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As a private investigator employed by marriage-minded women, Charlotte Arkendale has made a lucrative career out of delving into the lives of prospective grooms. But one of her clients has recently been murdered, and Charlotte herself has begun to receive threats. Now, she doesn't know what to make of the stranger who appears on her doorstep to apply for the position of her new man-of-affairs. Baxter St. Ives claims to be a respectable gentleman, but something about his arresting presence and the unrelenting determination burning in his eyes makes Charlotte wary. With the proper man by her side, she's certain she can catch her client's murderer. But is the enigmatic St. Ives Mr. Right or Mr. Wrong?

To St. Ives, masquerading as a man-of-affairs to find out if Charlotte's a murderer is maddening enough, but discovering himself at the mercy of a highly illogical passion for her throws his life into chaos. So he decides to conduct an experiment into the risky alchemy of desire. But even as he sets out to seduce Charlotte, the real killer is on the loose in London, plotting to part the lovers...or see them joined together forever in death.

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About the Author

Amanda Quick, a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, is a bestselling, award-winning author of contemporary and historical romances. There are nearly twenty-two million copies of her books in print, including Seduction, Surrender, Scandal, Rendezvous, Ravished, Reckless, Dangerous, Deception, Desire, Mistress, Mystique, Affair, and Mischief. She makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Frank.

Reviews

Enormously popular romance writer Quick scores big again with this delightful, frothy love story featuring Charlotte Arkendale, who is left to fend for herself following her mother's death and her stepfather's subsequent squandering of the family fortune. She creates an intriguing profession of investigating the intentions, honorable or otherwise, of her clients' suitors. Unfortunately, one of her clients winds up dead, and Charlotte is determined to find the killer. Baxter St. Ives, the required love interest, is also investigating the murder. Predictably, the two join forces, struggling with their growing feelings for each other. These two characters are so likable that we can only hope to see them again in a sequel. As always, Quick understands her readers and delivers an entertaining, sensual, albeit paper-thin, plot. Add this one to your "guilty pleasures" list and buy multiple copies.‘Terrill Persky, Naperville, Ill.

"If you start an Amanda Quick book in the late afternoon, you'll probably spend the night with it."--The Denver Post "[Amanda Quick is] an exceptional storyteller."--Daily News of Los Angeles An Alternate Selection of the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club Praise for Affair: "Suspenseful...exciting."--Publishers Weekly "Skillful, lively storytelling, with a heroine who'd be compelling in any era."--Kirkus Reviews

Engaging and sympathetic‘although somewhat one-dimensional‘heroines, and fast-paced plots propelled by a series of well-calculated revelations are the hallmarks of Quick's (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) bestselling novels. This latest suspenseful romance (after Mischief), set in Regency England, begins with an exciting prologue in which the heroine, plain but determined Charlotte Arkendale, faces down a would-be rapist with an empty pistol. When he asks her whether she "believes in destiny," it is obvious that their paths will cross again. Five years later, Charlotte, now a 25-year-old virgin with her own investigation business, engages Baxter St. Ives as her man-of-affairs. She wants him to assist her in solving the murder of one of her clients, not knowing that Baxter has insinuated himself into this position in order to seek out the killer himself. Although he appears to others as "bland as pudding," Charlotte sees "a man of strong passions" and is immensely atrracted to him. Baxter, who has concealed his background as a scientist and his identity as the bastard son of a wealthy earl, finds himself entranced by the spirited Charlotte. Meanwhile, Charlotte's sister, Ariel, makes her debut in society, where she meets Baxter's legitimate half-brother, Hamilton, fifth Earl of Esherton. They are all drawn into the search for the murderer, who instead entices them into his trap. The killer's destiny is determined by the old adage that character is fate, and by a bit of scientific sleight-of-hand. As always, Quick injects enough sexual innuendo to cause some heavy breathing and arranges for her reluctant heroine to recognize true love. (June) FYI: The paperback edition of Mischief, published in May, will contain a chapter from Affair.

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