Thursday, February 6, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition #19

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Happy Thursday, everyone! And welcome to a new feature on Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World.

What is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday.

The Historical Romance Edition:
Since Mary of Buried Under Romance and I are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, we've decided to focus on our beloved genre.

Here are our rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008.

Mistress by Amanda Quick, published November 2005


After a year of grand adventures touring the classical ruins of Italy and Greece, Iphiginia Bright returned to England to discover that the real excitement was at home. It seems that her Aunt Zoe has fallen victim to a sinister blackmailer and only Iphiginia can hope to stop the culprit before he can do more harm. Her plan is inspired: Imitating history's most legendary beauties -- Cleopatra, Helen of Troy, Aphrodite -- the former schoolmistress will remake herself, and descend upon London Society as the dazzling mistress of Marcus Valerius Cloud, the infamous Earl of Masters. Rumors hint that the Earl has disappeared at the blackmailer's hands, and by posing as his unknown mistress, Iphiginia is convinced she can ferret out the villain. Overnight, Iphiginia is transformed into a vision with a host of eager admirers, including one she does not expect -- the Earl of Masters himself, who strides into a shimmering ballroom one evening to cooly reclaim his "mistress". He is everything they say he is ... arrogant, attractive, devastatingly seductive, and Iphiginia can't help but be enthralled. But when Marcus agrees to play along with her charade, she doesn't know that the determined earl has plans of his own: to tease and tempt her, until the beautiful deceiver becomes more than his mistress in name only.

I am proud to say that I have read every single Amanda Quick historical romance novel published in paperback. (The Mystery Woman was released in hardcover first so I am waiting for the paperback edition , which will be released in April 2014.) I read Mistress almost ten years ago and I still remember how Iphigenia teased Marcus with her beauty and earned his respect and love with her cleverness and level-headedness. Iphigenia's specialty is Roman and Greek antiquities -- and I love, love, love Quick's heroines because they are intelligent and talented in a quirky sort of way. There's Harriet from Ravished, who studied fossils, Alice in Quick's Medieval romance, Mystique, who was a gifted healer, etc.

I think Amanda Quick is a brilliant writer who, like fine wine, has gotten better with the years and her works have stood the test of time. It is amazing how she crosses over three different romance genres (Historical, Contemporary, and Paranormal) and writes them so well. Her newest series, The Ladies of Lantern Street, is a sub-series of her Arcane Society stories and is very, very, very good.

I just love her. Period.

To find out more about Amanda Quick and her books, click below:

Head over to Mary @ Buried Under Romance and Ki Pha of Doing Some Reading for their picks for Throwback Thursday.^_^

Fellow historical romance readers are welcome to join us. Enter your link below so we can visit your TBT: HR Edition post for the week! (Then go here to copy the Link code to your blogs.)


  1. I picked this book up a few years ago because of the cover. Good thing I liked it too! I haven't read all of Amanda Quick's books but I know she's a great writer.

  2. The only Amanda Quick book I've read is Ravished, but I did enjoy it. I have Mistress on my wishlist and I plan on getting through Quick's backlist someday. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This author has been on my list for quite some time, but I haven't gotten around to read her yet. I think I need to change that especially when my local library has quite a few of her books. I really like the sound of this one!! Going to go check it out now!! Thanks for sharing this one. :)

  4. Hi, Alyn! She's an author I admire very much. If you like your romance with just a hint of paranormal, I would definitely recommend her Arcane Society series.

    Hi, Jennifer! One scene comes to mind and that's when Harriet compares a part of Gideon's anatomy to a fossil. =^_^= (I read this when I was younger and it scandalised me so much -- in a fun way.)

    Hi, Renee! I saw your TBT: HR feature and loved it! I'm so, so tempted to pick up a copy just to see how accurate the blurb is. It looks really fun.



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