T necessarily consistent with the norms of that period of society it wasn t so far fetched to detract from my enjoyment It s a good interesting story especially if you like the classic tale and a highly erotic one The best erotica are those that don t forget the romance element which was always top of mind in every scene They were not only erotic butromanticI m looking forward to the next book in the series You know how the review box starts with the estion What did you think Here s my answer I thought I was pretty darn disappointed that s what I thoughtI didn t initially have high expectations for this book Dance With The Devil until I remembered the reason it was on my tbr in the first place I ve read one other by Jess Michaels Everything Forbidden and LOVED it andnfortunately this one didn t appeal to me nearly as muchI didn t buy the characters I didn t buy the backstory of either the Hero or heroine I thought the entire thing smacked of wallpaper and the author merely playing lip service to her romance being a historical Crap that makes me sound like a historical romance snob I m not sure exactly what it was about this book that made me feel that way perhaps it was the seamless way the heroine integrated herself both with the belowstairs staff and the ton at the opera The ease with which the Hero talks of his love for his mistress in training The future sister in law who gives the Hero a rah rah speech straight out of a modern chick flick about risking it all for love and how she would be proud to call this demimondaine a friend The Hero s father who does an about face after realizing his son is in love with his mistress and plans to marry her also gives him a rah rah speech and ends by telling him he loves himPffft All of those probably did it To be fair it wasn t a really BAD book it just didn t do much for me It felt like a been there done that version of an oft told story except with lots of sex and a couple of hints of naughty sexy stuffAll in all I d have to agree with my GR friend Lady Wesley who said Nothing special there To that comment I d would add Nothing new either 25 stars My introduction to scorching hot historical romances was Maggie Robinson s Mistress by Mistake so if you have read her Courtesan Court series you know the steaminess you can expect of An Introduction to PleasureAs soon as I read the above blurb of this book I was hooked and couldn t wait to read it I mean it had one of my favourite tropes in historical erotica the tortured sexy handsome hero educating the inexperienced young virgin in the pleasures of the flesh and the art of love and An Introduction to Pleasure delivered wonderfullyI really liked how Lysandra while being such a good self sacrificing young woman still had a backbone and a strong will And Andrew was simply sexy He was handsome and the whole tortured hero look worked for him His internal struggles made me feel so sorry for him his grief and importantly his guilt were heartbreaking I loved her he found himself admitting perhaps for the first time to anyone but Rebecca herself I changed for her When she died I didn t know what kind of man to be It was clear that since he lost his beloved wife not only has he lost sight and confidence of the man he was but he became a shadow of his former self only going through life as a ghost living on autopilot but not allowing himself to truly live and enjoy life The premise of this story was to my immense liking and the sexual education of Lysandra was hot hot hot both in Andrew s seduction through his words Enjoy the fact that when I look at you it makes me mad with desire When any man looks at you in this way you could have anything you wish for That will be the power you wield as a mistress He opened her legs wider and looked at her puy Sometimes I wake Smitten up thinking I taste you on my tongue he said stroking a finger along the slick entrance I dream of makin. Lived a monastic existence at his country estate hardening his body against the snobbish lazy young man he once was hardening his heart against grief over the deaths of his wife and infant son When Vivien asks him to spend one month training a young woman in the ways of a mistress his mind resistsbut his body responds with an ache he thought long dead As Andrew begins his gentle tutelage he finds himself fallingnd.
35 stars if I could give 12 stars I was really into this for the first half and was hoping I d finally found a piece of erotica that I could rate 5 stars Normally I find them far too short on plot and character building to do so in good conscienceThis one had a plot and there was genuine emotions I teared p a few times The sex was also hot What dampened my enthusiasm was the last 14 of the book partially because I was so stoked about the earlier chapters In fact I ll be honest I skipped a few chapters between 20 and 25 I plan to go back and read them but don t think I missed a whole lot Here s my whine As always YMMV1 I didn t think the hero s big secret was enough to justify his brooding pity party behavior Like I said above I did skip a few chapters but do know that view spoilerhis wife died in childbirth and he blamed himself because he had treated her badly The badly is the part I missed and if you want to fill me in please do My take on it was that he probably continued his rakish ways and then felt like a sht when she died giving birth to his child That I buy But how that translated into his treatment of the h is what I wasn t sold on Seriously WHY couldn t he have kept her as his mistress She wouldn t have expected and would have been THRILLED with that arrangement The reasons were too flimsy for me2 The fact that he gave her away to another protector really irked me Of course she never slept with the other guy but it would have served him right if she had I think it would have been great if he d given her to the other man then immediately thought WTF and chased her to London in full John Wayne True Grit run the horse to death fashion to stop the consummation just kidding about the horse I hated that scene in BOTH versions of the movie But I was highly disappointed that he moped and emo d around for weeks fully believing she was getting it on with his friend doing all the kinky things he d trained her to do3 The magic wand at the end EVERYONE was all go love f the Ton even his father the fricking EARL Okay I d have bought it if one character his brother would have supported him marrying Lysandra but when everyone including her enemy s wife jumped on the go love bandwagon I was calling bull Her supposed new protector was just too good to be true as well Not only did he not sleep with her he still paid all her bills and kept her in a house because he couldn t betray a friend not the H but the h whom he d just met I know it s fantasy but this was ridiculous People are far crappier than that I wouldn t have been surprised if the Earl hadn t been all for his son keeping her as a mistress but his easy acceptance of a marriage was just an anachronism to me Suddenly everyone had modern very non classist views and that s just not remotely realistic I m not an expert on Regency England so I m not trying to be a historical accuracy snob I don t care if the furniture is wrong for the period I just want to be able to remain in the fantasy4 There should have been a grovel at the end but she just fell back into his arms and it was a very abrupt ending too hide spoiler This story reads like an erotic version of Pygmalion Instead of Lysandra Keats being taught the proper way to speak the King s English Viscount Andrew Callis has agreed to teach her the ways of a proper mistress Lysandra has come pon desperate times and becoming a mistress is her last resort to adeuately provide for her fragile mother Andrew once a libertine has been a recluse since his wife s death three years ago and sees this only as a temporary assignmentThere are certainly many steamy and erotic moments here but the story is at the forefront Lysandra and Andrew are meaty characters and their love affair was borne out of the her poor circumstances I was drawn to the story and these two lovers against the backdrop of 19th century England While some of the actions weren. An innocent lady’s education could be a gentleman’s wicked seduction Lysandra Keates is running out of options Her father is dead her mother is ill and her efforts to find respectable employment have ended in failure With her small savings bleeding away she swallows her pride and her terror and turns to Vivien Manning an infamous courtesan to match her with a wealthy protector For years Viscount Andrew Callis has.
