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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 wealthAn 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 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 resists…but his body responds with an ache he thought long dead.As Andrew begins his gentle tutelage, he finds himself falling under 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 swooning....

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An Introduction to Pleasure Reviews

  • Jen
    2019-04-24 07:07

    4 In Training StarsWas this an accurate historical depiction of life in 1811 regency England?Did it bother me?I do love a hot forbidden romance with proper people doing very improper things.

  • Asmaa
    2019-05-01 09:12

    Can I have an Andrew please? it would be preferable if he's the long lost twin brother of Henry Cavill, because that's exactly how I pictured him.*drool* I know it's the wrong era but can you blame me for drooling?...This is my very first historical romance, putting aside Pride and Prejudices of course. It may sound shocking I know, being new to the genre, I should have begun with something famous that I'm sure would have loved like Kathleen E. Woodiwiss or Lisa Kleypas who wrote the prime of historical fiction but instead I chose "An Introduction to Pleasure". Mainly because I couldn't wait to get my hands on it since the first time I read the synopsis and right away chose to pre-order it (my first pre-order! YAY!).For someone as foreign to this genre (to its settings and vocabulary) as me I was totally surprised when I found myself falling in love with the book, the more I read the more it was difficult to put it down (well except for extreme necessity) and I finished it in merly hours. The story was well crafted, the romance felt genuine and very heart-warming, the chemistry was sizzling between Lysandra (what a beautiful name) and Andrew (swoon) and while they found their happy ending I felt kind of sad to be parted from them.Now, I'm quite sure that the second book will be about the Marquis Weatherfield "Miles" or so I hope, he was very appealing and his story will be one very tempting to read.

  • Stella
    2019-05-20 02:07

    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 Pleasure.As 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 wonderfully.I 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 more 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 pu**y. “Sometimes I wake up thinking I taste you on my tongue,” he said, stroking a finger along the slick entrance. “I dream of making you come over and over, until you beg for more, 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 she unravelled Andrew through his passion and craving for her. The romance crept up on both the reader and Andrew as through their sexual exploits he started experiencing peace and contentment.You 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 were quite far-fetched), but the story flew smoothly and a lot of interesting characters got introduced, whose story I can't wait to discover.Verdict: 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 more than made up for it. Do not expect a historically accurate story and you'll have a great time burning up the sheets with Andrew and Lysandra!Plot: 9/10Characters: 8/10Writing: 8/10Ending: 7/10Cover: 7/10

  • Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
    2019-05-05 00:59

    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 writing.I 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 ego.This book, I found, was just like her wallpaper and light weight Jenna persona. I was so disappointed. In fact, I would have quit 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 went.I 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 get into.REASONS I DIDN'T LIKE THIS BOOK IN SPOILERS: (view spoiler)[These are some of the things that bugged me. a lot, about the story:1. 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 mistress.2. 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 that.3. 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 - quite 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 that.4. 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 funny.5. The H's father, an Earl, caved and said it's all okay to marry your mistress. Yeah right?!!!6. Quite 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)]The H was very weak and just annoyed me from the word go. The h was okay, but she was pretty annoying as well, really. I didn't connect with them in any way and well, thought the whole thing was so boring and stupid, I couldn't be bothered. Na, didn't like this book at all.

  • Tammy Walton Grant
    2019-04-26 08:10

    You know how the review box starts with the question, "What did you think?" Here's my answer: I thought I was pretty darn disappointed, that's what I thought!I didn't initially have high expectations for this book 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) and unfortunately this one didn't appeal to me nearly as much.I 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 him?Pffft. 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 stuff.All 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." 2.5 stars.

