Book Reviews of The Paid Companion

The Paid Companion
The Paid Companion
Author: Amanda Quick
ISBN-13: 9780399151743
ISBN-10: 0399151745
Publication Date: 5/3/2004
Pages: 432
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 132 ratings
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 4
I am not a fan of Regency romance but I absolutely loved this book! The mystery and romance of it kept me interested all the way through and I couldn't wait to see how they ended up together!
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Helpful Score: 3
eh. The fact that there was a mystery was neat, but the dialogue was really weak. I also really hated how the author referred to the ton as 'Polite Society' and 'Polite Circles' capitalized every time. Neat premise but poorly executed, I feel.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a large print paperback. Due to her stepfather's mishandling of her estate, Elenora Lodge must seek employment as a companion. The Earl of St. Merryn needs just such a woman to pose as his finance during the next few weeks in polite society so that he will not be bothered by the matchmakers to wed their lovely daughters. And, he will be free to conduct a highly complex business deal.
Their adventures are wonderful and the love and respect that grow for each other makes for a heartwarming story.
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Helpful Score: 2
The Earl of St. Merryn once made a joke that the perfect way to find a wife was to go to an agency that provided paid companions, so when he needs someone to masquerade as his fiancé that is exactly what he does.

Elenora Lodge lost her home and all that was hers because of a bad investments made by her late and unlamented step-father. She is left with nothing. She finds work as a paid companion, but she is not what is expected in one, so when the Earl offers her this strange masquerade, she accepts. A chance to spend some time in society and enjoy an adventure seems too good to pass up. Besides, though most people seem to believe that Arthur St. Merryn has ice water in his veins, she suspects that there is a tightly controlled passion there.

This offers a good romance with a nice addition of humor and adventure.
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Helpful Score: 2
A little slow at the beginning. I had no idea where the storyline would go.
Definetly a quick read, but fun and interesting!
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Helpful Score: 2
I was kept surprisingly engaged by this book. I thought it might be a bit sappy, but it turned out to be quite snappy. I think it's a Regency romance book, but the time period isn't exactly specified.

Elenora help the Earl of St Merryn find a mad killer that is loose in London. She is hired by him to pose as his fiancee so that he may roam about London without being plagued by fotune hunting mothers trying to foist their young daughters on him as potential brides.

In the process the no-nonsense Elenora sets his London house to rights; wins his heart; and together they solve the mystery. They go on to live happily ever after. Ah, it's so nice to read such a fun little romance once in awhile! I think this one would actually make a good movie.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was another great Amanda Quick book! Elenora is hired from an agency to act the part of an Earl's fiancee. She would distract match-making mothers, while the Earl looked in to the murder of his great uncle. Elenora is a great character, who faces all problems head on. I highly recommend this Regency.
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Takes place in Regency era England. The author is really Nora Roberts under a pen name. A young woman must suddenly find a way to support herself after fiancee dumps her when he finds out she isn't wealthy anymore. She travels to London from the country to try to work as a paid companion. She has a miserable time and is about to be barred for the agency that assigns her work when a man desperate to find someone to play his fiancee to keep the marriage-minded women off his back. As you might guess, the 2 characters fall for each other. They become involved in a mystery of who killed the man who raised him. There is some interesting information on what was "cutting edge" science in those days. They encounter a madman with a score to settle.
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Helpful Score: 1
Awesome. Man pays a companion to be his fiance. This is an absolute awesome read. Don't miss it.
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great book, you will fall in love with Elenora.
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The Earl of St. Merryn seeks a woman to pose as his fiance to keep the husband-hunters at bay while he goes about his business. His plan never included falling in love.
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An intersting read for those that like elegance as a backdrop.
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A little predictable, but enjoyable for a light read.
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Very good. I got this one to read while working out but couldn't put it down.
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Another wonderful Amanda Quick novel that I just couldn't put down!
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"Sexy, charming, intelligent fun." - Kirkus Reviews
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Fun historical romance with a spunky heroine.
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Thoroughly enjoyable read. Historical London setting, proper society, arranged marriages and a lonely bored vampire. A bit off the beaten bath , not your same old, same old vampire stuff. Entertaining and worth the time.
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FABULOUS!! I simply love Amanda Quicks writing and this book was wonderful. Enjoyed the entire thing.
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Humor, suspense and great historical detail in an old-fashioned love story.
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Very funny
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One of the best regency romance books I have ever read!!!
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Immensely entertaining very good
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A light read.
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A governess hired to be a paid companian by a handsome rouge. Good but not original story line for a romance novel.
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Great book, a quick and easy read!
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I really enjoyed this story. It was a very good mystery with interesting twists.
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A fast paced, fun book to read. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a little action with their romance!
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I actually loved this book. Great humor, feisty female and sexy dark brooding male. The tales was well told and the mystery quite interesting.
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Another great book by Amanda Quick!
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O' I really liked this book, it is one of my favorite AQ books. I like the storyline and the characters, lots of history and information woven into the story.
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This book was billed as a mystery but it really turned out to be another soft-core romance novel. There isn't much mystery to that. I didn't even bother to finish it.
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great book. I loved it
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I love her books and this one didn't disappoint me
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A great Quick read. Love her books.
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Very exciting book!
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Shows you that woman have a stron bone even when soft.
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Good book. Worth reading.
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First and foremost, this is a good Romance novel. It has an added twist: a dangerous, murderous madman who has a secret weapon. There is a secondary romance and a number of female characters that are quite non-conformist. And, did you know that the author, Amanda Quick, also writes under two other names? She is Jayne Krentz and Jayne Castle!
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Another great read by this author.
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One of the best books I have read in a while!
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I like this author and her story was good. If you like historical romance you will like this one.
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The Earl of St. Merryn once made a joke that the perfect way to find a wife was to go to an agency that provided paid companions, so when he needs someone to masquerade as his fiancé that is exactly what he does.

