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The Pursuit of Pleasure
     

The Pursuit of Pleasure

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by Elizabeth Essex
 

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From acclaimed author Elizabeth Essex comes the Dartmouth Brides, three unconventional women determined to find love...

SHE DOES SAY SHE'LL NEVER MARRY...
Miss Elizabeth Paxton is a new sort of heiress--educated, opinionated and entirely independent. The last thing she wants is a husband mucking about her life. Even if he is the only man she's ever

Overview

From acclaimed author Elizabeth Essex comes the Dartmouth Brides, three unconventional women determined to find love...

SHE DOES SAY SHE'LL NEVER MARRY...
Miss Elizabeth Paxton is a new sort of heiress--educated, opinionated and entirely independent. The last thing she wants is a husband mucking about her life. Even if he is the only man she's ever loved.

BUT SHE HAS ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A WIDOW.
When dashing Captain Jameson Marlowe returns to Dartmouth, he proposes to give Lizzie exactly what she wants--a marriage without the man. After one night of searing passion, his sworn duty will take him far off to sea...or so she thinks until secrets and lies set a collision course with the smugglers along the south coast, and Lizzie is caught in the dark tide of treason. Can she salvage her pride and learn to trust in true love before it's too late?
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The Pursuit of Pleasure was originally published in 2010. This new edition has been revised and reedited. This book was a 2009 Golden Heart finalist with the Romance Writers of America.

Editorial Reviews

Dabney Grinnan
This is a lovely book to read. Ms. Essex has a true gift for language and description. Her knowledge of the speech and mores of late 18th century England is patent and used to great effect. Ms. Essex is a "show not tell" writer and clearly believes her readers are smart enough to follow her complex prose.
John Charles
Essex delivers page-singeing passion and dangerous intrigue in her enthralling, sensual, and richly rewarding debut.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940157247164
Publisher:
ERB Publishing LLC
Publication date:
03/07/2017
Series:
Dartmouth Brides , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
80,849
File size:
742 KB

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Essex is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed Reckless Brides historical romance series. When not rereading Jane Austen, mucking about in her garden or simply messing about with boats, Elizabeth can be always be found with her laptop, making up stories about heroes and heroines who live far more exciting lives than she. Her books have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, and RWA's prestigious RITA Award, and have made Top-Ten lists from Romantic Times, The Romance Reviews and Affaire de Coeur Magazine. Her fifth book, A BREATH OF SCANDAL, was awarded Best Historical in the Reader's Crown 2013. Elizabeth lives in Texas with her husband, the indispensable Mr. Essex, and her active and exuberant family in an old house filled to the brim with books. You can sign up for her newsletter at: eepurl.com/bQgwk9

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Pursuit of Pleasure 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
As some readers posted a few parts dragged on but not enough to distract from the story. It moved rihht along, at 207ish pages , was a very good read , would recommend it enough to make me buy the next book in series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to reading this book after reading the mostly positive reviews. Sadly, this book did not live up to my expectations. While I liked the characters, I felt the mystery and motives that drove the story were revealed too slowly. I had a hard time concentrating on the story and kept putting my nook down to do other things, which rarely happens. I wonder if her other books were better paced?
Amimi150 More than 1 year ago
This novel is a must read. Its a bit predictable but really good nonetheless. My only qualms with the book was that the first love scene was unnecessarily drawn out, no matter how steamy it was ;)
cgroves1021 More than 1 year ago
i loved the book... wishing she had other books out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't wait to learn what strong willed Lizzy does with her life when her "desire" becomes a reality. This historical romance has some interesting turns and I enjoyed the writing style of Ms Essex.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1794 in Dartmouth, England Lizzie Paxton drolly chatting to another woman says being a widow would be ideal for the freedom granted to a woman however she also insists the first step to achieve this independent status will never happen to her as she will never marry. Her long time friend Captain James Marlowe overhears her feelings about marriage and astutely concludes her need for independence and his goal is to avoid a marriage entanglement fit nicely together. He offers her a marriage of convenience; she accepts. Although he knows he should not, James seduces delectable Lizzie. Soon after that passionate tryst, he leaves. A few days later, she learns her wish is true that she has become a widow. However, the Ton assume Lizzie killed her new husband; placing her spouse in an untenable spot between his loyalty to his beloved wife and his loyalty to his beloved England. The Pursuit of Pleasure is a wonderful late Georgian romance due to the strong likable lead characters. Lizzie is terrific as an intelligent witty individual while James is a dashing hero. Readers will enjoy this engaging historical as patriotic James is trapped in a nasty situation as duty and love war inside his soul. Harriet Klausner
KatBaldwin.com More than 1 year ago
Fabulous writing! I was fortunate to have received an advanced copy to review. I am happy to say, Ms. Essex's first book is fun, intelligent and full of humor. Her scenes are vividly drawn. In fact, they are so rich you will not only see them, but almost smell them. I especially enjoyed her heroine. Smart-mouth, no-holds-barred Lizzie had me wondering just what she would get up to next. The hero is interesting, too. I enjoyed how the author unraveled his mysteries slowly, letting me wonder and guess what he was really all about. The story contains a mystery, which is neatly wound around a sensual, steamy relationship between two very intriguing characters. All in all, this is a well-written first book. I look forward to what this author will bring us in the future.
Dawncatlady 9 months ago
Elizabeth wants the freedom unknown of her time, a marriage of convenience without the hassle and no love to clutter. Jameson supplies the marriage of convenience but can these two come together with all the secrets that abound. Enjoy this author's books. This is the first of the Dartmouth brides. Ebook from netgalley and publishers with thanks. Opinions are entirely my own.
MyBookAddictionandMore 11 months ago
"The Pursuit of Pleasure was originally published in 2010. This new edition has been revised and reedited. This book was a 2009 Golden Heart finalist with the Romance Writers of America." 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. Rating: 4 Heat rating: Steamy Reviewed by: AprilR
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book but was at some points aggrevated. Everything happened slowly. She took her time to get to the point. It was good but not excellent.
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I dont know why this book took me so long to read. I liked the story but at times it seemmed to just drag on....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was irresistible and I couldn¿t put it down. I felt pulled into the story and part of the action. The heroine was an interesting mixture of sassy minx and independent woman in a time when women were to be neither. I loved this book.
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olga De Leon More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was an awesome love story with plenty of action to prove it. Loved it!!!
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