The Monk as Man: The Unknown Life of Swami Vivekananda g4 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 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 himdrool I know it s the wrong era but can you blame me for droolingThis is my very first historical romance putting aside Pride and Prejudices of course It may sound shocking I know being new to theenre 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 The Tomb of Iuchiban 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 YAYFor someone as foreign to thisenre 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 enuine 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 themNow I m uite sure that the second book will be about the Maruis Weatherfield Miles or so I hope he was very appealing and his story will be one very tempting to read Hmm I feel a bit uilty leaving this review and only two stars Two stars is probably a bit enerous 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 iven 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 Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow 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 tet intoREASONS I DIDN T LIKE THIS BOOK IN SPOILERS view spoilerThese are some of the things that bugged me a lot about the story1 The h was not of the ton She was only a middle class merchant s daughter type The ton wouldn t have iven 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 otten 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 "an Earl caved and said it all okay to marry your mistress Yeah right6 uite frankly the H was a wet blanket and had to be talked into Norte: A Novel going after the h after he siven 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 Introduction to Pleasure3 StarsOn the verge of destitution Lysandra Keates approaches infamous courtesan Vivien Manning arrange for a suitable and wealthy protector Unfortunately Lysandra innocence 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 ipadpoor iPad 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 sa. An innocent lady’s education could be a entleman’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. R and looked at her puy 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 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 were uite far fetched but the story flew smoothly and a lot of interesting characters ot 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 up for it Do not expect a historically accurate story and you ll have a Mi karma y yo great time burning up the sheets with Andrew and LysandraPlot 910Characters 810Writing 810Ending 710Cover 710 You know how the review box starts with the uestion 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 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 muchI didn t buy the characters I di 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 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 that period of society it wasn t so far fetched to detract from my enjoyment It s aood 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 35 stars if I could Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved 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 inood conscienceThis one had a plot and there was The Prime Minister of Paradise 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 too 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 to fill me in please My take on it was that he probably continued his rakish ways and then felt like a sht when she died Charlie O. and the angry A's 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 heave her away to another protector really irked me Of course she never slept with the other The Sisters of Sinai guy but it would have served him right if she had I think it would have beenreat if he d iven 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 etting 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 o 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 o love bandwagon I was calling bull Her supposed new protector was just too ood 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 hthe h 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 rovel 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 ive 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.