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Charlotte Arkendale knew all there was to know about men. After all, she'd made a career out of steering marriage-minded women away from untrustworthy members of the opposite sex.

Yet nothing could have prepared her for Baxter St. Ives--an arresting stranger too daring, too determined, too dangerous to be her new man-of-affairs. Still, perhaps he was the perfect person to h
ebook, 416 pages
Published April 28th 2010 by Bantam (first published 1997)
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As always, another very satisfying read from this author. When I am in a reading funk I always turn to AQ for a story that will cheer me and get me back in the zone. Love her writing to pieces.
I am a fan of Amanda Quick's writing. She writes of strong women who know their own minds and have a plan for life. Her heroes are patient men who learn to deal with those women and enjoy every minute. And along with the mystery and the romance there is always humor. This reader loves her humor.

Charlotte has developed a business that will support herself and her younger sister. She does background checks on future husbands of wealthy women. She has found a niche and learned to make the most of t
I so love anything that Jayne Ann Krentz writes. I don't normally read historical romance but Quick has a way of writing it and I just couldn't put it down. Her writing is always so beautiful and it flows elegantly.

Charlotte and her sister, Ariel is left with nothing once their mother dies and their stepfather spends all of their inheritance. On one fateful night a stranger is brought into her home so that her sister can pay off the debt that her stepfather incurs from gambling. Charlotte uses h
I like all of Amanda Quick's books, not for their plot however. Actually not even for the romance (though some of them are quite interesting!) I read them for their characters. They're refreshingly unique and odd. Okay, may be the word unique isn't the most accurate one to use... But it's like one of Nora Roberts books - You know how the plot is going to be and you KNOW it's going to be a happy ending. You can even predict the things about which the characters will pick a fight about -_- BUT. Th ...more
Bobbie O'keefe
Ahh. Of all the pseudonyms of Jayne Ann Krentz, I enjoy the Amanda Quick novels the most. Her characters are so well developed that they just about walk off the page. Her depiction of early London and the Ton, and how impolite and hypocritical Polite Society actually was, rings true. I also enjoy the tidbits of information she passes along: i.e., "direction" was the term for address.

And I thoroughly enjoy the romantic liaisons: The heroine is most often inexperienced but she puts on a good show,
Charlotte Arkendale is an early private investigator who works solely for women. Baxter St. Ives is a chemist, somewhat rumpled and uncivil but very focused. They join forces to solve a murder, which catapults them into some wonderful escapades. The misdirection and misunderstandings between the two are delightful as they learn to work together and more. This one occurs in Regency England but captures more of a Victorian air than a Regency one. I love Baxter's self-recognition of his social inad ...more
I love Amanda Quicks stories. Quick is really good at weaving actual traits of real people in to her characters. The plots and mysteries are easly solved, but the real joy is seeing how her characters choose to involve themselves in the farcas. The love stories always compell me because of the real life misunderstandings between males and females come into play. This type of confusion and misunderstanding can happen even for a married couple when both parties don't communicate well. All in all i ...more
ms bookjunkie
*happy sigh* These vintage AQs make me so happy. For me, they're full of good memories of reading and rereading them. I love their tone…Regency-ish, fun, happy, light, snappy, and heartwarming… with intelligent, independent heroines and strong, staid-ish heroes who can't resist them. *warm fuzzies*

(Please note, because the memories are so much a part of my reading experience, I don't know if I'd enjoy them as much if I read them for the first time today.)
Another fav author... love all her stuff in all her incarnations. This is a great story. Imagine being a woman in a time where your rights, privileges, and even movements are proscribed by society. Then consider making your own way in the world while caring for a younger sibling by forming a business to investigate men for other women contemplating marriage. There is alchemy, a mystery, odd coincidence, and the chemistry of romance... sigh
Yuliana  Permata Sari

Hubungan kisah cinta Charlotte dan Baxter juga terlalu 'murah' menurut saya, karena Charlotte sepertinya mengizinkan Baxter melakukan apapun padanya. Mungkin karena kisah ini lebih fokus pada pengungkapan siapa pembunuh Drusilla Heskett. Charlotte dan Baxter mengalami banyak peristiwa yang membuat mereka semakin dekat.

Di samping itu, hubungan Baxter dengan ibu dan adik tirinya juga diceritakan dengan baik. Sosok Hamilton digambarkan dengan baik, dan jujur
Nothing out of the ordinary for Amanda Quick. Certainly not bad, especially in comparison to her other books, but all-in-all, sort of "meh" for me.

I'm normally a fan of the nerdy hero trope, but in this case, Baxter came off as more uninteresting than he should have. The guy was a bastard (by birth, not by personality) of an earl and had to contend with a younger half-brother who inherited what should have been his birthright and the brother's step-mother, not to mention a bunch of very interest
Beverly Temporal
It started out at least a four. But, it kind of fell a little for me. But, I generally enjoy Amanda Quick aka Jane Anne Krentz mysteries. They don't get too ominous like JD. Robb. So overall, it was entertaining.

