A perfectly ok time pass I think it is 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 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 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. 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 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 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. 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 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 , 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 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 Jess Michaels, ora a est uma autora que para mim j 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 t o conden vel na altura, e desde ent o tenho lido todos os seus romances publicados em Portugal Ensina me a Amar foi publicado agora em Setembro e pouco depois de ter chegado c a casa j eu pegava nele Li o por inteiro entre uma tarde e noite de Domingo, o que mais uma vez confirmou o qu o leve a leitura, sem que lhe retire o entusiasmo e o fasc nio pela descoberta A hist ria que esta obra nos traz passada, semelhan a dos outros livros, numa sociedade onde o decoro e as apar ncias t m muito peso, mas onde tamb m as amantes s o permitidas e at acarretam algum estatuto com elas Vivien, uma mulher que se tornou poderosa com o tempo, come ou por ser apenas uma amante para agora governar uma casa onde emparelha nobres com mulheres que acha adequadas A confian a em Vivien tal, que muitos a procuram Inclusive mulheres potencialmente desesperadas, como aconteceu com Lysandra Por um infort nio que n o p de controlar, a sua situa o familiar e financeira degradou se a um estado tal de desespero que n o viu outra solu o sen o ser acolhida por um senhor da sociedade como sua amante Mesmo sendo virgem e totalmente inexperiente, decide arriscar Vivien, n o conhecedora da totalidade da hist ria, mas em sobreaviso, confia Lysandre a um protector tempor rio para a iniciar nas lides do amor Andrew apresentado a Lysandra dist ncia, enquanto esta esperava num jardim, ele olhava para ela de uma varanda superior de Vivien A atrac o 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 j tinha sido seu.A partir dali a trama toma toda a uma vida baseada na curiosidade, na sensualidade, mas tamb m na explora o de emo es n o totalmente compreendidas O que mais gosto na escrita de Jess Michaels mesmo esta capacidade de criar protagonistas cativantes As personagens femininas n o s o desprovidas de c rebro nem vazias, pelo contr rio, transmitem as inseguran as e as lutas de mulheres que procuram o seu lugar, mesmo quando passam por prova es potencialmente humilhantes J os personagens masculinos h os para todos os gostos Aqueles por quem nos afei oamos e aqueles que sabemos que vamos detestar desde o in cio Existe intriga, paix o, erotismo e suspense suficientes at ao fim para nos manter presos ao enredo at ao fim N o sou a mais f leitora de er ticos, embora j tenha lido alguns, mas de todas as autoras que tenho lido, Jess Michaels das que mais gosto, das que melhor sabe equilibrar os ingredientes que gosto num romance sensual de poca Para quem gosta do g nero e ainda n o leu nada desta escrita, recomendo 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. 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 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 butromantic I m looking forward to the next book in the series. 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 I read the 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. I was all set to give this 4 stars until the H Andrew stood by like a lump of useless 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 him This 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 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 weeks Things 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.