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Pleasure for Pleasure (Essex Sisters #4)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  5,989 Ratings  ·  251 Reviews
Fueled by the knowledge that notoriety is better than failure, witty, unconventional Josie does what no proper young lady should--she challenges fate. She discards her corset and flirts outrageously. She attends the horse races and allows an arrogant rakehell to whisk her behind the stables for a surreptitious kiss . . . and is caught!

She doesn't want to marry the young he
Paperback, 404 pages
Published November 28th 2006 by Avon Books (first published 2006)
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Jan 08, 2010 Ririn rated it liked it
I skipped book 2 and 3 just to read about Mayne. And truthfully I was a bit entertained and disappointed at the same time. I love Josie and I admit, I adore Mayne, but bugger, I want more of them instead of the secondary characters although I love Griselda and I think she deserved to find her man and Darlington was kinda okay, but I didn't like them taking up so much space, it was tiring to read so much of their lovey dovey moments on the first half of the book, duh! (although I admit the age di ...more
Jul 19, 2010 Ruth rated it it was amazing
If Rafe is my favorite hero from this series, then Josie is my favorite heroine. Incredibly outspoken, desperately wanting to be married after seeing her sisters do the same, swearing like a navvy and incredibly insecure.

I LOVE the way the author treats Josie's lack of self-esteem and feelings of inadequacy. The book beautifully expresses the insecurities of late-teen years and the desperation of not looking like everyone else, and total ignorance about the power of your own sexuality. It also
Dec 04, 2015 kris rated it liked it
Josie doesn't feel pretty until Mayne makes her feel pretty (by making himself feel pretty?). Then, some kind of inconsequential stuff happens before EVERYTHING happens: within the space of an afternoon, Josie is attacked, Mayne is dumped, Mayne marries Josie, and Josie seduces Mayne. GOT THAT? GOOD. And there wasn't a plot point about Josie drugging Mayne because why would there be?

Oh, and Grissie gets a subplot too but it's not so pretty.

1. What is this cover? With all the conversation about
Beth F.
Jul 08, 2008 Beth F. rated it liked it
Romance Novel Fact: Sex is always super hot and orgasms are MIND-BLOWING for both parties involved, especially for the woman on the event of losing her virginity.

Real World Fact: Eh.

I won’t go into too much detail over this issue because I don’t want to beat the proverbial dead horse. However, I have to add that the very first kiss that occurred between the hero and heroine in this book was freaking adorable. She had never been kissed and as a result, she was completely unaware of her own sens
Sarah MacLean
Oct 24, 2009 Sarah MacLean rated it it was amazing
my very very favorite Eloisa James book. Josie is so...and Mayne is so...
Oh, forget it. Words just fail me.
I'm basically in love with Mayne, though, so maybe you shouldn't take my word for it.
Eloisa James never writes less than entertainingly, and with the odd insight that enlivens even the most pedestrian of her books.

And this might, unfortunately, be that book. It's not awful in the way Potent Pleasures was - it's just...not terribly interesting. Like the end of a party, when the hubbub has died down, only die-hards, the dregs of bottles of sweet German white wine and the washing-up are left. That's the "End of Series" feeling you get when the H&hs of the previous volumes trai
Quirky Omega
I've been haunted by this question for sometime;

Why is the heroine on the cover a stick whereas Josie is actually FAR from it?

Publishing houses really need to pay attention to the covers. I for one tend to carry the image of the cover models while imagining the characters in a story so when romances are made to have random good looking people in random poses, it really messes with my head.

Mayne is an 'okay' character in comparison to the swoon-worthy historical heroes we've sampled till now in
Sheila Melo
Aug 13, 2016 Sheila Melo rated it really liked it
FINAL DECISION: Entertaining and sweet redemption for us women who are more pear shaped than fashionably thin, PLEASURE FOR PLEASURE provides a warm conclusion to the Essex Sisters quartet.

