This is undeniably what one must call a "trashy novel" - a murder/mystery romance with a hearty dash of sex and a good deal of talk of current fashions.... but surprisingly modern and 'liberated' in its character portrayals - if not terribly realistic. A very quick read (hence the pseudonym?
marame reviewed Slightly Shady (Lavinia Lake and Tobias March, Bk 1) on
If you've ever read an Amanda Quick book, then you know what to expect. I loved the set-up of this story, but their constant bickering really threw me off. I had to force myself to finish reading it. Then I discovered that there were 2 more in the series, Don't Look Back and Late for the Wedding, and was glad for it because their romance seemed incomplete.
Lavinia Lake was unhappy with Mr. Tobias March from the first minute that she met him. He told her he was trying to save her, but she didn't like it one bit when he forced her to leave her antiques shop in Rome and return to London and smashed all of her wares in the process. When she returns to London and once again encounters Mr. March, they work out an uneasy alliance so that they can keep track of each other. I like Amanda Quick's romantic heroines - they have spunk and the alliance between Lavinia and Tobias reminded me a little bit of the old TV show "Moonlighting" - very entertaining!
From the moment the stranger burst into her antiquities shop in Rome, Lavinia Lake knew he was nothing but trouble. He said he was in pursuit of a killer. He swore he was only trying to save her. Yet Lacinia was convinced that Mr. Tobias March was bent instead on destroying her. When the self-described spy hustled her all the way back to England, Lavinia vowed she would find a way to repay him in full. She never dreamed that Mr. March had in fact been telling the truth, that he had been hired to track down a powerful villain. And just as his investigation was heating up, he found it complicated by the most ungovernable, exasperating-and slightly shady-woman he had ever met. Lavinia most certainly never dreamed they would meet again, forced into partnership under shocking circumstances-or that their fiery disputes would spark a sizzling desire as overwhelming as the danger they faced