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Wealth has its dangers... There are disadvantages to being an heiress, as Eliza Martin knows well. Fortune hunters flock to her, acquaintances lie and pander, and lately, someone is engineering "accidents" to propel her to the altar. But Eliza will not be bullied, and she will get to the bottom of this plot. All she needs is a man to infiltrate her assemblage of suitors anWealth has its dangers... There are disadvantages to being an heiress, as Eliza Martin knows well. Fortune hunters flock to her, acquaintances lie and pander, and lately, someone is engineering "accidents" to propel her to the altar. But Eliza will not be bullied, and she will get to the bottom of this plot. All she needs is a man to infiltrate her assemblage of suitors and find the culprit. Someone not easily noticed; a proficient dancer, quiet, and even-tempered. ...so do certain men Thief-taker Jasper Bond is entirely too large, too handsome, and too dangerous. Who would believe that an intellectual like Eliza would be seduced by a man of action? But the combination of her stubbornness and the mystery makes the case one Jasper can't resist. Client satisfaction is a point of pride and it's his pleasure to prove he's just the man she needs after all... "The undisputed mistress of tender, erotic romance." --Teresa Medeiros...

Title : Pride and Pleasure
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ISBN : 9780758293602
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Number of Pages : 293 Pages
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Pride and Pleasure Reviews

  • Sammy Loves Books
    2018-11-12 10:35

    *****3.5 Pleasurable Stars*****Eliza is an heiress in her sixth season. She has money, manages her own finances and affairs, and has never been denied anything. She has happily decided not to marry, but to live out the rest of her days quietly reading and spending time in the country. Marriage would only cost her her freedom to do as she pleases, and would allow her husband to take over her finances. And that is just unacceptable. Eliza has no concept of carnal lust until she lays eyes on Jasper.Jasper is a thief-taker, which is dangerous job. He is also the bastard son of the Earl of Montague. His only desire in life is to cause the destruction of the Montagues for the part they played in his mother's demise. He finds his resolve tested and his focus on revenge impeded by desire for his new employer; a headstrong, strawberry blond, blue eyed heiress that is wreaking havoc on his once peaceful existence. The love scenes between Jasper and Eliza were hot and no less than I have come to expect from Day. Her love scenes are HOT because both parties are not just expressing lust/desire for one another, but something stronger that runs much deeper. Day writes with so much passion, that it feels as if the characters need each other in order to survive. This book would have been a 4 or 5 star if more time had been spent with the main couple or if the secondary characters and plot had been more interesting.I usually love books by Sylvia Day, and find it a chore to put them down. I am a huge fan of her historical romances because of their intensity. This book however, read in such a slow manner. Every conversation that didn't involve the hero and heroine seamed to drag along at a snails pace. There were quite a few secondary characters, but none of them had enough depth to allow me to care about their welfare.

