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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  8,266 ratings  ·  336 reviews
After a year of grand adventures touring the classical ruins of Italy and Greece, Iphiginia Bright returned to England to discover that the real excitement was at home. It seems that her Aunt Zoe has fallen victim to a sinister blackmailer and only Iphiginia can hope to stop the culprit before he can do more harm.

Her plan is inspired: Imitating history's most legendary be
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 29th 2005 by Bantam (first published June 1st 1994)
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May 13, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: regency-fiction
In the Beginning, there was Jane Austen, and She wrote the Word, and the Word was Good. And She did Create the Regency Novel in all its Glory.

Then there was Georgette Heyer, blessed be Her name, who did taketh up the torch, and ran with it.

But Lo! There were then imitators, and they were many, and Their name was Legion, and they did taketh the Chaste Kiss that endeth the Regency Novel, and turn it into page after page of instructional descriptions on how to make the Beast with Two Backs.

Here end
I must say "Mistress" is the first historical romance novel i have ever read by Amanda Quick (aka Jayne ann Krentz) who is one of my top favourite authors.She knows great deal about this genre and knows what readers crave in a romance book.I loved the mystery,intrigue,the witty dialuges and the main-characters lived up my day with their entertaining and funny love-story.I laughed,swooned and shed a few happy tears by the end.Romance always does that to me when executed well!

Iphiginia Bright was
Jul 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Dina by: Agent Scully
This was only my third book by Amanda Quick, but I knew what to expect from her: a funny and charming story with a bright but quirky heroine who defies society's conventions, a brooding hero who's in need of an emotional makeover and a somewhat convoluted mystery to be solved while the H/h fall in love with each other. Mistress had all that, but it was by no means predictable. In fact, the mystery plot had some very unexpected twists, and I'm still a little dizzy.

Iphiginia (ugh, what a name!) Br
"Oh! Iphiginia! Your phiginia is so hot and tight!" says Marcus, Earl of Whatever, tallest and richest and most desired of the whoevers.

A *unique* (cough) romance hero who has dallied enough for experience (but not TOO much, and not with anyone important, and not too recently), who lives in a self-imposed prison of a loveless life, waiting for a salvic female to unlock his heart through the healing balm of graphic sex.

One of the pointless, self-imposed rules Marcus lives by is that he never di
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
When her Aunt falls victim to a blackmailer, Iphiginia Bright comes up with a plan. She comes to London posing as the mistress of the Earl of Masters who is out of town and rumored to be dead. She believes that the blackmailer knew both her aunt and the Earl. When the Earl, Marcus Cloud, hears about a mistress he has never met, he travels to London to check her out. Marcus finds Iphiginia beautiful and intriguing; but doesn't believe her wild story. But when a good friend of his is also being bl ...more
Chitra *CJ*
"Mistress" is the story of Iphiginia and Marcus.

What a wonderful book with so much to love.

Our heroine is Iphiginia Bright, a strong independent intellect who has traveled the world, owns her own academy and business, and is fiercely protective of her loved ones. When her beloved aunt starts getting blackmailed with a dark secret, she takes up a new the pretend mistress of Earl of Masters whom she presumes has been murdered. Making a splash in the society with her beauty and wit, she be
Robin (Bridge Four)
My guilty pleasures include regency romances. I love to cuddle up on the couch and indulge in them on stormy days. I even expect a bit of cheese to be involved but this one for some reason was just a little too much on the cheese and crackers side of romance for my taste.
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Iphiginia, try to say that three times fast, Bright is an educated woman who doesn’t want to live by the rules. To catch a blackmailer she pretends to be the mistress of Marcus the Earl of Masters a notorious man who has a l
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Jun 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Feb 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, romance
DNF. Bloody hell, I expected a little too much from the idea of this book. It sounded like mindless fun with the plot of blackmail, a woman impersonating a mistress and a mysterious rake that lived by his own rules.

