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Better than most romances, as all of Quick's are, but. . . .,
By A Customer
This review is from: Scandal (Mass Market Paperback)
Amanda Quick is probably the best Regency writer of all time. This particular genre can be very enjoyable but the main problems with at are that they are often based on the same premises-- damsel in distress, though she is not the usual "milksop" of the time; rich, dark, strong hero who is convinced that love does NOT exist, goofy house staff, ridiculous relatives. Oh, and don't forget the fops of the ton.
Amanda Quick's actual writing is very good, not strewn with too many "love" words but enough to make you anticipate what will happen next. Yet all the books that she writes under this pseudonym seem to be variations on the same theme. Maybe the hero is somewhat taller, stronger, shorter, thinner, bespectacled, scarred. But he's always handsome. And down-to-earth. Her heroines are all cute and spunky, with her little obsessions, such as books, metaphysics, or ancient history. (All of you faithful Quick readers know what I mean.) And the girl is either a virgin or a chaste widow, but the first or second time the hero tries to sleep with her, she complies willingly, even if she doesn't trust him very much. I wish Quick would change the plot line sometimes, allow the heroes and heroines more gaping faults because they are often indistinguishable from each other.
This one was not one of Quick's better books. She seems to be doing what most writers, particularly those in romance, tend to do once they gain name recognition-- use the tried-and-true formulas and just change the names, a scene or two, and, TA-DA a bestseller! This heroine is, as another reviewer put is, always "spouting" about metaphysical, er, junk. No woman with any intelligence would let herself get THAT carried away by metaphysical bonds. First time readers, choose another Quick to read.