  • Sofia Teixeira
    2019-04-27 07:52

    Jess Michaels, ora aí está uma autora que para mim já tem um carimbo de que (quase) de certeza me vou divertir ou descontrair a ler os seus livros. Comecei com o Tabu, um livro que me surpreendeu pela ousadia de romper tempos idos com uma onda de erotismo tão condenável na altura, e desde então tenho lido todos os seus romances publicados em Portugal. Ensina-me a Amar foi publicado agora em Setembro e pouco depois de ter chegado cá a casa já eu pegava nele. Li-o por inteiro entre uma tarde e noite de Domingo, o que mais uma vez confirmou o quão leve é a leitura, sem que lhe retire o entusiasmo e o fascínio pela descoberta. A história que esta obra nos traz é passada, à semelhança dos outros livros, numa sociedade onde o decoro e as aparências têm muito peso, mas onde também as amantes são permitidas e até acarretam algum estatuto com elas. Vivien, uma mulher que se tornou poderosa com o tempo, começou por ser apenas uma amante para agora governar uma casa onde emparelha nobres com mulheres que acha adequadas. A confiança em Vivien é tal, que muitos a procuram. Inclusive mulheres potencialmente desesperadas, como aconteceu com Lysandra. Por um infortúnio que não pôde controlar, a sua situação familiar e financeira degradou-se a um estado tal de desespero que não viu outra solução senão ser acolhida por um senhor da sociedade como sua amante. Mesmo sendo virgem e totalmente inexperiente, decide arriscar. Vivien, não conhecedora da totalidade da história, mas em sobreaviso, confia Lysandre a um protector temporário para a iniciar nas lides do amor. Andrew é apresentado a Lysandra à distância, enquanto esta esperava num jardim, ele olhava para ela de uma varanda superior de Vivien. A atracção foi de tal maneira forte que deu por si a dizer que aceitava, mesmo com todo o peso que carregava consigo, incluindo a promessa de nunca mais voltar a um estilo de vida que no passado já tinha sido seu.A partir dali a trama toma toda a uma vida baseada na curiosidade, na sensualidade, mas também na exploração de emoções não totalmente compreendidas. O que mais gosto na escrita de Jess Michaels é mesmo esta capacidade de criar protagonistas cativantes. As personagens femininas não são desprovidas de cérebro nem vazias, pelo contrário, transmitem as inseguranças e as lutas de mulheres que procuram o seu lugar, mesmo quando passam por provações potencialmente humilhantes. Já os personagens masculinos há-os para todos os gostos. Aqueles por quem nos afeiçoamos e aqueles que sabemos que vamos detestar desde o início. Existe intriga, paixão, erotismo e suspense suficientes até ao fim para nos manter presos ao enredo até ao fim. Não sou a mais fã leitora de eróticos, embora já tenha lido alguns, mas de todas as autoras que tenho lido, Jess Michaels é das que mais gosto, das que melhor sabe equilibrar os ingredientes que gosto num romance sensual de época. Para quem gosta do género e ainda não leu nada desta escrita, recomendo!

  • Lauren
    2019-05-04 00:45

    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 again?A 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 quickly).Lysandra 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 spoiler)[She 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)]Andrew is gentle, kind and often times charming. Nevertheless, he also comes across as self-indulgent and hypocritical. Yes, he has suffered as a result of his wife’s death but he takes his angst and guilt to the extreme. Moreover, (view spoiler)[his anger and jealousy at Lysandra moving on to another protector is ridiculous. He is the one who arranged it for goodness sake! (hide spoiler)]In sum, a relatively good story despite the anachronisms in social custom and behavior. As the mistress trope is not one that appeals to me, it is unlikely that I will continue with the series.

  • Jonetta
    2019-05-21 00:46

    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 adequately 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 "assignment."There 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 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 but...romantic!I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