  • Joan Swan
    2018-11-11 05:34

    After studying the writing craft for over a decade now, I’d have to honestly say, I’ve been ruined…at least as an objective reader. I can no longer slide blithely through redundant description, dawdling action or blah characterization. I find myself constantly searching for more, silently challenging the author to give me a reason to keep the book open, to ignore the push of real life and remain lost in their fictional world.And while charming, shocking, seducing or even scaring a reader into maintaining interest has a place in commercial fiction, as a reading-writer, I expect more, and Sylvia Day's PRIDE AND PLEASURE delivered.------------------------ WRITER'S REVIEW ------------------------There are disadvantages to being an heiress, as Eliza Martin knows. Fortune hunters flock to her, and lately, someone is engineering “accidents” to propel her into the safety of marriage. But Eliza will not be bullied. She needs a man to infiltrate her assemblage of suitors and find the culprit.Thief-taker Jasper Bond is too handsome and too dangerous for such a task. Who would believe that an intellectual like Eliza would be seduced by a man of action? But Jasper cannot resist the challenge Eliza presents. Before all is said and done, he will prove that he is more than capable of satisfying all her needs…So many strong points, so little time. For this article, I decided to focus on skills that typically challenge other authors, but which Sylvia excels at: characterization, stakes, and efficiency of prose, or what I call pulling double duty. In PRIDE AND PLEASURE, the reader is exposed to the heroine, Eliza, and the hero, Jasper, through multiple techniques employed by the author: the characters’ own narrative thoughts, their actions, their dialogue, the observations of others around them and a skillful use of limited, meaningful backstory.The result is rich, flawed, loveable, fabulous characters that transform into real people from the very first pages. From that point on, the reader is compelled to continue. What happens to these characters matters. The reader must know how each incident affects the character emotionally, intellectually, physically. How it will change their future, their hopes, their dreams. And this author never leaves the reader disappointed. Sylvia Day follows through with enchanting and descriptive ways showing just how each step of the story affects the characters, inside and out.As an example of typical characterization, consider this passage:Jasper would never presume to call himself a moral man, but he did function under the code of ethics Lynd had taught him—help those in actual need of it. He did not extort protection money as other thief-takers did. He did not steal goods with one hand in order to charge for their return with the other. He simply found what was lost and protected those who wanted security…From page 2, you know this man may engage in some illegal activities, but they are for the welfare of others. This has been a highly successful technique. Think of the famed Robin Hood. In more modern times, the recent television series, Leverage, comes to mind, in which a ragtag team takes on unjust cases to right wrongs, albeit by unconventional or even illegal means. Or consider the huge hit Dexter, a serial killer who kills serial killers. Simply brilliant. Here’s another example of characterization, this one showing the reader Eliza’s traits, but through Jasper’s eyes. A very enticing tactic. As with her bookkeeping, the columns were neat and tidy, yet the way in which she formed her letters was different. Highly slanted as opposed to straight, elongated at the highs and lows, bleeding at the point of ink refill as if she was too hurried to shake off the excess properly. He mulled this over as he read—the care over numerals versus the carelessness over proper names was telling.This passage pulls characterization double duty. Not only does the reader see that at this point in the novel Eliza is more concerned with numbers than people, but also conveys Jasper as astute, intuitive, observant and intelligent. Sylvia’s strong technique of blending backstory with the present shows us not only who a character is, but why he or she is that way. She uses this aspect skillfully, displaying keys to a character's personality and inner motivation. Her mother’s life had forever been a series of crises and bursts of happiness interspersed with heated arguments and the depths of despair. Eliza had grown so weary of Georgina Tremaine Martin Chilcott’s incessant drama that she’d taken great pains to moderate her own life. She preferred private dinners to lavish balls, and the comfort of laying on her boudoir chaise with a book over literary luncheons.StakesIt is difficult to adequately demonstrate how stakes rise throughout the story without giving away too much and thereby ruining the read, and I absolutely wouldn’t want to take that enjoyment from you. So, I will outline the beginnings of the conflict and describe how it deepens to add intrigue and urgency to the story. The story’s premise centers around Eliza’s courting season. While she is participating in the season to please her Uncle, she is quite happily independent and sure she won’t wed, despite the numerous suitors interested in her wealth. But strange and dangerous occurrences make Eliza suspect one of her fortune hunting suitors is trying to push her into choosing a husband for her own sense of security. One of the most agreeable suitors is a man named Montague. Montague also happens to be Jasper’s long-standing enemy, unbeknownst to Eliza. Later we discover, this is also unbeknownst to Montague, which not only ups the conflict and stakes between characters, it adds a subtle intrigue to the story. For Jasper, the job of protecting Eliza and investigating the suspicious circumstances takes on double meaning. Immediately, the reader can foresee a conflict of interest, which ups the stakes – both professionally and personally -- when Jasper and Eliza’s relationship deepens.The author masterfully continues to amp these stakes, divulging more and more information about Montague and his character, and as the story progresses, so does the rift between Montague and Jasper. As morsels of information are exposed, the reader is both surprised and delighted. These plot twists are not contrived, not purposely held back and then sprung when it’s convenient for the author, but develop organically. The more we learn about Jasper and his background, the more light is shed on the part Montague has played in Jasper’s struggles and, thus, motivations. And with each revelation, the reader is sucked deeper into Jasper’s conflict, his ordeal, his dilemma. A subtle, masterful, powerful, delightful example of increasing stakes which develops naturally from character. Here are a few passages to show this dilemma as it progresses.Initially, Jasper wonders why his associate, Lund, would pass this assignment to him. …which begged the question of why Lynd was passing on this post. With such similar principles, either of them should have been as good as the other.Then, during the initial conversation with Eliza and her uncle, the first signs of an answer come. "Eliza, marry Montague and be done with this farce.” [Her uncle said.]With the voicing of that one name, Jasper knew why he’d received the referral and how little chance Eliza Martin had of dismissing him.Beyond this point, mentions of and meetings with Montague pepper the story, building conflict, intrigue and Jasper’s motivation."So long as Montague fails to acquire the funds he needs to regain his marker from me, I can do whatever is required.” It was a delectable twist that the best way to foil Montague’s suit was to woo Eliza Martin himself. Page 19The marker Jasper held was for a deed to a parcel of land in Essex that boasted only a modest home and was by far the smallest property Jasper laid claim to. Regardless, its value was priceless. It represented years of meticulous planning and the retribution due him. And in a mere six weeks it would be irrevocably his to destroy or flaunt at his whim. Page 19[Jasper] kept his hours filled from the time he awoke until he couldn’t fight sleep a moment longer. Such preoccupation afforded less time to ruminate on the thorn wedged in his side. Eliza both helped and hindered in that regard. When he was with her, he was so mindful of her there was no room for awareness of anything else. And that was a problem. He could not afford to lose his focus now. Not when he was so close to achieving his aims. Page 42Beyond this, I can’t divulge more without spoiling the wonderful storyline for you. But I think you can see from the few passages seeded on page two and growing methodically through page 42, that this is a pattern that will continue throughout the book. This foreshadowing shows how the issues will become a pitting point between Jasper and Eliza, until it all comes together at the very end of the book. When Jasper’s complete story is finally revealed, his backstory and motivation cement his character. As a writer, I find increasing the stakes throughout a book to culminate in a truly sufficient black moment one of the most challenging aspects of writing a novel. As a reader, I find this element a key component of craft writers often fail to achieve, but one that is necessary to feel fully satisfied by the story. Sylvia Day did a superb job with this in PRIDE AND PLEASURE. Efficiency of prose: What I mean by this, is when an author twines several elements together, enabling a scene to perform multiple functions at the same time. Utilizing a passage for several purposes instead of one provides a richer read with an efficiency of words.Here are a couple examples of how Sylvia Day takes this technique to a micro-level, applying it to the paragraph structure, with powerfully efficient results. Jasper leaned back in his chair, considering. There was something about the way [Eliza] eyed him that set off a quiet alarm. He appreciated being paid for his services rendered—as anyone did—but he wondered if more than the balance of her accounts and a wish to absolve a debt was motivating her. He’d dealt with members of the peerage who felt the act of paying him put him in his place. Once he’d accepted money, he was no longer a businessman but a commodity they had rights and power over. In most instances, he cared not at all what clients told themselves to assuage their pride. In this case, he would not allow Eliza to think she could control him with her money.In a mere 125 words, the author has given us a glimpse inside the hero. She has shown us a hint of his backstory, a peek at his characterization, a glimmer of his internal motivation and foreshadowed future conflict between hero and heroine. Wow. All in 125 words? Yes, powerful.She looked at his hands, noting the whiteness of [Jasper’s] knuckles as he gripped his biceps. She forced herself to look away and give Lord Westfield her full attention. Her fingers were linked so tightly, they hurt. Even lacking refinement in social graces, she knew what she was about to do was wrong in many ways, but she also knew Jasper needed to hear she wanted him as well. He required it said aloud, with a witness. As confident and aggressive as he could be when in his element, he was as lost as she was when it came to intimacy.Here, Sylvia has once again masters the multi-purpose paragraph. This short passage shows Eliza’s internal conflict and how that develops her character. We see how Eliza’s feelings for Jasper have grown. In the greater picture, this paragraph is also part of the author’s artfully painted character arc for both the hero and the heroine. We can see Jasper’s character through Eliza’s eyes, the connection between hero and heroine and how their relationship has grown to include understanding one another without speaking. In 101 words. Amazing. I aspire. There are far too many wonderful elements of the writing craft utilized in PRIDE AND PLEASURE to outline in such a short article. I hope you’ll explore and enjoy the novel for yourself.

  • Kathleen
    2018-10-15 07:41

    I did like this book but the story was lacking. I must say if I was rating this book on the sex scenes it would have been a 5 star rating, lol! I also did like the H&h a lot. I just wished Sylvia would have spent as much effort on the story line as she did in the bed chamber.

