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I Thee Wed

(Vanza #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  5,233 ratings  ·  203 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.

Mass Market Paperback, 362 pages
Published January 13th 2010 by Bantam Books (first published April 6th 1999)
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It's been quite a few years since I last read one of the author's novels. Hers were my early foray into HR. Her language seems period appropriate enough but the characters and the story line are rather simplistic and lack the psychological and emotional depth I prefer these days. Narrator did decent job. ...more
I Thee Wed is another entertaining regency mystery-suspense by Amanda Quick to enjoy. ...more
Olga Godim
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
A wonderful example of the author’s historical romantic suspense novel. The heroine Emma is a paid companion. One of the demands of her job is being meek. Unfortunately Emma’s strong will, innate sense of justice, and sharp tongue make it hard for her to perform her duties.
The hero Edison is a filthy-rich businessman, a bastard son of a nobleman. He is a self-made man, proud and loyal to his friends, an alpha-male in the best sense of the word.
The story is set in England during a vaguely histo
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
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This was a cute, uncomplicated romance read from Ms. Quick (well except for the exotic island of monks which smacked too much of Orientalist fantasy but I give it pass. Even though I kept thinking of Wuxia movies during the action scenes which was a little distracting).

Given that this one was written around the same time as her March/Lavinia series (, I was quite surprised at how much better I found this. The story revolves around some magic / supernatura
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This variation on AQ's plot was... not good. Thing is, I'm generally opposed to romances between people where the power differential is large, unless the power dynamics are dealt with well. They are not in this thing. Because dude has hired the heroine and is paying her to essentially help him with his quest, but he also knows (and understands) that she needs the job. So his constant ordering her about/dictatorial tendencies don't sit well, especially after the relationship starts progressing. B ...more
Merry Jewelhound
Smart strong heroine and hero. A mystery and a romance combo that I always enjoy. The book has been reviewed many times and I have nothing to ad.
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I really liked Emma. I found her to be entirely relateable. Didn't even mind the gauzy metaphysical elements that made her a little too perfect. I wasn't entirely convinced of Edison, however. He felt a bit too much everything. The Vanza elements worked in a whodunit way but I wanted more character building between Edison and his grandmother, for example. Too many plot elements for a book under 400 pages well.

Solid writing. Emma's clear ethical lines definitely worked pretty consistently.
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Basically, all I could think about while reading this was:

I don't know how I did it, but through the grace of A Higher Power I was able to finish I Thee Wed. You know, I was prepared to forget its similarities with The Paid Companion so that I could be fair in judging it. It was difficult, mind you, especially since The Paid Companion was such an amazing read. But yeah, I managed to clear my head and focus on the story, determined to critique it solely by its own merit and not in contrast to so
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
3.5 stars

Amanda Quick is an enjoyable, non-stressful read for me. I'm so glad I picked this up to listen to. It has broken my spell of non-finishers lately. Barbara Rosenblat is the narrator and she did a fine job. Fluff, well read. Just what I needed.
Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it
A bit dated, but still amusing. These Vanza books remind me of the silent films from the twenties with the mustache twirling villains stirring up diabolical mischief. AQ has created an authentic historical feel without actually identifying an era, but that lack of detail makes everything one dimensional and hard to visualize. She seems to tell the same story over and over too and I wish I had left this re-read in the past.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, mystery
The mystery part is so-so, but the romance part is pretty funny and engaging.
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
Mayra Fernandez Duran
The book was not as good like I supposted but a diferent style it's fine. ...more
Maria Portela
Aug 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newts
Although this is the second book in the series it's actually the first one I've read. I wasn't that amazed by it, not necessarily because I felt it was bad, but mostly because it just isn't quite my cup of tea. Also, there were some issues regarding it that didn't help as well. Thinking better about these problems were probably what ruined it a bit for me.

I was aiming for a historical romance when I picked up this book but this is more of a crime/suspense/mystery historical romance novel, which
Dec 22, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Nov 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Reread and really enjoyed it.
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Amanda Quick is one is one my my favorites. This one is very good. Not just romance, but a good mystery too. Not much more I could say, but that it was a fun, quick moving historical romance.
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.
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Cat Bras
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As always , Ms. Quick delivers a strong story with strong characters. Loved every minute of the book.
I Thee Wed is book #2 in a series titled “Vanza,” a historical romance adventure series having characters loosely connected to the Vanza society in London. The books can be read as stand-alones.

Edison Stokes/H literally bumps into Emma Greyson/h while both are concealing themselves in a bedroom wardrobe while avoiding a tryst at a country house party outside of London. Emma, an educated woman of a strong and independent nature, is currently working as a Paid Companion while awaiting an improvem
Tim Covell
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this during a busy trip, and really enjoyed the fun distraction. It's a historical romantic suspense that doesn't take itself too seriously. The suspense is at the level of a cozy mystery, there are running gags, and the characters are on the fringes of respectable society instead of part of it. We still get the Regencyish trappings, but with characters who have more to lose than their reputations. There's also a secret society of mystics, magic potions, and related tropes which bring in ...more
Gail Daley
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommend
This is a book I have read many times. Amanda Quick aka Jayne Ann Krenz aka Jayne Castle, does a good job with the period. She manages to create a heroine who is intelligent, ambitious and ingenious who succeeds against some pretty heavy odds, while taking into account the conditions she must function under as a woman in that day and age in England. I'm a history buff, so I know quite a bit about the regency era in which the novel takes place. (For those of you who aren't, this era is considered ...more
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I marked off one star because the characters made a few too many stupid assumptions for me. With each additional stupid assumption made, I start to like the characters less and that affects the story for me. Despite that, the characters had their redeeming qualities. Emma was independent and strong willed and unlikely to be bossed around by an unreasonable man. Greyson was honorable, protective and quick to defend Emma when she needed it most. With these traits, the 2 would have butted heads wit ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-novels
I Thee Wed just emerged from the squalor that is my attic so I read it again. Is it just me or did AQ's books used to be longer? I'll buy a new one now and I feel like I can buzz through it in a couple of hours. This is an old standby that I've read dozens of times and it still took me a couple of days. Admittedly with a kid lurking about, but still. It seems like there's so much more to the plot. Multiple murders. Some zingy dialogue. Several scene changes. A kind of ersatz Buddhism with martia ...more
talks of this mysterious book and potion got boring and old fast, although it sounded intriguing and I was wondering how it would play into the setting. But seeing how some of the magic stuff wasn't totally elaborated, probably have to read the previous book, that part kind of dragged. Near the end, not much more is known about the magic that Edison was pursuing intensively throughout the book. There was considerable talk about Vanza, which I found very boring and annoyed by it.

Emma was interes
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is one of my favorite books by Amanda Quick. It is a fun, quick paced adventure. I know some people get frustrated with Emma constantly asking about a reference, but that is a running joke through the book. (tongue in cheek humor people!) I really enjoyed the interplay between Emma and the "Exbridge Dragon" Such a great verbal spar between them. There is everything I enjoy in Amanda Quick books, A Mysterious Murder, Evening at a play, romance in a carriage, two women who are "really good fr ...more
Reading Fanatic
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

** 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
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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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