The Paid Companion by Amanda Quick

 

Paid Companion     The Paid Companion by Amanda QuickPaperback: 400 pages Publisher: Jove; Reprint edition (January 2, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 0515144150 ISBN-13: 978-0515144154

The Earl of St. Merryn needs a woman. His intentions are purely practical-he simply wants someone sensible and suitably lovely to pose as his betrothed for a few weeks among polite society. He has his own agenda to pursue, and a false fiancée will keep the husband-hunters at bay while he goes about his business. The simplest solution is to hire a paid companion.

Finding the right candidate proves more of a challenge than he expected. But when he encounters Miss Elenora Lodge, the fire in her golden eyes sways him to make a generous offer.

Her sorry financial circumstances-and dreams of a life of independence-convince her to accept. But St. Merryn appears to be hiding a secret or two, and things seem oddly amiss in his gloomy London home. Elenora soon discovers that this lark will be a far more dangerous adventure than she’d been led to believe. And the Earl of St. Merryn will find that the meek and mild companion he’d initially envisioned has become a partner in his quest to catch a killer-and an outspoken belle of the ball who stirs a bothersome passion in his practical heart. 

19-Feb-08 to 20-Feb-08

Review: Excellent! A fun read!

I thought it was great. Sure, I’m not much on romance novels – I find them poinless when they all turn out the same – but this one had an added little mystery that I really liked.

I found Elenora to be a strong woman/character who has compassion for others and has a head on her shoulders.

I liked Arthur character. Strong and inconspicuously/secretly kind hearted, he takes responsibilites way to seriously and is logical to a fault.

A good plot with a nice twist, witty, I liked the historical setting, and the story was a bit more on the mystery than the fake engagement. You do feel something between Elenora and Arthur, but it doesn’t rule the book. I really liked that!

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