  • Jane Stewart
    2018-10-29 06:34

    Read one of her other books. This was not good.REVIEWER'S OPINION:I felt like I was reading a boring textbook. My mind kept wandering. It was hard to concentrate and pay attention. I did not want to keep reading, but I forced myself in order to give a complete review. There was too much description about uninteresting things. Many conversations felt like filler. Too many events were “told” and not shown. See Spoilers below for examples. Some parts of the story weren’t developed enough.The personalities were generic – like many others. There was no interesting relationship development. They meet, interact a bit, he quickly takes her to bed, and she likes it. The first sex scene had too much conversation and pondering. The rest of them didn’t engage me. I felt the desire to skim.Jasper doesn’t do anything interesting to uncover who the bad guy is. At the end of the book, someone “tells” Jasper and Eliza who was doing what and why.I really enjoyed some of this author’s other work for example: Snaring The Huntress, The Stranger I Married, Ask For It, and Bad Boys Ahoy. But sadly this book was “off.” SEMI-SPOILER EXAMPLES OF TELLING – NOT SHOWING (I don’t give away names):Jasper has a lifelong desire for revenge against his biological father and half-brother. The things that caused his hatred and his planning and actions to get revenge were “told,” not shown. I also had unanswered questions about this.Accidents occur which cause Eliza to hire Jasper. There were no details about those accidents. We don’t experience them. They aren’t even “told.” I don’t even know what they were, unless my mind was wandering and I just can’t remember.Someone sets fire to a building. That person interacts with another at the time. The main characters arrive as the fire is being put out, and someone “tells” them who set it and why. We did not experience the conversation and actions around the person setting the fire.Someone plans an ambush for Jasper. A friend discovers this and has that person taken for questioning. We don’t see the conversations and actions as the friend discovers this. The friend “tells” Jasper what happened after the fact.A bow street runner “tells” the main characters that someone was murdered and by whom. We didn’t see the murder happen, with conversation and actions before and after. It could have been interesting to see earlier actions and conversations between the killer and victim which led to the motive for murder.STORY BRIEF:Eliza is attractive, wealthy, and makes accounting entries in her ledger books. She has a group of suitors, most of whom want to marry her for her money. She is not in love with any of them. Some accidents occur putting Eliza at risk. She hires Jasper to discover who is causing the accidents and why. Jasper suggests he become one of her suitors in order to investigate.Jasper’s mother was of noble birth. She was kicked out of her family when she got pregnant with Jasper. The father wouldn’t marry her and caused her to become a prostitute to support herself and her son. Jasper now supports himself as a thief-taker (similar to a private investigator).DATA:Story length: 269 pages. Swearing language: mild, including religious swear words. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: 6. Estimated number of sex scene pages: 31. Setting: 1818 England. Copyright: 2011. Genre: regency mystery romance

  • Victoria Hansen
    2018-11-06 11:35

    This was the first book I had read from the highly acclaimed erotic-romance author, Sylvia Day. Pride and Pleasure offers a nice romance with a historical setting. There is the combination of lust and passion every erotic romance has, and sexy characters that made me anticipated for what was going to happen next. The writing was great, and redeemed some of the aspects the novel was lacking. I didn't find the plot original, as it's been used in so many books: woman needs man to protect him, pays him, falls in love with him while he protects her, some shit happens, and they live happily ever after. Did this certainly occur in Pride and Pleasure, but with a bit more intimacy and sex.The plot focuses on the unmarried Eliza Martin, who is threatened after 'accidents' occur. She feels frightened of her life, and believes it's not a coincidence that these events are occurring to her. Men wants to marry her because of her fortune, but she won't until she has found love. Additionally, she always thinks of her highly irresponsible mother that was anything but her. She hires Jasper Bond, a thief-takes who is handsome, hard working, mysterious and sexy. He offers her a deal, which she accepts. His protective duty of her turns into a passionate love. Jasper gains feelings for her, which she returns; this starts of with sexual as they are both appealed by one another. There are several pages of intimacy and love-making, as well as confessions. In the end, they eventually overcome the troubles and get married --no woman has ever tied down Jasper Bond before Eliza Martin, and the story ends with them having sex. What else could I expect in an erotic romance? In a book where the plot is less important than the fucking, Pride and Pleasure offers great sex scenes but lacks historical accuracy and an unique plot.The plot focused on Eliza's feelings for Jasper, and included them communicating in every chapter. Of course, there were the other characters such as the Montague, Melville and a Lord. Pride and Pleasure is an excuse of a historical fiction, as its only intention is to include fucking in the nineteenth century. Other than that, it's all about the love they have for one another, and the drama between them. However, the actually threat Eliza had was revealed during the end, and there some events in between the books, which focused on it. In those events, it was mostly about Jasper and Eliza, not the actual troubles. The main character, Eliza Martin, is an unmarried woman who is looking for a woman worthy settle down with. She has a fortune she is not willing to share, and prefers spending her time at home. Eliza's mother was irresponsible and caused many problems before she passed away, leaving a traumatic Eliza who frequently compares herself to her. Eliza is intelligent, kind, well-mannered and mysterious. Her secret and intimate side was revealed when her attraction for Jasper grew, revealing a more confident side of her.Jasper Bond, the thief-taker, is a man with a mysterious past. He is assigned to protect Eliza from the dangers that might occur, and while doing so, falls in love with her. Jasper is a ladies man, hence, he knows his ways during sex and doesn't want to be tied down. He works as a thief-taker and keeps his past a secret, which was revealed during the end. His secretive and mysterious personality engages in a strong attraction towards Eliza, but they must keep it a secret due to their status. In the end, they get married.I skimmed through it after I read the first half of the book, as I had lost interest in it. The plot was going nowhere, and the romance didn't work for me. This plot has been used in several books before, ranging from fantasy to contemporary romance novels, so there was almost nothing new. Yes, I understand this a romance --what did I expect? But that doesn't necessarily mean that I will enjoy the elements of romance in a particular novel. With Pride and Pleasure, I did like it, but it was lacking the original and passionate aspects. It was sexy, especially during their many sexual chapters, but it was nothing special. When they would have a moment together, I was excited to read whether their romance would improve, and it did in certain moments. However, Ms. Day's novel is missing what makes a great novel: unforgettable characters, original/unique story/plot line, great setting and a passionate romance. It has elements of these points, but not at its fullest. For me, it's obvious the setting was chosen to incorporate sex in the nineteenth century, and offer a well-behaved woman who meets a darker man with secrets, which would lead to lustful sex.I didn't find their relationship abusive at any points. Their fights didn't cause my heart to drop or swell or miss any beats. In fact, I skimmed through them as I wanted to get to the 'good part'. Furthermore, the historical accuracy in Pride and Pleasure is limited as well. The dialogue tries to sound like it was spoken during the time period, but only sounds like a more sophisticated version of the English language we use today. Sylvia Day sounds like an amazing erotic romance writer, and I have heard of her Crossfire series, which I will eventually read. However, this wasn't the greatest first choice. Her writing, excluding the dialogue, did redeem the novel. It was enjoyable, descriptive and had professionally in it. The erotic scenes were also well-written, and offered a hint of color. I love romance books, but this did not work very well for me. Well, I did enjoy the romance but as I discussed earlier, it lacked the elements a romance needs to be unforgettable. Nevertheless, I would love to read more of Sylvia Day's novel as I believe her modern day setting will improve any novel. Historical fiction didn't work for Pride and Please, and I believe a modern day setting would have kept the novel interesting and the romance a bit more relevant. In conclusion, it was a nice and enjoyable read, but a book easily forgotten due to its lack of originality.

