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  1. Sammy Loves Books Sammy Loves Books says:

    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 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 iftime had been spent with the main couple or if the secondary characters and plot had beeninteresting.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


  2. Joan Swan Joan Swan says:

    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 , 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 ma 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 , 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 , 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 isthan 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 Inmodern 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 isconcerned 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, divulgingandinformation 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 Thewe learn about Jasper and his background, thelight 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 himwhich 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 comeEliza, 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 motivationSo 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 19 The 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 19Jasper 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 divulgewithout 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 ifthan 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


  3. Treece Treece says:

    Rating 4 1 2 starsA generous plot with enough twists and turns to keep me from feeling disappointed whenever there were predictable moments Jasper Bond is gorgeous, well endowed and alpha to the center of his being Eliza Martin is intelligent, strong willed and independent Together they are fascinating, tempestuous and compliment one another Sylvia Day makes the most of their interaction along with the intrigue and supporting characters A steamy, fast paced and entertaining novel overall.


  4. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    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 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 Hh a lot I just wished Sylvia would have spent as much effort on the story line as she did in the bed chamber


  5. Jane Stewart Jane Stewart says:

    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 person 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


  6. Jill Jill says:

    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 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 itThey 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 wasthan 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 manthan 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 youfor 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


  7. LuvGirl LuvGirl says:

    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 muchfrom this author.


  8. Aly is so frigging bored Aly is so frigging bored says:

    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 ha 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


  9. Holly Holly says:

    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 lovethan 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 unexpect 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 lovethan 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


  10. Sandy M Sandy M says:

    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 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 wishheroes and heroines would do But, really, no one does it better than Sylvia Day.See my complete review at


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Pride and Pleasure ❴Reading❵ ➷ Pride and Pleasure Author Sylvia Day – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk 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 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 Pride and Epub / the culprit Someone not easily noticed a proficient dancer, quiet, and even temperedso do certain menThief 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 allThe undisputed mistress of tender, erotic romance Teresa Medeiros.