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The Pursuit of Pleasure (Dartmouth Brides) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 7, 2017
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Essex's Georgian-era romance debut fails to marry drama with plausibility. British naval captain Jameson Marlowe pursues the traitors sending weapons to revolutionary France by purchasing a lovely Dartmouth home with land that includes a likely smugglers' cove. He intends to fake his death and infiltrate the gang. To keep the house from passing to his cousin, he proposes to his childhood friend Lizzie Paxton, but forbids her to actually live in the house. Contrary-minded Lizzie naturally moves in, dangerously interfering with both Marlowe's and the smugglers' plans. While the sex scenes are sizzling, Marlowe treats Lizzie quite callously, and his patronizing attitude toward her is infuriating, even if it's period-accurate. Their surprise at falling in love is implausible given their lifelong mutual obsession; both author and characters seem to have confused lust and love. (Dec.)
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For Lizzie Paxton, the independence a widow enjoys is quite tempting. It’s just that Lizzie doesn’t really want the bother of first dealing with a husband. Fortunately, Captain Jameson Marlowe has an offer for Lizzie that she can’t refuse. Since he is about to sail away on his next commission for the British Royal Navy and will not return for eight years or more, if Lizzie marries him immediately, she will have all of the conveniences of married life without the inconvenience of a husband. Seduced by Jameson’s proposition (and his scorching kisses), Lizzie accepts his proposal, but before the ink is even dry on their marriage certificate, Lizzie receives a letter informing her that her new husband has been killed in the line of duty. It’s exactly what Lizzie wants, but somehow Lizzie would give up everything just to get Jameson back. Essex delivers page-singeing passion and dangerous intrigue in her enthralling, sensual, and richly rewarding debut. --John Charles --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The Pursuit of Pleasure by Elizabeth Essex is an enticing Historical Fiction set in 1794 Dartmouth. Book 1 in the "Dartmouth Brides" series.
This is the story of Miss Elizabeth Paxton, aka Lizzie, a heiress and very independent woman. And, Captain Jameson Marlowe, aka James, who is returning to Dartmouth after being gone for a few years. He proposes to Lizzie, a marriage of convenience, where she will quickly become a widow. A night of passion sparks more then either, Lizzie or James wanted or expected. But will it spark a HEA? Can a marriage of convenience -childhood friends - to lovers, bring love, peace and happiness to this couple?
Mystery, suspense, danger, possibly treason, smugglers, secrets, lies and romance, makes for an enticing story.
This story is told from the main character's perspectives, which at times is a bit confusing, but easy to figure out what's happening. The ending felt a bit rushed to me, but was still an enjoyable and satisfying read. The characters were a bit selfish to start with, but came around quickly to know what they wanted. The plot was a bit unique. "The Pursuit of Pleasure" was a sensual read, steady paced, with a few twists and turns but definitely, a read I would strongly recommend. I enjoy Elizabeth Essex's writing, her characterizations and her stories are engaging, somewhat different in tone, but fully understandable, and a joy to read. I look forward to Book 2, as well.
An enjoyable and enticingly intriguing story of passion, love, genuine dialogue and the clever plot, will have readers turning pages, as they learn the fate of Lizzie and James. A great read!
I received a complimentary copy.
Heat rating: Steamy
Reviewed by: AprilR
I read the original version of this book years ago and gave it a 5 star rating. I can honestly say that I have no idea what was changed/revised in this edition, but I think I was either feeling generous years ago or I have become pickier as I have aged - because I didn't feel like this was a 5 star read. It was good - solid 4 stars, but definitely not 5.
Lizzie and James aka Jamie have a history. They were the best of friends as children and starting to become more when Jamie ups and leaves for the Navy without a word.
Ten years later he is back and he is on a mission. He approaches Lizzie with a proposition - he will marry her to keep his property and fortune from his no-good cousin and in turn he will leave her a widow. Lizzie accepts because she wants to be independent and being a widow is just the ticket.
These two marry and share an incredible night of passion. Jamie leaves for his mission within days, but makes Lizzie promise to stay in town and not at the cottage. He has his reasons and the reader is privy to them, but Lizzie isn't.
Within weeks of his departure, Lizzie is informed of his death. She is heartbroken and decides to go to the cottage to feel closer to his memory. From here the story really takes off. There are so many secrets and twists in the story that at times it is hard to keep up.
The book is good, but feels a little disjointed. I know Lizzie and Jamie are in love, but the story really lacked romance - but that was more about the personalities of Lizzie and Jamie than any flaw in the writing. They simply are not lovey-dovey type of characters.
I did like the book and I would have no problem recommending it!
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The story started off with great sexual tension between James, the hero and Lizzie, the heroine.Read more