Elenora Lodge lost her home and all that was hers because of a bad investments made by her late and unlamented step-father. She is left with nothing. She finds work as a paid companion, but she is not what is expected in one, so when the Earl offers her this strange masquerade, she accepts. A chance to spend some time in society and enjoy an adventure seems too good to pass up. Besides, though most people seem to believe that Arthur St. Merryn has ice water in his veins, she suspects that there is a tightly controlled passion there.

This offers a good romance with a nice addition of humor and adventure.
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Another great book and a quick read.
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I enjoyed the characters, the story was good. A nice read, all in all.
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Great historal/romance fiction book.
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Great read
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Truly a cute & romantic story.
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This is the best one of her books I've read so far.
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I enjoyed this one.
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Humor, suspense and tantalizing historical detail
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A must read
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Another good book from Amanda Quick! Set in Regency England.. a story of opposites attracting. A great summer read!
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Just finished this book, it's great! I love Amanda Quick...
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One of the most fun books I've read in a long while. I couldn't put it down! Light and spunky - which is rare for a historical romance...
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Another great read from Amanda Quick. I recommend the book.
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I loved this story. It was a true romantic novel, with a mystery in-between. The first one of this author's novels I've read, so it was a fresh, fun read.
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Very, very good!! Her books get better and better.
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Pretty good book for a Romance: ) Characters were a bit one sided- but it made for an interesting evening.
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I haven't ever read one of these regency romance novels (of which, from what I've seen here, there must be a large number) but this one has to be one of the better ones. Perhaps that because the murder mystery it centers around kept my attention more than just a normal romance plot would. Not as much historical information about the lost rivers of London as it would initially have you believe it contains, but there was enough interesting information about the arcane social customs of the era to compensate.

This is about a fiesty and compassionate young woman whose stepfather loses her family fortune, forcing her to seek employment. A rich and mysterious Earl seeks a woman to pose as his fiance so he will not be bothered by the many families that would seek to throw their eligible daughters at him. There are many similarities between this couple and the famous Mr. Darcy/Elizabeth Bennett pair.
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It has humor and suspense and excellent historical detail.
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She's written better...
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I forgot to remove a book from my luggage to read on a plane trip so I picked this one up at the airport and was pleasantly surprised when I enjoyed it.
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A Regency romance that has more to it than most, a delightful mystery story.
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LOVED THIS BOOK!
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The story was okay, not really much of a page turner. I didn't think the drama was very intriguing, or the dialogue very smart.
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suspence is pretty good, romance is a little weak.
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Another excellent story, You will enjoy this one!
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This unique story was a page-turner! It kept me interested all the way through.
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Good read.
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Fast read...
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I like the avenues of solving the crime and finishing all the other plots going on at the same time.
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Loved it!
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This is first time I have read a book from this author. Pleasant and enjoyable reading - not too sappy or strong love story but very predictable. Good fast reading
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I really enjoyed this one - but then, I always like Krentz's books.
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Elenora Lodge is forcibly expelled from her comfortable life and forced to find work to survive, rather than joining a brothel she becomes a "paid companion" but does poorly as she has too much spirit. Arthur is introduced as a cold-blooded man who won't even chase after his fiancee when she runs off with another man. His decision to obtain a "pretend" fiancee by simply paying for her services makes complete sense. The two of them meet in a striking scene that sends sparks and gives a delicious tingle of anticipation. The reader knows that these two are destined for each other but they will both fight it until the end.
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Great book.
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Really enjoyed this book
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I was a great read.
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A good book
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Love Amanda Quick!
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WOnderful book!
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A guilty pleasure for romance fans
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I enjoyed this book alot.
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The Earl of 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 agends to pursue, and a false fiancee will keep the husband-hunters at bay while he goes about his business. The simplest solution is t 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 Elenor Lodge, he believes his problems are 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 decor--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 parter in his quest to catch a killer-and an outspoken belle of he ball who stirs a bothersome passion in his practical heart.
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The earl of St. Merryn needs a bride and this time he will hire a paid companion to pose as his fiance. The arrangement starts out as a buisness deal but things soon get heated.
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Worth the read.
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Duplicate copy!
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hard back with no outer cover

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Missing book jacket
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I really liked the characters an the setting of this book. It seemed a slow read to me, but I still enjoyed it. Listed on Bookcrossing, I'd appreciate a journal entry there. :)