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An unconventional woman and a man shrouded in mystery walk a tightrope of desire as they race against a killer to find a machine that could change the world. Former trapeze artist Amalie Vaughn moved to Burning Cove to reinvent herself, but things are not going well. After spending her entire inheritance on a mansion with the intention of turning it into a bed-and-breakfast An unconventional woman and a man shrouded in mystery walk a tightrope of desire as they race against a killer to find a machine that could change the world. Former trapeze artist Amalie Vaughn moved to Burning Cove to reinvent herself, but things are not going well. After spending her entire inheritance on a mansion with the intention of turning it into a bed-and-breakfast, she learns too late that the villa is said to be cursed. When the first guest, Dr. Norman Pickwell, is murdered by his robot invention during a sold-out demonstration, rumors circulate that the curse is real. In the chaotic aftermath of the spectacle, Amalie watches as a stranger from the audience disappears behind the curtain. When Matthias Jones reappears, he is slipping a gun into a concealed holster. It looks like the gossip that is swirling around him is true—Matthias evidently does have connections to the criminal underworld. Matthias is on the trail of a groundbreaking prototype cipher machine. He suspects that Pickwell stole the device and planned to sell it. But now Pickwell is dead and the machine has vanished. When Matthias’s investigation leads him to Amalie’s front door, the attraction between them is intense, but she knows it is also dangerous. Amalie and Matthias must decide if they can trust each other and the passion that binds them, because time is running out.


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An unconventional woman and a man shrouded in mystery walk a tightrope of desire as they race against a killer to find a machine that could change the world. Former trapeze artist Amalie Vaughn moved to Burning Cove to reinvent herself, but things are not going well. After spending her entire inheritance on a mansion with the intention of turning it into a bed-and-breakfast An unconventional woman and a man shrouded in mystery walk a tightrope of desire as they race against a killer to find a machine that could change the world. Former trapeze artist Amalie Vaughn moved to Burning Cove to reinvent herself, but things are not going well. After spending her entire inheritance on a mansion with the intention of turning it into a bed-and-breakfast, she learns too late that the villa is said to be cursed. When the first guest, Dr. Norman Pickwell, is murdered by his robot invention during a sold-out demonstration, rumors circulate that the curse is real. In the chaotic aftermath of the spectacle, Amalie watches as a stranger from the audience disappears behind the curtain. When Matthias Jones reappears, he is slipping a gun into a concealed holster. It looks like the gossip that is swirling around him is true—Matthias evidently does have connections to the criminal underworld. Matthias is on the trail of a groundbreaking prototype cipher machine. He suspects that Pickwell stole the device and planned to sell it. But now Pickwell is dead and the machine has vanished. When Matthias’s investigation leads him to Amalie’s front door, the attraction between them is intense, but she knows it is also dangerous. Amalie and Matthias must decide if they can trust each other and the passion that binds them, because time is running out.

30 review for Tightrope

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katie B

    This is the third book in the Burning Cove series and while some characters from previous books are part of this story, you could read this as a standalone novel. However, I think the first book is the best in the series so I recommend starting with that one. Amalie Vaughn had a brush with death during her days as a trapeze artist so she moved to Burning Cove where she purchased a bed and breakfast. Unfortunately, her first guest, Dr. Norman Pickwell, is murdered and given someone else died ther This is the third book in the Burning Cove series and while some characters from previous books are part of this story, you could read this as a standalone novel. However, I think the first book is the best in the series so I recommend starting with that one. Amalie Vaughn had a brush with death during her days as a trapeze artist so she moved to Burning Cove where she purchased a bed and breakfast. Unfortunately, her first guest, Dr. Norman Pickwell, is murdered and given someone else died there not too long ago, most people think the place is cursed. Matthias Jones is investigating the murder but Amalie is not so sure she can trust him and he feels the same way about her. Burning Cove might seem like just a small resort town for Hollywood stars but it sure does see its fair share of danger, but thankfully love seems to be in the air as well. While I definitely like the whole 1930s nearby L.A. type setting, my interest is starting to wane with this series. This wasn't a bad book, and I did like the plot more in this one than I did with the second book, but there was nothing here that made it even remotely special. This was a quick read but at the end of the day, I think I would rather seek out the next very good or awesome read rather than continue with a series that is just okay. On a side note, I do love the cover for this one, and think it is by far the best out of the three books. Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy! I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Tightrope is the third book in the Burning Cove series. While I’ve read the first book, The Girl Who Knew Too Much, also, I think Tightrope can be read as a standalone. Amalie Vaughn is a former trapeze artist. Her move to Burning Cove is for a fresh start. She spends her inheritance on a mansion with the plan to turn it into a bed-and-breakfast; however, she finds out the mansion is cursed. In fact, her very first guest, Dr. Norman Pickwell, is murdered by his robot invention while onlookers ar Tightrope is the third book in the Burning Cove series. While I’ve read the first book, The Girl Who Knew Too Much, also, I think Tightrope can be read as a standalone. Amalie Vaughn is a former trapeze artist. Her move to Burning Cove is for a fresh start. She spends her inheritance on a mansion with the plan to turn it into a bed-and-breakfast; however, she finds out the mansion is cursed. In fact, her very first guest, Dr. Norman Pickwell, is murdered by his robot invention while onlookers are watching, which further makes the the curse seem real. Amalie then sees a stranger from the audience slip behind the curtain, and then reappear, placing a gun into a holster on himself. The man’s name is Matthias. Matthias is investigating Pickwell, believing he stole a cipher machine, which has now vanished. Matthias ends up at Amalie’s front door, and the two are instantly attracted to each other. They have to decide if they can trust each other enough to work together. Overall, this was a quick, immersive read. The setting was just plain fun and picturesque in a coastal California town in the 1930s. I felt the tension as the suspense built, and I had to keep reading until the clever resolution. Amalie was a phenomenal main character, and I loved her story! I received a complimentary copy. All opinions my own. My reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com

