous as it may be.
For a man and woman so skilled at disappearing, so at home in the exotic reaches of the globe, escape is always an option. But each intends to end the Bridegroom’s reign of terror in London, and will join forces to do so. And as they prepare to confront an unbalanced criminal in the heart of the city they love, they must also face feelings that neither of them can run away from. . .
Jayne Ann Krentz is one of my comfort reads no matter what genre she is writing. I was thrilled when OTHERWISE ENGAGED came out as a stand alone read. And this story reminds me her earlier writing style. The era has changed, but not her warm and friendly story telling.
This story takes place in later Victorian times when modern inventions were popping up everywhere, travel was quicker, and women were starting to break free from the roles that society thrust upon them. Amanda Quick blends her likeable romanctic style with a suspense thread.
Amity saves Benedict Standbridge at the docks as she is about to leave for a voyage. She and Benedict become friends on the trip while he heals and an attraction forms, but he has some business to attend to first. When she returns home to London, she is kidnapped during the day but manages to escape. Gossip about her time at sea has come the attention of society and others. Not much later, Benedict returns and together they try to solve the mystery of the crazed killer dubbed The Bridegroom.
The light suspense is enjoyable, but I loved the interaction between Amity and Benedict more. Ms Quick's heroines are always smart, independent, and charmingly quirky. Benedict is handsome and comes from a wealthy family, but he isn't spoiled and arrogant like others of high society. He's wired differently and has a scientific mind and is an engineer. Both of them are happiest on the fringes of society rather than deep in it and its shallowness. With the help of Amity's sister and a detective, they race time trying to find The Bridegroom before he kills again.
This was a fun and well paced romance. I love that Amity has a brain and knows how to use it. She and the Benedict are a perfect match and they were meant to be together. Even if this is standard Quick, she will always be a favorite comfort read for me.
Thank you for joining us this week. Let us know who you want to "catch up" on. Don't forget to visit the other BCT Bloggers. Next week, December 4th, we are having a theme "I Want That"! I hope you will stop by and join us again.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!