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Pleasure for Pleasure (Essex Sisters #4)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  4,896 ratings  ·  181 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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Ririn Miu
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
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
Sarah MacLean
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.
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
Beth F.
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
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
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.)
Takinchi Purnomo
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

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
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
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
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
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
I was so looking forward to Josie's story and overall, it was lovely. Josie and Mayne are surprisingly well-suited, and I loved how Eloisa James masterfully wove in references to A Midsummer Night's Dream.

My paltry two-star review is because I really hated all the fat-shaming. And I know, I know, the takeaway was supposed to be that Josie is beautiful just as she is and she learns to love her body, and that's all well and good, except that actual fat-shaming and running commentary on Josie's "w
Nora Cayetano
Este libro llegó a mí en una venta de libros usados en el campus, aunque fue más un regalo de la vendedora que una compra :')
No había leído los primeros 3 libros de la serie (ni lo he hecho, aunque sí quiero), pero no me fue difícil comprender la historia ni los papeles de los personajes. Mujercitas es uno de mis libros favoritos de todos los tiempos, por lo que la historia de las hermanas Essex me resultó muy disfrutable.

A como lo recuerdo, la trama va que la hermana menor aún no se ha casado n
Trudy Miner
Of the four books in the series, this one was the best! Yes, it meanders into many other areas like Griselda's affair with Darlington (who saw that coming) but you had to be routing for Josie to find true love and for Mayne also. Since all the other characters in the series paired off, they were the only two left despite the rather large age difference. Outspoken Josie, with her no-nonsense outlook on love, has had a crush on Mayne ever since the sisters came to live with their guardian Rafe sev ...more
Josie and Mayne

Josie and Mayne

With all the reviews of this book being negative I felt that it was totally wrong...How can anyone believe that a man that has been "tom -catting" most of their life could say truthfully he was in love not once but twice. You can tell that he was bored with his lifestyle, he saw his friends happy in their marriage he thinks he's in love too, when he is not getting what he wants. what he wants is to be loved for who he is inside. To me when he told Josie that on the
This is the fourth book in this series (the first I've read), and while getting to this party late didn't hinder my enjoyment of the book, there definitely was quite a bit to learn about these characters, and I will be certain to check out the preceding books.

This was a fun romp, full of Shakespearean quotes and allusions, with (mostly) likable characters. There were actually 3 ( or maybe 2.5, since one is never really fleshed out) romances occurring in this novel. My favorite, and the secondar
Rachel Hollis
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.
Eloisa James is an author that seems to have snuck up on me. I thought I had a fixed few favourite regency authors. And yet it only just occurred to me that, without even noticing, I have been compulsively buying, reading and enjoying her books so that I now own quite a nice collection.

This was probably my favourite of the series. Certainly my favourite characters and relationship. The Earl of Mayne has been in Eloisa James's books for a while so it was a treat to see him (finally) get a happy e
Christie P.
Jun 02, 2015 Christie P. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone, Historical
Shelves: historical
Josie is one of the Essex sisters, the last remaining unmarried sister to be exact. All of her sisters have found their loves and Josie fears she never especially since a nasty rumor has proclaimed Josie to be the Scottish Sausage. None of the eligible men her age will even attempt to dance with her at parties for fear of ridicule.

The slander and her treatment gets back to her sisters, their husbands, and the family's closest friends who all come together to show Josie that she doesn't have to s
Not bad! I accidentally read the last one in the series first, but thankfully there was enough tantalizing details to get the gist of the love stories of the three other sisters.

As for Josie herself, I'm glad to read of a heroine who is considered to be fat within her own time (though the cover art entirely misses the major motivations/psyche of the character). This is unusual for what I've read since most romance heroines are very slender.

I enjoyed the topsy-turvey lives of the multiple chara
Sial, ternyata aku baca buku keempat duluan.
Padahal aku sudah berniat untuk membeli Much Ado about You and Kiss Me, Annabel. Kukira dua judul itu tidak berhubungan dengan yang ini. Ah well...
Khas Eloisa James, tidak hanya mencantumkan cerita utama namun juga ada cerita sampingan dengan dua tokoh utama lainnya dalam satu cerita. Dan karena ini buku terakhir, aku jadi agak kesulitan dalam mengikuti alur cerita, terlebih ketika bab-bab awal yang menceritakan kisah kakak-kakak Josie lainnya. Namun k
J.D. Stroube
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.
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
Because this is the fourth book about four sisters (something not stated on the cover of the copy I picked up), there are a lot a characters that move in and out without much introduction. However, the biggest flaw may be that Eloisa James is trying to create happy endings for two female characters in the same volume. Both stories are reasonably interesting and worthy of their own book, so it is an odd choice to shorten the plot by combining. This leaves the reader with unresolved issues between ...more
Astri  Nasthasia Videlia
Baguus... Lebiih banyak bikin ketawa dari ketiga kakak perempuannya...

polos... tp pengen tahu.nya tinggi bangetz...
I read 1-3, I had to read #4 of this series.

I enjoyed the characters, I really did, but I just wish there was more focus on their personal struggles. There were moments of well written love, but most of it didn't come together enough.

It was an OK read, but books that could have been better bug me, so I can't say I loved it.

It was a cute ending to the series of Essex sisters, all the same. I liked Josie's feisty-ness and found myself smiling and giggling at a lot of the writing- see, not all bad
Disclaimer: I think I'd be in love with the Earl of Mayne if he was real. This book really held my attention better than most, and I completed it in the span of a few hours. (eek!) The heroine is such a believable character in this story. As a person with a less than willowy figure myself, I understand completely how she felt, and I have to agree completely with dressing to suit your body type. I love the Griselda/Darlington subplot in this one, too. He also seems like my type of hero. 4.5 stars ...more
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