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Product Details

  • Series: Rose Hunters Trilogy (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; First Edition edition (September 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743463234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743463232
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Brockway's uneven second Regency in her Rose Hunters trilogy (after My Seduction) suffers from a plot whose twists too often come from nowhere, but the attraction between Miss Helena Nash, lady's companion, and Ramsey Munro, swordsman extraordinaire, has an undeniable appeal. Helena, sister to Kate (introduced in the previous book), finds herself pressed into service as a go-between for Flora, the addlepated niece of Helena's employer, and Oswald, a bankrupt gambler who clandestinely married Flora despite being unable to keep her in the style to which she's accustomed. Helena passes notes between the lovers, secretly relishing the opportunity to drop her icily correct demeanor for a bit of adventure. When she runs into trouble on a dark walk at Vauxhall, Ramsey steps in to rescue the maiden in disguise. Helena's determination to help the irritatingly stupid Flora and Oswald grows dull quickly; scenes in Ramsey's fencing salle are far more engaging. Despite the sexual tension between hero and heroine, the love scenes are marred by decidedly unsexy lines like, "He closed his eyes and mated her with his tongue" or "[she paused] at his flat, leathery male nipple to touch her tongue experimentally to the hard kernel at its center." Brockway has many followers, and the trilogy is attractively packaged thus far, but the pleasure promised in this novel's title is slight indeed.
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From Booklist

After their family's fall in fortune sends the three Nash sisters in different directions, Helena Nash becomes a companion to Lady Alfreda Tilpot. Working for one of the ton's most demanding harridans is a constant exercise in maintaining her composure, but Helena stays the course to play cupid between Lady Tilpot's sweet niece, Flora, and the love-struck but feckless Oswald Goodwin. While delivering a message between the young lovers, Helena encounters rakish, sexy-as-sin Ramsey Munro. Four years earlier, Ramsey, now one of London's most celebrated swordsmen, had been one of three young gentlemen who promised to come to the aid of the Nash sisters. At first Helena tries to pretend to be someone else, but when her fears that she is being stalked become a reality, she must turn to the one man she knows can keep her safe. The verbal fencing that goes on between the heroine and hero in RITA Award-winning Brockway's newest addition to her Rose Hunters trilogy is just one of the many delights in this luscious historical. Rich in subtle characterization, expertly spiced with danger, and generously imbued with a rapier sharp sense of wit, My Pleasure is simply superb. John Charles
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More About the Author

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Connie Brockway has received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and the Library Journal which named My Seduction as one of 2004's top ten romances.

An eight time finalist for Romance Writers of America prestigious RITA award, Brockway has twice been its recipient, for My Dearest Enemy and The Bridal Season. In 2006 Connie wrote her first women's contemporary HOT DISH, which won critical raves.

Today Brockway lives in Minnesota with her husband, a family physician, and two spoiled mutts.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cowgirl Anglophile on October 1, 2004
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In a style very much like Dorthea Dunnet's Francis Lyman series, Connie Brockways hero Ram is complex yet simple. Her heroine, Helena, is fiesty yet not too silly or overboard stupid. Her writting brings a fresh look and new scenes at what can be a very cliche-ridden genre. The sword play, the verbal sparring and the romance all handled with a right touch. And Ram, ah Ram, willing to do what ever because his lady asks. Now that is simply a hero. Despite what the 'pro' reviewer wrote, this is a keeper if you enjoy a well crafted story with witty dialogue and believeable story line.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kelin C. Mcclanahan on June 29, 2005
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I was a huge fan of the first Rose Hunter installment. In fact, "My Seduction" was my first ever Connie Brockway book. I fell in love with her writing ability and was swept away with the wonderful story of the three chivalrous men bound by their honor to do a good deed for the Nash family. As I read, I remember sitting there thinking to myself, "Heroes just don't get much better than Kit."

HA!

H-e-l-l-o Ram Munro!

Ms. Brockway does an upstanding and admirable job of developing a romance between Ramsey and Helena, one that is both realistic and emotionally deep. I have to admit that in reading so many romance books, I've grown tired of the similar stereotypical and categorical plot twists and cliches that often occur in order to propel a story. "My Pleasure" was a refreshing escape from that and left me smiling long after I read the last page. (And what a last page it was.)

