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May I faint in your arms?
Mistress - Amanda Quick
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Mistress - Amanda Quick
Advantages: Funny, silly, what's not to like?!
Disadvantages: all her books are the same but oddly addictive!!
This is my favorite of Amanda Quick's novels, & also the 1st one I read.
If you fancy surprisingly resourceful yet very unconventional heroines, a little bit of silliness & mystery, this just may be the book for you.
Amanda Quick (for historicals) aka Jayne Ann Krentz (her married name used for contemporary romances) aka Jayne Castle (birth name, used for futuristic/paranormal romantic suspense) is a very prolific writer of romance, & in most of her books you can tell she is American.
'Mistress' is a book from the 1990s that has come to Slovenia only a few years ago, & was impossible to get in libraries at the start, so my neighbour & sis had to start their own romance library, historicals & whatnot.
Other titles published in the similar line Rendezvous, Deception, Dangerous, Ravished, Desire and Mischief are pretty much the same - all include a strong hero & heroine, with an impossible mystery or problem to solve, & obstacles in love to be overcome.
I did not enjoy some of her other books so much, but generally, if you see Amanda Quick you can count on at least a few giggles & a very impossible story & heroine.
Also, she totally spoilt me for other romance books - now, if there is not at least a dead body or blackmailer involved, I'm usually too bored to read!
Amanda Quick's heroines are delightfully imperfect, all have some serious flaws & some real talents, & seem to provide an equal match for the troubled, brooding, strong men that have the misfortune to fall in love with them on page 2 or sooner. (Okay, not in this one. I <i>think</i>.)
All leading ladies purport to be incredibly intelligent yet still do very silly mistakes (as do the men they are destined to love from Chapter One onward) & the mystery aspect of it all is sometimes hilarious!
Usually there is a taking of virginity (pretty much effortless) & some 'spicy scenes' that even my more pro-active friends admire ('they all have so much sex & like it so much!' while Granny usually just skips those.. I guess she's had enough in her time..) Much better sex scenes than some other romance authors like Julie Garwood (all women there want to be 'validated' after sex.. hmm? & seem to whine a bit, while being too perfect & too boring most of the time) or Julia Quinn (too boring, no mystery?)
Amanda Quick is not as depressing as some of Nora Roberts' books can be (<i>all</i> people there are too perfect!) & the characters are just silly enough to make you giggle & actually enjoy your own intelligence.
Ipheginia Bright wants to help find her aunt's blackmailer & dazzles the noble society as a purported mistress of the terrible Earl of Masters who is assumed dead, but upon receiving the news returns to London and unfortunately has plans of his own.
Of course he doesn't believe her, but still cannot help getting madly attracted to her & well, gets surprised on the way!
So if you want 'serious' education, any pretence of life-likeness or actual historical truth, don't go near them!
If you fancy a slightly-unbelievable & totally silly (yet uhhm, <i>maaybe</i> possible!) plot & strong lead characters, ha ha have fun!
And maybe, just maybe, if you're feeling jaded & restless, the books may also restore your faith in love, virtue, & all things good! /I said <i>maybe</i>! ;)/
(So why my married neighbour reads them on the toilet, is beyond my grasp? Apparently her hubby is not romatic & brooding enough? hmm!)
Summary: silly but fun!