  • Lee Anne - OMG! It's TOOOOO Cold!
    2019-05-17 02:44

    Jess Michaels plunged me into a world I could never imagine! I was transported to world where men hold all the power. Being woman born into the lower ranks of society with no job and without prospects of a job lead to desperate acts.Lysandra Keats has run out of options. She approaches Vivien Manning to see about becoming a mistress to one of the members of the ton. Vivien takes on Lysandra’s request and introduces her to Viscount Andrew Callis.Andrew takes on Lysandra to instruct her on how to be a mistress. He has every intention of turning her over to another protector within the month. What neither one plans on….is to fall in love.Andrew is a man who is torn by his past. Lysandra is trying to do the best she can to secure not only her future, but the future of her mother. Lysandra will do what she must in order to survive. Andrew will do what he thinks is best for himself. In the end, he ends up hurting not only himself but Lysandra.Jess Michaels painted a world that was wonderful and heart-breaking at the same time. The 1800’s were not kind to those without power or someone with power to watch over them. I could not imaging having to choose to become someone’s mistress simply to survive. Ms. Michaels made me feel every heart pounding moment and every heart –wrenching decision. The passion between Lysandra and Andrew was phenomenal. I was sucked into their world and I didn’t want to leave.

  • Zoe
    2019-05-09 09:04

    A perfectly ok time-pass. I think it is more erotica than historical. There is no relationship whatsoever to speak of, which is not a problem if one is looking for heat in a novel. I rarely have luck with fallen women as heroines. And this one is no exception. The hero andrew was a widower and punished himself for his wife's death by isolating himself and rejecting life's more enjoyable pursuits. Lysandra the heroine came to him through a courtesan who did this sort of matching. Neat idea. The relationship started quickly and I was grateful for that. But the story did not convince me why a recluse like Andrew would change his mind just because he saw Lysandra in the garden. I know that falling in love is sometimes a matter of seconds but something else has to happen to convince me that this is more than a passing affection. They jumped from being complete strangers (one a woman fallen on hard times having to sell herself to survive and the other a man who had locked himself away from women and happiness because he lost his wife/child) to bed partners very soon and the sexual activities quickly evolved into something rather risque. While I find it interesting, I did not necessarily want to read about all the different positions and ways to have sex. So I am probably just the wrong audience.

  • Edwina
    2019-04-26 09:10

    Wow what a fast paced hot and erotic HR. I love the emotional attachment between Andrew and Lysandra. They grew to trust and eventually love each other. Lysandra is living in poverty and her mother is ill. Her father has died and left them broke and in debt. She has asked the help of Vivian a prized and beautiful courtesan to help teach her to become a rich lords mistress. Vivian asks Lord Andrew "Viscount Callis" to tutor her. Andrew is living a lonely and exiled life form his friends and family, since the death of his wife Rebecca. He agrees to tutor Lysandra thus the beautiful love story begins. You will enjoy this delightful sensual erotic romance. I highly recommend this book. I can't wait for the next installment in the "Mistress Matchmaker series" "For Desire Alone" is book 2.

  • Rebecca (everyday reader)
    2019-05-02 00:48

    Lysandra has been beaten down by life and circumstances, but has kept going, and now she wants to be instructed in the ways of a mistress. Andrew is a Viscount who's wife and premature son died 3 years ago and he stopped living when they did. He agrees to 'train' Lysandra in the lifestyle temporarily until he goes back to the country and his seclusion and grief, but along the way they both break the number 1 rule for mistresses and their protectors to not fall in love. I loved this story! Not just good erotica, but also a good story. Great read!!