Bravo, Ms. Brockway.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marisa on October 15, 2004
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I just thought this book was incredibly romantic and sexy. It seems like I can't find books any more that just tie me to the page, and I can't put them down, but My Pleasure was like that for me. The hero is incredible, a swordfighter but who is really devoted in a non-sloppy way. It was great!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jill on September 21, 2004
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MY PLEAUSRE is my pleasure

Fencing master Ramsey Munro has watched over paid companion Helena Nash for 3 years without her knowledge. One night they come face to face in the dark Walks of Vauxhall Gardens-the fun begins, the mysteries of the past begin to unwind. The man who is obsessed with Helena and watches her from the shadows enters the drawing room of her employer. Helena is his, there is no doubt is his mind. Ram is looking for the man who betrayed him and his 'brothers' years ago and put them in a French prison for 2 years. Helena's father trades his life for the friends and the Scotsmen vow to watch over the Nash daughters. This Munro does with Helena unaware of his guardianship. But now the evil from that ugly prison in France is reaching out to touch the Nash sisters and Ram is determined to stop it. Helena needs no protecting, she can solve her own problems, thank you very much . But she does go to Ram--to learn from the master how to handle a sword. She wants to protect herself from DeMarc, but is DeMarc the only one staking her ? Or him? A swordfight in a back alley, a championship fight that gives Ram the chance to be Helena's knight in tarnished armor, Helena's own battle in the stable all make an exciting ending to this fast paced story. Connie is a great wordsmith (I made that up- I think). Scenes come to life with her description and dialog is spicy.

Also recommended: Once Upon a Pillow
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gialdini on January 21, 2009
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As much as it pains me to write this, My Pleasure was a sloppy mess of implausibility, pointless subterfuge and enough misunderstandings to make my teeth gnash. I had trouble believing I was reading one of Brockway's books and am at a loss. I think it had the makings of an interesting story, and indeed my attention was engrossed for a while - even though I had to take much of the plot elements with a grain of salt (and basically pretend they didn't exist so that I could enjoy myself - I should have known that such a recourse could only portend further horrors). I think my enjoyment was made possible by the prose style, which tricked me into liking the book for a while. But even that couldn't carry this book much farther than a few chapters.

There was so much wrong with My Pleasure that I don't know where to start. I guess the author was trying to insert some levity into a series that started out dramatic and brooding with My Seduction, and so to that end we have Flora and her "Ossie" - two absurd people who infect the heroine, Helena Nash, with their silliness when she allows herself to become embroiled in their clandestine love affair. Helena Nash is the paid companion to a mean old dowager, Lady Tilpot, and Flora is said lady's daughter. Helena's reasons for helping Flora are flimsy - some rot about transferring the love and help she can't give to her sister onto the hapless, flighty Flora. If this weren't enough, the hair brained scheme she cooks up entails her disguising herself as a page boy and essaying out to Vauxhall and bacchanals and dark alleyways in search of Ossie (all, of course, dangerous, scary places that positively broadcast a plea for her to be jumped by gangs of brutish, randy bad guys then saved by our oh so convenient, i.e. stalkerish hero).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 29, 2004
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In 1805, pragmatic and dutiful Helena Nash works as a companion to pompous Lady Alfreda Tilpot since her parents died four years ago so that she does become a burden to her family. Over her personal concerns, the closet romantic becomes the link between Alfreda's niece Flora and the man she loves and secretly married Oswald Goodwin. She becomes further worried because Oswald is a loser trying to obtain a fortune at gambling because he needs to keep his spouse in the style she has grown up in but he can

not afford.

Scottish rake Ramsey Munroe sees Helena sneaking about the streets and assumes she is visiting a lover. He is concerned with her safety because he and two other fellows owe their lives to her father, who died freeing them from the French. As Ramsey and Helena fall in love, he worries for her safety because a serpent wanting to destroy him will use his beloved as a pawn to get at him.

Regency romance readers will take plenty of pleasure from the fine middle tale of the Rose Hunters trilogy. Helena learns rather quickly that good intentions is the road to hell as she lands in trouble just because she allowed her romantic nature to open up a can of worms. Ramsey is a wonderful protagonist who feels guilt for the death of her father and further responsibility for bringing the woman he loves in peril from his enemies. Connie Brockway provides an entertaining story that will leave readers waiting for the final novel to complete the passionate miniseries.

Harriet Klausner
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