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The Paid Companion
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In her latest "New York Times" bestseller, Quick "has whipped up a delectable Regency romance" ("Booklist"). The Earl of St. Merryn seeks a woman to pose as his fiance to keep the husband-hunters at bay while he goes about his business. His plan never included falling in love.
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About the Author

Amanda Quick is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the author of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers. She writes historical romance novels under the Quick name, contemporary romantic suspense novels under the Krentz name, and futuristic romance novels under the pseudonym Jayne Castle. There are more than 35 million copies of her books in print.

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With 41 bestsellers to her credit, Jayne Ann Krentz (aka Quick) still approaches a new project as if novel writing were a just-discovered pleasure she can't wait to share. This late Regency romance offers her signature goodies. Elenora Lodge loses the manor to which she was born and thus becomes the eponymous paid companion. She is, of course, plucky, intellectual, democratic, lovely and unabashedly eager to surrender her virginity to the right man: "Sensation whipped through her; a glorious, heady, dizzying whirlpool of passion. She knew that if she did not explore these thrilling emotions with him she would carry the regret with her for the rest of her life." The source of the whirlpool is Arthur Lancaster, earl of St. Merryn, cranky, quirky, decent to the death, with a sizable fortune and lusty nature to match. Although a happy ending is never in doubt, a murder mystery is threaded through the love story, allowing the besotted couple to sleuth in dark alleyways between tumbles in bed. Quick draws on Regency fascination with science to inform villainous madman Parker, who styles himself "England's second Newton" and terrorizes Elenora with a precursor of the laser. Masked balls, upper-class gambling, women who manage their own affairs and marry for love: if this is familiar territory, it still satisfies. And when Arthur proposes, readers will be right there with Elenora: "The most delicious sense of joy unfurled within her." Agent, Stephen Ayelrod. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

The Earl of St. Merryn needs an intelligent woman to pose as his betrothed and keep the matchmaking mamas at bay while he secretly investigates his great-uncle's murder. Miss Elenora Lodge, left destitute by her wastrel stepfather, is in search of a position as a paid companion. Both are more than a little desperate when their paths cross at an employment agency that has heretofore failed them. An interview (and the mention of triple Miss Lodge's usual fee) convinces each that the other meets their unusual requirements for the position of companion, and the chase is on. Typical Quick-which is to say immensely entertaining-this Regency romance contains a mystery element, but as always with the author, her characters are the main attraction. The hero and heroine are bright, principled people who finally find in each other the approval and appreciation denied them by a society that labels them eccentric at best. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended for all popular fiction collections. Fans of Stephanie Laurens (The Perfect Lover) will especially go for this.-Elizabeth Mellett, Brookline P.L., MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Praise for The Paid Companion "Once again, the incomparable Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz) has whipped up a delectable Regency romance that mixes humor, suspense, and tantalizing historical detail with the savory ingredients her fans have come to expect; a feisty, resourceful heroine; a hero with a decidedly dangerous edge; witty repartee; and strongly appealing secondary characters. Another winner from a hugely popular romance star."--Booklist "A delectable romp from the deft pen of Ms. Quick."--Kirkus Reviews "Enjoyable...the banter is lively and entertaining."--The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) "Typical Quick--which is to say immensely entertaining--this Regency romance contains a mystery element, but as always with the author, her characters are the main attraction. The hero and heroine are bright, principled people...Fans of Stephanie Laurens will especially go for this."--Library Journal "Thank you Ms. Quick for yet another moving, humorous, addictive read."--Rendezvous Reviews

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