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With This Ring (Vanza #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,995 Ratings  ·  161 Reviews
Leo Drake, the "Mad Monk of Monkcrest," is notoriously eccentric and unquestionably reclusive. But he is also a noted antiquities expert, which is why Beatrice Poole has demanded his reluctant assistance.
The freethinking authoress of "horrid novels," Beatrice is searching for the Forbidden Rings of Aphrodite, a mythic treasure she suspects played a role in her uncle's dea
Mass Market Paperback, 358 pages
Published December 23rd 2009 by Bantam Books (first published January 1st 1998)
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Jul 08, 2015 Daniella rated it it was amazing
I have always been amazed at how Ms. Amanda Quick manages to create a certain degree of mystery in her stories without making them too dark or maudlin, and With This Ring is definitely not an exception. The elements of a romance novel and a thriller are combined together in a perfectly balanced book, which is further augmented by its lovable hero and heroine. I enjoyed reading this and could not put it down.

I loved Beatrice and Leo. Both were headstrong and stubborn individuals, and from my expe
Penny Watson
Nov 10, 2009 Penny Watson rated it it was amazing
Quickie Review for With This Ring by Amanda Quick

Amanda Quick is the master of the universe. The first 13 pages of With This Ring are absolute perfection. Her writing never ceases to amaze me...she can nail an entire scene with a single word. Everything about this book is perfect...the storyline is tight, the characters are larger than life, the mystery engaging, the humor is spot on. Leo, the Mad Monk of Monkcrest, and Beatrice, secret author of "horrid novels," are a fantastic pairing. Honestl
Jul 16, 2016 Lizzy rated it liked it
A good mix of mystery, suspense and romance makes With This Ring by Amanda Quick an entertaining read. 2.5 stars.
With This Ring
4 Stars

Impoverished following the death of her husband, Beatrice Pool earns her living writing “Horrid" novels. When her uncle dies under suspicious circumstances, Beatrice approaches the notoriously anti-social Leo Drake, Earl of Monkcrest “The Mad Monk” for assistance, and soon finds herself immeshed in a plot not unlike one of her books.

Amanda Quick’s writing is somewhat formulaic but her stories never fail to entertain. The eccentric and enigmatic Leo has more than met his mat
Mar 01, 2016 Aarann rated it liked it
I've read worse by Amanda Quick, but I've also read better. The story featured a widow and a widower, rather than a virginal "original" and the two were older than her characters usually are (the book actually featured several jokes poking at their "advanced" ages). Otherwise, this one didn't break any molds. Beatrice was the usual headstrong, indomitable female, plunging headlong into wacky situations that Leo had to occasionally rescue her from and more frequently, yell at her for getting hers ...more
Personally I don't consider With This Ring part of the Vanza series since the island of Vanzagara is only mentioned once as the origin of a plant Monkcrest posesses. Just saying.

I read this book after reading the more recent books by Amanda Quick and I felt as if things were a bit slow to get off the ground. Something about characters being stuck in the boondocks during a storm must have that effect on me. The story picked up once the characters started moving, though.

I liked reading about chara
Jun 17, 2012 Holly rated it really liked it
Leo Drake and Beatrice Poole form an interesting alliance to find a lost ring, which leads them into a murder mystery. And of course, there is some hot sex and romance along the way.
I want to go back in time so I can have carriage sex...
This is Amanda Quick at her best.
I loved the banter between Leo and Beatrice as they spar off each other.
Ms. Quick creates such interesting male characters--alpha, and sexy-hot.
Her female leads are always intelligent, strong, and daring.
They always give the guy
Mar 26, 2016 LibraryLass rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keeper, re-read, 2008, 2010
As per usual, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Whenever I haven't a clue what to read next but want something I know I am going to enjoy I always pick up either an Amanda Quick, J D Robb or (early) Julia Garwood. Guaranteed satisfaction

Re-read July/10
Lori McD
This quirky book provided a bit of a mystery along with a fun confection of a "romance". The "Mad Monk" of Monkcrest is an old nickname for men of the title of Earl of Monkcrest, because often the men are considered odd or eccentric... of just plain mad.