  3. 5 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    Amalie came from a family of flying trapeze artists but quit the profession when a crazed man almost took her life. An exciting opening to a thrilling story! Deranged murderers, spies, espionage, non-stop action and romance makes this tale difficult to put down! Amalie now resides in Burning Cove after buying a beautiful mansion with the intension of using it as a glamourous inn to house the rich and famous who’d like to get away. She got the mansion for a song, not before finding out about the Amalie came from a family of flying trapeze artists but quit the profession when a crazed man almost took her life. An exciting opening to a thrilling story! Deranged murderers, spies, espionage, non-stop action and romance makes this tale difficult to put down! Amalie now resides in Burning Cove after buying a beautiful mansion with the intension of using it as a glamourous inn to house the rich and famous who’d like to get away. She got the mansion for a song, not before finding out about the rumors that it’s supposedly cursed. Her first guest, a famed inventor, is murdered, fueling the speculation. Enter Matthias Jones a man supposedly connected to the mob asking a lot of questions, and not giving a lot of answers. Amalie is damned if the inventor’s murder is going to put her out of business and inserts herself into Matthias’ investigations. Amalie and Matthias dodge danger at every turn, and the intensity quickly bonds them making the attraction they’ve felt from the start ignite, turning into a fierce passion! I loved their chemistry and was happy that almost none of the conflict or drama came from their developing romance. Loved the setting of Burning Cove, a fictional California coastal town set in the 1930s. A picturesque getaway for the rich and famous. The winding seaside cliffs overlooking the gorgeous Pacific Ocean reminds me of Big Sur, Monterey or Carmel, but with a bit more old-Hollywood glitz. This is the third installment in the Burning Cove series, but each can be read and enjoyed as a standalone. While Amalie and Matthias’ romance wrapped up nicely there was a little discovery that hinted there’s more to come, but maybe focused on another couple? I look forward to it! A copy was kindly provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Corina

    With a series like this it’s always good to start at the beginning. The story plays during the 1930s in Hollywood/California, but the location reminded me more of Northern California with it’s winding coastal roads and picturesque small towns. Although all three books can be read as a standalone, it helps to start the series at the beginning. Most books by this author are built on a trusted formula that guarantees an action packed story, with multiple murders, strong female heroines and alpha her With a series like this it’s always good to start at the beginning. The story plays during the 1930s in Hollywood/California, but the location reminded me more of Northern California with it’s winding coastal roads and picturesque small towns. Although all three books can be read as a standalone, it helps to start the series at the beginning. Most books by this author are built on a trusted formula that guarantees an action packed story, with multiple murders, strong female heroines and alpha hero’s who are subsequently falling madly in love with said heroine. What I love about AQ heroes is that they always see the heroine as equal. They are never threatened by their independence, and strong willed nature. My kind of alphas. So, all in all the author delivered exactly what was promised. Tightrope was an engaging and action packed suspense romance in a very unique setting. The old Hollywood gangster vibe offered a fresh take on a historical suspense novel. And the author always manages to add something exotic to the story. In this case the heroine is a former trapeze artist. The twists and turns were exceptionally well done. And the multiple plots kept me engaged and made this an overall enjoyable and quick read. I must mention that the cover is just divine!! ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review. For more book recommendations, follow me on Instagram ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵

  5. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    We meet Amalie Vaughn an ex-trapeze artist who has recently bought the hotel where Madame Zolanda met her timely demise. One of her guests is murdered. Not a good way to begin a business. It also brings Matthias Jones a consultant for Luther’s firm to investigate. Rumors link Luther to some unsavory friends and business practices. Matthias comes from an unusually family tree, and fans of the Arcane Society series will recognize it. Amalie and Matthias were enjoyable characters. Their back and for We meet Amalie Vaughn an ex-trapeze artist who has recently bought the hotel where Madame Zolanda met her timely demise. One of her guests is murdered. Not a good way to begin a business. It also brings Matthias Jones a consultant for Luther’s firm to investigate. Rumors link Luther to some unsavory friends and business practices. Matthias comes from an unusually family tree, and fans of the Arcane Society series will recognize it. Amalie and Matthias were enjoyable characters. Their back and forth banter, mutual respect and acceptance provided a nice romance against the incredibly busy happens of Burning Cove. We see Luther and Raina from Vanishing Games and even get a little time with, Oliver and Irene, our first couple in the series. Dr. Norman Pickwell is murdered on stage by an unlikely suspect, Amalie’s past is closer than she thinks and an aging film star all added to a suspenseful plot with plenty of action and an ending that completely took me by surprise. While at times it felt like there was a lot going on, it did help to build suspense and kept me from guessing the person responsible for Pickwell’s murder. It was all rather clever. Bravo Quick (Krentz)! This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rissa

