Thursday, December 2, 2010
Review: The Pursuit of Pleasure
The Pursuit of Pleasure by Elizabeth Essex
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Easily the best romance I read this week, maybe this month. When Miss Elizabeth Paxton claims to want to be a widow in order to live independently, her childhood friend Captain James Marlowe proposes to her since, he says, he is likely to die on duty in the Royal Navy. It's hard to do this review justice without giving away spoilers, but if you like angsty romance or romance where the hero and heroine are childhood friends, this is the book for you. The heroine is seriously kick-ass, and once she discovers the hero has deceived her in several very important and painful ways (despite his somewhat good intentions), she doesn't take any prisoners--or any shit from him anymore-- and then she does his secret job better than he does. The emotions are intense and the sex scenes are hot without taking over half the book. The plot is complex and interesting. Thumbs up.
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