I’ve read other books by Amanda Quick and have enjoyed them. I choice this book at random at the library and I will be returning it this weekend.

Why did I not finish this book you ask?
Well, the characters were flat and I had no desire to carry on their story. I did not like them or ca
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it
Silly plot that became a great love story, because of great writing. The characters were fabulous, she's smart, caring and falls in loves with the H very quickly. He has self image issues and is shocked by her, and how much he cares for her, but doesn't trust himself at first. I loved how quickly he changed his mind, and that his life became better because of her. ...more
Jun 28, 2015 rated it did not like it

There, I said it.

Bloody hell. I can't believe it. It actually happened... I finally encountered an Amanda Quick book that I dislike so much cartwheeling over a crate of dynamite seemed infinitely more appealing than reading it. And unlike in the case of her other book, Affair, no amount of loyalty to Ms. Quick could elevate this to anything more than a harsh 1 star rating.

Everything was just wrong with this book, but the straw that broke the camel's back wa
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ugh my review is gone. I don't know why. Suffice it to say that it was not great or awful. It was typially Amanda Quick with a overly rational heroine (I hate a woman who argues and argues and thinks this makes her look smart) and a high-handed earl. Mystery, blackmail and a little bit of romance. 3 stars for old time's sake. ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have to be honest, some parts of it were boring and my eyes were just flying across the pages BUT I enjoyed the story as a whole so much that I'm willing to look past those never ending descriptions and unnecessary plots ...more
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny, virgin-h
I’ve read the hard copy in 1999 and re-read e-book a couple of years ago again. It was funny and heroine was great.
This is my second book by Amanda Quick and it appears I enjoyed the other book (Seduction) as well although I can't recall anything from it. Darn.

The narrator really kept me interested in the book. I think I may have a new narrator to add to my top narrators list. :) She kind of sounds like the narrator at the beginning of Disney's Cinderella (not the live-action remake) and I believe that helped draw me in.

Based on some of the blurbs of her books, Amanda Quick tends to insert mysteries into h
If Mistress is a dessert, it is a macaron. It’s the cutest thing that you want to consume! Mistress is a recommended read if you enjoy a confident bluestocking paired up with a stuffy Mr. Darcy type off to solve a mystery. The relationship between the leads, Iphigenia and Marcus, reminded me of Loretta Chase's Lord of Scoundrels (beautiful, strongheaded bluestocking, "dark" hero who is not actually dark but kind of stuffy, still hot) and their amusing banter reminded me of The Importance of Bein ...more
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Her worst's book so far.
The hero with his stupid's rules and the heroine tstl!
The story ridiculous too, urgh!:(
Iphiginia (let's now dwell on the name, shall we?) has recently returned to England, when she learns her dear aunt Zoe is being blackmailed. The blackmailer is so vicious he actually killed a member of the ton, Marcus Valerius Cloud, Earl of Masters, so he truly must be stopped. So Iphy devises a cunning plan. She would enter the ton posing as Masters's mistress - the man is dead after all, he won't be able to label her a liar and since he was quite a recluse before his death, no one will know t ...more
3 Stars

Marcus Cloud, Earl of Masters, is astonished to learn that his non-existent mistress is taking London by storm. Thus, he returns to Town to meet his "paramour", Mrs. Iphiginia Bright, only to discover that the intriguing young woman has adopted this masquerade to ferret out the identity of a nefarious blackmailer. Soon the two join forces to unmask the villain and perhaps turn their charade into something more real.