    Amelia was a trapeziest flying through the air without a net. The flying princess the best of the best until her life is threatened and the trauma keeps from soaring. But as new murders appear and sends her business into a haze she needs to figure out how to save her inn and stay alive. She teams up with some detectives to try and solve the case. Fun. I liked how we got to see every part of the investigation. We are kept in the loop. I also liked that it wasnt a love story it stayed focused on h Amelia was a trapeziest flying through the air without a net. The flying princess the best of the best until her life is threatened and the trauma keeps from soaring. But as new murders appear and sends her business into a haze she needs to figure out how to save her inn and stay alive. She teams up with some detectives to try and solve the case. Fun. I liked how we got to see every part of the investigation. We are kept in the loop. I also liked that it wasnt a love story it stayed focused on her career and the crime in front of them with some romance and humor thrown in. Side note. I have a friend named Amelia and her doctor is Matthias. Chester, oliver and clarence are all names of my pets. I thought that was funny so it was hard not to picture dr Matthias and Amelia as the characters, which got strange closer to the end.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mara

    2.5 stars -- This book had a lot of promise: a genuinely engaging main female lead, a great premise, and a really fun setting (I was really into the overall vibe of this book... it felt very 20s/30s madcap romcom, which I was into). That said, structurally, this book is very messy. The first 2 scenes are literally 2 totally different murder scenes, seemingly unconnected (you see what happens eventually, but its a jarring experience) and then you barrel head first into the solving the second murd 2.5 stars -- This book had a lot of promise: a genuinely engaging main female lead, a great premise, and a really fun setting (I was really into the overall vibe of this book... it felt very 20s/30s madcap romcom, which I was into). That said, structurally, this book is very messy. The first 2 scenes are literally 2 totally different murder scenes, seemingly unconnected (you see what happens eventually, but its a jarring experience) and then you barrel head first into the solving the second murder. There's not enough set up for you to get your orientation into the world, and I felt like the book never fully regained its pacing from there, at least for me. I also was iffy on the male lead. That said-- I would try again with this author. The non-plot elements worked really well for me, so I'm thinking if I find the right plot to connect with on her, I would really like something else from her. I've got the first 2 books in this series, so I'm going to go back and start from there

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    A former circus star buys a home with a dark history and turn it into a B&B just in time for their first guest to be killed on stage during his robot demonstration. But, that is not the end of the bizarre happenings at the Hidden Cove B&B when everyone seems to be looking for something the dead inventor hid before his final act. Tightrope is the third of the Burning Cove series set in the 1930's bringing back to life a nostalgia for Old Hollywood, gangster and spy movies and a tip to the A former circus star buys a home with a dark history and turn it into a B&B just in time for their first guest to be killed on stage during his robot demonstration. But, that is not the end of the bizarre happenings at the Hidden Cove B&B when everyone seems to be looking for something the dead inventor hid before his final act. Tightrope is the third of the Burning Cove series set in the 1930's bringing back to life a nostalgia for Old Hollywood, gangster and spy movies and a tip to the horror films of the era in this latest standalone installment. I read Tightrope out of order and had no trouble slipping right into this story that begins with a 'heart-in-your-throat' scene and segways into yet another stunning scene though not as thrilling. I was engrossed from the beginning and read the book in two sittings. The author brought the world of the '30's to life in her fictitious small town playground where Hollywood's A List and the wealthy came to play and be seen. The author didn't go for the cliche with her main characters and I had a lot of fun with that. You don't get many books with a circus entertainer and an engineer for occupations. Amalie is a beautiful, graceful, and edgy woman. This woman flew without a net and survived a brutal attack by a serial killer. No one believed the truth and even reputed to her the killing of a lover. She's making a go of turning an old mansion where a gypsy fortune teller committed suicide into an inn and now her first guest was murdered by his robot invention, no less, and a Horror film star shows as her second guest with a sharp-penned gossip columnist in tow exercising her wit in articles at Amalie's expense. Only, Amalie turns the tables and shows that no publicity is bad publicity. Opposite Amalie is enigmatic Matthias Jones who is investigating the murder and has ties to the mob. He is definitely more than he seems and I loved how the author slowly peeled back his secrets and the truth of the investigation that goes beyond solving a murder. He was so enamored with Amalie from the start and had no trouble seeing her as an equal in their pursuit of the truth. He's a tough guy and smart, but I loved how he had dreams of building up his own business and hoping for something with Amalie. I really did feel like I was dropped back into an old hard-boiled detective flick and I was having a blast with the glitzy night clubs, the swanky people, the backroom gambling, government agents, action scenes, twists and reveals. I could have stayed in the Burning Cove world much longer. And, I will when I go back for the first two books. Incidentally, that cover is exquisite. I don't normally mention covers, but I have to give a shout out to the team that put this one together. In summary, I think the series has a new fan after just one book. Those who enjoy romantic suspense set in the past are the target audience and I can definitely recommend this one. My thanks to Berkley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Barb in Maryland

