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Imogen Waterstone has always prided herself on being a thoroughly independent young woman, but now she needs a man of implacable will and nerves of iron. That's why she invited Matthias Marshall, infamous Earl of Colchester, to her home in Upper Strickland. Who better than the legendary explorer to help her lay the perfect trap? Her scheme is simple, really: She plans to lImogen Waterstone has always prided herself on being a thoroughly independent young woman, but now she needs a man of implacable will and nerves of iron. That's why she invited Matthias Marshall, infamous Earl of Colchester, to her home in Upper Strickland. Who better than the legendary explorer to help her lay the perfect trap? Her scheme is simple, really: She plans to let it be known that when she inherited her uncle's collection of antiquities, she also inherited a map to a fabulous ancient treasure. She's sure that her enemy would risk financial ruin in pursuit of the mythical artifact. And to make doubly sure the scoundrel took the bait, she wants Colchester to pretend that he's out to seduce Imogene so that he, too, could get his hands on her map.Yet in all of her plotting, Imogene never anticipates Colchester's violent reaction to her request or her own electrifying reaction to him. Neither does she expect that a malevolent threat would emerge from the labyrinth of London--sinister enough to endanger her and Colchester's lives....

Title : Mischief
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ISBN : 9780553588675
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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Mischief Reviews

  • Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
    2019-01-07 08:22

    My least favorite Amanda Quick to date. The heroine was naive to the point of stupidity at times ! While the story dragged and lacked the captivating factors her other books like Ravished and Dangerouscontained. Dissapointed.

  • Roxana-Mălina Chirilă
    2019-01-01 04:18

    One star because I will forever remember this book as the book which Zamared too much.Let me explain: Lord Colchester of Zamar discovered the lost (and dead) kingdom of Zamar, where he found Zamarian artifacts which he brought to London. Imogen Waterstone is a Zamar enthusiast who delves into Zamar scholarship, wears Zamar-themed dresses and has a plot regarding... Zamar.She involves Colchester in her Zamarian plan, which is to get someone into an expedition to Zamar, where he'll waste all his money because Zamar is a money-hungry place. Then *she* gets involved with Colchester, and they use secret Zamarian love-making techniques to have Zamarian sex, which they feel the need to mention, to make sure you know she thinks everything good comes from Zamar. So the two dream of each other as the two deities of Zamar: Zamaris and Anizarnara.But other people use Zamar to try to get them with the aid of a 'Zamarian tablet', which is just a Zamarian receipt, which Imogen realizes instantly because she reads Zamarian like English.All ends well when he says he loves her the way he does Zamar and will Zamar the Zamar out of her for the Zamar of their days. Zamar.If I never hear of "Zamar" again, it will be too soon.

  • Vanessa Wu
    2019-01-02 05:58

    I think my brain must have turned to candy floss because I'm enjoying this book. It's nonsense but it's literate nonsense. I am listening to it as an unabridged audiobook and it's very good at reminding me of what has just happened in case I'm half asleep, which I usually am. If I were just a bit more intelligent I might be able to ride a horse, phone my boyfriend and complete a sudoku puzzle without missing any of the story. As it is, my boyfriend will have to wait. Actually there are some delicious sex scenes in it which make the boyfriend redundant anyway.

  • Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
    2019-01-08 03:57

    Imogen Waterstone has come up with a plan to avenge her friend’s murder, however, it involves collecting a promise she has inherited from her uncle from the Earl of Colchester, more commonly known as “Coldblooded Colchester” or “Colchester of Zamar”. When Matthias (the aforementioned Colchester) arrives after his letter from Imogen, he is both irritated, amused, and aroused by her no nonsense attitude and commanding personality, and against his better judgement decides to help her with her ridiculous scheme. However, when they arrive in London things start to get more complicated as they realize that there may be more to her friend’s death then meets the eye.This was another enjoyable read by Amanda Quick, I loved both the main characters, Imogen and Matthias, and the mystery kept the story very interesting until the very end. Imogen was a strong self assured woman with nerves of steel, and was a very fun and likable character. She was under the false assumption through most of the book that Matthias had weak nerves and delicate sensibilities, which was completely untrue but was very funny to read about, especially when Matthias used her misconception to his advantage. Matthias was also a good character, he had a haunted past that made him seem “coldblooded” and I liked that you could see this facade melt in Imogen’s warmth as the two come closer together. The romance between the two had a natural progression through the book and I enjoyed reading the interplay between the two characters, especially when they were discussing ancient Zamarian love making techniques (Zamar being an island that Matthias has discovered, which in real life doesn’t exist), and Matthias’ questionable nerves. The mystery of the murders was also very interesting and kept me reading, although it became apparent towards the middle what was happening, I still wanted to read on. Although it does fall into the trap of the villain explaining everything at the end as they (think) they have the heroes cornered, from a readers point of view it is nice as it explains everything in detail, but it isn’t very realistic, however, I could suspend my disbelief enough so that it didn’t bother me.I really enjoyed this book; it was funny and romantic with a hint of mystery and likeable main characters. I would recommend reading this if you are a fan of historical romance and want to read something a bit different from the usual, and also if you are looking for some humour with your romance.

  • carrietracy
    2019-01-19 03:11

    This was complete crap. I was going to rationalize the fact that I finished this by explaining that it was a)offered on Kindle by my library and b)checked in, making it a very rare commodity indeed. But then I realized that every time I actually bother finishing something that I know to be without redeeming qualities I make some type of excuse. Because somehow I'll be absolved of the guilt and embarrassment of finishing utter trash if you think that perhaps I had no choice in the matter. Please look for flimsier and more extravagant excuses in the future.So why did I find this to be a waste of time?There are those that can swallow tripe involving a poorly imagined ancient civilization (ahem, Zamar) and there are those that find it both ridiculous and distracting. I fall soundly in the later group. I just DID NOT CARE. And I couldn't focus every time she invoked this ridiculous place. Which was approximately every other page. Quick was quite quick to dispense with the romance. By halfway through she'd pretty much run through it all and was on to the flimsy murder mystery she'd concocted. Again, I didn't care.The romance was poorly written, with far too many references to Zamar and well, he was rather zealous about sniffing her. It was like he was a dog.

  • Jasmin
    2018-12-25 03:25

    Mischief by Amanda Quick is a fun book and I suggest you read it if you're looking for humor and romance interlaced, plus a little suspense and mystery on the side, because this is exactly what you would get once you read this book.Imogen Waterstone, the heroine, is old (considering England's standards in the past) and has a tarnished reputation (being seen in a bedchamber with Vanneck, the husband of her so-called best friend Lucy). So she's been shunned by "polite society" because of her disgrace and opted to discovering the mysteries of a lost civilization, "ZAMAR". Also, not being entirely convinced that her best friend Lucy commited suicide (after her being seen with Vanneck), she ultimately believed the notion that Lucy was murdered by no other than Vanneck. Imogen had concocted a silly plan of avenging Lucy with the help of Matthias Colchester, another devout of the Zamar civilization.So with this, an entanglement of intrigue, lies and mischief will suffice, because everything is not as it seems.The question is, will Imogen Waterstone survive? Or would her attraction to Matthias Colchester prove to be more deadly than she ever imagined? ♥

  • Maria
    2019-01-09 06:09

    My least favorite Amanda Quicks are the ones that refer to Zamar and Vanza. This one is Zamar. I have learned over many readings, however, to ignore the references to Zamar and enjoy the rest of the story. Imogen is a bit Amazonian for my taste in that she always takes the lead, whether in a waltz or in her search for vengeance, but otherwise, she and Colchester are fun to follow through their adventures together. There were a few spots where I was confused by the timing. When I thought several days had passed, it turned out that not even one day had, which was a bit disconcerting. I still re-read this one, however. Any JAK is better than none.

