Dangerous by Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz)
Published by Bantam Dell on April 1993
Genres: Historical, mystery/thriller, Romance
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From a magnificent ballroom ablaze with lights to an imposing country house steeped in shadows comes a breathtaking tale of an impetuous miss--and a passion that leads to peril...
At five and twenty, Prudence Merryweather knew very well the risks a woman took by visiting a gentleman in the dead of night. But bearding the notorious Earl of Angelstone in his den was the only way to stop him from engaging her hot-headed brother in a duel. And that was why she found herself ushered into Sebastian's forbidding presence at three in the morning--and thoroughly kissed before dawn.
She was a country-bred innocent--and an intriguing experience for a man who dwelt more in the shadows than in the sunshine. Yet as her boldness drew Prue into one dangerous episode after another, Sebastian found himself torn between a raging hunger to possess her and a driving need to protect her. And the reckless beauty would soon need all the protection she could get...
I enjoyed this book while being annoyed by it at the same time. This book was written in 1993 (from what I can find) while my favorite Amanda Quick book – Scandal – was written in 1991. And it seems as if the characters were re-written slightly to create this book. And I think that’s where my irritation comes in: Emily from Scandal was a delightful clueless spitfire who loved her husband to distraction. Her clueless-ness and her love-blindness make it easy to believe her actions. Prue – on the other hand – spent so much time lecturing Sebastian about his “duties” to his family that it just pissed me off. She never once stood up for him after the way he had been treated by his family (Emily would have given the family a serious piece of her mind) and instead harassed him about what he “should do as the head of the family.”
I did like the fact that Ms Quick makes all of her heroines very intelligent and an expert in some field or the other. In this book Prue is a type of “ghostbuster,” which was delightful. Prue (and Sebastian’s) little adventures were lots of fun and I enjoyed watching the two work together.
It was a decent read, all in all. I’m kind of sorry I read Scandal first – I probably would have enjoyed this book more.