Monday, April 18, 2016

Quote-tastic/Review-- difficult females!-- 'Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick

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Woohoo! Amanda Quick! She's one of my long time favorites and go-to authors no matter the pen name she uses. So I was all over this stop in Victorian England. And yay one down in my Read All the Books challenge! Just a quick quote today. This one made me smile. I love the hero's little thought.
He seemed to be surrounded by women who felt free to speak their minds and make their opinions known. It was his misfortune that he preferred the company of such females, he thought. They were so much more interesting than the other sort. 

Ooo yall! I love me some Amanda Quick. And 'Til Death Do Us Part was thrilling! It held me from page one with a decadent mixture of danger, mystery and intrigue. I loved the characters and their adventures, was kept guessing until the end and simply had a fantastic time falling into the world Quick created.

The quick of it is that Trent's baby sister has been using the services of an introductions agency to meet new people and Trent? He doesn't trust the woman behind the business one single bit. He's ready to have a little chat with Miss Calista and make sure she's not up to something shady. Little did he realize the adventures it would bring into his life. While Calista's business is completely on the up and up she does have a problem--someone keeps sending her items of mourning. Only thing is? Mourning items are given to families after they've lost a loved one and these have her initials on them. Unnerving to say the least! Upstanding gentleman that he is Trent just can't seem to leave the lovely Calista alone to handle it by herself.

Calista and Trent were a fun couple--once they got past their oh-so-unfortunate first meet--and a lovely team. I loved seeing them work together to figure out who was behind the menacing items that kept showing up. They were interesting characters too. Calista ran her own business and was a strong woman who wouldn't let others stand in her way. She's opinionated, kind and friendly and has tremendous weight on her shoulders from both the business and protecting her younger brother. And Trent, well, he's a bit of a recluse. A famous one at that! He writes a mystery series that has everyone in a tizzy. He's also badly scarred and hiding out from life.

I loved seeing them come together and heal the hurts and sadnesses in one another's lives. They really both came alive in each other's presence. While I loved their interactions and the two as a couple I do wish there had been a little more development on the romance side of things. And while they had chemistry the sexy bits were a little of a miss for me. I usually love them from Quick but they just didn't feel quite right or entirely intimate somehow. Not a huge deal overall but I would have liked a little more there as well.

Now, the mystery! It was a little dark and gruesome as they tried to figure out who was leaving the 'gifts' for Calista. There were some nice twists and horrifying turn of events. I was kept guessing until the end and not totally sure how things would turn out. I loved that!

Quick, once again, proved she is a Master when it comes to historical mysteries. It's wonderful being pulled into the intriguing and curious worlds she creates and 'Til Death Do Us Part was no exception. I do hope we'll see more from this group of people. I would love to see their siblings romances unfold.

Calista Langley operates an exclusive “introduction” agency in Victorian London, catering to respectable ladies and gentlemen who find themselves alone in the world. But now, a dangerously obsessed individual has begun sending her trinkets and gifts suitable only for those in deepest mourning—a black mirror, a funeral wreath, a ring set with black jet stone. Each is engraved with her initials.

Desperate for help and fearing that the police will be of no assistance, Calista turns to Trent Hastings, a reclusive author of popular crime novels. Believing that Calista may be taking advantage of his lonely sister, who has become one of her clients, Trent doesn’t trust her. Scarred by his past, he’s learned to keep his emotions at bay, even as an instant attraction threatens his resolve.

But as Trent and Calista comb through files of rejected clients in hopes of identifying her tormentor, it becomes clear that the danger may be coming from Calista’s own secret past—and that only her death will satisfy the stalker...

Challenges: Pick Your Genre (historical) | New to You | Goodreads | Read All The Books

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