Title: An Introduction to Pleasure
Written by Jess Michaels
Read by Carmen Rose
Series: Mistress Matchmaker #1
Published by Samhain Publishing
Publication Date: June 19th 2012
Genres: Erotic Romance, Historical Romance
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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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 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: This review may contain spoilers
An Introduction to Pleasure is the first book in Jess Michaels’ Mistress Matchmaker series. I had read this when it first came out on ebook but then decided to read it again via audiobook. Again, I was blown away! There is something about the mistress in training trope that I absolutely love. Of course, this is an erotic romance so that does help!
Masterfully written, An Introduction to Pleasure tells the story of Lysandra Keates, a desperate woman trying to support her ill mother when she gets turned out from her last post. Out of options, she asks for help from the courtesan Vivien Manning. With the help of Vivien, Lysandra meets Viscount Andrew Callis and is trained in the art of seduction.
I absolutely love Lysandra’s innocence and strength. Andrew, on the other hand, is the tortured hero, becoming a shadow of his former self after his wife and infant son died. He had blamed himself for their deaths and in doing so, kept himself away from society, only venturing out to do business. Lysandra changed everything. I loved that Andrew started to fall for Lysandra slowly throughout the book. Despite the multiple erotic scenes, the characters were well developed and were relatable.
My favorite line would be the line that Andrew said to Lysandra when he shared his darkest secrets.
“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.”
I loved that despite his hurt, Andrew still became someone worth loving. In the end, I found myself rooting for Lysandra and Andrew.
I definitely recommend An Introduction to Pleasure, especially in audiobook format!
Narrated by Carmen Rose, An Introduction to Pleasure took on a whole new meaning for me. I loved listening to her narration. In fact, I have listened to a few audiobooks narrated by Rose and I loved it! The accents and the different voices that she used are well done. I will definitely be looking at audiobooks read by Ms. Rose.