THE STORY: Miss Josie Essex has obtained the unfortunate nickname 'the Scottish Sausage" because of her full figure. Abandoning the possibility of a traditional courtship, Josie is persuaded by family friend, the Earl of Mayne to throw away her ugly restrictive corset, obtain some clothes to flatter her curvy
Feb 07, 2011 JoAnn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, favorites
I only discovered Eloisa James in the last year, maybe year and a half and have been doing catch-up so this is the second book of this series that I have read. Wonderful.
After reading Your Wicked Ways I had to know the rest of Mayne's story. I also liked his sister, Griselda, and while I didn't feel compelled to read that she had found a happy ending of her own, I was delighted to see that she did in this book. Pleasure for Pleasure is not just the fourth book in the Essex Sisters series, it co
By far, my favorite romance of the series! One of those relationships I could see myself in, with the humor and the honestly and the reluctance to admit their feelings. I need to get my hands on a physical copy of the book, so I can more easily re-read my favorite parts.

I wasn't a huge fan of the secondary love story, though, so I guess this isn't a perfect five stars. It's basically a reformed bully story and sometimes those can work for me, but, in this case, I felt like, okay, great, he's sor
Sep 19, 2012 Ain020596 rated it did not like it
Wow. I REALLY didn't like this book.

The beginning was so confusing; At first I thought there was going to be something between Darlington and Josie. (Which I thought would be REALLY interesting. But Mayne creeped me out. And bored me to death.)
Jul 22, 2014 Thenia rated it really liked it
Not quite what I expected but a fitting end to the series, I suppose.

Josie is having a really hard time at her first season, being mostly shunned by men of her age after a silly nickname is attached to her, and is feeling very insecure and inadequate. When Mayne, who is besotted with his French fiance, hears of it he immediately offers his assistance in a most original and entertaining way.

Their story is unusual and I would have enjoyed it a lot more had there not been so many other side-stories
Oct 29, 2012 R. rated it really liked it

A surprisingly enjoyable ending to an aggressively mediocre series. Eloisa James apparently woke up when it was time to write this last one and so managed to include an adorable main couple, a hot noona romance secondary couple, AND lesbians!!!

My one major complaint would be the degree to which the POVs were split. Due to the various storylines being followed, the middle of the book is very light on the main couple. As much as I like Sylvie (and I do like her quite a lot) her POV wasn't p
Aug 09, 2010 Brenda rated it really liked it
Ini salah satu buku favorit, selain ceritanya Annabel dari seri Essex sisters. Ceritanya bercerita tentang Josie, anak bungsu dari keluarga Essex, ia dijuluki Sosis Skolandia. Dan korset yang Josie pikir dapat membuatnya tampak lebih ramping malah menyiksanya. Dengan bantuan dari Earl of Mayne, Josie cukup percaya diri untuk membuang korset itu. Merayakan penampilan barunya, dan menggoda pria-pria yang dulu mengabaikannya. Perubahan Josie menimbulkan kegemparan, sampai-sampai seorang bangsawan b ...more
Jun 20, 2016 Angela rated it liked it
Review in one sentence: This book is all over the place.

Griselda's story should be it's own book - she deserves it after being a main player in the last four. Mayne's struggles with being a washed-up man whore pale in comparison to Rafe's very real alcoholism. Josie goes between being very 18 and immature, to grown up, to immature again.

I do think Mayne and Josie are a good match, however, it's all very abrupt. The first half he's in love with his perfect French lady. Then suddenly he and Josi
Oct 01, 2014 DemetraP rated it did not like it
This was a did-not-finish book.

The heroine's nickname was "The Scottish Sausage" and she spent most of her time complaining about how she was fat. Then in the same sentence she said she's going to eat another sandwich, even though she can barely move in the specially designed "sausage" corset. She talks about how in the tight corse she's almost the same size as her sister.

It was exhausting reading about a heroine who hated herself so much.

The hero spends most of the book in love with his fian
The first 50% of the book were slow, the many POVs tiring and the romance (for both couples) lackluster. The second half was exciting, original, beautifully written. So it's 2,5 stars for Eloisa James' Pleasure for Pleasure - you can definitely tell that this was an earlier book of hers - she hasn't hit her stride yet, but shows so much potential.
Jul 18, 2013 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-novels
Charming and rather witty in places, if a bit scattered. The novel is subversive of the form in some respects. First off, there's three romances, one between the trite but true younger woman and older man (except the younger woman is full figured and plump not a stick, although back then that was actually appealing), one between an older woman, who is not a virgin, and a younger man, and a third between two lesbians - which is subtley referred to, mainly because the author is no doubt aware of w ...more
Takinchi Purnomo
Sep 06, 2013 Takinchi Purnomo rated it liked it
Ini buku kedua dari Eloisa James yang aku baca. Dan dari sini juga ketahuan kalau gaya tulisan EJ itu emang ngambil dari banyak sudut pandang, dan nggak cuma berisi satu kisah cinta aja.

