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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 escap
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2014)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I listened to this on audio, and I enjoyed it. I didn't get quite as into this as other reads by this author on audio. I felt that the romance wasn't as well-developed. It seemed almost arbitrary, whereas the mystery was much stronger. The Bridegroom storyline was dark and twisted, and well-thought out. The Bridegroom was one creepy piece of work.

One thing I really liked was that Benedict felt awkward about himself as a romantic prospect. He felt that he might be too boring for a woman to want
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Pepa
3.5
Porque hasta el último momento no he desmenuzado todo el qué de la historia.
Amanda quick repite esquema, un esquema que funciona, asi que supongo que para qué cambiarlo.
Protagonistas que se encuentran, ella moderna e independiente él suele ser un hombre al que le gusta la ciencia y con una opinión moderna sobre las mujeres, a la que tratará como una igual.
Un misterio que resolver y ya tenemos la trama.
Amanda en esta novela juega con más de un frente abierto, al final todo queda bien atado y
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Desi
Jun 06, 2015 Desi rated it did not like it

Unlike the author's long winded style, I can sum up what is wrong with this book in two words ... Endless repetition. It could have been cut down significantly for greater readability.

Saying "As I said", or "as I mentioned before" doesn't give a character license to repeat things. For example often characters would mention over and over again how very well connected with the Polite world they or their families were. In every single chapter. In the midst of the book's generally very awkward stil
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Robin (Bridge Four)
Apr 24, 2014 Robin (Bridge Four) rated it really liked it
Shelves: sexy, cotton-candy
3.5 Stars

“I think that you are the kind of woman who is able to cope with unforeseen circumstances.”

This is my first Amanda Quick novel but it probably will not be my last. I liked the writing style and the blend of the romance and mystery enough of both but not too much of either. My normal issue with some Historical Romance/Fiction is that most of the angst is in the non-communication of feeling due to the stringent speak and properness of the culture of the time. It becomes incredibly frust
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Erin Burns
Nov 23, 2015 Erin Burns rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
The first thing to know about this book is that despite how many lists have it as part of the Lantern Street series, this is a standalone with absolutely no paranormal element. And it was nice to go back a more traditional historical story.

Amity Doncaster is a globe trotting adventuress who is writing a lady's travel book and has learned a variety of useful skills. During her time on one island she finds a man shot in an alley. He asks her a favor of getting a letter to his Uncle in London. Whil
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Atrapada Enunashojasdepapel
La lectura me ha resultado amena, se lee fácilmente y los diferentes acontecimientos te dejan con ganas de saber más en cada capítulo, un libro entretenido e incluso divertido que ha amenizado mis tardes, haciéndome disfrutar de uno de mis géneros favoritos.
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Olga
Aug 23, 2016 Olga rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hacía mucho tiempo que no leía nada de Amanda y me he reencontrado con una gran autora...

El libro se lee muy bien , es ágil , rápida y la historia consigue atraparte sin problema y con ganas de seguir leyendo...

Me ha encantado que no solo sea una novela romántica más si no que haya misterio, asesinatos , espías y acción ... Qué ellas sean fuertes y resolutivas y que ellos tengan puntos débiles y los muestren ...

Es una lectura que merece la pena!!!
Susan
Mar 29, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyable. Good story line with enough mystery and romance to keep me reading. The heroine, Amity, is a very modern free thinking woman in London. She also travels the world and is writing a book for 'globetrotting' women. While on a Caribbean island she comes upon a man who has been shot and ends up stitching him up and saving his life.
They travel by ship to New York, then he continues on to California while she returns to London.
When they are reunited a few weeks later, they are thr
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Elis Madison
When I saw this on the bookstore shelf, I got excited. I usually favor stories that date prior to the Georgian era, since books from the later periods are, IMO, over-represented in historical romance.

Seriously.



But I have a weakness for Victorian/Edwardian romantic thrillers. Otherwise Engaged pits intrepid travel writer Amity Doncaster and amateur spy Benedict Stanbridge against deadly Russian spies, AND a serial killer known as the Bridegroom. Toss in a pool of excellent suspects, add in some
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wsuds
Apr 23, 2014 wsuds rated it did not like it
it pains me to say this because Amanda Quick is one of my favourite authors but everything about this book is just so lukewarm
Arati
Apr 25, 2014 Arati rated it it was ok
It's sad to see a once creative author descend to using stock characters
Lauren
Otherwise Engaged
4 Stars

When Amity Doncaster saves the life of Benedict Stanbridge, she unwittingly becomes the target of a deranged serial killer known only as The Bridegroom. Narrowly escaping the madman’s clutches, Amity must join forces with Benedict to stop the killer’s reign of terror before he strikes closer to home...

