Deception

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From Seduction to Surrender and Reckless to Ravished, New York Times bestselling author Amanda Quick has spun one thrilling love story after another. Now, in her long-awaited hardcover debut, she introduces her most endearing heroine and compelling hero, in a dazzling, daring tale of lost pirate gold and legendary love... Deception.
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Overview

From Seduction to Surrender and Reckless to Ravished, New York Times bestselling author Amanda Quick has spun one thrilling love story after another. Now, in her long-awaited hardcover debut, she introduces her most endearing heroine and compelling hero, in a dazzling, daring tale of lost pirate gold and legendary love... Deception.
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Editorial Reviews

Mary Ellen Quinn
Jayne Ann Krentz, a best-selling paperback author, makes her hardcover debut as Amanda Quick with this romance set in England in the early part of the nineteenth century. The hero is dashing Jared Ryder, viscount Chillinghurst, descendant of the notorious pirate Captain Jack. The heroine is Olympia Wingfield, a spirited and unconventional young woman whose passion is researching the customs and legends of foreign lands. These two are brought together when Olympia's uncle Artemis engages Jared to deliver to Olympia some goods picked up in the course of his travels. But Jared has a personal interest in the goods, for they include the Lightbourne diary, which is said to contain the key to a fabulous treasure buried years ago by Captain Jack and long sought by Jared's family. Inevitably, Jared finds he's irresistibly attracted to Olympia, and she to him. Soon every element in the novel, including the mystery surrounding the buried treasure, takes a back seat to the lovers' passion, which is explicitly portrayed. Despite some inconsistent characterizations and contrived plotting, this is an engaging story, with a touch of humor and colorful period details.
Kirkus Reviews
"In romance the success of an individual author is not based on how well she writes by conventional standards, but on how compelling she can create her fantasy and on how readers...can step into it with her." Thus Amanda Quick, as Jayne Ann Krentz, in her introduction to Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women (1992—not reviewed), an anthology concerning the romantic novel. Here, in the best-selling paperback novelist's debut in hardcover, Quick has provided an inviting little world of warmth, adventure, mystery, bouncy sex, and a (never oppressive) Regency setting. Olympia Wingfield, alone and vaguely raising three lively young nephews, is glad to hire on as tutor one Jared Ryder—who's not about to reveal that he's a viscount. Jared impresses the intellectual "spinster" of 25: "From his long wind-whipped black hair and velvet eyepatch to the dagger he wore...he was an awe- inspiring sight." Jared's real mission is to purchase a secret diary purported to point to a West Indian treasure—a diary that the studious Olympia is deciphering, unaware of its import—but, meanwhile, as part of the household, he disciplines the soon-to-be- devoted boys (and their dogs); runs villains to ground; carries on his own shipping business on the sly; and soon, of course, becomes smitten with Olympia. Amid subplots that flutter around and about like Olympia's chemisette, there's also jolly sex—during which both partners have a wonderful time. A featherlight, warmhearted fantasy with lots besides bedroom frolics going on, and it's all in a modern idiom (only one "mayhap"). Fans will welcome this perfect little popover of a romance into hardcover circulation. (First Printing of60,000)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553565065
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1994
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 254,543
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Amanda Quick is the pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the author, under various pen names, of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers; there are more than 35 million copies of her books in print. She lives in Seattle.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    Great Read!

    Amanda's books are the best books on the market. She makes me laugh, cry and can't wait to turn the page.

    This one is one of my favorites!!

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

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    A Very enjoyable summer read.

    I have read almost every novel Amanda Quick has ever written. In my opinion, Deception by Amanda is definitely a winner. The story is romantic, and tender, while at the same time exciting. Also, the story is complex, and satisfyingly. I love it when she writes about a strong woman character. Inspiring, and a very enjoyable summer reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2008

    Boring

    I think I might have enjoyed this book as a teenager, but a teen I am not, and this book fell a bit flat for me. From reading the back cover I expected a pirate-ish treasure hunt kind of story, and it was so not. I kept waiting for them to jump on a ship and go find the treasure that the whole book centered around finding, but they NEVER did! The author even made a point of saying that Olympia had never traveled anywhere, so... why didn't she have her travel? Some things were never explained, leaving loose ends, and the hero and heroine had very little chemistry. I wanted to like this book, but it was pretty disappointing.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    this is different from the traditional governess in love with th

    this is different from the traditional governess in love with the lord of the manor. i love that she thinks he is a tutor for her family. this reversal adds a spark of change that was so badly needed. and the authors sense of humor comes thru subtley (no need to be hit over the head, a quiet qwip and dry humor does it for me). thoroughly enjoyable read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2009

    Disappointing

    What can I say? The blurb made it sound like a fun, romantic adventure. In reality, it was dull, with bad dialog, very flat characters, and little suspense. I kept waiting for them to go off and find this fabulous treasure, but they never did! The denoument/climax was practically nonexistent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2003

    I WISH THAT I WAS IN IT............................

    THIS IS THE ULTIMATE HISTORICAL ROMANCE!! Amanda, if I was a critic, you get two thumbs up! The plot was interesting and captivating- it had my interest from beginning to end. The characters are awesome! Olympia is my kind of Woman, she is so strong and dedicated. The passion she shares with Jared is steamy. LOVE IT! This is the first book I have read by Amanda Quick, and I consider Deception as my favourite book. I hope to read more. Keep up the good work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2002

    I loved this book

    You have to read this book if you are a fan of Amanda Quick you must read this.

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