    This was so much fun. I am really enjoying this author's foray into 1930s California/Hollywood. We have another gal looking to start a new chapter in her life, a rumored haunted house, a murderous robot and cutting edge espionage equipment. Oh yeah, and a good romance too. I will say that one of the baddies took me by surprise. I was so caught up in the double-crosses and triple crosses that I wasn't really keeping track of all the clues. It also looks like we may have a direct sequel coming up as This was so much fun. I am really enjoying this author's foray into 1930s California/Hollywood. We have another gal looking to start a new chapter in her life, a rumored haunted house, a murderous robot and cutting edge espionage equipment. Oh yeah, and a good romance too. I will say that one of the baddies took me by surprise. I was so caught up in the double-crosses and triple crosses that I wasn't really keeping track of all the clues. It also looks like we may have a direct sequel coming up as several important threads were left dangling at the end. Long time readers will probably be amused with the hero's family history. I know I was. Very cleverly done. I am looking forward to my next visit to Burning Cove.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Reviewed for Wit and Sin After a brush with death, former trapeze artist Amalie Vaughn has started fresh in Burning Cove. She and her aunt have purchased a mansion that was once owned by a famous psychic who came to an ill end and they’ve turned it into the Hidden Beach Inn. But when their first guest – Dr. Norman Pickwell – is murdered by his robot creation, the rumors start flying that perhaps the inn is cursed. Enter Matthias Jones, an investigator connected to Burning Cove’s most notorious Reviewed for Wit and Sin After a brush with death, former trapeze artist Amalie Vaughn has started fresh in Burning Cove. She and her aunt have purchased a mansion that was once owned by a famous psychic who came to an ill end and they’ve turned it into the Hidden Beach Inn. But when their first guest – Dr. Norman Pickwell – is murdered by his robot creation, the rumors start flying that perhaps the inn is cursed. Enter Matthias Jones, an investigator connected to Burning Cove’s most notorious mobster. Matthias is on the hunt for a prototype of a cipher machine Pickwell is rumored to have had. And he’s not the only one on the hunt for the machine, which means Amalie is now in danger. With her life and her business on the line, Amalie isn’t content to sit on the sidelines while Matthias investigates. Close quarters means the sizzling attraction between them is nearly impossible to resist. But if Matthias and Amalie want a chance to find out if that attraction could lead anywhere, they have to survive the dangerous figures closing in on them… High glamour meets dark and dangerous secrets in Tightrope . I love the world of Burning Cove that Amanda Quick has created so I was eager to dive into this book. I’ve gone back and forth in the days since I read Amalie and Matthias’s story and while I did enjoy reading it, to me it simply wasn’t one of Ms. Quick’s more memorable stories. Amalie and Matthias are both likeable protagonists. Amalie has a strong spine, which I liked, and Matthias’s human lie-detector ability (a callback to Ms. Quick’s Arcane Society series) was intriguing. However, I never felt like I got to see too far beneath the surface, which was a pity. Their romance felt like a bit of an afterthought, though the bones of a good love story were there. The ineffable spark I’m used to from Ms. Quick’s characters seemed to be missing, so I wasn’t as invested as I would have liked to be. Don’t get me wrong – neither the characters nor the romance were bad, merely not as engaging as I would have liked. The mystery and suspense elements are where the energy is at in Tightrope . There’s quite a bit going on that I can’t really talk about without spoiling the story. Murder and a missing cipher machine are only the beginning of the action. Ms. Quick deftly handles multiple plotlines and points of view, weaving things together so well that by the time everything comes to a head you won’t want to put the book down. Tightrope is the third book in the Burning Cove series, but it can be read as a standalone. Characters from The Girl Who Knew Too Much and The Other Lady Vanishes do play supporting roles and fans of the series will delight in seeing some favorite faces again. Even though I was a bit let down by the romance part of this romantic suspense, the mystery elements and rich atmosphere were highly entertaining. FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kate Douglas

    Amanda Quick, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Jayne Castle aka all one and the same, have been auto-buys for me for years. The reason is simple—I am never, ever disappointed in anything this talented author writes. All I can say about Tightrope is that it’s wonderful, a quintessential Amanda Quick romantic suspense that pushed all my buttons, kept me glued to the pages, and satisfied me with a perfect ending. The way our heroine (Amalie Vaughn, ex-trapeze artist extraordinaire) reaches the final dramatic Amanda Quick, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Jayne Castle aka all one and the same, have been auto-buys for me for years. The reason is simple—I am never, ever disappointed in anything this talented author writes. All I can say about Tightrope is that it’s wonderful, a quintessential Amanda Quick romantic suspense that pushed all my buttons, kept me glued to the pages, and satisfied me with a perfect ending. The way our heroine (Amalie Vaughn, ex-trapeze artist extraordinaire) reaches the final dramatic scenes in her story, along with Matthias Jones, who is a truly wonderful hero, was totally entertaining, in a lot of ways unexpected (because I honestly thought I had it all figured out, but I was wrong!) and a book that forced me to set aside my own work because I could not put TIGHTROPE down. I love the strong, smart, quick-witted women that people all of this author’s books, and her heroes are each unique, but with that same sense of honor while easily skirting the edges of what’s legal and what’s not that keeps a reader on her toes. (he’s not really going to do that, is he?) This is yet another of AQ’s wonderful books going on my keeper shelves. (Note that’s plural...) I reread her stories on a regular basis—when I want a book to take my mind off things, I know that I’ll find just what I need with one of this author’s stories. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve read one—I know I’ll enjoy it every bit as much the next time I pick it up. I just checked Amazon, and it appears that a new Jayne Ann Krentz series will debut on January 7, 2020. Just a suggestion that you watch for The Vanishing (Fogg Lake Book 1) It sounds good...and maybe just a bit creepy...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Seema Rao