  • Jill
    2018-11-02 08:50

    Pride and Pleasure was given to me as an Arc from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. Jasper Bond and Eliza Martin have me all a flutter. What a wonderfully, surprisingly, fantastic regency romance. I have been on the outs with my regency romances lately, but this one was perfect!!! A pure pleasure to read!Eliza Martin is smack bang in the middle of her sixth and final season. She is surrounded by suitors most of them fortune hunters who seek to better themselves with her very comfortable dowry.Miss Martin will be having none of that, so when it seems that someone is creating "accidents" to scare her into choosing a husband she, begrudgedly, hires Mr Jasper Bond to get to the bottom of her problems.I loved Eliza's shrewd manner immediately. The way Jasper and her clashed in there initial meeting, arguing over his suitability to get the job done was marvellous. I have not read such fast witty banter between a pair of characters in a long while, or enjoyed it more. They were purely refreshing to "listen" to,lol. Jasper, his character was also immediately appealing. Not because his looks, or sex appeal, although I assure you that probably helped. No, I loved Jasper because he seemed the opposite of what he should be. He was the impulsive one, the one that was ruled by his emotions in this book. I do not want to spoil this book for you so I will not fully explain, but let’s just say Eliza is ruled by reason and Jasper relies on his emotions and gut feelings to make his decisions. I thought this was great because it is usually the other way around with men and woman.The spark in this pair’s relationship was instantaneous. Jasper became jealous and protective very early on in the book, which I personally love." I saw the way you looked at Montague. What he said made you see him in a way you haven't before."Eliza faced him. He was more than a head taller, but his frame curved toward her in a way that made their proximity searingly intimate. As if he were about to twirl her into a waltz. Her heart beat a little faster. Her breathing quickened. “I don't understand."He cupped her chin and tilted her face upward. "You looked at him the way you look at me.""That's impossible." Montague incited none of this turmoil.“I need you to regard me in the same manner with which I regard you." And this "The dance you gave to Tolliver was mine."Elizabeth was confused. "But you do not dance.""Moments ago," he said in a low biting tone," you were asking if I wanted to be inside you and the next, you're encouraging another man's obvious interest in you".Poor Eliza didn't stand a chance, I fully sympathise with her, as the book went on both her and I became slaves to Jaspers words. He really does have some amazing lines. Sylvia Day, dare I say I love this man more than Gideon?? He is so ....... gah words are going to fail me. As I read on and it became clearer in Jaspers mind and mine just how much Eliza meant to him, I love every dirty trick, lie "I would do anything for you. Break any law, violate every rule, circumvent any competition--" naughty, naughty Jasper. This man has his secrets, secrets that could ruin any other relationship. Can their love overcome all?Eliza my girl, I love you more for calling him on every mistake, you are awesome.Mystery, suspense, steam, romance and genuinly likeable characters are what you get from this novel.I never guessed the villains, never saw the twists coming. I was engaged from start to finish. I truly loved this book; everyone should give it a go

  • Aly is so frigging bored
    2018-10-31 12:31

    Main characters: Eliza MartinJasper BondWhat I Liked: The story was very good and a little unusual. Eliza is in her 6th season and doesn’t want to marry, and if this wasn’t unseen in the romance world, just think that she was a woman of business, she managed her inheritance and loved working with numbers. We wouldn’t have this book if something unseemly wasn’t happening, so here comes the intrigue: she hires Mr. Bond to play at being her suitor and find the person who arranges some mishaps to happen to her. Eliza and the rest of Society It was unexpected and very well written, it’s Ms. Day after all, and I read it way faster than I expected. This books was scheduled to be a subway, school, “not with the laptop with me” book, but after I started it I couldn’t put it down.What I didn't like: There isn’t much, just that sometimes it seemed that the author didn’t give enough details about the scene. And I’ll add the sex words and… thinking? It was just a little “ewww, TMI guys!”(I still can’t get the “marked her with his semen” phrase out of my head), it didn’t detract from the story and it did make me laugh so, it really wasn’t that bad.Favorite character: Eliza was great. She’s the 3rd or 4th heroine that reminds me of Temperance Brenan from Bones this month, I don’t know how I ended up picking them. She’s self sufficient and has a remarkable brain. I loved how she decided to trust Jasper and then, unlike many other romance heroines, preceded to do just that! No doubts and accepting truths from other people, she just went and asked him, which was very refreshing. My least favorite character: Eliza’s man of business. He was a liar and deserves to be hanged. Favorite scene: Eliza teaching Jasper to waltz. It was some of the best scenes I have ever read.Favorite quote: “I don’t see how you expect to schedule all these hours of sexual congress,” Eliza said, as the carriage lurched into motion, “while attempting to make a success of a sugarcane plantation.”“Is that a challenge, madam?”“Could be…”Would I recommend the book: Wholeheartedly. I liked the characters, the plot, the writing, there is nothing not to like.Final rating: 4.5*

  • Holly
    2018-11-11 13:58

    Quite a few things in this book too me by surprise. There were several things I predicted were going to happen that didn't. Eliza, for example. She was leery about marriage thanks to growing up with a mother who prized passion and love more than anything else. She's learned to be distrustful of men and their motives and really has no desire to be attached to one. So I thought she'd have a fit when she realized Jasper wasn't everything he'd claimed to be, but Day really took things in an unexpected - and welcome - direction. I was also concerned that Jasper would push Eliza away, thinking it was "for her own good". But again Day surprised me. I truly enjoyed both main characters and the way they fell into love with one another.The villain wasn't hard to figure out, but I was surprised by the motives of some of the other characters. It isn't often that I don't see a twist coming, so it was kind of refreshing here to see not all was as it appeared. Overall I found this to a pleasant read with a strong romance and likable characters.

  • LuvGirl
    2018-11-09 05:39

    There was nothing spectacular about this book. The hero and heroine were dull to me. It seemed like all they did was lust off of each other from the moment they met, but yet there was still no chemistry between them. The story line was boring and I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it. I was expecting so much more from this author.

