The Paid Companion by Amanda QuickThe Paid Companion by Amanda Quick

The Paid Companion

byAmanda Quick

Mass Market Paperback | March 29, 2005

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“Once again, the incomparable Quick has whipped up a delectable Regency romance” (Booklist)—about an ice-cold business agreement that turns into something far more heated…
 
The Earl of St. Merryn needs a woman. His intentions are purely practical—he simply wants someone sensible and suitably lovely to pose as his betrothed for a few weeks among polite society. He has his own agenda to pursue, and a false fiancée will keep the husband-hunters at bay while he goes about his business. The simplest solution is to hire a paid companion. After all, the sorry women who must accept such employment are sure to be grateful for any favor...
 
When he encounters Miss Elenora Lodge, he believes his problem is solved. Her dowdy attire and pinned-up hair cannot hide her fine figure and the fire in her golden eyes. And her unfortunate circumstances—and secret dreams of a life onstage—make the Earl’s offer undeniably appealing.
 
But St. Merryn is clearly hiding something, and things seem oddly amiss in his gloomy Rain Street home. Elenora is soon to discover that his secrets are even darker than his décor—and this lark will be a more dangerous adventure than she’d been led to believe. And Arthur, Earl of St. Merryn, will find that the meek and mild companion he’d envisioned has become both a partner in his quest to catch a killer—and an outspoken belle of the ball who stirs a bothersome passion in his practical heart...
Amanda Quick is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, the author of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers. She writes historical romance novels under the Quick name, contemporary romantic suspense novels under the Krentz name, and futuristic romance novels under the pseudonym Jayne Castle. There are more than 35 million copies of her ...
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Title:The Paid CompanionFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 6.7 × 4.2 × 1.1 inPublished:March 29, 2005Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0515138649

ISBN - 13:9780515138641

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from the paid companion Awesome book. Could hardly put bit down. Loved this book. Full of suspense and romance also.I definitely recommend this book.
Date published: 2015-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent! A fun read! I thought it was great! Sure, I'm not much on romance novels - I find them poinless when they all turn out the same - but this one had an added little mystery that I really liked. I found Elenora to be a strong woman/character who has compassion for others and has a head on her shoulders. I liked Arthur character. Strong and inconspicuously/secretly kind hearted, he takes responsibilites way to seriously and is logical to a fault. A good plot with a nice twist, witty, I liked the historical setting, and the story was a bit more on the mystery than the fake engagement. You do feel something between Elenora and Arthur, but it doesn't rule the book. I really liked that!
Date published: 2008-02-20

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Paid Companion“Once again, the incomparable Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz) has whipped up a delectable Regency romance that mixes humor, suspense, and tantalizing historical detail with the savory ingredients her fans have come to expect; a feisty, resourceful heroine; a hero with a decidedly dangerous edge; witty repartee; and strongly appealing secondary characters. Another winner from a hugely popular romance star.”—Booklist   “A delectable romp from the deft pen of Ms. Quick.”—Kirkus Reviews   “Enjoyable...the banter is lively and entertaining.”—The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)   “Typical Quick—which is to say immensely entertaining—this Regency romance contains a mystery element, but as always with the author, her characters are the main attraction. The hero and heroine are bright, principled people…Fans of Stephanie Laurens will especially go for this.”—Library Journal   “Thank you Ms. Quick for yet another moving, humorous, addictive read.”—Rendezvous Reviews