    Sizzling ~ Suspense ~ Stupendous tl:dr: tightropes are often emotional, and just as dangerous as real ones. OH MY! I loved this book. I should be sleeping, but instead, I stayed up reading. That seems like one of the greatest compliments an author can get--your book made me gave up basic human needs. Amalie is a carnie turned straight in dark, atmospheric days of the 1930s. Well, leaving the circus doesn't mean she's without monkey-business. She finds herself in the midst of intrigue and many oth Sizzling ~ Suspense ~ Stupendous tl:dr: tightropes are often emotional, and just as dangerous as real ones. OH MY! I loved this book. I should be sleeping, but instead, I stayed up reading. That seems like one of the greatest compliments an author can get--your book made me gave up basic human needs. Amalie is a carnie turned straight in dark, atmospheric days of the 1930s. Well, leaving the circus doesn't mean she's without monkey-business. She finds herself in the midst of intrigue and many other forms of emotional intrigue. This book might be said to be a cross between the PBS Bletchley park and Great Gatsby. But, why say that when it is better than that. Quick is a strong writer. The character bound off the page and the scenes feel immediate. This book is a classic page-turner. Quick's particular strength is being able to sit comfortably across three genres (historic fiction, romance, and mystery.) Often, writers suffer plotting problems with the romance either feel blah or the mystery being idiotic. Quick's book is perfection in terms of balance.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chris Conley

    These books are so entertaining. I love the way she makes the stories seem timely even though they are set before WWII. Love them!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Another fascinating "Jones" character, with an equally fascinating counterpart/love interest in Amalie Vaughn. Clever murder/mystery plot. All in all, a good book in a fun series!

  15. 5 out of 5

    P R

    I have to say I love Amanda Quick books. She was the first romance writer I ever read, so I have a soft spot for her writing. This book lived up to my expectations. (No spoilers.) There were a couple of story lines that started out independently and ended up all coming together at the end. I expected that they would be interwoven, but could not figure out how that would work. I love all of the characters who inhabit Burning Cove, no matter what era. This is a fast-paced novel and a good story li I have to say I love Amanda Quick books. She was the first romance writer I ever read, so I have a soft spot for her writing. This book lived up to my expectations. (No spoilers.) There were a couple of story lines that started out independently and ended up all coming together at the end. I expected that they would be interwoven, but could not figure out how that would work. I love all of the characters who inhabit Burning Cove, no matter what era. This is a fast-paced novel and a good story line. I highly recommend it. A big thank you to First to Read for providing me with an advance copy.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lana

    Such a disappointment. The plot was weak, villains were underwhelming, romance was nonexistent. Up to the end of the book, villain is described as a mastermind, elusive puppet master who no one knows. And then, not only they figure out his identity ridiculously easy (surprisingly shoddy work by a master villain), he dies in a most inglorious way, but not before he announces the sequel. What was the point of the giggler. The story would be exactly the same without him. Also, why bring Jones and pa Such a disappointment. The plot was weak, villains were underwhelming, romance was nonexistent. Up to the end of the book, villain is described as a mastermind, elusive puppet master who no one knows. And then, not only they figure out his identity ridiculously easy (surprisingly shoddy work by a master villain), he dies in a most inglorious way, but not before he announces the sequel. What was the point of the giggler. The story would be exactly the same without him. Also, why bring Jones and paranormal in the mix. The series was fine without it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Up All Night Book Addict

    I think this is my favorite in this series so far! I was engaged with it from start to finish. There wasn't a part in the book that lagged or drug. I was turning the pages waiting to find out whodunit. I am not a historical reader. But Amanda Quick keeps pulling me over again and again. I don't know that I want this series to ever end. Her ability to put me right in the story has be salivating for more! I read this book at just the right time. With its little bit of "cheesiness" and a little bit I think this is my favorite in this series so far! I was engaged with it from start to finish. There wasn't a part in the book that lagged or drug. I was turning the pages waiting to find out whodunit. I am not a historical reader. But Amanda Quick keeps pulling me over again and again. I don't know that I want this series to ever end. Her ability to put me right in the story has be salivating for more! I read this book at just the right time. With its little bit of "cheesiness" and a little bit over the top characters, twists, turns, and events, I was glued to the pages word after word. Okay sure. Some of the things were easy to see coming. But I think that is the point. Even though you saw little things coming, you don't necessarily see the big picture until they happen. I kind of want to live in Burning Cove. The great thing about this series is that you really can read each book separately. Although the characters crossover, they each stand on their own individually.

  18. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    Tightrope by Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz is the third book in the Burning Cove series and was an enthralling read from page one. I enjoyed Ms. Quick's interpretation of Matthias Jones "talent" of being a human lie-detector. She had a previous character in her Arcane Society novel, White Lies, also with this "talent" but she took a different approach with how Matthias handled and understood his talent. Amalie is a determined young woman who meets life head-on and I enjoyed her and Matthias dial Tightrope by Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz is the third book in the Burning Cove series and was an enthralling read from page one. I enjoyed Ms. Quick's interpretation of Matthias Jones "talent" of being a human lie-detector. She had a previous character in her Arcane Society novel, White Lies, also with this "talent" but she took a different approach with how Matthias handled and understood his talent. Amalie is a determined young woman who meets life head-on and I enjoyed her and Matthias dialogue as they got to know each other. I enjoyed seeing more of Luther and Raina in this book and how their relationship is slowly developing. A swiftly paced plot with a few deft twists that kept me turning the pages until the spine tingling confrontation. I am eagerly looking forward to the next book in this series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Got this in a Goodreads giveaway. Decent book I hated the beginning it was a bit all over the place. I found I could never bounce into the book after that sloppy opening.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rose Blue

    My 4.5 star review appeared at Fresh Fiction and may be viewed there: http://freshfiction.com/review.php?id... Fresh Fiction has exclusive rights to the review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story and really did not want it to end. I'm super glad that [even though she has come forward [significantly] in history] Quick seems to have gone back to what she knows - writing about the Jones family!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