This Mad Monk is none other than Leo, a man who's raised 2 grown sons (19 and 17 respectively) mostly on his own. The sons are now an a Grand Tour of the Continent with their tutor, and Leo finds himself alone. On a stormy night, as he's ponderin
D.W. Nichols
Oct 31, 2012 D.W. Nichols rated it really liked it
Una historia de amor envuelta en la intriga, el misterio, la aventura y el asesinato. Si estas razones no son suficientes para leer esta apasionante novela, hay algunas más.
Leo Drake, Conde de Monkcrest, apodado el Monje Loco es como un Indiana Jones del siglo XIX, con ganzúas en lugar de látigo. Un hombre de 40 años que tiene el convencimiento que lo que le queda de vida tendrá que enfrentarse al mal que más teme: el aburrimiento. Pero por suerte para él, Beatrice Pool aparece en escena y se cr
Aug 26, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
This was an enjoyable read. Much better than the second book in this series (I Thee Wed - which doesn't really seem related to this book to any great extent). Leo Drake ("the mad monk") is a very likable well portrayed character. I enjoyed his role from the opening scenes of the book right through the end. He's eccentric, charming, and enigmatic.

Beatrice Poole, the heroine, is also well portrayed although she can be a little pushy and demanding at times.

The book made me laugh out loud in severa
Oct 16, 2014 Molly rated it really liked it
The usual fabulous, steamy, fun writing, coupled with a little bit more mature couple. The story progresses naturally, the plot is interesting and the villain is not completely expected. There are surprising turns in the mystery sub plot (which actually helps the love story). I liked this one a lot!
Aug 22, 2011 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, historical
Beatrice Poole, a widow and secretly the author of romantic “horrid” novels, contacts Lord Leo Drake to assist her in locating a valuable relic. The “Mad Monk of Moncrest”, as he is nicknamed, is known for his antiquities studies. Thrilled when he accepts her challenge, she wonders if she’ll be able to focus when his seductive manner distracts her.

Engaged by the woman’s forthright attitude, Leo has reasons of his own for agreeing to his scheme. Little does he know that his heart will be at risk
Miriam Stern
Aug 03, 2014 Miriam Stern rated it really liked it
A fun, entertaining, and very quick-paced novel! I liked both main characters. Well balanced and a very good plot that keeps you wondering who the real culprit might be by the end!
Nov 20, 2011 Brianne rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
I had to take a short break from unsatisfying romances and With This Ring was the perfect way to come back. This was sort of a quiet read, something I enjoyed and would recommend but it didn't blow my mind. I really liked both the hero and heroine, and enjoyed the way they ended up together. Also, the hero's two older sons, 17 and 18, set this romance apart from most others. They didn't play a big role but I liked seeing that both characters were more mature than usual and had lived lives separa ...more
Interesting mystery, heavy-handed on the details of the sex scenes.
Jun 11, 2015 Dakota rated it really liked it
Around 3.5-4
Liked this one better than I thee wed.
Enjoyable read
Jan 30, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it
I liked this book quite a bit. The main characters were likeable and engaging. The heroine, Beatrice, was strong and capable without being bossy and annoying and the hero was supportive and take-charge without being an overbearing brute. The romantic tension built realistically throughout the book so that when they finally did sleep together, it made sense (although the choice of where was a bit unconventional).

The mystery plot was well done too, although there were some decisions that seemed do
Jan 25, 2016 Ladysatel rated it really liked it
Book 1 of the Vanza Series - set in Vicrtorian times.

Mrs. Beatrice Poole, a respectable widow, is also a well known horror writer by the name of Mrs. Amelia Yorke. But it is not about her writing that Beatrice journeys to the home of the Mad Monk of Monkcrest, so called because of his depth of knowledge about antiquities and his reclusive nature.. He is alone in his large house, with only the servants while his two sons are touring Europe, with their tutor.

The evening is stormy and Beatrice and
:) muito bom!
uma historia envolta em misterio, lenda e antiguidades.
com uma trama muito envolvente Amanda Quick, mantem o leitor agarrada, literalmente.

Beatrice, uma escritora de historias de horror anda na demanda de encontrar uma chave muito especial... e nesta sua senda encontra o tão mal fadado Monge Louco, na pessoa do Conde de Montcrest....