  • Sandy M
    2018-11-02 06:33

    I’m the typical reader when I have a book I want to devour in hand - it doesn’t take long to get it read, and then I’m disappointed because it’s over and now I have to wait for the author’s next book. So this time with a Sylvia Day book, I made myself slow down. Savor. Anticipate. Hunger. Need.It’s not easy putting a great book down, but it’s definitely worth it to make it last longer when reading someone like Sylvia Day.Eliza is a vintage Day character. Intelligent, independent, self-sufficient, strong, in control of her life, answering to no one. Thus, she immediately takes recently received threats quite seriously and seeks out a thief-taker to get to the bottom of the danger now on her doorstep. She refuses to give in to whatever the culprit hopes to gain from raining unexpected accidents on her. Upon meeting the recommended and mysterious Jasper Bond, Eliza knows with a glance he won’t do. He’s too handsome, too well turned out for anyone to believe he’d be interested in the staid Eliza Martin. She tries to tell the man he’s not what she had in mind but runs up against a brick wall like she’s never hit before.Jasper Bond is a self-made man, turning a horrible beginning in life onto a path of destiny of his own choosing. He is also living for revenge, and he’s closer to his goal than ever before. When he meets Eliza Martin, he’s quite taken with her, much to his surprise. She doesn’t fawn or pretend as other women of society do, she says what she means and means what she says. He’s a tad perturbed when she dismisses him without so much as an interview for the job she needs done. Knowing he wants to be near this woman and wanting to find out why, he finagles his way into her life, determined to discover who it is behind the mystery of who would want to harm her, why such is the case, and then take care of the bastard himself.When Jasper and Eliza are together, it’s pure pleasure to be part of their interactions. They’re honest with each other from the start, lust after each other with every look, and they work together very well, Eliza trusting in Jasper when the need arises and Jasper listening to Eliza when she has information to offer. It’s just one of those slowly blossoming relationships that is so satisfying to read. Their pride and pleasure go hand in hand with who they are, both before and after each other, and you feel that with every word they utter, every caress they give, every look they share. They make love with unparalleled passion. Something I wish more heroes and heroines would do. But, really, no one does it better than Sylvia Day.See my complete review at http://www.goodbadandunread.com

  • Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
    2018-10-29 12:59

    Well... What can I say about this one? My mother always said, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." If I made it a habit to listen to all of my mother's advice, I wouldn't have anything to say about bad books! With that being said, this one was rotten. I was highly disappointed. It wasn't a book, it was a novella-- and a poorly developed one at that. It took too long to get to the point of the book (which I still am unclear of). That's not entirely true... I do know the point, but it took 58 of the 59 pages to reach it. I feel like I wasted valuable reading time on this book. Seriously. No character development. Mediocre plot. Uninteresting characters. I thought it was going to be something like a Pride and Prejudice spin off, but it wasn't. It might be able to pass as a small scene from the book, but that's it. This was a free e-book from the Sony e-reader store. If you had to buy this book, don't waste your time. You'll be angry with yourself. Note: According to Amazon, the free book was only a snippet of the actual novel. The full book is 300+ pages. I still don't think it would be any good. The 59 pages that I read were horrible. Don't be fooled by the 4 star reviews on Amazon. Those people are delusional.

  • Brenda
    2018-10-17 05:51

    3.5Hay muchos momentos memorables sin embargo, al final no me terminó de "matar" como la mayoria de las veces-Al acercarse a la parte central de la sala, Jasper aflojó el paso hasta casi detenerse. Eliza lo miró, sorprendida al verlo totalmente absorto en una de las pinturas. Tenía la cabeza tan echada hacia atrás que el ala del sombrero le rozaba la espalda.Ella miró a su alrededor y vio que la persona más cercana estaba a unos metros de distancia. De modo que, acercándose a Jasper, susurró su nombre.—¿Hum?—¿Te acuerdas de que me dijiste que responderías a cualquier pregunta que tuviera, siempre y cuando estuviese relacionada con el presente?—Sí —respondió él, sin dejar de observar la obra de arte—. Pregúntame lo que quieras.Ella se aclaró la garganta.—¿Quieres... quieres aparearte conmigo?Él dio un brinco tan fuerte que ella saltó también.—¡Eliza! —exclamó, con los ojos abiertos como platos.

  • Siv30
    2018-10-25 08:43

    2.5 כוכביםסהכ נחמד אבל ניתן להבחין בחוסר בשלות של העלילה. לא שבספרים של סלביה דיי קיימת עלילה עמוקה, אבל לפחות בספרים המאוחרים שלה היא מגבשת סוג של עלילה שגם נכונה לזמן שהיא מתארת. בספר הזה העלילה מתייחסת לשנת 1811 והתיאורים ממש לא מתאימים לתקופה. אני מניחה שמחקר הוא לא הצד החזק שלה והיא מוכנה להתפשר לגבי מחקר היסטורי בתמורה לרומן אהבה.

  • Julie Dolcemaschio
    2018-11-13 07:50

    PRIDE AND PLEASURE is one of those books that stay with you, not necessarily because of the story, but because of the writing. This is less of a mystery than it is a simple yet wonderful character study, and that is my favorite kind of read.Eliza Martin is a closed, efficient woman who is in her sixth, and final, season for capturing a suitor, something she’d rather not be bothered with. She is independent and wealthy, and she is so determined to be the opposite of her mother, that she’d rather retire to the country a spinster than bother with a man. Someone is threatening her life, and she feels that one of her suitors may be behind it in order to pressure her to marry—for protection, if nothing else. She hires a thief-taker to act as her suitor in hopes of catching the culprit who is making Eliza’s life difficult. She rejects Jasper Bond outright, telling him he is much too handsome, and that no one in the ton will believe that she chose such a man as he. She is simply too practical. Their business arrangement soon turns to passion, but will Jasper’s goal of vengeance get in the way of his one shot at happiness?Sylvia Day should not hang all her hopes on the 50 Shades knockoff, Bared To You. THIS is where her true talent lies. The characters were meticulously drawn and the love that develops between Eliza and Jasper feels genuine. I loved that, for once, there were no ridiculous misunderstandings that kept the lovers apart, there were no lies or ulterior motives for the sake of creating tension. I loved how this relationship was slowly developed, culminating in a first-time love scene that was so erotic in its simplicity, that it stands out as one of the finest love scenes I have ever read. The mystery of who is trying to do what to whom is not, and should not, be viewed as the main focus here. It is really the character study of two people who come into a relationship with their own motives and baggage, yet learn to shed it all in the name of love. The mystery itself was decent, and I was surprised in the end, but this story really comes down to love, and what we do to sabotage it, and what, with courage and the love of a good partner, we do to bridge the gap so we can find true happiness. I loved this book, and will read more of Day’s historicals before I pick up any Bared To You sequels. There is simply no comparison.