  • Julie
    2019-05-17 05:47

    Viscount Andrew Callis has wallowed at his country estate, in his own misery, since the death of his wife five years ago. His guilt and anguish have consumed him, and all ties to friends of his past have been severed since the "tragedy" of that night. Lord Callis only forces himself to travel to London once or twice a year to keep up duty and responsibility to his father. This is exactly the reason for his tortuous visit to society when he finds himself summoned to the residence of a well-known courtesan of his past. Curiosity and manners urge him to accept, but when he realizes the reason for the summons, urges of a different sort dominate his thoughts and actions. He cannot deny the beauty and intrigue of the woman he gazes at from afar in the gardens of Vivien Manning. Lysandra Keates, born of a middle-class family, raised with a proper education and wanting for little within her own circles, finds her life very different after the death of her father. She assumes the responsibility of providing and caring for a mother who suffers such poor health after the devestating death of a dearly loved husband. Lysandra attempted legitimate means of supporting her mother by taking on a position in Lord Culpepper's home serving the upper crust of society. She quite enjoyed her job until the despicable Lord demanded more than her honorable duty of parlor maid. From that moment, the shameless Lord made it his duty to destroy her and any chance she might have of gaining similar employment in the upper eschelons of London society. However, Lysandra's desperate need to provide for her frail mother overrode her fear and drove her straight to the bosom of Vivien Manning, a most well-known courtesan who had earned a very successful reputation matching "protectors" to future mistresses. Lysandra's dire situation and sincere plea for assistance in being introduced into the lifestyle Vivien has been so well-known for does not fall on deaf ears. Of course, Lord Callis comes immediately to the forefront of Vivien's mind as someone who would fit perfectly into the temporary position of "protector" and "trainer" to Lysandra. Vivien hopes not only will he fill a great need for Lysandra, but that Lysandra will also fill a matching need in Lord Callis. Will Lysandra learn the most important rule of any and all mistresses? The rule that "love" is never allowed? Will Andrew will learn something just as valuable from Lysandra?This is a wondrously passionate story of two lovers drawn together from necessity and fate. Out of their singular tragic fates emerges a future of love and promise. The author does a skillful job in depicting two characters who easily gain the admiration and compassion of the reader. Both are very likeable characters. While telling an emotionally dramatic tale, the author is superb at interlacing passion and lust that so easily excites the reader as well. I even greatly enjoyed the side-characters in their short roles. I rated this story a 4, but it really is closer to a 4.5. I admit, I am a hard critic and rarely give 5's. This romance escaped that rating only because as well as I enjoyed it, I would not need to read it again. Few stories find that particular nitch in my heart.

  • KatieV
    2019-05-10 02:42

    3.5 stars if I could give 1/2 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 conscience.This 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 1/4 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, YMMV.1) 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 spoiler)[his 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 sh*t 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 more and would have been THRILLED with that arrangement. The reasons were too flimsy for me.2) 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 do.3) 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 fantasy.4) 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)]

  • Daneesha
    2019-04-26 09:04

    Why does this book have an average rating of 3.91? Oh wait, I know why! Lots and lots of sex. Too bad it's lukewarm and not in the ranks of say, Renee Bernard or Cheryl Holt...The rating is certainly not because of the characters. Ugh. Annoying Lysandra is desolate and desperate. She wants to be a mistress so that she can support herself and her mom. Oh did I mention that she's a virgin and can't even talk/think about/refer to sex without getting totally tongue tied and silly. Um, hello, maybe it's not the right "profession" for you!She goes to a popular courtesan who matches women with "protectors". The courtesan has some inkling that this chick has no clue what she's asking for. So, she asks the hero, Andrew, to train Lysandra up in the ways. The man hired to teach her is equally annoying. His so-called training isn't really training at all. He just beds her over and over. Not to mention he remains tight lipped and grief stricken over his dead wife and kid.Oh and they fall in love but of course neither has a clue. Andrew denies that he loves Lysandra and then tries to give her to another protector. Meanwhile, Lysandra is suffering in silence as both characters in romance novels tend to do...Communication is the key here, people! Overall, an OK read. My issue is that I didn't feel the characters were well-rounded enough. There was nothing there to make me care about them.

  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    2019-05-18 00:44

    YAY! Free today on amazon! www.amazon.com/dp/B007XUT09CBlurb:An innocent lady’s education could be a gentleman’s wicked seduction.Mistress Matchmaker, Book 1Lysandra 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 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 resists…but his body responds with an ache he thought long dead.As Andrew begins his gentle tutelage, he finds himself falling under 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.Warning: Includes training in all kinds of sexual positions and delights, as well as an emotional romance. May produce swooning.

