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    Elizabeth Essex(Author)

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Never Say "Never" To Passion. . .


Lizzie Paxton's dream in life is to be a widow--if only she could skip the wedding and the husband. When her childhood friend Captain James Marlowe proposes a marriage in name only, she accepts, knowing she'll have the independence she craves once he sets sail. Though James is the only man Lizzie trusts, she doesn't trust the scintillating desire he evokes in her.

James knows he shouldn't get involved with anyone, especially with his uncertain future. But he just can't help himself when he overhears Lizzie's declaration. Though he's promised her a marriage of convenience, he wastes no time in seducing her and taking her over the precipice of desire. Yet not even his beautiful wife can deter him from his cause.

But when Lizzie discovers her husband has deceived her, James must choose between devotion to duty and loyalty to the woman he cannot live without. . .

"Intrigue, sensuality and romance collide." --Jenna Petersen

"Elizabeth Essex's The Pursuit Of Pleasure is elegant, evocative, and absolutely dangerous to a good night's sleep." --Courtney Milan

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved. 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

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  • PDF | 320 pages
  • Elizabeth Essex(Author)
  • Brava; 1 edition (December 1, 2010)
  • English
  • 9
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By Jane on December 3, 2010

    REVIEWER'S OPINION:It's different and enjoyable with some freshness. This is not a formulaic romance. Lizzie is strong, independent and intelligent. She does not do what others (including the reader) expect her to do. I liked what she did. I enjoyed her anger and plans for revenge. I liked her conversations with others when they were lying to her and she knew it (and they knew she knew it). There was not much relationship development, but it was good enough.I wanted to say a lot more in Story Brief below but I couldn't so as to avoid Spoilers. The plot and the way things evolve are interesting. I would have liked more attention paid to the bad guys. I wanted to see what they were doing and how they did it. One bad guy scene was done with no names. By the end of the book, I was still wondering who had said what in that scene. I wanted to know more about Maguire's past and current activities. A conversation about him at the end of the book confused me. But the story was still good not knowing those things.STORY BRIEF:Jamie and Lizzie were childhood friends. Jamie went off to the Navy for ten years and just now returned. He overhears Lizzie telling a friend that her dearest dream is to become a widow so she could live independently. He proposes marriage saying he expects to die in the near future. The Navy is sending him on an eight year mission to Antipodes which is a dangerous assignment, most likely to kill him. His motive is that he bought a house with tenant lands around it, and he doesn't want his cousin to inherit it. Lizzie has never desired other men and is tired of being ruled by her father. She agrees. They marry. Jamie asks Lizzie not to move into the house until the repairs are finished. Then he leaves for the Navy. Lizzie disregards his instructions and soon moves into the house. Some smuggling activities are happening near the house which is near the sea. Bad guys cause problems for Lizzie.DATA:Story length: 321 pages. Swearing language: moderate, including religious swear words. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: 5. Estimated number of sex scene pages: 20. Setting: 1794 Dartmouth, England. Copyright: 2010. Genre: historical romantic mystery suspense.

  • By TracyJane on March 7, 2017

    *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher*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!

  • By E.K. Irish on June 14, 2011

    I really enjoyed this book and ended up finishing it in a day. While some readers dislike either the hero or heroine, I thought that the author did a great job in describing their actions and reasons for why they do what they do. It may be annoying at times that they don't communicate better but I find that a common plot thickener in most romances as it builds tension for the climactic end.Why it misses out on 5 stars (Spoilers): I thought the book should have started out with scenes from the two of them in their childhood so the reader could better understand Lizzie's heartbreak at him leaving. That would have made for a much more exciting scene when the two meet up 10 years later. Also, I thought the idea of marrying Lizzie for revenge was an afterthought. You get the impression the whole time that he really lusts after Lizzie and has always thought about her ever since he left, and I'm supposed to buy that he's marrying her to get back at her dad? That seemed a little stretched. And, I thought that once Lizzie was in jail and he came to visit her that he could have elaborated a little by saying exactly why he couldn't get her out, why she couldn't stay at the Glass House, etc. It need not be giving her all the information, but it would be enough to say that his fake death needed to happen so that they could catch the bad guys, and they need the Glass House to be empty in order to do it. Instead I'm left feeling angry and frustrated at the hero, whom I've really liked up until this point.I loved both characters and maybe Jamie a little moreso. The reason Lizzie is even in the smuggling mess and all of the problems thereafter is due to her not listening and keeping to her promise to Jamie that she shouldn't live in the Glass House. Granted, I believe he should have said that it was classified, but that he was on an official mission and maybe she wouldn't have gotten so angry at him all of the time. Regardless, the reader finds themselves rooting for these two as their passion is so strong and both clearly loves the other. While some may fault the author with not having more detailed bad guys/naval subterfuge/smuggling scenes, I rather commend her as more pages were paid to the relationship between the hero and heroine. Which,for me, is the way I like it. I really could do without the bad guys altogether. I don't care to know their back stories as it doesn't add much to actual romance. And, those looking for full development of all characters introduced need to look for 500 page books.This was an easy and wonderful read that if not necessarily keeping you on the edge of your seat, keeps you enthralled and turning the pages. The love scenes were intense, the betrayal deep, and the characters willful. I highly recommend!


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