    3.5 Stars Former trapeze artist Amalie Vaughn has moved to Burning Cove and opened a guesthouse hoping for a fresh start after a terrifying and scandalous ordeal . However, it seems her bad luck has followed her when her one and only guest is killed in a spectacular fashion. Investigating the case is Matthias Jones. However, Matthias isn't a detective, in fact rumour has it his past leans more towards the criminal. However, their attraction is immediate and as the mystery deepens the danger pushe 3.5 Stars Former trapeze artist Amalie Vaughn has moved to Burning Cove and opened a guesthouse hoping for a fresh start after a terrifying and scandalous ordeal . However, it seems her bad luck has followed her when her one and only guest is killed in a spectacular fashion. Investigating the case is Matthias Jones. However, Matthias isn't a detective, in fact rumour has it his past leans more towards the criminal. However, their attraction is immediate and as the mystery deepens the danger pushes them closer and closer together. This cover. I already knew I was going to read this book as I've enjoyed the previous books in the series, but seeing that beautiful cover really cinched it. However, we all know a beautiful covers doesn't necessarily make a great book. Tightrope didn't fall in to that trap. It was a fun historical mystery romp with murderous machines, old Hollywood glamour and a little romance. This book can be read as a standalone, it just means that you won't know the background of some of the background characters. However, to understand the mystery and the romance, you can dive straight into this book. The mystery was a lot of fun. An inventor is showcasing a mechanical man, which then proceeds to murder him on stage during the demonstration. However, the inventor is caught up in more than just making robots. He has in his possession an enigma machine. A machine that goes missing after his death. A machine the murderer will go to any lengths to get back. It was a really great mystery and I enjoyed investigating alongside Amalie and Matthias, it was a tense ride. It wasn't just murder that brought tension to the book, Amalie and Matthias had great chemistry and sexual tension. From the moment they met you could feel their attraction and it only grew as the book went on. This was a really great read. It combined mystery and romance very well leaving the reader satisfied on both fronts. If you want to read something light and fun with a spot of murder I recommend giving this book a try.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    Burning Cove and the Hidden Beach Inn sounds like a lovely place. Picturing place is a very important part of a narrative to me. I could not place the setting so I had nothing to anchor me to this tale. I struggled with the plot which I found somewhat convoluted. The romance was thin and sheer lust with no hint of romance. I did find the cover very clever and in some ways the most revealing thing about this story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marlene

    Originally published at Reading Reality And we finally get the link – or at least a tangential link – if not to Scargill Cove (which I still think must be just up the coast) then to the Arcane Society. It’s there if you squint – and I was certainly squinting for it – but if you haven’t read any of the author’s Arcane Society books in any of its eras under any of her names, Tightrope still works well as a standalone, as the latest entry in the Burning Cove series, and as a terrific story of a hero Originally published at Reading Reality And we finally get the link – or at least a tangential link – if not to Scargill Cove (which I still think must be just up the coast) then to the Arcane Society. It’s there if you squint – and I was certainly squinting for it – but if you haven’t read any of the author’s Arcane Society books in any of its eras under any of her names, Tightrope still works well as a standalone, as the latest entry in the Burning Cove series, and as a terrific story of a heroine in jeopardy and the man who comes – not to rescue her – but to stand beside her as she rescues herself. Just like the other books in this series, The Girl Who Knew Too Much and The Other Lady Vanishes, this story begins with a particularly gruesome murder, and with our heroine on the run. Even if in this particular case our heroine doesn’t actually know it. Amalie’s running is just a bit less fraught than either Irene’s (Girl) or Adelaide’s (Lady), as Amalie Vaughan may be suspected of having murdered the rigger in her last circus, but she was never officially charged with anything. Nor should she have been. After all, she didn’t murder him – he tried to murder her. But when another murder happens almost literally on her doorstep, she can’t help but wonder if bad luck is following her. After all, she bought the Hidden Cove Inn at a bargain basement price after the events of The Other Lady Vanishes, when a noted Hollywood psychic threw herself from the roof. Now one of her guests has been killed just down the road in the middle of his own show – by his very own robot! Amalie can’t help but wonder if she’s doomed to fail. All the Hollywood reporters who stake out Burning Cove are certain to give her inn endless pages of bad publicity – especially after someone breaks into the place in the middle of the night. The only question is whether the purpose of the break-in is to search the late robot inventor’s room – or to finish up the job that the rigger intended at that last circus performance. When rumored mobster (and real life covert agent) Matthias Jones convinces Amalie that he needs to stay at Hidden Cove both to protect her AND to keep an eye on things, it’s just the beginning of the adventure. Because there’s much more going on in Burning Cove than just a crazy inventor and a runaway machine. And the chemistry between Matthias and Amalie is more incendiary than anything ever cooked up in his great-great-great-grandfather’s alchemical laboratory. Escape Rating A-: Tightrope was a whole lot of fun, just like the other two books in Burning Cove. And also like all of the author’s books in the Arcane Society/Harmony series. But Burning Cove is only tangentially (very tangentially) related to the Arcane Society, and you certainly don’t have to have read any of that to enjoy this. It also stands alone relative to the other books in the Burning Cove series. But if you have read the whole thing, it is interesting to see the characters from the previous books again. Burning Cove is a fascinating place. It’s close enough to LA for the Hollywood stars to use it both as a getaway and as a place to see and be seen. One of the many fascinating side characters in Tightrope is fading actor Vincent Hyde, someone who was best known for his many horror films but who has come to Burning Cove to stay at Amalie’s “psychic murder mansion” in the hopes of generating some much-needed publicity for his failing career. Vincent Hyde’s name sounds like an homage to the great horror actor Vincent Price, but the progress, or rather the downward trajectory of his career sounds a lot like the career of Bela Lugosi, a career which ended in the deliciously execrable cult classic, Plan 9 from Outer Space. Hyde’s presence in the story, and in Burning Cove, is just the tip of one of the many layers of the story. Hyde is in town to meet with one of the legendary Hollywood gossip columnists – a woman who can make or break his remaining career. She’s in town to follow up on the inventor’s “death by robot” and so are a surprising number of others. Because this is Hollywood, or close enough, and no one is exactly who they seem to be. Not Amalie, not Matthias, and certainly not Luther Pell, the man who seems to be running Burning Cove. The story begins because a crazy circus performer has made a career of staging the last and final performance of too many beautiful trapeze artists – without a net. It ends with spies and secrets. In the middle there’s a marvelous adventure, a combustible romance, and the exploration of a relationship that dives deeply into the value of trust and the danger of lies. Lies to oneself, lies to loved ones – and lies told at the highest levels of government. It’s the 1930s, war is coming. Gentlemen may not read each other’s mail, but governments certainly do.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Melo