  • Jan
    2019-01-08 07:13

    Couldn't put it down- it's hilarious and I'm sorry to see it end-

  • Remy Kripton
    2018-12-30 01:12

    Best book ever!!! Loveddd!!! Matthias..... Awww

  • Pamela Shropshire
    2018-12-25 04:20

    Imogen Waterstone is obsessed with Zamar, a legendary lost civilization (think Atlantis) that has been recently rediscovered by Matthias, the Earl of Colchester. Imogen's uncle has recently died and left his estate to her. It includes many ancient artifacts, some Zamarian in origin. She writes Colchester and asks him to come help her identify them.A few years previously, Imogen's reputation was ruined in Society when she was found in a bedchamber with Lord Vanneck, the husband of Imogen's best friend, Lucy. Lucy was found dead the next day. Society believes she committed suicide over the betrayal of her husband and best friend, but Imogen believes Vanneck had been abusive to her and murdered her. Imogen has a scheme to get revenge on Vanneck and this is the true reason for involving Colchester. The scheme is ridiculous, and to be fair, Colchester tells her so, but he goes with it and so must we. Of course, this is just a plot device to bring our H/h together.I do enjoy the banter between them. And I do particularly like one of the secondary characters, Mrs. Vine, Imogen's landlady/ housekeeper and her matter-of-fact tales of scandalous former tenants. Those made me LOL. Of course, Imogen and Colchester marry and fall in love and will live HEA. The thing that spoils it for me is Imogen's naïveté. I think AQ herself realized this late in the writing process, because she has Imogen tell Colchester something like, perhaps I'm not as naive as you think; I just choose to look at things from a different perspective. Perhaps, but I prefer a heroine who is more - not cynical, but realistic in her views of the world.Anyway, not my favorite AQ (too much Zamar and far too much "exotic Zamarian lovemaking techniques - LOL!) but still fun.

  • Lisa
    2019-01-11 02:58

    This book would have been better served if it was about half as long. It was 10 CDs in audiobook format and I had to force myself to finish it. There were a lot of things about the story that were irritating and in a shorter book these would have been only passing annoyances, but in a book this long they became major issues.For example, the heroine, Imogen was very annoying. She dominated every scene by just never shutting up and running roughshod over everyone else in the discussion with her (usually completely incorrect) view of things. Also, about 1/4 of the way through the story she suddenly developed the habit of being unbelievably clumsy so every scene included at least one instance where she knocked over some priceless artifact or vase. Her speech was also very repetitive. I lost count of the number of times she said that things were "nonsense" or "rubbish" before inserting her own personal view of the situation. And the business of her thinking the hero was using "ancient Zamarian lovemaking techniques" on her was just ridiculous.As for the plot, it was very predictable. The villain was easy to spot right from the beginning, partially because there were very few characters in this extremely long book. And because it was so easy to figure out the "mystery" it made the reading kind of a slog as I waited for the hero and heroine to catch up to what I'd known since practically the first chapter.

  • PointyEars42
    2019-01-16 01:58

    Stopping after 6 chapters. I need to accept that my fond memories of Amanda Quick novels are just that...memories. I've outgrown her & find her plots repetitive, her characters cliched, and her writing really nowhere near as good as I remember it being. Maybe I've just read too many Courtney Milan's & Sarah McLean's and Quick then suffers in comparison.

  • Joy
    2018-12-21 03:15

    I had to talk myself into finishing this. The heroine Imogen is a clever scholar but so headstrong in her naiveté that it tips over into stupidity.

  • Lindap
    2019-01-03 05:13

    2.50 / 2 StarsI've read other AQ books, and this is my least favorite. I got so tired of Zamar being in the majority of their comments, thought processes and even sex. It got old real fast. I stuck to the story just to find out who was murder was.

  • Elena
    2019-01-01 05:18

    Ok, a little bit different regency romance ... but something was missing ...

