Pride and Pleasure
There are disadvantages to being an heiress, as Eliza Martin knows well. Fortune hunters flock to her, acquaintances lie and pander, and lately, someone is engineering "accidents" to propel her to the altar. But Eliza will not be bullied, and she will get to the bottom of this plot. All she needs is a man to infiltrate her assemblage of suitors an...more
Jasper is a thief-taker, which...more
Thief taker Jasper is hired to figure out who wants to harm Eliza. He is handsome, tenacious and immediately wants Eliza for himself. He also has a personal vendetta against one of her more persistent suitors.
I have read a few other Sylvia Day books and have always found them pretty pleasant. She was my first introduction to Historical-romantica. H...more
Eliza Martin is a closed, efficient woman who is in her sixth, and final, season for capturing a suitor, something she’d rather not be bothered with. She is independent and wealthy, and she is so determined to be the opposite of her mother, that she’d rather...more
And while charming, shocking, seducing or even scaring a reader into ma...more
It’s not easy putting a great book down, but it’s definitely worth it to make it last longer when reading someone like Sylvia Day.
Eliza is a vintage Day character. Intelligent, independent, self-sufficient...more
I felt like I was reading a boring textbook. My mind kept wandering. It was hard to concentrate and pay attention. I did not want to keep reading, but I forced myself in order to give a complete review. There was too much description about uninteresting things. Many conversations felt like filler. Too many events were “told” and not shown. See Spoilers below for examples. Some parts of the story weren’t developed enough.
While I liked the plot of Pride and Pleasure quite a bit the way that the story was told, as well as the characters just didn't jive with me well at all. I...more
Jasper Bond and Eliza Martin have me all a flutter. What a wonderfully, surprisingly, fantastic regency romance. I have been on the outs with my regency romances lately, but this one was perfect!!! A pure pleasure to read!
Eliza Martin is smack bang in the middle of her sixth and final season. She is surrounded by suitors most of them fortune hunters who seek to better themselves with her very comfortable...more
"Client satisfaction is a point of pride, Miss Martin. By the time I am done, I guarantee you will be eminently gratified by my performance"
Eliza Martin is an independent women, happy managaing her own enormous fortune without the assistance of a husband. However it seems someone has other ideas, hatching a plot to lure her into marriage for the security and protection it could bring from many unfortunate accidents. Although...more
There is something so lush and rich to the way Sylvia Day writes. As you read one of her novels, the words are constructed in such a way that you feel as if you can just about inhabit the same world in which her characters live.
Jasper Bond - wow! Ms Day sure knows how to write a sexy man! The book blurb describes him as devilish and dangerous, which he is, however he is not dangerous in the physical sense of the...more
Setting in the 1800s, the words used were appropriate for the era except I'm not sure about a couple. Anyway, I adore a heroine who is strong-willed, independent, intelligent and passionate about her beliefs; never believing that she is less of a man because she is a woman.
I like how the lovestory unfolds. Flirtatious in every way yet romantic to the core. True love, so they say. And can I...more
Positives- there were some sweet parts when Eliza and Jasper were beginning their relationship and I enjoyed "watching" them figure things out. The idea of a thief-taker (kind of like a private investigator) was a fun one, and I always like a little mystery in my romances.
On the negative side- the sex scenes in the story were (dare I say it?) a bit too much, and the mystery was not quite enough. Also, I would have enjoyed more resolution concer...more
Passion and love undermine the best laid plans. Eliza Martin, a self-sufficient heiress, who is avoiding forfeiting her freedom and fortune to a husband, plans to retire to the country after her sixth London season is over. Suspicious incidents make Eliza wary of her suitors, thinking someone is trying to force her into a marriage for protection. She hires a runner (London pioneering police) who doesn't take her seriously, but recommends Jasper Bond’...more
"God. Am I hurting you?" "No...Too full." Stretched to the point of aching, but she was...more
I hope we won't have to wait too long for Sylvia to write another historical novel since I love all the ones I've gotten to read so far. Not to mention, I wonder if Sylvia has any plans to write the story of the Earl of Westfield (who is the grandson of Marcus and...more
Lord Westfield needs his own story, stat. As male lead, he'd be more entertaining to read about than Jasper in my opinion. I'd rather read about characters t...more
I'm such a fan of Sylvia Day, the plan really is pretty much to read all her work...
Maybe it was just me, but the characters in this book had a different feel for me for some reason. Both H&h felt like a bit of a departure from her usual H&h. It's neither better nor worse, just different. Not that Ms. Day gives the same attributes to her characters all the time, but like I said, they just feel different somehow.
I still got the strong (in her own way) h, thankfully. The H didn't feel...more
What I Liked: The story was very good and a little unusual. Eliza is in her 6th season and doesn’t want to marry, and if this wasn’t unseen in the romance world, just think that she was a woman of business, she managed her inheritance and loved working with numbers. We wouldn’t have this book if something unseemly wasn’t happening, so here comes the intrigue: she hires Mr. Bond to play at being her suitor and find the person who arranges some mishaps to ha...more