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Deadly Pleasure (Francesca Cahill Romance Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

Brenda Joyce
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (22 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312365861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312365868
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,621,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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This is the second installment of Brenda Joyce Deadly series. I have not read the first one and I still liked this one enough to order no three. Francesca -our heroine- wants to be a "Crime-solver Extraordininarie" in New York 1902, an ambition that is not well received by her high society family.
The action is fastpace enough to keep the pages turning, the love story better than in other books by this author. This series seems to be inspired by J.D Robbs "In Death" series. It does not promise to be as good - but certainly good enough. I liked it - and the series form certainly gives the author more opportunity to let the love story unfold at it's own pace.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful "Deadly" Series by Brenda Joyce 1 April 2002
By Lilly Rabalais - Published on Amazon.com
Brenda Joyce's ongoing "Deadly" Series is wonderful. Francesca Cahill and Rick Bragg work wonderfully together and are falling in love with each other though Rick is married. His wife has been in Europe for 4 years and he is supporting her. The first in the series was Deadly Love, then Deadly Pleasure, and now Deadly Affairs. Deadly Desire will follow in May 2002. Other interesting characters are Connie (Fran's sister) and Neil, her husband, Calder (Rick's half brother), Evan (Fran's brother) who is engaged to Sarah and neither are happy with this engagement,
Maggie (Joel's mother and Fran's assistant). You will enjoy the crime solving by Francesca who is not like most young ladies of wealth in the 1902s. Read the books in order. You'll enjoy the suspense and the developing relationship between Rick and Fran.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Quick to Judge 10 May 2002
By Alana Fraddosio - Published on Amazon.com
I have been reading all the reviews to the Deadly Series and I am disappointed in what people say. This series was not written so that the end of each book was the end of the entire series. Also the time frame in which the books occur is only two weeks per book, so the pace in alot slower than it would be if it was just one book. The second aspect is that the characters continue to grow and develope in the next two books. I have read the enitre series and thought it was some great work by Brenda Joyce. The Deadly Series did not start off as a romance series, but more of a historical mystery/suspense series, the romance begins to develope in the end of Deadly Love and continued on into Deadly Pleasure. Each book was better than the next in my opinion. In the fourth book, Deadly Desire, the relationship between the characters have heated up considerably. I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Really a Romance 3 Aug 2004
By Karen Mercury - Published on Amazon.com
I wanted to read this for the fresh setting and time--New York, 1902. Joyce does a fantastic job of making me see the surroundings, furnishings, sounds and smells. However, halfway through the book something hit me: The [...]the heroine embarrasses herself by continually throwing herself at him. He's told her at least five times in no uncertain terms there can be nothing between them. To my mind, that leaves romance out of the picture.

The dialogue is distracting. Nobody speaks in contractions. It's always "I do not think. I will be going. I hope you are not intending. You do not mean that!" Some other irritating character quirks, such as Francesca constantly "gasping" and in one 3-page scene she wet her lips four times. Why even once, I don't know.

I appreciate the picture she paints of that period in NY history. It's colorful and glamorous to read about. But I agree with other readers that Calder Hart would've made a better "hero" instead of that surly, nasty stiff, Bragg.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad...Not Bad At All! 20 Jun 2002
By John Savoy - Published on Amazon.com
"Deadly Pleasure" by Brenda Joyce is a book that I enjoyed. I love stories from this time period (1900's.) And as far as I am concerned no one takes the reader back in time any better than this writer. I can not recall a book by Ms. Joyce that I haven't enjoyed to the max!
Her characters are always well-developed. The dialogue crisp and focused. And her plots intriguing with the perfect blend of romance.
(Ms. Joyce is a writer that I have had an eye on for quite sometime,)
If you haven't started this entertaining series now would be a good time to buy the book and hop to it!
John Savoy
C.E.O. & Financial Advisor
Savoy International
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadly Pleasure - A REAL PLEASURE!! 18 Mar 2002
By Michelle Lawrence - Published on Amazon.com
I loved Deadly Love But I Adore Deadly Pleasure. Francessa and Rick are wonderful characters as are all the other characters in this series. There are many sub-plots and twists. There is so much passion and detail in this story I feel like I am right there with them. The Deadly books are set in 1902 New York City and Brenda Joyce discribes everything in such detail I get a mental picture right away of what is going on in the story. There are 2 more Deadly books to be released in April (Deadly Affairs) and May (Deadly Desire). I am so excited about these books and I hope we see many more in this series.
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