G you come over and over 1898 until you beg for for less and his acts These two had some seriously scorching chemistry and I enjoyed how enthusiastic of a student Lysandra was and the way shenravelled Andrew through his passion and craving for her The romance crept Night of the Werewolf (Choose Your Own Nightmare, up on both the reader and Andrew as through their sexual exploits he started experiencing peace and contentmentYou have to be willing to suspend your disbelief regarding many details that showed plainly that An Introduction to Pleasure was not a historically accurate erotic historical romance the characters were behaving in a too modern way there were some plot elements which wereite far fetched but the story flew smoothly and a lot of interesting characters got introduced whose story I can t wait to discoverVerdict While An Introduction to Pleasure was not a historically very authentic historical erotica the sheer steaminess and the engulfing flames of the attraction between the hero and heroine than made Lay My Burden Down up for it Do not expect a historically accurate story and you ll have a great time burningp the sheets with Andrew and LysandraPlot 910Characters 810Writing 810Ending 710Cover 710 I was all set to give this 4 stars Vérité (Love at Center Court, until the H Andrew stood by like a lump ofseless coal and just allowed the heroine to go off with her new protector who just happened to be his good friend I didn t like that plot twist at all because I really want my H s to do everything in their power to ensure that the heroine remains in their arms Andrew s inaction and his little to be or not to be incarnation of Hamlet just made me want to bitch slap himThis soured my mood for the final part of the novel so much so that I m not even going to write a full review This novel deals with a young poverty stricken heroine called Lysandra who has no choice but to seek employment as a courtesan Her circumstances were extremely dire and with a sick mother to support and a former vindictive employer determined to see her suffer she had to make the Beyond the Qumran Community ultimate sacrifice The H Andrew is asked by a madam called Vivien to instruct Lysandra in the art of being a courtesan I admit I liked Andrew at first and felt sorry for him because he s been living in self imposed exile since the deaths of his wife and infant son There s a heavy erotic element in the novel and sometimes the sex overpowers the storyline but I knew that this would be the case as it s hinted heavily in the blurb Andrew tries to fight his feelings for Lysandra because he keeps telling himself that she is just a courtesan in training and that he doesn t want a wife anyway Lysandra falls in love with Andrew and hopes that he would ask her to be his mistress but the idiot passes her off onto his friend He s jealous and angry but he still does it Andrew actually lets Lysandra leave the house to go and live and supposedly sleep with with her new protector She s living in this new guy s house for a few weeks and dumbo Andrew is doing nothing He s sitting in his house feeling sorry for himself and missing her while agonizing about how she s probably having lots of hot sex with the new guy This is how Andrew behaves during these weeksThings do work out for the MC s and Andrew s lucky that Lysandra s new protector never had sex with her That guy was a true friend to Andrew and he realized that the MC s were in love with each other so he didn t want to taint their relationship by sleeping with Lysandra The fact remained that if that guy hadn t been honorable then Lysandra would have had to have sex with him and it would ve been all Andrew s fault for being too slow to act Andrew needed to be a real man where it counted a real man would not have let his woman just walk off into the sunset with another guy That s the only reason why I can t give this 4 stars I was really enjoying this storyntil Andrew failed to be there for the heroine when she really needed him. Er the spell of Lysandra’s innocent charms And as they give in to the powerful hunger the last thing Andrew ever expected or wanted forms between them An emotional connection that could carry them well past the training period if only Andrew can open his heart to the possibility of love Product WarningsIncludes training in all kinds of sexual positions and delights as well as an emotional romance May produce swooni.
USA Today Bestselling author Jess Michaels likes geeky stuff Vanilla Coke Zero anything coconut cheese fluffy cats smooth cats any cats many dogs and people who care about the welfare of their fellow humans She is lucky enough to be married to her favorite person in the world and live in the heart of DallasWhen she’s not obsessively checking her steps on Fitbit or trying out new flavors o