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I Thee Wed (Vanza #2)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  3,382 ratings  ·  100 reviews
It isn't easy making a living as a lady's companion when one possesses a sharp tongue and an original mind. That's why Emma Greyson has gone through three such positions in six months. Her current post at a tiresome country house party has her bored to tears—until an extraordinary encounter with the legendary Edison Stokes leads to a secret position as his assistant.

ebook, 384 pages
Published January 13th 2010 by Bantam (first published 1999)
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I Thee Wed
3.5 Stars

Series note: There is no tangible link between this book and With This Ring and it can be read as a standalone.

Emma Greyson is independent, intelligent and spirited, which makes her unsuitable for her chosen profession as a lady’s companion. The latest is a string of positions finds Emma at a country house party where the mundane activities of the ton take an interesting turn as she encounters the enigmatic Edison Stokes, a former member of the Vanzagarian society, who is in
Lori McD
3.5 stars

While it seemed obvious to me from the first who was behind it all, and even who was behind the murder of The Bastard (as Emma calls him), it was a fun romp.

I don't quite understand what ties this book to the 1st book ("With This Ring"), except that Leo, the Mad Monk, was eccentric and his grandfather had something do with discovering the Isle of Vanzaganda (or whatever it's called). That island is, we learn in this book, where Vanza comes from - obviously some philosophy, with masters
As some of the other reviewers have mentioned, the main flaw in I The Wed is that there's hardly any romance in it. The book opens with an interesting and exciting plot. The hero and heroine end up ducking into the same closet to avoid getting caught sneaking around in someone else's room. There's an attempted rape, a murder, and the only solution is AQ's standard "hero has to proclaim they're engaged in order to save the heroine's reputation" plan.

The mystery moves on from there, centering agai
Reading Fanatic

** Story: 4 1/2 Stars**
**Audio: 5 Stars**

I really loved this book. It's one of only two Amanda Quick novels I read years ago...[[ASIN:B003IYI6VA Rendezvous]] is the other. In any event, I loved this book so much, that I not only reread it a few months ago, but I just finished listening to it. This is the first audio book I've ever listened to and let me say, it was quite an experience. I loved it; so much so that I plan on listening to another in the very near future. Not that an audiobook can e
Elizabeth Bennet
I checked this book out from the library and it is the second book I've read by Quick. Her ability to weave a mystery, metaphysical rock, but I agree with Reading Fanatic review that she struggles with romance. Romance is my thing so if your looking for the silent glances across a ballroom or quiet reflections of what the appearance did to the others state of thought. Your not going to find it here. There is no affectionate sentiments to the other in fact it is not until the end that any sentime ...more
Ini buku kedua dari series Vanza dan merupakan buku ketiga yang aku baca (mulai dari Lie by Moonlight, Wicked Widow, dan I Thee Wed--kau akan menyadari bahwa aku baca dari bawah ke atas)

Seorang mantan Vanza Yang Telah Keluar dari Lingkaran namun dapat menjadi Seorang Yang Dapat Menjadi Mahaguru (kocak lah saat itu), Edison Stokes membuat kaget para ton dengan ikut hadir dalam pesta bangsawan di desa untuk menyelidiki sebuah buku yang diduga dicuri oleh salah seorang bangsawan yang turut hadir. D
I'm loving Amanda Quick's books. She spins the webs of mystery quite well. I'm totally enthralled. Can't wait to read more.
Cat Bras
As always , Ms. Quick delivers a strong story with strong characters. Loved every minute of the book.
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
Liked it. Loved the first 3/4, but the ending was a little weak in the writing so edged down to like.
While not a total waste of time, I Thee Wed was no where near as good as the Victorian era Arcane Society books. It incorporated some of the aspects of the Arcane, individuals with abilities of some description - even if they aren't acknowledged - however the characters could be annoying and repetative at times. It also seems to follow the same formula as many of the accompanying books which makes it very predictable and the identity of the killer is not a great surprise.

