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Well, Jayne Ann Krentz aka Amanda Quick has basically one formula for her stories. But what a formula. She is light, she is witty, but the Quicks are just her JAKs in period costume. But that does not stop her from giving you a winner tale. If you like JAK/Quick, you will LOVE her only medieval. If you are not her fan...your tough luck..lol...you are missing one great time!!
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!!
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on 8 September 2007
Sir Hugh, known as the Relentless, is in some ways a very untypical hero: he has no winning ways to appeal to women, he seems at first to be totally devoid of humour, on the other hand he is thoroughly strong and intelligent, which he proves every time he opens his mouth - he rather reminds one of a sword blade made of steel. As his opponent, there is Lady Alice, with a very cutting intelligence herself. Often when there is a very strong male protagonist, the female counterpart seems to pale in comparison. This does not happen with Lady Alice. She does not fall into any of the classical heroine types. In fact, the person she most resembles is Sir Hugh, although he is a mysterious person who doesn't reveal his character or inner feelings at all easily, whereas she is blunt, straightforward, energetic, and warm. There is something of a guillotine blade in her way of speaking and reacting.

This is a very promising beginning, and indeed I find that the promises are fulfilled. In the course of the book I start liking these persons more and more, and I am delighted that they see in each other the qualities that I like but that would make them difficult spouses to anybody but each other: only a woman of Alice'c character could survive with a man of Hugh's dominant personality, and Alice would no doubt sweep the latrine floor with a lesser man than Hugh.

Humour is not the first word that leaps to mind when thinking about Hugh and Alice, and still the book makes one laugh once and again. The book contains some of Ms. Quick's funniest dialogue, which is one of the main reasons for me to like it. The humour is less a question of wittiness of the lines themselves than the timing of those lines, and that in my opinion is quite a difficult genre of writing comedy. Congratulations, Ms. Quick. Hugh and Alice are both matter-of-fact people who tend to cut directly into the practical heart of the matter, which I find very funny and refreshing, as it is hard for me to tolerate sentimentalism and people's feelings getting hurt and them being miserable all the time for no reason.

The romantic / erotic side of the book is believable in spite of (or maybe because of) the totally un-romantic characters of both the main figures. The suspense plot, that Ms Quick always seems to have as a sub-plot to the romantic development, is in this case rather natural and even interesting (which it not always is in her books).

This is a very entertaining book to be enjoyed on the couch in a rainy day. Be sure to start early enough, because you are not going to stop reading before you come to the finish.
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on 2 August 1997
This was the first Amanda Quick book I read
and it's absolutely terrific! One you start
reading it you cannot put it down. The heroine is
what a heroine should be. Beautiful, intelligent,
headstrong, willful, bold, and daring....Did I
forget anything else? She has a sharp tongue(razor
sharp) and a quick mind. The hero is tall, dark,
and mysterious. Lady Alice approached Lord Hugh
with a bargain that bonded them for life.
Diane
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on 5 August 2004
I have many books by this author and while i have enjoyed most this is definately one of my favourites. The story flows and you find yourself in the middle of the book before you've even realised it! The characters are great fun although my only complaint(it's a small one!) is that the hero of this book is similar to some of her others, in regards to being brooding and intense. That said i would still highly recommend this book and it is a keeper!!
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on 5 January 1997
Mystique is another wonderful read by a great story teller. Amanda Quick has an uncanny talent for amusing, life like characters and wonderful, mysterious adventures. I couldn't put it down, as is the case with most of her books.
Lady Alice's bravery and Hugh the Relentless's fearsomeness clash and combine to make this story one great adventure. I highly recomend it to all readers of historical romance.
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on 8 December 1998
In a departure(and a successful one) from her usual style, here we visit medieval England. When I realised this from reading the blurb I was slightly put off, but don't worry. The story is just as heartwarming, tender and exiting as in A.Q.'s other works, and it has an added twist. This was actualy the first Amanda Quick book I read, having decided to try her because I love Jayne Ann Krentz. That was in July of 98 and since then I've read every A.Q. book I could get my hands on, and have bought five, which is no easy feat on a student's living wage. Take the chance, because this is one of those books which only come along so often- one that you'll never forget, and that in twenty years time, you'll still be digging out twice a year to read again.
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Well, Jayne Ann Krentz aka Amanda Quick has basically one formula for her stories. But what a formula. She is light, she is witty, but the Quicks are just her JAKs in period costume. But that does not stop her from giving you a winner tale. If you like JAK/Quick, you will LOVE her only medieval. If you are not her fan...your tough luck..lol...you are missing one great time!!
The one of two mediaevals (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!!
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on 21 August 2008
This was the first book I had ever read written by Amanda Quick and I first picked it up over 13yrs ago. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and the emotions of the characters. I had to replace this book about a year ago because I kept re-reading the book and it ended up falling apart.

Lord Hugh the Relentless is the stuff legends are made of. He lives up to his title "The Bringer of Storms", as he has an tightly controlled storm in his soul. He has recently inherited Scarcliff from his mother's family and wishes to find the green stone that was stolen from his convent's vault. Thus this search has led him to Linwood Manor and to Lady Alice who was the last person to own the green stone. Lady Alice wishes to remove herself and her younger brother from her thieving uncle's home and thus a bargain is struck to help Sir Hugh to locate the green stone.

Throughout this story we realize that Hugh and Alice are very similar, they are both intelligent, determined and good at ploting stratagies. And that they both have something missing in their lives.

The back of the book reads:

When the fearsome knight called Hugh the Relentless swept into Lignwood Manor like a storm, everyone cowered- except Lady Alice. Sharpe-tongued and unrepentant, the flame-haired beauty believed Sir Hugh was not someone to dread but the answer to her dreams. She knew he had come for the dazzling green crystal, knew he would be displeased to find that it was no longer in her possession. Yet Alice had a proposition for the dark and forbidden knight: In return for a dowry that would free Alice and her brother from their uncle's grasp, she would lend her powers of detection to his warrior's skills and together they would recover his treasured stone. But even as Hugh accepted her terms, he added a condition of his own: Lady Alice must agree to a temporary betrothal- one that would soon draw her deep into Hugh's great stone fortress, and into a battle that could threaten their lives... and their only chance at love.

I definitely recommend you read this book. Amanda Quick is an exceptional storyteller.
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on 9 January 1997
In this exciting tale of Hugh the Relentless and Lady Alice,
Amanda Quick tells the story of a very assertive young lady who
doesn't give in to the dominating male. Hugh doesn't always get his way
and Lady Alice often gets to make some changes of her own. Amanda Quick defines a
major part of love-compromise. The dialogue flows well and
Amanda Quick manages to throw in a little suspense and mystery
along with the romance. The only thing that befuddled me was the title;
it didn't tell much about the story within.
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I don't understand why the ratings are so high for this author's books. I tried to enjoy the book, even tried reading other book (Ravished), but after a while the story and the dialogues are the same and annoying. These two books that I have read use the same formula: there is a heroine that enters in the life of our hero and resolves all of his problems (with a lot of sex moments)...
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