Take one level-headed woman who helps ladies decide which of her suitors is not a rake, a gambler or possesses even worse characteristics. Add one very level-headed man who studies chemistry and does his best to ignore the tempestuous natures of his parents, who were married to other people at the time of his birth. Stir gently while sprinkling with the Ton and a society murder and you will have created Amanda Quick’s Affair. Just don’t forget to add the passions that the level-headed people hid ...more
3.5 stars, I think. More detailed review to follow at some point.
I periodically reread this. I ADORE THESE CHARACTERS.
Oct 22, 2008 Cyn rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like romance, and don't mind a bot of naughty!
Shelves: fiction
Here's another of those books I had to read for school. A "read a book you usually wouldn't" title, and this is one of those regency bodice-rippers that actually turned out to be a bit of fun. Here's why...
Charlotte is one of those poor Regency-era women whose parents died and her inheritance was squandered by her stepfather. However, Charlotte has made due by skipping the social scene and raising her younger sister by starting her own "dating service" of sorts- she investigates prospective suit
Stacie  M. Ritchie
This is a story of Charlotte Arkendale. She has had to live by her wits for a long time to support herself and her sister. She set up a business for herself of making inquires for marriage-minded female of their suitors. She has seen the bad side of men for many years and never thinks to marry. Her younger sister is her only charge. When a new man-in-arms makes inquires she balks at Baxter St. John because he seems dangerous. No one else thinks this and he is hired on to help look into the murde ...more
Read this one for the romance rather than the mystery cuz it took me two minutes to figure it out and even if I had not figured to out it wasn't that fun. The romance on the other-hand was a lot of fun. He's a nerdy chemist who's blunt and has no time or need to pay attention to society rules and decorum. She's a tough investigator who just wants to solve the murder of her client and hire a bodyguard. She's also the only one in the world, it seems, that sees the man behind the glasses.. Even whe ...more
Lelyana Taufik
Well...Charlote has already got some problems in her life since teenagers..perkenalan karakternya di prolog cukup jelas, tp juga masih misterius...siapakah si Baxter ini yg ngotot ngelamar kerja jadi asisten pribadi Charlote?

Akhir nya terungkap juga bahwa Baxter menyelidiki pembunuhan yg sama dengan Charlote, jadilah mereka kerja sama....
Nah,mulai deh selama masa penyelidikan, agar mereka bisa bergentayangan di kalangan atas London, mrk mengumum kan "pertunangan" mereka...(atas usul Baxter)....
Victorian society has never seen this before: a society lady with a career of investigating men who are courting rich women. Charlotte is determined to save other women experiences like her mother's disastrous second marriage. But these investigations must be kept secret, so Charlotte comes under suspicion. Not everyone has Charlotte's intuition.

I enjoyed the concept, and of course since it's Amanda Quick, AFFAIR is an entertaining read.
Charlotte Arkendale saved herself and her sister twice, first when she drove away the stepfather who had sold her sister and then by coming up with a means to support the two of them, by researching men's backgrounds. She would tell women whether or not they should marry the men who so profoundly professed their love.
However, one of her clients has been murdered and she is anxious to find out why.
So is Baxter St. Ives. His aunt has asked him to investigate the same murder, a woman who was her fr
Affair, like all of the Amanda Quick novels I have read, was uplifting, engaging and spicy. While you generally know what the characters and plot will be, to read the new situations in which they find themselves and then to read how they get out of them, laughing at the formality of the day, is just so entertaining. I love Amanda Quick!
I really love...

Amanda Quick's writing. I don't recall a book of hers that I didn't like. The characters have spunk or are endearing. I just loved Baxter and Charlotte. They were full of spontaneous combustion. I look forward to more.
Affair is one of Quick's older novels - first published in 1998 - but the story is still entertaining. Personally, I prefer her older books (like this) that didn't contain the paranormal romance craze that now inhabits so many romance novels.
Unabridged audiobook narrated by Barbara Rosenblat who does a good job as always. Not one of the better Quick titles I've read or listened to, but enjoyable nonetheless.
it was the first time I read for Amanda quick, it was awesome I fell in love with both character...
Pertamanya sempet sangsi, ntar ga bagus cos pernah baca yg River Knows kurang bikin ternyata cerita yg ini bagus bgt. Meskipun agak ketebak siapa penjahatnya.tapi suka sosok Hero yg ga terlalu sempurna. Baxter ga tinggi menjulang, ga terlalu tampan, juga pakai kacamata (tp menurut aq cowok pakai kacamata kadang seksi lho) tp dia ahli kimia n pinter bgt. Jadinya perfect lagi :) hehe...Charllot juga cucok jd pasanganx cos dia berpendirian kuat tp juga bisa bikin Baxter ga konsen n kada ...more
I listened to this one because I needed a BOT for the car and have enjoyed the Arcane Society series by Quick/Krentz and I really enjoyed this one. Charlotte is a business-minded woman who investigates the backgrounds of perspective grooms for women who have money. When one of her clients is murdered, she feels it is her duty to investigate and find out who did it. She hires a new "Man of Affairs" to double as a body guard in order to help her accomplish her task. But Baxter has a hidden agenda ...more
Charlotte gets herself embroiled in a dangerous mystery surrounding a secret book and murder. Baxter is involved in the same mystery, but is actually investigating Charlotte's involvement in the matter. These similar people are brought together by strange circumstances and raving madmen are determined to bring them apart. The characters were not what I have come to expect from Quick. I was bored with some of the novel and felt like skimming much of it. Not one of her best, so I would skip it.
Annette Meier
Love Amanda Quick's historical romance/adventures!
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Jayne Ann Krentz ...: Affair (1997) 1 2 Sep 27, 2012 12:21PM  
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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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