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Slightly Shady [Mass Market Paperback]

Amanda Quick
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Book Description

26 Mar 2002
Amanda Quick's trademark is a bestselling combination of suspense, passion, and sparkling wit in historical tales alight with intrigue. Now she serves up the most tantalizing novel of her career as an enterprising woman allies herself with a mysterious spy, only to be caught up in a torrid brew of treachery–and temptation....


From the moment the stranger burst into her antiquities shop in Rome, Lavinia Lake knew he was nothing but trouble. He said he was in pursuit of a killer. He swore he was only trying to save her. Yet Lavinia was convinced that Mr. Tobias March was bent instead on destroying her. When the self-described spy hustled her all the way back to England, Lavinia vowed she would find a way to repay him in full. She never dreamed that Mr. March had in fact been telling the truth, that he had been hired to track down a powerful villain. And just as his investigation was heating up, he found it complicated by the most ungovernable, exasperating–and slightly shady–woman he had ever met. Lavinia most certainly never dreamed they would meet again, forced into partnership under shocking circumstances–or that their fiery disputes would spark a sizzling desire as overwhelming as the danger they faced....

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Reprint edition (26 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553583360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553583366
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,442,061 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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'Amanda Quick is one of the hottest writers in romance today...Her heroines are always women you'd love to know, and her heroes are dashing guys you'd love to love' USA Today 'This action-packed tale, brimming with witty characters, vivid historical detail, and tautly woven intrigue kept me guessing until the very end' Lisa Gardener --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A delightful Regency romance from NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, Amanda Quick --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Historical Romance/Mystery 8 July 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
With Amanda Quick's novels, there is always a lot of quickie, hot sex, domineering women and masterful men, and in this, 'Slightly Shady' is no exception. However, the emphasis in this story is more on a murder mystery coupled with a frustrated romance than just romance.
As I love historical mysteries, this gave the book added appeal for me and kept me turning pages. But if you like your stories centred more on the romance, then this may not be the story for you.

Lavinia Lake, a rather cash-strapped widow, meets the infuriating Tobias March in Rome, when he trashes her antiquities shop to make it look like she has been robbed, and to potentially save her life. Unbeknownst to her, her shop is being used as a criminal's post office, placing her and her niece Emeline in danger.
Back home in London, Lavinia once again crosses paths with Tobias, this time over a dead body. The man now deceased had been attempting to blackmail her with threats to spread sordid embellished tales of her Italian life around the ton and scupper Emeline's chances of an advantageous marriage. Joining forces, the two set off in search of a missing diary, a macabre waxwork artist and a murderer, finding themselves drawn more and more to each other along the way.

A good mystery (though I did guess the twist at the end), a nice if not-that-romantic entanglement and love affair between the two sleuths and good co-stars in the guise of Emeline, Anthony (Tobias's ex brother-in-law) and the deceptively quiet Crackenburne. Worth a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 21 April 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Nice plot, interesting characters. never loses momentum and has it's funny moments. The ending is unlike any of her other books and it's up to the readers to draw their own conclusions. This is the 1st installments of 2 books with the same characters. Tobias, Lavinia, Emilline and Antony.
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Amanda Quick has written some delightful, five-star romances, especially her earlier works; however this isn't one of them. This romance lacks solid character descriptions: We don't know much about their backgrounds or what motivates them. We don't even know what the characters look like until way into the middle of the book. An example of the plot weakness is that it's hard to imagine someone as poor as Lavina having genuine expensive artifacts to sell. The story is very developped. This is reading-lite, too light. It's all surface and no substance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read 24 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this as a light read. It is not a romance like many of her other books but rather a murder mystery in a historical setting with chemistry between Lavinia and Tobias.
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21 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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I love Amanda Quick,Jayne Ann Krentz,Jayne Castle but this is lukewarm at best. The plot holds but the character development is illdefined. Sexual/Sensual titillation factor is sadly lacking. Perhaps with age the edge has softened?
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