Would recommend this for
What a fabulously over-the-top Regency romance. Secret societies! Martial arts! Magic potions! Murder! Admirable bosoms! I should make it clear that I HAD drunk two glasses of wine on an empty stomach as I embarked on this horrid novel but I enjoyed it immensely. It featured another excellent plot device to bring the hero and heroine in close proximity, the "both-seeking-sanctuary-in-the-same-wardrobe" device—really, excellent. Why don't we all do this thing more often in real life? Also I appre ...more

kali ini ceritanya ttg emma, seorang pendamping lady dan edison stokes..salah satu master vanza yang cool tapi lucu...
edison ini anak haram bangsawan.....
disini emma di pekerjakan oleh edison buat memecahkan kasus pencurian 'book of secret'....
mesti baca sendiri biar tau dimana lucu nya...soalnya si emma ini takut banget gak dapet surat referensi dari edison..jadi dia nagih2 mulu...
apalagi pas demi menyelamatkan emma yang dikamarnya di temukan mayat seorang bangsawan hidung belang, edison mengak
3.5 stars

As others have noted, the first two books in the ‘Vanza’ series, this being the second, have titles that would imply they are closely related (‘With This Ring’ / ‘I Thee Wed’). In fact, they are not. Further, the title of this book, while admittedly vague, doesn’t really have much to do with the book. Yes, two people do get married during the course of the narrative, or at least plan to, but that’s hardly distinctive in the genre.
By contrast, I enjoyed the personalities of the hero/hero
3.5 stars---4 stars for the story, 3 stars for the audio recording.

Audiobook read by Barbara Rosenblat. I had a lot of trouble with the prominent mouth noises and swallowing of the narrator---so much so that I checked the ebook out from the library and switched back & forth between the two when the audio started getting on my nerves too much. Fun story, though AQ has a tendency to let her setting/action get lost in the long passages of dialogue. While the dialogue is quite well-written, ther
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
This is the first book I have read by Amanda Quick and I enjoyed it immensley.

The book is about Emma Greyson and Edison Stokes. Emma is a paid companion who is in financial straits having lost most her money on an investment and is unable to pay her sisters school fees for next term. At the start of the book our heroine is at a house party with her eccentric mistress where she meets Edison Stokes a rich and mysterious gentleman, who in some rather bizzare and muderous circumstances employs her
Satu cerita misteri lagi dengan bumbu romance yang seru...tapi kali ini tidak romantis sih..Edison dan Emma memang benar2 pasangan yang tidak romantis.
Bertemu di pesta Basil Ware yang heboh sebagai pendamping, Emma dan Edison akhirnya bekerja sama menjadi penyelidik, buat menyelidiki buku yang hilang.

Sepenting itu untuk menemukan buku itu, hingga bnayak nyawa yang melayang karena nya.
Tertarik dari awal dengan Emma, Edison, melindungi nama baik Emma dari tuduhan pembunuhan dengan mengumum kan per
D.W. Nichols
Me encantan las historias con misterio, no en vano uno de mis personajes favoritos de la literatura ha sido siempre Sherlock Holmes, ese cocainómano, misógino y absolutamente detestable detective privado que mira a todo el mundo por encima del hombro. Así pues, no es extraño que no pueda resistirme a cualquier novela en la que hay un misterio por resolver.
Una sociedad secreta, un libro con recetas “mágicas”, asesinatos, secuestros y dos protagonistas absolutamente magníficos, dignos el uno del o
The back cover sums up the situation perfectly: "It isn't easy making a living as a lady's companion when one possesses a sharp tongue and an original mind. That's why Emma Greyson has gone through three such positions in six months."

Plus there's the ring of thieves who want to take advantage of Emma's intuition. Fortunately she has an ally, Edison Stokes, also a society outsider.

I gave this 5 stars because I so much enjoyed the teamwork between Emma and Edison.
Even though this is the second book in the Vanza series, it can be read as a stand alone. I really enjoyed this book...almost better than the first. Both Emma and Edison are outspoken with quick tempers. They were a cute couple. The intrigue was good if a little tiny bit predicable. But the byplay of Emma and Edison was funny at times. It is nice to have a heroine that doesn't annoy me. I liked Emma. I really liked how their relationship progressed. Amanda Quick is a excellent author and once ag ...more
While I enjoyed the book, it was not one of Amanda Quick's better novels. The beginning is interesting with the characters meeting while hiding entangled in a wardrobe. Edison Stokes is charming, eccentric and has some witty lines. Emma, on the other hand, is just down right annoying. All she seems to ever talk about is needing money and references, and for the life of me I cannot figure out what about her Edison likes. She is stubborn, bossy, and all about herself and her post. She does not pos ...more
Melissa Levine
The only similarities I noticed between this book and the second were:

1. In the first book Mrs. York aka Mrs. Beatrice was the main character who happened to be an author. In the second book Mrs. York's name was referenced.

