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Affair (original 1997; edition 1997)

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Title:Affair
Authors:Amanda Quick
Info:Bantam (1997), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 352 pages
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Affair by Amanda Quick (1997)

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Charlotte Arkendale supporting herself and her sister after their step-father was killed. Charlotte investigating men who want to marry wealthy women. Baxter St.Ives is a gifted scientist who's half-brother is the earl of Esherton. Charlotte and Baxter team up to bring Drusilla Heskett killer to justice. It is a good read. ( )
  jbemrose | Nov 16, 2012 |
Charlotte Arkendale has been supporting herself and her sister since her father was killed, supposedly by a footpad in London, by investigating men who want to marry women with some means. She's quite cynical about men at this stage but there's something about Baxter St. Ives. He's supposed to be her new man-of-affairs. However he's investigating her.

Baxter is a gifted scientist, who is quite dependent on his glasses, which becomes a humourous plot point more than once.

It loses points for not being well grounded in whatever historic era it was supposed to be in (I think Victorian, but it didn't really lodge with me). The two main characters were quite a lot of fun and I enjoyed the read. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Aug 8, 2011 |
"Charlotte Arkendale knew all there was to know about men. After all, she'd made a career out of steering marriage-minded women away from untrustworthy members of the opposite sex. Yet nothing could have prepared her for Baxter St. Ives--an arresting stranger too daring, too determined, too dangerous to be her new man-of-affairs. Still, perhaps he was too perfect person to help Charlotte investigate the recent murder of one of her clients. So she gave him a chance, never realizing that Baxter, a gifted scientist would soon conduct a risky exploration into the alchemy of desire, with Charlotte as his subject. But as he sets out to seduce Charlotte, a twisted killer lies in wait, ready to part the lovers ... or see them joined together forever--in death.

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  amarynt | Jul 28, 2010 |
"Affair" lays groundwork for Amanda Quick's later series, the Arcane Society. Here, Baxter St. Ives, an illegitimate son of Society, rejects his parents' reputation for passion and recklessness by taking refuge in science, logic and chemistry. He encounters Charlotte Arkendale when investigating the death of his aunt's friend. Charlotte investigates the suitability of suitors, her most recent client being the deceased friend.

Baxter persuades Charlotte to hire him as her man-of-affairs. But soon he becomes her man of their affair. They also agree to form a partnership to investigate a murder.

The background is Society's fascination with mesmerism and alchemy. The villian enhances his senses and alters others' through an incense he developed. Charlotte also is extraordinarily intuitive, but not enough to know that she is in danger. Fortunately, St. Ives does. ( )
  bbrazy | Mar 29, 2010 |
The next book to review is Affair by Amanda Quick. This is my first foray into this author's works. It is not one of the books recommended to me, but it was one that was readily available on the library shelves.

I have displayed my bias before regarding historical romances written by the most recent authors, and I am afraid that this novel has some of the traits that I have complained of previously. However, it is an entertaining romp, an interesting blend of murder mystery and romance.

The downsides: extremely purple prose (she actually uses the term "soul mate"); an exotic, evil supervillain who apparently constructs a fantastical mechanical trap for our hero among various other nefarious plots; yet another heroine who is willing to risk her good name and ability to continue existing (and supporting herself, though she barely seems to grasp this reality) in respectable society for the sake of illicit sex (by society's standards, since she's unmarried) with someone she barely knows; flat, cliched characters; and highly predictable yet unrealistic plot (the epitome of escapism, I guess). Amanda Quick's style apparently involves picking a metaphor and running with it. In this case, it was alchemy. So she missed no opportunity to describe the personal chemistry between the protagonists in terms of alchemy, gold, hot metal, etc. It's all part of the purpleness. And her happily ever after ending is a little too pat and ignores the longevity of problems in human relationships. Our hero Baxter is the oldest, but illegitimate, son of the late Earl of Esherton, executor of the estate and financial trustee for his younger, legitimate brother the new earl. Not surprisingly, the half-brother resents and distrusts his older brother and expects him to steal his fortune or otherwise make trouble. So after surviving the harrowing plots of the villain by working together, suddenly all is forgotten and now the young earl looks up to his chemist brother? One crisis and years of family troubles just vanish? Really.

The upsides: the author does appear to have some feeling for the era; the dialogue is amusing and fast-paced for the most part; the sex scenes are varied, generally well done, and not too gratuitous; the story explores the difficulties of single women (our heroine and others in the story) and illegitimate offspring (our hero and others) who were often powerless and unacknowledged in the society of the day; the heroine Charlotte is a strong female character; both protagonists are drawn sympathetically and somewhat realistically.

This one isn't a keeper, but it's not a total bomb either. I will try another book by this author. If nothing else, her books would be good airplane or beach fare, not that I am flying much anymore or near a coast. ( )
  justchris | Aug 21, 2009 |
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Charlotte Arkendale knew all there was to know about men. After all, she'd made a career out of steering marriage-minded women away from untrustworthy members of the opposite sex. Yet nothing could have prepared her for Baxter St. Ives--an arresting stranger too daring, too determined, too dangerous to be her new man-of-affairs. Still, perhaps he was too perfect person to help Charlotte investigate the recent murder of one of her clients. So she gave him a chance, never realizing that Baxter, a gifted scientist would soon conduct a risky exploration into the alchemy of desire, with Charlotte as his subject. But as he sets out to seduce Charlotte, a twisted killer lies in wait, ready to part the lovers ... or see them joined together forever--in death.
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Regency writer Amanda Quick is one of romance's greatest authors for a reason: she can manipulate even the most discerning reader. In Affair, she takes the most unlikely hero, a nondescript, scientific nerd, and a bastard, and turns him into one of the most desirable "to-die-for heroes" ever. Of course, as the reader, you feel that you (and the heroine) are the only ones in on this fabulous secret. Of course, there's a great plot, great sex, and a happy ending, too! Don't miss this one!

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In Regency England, Charlotte Arkendale hunts a killer with help from scientist Baxter St. Ives.

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