From a cozy cottage in rustic Dorset to a magnificent mansion steeped in secrets comes a dazzling tale of lost pirate gold and legendary love Once Olympia Wingfield had been free to devote all her time to her true passion the study of ancient legends and long lost treasure But now, with three hellion nephews to raise, the absentminded beauty has very little time for research Which makes it seem all the serendipitous when a handsome stranger strides into Olympia s library unannounced and proceeds to set her world to rights Tall and dark, with long, windswept black hair, Jared Ryder, Viscount Chillhurst, is the embodiment of Olympia s most exotic dreams a daring pirate, masquerading in teacher s garb, whose plundering kisses and traveler s tales quickly win her heart Yet all too soon innocent Olympia will discover that the enigmatic and wickedly sensual Chillhurst is no lowly tutor, but a future earl with a wealth of secrets the kind that will lead them both on a perilous quest for hidden fortune and a love worth than gold


10 thoughts on “Deception

  1. Ginger Ginger says:

    For an older historical romance book wrote back in the 1990s, this one was fun to read I enjoyed both main characters, Jared Ryder and Olympia Wingfield.Deception starts off with Olympia s uncle finding a missing diary that will solve the mystery of the hidden Flamecrest treasure.Jared Ryder, the guardian of the Flamecrest family meets the uncle in a pub and agrees to take the dairy along with merchant supplies to his niece, Olympia Wingfield.When Jared finally meets Olympia, he not only falls p For an older historical romance book wrote back in the 1990s, this one was fun to read I enjoyed both main characters, Jared Ryder and Olympia Wingfield.Deception starts off with Olympia s uncle finding a missing diary that will solve the mystery of the hidden Flamecrest treasure.Jared Ryder, the guardian of the Flamecrest family meets the uncle in a pub and agrees to take the dairy along with merchant supplies to his niece, Olympia Wingfield.When Jared finally meets Olympia, he not only falls passionately in lust but decides to hide his identity He is going to become a tutor to her three nephews that are living with her and find out if she can crack the mystery of the hidden Claire Lightbourne diary for his family.Enter love, intrigue, passion and some funny love scenes.I think the love scenes werefunny then steamy The language when they are talking to each other felt very Shakespearean I m not sure if that was what Amanda Quick was going for LOL Overall, it was a fun book to read for hidden treasure, everlasting love and some family mischief


  2. CJ - It& CJ - It& says:

    I am a believer that romance novels should NOT be hilarious when the hero and the heroine are finally getting it on Unless it s a rom com chick lit book.So imagine my surprise when I start reading this book and so far it s ok The prose is a little high drama for me and the heroine is flightier than a hummingbird on crack, but the plot seems like it may redeem the heroine s character flaws and the hero s brooding ways.Then I get to the scene where Olympia and Jared kiss and I have to shake I am a believer that romance novels should NOT be hilarious when the hero and the heroine are finally getting it on Unless it s a rom com chick lit book.So imagine my surprise when I start reading this book and so far it s ok The prose is a little high drama for me and the heroine is flightier than a hummingbird on crack, but the plot seems like it may redeem the heroine s character flaws and the hero s brooding ways.Then I get to the scene where Olympia and Jared kiss and I have to shake my head because it s almost like reading a badly written Shakespeare verse Nothing screams awkward like hearing the hero refer to his love as a siren for whom he would gladly get lost at sea for and that their romance is a journey that he doesn t want to turn away from.Really That s too much talking.Don t get me wrong I like a little dialogue with my romance sex teasing scenes, it builds up the chemistry and the eventual act What I don t need is amateur poet night at the local drama club.Now, aside from the laughable dialogue which distracted me from any lovemaking what so ever, the fact the plot didn t really go anywhere was annoying as all get out.Olympia moves from one library to another while Jared is resolutely not helping her when he really really should be His family owns the diary that Olympia s uncle found for her and had shipped back to England Jared was just supposed to make sure that the diary got there safe BUT his family sort of owns the diary because the author is his great great grandmother There is a treasure to be had if they can figure out what the diary says and what the codes mean and hey, it all stems from a fued between the GGG s of the Ryder family and the Yorke family.Anyhoo, once Jared sees Olympia he realizes that must have her so he, who is a Viscount with the heart of a merchant, who looks like a pirate complete with one eye and longish hair decides to become the tutor of Olympia s three unruly nephews.Being capable, Jared manages to tame the children, become her financial advisor manager and woo the shite out of her with his tales of worldly escapes and his mutterings of sweet poetic gobshite.The ending was an extreme case of the hand of the author where everything is not only tied up neatly but that there are no real villains oh and everyone loves each other and everything is okay again blah blah blah The good thing about this was that there were two lesbian relationships and neither were used as fodder for any kind of joke or discrimination I liked that it was progressive in that sense It would ve been better if the pirate tutor who can be quite overbearing and the flighty teacher hadn t been the stars of the show.Oh, there was also bit of role reversal in which Jared takes care of the details of the house, schedules, kids and money so that Olympia can continue her research and her writing hobby Again, another point on the progressive scale.There are certainly some cute and funny moments that were meant to be both funny and cute.However, all of the good stuff combined doesn t make this book worthy enough to keep Granted, this book is a little dated written in 1994 and I m sure for the time it was awesome this was the hardcover debut of Amanda Quick Is this book itself awful No, I suppose it s fun and it does have its moments It s a quick read and is a good summer vacation read but I don t know I was expecting


