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A Matter of Sin

(The Ladies' Book of Pleasures #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  660 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Scandal between the pages…surrender between the sheets.

The Ladies Book of Pleasures, Book 1

The widowed Lady Isabel Avenbury has one remaining younger sister to shepherd into an advantageous marriage, and then she will be free. Free to take a lover to fill her lonely nights—the only option left for a woman on the delicate edge of a certain age.

Except when she chaperones her
Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published July 15th 2014 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Anna's Herding Cats
Prim & proper meets naughty! There's just something so fun about that. A Matter of Sin was a delightfully charming story of a woman searching for excitement and finding something she never thought she'd have and romance. Aws.

The quick of it is that Seth's mother--who is determined to see him married and carry on the family line--has invited all of the elegible young ladies from Society to a country party in hopes one of them will snag her son's eye. But it's not those oh-so-youn
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Matter of Sin- The Ladies of Pleasure # 1 by Jess Michaels is a 2014 Samhain publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a delightfully wicked and steamy historical romance set in the Regency Period era. There is a new and titillating book circulating entitled “Ladies Book of Pleasures”. Now this book is pretty naughty stuff for regency times and it speaks frankly of what a lady should do to enjoy certain pleasures in life.
Lady Isabel Avenbury has
This book was so hot and angsty and perfect I want to live in it
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Ladies Book of Pleasures, Book 1

The widowed Lady Isabel Avenbury has one remaining younger sister to shepherd into an advantageous marriage, and then she will be free. Free to take a lover to fill her lonely nights—the only option left for a woman on the delicate edge of a certain age.

Except when she chaperones her sister to a country house party, she is taken aback by her sudden, undeniable attraction to the host. And deliciously scandalized when she finds a copy of the notorious, much-goss
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc, own
(Original post at Doing Some Reading)

I absolutely can't say how excited I was when I heard Jess was beginning a new series. Yes it was sad when she ended her Pleasure Wars series but I'm excited for this new one!

So we have Lady Isabel Avenbury, who is considering the idea of taking lover after she's left widowed by her two or three times her senior husband. She shares this information with her two best friends and they agree, somewhat with her plans and hope for the best. But she has to marry of
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of Julia Quinn and Lorraine Heath I found myself drawn to this series starter as the style and banter is reminiscent of those authors. Ms. Michaels joins their ranks by crafting an entertaining story where two immensely likable characters must choose between love and happiness or duty and obligation. Amidst this emotional struggle is unrelenting sexual tension, delightful and supportive friends, and heart-wrenching decision making that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end.

Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 star beginning of a new Jess Michaels' series. She just keeps getting better and hotter.

Lady Isabel Avenbury is a widow whose marriage was less than passionate and now she’s seriously considering taking a lover but before she can see to her own happiness, she must get her youngest sister properly married off. Acting as chaperone to Serena, at a country house party being held by the Marquis Lyndham and his mother to find him an appropriate wife from the many potential young brides availabl
Amy Alvis
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is book on in the Ladies Book of Pleasures.

Lady Isabel Avenbury has one more sister to off into marital bliss and then she has decided to take a lover. Once she is no a "proper chaperone" for her single sister, she can find someone to fill her lonely nights.

Hopeful to find an advantageous match for her sister, Isabel joins the house party at Marquis Lyndham's home. But what happens when Isabel finds herself attracted to the host that she thought might be a match for her sister?

Seth Rowland,
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The widowed Lady Isabel Avenbury has decided to take a lover after seeing her single younger sister get marry. For this to happen, she and her sister Serena agrees to go to a house party hosted by the Marquis of Lyndham and his mother. Having married at a young age so that she can provided for her younger sisters since her parent's death, she has lost her youth basically. The happiness and pleasure that she have lost, she intends to achieve it with a lover in a sense. What she didn't expect was ...more
Michelle(Chelle) aka Nightshade - Cake Whisperer
First off I have to say that a new Jess Michaels' book is now an auto buy for me. I find them to be quick, hot enjoyable reads.

A Matter of Sin is no exception. What I liked most about this book is that it isn't the usual HR fare with the virgin and the man-whore. Not that I don't love those books, because the Lord knows that do but it is nice to change it up a bit once in a while. The other reason that I enjoyed this book so major angst or misunderstandings between the two main chara
Zeee  (I Heart Romance & YA)
A steamy new romance by Jess Michaels, A Matter of Sin starts of her The Ladies Book of Pleasures series with a bang! Highly sensual and romantic, A Matter of Sin, centers around widowed Lady Isabelle Avenbury who decides to take a lover after her youngest sister ties the knot. However, when she meets Seth Rowland at his house party, her plans go awry. Both of them are attracted to each other and start a sensual and steamy affair!

I love reading A Matter of Sin. I was able to connect with Isabell
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great start to a new Jess Michaels' series. I have read a lot of Jess' books and have loved everyone of them. This one is no exception. This book is a little different from her other series. There are no tortured heroes/heroines. Isabel and Seth are truly nice people and the book is very sweet (but do not think this is all sugar, there is definitely spice). I really enjoyed reading how they grew to love each other through talking (it was not all about lust). Isabel always puts others before hers ...more
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved This

Loved This

Jess Michaels New series, The Ladies Book of Pleasure was amazing. I look forward to this series.

Seth is in need of a bride because with the death of his brother the title goes to him and he needs an heir. His mother invites numerous eligible young ladies, to a week long, garden party and ball at his residence in the country. Seth must find his bride this season.

