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Amanda Quick
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Book Description

1 May 2006
New York Times bestselling author Amanda Quick returns with a thrilling new venture into romance and mystery, featuring the most unusual, highly compatible--undeniably combustible--pairing of Tobias March and his mesmerizing partner, Lavinia Lake.

An invitation to a country house party at Beaumont Castle provides a perfect solution to Tobias and Lavinia’s most exasperating challenge: how to escape the chaos of London for a remote, relaxing--and above all romantic--retreat from prying eyes and wagging tongues. But the lovers’ plans are foiled when their first cozy interlude of the weekend is disrupted by the appearance of a stunning woman from Tobias’s past. Aspasia Gray’s beauty is as haunting as her connection to Tobias. Her long-deceased fiancé was a friend of his--in addition to being an eccentric assassin. The mysterious nature of the bond between Tobias and Aspasia makes Lavinia more than a little uncomfortable. Especially as her first encounter with Aspasia occurs when she finds her in Tobias’s bedchamber...

It seems Aspasia is seeking protection--and solace--after receiving an ominous message that eerily recalls the past. Suddenly the obstacles standing betweenTobias and Lavinia appear greater than just a little London gossip--and far more deadly.When events at the castle suggest someone is imitating the dead killer’s methods, the team of Lake and March fervently pursue the investigation--and each other--as their leads take them from Society’s most elegant haunts--and most discreet hideaways--to London’s shadiest backstreets. As their relationship heats up, so does the intrigue. Soon Lavinia will have to employ all her talents to flummox the scoundrel who so rudely interrupted her rendezvous. And then she and Tobias can get back to more pleasurable affairs.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: ISIS Paperbacks (1 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753174065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753174067
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,272,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jayne Ann Krentz is the critically-acclaimed creator of the Arcane Society world. She also writes as Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle. Jayne has written more than forty New York Times bestsellers under various pseudonyms and more than twenty-five million copies of her books are currently in print. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

The historical novels she writes as Amanda Quick all feature her customary irresistible mix of passion and mystery, and also have a strong psychic/paranormal twist.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong listing 6 May 2012
By I.Sharp
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Twice I have ordered this from two different sources through Amazon and both times have received a CD in German!! not the book!!
The listing is obviously wrong and should be removed or corrected.
I have obtained the BOOK from another source.

