Otherwise Engaged

  • by Amanda Quick
  • Narrated by Louise Jane Underwood
  • 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Miss Amity Doncaster, world traveler, is accustomed to adventure and risk. Benedict Stanbridge, a man of science and a spy for the Crown, has faced danger in the darker corners of foreign lands. But they are about to face a threat that is shockingly close to home . . . One does not expect to be kidnapped on a London street in broad daylight. But Amity Doncaster barely escapes with her life after she is trapped in a carriage with a blade-wielding man in a black silk mask who whispers the most vile taunts and threats into her ear.
Her quick thinking, and her secret weapon, save her … for now. But the monster known in the press as the Bridegroom, who has left a trail of female victims in his wake, has survived the wounds she inflicts and will soon be on his feet again.
He is unwholesomely obsessed by her scandalous connection to Benedict Stanbridge - gossip about their hours alone in a ship’s stateroom seems to have crossed the Atlantic faster than any sailing vessel could. Benedict refuses to let this resourceful, daring woman suffer for her romantic link to him - as tenuous as it may be.
For a man and woman so skilled at disappearing, so at home in the exotic reaches of the globe, escape is always an option. But each intends to end the Bridegroom’s reign of terror in London, and will join forces to do so. And as they prepare to confront an unbalanced criminal in the heart of the city they love, they must also face feelings that neither of them can run away from…


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An engaging return to earlier Quick style

The new Amanda Quick, “Otherwise Engaged”, is a return to her earlier style, with no paranormal elements. It is a riveting tale with engaging characters and intriguing turns. The action starts during a small island stopover on an ocean crossing from London to New York City. Our heroine, Amity Doncaster, rescues our hero, Benedict Stanbridge, from death in an alleyway. She guards his mysterious letter, nurses him back to health, discovers the beginnings of passion… and then doesn’t see him for some months, back in London. She’s not happy. Meanwhile, a serial killer targets her as his next victim. Did that letter play a role in drawing his attention?

As always, Amanda Quick – the pseudonym that prolific author Jayne Ann Krentz uses for her historical romances – delivers a charming tale that keeps your attention and wraps you in Victorian era England. The heroine is strong but not domineering, the hero alpha but not a bully, which creates a nice tension. Many historical authors place their stories in regency England, which I enjoy, but it is refreshing to learn about the later era and the plot devices that historical time allows. While I have enjoyed the paranormal turn in recent Amanda Quick novels, it’s a pleasure to read this return to non-paranormal plots. The narrator, Louise Jane Underwood, does a good job, including switching between British and American accents smoothly and convincingly. Definitely recommended!

I will note that if you have been reading Krentz in all her types of novels - Amanda Quick in historicals, Jayne Ann Krentz in contemporaries, and Jayne Castle in futuristic - in recent years, but have not read her older work, you will find this different. She has been exploring paranormal plot lines of various sorts for a number of years now, and those are very good. But I have been reading her novels for a very long time, and this reminds me of the first ones I read - the ones that made me a big fan in the first place. Read it for what it is, not as a continuation of her recent focus, and you will enjoy it a great deal.
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- Susanna "Reader, writer, quilter, needleworker, Kentuckian."


Disappointing sums up my reaction to this latest Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz) novel. I did not think i would ever rate one of these novels so low. I does not even feel like an Amanda Quick novel. I know this is a new series but it just does not grab me in any way nor did I find myself invested in the main character(s) which is unusual for this author.

The narrator is OK but nowhere near the normal standard of the Narrators used in any previous books done by Jayne Ann Krentz (who writes under many pseudonyms the main ones these days being Jayne Ann Krentz - present day, Amanda Quick - past and Jayne Castle - Future).

Maybe i was expecting too much and this reaction is mine alone (but a previous rating of 1 star - No review) make me sadly think otherwise.

I pre-ordered this when it first became available months ago based on my enjoyment of previous Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick novels.

The gimmick of a steel fan as a weapon is only effective if no one is aware it is made of steel and that as such it can be used as a weapon and i doubt in the era the book is set in that it would look very much like an ornament nor would it be very flexible or light. the materials and manufacturing processes were just not available then. This point is probably a bit picky on my part.

So sadly based on my experience I must give this book a 2.5 star rating, again this is my reaction on my first listen and it might grow on me over time, but if it does Audible does not give you the chance to update/edit a review. I never thought i would rate an Amanda Quick book so low.

Please if you enjoyed this novel then write a review to give others differing views

At times, to me anyway, it did not even flow like an Jayne Ann Krentz novel

Again i stress this review is made based on my impression after my first listen.

Sorry Jayne Ann Krentz - for you and the books sake I hope I'm in the minority

It's enough to make your dust bunny cry

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- Captain Skurvy "I like Fantasy & Science Fiction but not into Zombie. Due to Health issues, listen to Audiobooks/read ebooks where I can enlarge the print"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-22-2014
  • Publisher: Recorded Books