Isabel is a widow who has one more sister to see settled with a good husband. She accompanies her sister as chapero
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You can not help but love one of Jess Michaels' stories. This one was no different. From the first page to the last, I was held in awe of the hero and the heroine. This is the first book in her new series, "The Ladies Book of Pleasures" and what a beginning!
Oh yes, scandalous,yes,simply scandalous and wickedly delicious! Ms. Michaels understands how to draw and hold a reader into her world of Regency, with one of her tales of passion, finding true love against all odds and did,I mention passion
Sheila Melo
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good Start to New Series

A MATTER OF SIN is the first book in The Ladies' Book of Pleasures series. It is the story of Lady Isabel Avenbury who has decided that once her younger sister has married that she will take a lover. At a house party, Isabel meets Seth Rowland, the Marquis Lyndham. While the two share a strong attraction, Seth is the last male in his family and must marry and beget an heir. Isabel sadly knows that she cannot be Seth's bride because she is already failed to produce an heir
Vikki Vaught
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful read. The writing flows smoothly and there's great character development. I fell in love with Isabel and Seth, and was rooting for them from the first page. Their love affair was not predictable, which made it an even more enjoyable read. The ending was quite different than I expected and absolutely loved it!

I also enjoyed the tender moments between Isabel and her sister. I particularly loved this dialogue: "Find your own happiness. To see you settled would
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I’m somewhat of a picky reader. For me to love a book, the author’s writing style has to ‘click’ with me. The characters’ dialogue has to be real. I need to fall in love with the hero, while at the same time hoping against hope that he falls in love with the heroine. Their chemistry has to jump off of the pages, and I want to feel the romance. This book delivered on all of those counts. The forbidden lovers storyline may not be new, but the way Jess Michael’s delivers it, I have a hard time reme ...more
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great fun sexy story from Jess Michaels. She is an automatic buy for me. This book is about a man with obligations and the women he is falling for is not suitable. It is a great story. The H is a guy I would like to know in person and while he was not a virgin hero I liked that he didn't seem like he would have an std either. The h was great. She was complex person who I could see wanting to hang out with. I will be honest I didn't truly understand her feelings because she was barren in her firs ...more
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lady Isabel Avenbury has one sister left to marry off and then she plans to have some fun of her own by taking a lover. Hoping to find her sister’s Mr. Right, they head off to the house party of the Marquis Lyndham, Seth Rowland. Seth is not happy that his mother is throwing a house party to find his bride. Seth may not have an interest in the candidates his mother has chosen for his bride, but upon seeing Isabel he is instantly attracted. Seth later finds Lady Isabel stealing the most scandalou ...more
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it
A new series, another GEM!!!

This is one author that I one-click automatically. I was looking forward to this new book, and start to a new series, and Ms Michaels did not disappoint!!!!

I loved the journey with Seth and Isabel.... there were parts in the book where they said each other's name, and I could hear it echo in my brain. I could FEEL the passion through the pages. I could FEEL the angst, the desire.... it was a really moving story.

If you haven't read Jess Michaels, START now... what a jo
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

A fantastic read that I absolutely adored. It’s a steamy historical romance that is amazing, Ms. Michaels knows how to write some great scenes. It’s a light and fun read that I enjoyed from start to finish. I highly recommend this book, I related well to Isabel, and I think other women will too. I highly recommend this book, it’s a great start to a new series. I look forward to more from Ms. Michaels.
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jess Michaels knows how to write a good romance! I loved the story of Seth and Isabel and can't wait for more in the series. I was a little sad there wasn't an epilogue and am hoping we see more of these characters in the upcoming books.
Patricia Perez
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great Story

Great Story

I love everything Jess Michael's writes. This new series is going to be great. I can't wait for the next one. The love in this book was so sweet, but it never says if they had children, well maybe in the second book it will say.
❆ Crystal ❆
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars. I really liked this story. The heroine and hero were both completely loveable. I enjoyed reading this very much
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fun and sexy. Looking forward to more of this series.
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency, kindlefire
Wow, I absolutely loved this first book in the new series from Jess Michaels.
Took an all-nighter - couldn't put it down.
Bloody wonderful!
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
4.5 stars
Aug 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Really 3.5. It had some really good moments,but just didn't draw me in as much as the Mistress Matchmaker or Albright
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Matter of Sin is the first book in The Ladies' Book of Pleasure series. The author's warning: Found within are highly scandalous books that trigger passionate desires, surrender in the orangery, and possibly true love.

It was a melancholy historical romance romp that kept a good pace and made an interesting story where the Hero and Heroine deal directly with Society's expectations and family duty, and hopefully overcome what is proper and expected, to possibly have what their hearts desire.

Shirley Hamlod
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first of this series I’ve read. I always enjoy Jess’ books and this was no exception. I really liked the characters of Seth and Isabel. You really have to feel sorry for them during the story. A good and enjoyable read. I would like to purchase ‘The Ladies’ Book of Pleasure’ because it sounds like fun. Much more practical than the Karma Sutra and written for women!
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USA Today Bestselling author Jess Michaels likes geeky stuff, Vanilla Coke Zero, anything coconut, cheese, fluffy cats, smooth cats, any cats, many dogs and people who care about the welfare of their fellow humans. She watches too much daytime court shows, but just enough Once Upon a Time (CaptainSwan FOR LIFE). She is lucky enough to be married to her favorite person in the world and live in a be ...more

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