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A History Nut's Romantic State of Mind

"I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train." - Oscar Wilde

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Her Husband's Harlot
Grace Callaway
A Risk Worth Taking
Laura Landon
Texas Destiny
Lorraine Heath
Devil's Bride
Stephanie Laurens
Comanche Moon
Catherine Anderson
How the Marquess Was Won
Julie Anne Long
The Rake
Mary Jo Putney
The Other Guy's Bride
Connie Brockway
The Hawk and the Dove
Virginia Henley
A Dangerous Love
Sabrina Jeffries

An Introduction to Pleasure

An Introduction to Pleasure  - Jess Michaels A perfectly ok time-pass. I think it is more erotica than historical. There is no relationship whatsoever to speak of, which is not a problem if one is looking for heat in a novel. I rarely have luck with fallen women as heroines. And this one is no exception.

The hero andrew was a widower and punished himself for his wife's death by isolating himself and rejecting life's more enjoyable pursuits. Lysandra the heroine came to him through a courtesan who did this sort of matching. Neat idea. The relationship started quickly and I was grateful for that. But the story did not convince me why a recluse like Andrew would change his mind just because he saw Lysandra in the garden. I know that falling in love is sometimes a matter of seconds but something else has to happen to convince me that this is more than a passing affection. They jumped from being complete strangers (one a woman fallen on hard times having to sell herself to survive and the other a man who had locked himself away from women and happiness because he lost his wife/child) to bed partners very soon and the sexual activities quickly evolved into something rather risque. While I find it interesting, I did not necessarily want to read about all the different positions and ways to have sex. So I am probably just the wrong audience.