Anyone expecting something innovative and original from JAK is bound to be disappointed as Otherwise Engaged follows the same formula as the majority of her historical roman
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Niquie
DNF: page 177

I feel bad not finishing this book but when I realized I was only only reading this to finish it, that I wasn't enjoying myself at all, I knew I had to stop.

Otherwise Engaged is a predictable novel, if you've read JAK before then you already read this book. Even the characters are typical JAK, nothing new there. Usually that doesn't bother me, but this time it felt like there was too much going on. There was a russian spy, a serial killer, a american investigator, an abused spouse,
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Caz
Jul 25, 2016 Caz rated it really liked it
I've given this a B at AAR, so 4 stars.

For some reason, although I’ve listened to a number of Amanda Quick’s books in audio format, I’ve never actually read one, so I decided to rectify that situation by reading the author’s latest release. Otherwise Engaged is an enjoyable romantic mystery which displays many of Ms Quick’s hallmarks – an adventurous and independently-minded heroine, a highly intelligent, slightly quirky hero, romance, danger, and an intriguing mystery.

Miss Amity Doncaster is a
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Olga Godim
May 31, 2014 Olga Godim rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Time: Vaguely the middle of the 19th century.

Place: A Caribbean island; London.

Characters: Amity is a world traveler, self-reliant and unflappable. Benedict is an engineer aka part-time spy, grumpy but stalwart. Nothing new here. Every character – the leads and the secondary characters – are average and predictable, two-dimensional.

Plot: Amity meets Benedict during her travels. He is wounded, and she saves his life. Later in London, they thwart a spy plot and find a crazy serial killer who murde
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Mo
Apr 19, 2016 Mo rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Not Recommended
1 1/2 stars

Did you ever try to get back together with an old boyfriend?

Several months have gone by since the big breakup, when all of a sudden he is standing right there in front of you and he is looking GOOD. You feel like you got hit by a lightning bolt, and are overwhelmed with achingly sweet memories of how things were when you first fell in love with this man. Everything was so perfect in the beginning; your guy was on his very best behavior and really making an effort. He wined and dined
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Minna
First of all, the beginning chapters - probably the first six or seven - were absolutely the most disjointed, jumbled, abrupt chapters of any book I've ever read. Each chapter held a different scene with no lead-in, no introduction, no segue, nothing. One chapter, our dear heroine was on an island. The next, on a boat. The next, in London. I found it a bit confusing, to the point where I kept checking the page numbers because I thought there were missing pages.

Then there were the characters. We
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Kathleen
May 16, 2014 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Amanda Quick's books are always a good read. She give you a great mystery, and her heroine is always a strong independent although quirky woman who draws the attention of a man of means, who is handsome and domineering. He always thinks that he is going to be able to keep his head with this quick witted female who knows her own mined.

The danger and intrigue in this book takes us around the world, from a Island in the Caribbean, to New York, California and ultimately to London, where the mystery
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Diane ~Firefly~
It is nice to read a non-paranormal romance from Quick for a change. It has all her standard characteristics - original and independent h with limited family and a unusual and steady H that like each other from first meeting.

What I enjoyed:
* Amity could really take care of herself. I really want her fan.
* Benedict(view spoiler)
* Wasn't insta-love as Amity and Benedict had plenty of time to get to know each other during the voyage.
* I
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Erin
May 29, 2014 Erin rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, rubbish
This book was a hot mess. The plot was so convoluted it made my head spin. At first I was amused by the fast paced drama, but as the book wore on and the plot kept twisting and developing it became clear that there was no way the action would all be resolved in a manner that would be even remotely logical.