2. Leo had 2 sons (in the 1st book) that were mentioned but there was really no point even having them in the story. And the same thing could be said of Miss. Emma's sister, Daphne.

3. Alice was also in both books. The first she had a good amount of time, but the second was ag
Kathi Sharp
I generally read Amanda Quick for the romance as her heroines are always intelligent, self-reliant and often unconventional and her heroes always have enough self-confidence to appreciate them. I Thee Wed certainly doesn't disappoint in the romance department but the mystery at the heart of the book is surprisingly engaging.

Emma and Edison are thrown together by chance and turn out to be perfectly matched in character, humor and outlook on life. Edison's grandmother Victoria is a delightful char
Stacie  M. Ritchie
This is one of Amanda Quick’s Vanza romances. This is the story of paid companion, Emma Greyson and Edison Stokes. Emma has been forced into service at the death of her grandmother. She is supporting her sister’s term in a boarding school and trying to make enough money to live comfortably. Edison Stokes is on a mission that takes him to the house party of a man of the ton. When Emma is about to be confronted with a terrible thing, Edison makes an announcement that floors everyone. They go back ...more
I would give this five stars except for the references to Vanza, something I can't seem to get my head around. The characters, on the other hand, are great, particularly Emma and her repeated attempts to get a reference from Edison, reminiscent of Anna trying to get her house from the King of Siam. Emma stays true to her ideas of being in service until the very end, like "don't fall in love with or have an affair with one's employer; it never ends well", and "there are always ways of dealing wit ...more
Disappointing after the first book in the series. A lot of focus on the Vanza, which I felt was unnecessary and slapped on to what might have been an otherwise engaging plot line. As it was, the story dragged and I wasn't invested in these characters until the last third of the book when it focused more on action and less on subterfuge.
I enjoyed this book immensely and had a hard time putting it down. It's a romance, but it's also a mystery, and both keep the story well paced and moving. I enjoyed both characters and the humor of Emma's repeated insistence on receiving a reference. If you don't dig too deeply into premises and just enjoy the story, it's a wonderful read.
Jan 07, 2011 MissJessie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Series readers, but that's it.
This was an OK read, nothing more. Admittedly, none of the Vanda series is a classic read, since they all have the (essentially) same plot but they make good brain candy after a hard day.

This one, however, was BORING. The constant repetition of "I am your employee, sir" or some variation, page after page, was irritating. Give it a rest.

There is no need to describe the plot in detail: woman in "reduced circumstances" meets rich Vanda man, finds herself in a precarious position, rescued by same a
Emma Greyson is not at a good time in her life. She sold her grandmother's cottage and invested the money in a ship that has not come in. Until it does, she's working as a lady's companion. But at the current house party, she is feeling rather pressured. One of the gentleman is chasing her and now he's ended up dead.
Edison Stokes is at the same house party. He's looking for a book that was stolen from a very powerful dead man. Once he sets eyes on Emma, he knows she can help. So he gives her an
I would have given this about 3 1/2 stars if I could. I read Amanda Quick for escape, not for great literature, but I thought this book was a little less well-written than usual. Then I read that it is an early work. Perhaps that explains it. Romance novels tend to have rather predictable plots, of course. I even have my favorite ones. This one is the paid companion who is rescued by the mysterious, slightly older rich man who then has to marry him so that they won't be caught doing whatever it ...more
Ruthie Rivera

I was completely satisfied. I have the book on paperback but I wanted to read it once again. I love this book. I recommend it
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Jayne Ann Krentz ...: I Thee Wed (1999) Book 2 1 2 Sep 27, 2012 11:06AM  
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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.

She earned a B.A. in History from the Uni
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Vanza (4 books)
  • With This Ring
  • Wicked Widow
  • Lie by Moonlight (Vanza #4)
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