An Introduction to Pleasure Mistress Matchmaker #1 E–pub READ
That period of society it wasn t so far fetched to detract from my enjoyment It s a good interesting story especially if ou 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 4 In Training StarsWas this an accurate historical depiction of life in 1811 regency EnglandDid it bother meI do love a hot forbidden romance with proper people doing very improper things My introduction to scorching hot historical romances was Maggie Robinson s Mistress by Mistake so if Chasing McCree Chasing McCree you have read her Courtesan Court seriesou know the steaminess Impossible Things 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 inexperiencedoung virgin An Introduction to Pleasure3 StarsOn the verge of destitution Lysandra Keates approaches infamous courtesan Vivien Manning to arrange for a suitable and wealthy protector Unfortunately Lysandra innocence is a detriment and Vivien convinces the once rakish but now monastic and reclusive Andrew Callis to instruct her in the art of being a mistress As Andrew and Lysandra begin their lessons the unthinkable occurs and their physical passion leads to an even stronger emotional attachment But can Andrew come to terms with his past in order to have a future with the one woman who has made him come alive againA charming love story with some suitably sexy scenes Nevertheless there are several unrealistic moments that detract from the overall effect of the story and there is one moment that had me almost through my poor iPad against the wall thankfully the moment and the urge passed uicklyLysandra is a very sympathetic heroine and one cannot help but feel sorry for her circumstances and even admire her backbone in taking control of her life and her future That said her behavior with regard to Andrew is not consistent with her stated acknowledgement of her situation view spoilerShe is well aware of the temporary nature of their arrangement and is fully cognizant of the fact that she will have to find another protector so why does she insist on deepening their emotional attachment and why is she angry at his finding her a replacement protector hide spoiler 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 up 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 pity party enough to justify his brooding pity party Like 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 ou 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. 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. 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 story until Andrew failed to be there for the heroine when she really needed him Hmm I feel a bit guilty leaving this review and only two stars Two stars is probably a bit generous too but I reserve my one stars for books I ve hated This one I didn t hate just thought was very bad Jess Michaels is one of my favourite erotic writers and when I saw she was releasing a new books I was pretty excited I don t think this author has released a new book for some time I had a really long break from reading and when I came back everything had changed Jess Michael s Everything Forbidden was one of the first erotic books I read not having read one before and I LOVED it I tracked all of her books and read that whole series The Albright Sisters and I particularly love her short stories which were in Red Sage Secrets books I ve loved them all They really turn me on I love her erotic writingI noted that she also writes as Jenna Petersen and I tried a couple of her books but found her to be strangely enough for the same writer wallpaper and light weight and not at all my cup of tea I don t like her in her other alter egoThis book I found was just like her wallpaper and light weight Jenna persona I was so disappointed In fact I would have uit early on given up on the book if it weren t for the fact that I usually love Jess Michaels I read this right to the end and it didn t improve and in fact maybe got worse as it wentI can understand the situation the h found herself in and in fact think it would have been a very commonplace problem for a woman of that time to have had to turn to being a courtesan because she had no other option But the actual story was so stupid I
couldn t believe it I couldn t accept it There were too many anomolies I couldn t t believe it I couldn t accept it There were too many anomolies I couldn t intoREASONS I DIDN T LIKE THIS BOOK IN SPOILERS view spoilerThese are some of
THE THINGS THAT BUGGED ME A LOT ABOUT THE things that bugged me a lot about the The h was not of the ton She was only a middle class merchant s daughter type The ton wouldn t have given a stuff about her in their closed world and I m certain would NEVER accept her into the ton not just because she wasn t of the ton in the first place which she may have gotten around by marrying a peer but especially because she had the irredeemable stigma as being a mistress2 Once the H took the h into society to the opera he was presenting her to the ton as a mistress She would never have been accepted after that3 An Earl who the h used to work for as a servant blackened her name right through the ton because she wouldn t sleep with him uite frankly I found that to be so stupid it s not funny why would he She was only a servant She wasn t of the ton So why would he blacken her name there It didn t make sense at all that he would do that4 The H s brother s fiancee spoke to the H about love and that he should marry his love the merchant s daughter and mistress again why would she She didn t even know the H it was the first time she d met the H and as a duke s daughter wouldn t have known about mistresses etc so for her to speak to him as a virtual stranger and about marrying his mistress who she wouldn t have own anything about was also just so stupid it s not funny5 The H s father an Earl caved and said it s all okay to marry our mistress Yeah right6 uite frankly the H was a wet blanket and had to be talked into going after the h after he s given her away to a friend to be his new mistress I didn t like him from the start and certainly couldn t come to like him after that 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 upon 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 Wachten op Apollo 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 t necessarily consistent with the norms of. Lived a monastic existence at his country estate hardening his body against the snobbish lazyoung 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 oung 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 falling und.