Monday, April 6, 2015

Review 'Otherwise Engaged' by Amanda Quick
Miss Amity Doncaster, world traveler, is accustomed to adventure and risk. Benedict Stanbridge, a man of science and a spy for the Crown, has faced danger in the darker corners of foreign lands. 

But they are about to face a threat that is shockingly close to home...

One does not expect to be kidnapped on a London street in broad daylight. But Amity Doncaster barely escapes with her life after she is trapped in a carriage with a blade-wielding man in a black silk mask who whispers the most vile taunts and threats into her ear. Her quick thinking, and her secret weapon, save her . . . for now.

But the monster known in the press as the Bridegroom, who has left a trail of female victims in his wake, has survived the wounds she inflicts and will soon be on his feet again. He is unwholesomely obsessed by her scandalous connection to Benedict Stanbridge—gossip about their hours alone in a ship’s stateroom seems to have crossed the Atlantic faster than any sailing vessel could. Benedict refuses to let this resourceful, daring woman suffer for her romantic link to him—as tenuous as it may be.

For a man and woman so skilled at disappearing, so at home in the exotic reaches of the globe, escape is always an option. But each intends to end the Bridegroom’s reign of terror in London, and will join forces to do so. And as they prepare to confront an unbalanced criminal in the heart of the city they love, they must also face feelings that neither of them can run away from. .

My Review:


In ‘Otherwise Engaged’ we go back to Victorian London and meet Miss Amity Doncaster. Amity is a twenty five year old, world traveler. She is not like your ‘normal’ Victorian London woman. Amity is modern, isn’t married and writes travel stories for woman.
Benedict Stanbridge is a handsome man of science who’s travelling as a spy for the crown. When Amity and Benedict meet there is an instant attraction, but life isn’t easy for them.
When Amity is kidnapped by a horrible murderer everything changes. Amity and Benedict decide to help the police in finding the ‘Bridegroom’ murderer and soon they find themselves in the middle of a complicated investigation.

The first thing I need to mention is that I seriously love the cover of this book. It’s just so pretty with the purple and the little designs on the side. This would definitely be a book I would grab if I saw it lying in a bookstore.
This story is from the beginning a very nice and enjoyable story. I loved Amity Doncaster and her way of life. She lives her life the way she wants it, without being afraid of what people have to say. And I loved that. Benedict is also a very nice character to read about. I loved the way Amity and Benedict interacted with each other and how they really don’t mind what people think of them.

This book is set in Victorian London and I loved to read about the huge dresses, and the way man and woman interacted with each other in that time. It truly is a romantic time if you ask me.
The main characters are awesome, but also the other characters are very enjoyable.

The mystery in this book was also very great. I loved the way Amity and Benedict are a part of the investigation. Until the very end I truly had no idea who the murdered could be and I loved how they came to the truth. To me this book was the perfect mystery novel with a perfect romance on the side. I loved Jayne’s writing and really hope there will be more books like this from her. 

My Rating:


About the Author:

Jayne Ann Krentz, who also writes historical and futuristic fiction under the pseudonyms Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle respectively, has more than fifty New York Time beststellers under her various pen names; more than twenty-five million copies of her books are in print. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

For more information about Jayne Ann Krentz, a.k.a. Jayne Castle of ‘The Hot zone’ please visit her website, Goodreads or Amazon. Or look for Jayne on Facebook and Twitter. 

Many thanks to Clara Diaz and Little, Brown Book Group for giving me the opportunity to read this amazing book.


  1. I do love Victorian London, I might have to check this book out. I love blog reviews because sometimes they are something I would never have found on my own!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. That's definitely one of the great things of blog reviews. ;)
      This book was just awesome and I really recommend it!
      Thank you for visiting ;)


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