  • Jane Reader
    2018-12-31 07:13

    Mischief is one of my favorite Amanda Quick novels after Ravished and Mistress. It tells the story of Imogen Waterstone, a "bluestocking" bent on avenging the death of her closest friend, Lucy, Lady Vanneck by using the Earl of Colcester -- an expert on ancient Zamar, a place that has become fashionable to study by members of the ton -- to lure Lucy's husband into funding a Zamarian expedition that will lead him to nothing but financial ruin. Colcester earned the moniker Cold-blooded thanks to his steely nerves (funny as Imogen thinks him anxious and overwrought) and earlier days owning and operating a gaming hell (which he did to fund his research into Zamar due to his father's refusal to do so and their estranged relationship). Thanks to his parents' loveless and volatile marriage, Matthias has a distorted view on relationships, but he and Imogen are still drawn to one another due to what he credits their shared passion and interest in Zamar.This is the first Amanda Quick novel that I've read where I didn't figure out who culprit was and what their reasoning was until the end. The mystery surrounding Lucy's suicide and Imogen's plot against her husband, Lord Vanneck, to uncover it, is interesting and just as engrossing as the relationship between the two main characters. Most of society believes the "discretion" between Lord Vanneck and Imogen (nicknamed Immodest Imogen because of it) -- which was anything but -- lead Lucy to kill herself, but Imogen believes different. Once she and Matthias team up, there are tons of twists until the end.The interactions between Imogen and Matthias made the book a breezy read and the mystery just pulls the whole bit together. I would highly recommend it!

  • Julie
    2018-12-19 09:05

    On audio with Barbara Rosenblatt narrating this wasn't bad, but again I had trouble with the actual plot and couldn't help comparing so much of it to the superior Elizabeth Peter's sleuthing couple Amelia Peabody and Emerson (especially since Rosenblatt narrates those books too!) Two intellectuals interested in ancient archaeology partner up which leads them to danger and romance, etc. Here we have spinster, Imogene Waterstone, asking Matthias, Earl of Colchester to pretend he is interested in marrying her because she has a map to this secret treasure in the make believe land of Zamar. She hopes by doing this she will be able to trap the killer/husband of her close friend who she believes was murdered. It's a complicated plotline with a mystery with loads of red herrings and some humor between Imogene and Matthias, who winds up wanting to marry her for real, even though she drives him crazy. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. I thought the Earl was heavy handed and just wasn't into him. Imogene - meh. Just didn't grab me, I'm afraid.

  • Maverickgirl31
    2018-12-21 01:26

    First of all, let me say how AMAZING Barbara Rosenblat is as a narrator. AQ/JAK writes very passionate and intelligent female characters and I always feel like BR does a great job bringing them to life. Immodest Imogen is another ORIGINAL female character. She knows more about ancient Zamar than she does social graces. But it is that love that strikes up her very passionate relationship with Cold-Blooded Colchester. She immediately sees the lonely, vulnerable man inside of the aloof, cold exterior. What begins as a relationship based on passion and Zamar quickly grows to deep and abiding affection thanks to secrets from Imogen's past that have raised their ugly heads. Colchester proves himself to be more than a match for Imogen as they race to bring the villains to justice before anyone else ends up dead.This is probably my 8 time reading...I play this book at least once a year and it gets better with every telling.

  • Deirdre
    2018-12-19 08:12

    While a fun installment in her slightly alternative universe with the finding of a mysterious island called Zamar, which has captivated the historical period (which feels more victorian than regency), this somehow just didn't quite do it for me. I think that the pacing was a little off for me and I really didn't feel a sense of menace from the major bad character. Imogen Waterstone has a plan to get her revenge on Vanneck, a man who married a friend and then broke her heart. Who also was involved in getting Imogen in disgrace. She turns to Matthias Marshall the Earl of Colchester for help and finds herself more involved than maybe she should.It's fun, light and interesting but the characters never really came to life for me. Still it's a good one to borrow.

  • Kami
    2019-01-09 04:14

    Very fun read. I absolutely adored both the main characters in this. Imogen not only has a fantastic name but is so upbeat and positive you can't help but love her. The Hero is appropriately broody and smart and the story itself was rather fun. They mention Zamar a little too much and the sex could have been a little hotter but overall I enjoyed this and had a hard time putting it down. Good read!