Marcus and Iphiginia are very likable as individuals and they hav
Mar 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE AMANDA QUICK!! Freaking love her!!! This particular story was great. I had a hard time believing her name was really Iphginia or whatever but I got over it once I all of a sudden became her and had the most daunting crush on Marcus. Yes. In these books I become the main character. Sometimes I'm all of them and act out the parts in the mirror. Yes, I'm a dork.. D O R K. Moving on... The story delivers intrigue, suspense and kept me up WAY into the night. Super fast read. Super rollercoaste ...more
Haven't read Amanda Quick in awhile and thought this was just an okay listen. Loved Barbara Rosenblat narration. ...more
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
** 4.5 stars **
What is better than to sit down by the fire on a winter night, drinking hot chocolate and reading an endearing novel? That’s how I felt while reading Amanda Quick’s Mistress, a hilarious clever mix of romance and intrigue.

Iphiginia as Mrs. Bright, all in white, poses as the mistress of the effusive Earl as Masters to unmask a blackmailer that is threatening her family. Marcus intrigued quits his country home to meet her, when told of Lady Starlight’s parading in society as his
Nov 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What an entertaining read this turned out to be! So much that I am going to try to gobble up as many of Amanda Quick's books as quickly as I can.
Iphiginia Bright's aunt was being blackmailed. The note said that Marcus Valerius Cloud, Earl of Masters was killed by the blackmailer and if the aunt did not pay up, she would meet with the same fate. Iphiginia helps by posing as Marcu's mistress, Mrs. Bright. Being he is dead and all, who would know that she is a just a bluestocking virgin.
Marcus i
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Iphegenia (what a name!) goes undercover as a mistress of a dead Earl in order to gain entrance into society to reveal a blackmailer. One problem...he's not dead and she's never been a mistress. When he hears about his mistress, he decides to check it out. I in no way expected this to be funny, but it really was. I loved the banter between the H/h and each other's family and friends. Sure, the plot is a little - OK a lot - farfetched, but it was so fun I didn't care. There's a few TSTL moments a ...more
3 stars, would have been 3.5 if the ending wasn’t so abrupt. I want an epilogue!

This story was about Iphiginia (worst heroine name ever) and Marcus (an Earl & the hero). The heroine pretends to be the mistress of the hero in order to gain entry into society and figure out who has been blackmailing her aunt. Marcus finds out someone is posing as his lover and comes back to town to confront the heroine. He is immediately enamored by the heroine and decides that he wants to make her his mistress i
Linda Hurst
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Old Favourite

Mistress has always been one of my favorite Quick books, but I hadn't re-read it in several years and I am happy to report that it was as charming as I remembered. Comfort books serve a real purpose for me; when I want a book I know I will enjoy. I have a bad cold today which called for tea and honey and a book I knew I could lose myself in. Mistress fit the bill perfectly.

Laura (Kyahgirl)
3/5; 3 stars; B

Not the best book I've read by Amanda Quick but still a solid, lightweight historical romance.
Barbara Rosenblat is a good narrator for this type of story.

It should be noted that Amanda Quick -- better known as a pseudonym of Jayne Ann Krentz -- was, at one time, my favorite author. And although that was more than a decade ago, she will always have a spot in my heart, even if I don't quite connect with her books as well as I used to.

One reason I loved Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz books is that her characters are intelligent. The heroine does her own thing. The hero falls hard. It's quite pleasing all around. But Mistress seems to hit you over
Pamela Shropshire
I've read this book before and while it's not my favorite AQ, I do like it.

Iphiginia Bright is an educated woman who was born and raised in a village in the depths of Devonshire. After her parents died, leaving her almost penniless with a younger sister, she opened a school for young ladies and did quite well. Her cousin Amelia joins her.

Then she hires a secretary, Adam Manwaring, and he helps her put together a pool of investors and designs/contacts a group of townhomes in London. This brings
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
On audiobook I love Barbara Rosenblat, the narrator who I've grown accustomed to while listening to the fabulous Amelia Peabody series. The only problem here is that I'm so used to her different voices portraying Amelia Peabody and Emerson that it was hard for me to identify with the characters here in Mistress, for they all sounded exactly like my beloved characters from the Amelia Peabody books! So, it probably would have been better if I'd read this instead of listened because what works for ...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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