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    Review of QUICKSILVER by Amanda Quick


    Putnam, April 2011

    When Virginia Dean wakes from a drugged sleep to find herself in bed with a dead man, a knife in her hands, she realizes that her gentle career as a psychic who sees sees memories in mirrors has just shattered. Linking up with the handsome and dangerous Owen Sweetwater brings its own risks--for one thing, he's too closely associated with the Arcane Society, a group of psychically powerful who looks down on those who, like Virginia, trade on their abilities. For another, he's a well-known skeptic who's exposed as frauds several of Virginia's associates. Still, desperate times call for desperate measures and Owen is certainly capable.

    Owen Sweetwater has been prowling the nights. He tells himself he's hunting--something the males in his family have always done. Realistically, though, his time is short. He's got to find the woman who can make him whole or he'll become one of the monsters he hunts. Virginia has potential, but she's independent and Sweetwater men tend to be very dominating. Of course, if he can't protect her, and himself, from the clockwork psychic killers set against them, his long-term sanity or his desire for a life-mate may never matter at all.

    Author Amanda Quick (see more reviews of historical romance by Quick) continues her LOOKING GLASS series with an engaging read. Virginia is a typical Quick heroine, spunky, energetic, and with that romance heroine capability of finding the unlikely to be completely logical. Owen is Quick's familiar damaged male who can only be made whole by the love of a good woman.

    If you haven't read Amanda Quick (a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz), you've missed one of the most popular and capable writers of historical (and mildly paranormal) romance. If you have read Quick, then expect a good dose of what she does best. Quick doesn't break any ground here, Virginia, Owen, their conflict, and their social setting are familiar even though the names are different. I like the (non-Owen) Sweetwater males, and thought that the issue of Virginia's illegitimacy was handled well. And Quick's writing is as quick and witty as ever. Sure QUICKSILVER is a bit like cotton candy--it's still an enjoyable read.

    Three Stars

    Reviewed 12/11/11

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