  • Mei
    2018-10-29 09:44

    I really enjoyed this book!A historycal romance with a very unusual heroine!I loved Eliza! She's refreshing and fun. She knows what she wants and what she has to do to obtain it! There's no stupidity in her! She's straitforward and outspoken. I loved Jasper too. He's also very intelligent and cunning! They're very good together! Their relationship is sparkling!Excelent book! Very recommanded!

  • Eva Rose
    2018-11-09 06:55

    This book was on sale and I could not help myself but read it, needless to say I did not enjoy myself. The entire book read formulaic and I never felt any liking towards any of the characters. The dialogue read stiff and most of the time I was just yawning and speeding through it so I could get to the end.

  • Titinha Scaeiro
    2018-11-10 08:51

    MILAGRE... MILAGRE... Um livro da Day que leva da minha parte 4* ^_^Amanhã faço a opinião e vão compreender por quê! ^_^

  • Britt
    2018-10-26 10:30

    ...And just when I thought I couldn't possibly love Sylvia Day anymore. "Client satisfaction is a point of pride, Miss Martin. By the time I am done, I guarantee you will be eminently gratified by my performance"Eliza Martin is an independent women, happy managaing her own enormous fortune without the assistance of a husband. However it seems someone has other ideas, hatching a plot to lure her into marriage for the security and protection it could bring from many unfortunate accidents. Although slightly scared Eliza is adamant that she will not give in, and instead hires Jasper Bond, a thief-taker to act as her 'investigator, protector and suitor'. What neither of them expected was the desire that soon blossoms between them. "before you there was sex. You have been my only lover"Similar to Day's other books the narrative is beautifully written and similar to Day's other historical novels she establishs setting, time and place with her choice of language and the description of clothing and social customs. However what stood out in this book for me was Eliza Martin. Considering the time that the novel is set she is headstrong and independent, defying social norms as she actually wants to be a spinster. Although she might decide for marriage with Jasper, she still refuses to give up her independence and holds on to her ideals. This appealed to me so much, given that many heroines in other books make me want to scream at how they change and give up all sense and control to a male because 'I can't possibly live without them'.Similarily Jasper is everything I like in a male character, he has an edge to him but is not too stupid to realise that marriage isn't a prison but a means of salvation from his dark past and murky morals. How I have had enough of insecure males who can't comprehend that the feelings they have after sex aren't just endorphins and are something to cherish, not run away from. This is a beautiful story with beautiful characters.

  • Tina
    2018-10-15 10:50

    Eliza is a wealthy heiress who is a fortune hunter magnet. but lately she also has had some puzzling accidents. Obviously somebody is out to harm her.Thief taker Jasper is hired to figure out who wants to harm Eliza. He is handsome, tenacious and immediately wants Eliza for himself. He also has a personal vendetta against one of her more persistent suitors.I have read a few other Sylvia Day books and have always found them pretty pleasant. She was my first introduction to Historical-romantica. Her heroines that I am familiar with were always of the very sophisticated, experienced variety. So Eliza was a bit of a departure from that. Although the suspense story formed both the reason for Jasper and Eliza to get together and to act as forward plot momentum, the main story really is how the two of them become attracted and then fall in love with each other.There is nothing about this book that is overly new or fabulous, but it is a good, quick afternoon read and has a satisfying romance at its core. I did love the fact that when confronted with information about Jasper that could have made Eliza question his motives for being with her, the author didn't go the non-communication, grand misunderstanding route. Instead Eliza decided to trust her instincts and Jasper. With good result.Nice book.

  • Michelle
    2018-11-02 11:53

    It took me a while to really get started on loving this book, but I've pretty much read it in one day if that tells you anything (and it's not because it's a short book/easy read). There are so many things I like about this book. Sylvia Day's writing, for one. There is a perfect mix of dialogue and action, and not too much internal dialogue/repetition. The characters are just wow. Eliza is such a starchy, smart, smartass, independent British blueblood that you can't help but like her. Jasper is so perfect for her. He's tough and sexy and sneaky and blue collar and he brings out her passion and her adventurous side that she didn't even know she had. And he needs her and wants her in a way that is so genuine. I love them together. And one of the best things about this book is that the author could have gone in any of several different directions leading up to THE BIG MISUNDERSTANDING (which I can't stand in most books because it's so glaringly obvious that it's going to happen), and yet she didn't. The characters are both smart enough and trusting/loving enough to NOT let the issues cause any discord. I think I've only read one other book by this author, but I'll definitely be looking for more.

  • Beth Simkanin
    2018-10-27 10:55

    A Charming, Unique HeroineThe heroine, Eliza, was such a breath of fresh air in Pride and Pleasure by Sylvia Day - in fact, she was why I kept reading the book. Eliza is a bit of a hermit and is a genius, yet she is unschooled in the matters of infatuation and desire. She is so logical that the matter of passionate feelings is foreign to her. She has been raised by her reclusive uncle who is a bit scatter-brained due to his experiments- he is a genius himself. Eliza is a wealthy woman and someone is possibly trying to either hurt her or kill her as a series of unfortunate events have befallen her. In addition, she has a long list of suitors. She hires Jasper, a thief taker, to solve the mystery of who is behind the events by posing as one of her suitors. As Jasper gets closer to Eliza, their passion ignites. Part of the book is centered around Jasper and Eliza solving the mystery and they fall in love along the way.This book could have been very dark, yet Eliza's personality keeps the book lighter than I expected. A very charming historical romance with a good mystery to solve.

  • Feminista
    2018-11-05 07:46

    DNFI think up to date, this is my second DNF-ed ARC.I tried my best to keep on reading it, but the characters were banal.The heroine is a very cool and composed virgin, the only one who gets her ruffled is the hero.The hero is a bad boy rake...And the rest is history...I recommend it to people who are in love with rakes and virgin historical romances. I urge you to give this book a try.ARC Courtesy of NetGalley and Penguin Books Australia.

  • Cathy
    2018-10-17 10:47

    I haven't read a Sylvia Day book since her Bared to You series (which I still haven't finished reading all the books) a few years back. I forgot how good she was at writing the sexy times scenes. Whew, I need a fan for those scenes they were smokin'. Oh, and the storyline was pretty good, too.

