With the help of Joysann, who is visiting from Ohio, we opened 4 crates of books from the Post Office. To my delight, there was an Amanda Quick book enclosed. This is one of my auto-reads, keep me up all night books. So, I scooped it up before Joysann saw it and I couldn’t wait to tear into it.
The Mystery Woman features Beatrice Lockwood, who has the uncanny ability to read people’s psychical footprints. Anyone who has crossed a path she is near, shows up in her senses. Beatrice feels their emotions, energies and health. She uses her ability to do psych readings for The Academy of the Occult until she witnesses her employer’s murder. Time for her to disappear into a new identity.
Joshua Gage was a premiere agent working for the Crown until an accident makes him unfit for the type of intrigue he was involved with. It takes a crisis from his sister to bring him out of retirement. Although he doesn’t believe in paranormal activities, he’s immediately attracted to Beatrice as soon as she whips out her small pistol from under her long, companion dress. There is much more to this woman than meets the eye.
The Mysterious Woman is book 2 in the Ladies of Lantern Street series. I was very dismayed to realize that I missed book one, but it in no way affected my delight in reading the second book first.
Jayne Ann Krentz, writing as Amanda Quick (my favorite of her three aliases), takes Victorian London by storm. Amanda Quick’s books always manage to give me a little bit of everything. Mystery, suspense, light paranormal, but always romance that leaves me breathless. No wimpy heroes need apply, these characters jump off the page and into my heart. Definitely goes into my reread pile.
Do you have any books that are auto-reads? Books that you must start reading when you get them, no matter what? Books that make you feel like you can’t breath until they’re in your hands?
Bottom Line: Off to search for Crystal Gardens, book one in the series.
From Susan Hanniford Crowley: On Saturday, April, 6th, paranormal romance author Rebecca Royce will be giving away an ebook copy of her latest release Forever: The Dragon Wars – Book One to one lucky winner. Details at Nights of Passion blog.