My rating: 4 of 5 stars
After reading this book, I have an opinion that it should have been Erotica 101: An Introduction To Pleasure. This book has all of the erotica anyone could ever dream of, from the most misionary to the most voyeuristic.
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.
Includes training in all kinds of sexual positions and delights, as well as an emotional romance. May produce swooning.
As I was reading this, taking in the angst and misery that Andrew and Lysandra were going through, I could not help but keep getting reminded that this story was very similar to the very first book given me by my grandmother: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. From Andrew's headlong plunge into depression that nearly cost him his life all the way to the way he placed his lost wife on a high pedestal, her maid who adored her mistress and who stayed on under Andrew's employ, even to the manor that takes the breath away of anyone who first sets eyes on it. It took me by surprise when I learned that his late wife's name was also Rebecca. However, by the last third of the book, it was already quite obvious that this is not that classic book. There were twists and turns in the story that divert radically.
Then I turn to Lysandra. No matter what situation she found herself in, she was still a lost child who was trying her best to survive the situation she was caught and trapped in. She was an innocent who is about to go through an erotic tutelage.
Now, for those of you who are familiar with me by now, you all know I usually lower my rating when I read anything on voyeurism or public exhibitionism - both of which are within the contents, and yet??? Somehow, Jess Michaels succeeded to make it read tasteful. There was none of the smutty, xxx or whatever else feel or tone to her scenes. Truth is, the scenes were very well and tastefully done. So no, I am not going to lower my rating.
Other than the fact that there were some Rebecca situations here, An Introduction To Pleasure is a pleasure to read and is not the classic Victorian story.
Read this people: you may learn a few things!
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