  • Summer
    2019-01-07 02:57

    I would really say Mischief was a 3.5 star rating. I didn't care too much for the heroine, particularly her ridiculous calling their make out sessions 'zamarian love-making techniques'. If you read the book you'll understand. I did however like the hero and the dialogue between him and the heroine. This just seemed to be one of those books where it was good just not quite something that blew me away either.

  • Audrey
    2018-12-19 05:03

    Too much of everything.

  • Michelle
    2019-01-07 01:02

    ooooh, this was a goooood one!

  • Andrea
    2019-01-01 08:25

    One if the best books I've read from her. I loved the interactions between the two main characters. It was a fun read all through out.

  • ms bookjunkie
    2019-01-07 06:27

    *happy sigh* There's nothing like an old favorite comfort read. Love!

  • Vier
    2018-12-25 05:07

    Loved the plot, the main characters, especially the heroine. There were no cliche misunderstandings or silly fights, the mystery was actually (surprisingly) interesting. The relationship was incredibly sweet and I loved that they were actually straightforward to each other instead of hiding their feelings (that happens way too often in in this kind of novels, unfortunately). The ending was near perfect (perhaps a little bit too abrupt?) but it was brilliant that he (view spoiler)[gave her the Seal and that he had it the whole time (hide spoiler)] *sigh*The heroine was smart, witty and although she was stubborn, she didn't make me want to throw my kindle on the wall. I think her stubbornness is actually necessary to the plot and drives it, so this time, I won't complain^^ I also didn't hate her aunt (normally I am not fond of older, interfering, female relatives in romantic novels), because she served as a tool of communication and (most of the time) not as an interfering, conservative chaperone.I would loved to give it four stars, but I just couldn't ignore the way Patricia annoyed me. I mean she was so disrespectful, (view spoiler)[not only believing the gossip, not only not giving a chance for the heroine to explain herself, not only being cold and condescending to her, BUT ACTUALLY TRYING TO GET HER RAPED??? (I know that she was just trying to compromise her, but she must have known what he was going to do with her.) I mean Imogen was NOTHING but sweet and helpful to her, and she DIDN'T EVEN APOLOGIZE to her and there was also this whole crap with the curse (I mean how dumb is she???????). That was when I wanted to throw my kindle. I also couldn't understand why the hell Imogen wasn't FURIOUS with her. The day after the attempted rape, Imogen wasn't pleased, but she should have been furious. Like seriously. And Patricia even tried to justify herself.(hide spoiler)] When I finished the novel, I couldn't concentrate on the sweetness of it, but I was still furious with Patricia (I might have anger issues). As much as it annoys me, I can't, with good conscience, give it more than three stars. *crying in the corner because I loved the story* *why, why did you have to make Patricia this way????*

  • Marina Villalobos
    2019-01-16 02:00

    Thinking about it, I think I have been a tad too generous rating this book with three stars. It was boring. The heroine, Imogene, is just too naive to live even in a fictionalized world! I found her thoroughly annoying at all times. The hero was stalwart but I failed to see what in the world was so "cold-hearted" about him. He warmed up to Imogene from the beginning and his "ghosts" didn't seem to affect him very much at all. He certainly wasn't the "tormented" hero the author tried to depict. Why I finished the book, I don't know, but since it was an Amanda Quick, I guess I kept expecting things to improve. Hope springs eternal.

  • Corrine
    2018-12-21 08:04

    The mystery storyline was pretty good but I couldn’t work up any enthusiasm for the rest.

  • Maggie Brogden
    2019-01-12 07:25

    COLCHESTER AND IMOGENAs always, enjoyed Krentz voice. This who done it kept ,me guessing for longer than usual. Signature spun KY off beat heroine and laconic hero.

  • Mollie
    2019-01-12 08:00

    I grow tired of dark haired (anti) heroes, but this is artfully written and it was fun to read.