  • Patrícia
    2018-10-20 08:53

    Opinião do blogue Chaise Longue: http://girlinchaiselongue.blogspot.pt...Foi preciso Pecado, para Sylvia Day se redimir aos meus olhos mas, a questão mantinha-se: pazes feitas ou golpe de sorte? Orgulho e Prazer era por isso, uma leitura em que depositava expectativas e algum receio, uma leitura que tanto podia ser maravilhosa como revelar-se pouco tentadora. A verdade é que escusava de me ter preocupado. Mais uma vez, a autora entrega-nos uma história de paixões e luxúria, que nos cativa tanto pela crueza das suas palavras como pela elegância com que as utiliza, palavras que conseguem ser escaldantes e doces na mesma medida. Apesar de não ter gostado tanto deste livro como do que li anteriormente, já não posso escapar à evidência de que, às vezes, consigo apreciar, e muito, esta autora.Numa narrativa dominada pelo romance e pelo mistério, o leitor é envolvido numa trama fluída à qual não faltam confrontos, segredos e escândalos. As páginas voam quase sem darmos conta, recheadas de momentos que nos fazem corar mas, também, de momentos que nos permitem celebrar o amor na sua forma mais honesta. Eliza e Jasper são duas pessoas completamente diferentes que se atraem como ímanes, que aprendem a complementarem-se, a aceitarem-se, sem reservas. São um casal com ideias fixas e personalidades fortes que não se deixam dominar um pelo outro mas, tenho pena da rapidez com que a autora os atirou para os braços um do outro. Gostava de ter visto a relação deles a crescer passo a passo, penso que teria sido mais credível que toda a paixão e possessividade imediata que sentimos quase desde o início e que acabou por nos permitir apaixonar por este casal como eles se apaixonaram. As outras razões que me deixaram de pé atrás nesta história foram, primeiro, a excessiva importância dada ao passado de Jasper para depois não acontecer nada de bombástico. Levámos imenso tempo a vê-lo com sede de vingança para no final nunca haver um momento em que ele enfrenta verdadeiramente o passado, o que não me parece muito plausível. Gostava que ele tivesse tido realmente um momento para fazer as pazes consigo mesmo. A outra, é a forma como a autora quase coloca de lado o mistério que apresentou o casal, acabando por não o explorar devidamente ao longo do enredo. Contudo, neste caso, a situação salva-se nas últimas páginas, em que se dá uma reviravolta completamente inesperada. Mesmo assim, gostava de ter visto um melhor equilíbrio entre o romance e o mistério.No entanto, este livro não deixa de ser uma leitura envolvente, afinal, está recheado de personagens carismáticas que, podendo não ser apaixonantes, também não são de todo detestáveis. Eliza, por exemplo, rapidamente merece o nosso respeito pela sua inteligência e respostas sempre directas, bem como pelo facto de não se deixar dominar por homem nenhum na sua vida. Já Jasper, sinto que entrou mais no perfil cliché de protagonista possessivo e dominador, apesar de nas páginas finais se redimir. Mas adorável é o tio de Eliza. Que personagem mais divertida e no meio da sua pseudo loucura, o mais sensato de todos, sem dúvida.Orgulho e Prazer, apesar das suas falhas, acaba por nos proporcionar umas horas de puro entretenimento, o que muitas vezes, é apenas o que necessitamos.

  • Stephanie
    2018-11-03 11:35

    My daughter is a huge fan of Sylvia Day, I still enjoy historical sagas .. romances .. Nineteenth and twentieth century period peices.I understood that this era was a change of pace for Ms. Day .. and I wondered if she would really 'bring it'the way I've heard.Pride and Pleasure was a very worthy effort.I considered Jasper Bond a complete ... gem.A straight forward, broken but determined man who recognized WHO he needed.In any era ... Bond would be a hard cookie for any woman to shake loose.Reading how this particular character manuevered ... keep me so engrossed.I didnt know I was holding my breathe.I may just clip a couple of my daughter's Sylvia Day books.She owns a mountain of them,A++

  • jo_t
    2018-10-15 10:30

    The heart recognizes what the reason ignores. 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. Using his wit Jasper convinces Eliza of giving him the opportunity to prove he is worthy of the position. Jasper decides he wants her for himself, and since Eliza has made clear that she will never marry, he doesn't have any qualms in seducing her. Indeed, his resolve increases when Jasper realizes that he might lose her to the opposition, who includes his nemesis, and later in the game, even his own best friend and collaborator. Pride and Pleasure is a satisfying reading, the characters are of the most sympathetic ones I'd ever encountered, and the love scenes are fervid. The first one between Jasper and Eliza is one of the most original and passionate, seducing the virgin scene, I'd ever read. The more they learn about one another, the more their mutual admiration and love spring up. The suspenseful subplot makes one distrusts nearly all the secondary characters until the discovery of the wrongdoer. The book is written in a prose that belongs to the period is set, and there are plenty of witty exchanges amongst the characters. That has always been my favorite part of historicals, so I fully enjoyed the beautiful and diverse usage of the English language by the author for our reading pleasure.

  • Beatriz
    2018-10-18 09:31

    No le doy menos nota porque no se puede. Menuda birria de libro. O mejor dicho, que mal escribe Sylvia Day. Pero mal, mal, mal. No entiendo porqué le dan tantos premios a sus novelas. Parece que vomita palabras y hechos así al azar y le sale un libro. Nada tiene sentido. Los "giros de la trama" no son tal, es simplemente que se saca las cosas de la manga así porque sí. El protagonista masculino es el típico prototipo de tío machito que le enseña a la tía lo que es el sexo y ella cae rendida a sus encantos y le gusta todo a la primera (incluso tragárselo, por supuesto). Y, por supuesto, posesivo. Que no se nos olvide eso en la ecuación.Odiaba que usase la palabra "delicioso" cada dos por tres para describir un pezón, una nalga o un filete con papas. Y que comparase a Jasper Bond (EL HOMBRE, con nombre copiado y cutre para dar a entender que es detective... podría haberlo llamado Sherley Holmes o algo así para que no diese tanto el cantazo) con un animal que caza. En serio, todo el maldito libro que si es un hombre peligroso, misterioso, oscuro, sigiloso, con un rabo tan largo y grueso que parece un brazo de gitano, que si ronronea de placer su "depredador interior", que si sólo con mirarla está como una piedra y encima dura horas, como si en vez de comida tomase pilas Duracell. Ciencia ficción pornográfica, vamos.La protagonista, al principio, pues tenía mis esperanzas puesta en ella. Se supone que es una tía que piensa con la cabeza. Cansándose con el tonto ese me demuestra que no, que es igual de retrasada. Está visto que eso de "todo se pega, menos la hermosura" es verdad. A la protagonista se le pega la tontería del 'machoman' de la novela.La novela es relativamente corta, pero todo va tan rápido que me da la sensación de que las tramas se solapan. Las tramas secundarias se explican deprisa y corriendo, y se resuelven en un capítulo. Y es gracioso eso porque son la excusa para que estos dos se conozcan...Luego, las escenas de sexo... Creo que no me he reído nunca tanto con un libro de estos. La autora quiere pegárselas de tía fina y elegante escribiendo porque, ¡oh!, es una novela de época, y de repente empieza a meter vulgarismos a puña'os. Me partía de risa. Que anti-erótico todo, en serio. A parte de ser ciencia ficción. Copiada de cualquier típica película porno mala mainstream que hay en Redtube. Debería darle vergüenza a ella publicar algo así y a su editor. Y a la editorial. Hay libros muchísimo mejor escritos que esta mierda y de este género. No sé si el resto de sus novelas serán así (confusas, sin sentido), pero como sigan el mismo camino es para llorar.Un último apunte: odio que el título intente ser una oda erótica a "Orgullo y prejuicio". Jane Austen debe de estar intentando suicidarse en su tumba.