  • Kathleen
    2019-05-16 09:07

    Story Rating 4 StarsCharacter Rating 4 StarsRomance Rating 4 StarsHeat Level 5 StarsOverall Rating 4 StarsIt's been a while since I've read an erotic historical romance that was this HOT and you know what? I LIKED IT!!!!This book kept me interested and wanting to just keep on reading. I liked the story very much but must say that I liked the sex/love scenes even better.The characters to me were well written and I really liked them a lot. These two had fantastic chemistry right from the beginning. The ending was really good, giving me the HEA I always' want.I'm glad this is going to be a series and of course I plan on continuing with it. I hope in the next book, For Desire Alone, that we get glimpses of Lysandra and Andrew and get to see them settled down and well married.If you are in the mood for an erotic historical that will singe your fingers while reading and have you squirming in your seat, than I say, look no more and give this book a try.

  • Nat
    2019-04-26 02:49

    This is a story about a man who's learning to live and love again after losing his wife. And about a woman who due to life circumstances had to put her self in a position where compromising her person was the only way to gain happiness. These two person needed each other and thanks to a matchmaker they were able to discover pleasure together. I enjoyed this story and can't wait for the other series to be release.There was a brief scene with a man name Major Gabriel Grook and a woman name Annalisa that was very heart felt and I hope they get their own story. I would love to read about these two characters.

  • Mei
    2019-05-19 01:02

    I liked it because of the heroine. She's a strong woman that's doing anything to survive in a time when women weren't allowed to do anything else but be absolutely subjugated to men. And if she has to sell herself, then she decides to do it in a way that will give her the most. She's not crying to be rescued. I liked it!

  • Liloshadow (ReNee)
    2019-05-10 09:12

    Loved it...but would have liked better character descriptions. Pros: I really enjoyed this story. It was emotional, steamy, and well paced. I found it to be quite a page turner. Its a story about a lonely grief stricken man that decides as a favor to a past acquaintance; to train a naive girl to be a skilled mistress so she can make a good future match. The girl is a young lady that carries a heavy burden of caring for her sickly mother on her own. Her past employer and her 'loving' relatives have all take advantage of her. Its a touching tale of two people coming together to heal each other. The whole 'teaching' aspect of it creates some HOT scenes. The author did such a good job of this without going over the top. The sex scenes are numerous and very steamy. If as reader you don't like numerous love scenes, don't read this story. I saw some reviews that said this was just dressed up smut. It's NOT smut BY ANY MEANS. Common sense tells you that this will be about sex by just reading the very obvious title. Not everyone likes that, and that is perfectly fine Just know before going into it... ; )Cons: There were only a couple things that bothered me. There was not near enough character descriptions...you get a vague sense of how they looked but not much else. How tall is Andrew compared to Lysandra? Does she come to his shoulder, chin, nose. How long is Andrews's hair...long, short...is it curly, wavy, or straight? We know it's blonde but thats it. What does his brother Sam look like? We never even get a description of him..Some might feel if I'm being overly picky here, but these little extra things help create a deeper picture of the characters. Some authors defiantly over do it with flowery descriptions, but a little extra would have been nice in this story. I also would would have like an epilogue...it sort of ended abruptly.Regardless, this a GREAT story, and I will defiantly be checking this author out again!Happy Reading!!

  • Redheaded Bookworm
    2019-05-13 06:42

    While taking into account that this book is an erotica novel, I really wasn’t expecting much from it other than a lot of hot and steamy sex scenes. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. While this story was undoubtedly hot and steamy, there was also a lovely love story to enjoy as well. I hate to have to admit it in writing for the whole world to see, but I have to be honest with you friends, towards the end of this tale I was equal parts outraged and devastated on the heroines behalf. It’s humiliating to have to admit that the tears were freely flowing. Not trickling, but raining down my cheeks. The only complaint I have with this enjoyable little book is that I personally would have liked to see the hero have to put forth a little more effort to win back the trust of our soft hearted heroine. I know you think he’s already been through so much and more than likely in your opinion I should cut the poor guy some slack. And you are right, I should. But I really just don’t want to. I just feel that he got off way to easy for what he did to her at the end of the story. Now with that being said, I personally recommend this book for the fans of erotica who like a little story to go along with their sex.Reviewed by Jessica for Redheaded Bookworm Blog

  • Suz
    2019-04-24 08:49

    3.5 Stars - Made of smexy. Not a bad story as these things go. A fairly quick read, somewhat predictable, likeable enough characters. It was easier for me to empathize with the heroine than the hero. My patience with the over privileged who have fallen into terminal self flagellation mode is limited but fortunately the story line didn't allow for too much dwelling on that.I had difficulty with how quickly the primaries moved from A to D in this story, but I suppose that with the nature of the arrangements and circumstances it was plausible enough.The end was predictable but enjoyable. Easy to read fluff, good for what ails ya.

