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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…
©2014 Jayne Ann Krentz (P)2014 Recorded Books
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2 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth on 04-27-14

One of the Worst Narrations

Would you try another book from Amanda Quick and/or Louise Jane Underwood?

I'm a fan of Amanda Quick, but this narration was so bad, I couldn't get past the second chapter of listening.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator barely changed her voice as the characters changed, so that sometimes I wasn't even sure which character was speaking. She made such long pauses between some sentences that I thought the chapter was over. Dreadful.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sadness, anger (at having forked out money), and disappointment. I used to love B. Rosenblatt's performances of Amanda Quick's novels. They are among my favourites. This was a total letdown. So bad I had to give up.

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your time and money on this. Read the novel, but don't even think about listening to the audiobook.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 04-29-14

Amanda Quick is Back!!!!

I was so hoping this book would bring me joy like The Paid Companion and the Lavinia and Tobias trilogy. It does that and more!! I loved this book. Great characters! Great story! I did not want it to end. The original Amanda Quick books started my love for historical romance and mystery, and this book reminded me of that love.
Worth waiting for. Now I want more!!

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Eva on 04-23-14


Would you listen to Otherwise Engaged again? Why?

Yes, I would. I re-listen to all AQ books. They are great lazy listen. Entertaining and not very secret pleasure of mine.

What other book might you compare Otherwise Engaged to, and why?

Movies rather than books actually. Hence my headline. I kept on thinking that pterodactyl would appear any minute now (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec) for the heroine (Amity) was similar character to that of Adèle. As for the fan of which one other reviewer wrote I remembered some other movie, it might have been Le pacte des loups where somebody was using the fan as weapon. Just a note on that one- there is a Japanese war fan which was used by samurai for centuries, so yes, you could have gotten one in late Victorian era if you travelled or knew somebody who did or perhaps were inspired and had one made. Steel- no problem ;-)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did!

Any additional comments?

I agree regarding the narration. I did get used to it after a bit and it did not bother me. I just wish the author would use same narrator for all books written as AQ as many other authors do (not sure if she has the choice or if it is the publisher). I loved Anne Flosnik as narrator for some other books and I did rather grow fond of Justine Eyre both of whom have very sensual voices and great male character voice. I even buy books because Ms. Flosnik narrates!

Always pleasure to listen to AQ book. Cannot wait for another one! Hurry up Jayne!

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2 out of 5 stars
By HelgaCabbage on 10-06-15

Definitely NOT like Georgette Heyer

What would have made Otherwise Engaged better?

People keep promising me that an author is 'like Georgette Heyer' only for me to be disillusioned. AQ's characters have lots of sex before marriage, and talk and have attitudes like people born in the 1990's rather than the 1890's.There had clearly been SOME research done into the time, for example demonstrating that the first rubber condoms had come into use, and that telegrams were now able to carry messages from Australia to England, but these things were dropped so clunkily into the story that I found myself cringing.

Would you ever listen to anything by Amanda Quick again?

No. I can't take any more awkward graphic sex scenes with scattered descriptions of breeches and bodices thrown in as though the clothing makes it period rather than the attitudes and behaviour.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Louise Jane Underwood?

Any number of people. I tried the sample audio and thought she would be fine, but after a while I kept checking how long the story had to go because I was getting impatient with the story and found Underwood's voice grating.

What character would you cut from Otherwise Engaged?

***SPOILER****I can't remember her name, something like 'Lady Plainshaw'. A pointless character who decided monologuing while holding someone at gun point in a busy place was a good idea, and yet despite being apparently brainless was supposed to have previously made a living as a successful spy. Ridiculous.

Any additional comments?

The beginning of the book was the best part - it promised a strong, smart, female character who could take care of herself and had seen something of the world. But it failed epically to deliver after that, and the heroine seemed to get stupider as the story went on.I also found the mystery very weak.

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