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Light Regency romance meets a little bit of mystery in this charming if rather implausible tale of Eliza Martin, a practical, intelligent spinster heiress who longs to retire solo to the country but is pressured by her uncle to continue meeting with fortune-hunting suitors. Suspicious that recent mishaps are attempts on her life, she hires attractive thief-taker Jasper Bond to pose as an additional suitor in order to investigate the men around her, unaware of his secret connections to her social circle and his desire to seduce her himself. The plot is mostly put aside to focus on eager public flirtations, private erotic discoveries, and developing true love. Romance readers who like their virgins self-confident and their heroes experienced but not jaded will enjoy Eliza and Jasper's dynamic, and the period feel never falters even when things get steamy. (Feb.)
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Jasper Bond is just too handsome for the job. At least that is what wealthy heiress Eliza Martin initially believes when she interviews the London thief-taker. Eliza needs a man, someone who, while acting as her suitor, can investigate a series of suspicious �accidents� that have recently been plaguing her. Unfortunately, no one in society would ever believe a man as sinfully sexy as Jasper could ever want to marry a bluestocking spinster like Eliza, unless for her money. But Jasper isn�t about to take no for an answer. After all, he has a reputation for client satisfaction, which means he must find a way to convince Eliza that he really is the right man for the job. When it comes to brewing up scorchingly hot sexual chemistry, Day has few literary rivals, and her latest, impeccably crafted Regency historical is a flawless blend of captivating characters, clever plotting, and searing sensuality. --John Charles

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Brava; 1st edition (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758231725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758231727
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,138,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sylvia Day is the #1 New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of over 20 award-winning novels sold in more than 40 countries. She is a #1 bestselling author in 28 countries, with tens of millions of copies of her books in print. Her Crossfire series has been optioned for television by Lionsgate. Visit the author at

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By AsianCocoa on March 23, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I really liked Jasper and Eliza's story. Eliza was a stubborn, independent, take charge woman and Jasper was a determined, arrogant man. From the first time they met he knew that he wanted her. The mystery of who was behind all the freak accidents that Eliza was victim to was a nice back drop. But what I really enjoyed was the bold bantering between the two of them and Jasper's seduction of Eliza was perfect.

"God. Am I hurting you?" "No...Too full." Stretched to the point of aching, but she was not pained.
"You can take me." His fingers rubbed between her legs, starting a hot, sweet trickle of sensation in her core. "Let me in Eliza. Don't fight it." pg.134

Oh and the sex scenes weren't bad either. ;-)
Great historical romance.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By HelloWriters on February 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
In 1818 London, a man by the name of Jasper Bond works as a thief-taker; a man who offers security to people who need it and does everything within his power to find what is lost, as well as uncover the secrets that are hidden by others.

As we begin our story, the amazingly handsome Mr. Bond goes to meet a local person who desperately needs his help. As this amazingly sexy man wraps his gloved hand around the eagle's head on top of his cane and walks into St. George's cathedral, he runs directly into a woman by the name of Eliza Martin and her uncle. Jasper is completely intrigued as he sits with Eliza who tells him immediately that he is far too good looking for what she needs. This beautiful redhead who is a very wealthy woman wants suitors to leave her be so that she can get through this, the sixth and last season that she has to date and look for a significant other, and then be left alone.

Eliza has had a horrific time as of late. She knows she needs protection from someone who is a predator who seems to want to scare her silly. Setting her up with a snake in her bedroom, a broken saddle that almost made her fall during a ride, and other small "accidents" that could harm Eliza, have happened to her all Season. A suitor that could walk around with her and investigate who the culprit is that's trying to harm Eliza is someone she needs, yet Jasper is indeed a man with the looks and heat that make the normally steady Eliza forget everything except him.

Jasper makes Eliza a deal and convinces her that he's the thief-taker she needs who will find the culprit and stop the "accidents" from happening. There are fortune hunters aplenty after the woman's money - including Montague who is a young man that Jasper is trying desperately to destroy because of their past.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
Eliza Martin prefers staying on the shelf rather than marrying some bonehead only interested in her money. In fact the heiress prefers rusticating alone than partying with the Ton. However, her guardian uncle keeps introducing Eliza to suitable suitors who want to control her fortune. She keeps rejecting these fortune hunters.

Recently Eliza has been a victim of a series of accidents that the intelligent woman suspects is not coincidental. She hires thief-taker Jasper Bond to go undercover as another suitor in order to protect her and to expose who she is trying to harm her and why. She is attracted to her bodyguard, but believes he is too big and handsome for her. Jasper conceals he is another member of the Ton wanting her though he wants to steal her heart not her money.

This is an exciting Regency romantic suspense as the lead couple falls in love as they investigate the incidents. Fast-paced, Jasper tries to never ignore his client's safety while also hoping to win her love. Although the motive for the accidents seems preposterous, readers will enjoy Pride and Pleasure as the hero not only vows to keep his beloved safe, but overcome her prejudice towards him.

Harriet Klausner
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Techie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
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's thief-taker associate, Thomas Lynd, who cannot stand Eliza, and ends up asking Jasper to look after her security and to continue with the investigation.

Jasper is an honest thief-taker in a time most aren't. He finds what is lost and protects those in need of security. He also follows an ethical code in his trade. Jasper has worked hard to execute revenge on the family who wronged his mother, and he is closer than ever to achieve his life's goal. He doesn't want a wife, there is no place in his life for one, and he plans to move overseas once his vengeance is consummated. In spite of his traumatic childhood, Jasper is a caring human being, a decent man, and a loyal friend. Protecting Eliza and caring for her is a natural thing for him.

Eliza, being a strong woman in charge of her own life and money, is affected by Jasper's raw masculinity and handsomeness. She is mortified by memories of her mother's risque behavior that she tries to avoid repeating, and which she never understands, until she meets Jasper. Eliza rejects the notion of Jasper working for her, and finds excuses to justify why he isn't the right man for the job. Jasper, who has a penchant for mysteries is more intrigued for Eliza herself than the mysterious circumstances that compel her to ask for his services.
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