O prato forte da historia é mesmo o misterio e o suspense, na sua vertente romântica é muito breve. Mas é sem duvida uma historia imperdivel. :)
Leo Drake, also known as the Mad Monk of Monkcrest Abbey, was at home alone. His two sons, Carlton (19) and William (17) had left for the Continent in the company of their tutor. Leo had married the woman of his dreams. They had two sons and then a few years after his second son was born, his wife developed a lung infection and had died.
Beatrice Poole had also married young and three years into her marriage, her husband was killed by a highwayman. It was now five years later and she was an auth
Inasni Dyah R.
Oct 27, 2014 Inasni Dyah R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Akhirnyaa...! Selesai juga baca With This Ring. Dan aku nggak nyangka kalo ending-nya menggerakkan hatiku buat ngasih lima bintang alih-alih empat kayak yang aku rencanain selama baca buku ini. >-<

Dari awal cerita, beberapa karakter tokohnya udah menunjukkan konsistensi yang akurat. Termasuk Elf, anjing pemburunya Leo. Dia setia banget, nurut (setidaknya nggak pernah membangkang Leo), bahkan sampe akhir pun, kebiasaannya tetep sama: berbaring di depan perapian. Beatrice sendiri kayak perem
Marilyn Rondeau
Jan 09, 2014 Marilyn Rondeau rated it really liked it
Set in Regency England Beatrice Pool is on a perilous hunt for the legendary Forbidden Rings of Aphrodite in an attempt to recoup her families meager fortunes. Beatrice must find the antiquities she is convinced were stolen from her uncle who had suddenly died under mysterious circumstances. Since the rings have a legendary history of dark magic and mystery, Beatrice knows of only one person that might help her. She must bravely reach out to the darkly handsome, reclusive earl more readily known ...more
Linda Rice
May 14, 2015 Linda Rice rated it really liked it
I always love Amanda Quick's books, and I loved this one as well, but not quite as much as others.
Brenda Audiobooks Only
Barbara Rosenblatt - narration 5*s

Amanda Quick will always be a favorite uncomplicated author for me.
Astri  Nasthasia Videlia
Aug 24, 2011 Astri Nasthasia Videlia rated it really liked it
hahahhahha.. kata orang ini jelek..

kata orang ini biasa ajah..

tapi gw suka... ^^
It took me a while to read this one because I had just started it when I had to put it down again to do other things. I was only about 25 pages in, and so it had not quite caught my attention yet, and other matters were more pressing. But I picked it up again yesterday and finished the rest of the book by last night. I enjoy this author and her heroines are strong and different. In this one, Beatrice Poole is a widow who writes "horrid" novels secretly under a pen name. (There is a nice afterwar ...more
Aug 07, 2011 nurmawati rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

gw kasih 4.5 bintang...suka banget sama hero dan heroine nya...walo leo madmonk usianya 40 tahun tapi masih keren,tegap dan gak kendor hehehehe......
sampe nyariin muka aktor mana ya kira2 yang umur 40 tahun tapi tetep sexy :p

eniwei..ceritanya ttg mrs.poole..seorang janda yang ternyata penulis novel misteri terkenal dengan nama mrs.york yang pada suatu malam datang ke estate leo earl of monkcrest yang biasa di juluki mad monk.....
leo terkenal dengan keahliannya mengenai barang antik...dan mrs.poo
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Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat

I picked up With This Ring (Book 1 Vanza series) on sale and recently, when I needed a good comfort read, I started listening. I realized then that I’d never listened to a book narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. Within the first 15 minutes I was completed enchanted with her style. Without sounding forced, Rosenblat imbues personality into every spoken line. She voices the characters with understated humor and
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
This is the second book I have read of Amanda Quick's and she is very much becoming a favourite author. This book was an enjoyable combination of mystery, arcane artifacts and romance.

The widowed Mrs Beatrice Poole comes in the middle of the night, in the midst of a storm to knock on the reclusive Mad Monk of Monkcrest's door to ask for his assistance in searching for a fabled artifact said to lead to a great treasure that has been linked to the death of Beatrice's Uncle. As the pair investigate
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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.

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