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The Paid Companion (2004)

de Amanda Quick

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The Earl of St. Merryn needs a woman. His intentions are purely practical - he simply wants someone sensible and suitably lovely to pose as his betrothed for a few weeks among polite society. He has his own agenda to pursue, and a false fiance will keep the husband-hunters at bay while he goes about his business. The simplest solution is to hire a paid companion. Finding the right candidate proves more of a challenge than he expected. But when he encounters Miss Elenora Lodge, her feisty manner and golden eyes sway him to make a generous offer. Elenora's sorry financial circumstances - and dreams of a life of independence - leave her little choice but to accept. But St. Merryn appears to be hiding a secret or two, and things seem oddly amiss in his gloomy London home. Elenora soon discovers that this lark will be a far more dangerous adventure than she'd been led to believe. And the Earl of St. Merryn will find that the meek and mild companion he'd initially envisioned has become a partner in his quest to catch a killer - and an outspoken belle of the ball who stirs a bothersome passion in his practical heart.… (mais)
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So... What can I say here? A strong bossy man and a smart and independent woman - the best couple ever. I loved them both from the very beginning. The minor characters were lovely too, especially Margaret and Bennett. And the other thing I liked about this novel is the mystery line. It intertwined closely with the love line and made the romantic atmosphere tenser. ( )
  Diana_Hryniuk | Aug 28, 2021 |
A lot of friends loved this book but I just could not connect to the couple. You know the way that a lot of people feel about Lillian from Kleypas' It Happened One Autumn (I personally like her)? That's the way I felt about this heroine, she just rubbed me the wrong way. She's great with her take charge attitude and confidence but there was a "I'm doing it my way because no other way could be right" that made me jerk back. I love me some strong independent women but in romance books, I do tend to like them to come with a hint of vulnerability, which I didn't feel here.

Our hero had a great dry wit but I felt it bled over to his personality too much, he was dry as toast. It's obvious he likes the heroine but it was in a dry way, I needed some sweeping romance that wasn't provided. The romance didn't connect for me and this couple didn't provide me with the joy that keeps me reading this genre.

The mystery with trying to find the villain, second coming of Newton, and the Jove's Thunderbolt was a bit scattered for me and I never truly bought in to it. So, yeah, not a lot worked for me on this one, lol. It's Amanda Quick so the writing is of course good and like I said, many others have loved this, I'm just not one of them. ( )
  WhiskeyintheJar | Feb 14, 2019 |
A step back in time to enjoy the sights of earlier London and science combined in a story of romance. Fun and fast read. ( )
  Bettesbooks | Feb 1, 2019 |
Eleonora, hrdinka románu, přijde po smrti svého nevlastního otce o veškerý majetek a ocitne se v zoufalé finanční situaci, jež ji zavede do londýnské agentury, která nabízí chudým dívkám místa placených společnic. Právě tam se poprvé setká s hrabětem ze St. Merrynu. ( )
  nellay83 | Mar 19, 2016 |
A pleasant surprise. Leaving personal preferences aside, I've done my best to read at least one book by each of the twenty or so ladies who dominate the romance best-seller lists. The experience has been disappointing. There seem to be, if anything, more bland formulaic lemons among the best-sellers than there are among the thousands of books by less successful authors.

Which is why [b:The Paid Companion|367747|The Paid Companion|Amanda Quick|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1309285907s/367747.jpg|1040916] by Ms Quick/Krentz/Castle came as a surprise. It wasn't the first book I've read by this prolific author, but it was the first that got me hooked.

As other reviewers have noted, almost every element of the plot has been used and re-used by generations of romance authors. Even the Newton-Alchemy theme is not new (my personal favorite is Ciar Cullen's [b:Love's Alchemy|8543575|Love's Alchemy|Ciar Cullen|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1328742803s/8543575.jpg|8651620].)

However, the bits and pieces of the story are held together with intelligent dialogue, and although Elenora and Merryn start off as painful stereotypes, they soon come to life and their interaction is a joy to follow.

There's also much not to like about this book: when Ibbitts, the first of the de rigueur villains, makes an appearance, I almost stopped reading. Sure, heroes and heroines need to confront and overcome obstacles for reader catharsis, but I wish the baddies didn't all come from the same plastic model factory.

I might just give this book a second read, my ever-growing stack of to-be-reads permitting. ( )
  skirret | Jan 2, 2015 |
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Arthur Lancaster, Earl of St. Merryn, was sitting in front of a crackling fire in his club, drinking a glass of excellent port and reading a newspaper, when he received word that his fiancee had eloped with another man.
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The Earl of St. Merryn needs a woman. His intentions are purely practical - he simply wants someone sensible and suitably lovely to pose as his betrothed for a few weeks among polite society. He has his own agenda to pursue, and a false fiance will keep the husband-hunters at bay while he goes about his business. The simplest solution is to hire a paid companion. Finding the right candidate proves more of a challenge than he expected. But when he encounters Miss Elenora Lodge, her feisty manner and golden eyes sway him to make a generous offer. Elenora's sorry financial circumstances - and dreams of a life of independence - leave her little choice but to accept. But St. Merryn appears to be hiding a secret or two, and things seem oddly amiss in his gloomy London home. Elenora soon discovers that this lark will be a far more dangerous adventure than she'd been led to believe. And the Earl of St. Merryn will find that the meek and mild companion he'd initially envisioned has become a partner in his quest to catch a killer - and an outspoken belle of the ball who stirs a bothersome passion in his practical heart.

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