  • Sassy
    2019-04-25 03:03

    I really enjoy a good Historical Regency and "An Introduction to Pleasure" (Book one of Mistress Matchmakers) was absolutely awesome. The story was extremely well thought out and well written. I loved the feisty, witty heroine, Lysandra and the handsome and gentle Widow, Andrew. The story will bring a smile to your face and tears to your eyes as you read how terribly Lysandra has been treated by her past employer, as well as the demons that Andrew has been fighting since he lost his wife.I highly recommend this author and anxiously await book two in this series "For Desire Alone"

  • Diane K. Peterson
    2019-05-20 06:50

    In the world of erotic historical romance this is a pretty good book. Aside from all of the sexual stuff (which was well done) there was a good story with characters that experienced genuine angst and resolution. The ending was a little abrupt, but I enjoyed the book.

  • Jenny
    2019-05-01 04:51

    Yes I love graphic sex scenes but all the dirty talking and sex began to overshadow the story for me and that's where it lost me.

  • Jennifer Leighton
    2019-05-21 04:52

    FREE today on Amazon and B&N. 06/01/13

  • Callixta
    2019-05-02 05:06

    http://blue-moon.fr/spip.php?article8490Jess Michaels est une auteure très classique de la romance érotique historique et le prouve encore avec cette série publiée chez Samhain. Elle tourne autour d’une femme qui joue le rôle de « marieuse » ou plutôt met en relation des femmes qui désirent devenir des femmes entretenues avec des hommes qui cherchent des maîtresses. Evidemment, ce qui commence souvent comme une relation tarifée bascule très vite dans des unions plus sentimentales. Le schéma est classique dans cette série et cet épisode en fait pas exception à la règle.Ce qui frappe est la facilité tranquille avec laquelle écrit cette auteure expérimentée. Elle est parfaitement dans son élément et si l’on peut soupirer devant la terrible prévisibilité de son histoire, les deux héros forment un charmant couple et les rebondissements attendus demeurent très plaisants.Ce roman est donc le troisième opus et une fois de plus, l’héroïne st dans une situation difficile qui exige qu’elle sacrifie sa vertu. Lysandra est malheureusement si peu expérimentée que Vivien, celle qui organise ces rencontres lui propose une initiation auprès d’un homme retiré du monde, le vicomte Andrew Callis. Celui-ci est veuf, et pas du tout disposé à prendre une maîtresse mais le côté temporaire de l’accord et le charme de Lysandra le décide. Comme l’indique alors le titre, le roman se concentre sur l’initiation de la jeune femme.Comme signalé plus haut ne vous attendez pas à un déroulement compliqué, à des rebondissements inattendus, le roman va exactement là où vous le pensez. Mais il est très bien écrit, les scènes de sexe le sont réellement, bien plus sensuelles d’ailleurs qu’érotiques. Andrew est un homme bien en proie à un douloureux chagrin après son veuvage et il est touchant tout comme Lysandra, la typique jeune femme qui choisit ce métier par désespoir.Si vous recherchez ces romances toutes simples, douces et sensuelles, plongez vous dans cette série. Il est évident que Vivien aura son histoire un jour, pour le moment, elle ne fait que le bonheur des autres et celui de Lysandra et Andrew est très joli à observer.

