Friday, September 29, 2017

Book #Review: Pride and Pleasure by Sylvia Day .@SylDay

Book Title: Pride and Pleasure
Author:  Sylvia Day |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Kensington
Genre: Historical Romance
Series/Standalone: Stand Alone
Format: Trade paperack
Cost: $15.00
Pages: 276
How I got it: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BAM
Publication Date: Jan 2011
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Synopsis:
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 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...
I love reading Sylvia Day's writing.  She writes funny, quirky relatable characters.  Her women are smart, capable, beautiful and nerdy.  Needing something to pull me out of slump a book is trying to put me in I snagged this one form my shelves and finished it in two days and only because I didn't have time in one day to sit down and read it.

With a bit of a mystery, & intrigue, we meet our characters who are trying to solve a bit of mischief that is taking place in Eliza's life.  Eliza reluctantly hires Jasper as her private detective to help discover who is creating the mishaps that ere taking place in her life.  As it so happens she's a heiress who is planing to retire after the Season is over, she's adamant she won't be swayed into marriage by any of the men who are courting her and from there we get our story.

At times funny, and others, introspective, Eliza is a woman who knows her own mind.  With a quirky and absentminded Uncle who happens to be an Earl, she's left after her parents untimely passing to find her own way.  She's cared for by her mother's best friend and her Uncle, and she's doing her best to never follow in her mother's mercurial footsteps so she becomes enamored by numbers and figures, because those are easier to handle.  Jasper is a man who has moved his way up the ranks by virtue of his determination, friends with many of the Season's most eligible bachelors he's working on his revenge when he takes on Eliza's case.

It was a fast read, the story went by quickly with there being a new red herring and possible solutions to her original problem.  As the story progresses both characters have to make the decision to cling to the past and it's lessons or to move on and find their own way form there.  Eliza struggles with understanding her emotions and of course wondering after each decision is made whether this was something her mother would have done.  She feared the loss of control her mother had *which incidentally sounds a lot like being Manic depressive/Bipolar disorder*.  The different strings that kept being pulled characters from other books and series being mentioned, places being mentioned that show up in other books made this an even more richly curated story.

I loved the growth each character showed, while showing a bit of the struggle of letting go while trying to find a new way.  Of course I dont' even really have to mention how steamy and erotic the intimate scenes are because this is Sylvia Day and that is to be expected.  I loved the exploration they had and how they were together.

I did however which this had another book to follow because there are several characters whose stories I would love to read. I also want to know what happened to Jane.  Who was the person eavesdropping in the shop?? When the villain was revealed and I was so annoyed because really?? Did you have to do all of that?? I never understand the villains and their motivations, is it really so hard to be a decent person??

A quick funny erotic read.  Highly recommend.
 ★★★★☆
Happy Reading my loves, 


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