    FINAL DECISION: This one was great. I enjoyed the setting, the conflict and the suspense story which was well done with multiple stories coming together in unexpected ways. I also loved the hero and the heroine was a good match for him. I wanted a bit more romance, but this one was better balanced than I expected. THE STORY: Trapeze artist Amalie Vaughn escapes a killer and ends up owning a hotel in Burning Cove. Then she finds out her hotel is infamous. When a inventor guest is murdered by his o FINAL DECISION: This one was great. I enjoyed the setting, the conflict and the suspense story which was well done with multiple stories coming together in unexpected ways. I also loved the hero and the heroine was a good match for him. I wanted a bit more romance, but this one was better balanced than I expected. THE STORY: Trapeze artist Amalie Vaughn escapes a killer and ends up owning a hotel in Burning Cove. Then she finds out her hotel is infamous. When a inventor guest is murdered by his own robot, she fears that the confirmation of her hotel's dubious history of death will destroy her second chance. When she meets Matthias Jones who is investigating the murder, the two form a partnership to solve the crime and thus save Amalie's business. OPINION: I really enjoyed this book. Both the suspense/mystery and romance worked for me here. I do wish there was more time spent on the romance, but I understand that Krentz/Quick has chosen to focus more on the suspense aspects rather than the romance in her more recent works. (One reason why I generally like her older works better.) This book has so many interesting elements that I was entertained throughout. I am still really enjoying the unusual time period (1930s) and the California setting. These elements always make the stories feel fresh and interesting since there are new and intriguing elements involved. (Post WWI and the impending WWII events). I also enjoyed the foray into circuses, gangsters, and early Hollywood horror films. I really enjoyed the appearance of Matthias and I'm so glad that Quick has returned to a bit of her paranormal elements. The Arcane series is one of my favorite by her and I was saddened when she abandoned those books. Matthias and Amalie have a good partnership and there are some really nice moments between them. Their relationship feels like a combination of the formality of relationships with some loosening of restrictions. These elements felt true to the time period and I enjoyed their interactions. After a bit of a miss in the prior book in this series, I really enjoyed this one. WORTH MENTIONING: Fans of Krentz/Castle/Quick's Arcane series will recognize the hero as a member of the Jones family. CONNECTED BOOKS: TIGHTROPE is the third book in the Burning Cove series. This book can be read as a standalone although there are overlapping characters. The romance here is self-contained. There is a bit of an continuing story especially at the end of this book. STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars. NOTE: I received an ARC from First to Read. I was not required to write a review or to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.This review was originally posted on Top10RomanceBooks.com

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    Amalie Vaughn has come to Burning Cove to open a bed and breakfast with her aunt. She got a terrific deal on a furnished mansion only to find out, after she bought, it that it had a bad reputation because a noted psychic had committed suicide there by jumping off the roof. She was a former trapeze artist who survived a murder attempt but rumor has it that she killed her attempted murderer as some part of a twisted love triangle. Amalie has only one boarder now. Inventor Dr. Norman Pickwell is pre Amalie Vaughn has come to Burning Cove to open a bed and breakfast with her aunt. She got a terrific deal on a furnished mansion only to find out, after she bought, it that it had a bad reputation because a noted psychic had committed suicide there by jumping off the roof. She was a former trapeze artist who survived a murder attempt but rumor has it that she killed her attempted murderer as some part of a twisted love triangle. Amalie has only one boarder now. Inventor Dr. Norman Pickwell is presenting his latest invention before a packed audience when his robot shoots him to death. This is certainly not going to help the reputation of Amalie's new B & B. The death also attracts the attention of engineer Matthias Jones who thinks there is more to this than a robot gone amuck. Matthias wants to discover whatever secret Dr. Pickwell was keeping and Amalie wants to save the reputation of the business she has invested her future in. As they investigate and find out about a secret cipher machine, a spy out for revenge, and a fading movie star who wants to get back into the spotlight, the two fall in love. Matthias has a hard time accepting that Amalie can ever accept him. He has a psychic gift that lets him know when anyone is lying which tends to make most people uncomfortable. Amalie tells him, quite correctly, that his gift doesn't even make the top ten of things that scare her. After all, she is used to performing on the high trapeze without a net and she escaped a man who wanted to murder her. This was an entertaining story filled with quirky characters and situations. I enjoyed the story even though I had tapped the wrong person as the villain.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Linniegayl

