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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  3,164 ratings  ·  422 reviews
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 G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published January 1st 2014)
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Desi

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)
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
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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Susan
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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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
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
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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Arati
It's sad to see a once creative author descend to using stock characters
wsuds
it pains me to say this because Amanda Quick is one of my favourite authors but everything about this book is just so lukewarm
Kathleen
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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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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Erin
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
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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Reviewed by Fabiola
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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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fleurette
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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Hannah
I won an advance copy in a First Reads promotion. Thank you!
This novel features a strong heroine, a caring hero, and a serial killer, all interacting in Victorian London. I liked the historical details, the budding romance between the hero and heroine, and the danger and suspense provided by the villain. The author creates a believable world. The writing flows, and the dialogue is very good.
Amity Doncaster has had some medical training from her father, travels the world regularly, and writes tr
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Sandra
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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ms bookjunkie
Jun 07, 2015 ms bookjunkie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ms bookjunkie by: autobuy author
Standard AQ goodness. Nice, quiet, tightly woven plot with a couple of surprise twists. *happy sigh*
Gerry Bartlett
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
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
Rosario (http://rosario.blogspot.com/)
Otherwise Engaged has a very exciting start, one that had me hoping that we were back to vintage Amanda Quick and eager to know what would come next.

Amity Doncaster is an explorer and an adventurer. Her accounts of her travels in the Flying Intelligencer are very popular and have gained her a nice following. Her latest trip has taken her to the Caribbean, and it's while on one of the islands that she hears someone calling her from a dark alley.

Amity is a sensible, intelligent woman, so she does
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Stephanie
My copy of this book has in quite noticeable letters on the front cover that this is a 'ladies of lantern street' novel. I am not sure why because I don't believe that it is. I suppose that it is possible that the author may plan to bring some of the characters from this novel into future 'lantern street' books, but as a reader I have to review based on what I know for certain at this point in time, and I would argue that a book that does not mention once lantern street, the agency based there o ...more
Sabrina
hhhmmm, well the story-line was fun and fast paced. I like both principal characters along with most of the secondary's. I was excited by the prospect of the 2 mysteries contained in the book, but wasn't too pleased when they came together. The concept was good though the execution not so much.

It really could have been that I listened rather than read the book, but it seemed to straggle along a bit towards disc 7 and I found that the sentence structure was a bit rough . . too many "he said" to
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Penny
Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick stars a feisty, resourceful, yet naïve heroine working with a rather taciturn yet compelling hero to catch a serial killer, while also trying to figure out the English traitor who is spying for the Russians. All in a historical context. (I'm not sure when this novel is supposed to take place -- although America has already expanded to the West).

A gargantuan task, to be sure...if the focus was on the "catching" and the "figuring out" parts. It's not. So, if you'r
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Blodeuedd Finland
This was sure no fluffy romance, I liked that. It felt more like a hybrid.

The back story is over in a few pages, Amity and Benedict meet and part, and that's it. Then Amity gets kidnapped, but she is no swooning miss. She uses the weapons she have and gets away. She is resourceful, and independent (she travels and writes about her travels after all.) I liked Amity, she was a good heroine. Interested in everything and inquisitive.

Benedict, I am just going to call him a nerd because he was and I l
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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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