  • Margaret (Margot)
    2019-04-22 07:11

    I believe this is listed as HR on amazon, I would disagree, to a point. This is really more erotic HR, but who am I to complain? I enjoyed it quite a bit. In fact, it reminded me of a ~NA~ book I read recently called Escorted which I found quite entertaining - but I digress.This was such a fun book because it didn't have the horribly used pretense of a scandalous society girl doing things inappropriate. The characters were able to be honest (to a point) and you could see the relationship develop regardless of how they both tried to prevent it. There were inner musings (GAHHH), but they were done well and kept short, and not repetitive like some other novels I have reviewed that many people (who hide behind the anonymity of Amazon) do not seem to agree with me. Different strokes folks.This is my type of HR~ etc. I loved the dialogue, the tension and the resolution. The early parts of their relationships really moved me and I was impressed with the emotional reaction it generated in me.This is a book I will likely read again and an author I will seek out in the future.The justification for the rating (with spoilers) - For a man who was so traumatized by the death of his wife and unborn child, I found it incongruous that he would chance impregnating a woman he had convinced himself he would not sponsor. I am not a prude and these things do not generally rate in my opinion, but I felt it was an oversight that should have, even perhaps could have been addressed historically. There were minor editing issues, which also, are not huge in my rating system, but the combination and the depth of the first argument lead me to say it is not quite perfect. But I still liked it an awful lot :)

  • Amarilli Settantatre
    2019-04-27 02:59

    da www.sognipensieriparole.comAmando particolarmente i romanzi in costume, ho apprezzato lo sforzo della Michaels di offrirci un quadro di quella che erano un tempo le “mantenute” presso la classe nobiliare inglese. Quelle che oggi, volgarmente parlando, sono un misto tra amanti e squillo d’alto bordo, avevano un ruolo non proprio ufficiale, ma quasi ufficioso, all’interno della società. In altre parole, queste bellissime donne accompagnavano i loro protettori in pubblico e nelle occasioni mondane (magari alternandosi con le mogli, che spesso sapevano ma fingevano di ignorare il tutto), avevano diritto a una dimora tutta per loro, con servitù, carrozze e dotazione finanziaria a loro disposizione.L’unica cosa che veniva loro richiesta era discrezione, disponibilità a soddisfare i gusti del lord e in genere un rapporto di esclusiva (almeno finché la mantenuta non trovava un protettore ancora più altolocato o lo stesso non si stancava di lei). Alla fine, questa poteva essere una soluzione drammatica ma soddisfacente per una ragazza della classe media, la cui famiglia è caduta in disgrazia, come Lysandra. Prima di calarsi nel ruolo, però, anche lei deve imparare i segreti del mestiere, e lo può fare solo con qualcuno che ha fatto esperienza diretta di questo mondo, come appunto un fascinoso rampollo nobile, un tempo protettore e ora vedovo inconsolabile.Sebbene la trama sia abbastanza scontata, l’ambientazione è interessante e i personaggi sono descritti con una certa profondità. Da segnalare una consistente offerta di scena erotiche, che però si giustificano all’interno della vicenda e sono comunque gradevoli (in questo la Michaels conferma di saper descrivere vicende appassionate ma eleganti).

  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    2019-05-18 02:51

    Sunny's review posted on Guilty PleasuresTo whomever loves 19th century historical romance this is sure to become a series that you will want to read. It starts off with a young woman Lysandra, going to the most renowned Matchmaker for the wealthy men of the ton, Vivien Manning.Lysandra had the choice of going hungry or use the one resource she possessed in her favor in order to make a comfortable living for both her and her mother. She falls upon a widower Andrew Callis for a month so he can train her how to be a mistress to the ton. During the course of the month they become more comfortable with each other, his need to be her protector and her need to support her mother made a tangled mess. While training her he began to see her for more than just a woman he was training for another man. Lysandra was falling head over heels in love with him from his gentleness with her and how he was protecting her. He was everything that she had wanted and then some, but around every corner he was trying to push her away and the harder he pushed the harder she fell.When plans go awry sparks fly resulting in a historical romance, with loveable characters and super hot love scenes. I cannot wait for the second book in the series.