    I listened to this in audio. Initially I didn't enjoy the narrator but I quickly settled in and was satisfied with her narration. This is the third in the author's Burning Cove, CA series set in the 1930s. While characters from the first two books make appearances, this would definitely work as a standalone. I found both the heroine and hero to be interesting, and overall the mystery held my interest. Amalie Vaughn is a former trapeze artist. Her life in the circus ended when a man tried to kill h I listened to this in audio. Initially I didn't enjoy the narrator but I quickly settled in and was satisfied with her narration. This is the third in the author's Burning Cove, CA series set in the 1930s. While characters from the first two books make appearances, this would definitely work as a standalone. I found both the heroine and hero to be interesting, and overall the mystery held my interest. Amalie Vaughn is a former trapeze artist. Her life in the circus ended when a man tried to kill her on the trapeze. To defend herself Amalie ended up killing him. In addition to losing her nerve, or desire, to perform, Amalie faced rumors that she was in fact a murderer, and not a victim. Amalie moved to Burning Cove with her aunt and purchased an old inn (the one a psychic died at in a previous book). Amalie and her aunt witness the murder of one of her guests, and are soon joined by Matthias Jones, a rather shadowy character who is rumored to have mob connections. Amalie and Matthias make a good couple, and a good team investigating a string of incidents surrounding Amalie's murdered guest. If you've read any previous Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz books, Matthias is indeed related to the long-running Jones family. This was a bit slow-going for me initially, but overall I enjoyed it and would give it a B/B-, so four stars here. The book also left me wishing that we could get a second book featuring Amalie and Matthias, as they both seem to have interesting plans for the future.

  28. 5 out of 5

    WTF Are You Reading?

    The old adage, "It's always the quiet ones that you have to watch." Has never held truer than in the case of Burning Cove, California. As this once idyllic heaven for the rich and often infamous. Once again becomes the perfect backdrop for intrigue, secrets, plots, and murder. All good things must end. And in the case of this awesome series, this is one series that this reviewer will hate to see go. The grandeur and enchantment that was 1930's Hollywood. The evil that lurks in the minds of the ric The old adage, "It's always the quiet ones that you have to watch." Has never held truer than in the case of Burning Cove, California. As this once idyllic heaven for the rich and often infamous. Once again becomes the perfect backdrop for intrigue, secrets, plots, and murder. All good things must end. And in the case of this awesome series, this is one series that this reviewer will hate to see go. The grandeur and enchantment that was 1930's Hollywood. The evil that lurks in the minds of the rich and powerful. Or those that want to be rich and powerful. The stellar storytelling genius that is Amanda Quick. All working in concert to provide readers with a truly unforgettable reading experience. While this new story draws readers into the dark and shadowy world of murder by robot. There are a great many things that either remain the same. (i. e. The heroine trying to escape a past determined to catch up to her.) This time in the form of former trapeze artist Amalie Vaughn. A woman haunted by the murder of the man who tried to kill her. And the person who saw it all. As well as backstories and continuations that serve to answer questions posed in previous books in the series. This is an awesome interrelated series that lovers of mystery, the lore of Old Hollywood, plot-twists galore, and things that go bump in the night.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Janie

    The Burning Cove series offers a new tangent for Amanda Quick: early 20th century setting. The female protagonists may be more independent than in her earlier writing, but the men continue as the complex, shady figures drawn to those strong women. I appreciate both the new setting and the previously trusted formula for a good read: There's an intriguing adventure in each of the (so far) three books in the series, and I know what I can trust about the story before I begin it. Tightrope may be the b The Burning Cove series offers a new tangent for Amanda Quick: early 20th century setting. The female protagonists may be more independent than in her earlier writing, but the men continue as the complex, shady figures drawn to those strong women. I appreciate both the new setting and the previously trusted formula for a good read: There's an intriguing adventure in each of the (so far) three books in the series, and I know what I can trust about the story before I begin it. Tightrope may be the best yet of the trilogy. I liked the unique background of the heroine, and I delighted in the connections of the book's male lead to the previous title's lead: Lots of great connections among the characters, and I always enjoy seeing figures from earlier books show up in the latest. A series worth your while: You'll get a little fresh perspective, but mostly you'll find what you rely on in Quick's writing. Pub date May 7, 2019 Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    **I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** This is a great addition to the Burning Cove series. This third entry features Amalie, a former trapeze artist, and Matthias, a man rumored to have ties with the mob. Amalie’s current occupation as an innkeeper takes center stage when her first, and only, paying guest is murdered by a robot during a demonstration. Amalie and Matthias team up to find out the identity of the k **I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** This is a great addition to the Burning Cove series. This third entry features Amalie, a former trapeze artist, and Matthias, a man rumored to have ties with the mob. Amalie’s current occupation as an innkeeper takes center stage when her first, and only, paying guest is murdered by a robot during a demonstration. Amalie and Matthias team up to find out the identity of the killer, only to turn up more secrets. Each uncovered secret leads the pair into more danger. Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz) uses her usual formula of suspense, mystery and romance, with a tiny dash of magical realism, to craft a perfect book to escape from reality. While this is the third in the series, and there are recurring characters from the past two entries, it’s not absolutely necessary to read the first two series entries before this one. However, each novel develops Burning Cove into a more exclusive hideaway for celebrities and the criminally minded. The series takes place in the 1930s, so there is a fun historical element to the mix. A fun, quick read!

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