Karena aku nggak ngebaca seri Essex sister yang pertama sampe yang ketiga, dan langsung baca yang terakhir, jadinya aku rada-rada bingung.

Aku suka sama sosok si Mayne, tapi nggak tau kenapa aku nggak bisa suka sama sosok Josie.... sama kakak-kakaknya juga. hahahaha. Terus terang aku lebih suka sama sosok Griselda
Dec 15, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing
So far, this is one of my all-time favorite Eloisa James novels. James managed to capture the feelings of women everywhere by describing what it's like to be a young woman who doesn't have the slender figure of a supermodel. I related to Josie on so many levels, from her inability to find appropriate clothing to her insecurities about her body to wondering why such a handsome man as the Earl of Mayne could want her. James did a fantastic job of putting us inside Josie's head and revealing why sh ...more
Oct 16, 2016 Syl rated it liked it
This is the first book I read from those series.

I liked the chemistry between Josie and Mayne from that very moment in the turret, but I found annoying having to put up with Griselda and Darlington all the time, while I wanted to know more about the before mentioned love birds (the latter deserved at least their own novella, I think). I found nice the scenes in which Mayne was struck by Josie but kept telling himself he loved the "Frenchwoman". His "love" for her wasn't but a one sided infatuati
Dec 14, 2012 Amber rated it liked it
Eloisa James is one of those authors that write books that I will either hate for love, but I will never like all of them. I wasn't expecting this book to be good because I haven't really like the others in the series but surprisingly, I did like it. I have always liked Mayne and Josie and although I was a little skeptical about their age difference at first, I was surprised o find that I didn't mind it much. I thought that all the characters in the books had good characterizations and were not ...more
Rachel Hollis
Nov 17, 2013 Rachel Hollis rated it really liked it
Thank the Lord for Goodreads reviews because otherwise I wouldn't have given this a shot.

It turned out to be really cute, but the first 70 pages are SO convoluted I almost gave up more than once. The description isn't great either (not sure what all the mystery is for) but this is a love story between Josie and Mayne. It'll confuse you at first, but just hold on and give it a chance. As always, Eloisa J will get around to melting your heart if you give her a sec.
J.D. Stroube
Jan 09, 2009 J.D. Stroube rated it it was amazing
I thought that this was a charming book if a little predictable. I was a bit bored with Darlington's character, but I loved reading about Josie.

My only issue was that the Earl of Mayne seems to be extremely fickle.
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
Ok, there were points where I was like "c'mon, really???? She cavalierly glosses over some *stuff* 'cause she reaaallly doesn't want to waste pages having to dig through it. But if you learn to not let that get under your skin, the characters are lovely and this book is a pleasure to read.
Astri  Nasthasia Videlia
Jul 20, 2010 Astri Nasthasia Videlia rated it it was amazing
Baguus... Lebiih banyak bikin ketawa dari ketiga kakak perempuannya...

polos... tp pengen tahu.nya tinggi bangetz...
Oct 18, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, series, romance, sexy
This was my 1st Eloisa James but certainly won't be my last!
May 13, 2015 Angela marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
27 November 2015: $5.99 on Kindle
Jan 30, 2016 Katie rated it did not like it
Ugh. I really want that 3 hours back.
Maureen Lee
Feb 09, 2017 Maureen Lee rated it it was amazing
My favorite of the Essex sisters books. Josie is an unconventional heroine and so very lovable for it. Maybe is a sexy, extremely attractive hero. The plotting is delightful. Shakespeare and the Regency era are two of my favorite things so it was a treat to read a novel that combines them so deftly.
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New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa's very first book that she "found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; later People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Her novels have repeat ...more
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“They were talking about things that didn’t matter a fig, not with the huge yawning grief burning a hole in his chest because of what had happened to her. To Josie. His Josie, now.” 3 likes
“From the Earl of Hellgate's Memoirs, Chapter the Twenty-Sixth

I realized then that I had mistaken the nature of love. Love has nothing to do with desire; it's the quest for the divine, found on earth. It's finding a woman whose soul preserves a shard of heaven, and worshipping her...worshipping at her feet. I was a new man.”
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