  3. Chitra *CJ* Chitra *CJ* says:

    Deception is the story of Olympia and Jared.Ah..my heart


  4. Wealhtheow Wealhtheow says:

    Immensely wealthy viscount falls in love with scholarly, absent minded lady, poses as the tutor of her 3 unruly nephews, and has sex with her, all in the first fifty pages The rest of the book is a slap dash whirl of euphemistic sex scenes, non sensical schemes, and laughable dialog and characterization The one point in this book s favor is that it has not one, but two lesbian couples, both of whom live perfectly nice lives and are perfectly ordinary, nice people But don t be drawn in by the Immensely wealthy viscount falls in love with scholarly, absent minded lady, poses as the tutor of her 3 unruly nephews, and has sex with her, all in the first fifty pages The rest of the book is a slap dash whirl of euphemistic sex scenes, non sensical schemes, and laughable dialog and characterization The one point in this book s favor is that it has not one, but two lesbian couples, both of whom live perfectly nice lives and are perfectly ordinary, nice people But don t be drawn in by the promise of a Sapphic regency, as I was This book is a paint by the numbers job, and not worth opening the front cover


  5. namericanwordcat namericanwordcat says:

    Utterly charming We have a bookish heroine, a dog, three busy boys, and a rakish yet stuff hero.There are all sorts of hidden gems of delight in this ruckus adventure romance Most profoundly, it shows characters who are open minded and good hearted and yet fierce in their love.


