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The Paid Companion
The Paid Companion
Author: Amanda Quick
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 s...  more »
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PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780515138641
ISBN-10: 0515138649
Publication Date: 3/29/2005
Pages: 400
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 385 ratings
Publisher: Jove
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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mamadoodle avatar reviewed The Paid Companion on + 1105 more book reviews
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!
duplica123 avatar reviewed The Paid Companion on + 150 more book reviews
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.
kacey14 avatar reviewed The Paid Companion on + 47 more book reviews
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.
reviewed The Paid Companion on + 475 more book reviews
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: 1
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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reviewed The Paid Companion on + 6 more book reviews
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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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!
justreadingabook avatar reviewed The Paid Companion on + 1539 more book reviews
A great Quick read. Love her books.