I've been wanting to read something by Amanda Quick for some time. I picked up The Paid Companion this week and read it in one go. I started the book at night and couldn't put it down so, I stayed awake all night and finished it. The Paid companion, as the title suggests is a story of a professional arrangement that turns into love.
The plot isn't wildly original, but the characters and pacing are excellent. The story has strong elements of thriller/ mystery as half of the story revolves around finding a murderer. However, unlike many authors, Amanda Quick uses the mystery elements to aid the story, not take away from it. The pacing is perhaps the biggest strength of the novel. The events unfold at the right pace and nothing appears forced or deliberate. The emotion and writing style are strong too.
Overall, The Paid Companion was an enjoyable read. I recommend it to any historical romance fan. I hope to read more by this author in the future.