  6. Cyndi Cyndi says:

    As many know, Quick has a standard formula for her early novels spunky, intelligent heroine meets dark, brooding man that needs to her liven him up The hero also usually has A Past This book did not deviate from that formula, and while I enjoyed other books that fit this mold see Ravished and Seduction , I did not care for this one First of all, the dialogue is ridiculous Sing for me siren, Jared always says when he and Olympia are in intimate situations I counted Jared s use of sir As many know, Quick has a standard formula for her early novels spunky, intelligent heroine meets dark, brooding man that needs to her liven him up The hero also usually has A Past This book did not deviate from that formula, and while I enjoyed other books that fit this mold see Ravished and Seduction , I did not care for this one First of all, the dialogue is ridiculous Sing for me siren, Jared always says when he and Olympia are in intimate situations I counted Jared s use of siren on one page, and it number 15 As one other reviewer stated, you shouldn t laugh when the characters are about to get it on I did Numerous times Additionally, Olympia drove me bat shit crazy Usually Quick s heroines are intelligent, maybe a touch clueless, but not downright dumb At times Olympia s distracted air and Sweet Innocence made her seem like a nitwit I get it she loves researching lost treasure or something and thinks she s a woman of the world However, does that also mean she must say the most ridiculous things I had no idea what Jared saw in her He seems to find her attractive and thinks her disregard of household concerns to be charming Though, I fail to see how it s charming to be unconcerned about finances and the proper way of raising 3 young boysJared Ryder did not appear to be much of a character either Olympia appreciates his managerial style and thinks he s Super Dreamy, but that s it And, really, did he have to have a freakin eye patch An EYE PATCH If you re going to write a character with an eye patch, at least make it interesting So rarely did characters mention the eye patch that I started wondering if it was standard attire in 19th century England Jared also seems blithely unconcerned that he has vision out of only one eye There is no hint of any struggles he may have had physically or emotionally over the loss of his eye In fact, he single handedly defeats villains in knife fights with no problem Having a hero with only one eye could have been fascinating, but instead it seems to have been used as a convenient prop to make characters comment that he looks like a pirate Granted, I know the focus of the novel was not Jared s struggles with his loss of the eye and it happened an undetermined number of years ago, but it still seemed like a ridiculous choice on Quick s part SIDE NOTE If you want to read an historical romance about a hero who has to overcome physical challenges, try Yours Until Dawn by Teresa Medeiros or To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt Finally, the mystery was not even done well The diary was either brought up in a nonchalant manner or in a OMG we re in immediate danger and can t you hear the dramatic music to signal something bad is going to happen kind of way For fans of Quick s standard formula of writing a historical romance there are definitely better options than Deception


  7. Heather Heather says:

    Over heated prose and a campy story line both which I can deal with What I can t deal with is the one eyed hero That s right One eye Given how much of romance involves the look in his eyes melting, smoldering, glacial, hawk like, etc all dependent on whether or not he s making love or felling bad guys this presents some challenges The look in his eye is just not going to cut it AQ settles for things like the fierce light in his one eyed gaze Enh I don t know In a romanc Over heated prose and a campy story line both which I can deal with What I can t deal with is the one eyed hero That s right One eye Given how much of romance involves the look in his eyes melting, smoldering, glacial, hawk like, etc all dependent on whether or not he s making love or felling bad guys this presents some challenges The look in his eye is just not going to cut it AQ settles for things like the fierce light in his one eyed gaze Enh I don t know In a romance world of flowing haired, steely thewed, god like stud muffins, you ve got to admire her for trying to rock an eye patch In theory, I m on board In practice, if we must have a damaged hero, give him a limp and a childhood trauma


  8. Mo Mo says:

    Re Read December 14, 2017An oldie but a goodie.Re read March 27, 2017I consider books of this ilk to be one of my guilty pleasures It was just as enjoyable as ever.Re read August 2018I read this off and on while I was searching for something good to read.


  9. Pamela Shropshire Pamela Shropshire says:

    I had always remembered this as one of my favorite OS AQ titles, but I must confess I didn t love it as much this time as I remembered The dialogue between the H h was overblown, especially when contrasted with the witty banter of Dangerous which I read most recently.I still love the storyline the secret identity is one of my favorite tropes bluestocking heroine is another and who DOESN T love a legend about a golden phallus and the characters I do adore Mrs Bird, the mouthy houseke I had always remembered this as one of my favorite OS AQ titles, but I must confess I didn t love it as much this time as I remembered The dialogue between the H h was overblown, especially when contrasted with the witty banter of Dangerous which I read most recently.I still love the storyline the secret identity is one of my favorite tropes bluestocking heroine is another and who DOESN T love a legend about a golden phallus and the characters I do adore Mrs Bird, the mouthy housekeeper but the often cringeworthy convos makes me downgrade this one to 3 stars


  10. LibraryLass LibraryLass says:

    As usual an excellent read Amanda Quick is my comfort read and she never fails to give me a story I enjoy no matter how many times I re read them.