However, there were a few things I enjoyed and I wished I had tracked during my reading. Below are a few things you might want to tally if you do venture forth into reading this story:

1. Skirt
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Aurian Booklover
May 18, 2014 Aurian Booklover rated it it was amazing
I’ve been looking forward to reading a non-paranormal book by Amanda Quick for a while now, and Otherwise Engaged is a good one. It starts out with our heroine, Amity Doncaster, saving the life of the hero, Benedict Stanbridge, in an alley on a tropical island. The intrigue starts immediately when he asks her to deliver a letter to his uncle in London as he is dying … But Amity is not a timid miss, her father was a doctor and he thought her a few things. She patches up his knife wound, and takes ...more
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
As a fan of Ms. Quick’s books (no matter what name she is writing under) I knew what I was getting into when I read her latest book Otherwise Engaged. A lovely romance/ mystery set in the Victorian times in England and one I would enjoy no matter what. I was right and am so happy I read it!

Amity Doncaster is a unique woman for her time. She is a world traveler and on one of her journeys she comes across a man who has been shot and needs help. Since she has had a little medical training due to h
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Les Romantiques
Apr 15, 2014 Les Romantiques rated it really liked it
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Reviewed by Fabiola
Review Copy from the Publisher

Otherwise engaged is a stand alone, the first one from the author since several years. The book is not connected to the Arcane Society and doesn’t contain psychic nor paranormal elements.

What I love with Amanda Quick ? Her colorful characters with unusual names (in this book, the heroine’s name is Amity), her fluent and lively style that always makes me read her books in one go, her humour especially du
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Nuria Llop
Una novela al más puro estilo de la autora. Si eres adicta a Amanda Quick, no te la puedes perder. Si no, es una historia de "refresco", para leer en pocos días, y pasar buenos ratos. Dos puntos fuertes de la historia, en mi opinión, son: uno, lo bien que encajan las personalidades de la pareja protagonista y dos, la ficción creada a partir de una realidad que desconocía y que es la investigación sobre la energía solar en el siglo XIX. Me ha resultado muy interesante. También me ha gustado la re ...more
fleurette
Jan 29, 2015 fleurette rated it really liked it
In my opinion, books by Amanda Quick differ a lot in quality. Otherwise Engaged is one of the better ones. It is also a welcome change after a series of her paranormal historical romances, although they are really good.

The strongest point of the novel are the characters. Both Benedict and Amity are likeable, they are also interesting set as a couple. The relationship between them is described in a way that the reader is able to believe in feelings between them, despite the fact that we are deal
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Sandra
May 18, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: krentz, own, historical
I enjoyed it, but I get sick of the villains being "mad" alright, just insane then.

No paranormal elements in this one, but that's ok. But with so many books under her belt Ms Krentz does bring back some well worn themes.

Insanity; h is a lady adventuress through necessity ie compromised in her naive youth by the guy who ends up being the baddest bad guy; spectacular jewellery which is the obsession of the ex of the H; H is a scientist and unintentionally scares off women with his Lab, though at
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Gerry Bartlett
Apr 18, 2015 Gerry Bartlett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Amanda Quick aka Jayne Ann Krentz is the kind of author that you can count on to do her historical research. If she claims a woman in the late nineteenth century traveled the world writing articles for a newspaper about the sights the sees, then I believe her. So Amity Doncaster is just this sort of intrepid adventuress. When she comes across Benedict Stanbridge bleeding in an alley, she doesn't hesitate to give him medical assistance. So begins their journey to solve a mystery or two and fall i ...more
Mojca
Well, this happened. Again.

As with the previous installment in this series, and the last addition to Ms. Quick's bibliography, The Mystery Woman, this one didn't impress me either.

Though there were some similar reasons for me remaining rather cool about this book, like not feeling the attraction or affection between the two leads (because I didn't feel it not even in the end, when they confessed their feeling to each other), there were some 'improvements' from the its predecessor in the heroine
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Maria
Apr 02, 2015 Maria rated it it was amazing
Aaahhh! A new JAK at last. I look forward to winter and spring every year just to grab her latest in paperback. I was in Barnes and Noble on March 31 as soon as this one was released. It took me a while to locate it and I thought I was going to have a panic attack as I looked in the Amanda Quick section and couldn't find it and then in the New Romance Releases and didn't see it, but that's where it was. It's funny that when one starts panicking, one forgets that Q comes before R, not after S. Th ...more
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Pseudonym of Jayne Ann Krentz

The author of over 40 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense, often with a psychic and paranormal twist, in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print.

She earned a B.A. in History from the Uni
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