The one star is a misnomer as your review will not let me put zero stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Late for the Wedding 24 Jun 2014
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I like Amanda Quick but this was the usual Mrs Lake and Tobias March fare an easy read good for the holidays
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 28 Feb 2013
By Shazza
Format:Kindle Edition
Amazing read Amanda Quick at her best - the third book in the trilogy and I am sorry it is the last book
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Quick 1 Jun 2003
By A Customer - Published on
The third in the Lavinia Lake/Tobias March series has the two investigators searching for a mysterious murderer. The murderer dispatches fiances who would make unsatisfactory husbands for young girls. Lavinia and Tobias are joined by her neice and his brother-in-law to solve an interesting and exciting mystery. The first two of the series were a disappointment but this story is almost back to Amanda Quick's earlier historical romances. Characterization is sharp and the twists of the plot keep the reader guessing to the end. An enjoyable read for the summer and the beach.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars sigh...end to a weak trilogy 12 Jan 2004
By Deborah MacGillivray - Published on
I adore Jayne Anne Krentz's writings - whatever the name - and have nearly everything she has written going back to the old Candlelights. Krentz/Quick is one writer I keep and generally buy in hardback, and will even reread them. But I am, once again, sadly disappointed in her #2 and #3 in her trilogies. I know the publishers of today are pushing for trilogies and series, trying to keep readers hooked for more sales. But frankly, they are causing people to grumble, and with good reason, maybe even driving the very fans away with this trend. Jayne Ann - I love you work, but you REALLY NEED to listen to your fans. Your Trilogies are NOT holding up. You give us a SUPER first books, the paler, weaker second and third in the series. You see the same complaint, so-so mysteries with the leads and their romance taking a backseat to too busy story lines. And I see a lot of fans saying NO more. I really hate to see this happening to such a talented writer.
I REALLY wanted to love this book. It's a nice read. But I recommend it for Quick/Krentz devoted fans only, and then, I would suggest waiting for paperback or picking it up at the library. Disappoint hurts less when you don't pay as much!
Lavinia and Tobias from "Slightly Shady" and "Don't Look Back" put in their third - and hopefully last - appearance in a so-so mystery, along with her niece, Emeline, and his brother-in-law, Anthony. Lavinia has finally given up on seeing her niece married "properly", though Tobias has not given up on marriage to Lavinia. Tobias accompanies Lavinia to the county to Beaumont Castle, home of Lord Beaumont. Seems they never have any time alone for lovemaking. (Hum, poor Lavinia and Tobias cannot have time alone? TRY getting MARRIED, then they could see each other every night!!). Sorry, it's just an example of really THIN plot line. Tobias' promise of romance, maybe leading to marriage proposal, nearly comes to cropper by the entrance of Aspasia Gray, back into Tobias' life. She hires him to investigate threats against her, but she wants more than just his investigative skills. Any chance of a romantic weekend is ruined when Lavinia catches him in the arms of Aspasia. Tobias chases after Lavinia to explain, but while they are arguing their host, Lord Beaumont, goes sailing past Lavinia's window. No one believes it is was murder, so it is up to Lavinia and Tobias to get to the bottom the mystery.
Anthony and Emeline's flirtatious romance is rattle by the arrival of Anthony's half-brother, Dominic Hood (hinting there may be more in the series). Sigh, I hope not. At least, not if it is more of the quality.
I am looking forward to "After Glow" under her Jayne Castle name. Her Offworld Romances have been dead on target, so I am hoping (REALLY HOPING) this one will be, too.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Publishers should stop splitting up books! 2 April 2004
By latenight423 - Published on
I'm beginning to feel ripped off - what would be one good book is stretched out by the publisher to three oh-so-indifferent books. Together, all three of this series might come close to one of Amanda Quick's earlier works.
I can see why the publishers do it:
** They'd have to charge $27 or more for one GOOD novel
** By splitting the book, they get $23 each for three NOT-SO-GOOD novels
** The split books still look the same because of wider margins and larger type styles
I can't see why the authors do it, though. Don't they see they are disappointing their readers, and ultimately might turn us off completely?
I won't complain about plots or characters. I know before I buy a hybrid romance/mystery that it's a combination of both genre's and, therefore, neither the romance nor the mystery will be GREAT. You get 6 of one and 1/2 dozen of the other. If you buy one of these hybrid novels, you get characters like Tobias and the crew with several light mysteries thrown in with the lighter version of a romance novel.
I just wish the authors and publishers would quit trying to rip me off. This three book series would have ACTUALLY made only one good book.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another of the recent weak Quick books.... 20 Jan 2004
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I used to REALLY enjoy the Amanda Quick books (Rendezvous, Surrender, Desire and Mystique come to mind), but the last 5 or so of her books have been almost non-romance books. The people in them seem to all just have personality issues or something, as opposed to having a romance - it seems like no one is willing to commit and that they aren't really too interested in each other anyway. I wish the author would get back to romance stories and leave the darkness behind. As it is, I'm forced to go back to the old Stephanie James/Jayne Castle books for reading fun.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More good stuff--but make this the last in the series please 17 May 2003
By booksforabuck - Published on
They may have attended the country party seeking the opportunity for a little lovemaking, but when an aging Lord falls to his death, Lavinia Lake and Tobias March believe they have a murder on their hands. Unfortunately, they are the only ones who believe this and are promptly sent back to London. But the clues point to an old link in Tobias's life--a friend had once become a professional assassin. While the friend is dead, someone seems to have followed in his footsteps. With the friend's ex-fiancee as client, Tobias and Lavinia use their investigative talents to search for a killer who leaves behind a ring with a death-head mask.
Set in regency England, LATE FOR THE WEDDING details the social structure of the day, an emerging tendency toward prudery in the younger generation (leading to the Victorian era?), and the difficulties and risks facing a woman who is contracted to the wrong marriage. Because marriage is firmly in the mind of Tobias, Lavinia, Ermeline and Anthony (Lavinia having abandoned the idea of a 'suitable' marriage for her niece). The mystery is well done, with dangerous moments and heroic rescues.
LATE FOR THE WEDDING is the third in a series of novels about Tobias and Lavinia. Talented author Amanda Quick makes the stories interesting, but the banter between Tobias and Lavinia is starting to run a little thin--perhaps in creating the title, Quick realized that this should be the end of a fine series and that she might even have been a little late resolving the romantic issues. But then again, perhaps we will see this couple again.
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