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Pleasure for Pleasure

(Essex Sisters #4)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  7,140 ratings  ·  318 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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Sarah MacLean
Oct 24, 2009 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.
Jan 08, 2010 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
Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
My hope for this book varied between 4 plus and 5 to settle at a 4.
It’s a very good book, an unputdownable – that’s a lot to say since I’m in a serious glut rut right now – but certain things stopped it from being perfect.

It had so many things I steer clear of but the author managed to assimilate these irritants to make for an acceptable product even for my exacting proclivity. Like I can’t abide a H who’s too stupidly and too long enamored with the ow, the ow hogging too much space and import
Dec 04, 2015 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
Just like the book before this one it again took until chapter seven for me to get into this story. So anyway I really wish it would stop being mentioned how much older Garrett is than Josie because it makes me feel icky with how much older he is than Josie.
This story begins for me when Garrett and Josie get tipsy in the Starlight room in his house and he gets her to shed her corset. This scene just made me smile because I could totally tell it was a precursor for things to come.
I became so i
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
Jul 19, 2010 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
Jul 08, 2008 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
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
Jun 20, 2016 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
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best one

Josie is the youngest of the Essex sisters and has her heart set on the earl of mayne who is a notorious rake. An unfortunate event brings these two together in a windstorm romance. This has been my favorite book out of this series
Sep 19, 2012 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.)
Sheila Melo
Aug 13, 2016 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 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
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
3.5 stars

I liked this story but at times it dragged a little. Over all this was an enjoyable series!
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
There was no real romance between the H/h until two-thirds of the book (if I recall correctly. It has been days since I completed this book). They were good friends for the majority of the book. I thought the entries at the beginning of each chapter were written creatively. I enjoyed the secondary love story (probably) more than the main one, but, eventually, it did distract from the main couple's story. However, Eloisa James made it all connected in the end. I'm just glad I am finally finished ...more
Jul 18, 2013 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
Jul 22, 2014 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 01, 2014 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.
Greta Barnhouse
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lets hear it for the curvy girls!

I enjoyed reading this well written book about the 4th Essex sister who is the curvier than the rest and has acquired the unfortunate nickname of the “Scottish Sausage”. It was so refreshing to read a story about a heavier girl that was able to make her dreams come true.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
I picked this book up at the Maui Friends of the Library Book Store, i.e. where beach reading goes to die. I thought it was a really fun book and I liked that the hero and heroine so clearly enjoyed spending time with each other, and also they *got* to spend time with each other.
Natalie Dee
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
1. The covers for this series are ... not great.
2. Josie is my favorite character
3. That being said, I was very sad that so much of the book covered other storylines. More Josie!!!
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This was meant to be sort of ground-breaking as the heroine was fat. Well, she isn’t. 3.5 with a star taken off for false advertising!
Dec 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Boring,boring and boring.
Jan 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Ever since this book came out I've been entertaining the idea of reading it, however with so many books on the TBR pile I never picked it up till this weekend. I was really curious about this book since we've been watching Josie grow for the last 3 books and Mayne has been around for even longer.

I should now warn you that this review has a lot of spoilers, if that could ruin the book for you please don't read further.

I'm not sure if this was a case of my expectations being too high but I had som
Dec 15, 2008 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 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 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
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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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Essex Sisters (4 books)
  • Much Ado About You (Essex Sisters, #1)
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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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