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An Introduction to Pleasure (Mistress Matchmaker #1)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  1,781 ratings  ·  187 reviews
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 wealth
ebook, 313 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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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 hi
Tammy Walton Grant
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 heroi
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 In
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
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
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 s
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
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 famil ...more
Rebecca (everyday reader)
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 ju ...more
Lee Anne - OMG! It's TOOOOO Cold!

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
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 ...more
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An innocent lady’s education could be a gentleman’s wicked seduction.

Mistress Matchmaker, Book 1

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 Andre
Story Rating 4 Stars
Character Rating 4 Stars
Romance Rating 4 Stars
Heat Level 5 Stars
Overall Rating 4 Stars

It'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

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 Annalis
Redheaded Bookworm
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 hu ...more
Liloshadow (ReNee)
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 ha
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 ar

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 highl
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!
Diane Peterson
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.
I would highly recommend this erotic historical love story. The erotica genre can be very hit and miss for me because I like a storyline to go along with all the steamy stuff.

Lynsandra Keates finds herself needing a protector after her family suffers financial ruin after her father's passing. With her mother's health failing Lynsandra finds a respectable position in Lord Culpepper's household, only to be thrown out when she refuses his unwanted advances. Needing to find a source of income to pro
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To 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 tr

Jess 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
Margaret (Margot)
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
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 i
Amarilli Settantatre

Amando 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 monda
I liked this book....although I am usually intolerant of pigheadedness in heros, I felt for this one....the ending just tied up together too neatly to be believable. Plus when the hero invited his friend over to pish the heroine on him and then later in the night made love to was a bit too much for me.....I hate when heroes do everything to enjoy their time with the heroine and then leave them for "their own good." Nonetheless it was an enjoyable read I just there was more character de ...more
Jenny E
*3.5 stars*

This was a pretty good erotic/historical romance. I really enjoyed it and would have given it 4 to 4.5 stars had it had an epilogue. I really thought it needed an epilogue!
I liked it, but I'm VERY surprised Lysandra wasn't pregnant by the end of it.
This is one of those historical romances full of clichés and over the top anachronisms with lot of sex scenes. I should probably shelve it as erotica but besides the quantity of sex, there wasn't much quality, you know. I don't know that the there was one memorable sex scene among the bunch, even the pseudo BDSM made me roll my eyes it was so basic.

Lysandra Keates is in dire straights and decides to look for a protector. She goes to Vivian Manning, a former mistress rumored to pair women with pr
You know, this read just wasn't for me.

The best thing I can say about this book is that the blurb is really good. After all, the book blurb is how this book landed on my Kindle, I bought it.

Unfortunately, An Introduction to Pleasure does not live up to the potential that I saw in the blurb.

I thought it would be interesting to read about someone’s fictitious journey to becoming a mistress - I imagined it rife with scandal and humor and heartbreaking circumstances. Coy looks and naughty grins a
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Jess Michaels always likes the "good parts" when she reads romance, so it makes sense that she writes erotic books. She is a USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author of over 50 novels and novellas. When not writing, she enjoys being a geek and trying to keep the cats from scratching the furniture. She lives in Tucson with her husband.

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Other Books in the Series

Mistress Matchmaker (3 books)
  • For Desire Alone (Mistress Matchmaker, #2)
  • Her Perfect Match (Mistress Matchmaker, #3)
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“Andrew followed the direction of her elegant hand and was surprised to see that there was, indeed, a woman in the garden below. “Yes?” He turned toward Vivien and found she was holding out a spyglass for him. “Look a little closer, you could hardly see any detail of her from all the way up here.” He tilted his head in increasing confusion. “Vivien—” “Please,” she insisted, her tone firm.

With a grunt, Andrew took the glass from her hand and peered through the viewer to the young woman below. As he focused on her face, his breath caught. She was utterly lovely. Chestnut locks framed a face with high cheekbones and full lips, not to mention china-blue eyes that lit up with delight as she paused to sniff this flower or that. Her clothing was well-worn, but when she twisted to observe her surroundings, it accentuated soft curves. Andrew shifted as a most unfamiliar feeling began to stir his loins. Desire, hot and powerful, pumped through his veins, and he lowered the spyglass in shock. He hadn’t had such a strong reaction to a woman in years.

“I assume you like what you see,” Vivien said softly. Andrew clenched his teeth. There was no hiding the swelling of his cock through the tight breeches he wore, and Vivien was too aware of such things not to notice. “She is, obviously, very pretty,” he said coolly as he handed the glass back to Vivien and turned away. He tried to think of anything, anyone, that might force the inconvenient blood upward. “She is looking for a protector,” Vivien said from behind him. “I thought you might be the right match for her.” Andrew spun around, no longer caring if his erection was obvious. “I beg your pardon?” he barked.”
“Her name is Lysandra Keates, and she arrived uninvited on my doorstep a few days ago. I do not know the particulars of her situation as of yet, but my impression is that she is in dire straits. She has begged me to match her with a man.” “I am not looking for a mistress!” Andrew snapped, but he couldn’t help a brief, powerful image of the girl in the garden…in his bed, her legs wrapped around him as he drove into her.” 2 likes
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