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The Paid Companion by Amanda Quick

Title: The Paid Companion
Author: Amanda Quick
Genre: Romantic suspense, historical romance
Setting: Victorian London
Reason for Reading: I wanted the fluff. Give me the fluff!
Pages: 418
Copyright Date: 2004
Cover: Green and gray tones. A boat being paddled through a tunnel. The closed eyes of a statue.
First line: "Arthur Lancaster, Earl of St. Merryn, was sitting in front of a crackling fire in his club, drinking a glass of excellent port and reading a newspaper, when he received word that his fiancee had eloped with another man."
Best part: Despite the many novels I've read by this author, she still has the ability to surprise me.
Worst part: I felt like the main character lost herself in becoming Mrs. Him.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Survivor" by Destiny's Child has some of the heroine's stubborn pluckiness
Grade: C
Recommended for: Fans of steampunk-style romance.
Related Reads: Second Sight and other Arcane Society novels by the same author. I feel they represent a high point in her career.

Elenora Lodge has lost her entire inheritance to her stepfather's creditors. She is forced to seek a position as a paid companion.
Arthur Lancaster wants a sham fiance to keep the marriage-hunters off his back while he concludes important business in London.
These two people bent on satisfying their own goals will soon find that love is the greatest adventure and challenge of all.
Tags: books 2009, fiction
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