  • Adriana Munno
    2018-11-09 13:58

    RECENSIONE A CURA DI ADRIANA MUNNO:http://insaziabililetture.blogspot.it...Alto, muscoloso all’inverosimile, bruno e tenebroso, fascino da predatore. Lui è Bond, Jasper Bond.Ed è così che inizio questa recensione, perché ormai la serietà sta lasciando sempre di più la mia persona e l’idiozia inizia a prendere il sopravvento. Comunque scherzo fino ad un certo punto, perché il protagonista maschile di “Orgoglio e piacere” è davvero così e a me ha ricordato davvero il sempreverde James.Non so se la Day si sia ispirata all’agente segreto ma abbiamo in questa storia un cacciatore di teste altrettanto fascinoso.Partiamo prima con la protagonista perché la Day, si sa, narra dal lato femminile.Lei è Eliza, ricca ereditiera di 24 anni, quindi zitellona incallita, che gestisce sola il patrimonio di famiglia. Rossa la chioma e lunghe le gambe, da filo da torcere a tutti i suoi pretendenti perché lei il matrimonio lo rifiuta con convinzione. In seguito ad alcuni misteriosi incidenti che la vedono coinvolta si trova ad assumere il sopracitato Jasper che indaghi sulle sinistre sciagure e nel contempo faccia finta di corteggiarla, dal momento che i sospettati numero uno sono proprio i pretendenti.Fatto sta che con la Day non si fa finta proprio per nulla. La cara Sylvia ti trasforma una verginella completamente inesperta in una predatrice inconsapevole e in una seduttrice di tutto rispetto. È anche vero che la ragazza è orfana e ha solo uno zio sciroccato che la “sorvegli”, quindi lei fa un po’ come le pare. Visto che per sei stagioni hai mandato in bianco tutto il circondario, prima di volare tra le braccia di Jasper non potevi aspettare almeno una settimana? Cappero, io capisco che lui è veramente meritevole ed è la tua prima cotta, il tuo primo sbalzo ormonale, ma regali le tue grazie così?Va bene, ormai è andata e alla Day, si sa, io perdono tutto perché se in “Sette anni di peccato” mi mancava l’azione in questo volume c’è. Ovviamente non è un thriller o un suspense ma c’è un po’ di movimento che rende la trama più interessante e scorrevole. Questo, insieme alle caratteristiche proprie di questa autrice quali la passione ed il calore, rendono il volume assolutamente consigliato per gli amanti del genere.

  • Pepe Barrascout
    2018-10-14 09:34

    La historia que inició con buen pie, en el transcurso que avanzaban las páginas, se volvió más predecible. Supuestamente está ambientada en Inglaterra en la época Victoriana, sin embargo ni el lenguaje, ni las costumbres, ni las acciones de los personajes, reflejan el estilo de vida de la sociedad inglesa de esa época. Aunque hay algunas pinceladas de la forma de vida Victoriana, más bien parece que fue ambientado así, sólo porque al fin y al cabo, había que ambientarla de alguna forma. Creo que hubiera sido más honesto para el lector, que la ambientación fuera moderna, ya que al fin y al cabo, la mayor parte de los diálogos y situaciones se basan en nuestras costumbres actuales.A pesar de ser un libro corto, la historia realmente ocupa un poco menos de la mitad del libro, es decir que con esa mitad, se entiende de que trata la trama. La otra mitad es la descripción, explícita de las relaciones sexuales que tienen los protagonistas. Son capítulos enteros, detallando cada momento, posición y postura adoptada por los personajes, rayando por momentos en la pornografía escrita, si es que eso existe.Estos relatos, abundantes en detalles, pudieran ser fácilmente omitidos, que en ningún momento afectan, ni quitan ni agregan a la trama del libro. Por otro lado, no cuenta con advertencia para los padres, ya que evidentemente no es una lectura recomendada para menores de edad, de hecho no creo que se recomendada para nadie.Es una pena, porque si quitamos el aspecto sexual del libro, si queda una muy buena historia, interesante y con potencial.No recomiendo su lectura, no pierdan el tiempo. Por mi parte, ya no volveré a leer nada de la autora.

  • Elphaba J
    2018-10-24 08:50

    3.5 stars*Opinião completa em: http://historiasdeelphaba.blogspot.pt...mbora os livros eróticos não sejam a minha primeira opção de leitura, confesso que estou positivamente impressionada com a escrita de Sylvia Day num contexto histórico, em que consegue não só oferecer pormenores de época cativantes, como construir personagens fortes e inteligentes que se mesclam na perfeição com a ousadia das suas palavras.Este é o segundo título que leio da sua série Historical e, uma vez mais, senti-me envolvida pelo decorrer dos acontecimentos e a evolução dos seus intervenientes, ao longo de páginas onde o mistério, a acção e principalmente o romance abundam, com uma pitada de humor e diálogos pertinentes que, juntamente com as descrições, dão a ver o suficiente sobre o universo onde a história se desenvolve.Como elucida a sinopse, ao longo do enredo assistimos à relação que vai crescendo entre Eilza e Jasper, duas vidas em lados opostos da sociedade e que, logo após um primeiro encontro, sentem os efeitos da química evidente entre ambos. Ela é uma jovem rica da nata londrina que se sente ameaçada por um dos seus muitos pretendentes e, desesperada para descobrir a fonte dos seus problemas, qual dos cavalheiros atenta em segredo contra a sua integridade, contrata-o a ele, um mero caçador de ladrões, para se fazer passar por mais um interessado na sua mão enquanto investiga quem será o possível criminoso.Previsivelmente, os afectos entre o par começam a ultrapassar o mero acordo profissional e antes que se apercebam acabam com um novo dilema por resolver, o do seu coração.