When Victorian world traveler Amity Doncaster meets an injured Benedict Stanbridge in a dark alley on a small Caribbean island, she saves his life and falls in love with him, leading them both into peril.
When Benedict, an engineer, is unwittingly caught up in an international intrigue that nearly costs him his life, he's saved by Amity, an intrepid travel-guide writer. Arriving back in London weeks after her, he learns that she has been attacked by a notorious serial killer, but due to her quick thinking and a clever secret weapon, she has survived. Determined to catch the killer, Benedict and Amity offer their help to the Scotland Yard investigator on the case, piecing together clues that link Amity’s assault to the work Benedict was doing on behalf of the crown that led to his attack. But even as they close in on the killer, they realize there's someone behind the scenes who may be even more dangerous. And as Benedict and Amity chase the culprit with a tight circle of friends, their courtship is marred by confusion and misunderstanding. Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) moves away from paranormal elements in this historical romantic suspense novel, but she maintains her stellar plotting, exquisite dialogue and impeccable characterization. Benedict and Amity are a perfect pair, but their path to romantic bliss is hindered by physical danger and a charming uncertainty on both sides.
Sexy romance and intriguing mystery combine for a wholly satisfying and entertaining read.