Type: Historical Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd
My Copy: Sent
Once the game begins, there is no tearing your gaze away.
Her mother’s madness and her father’s and brother’s irresponsibility have relegated Lady Portia to the life of a wallflower. The only shining light in her life is her best friend, Ava, who is suffering a rift with her own brother.
Portia’s quest to help takes her to the notorious Donville Masquerade in the hells, where behind the safety of a mask she witnesses shocking public acts of sin. And succumbs to the touch of Marquis Miles Weatherfield.
Unfortunately, they’re discovered. And now, tainted by scandal, she and Miles are destined for a marriage neither of them want. But Portia makes a bargain that raises even Miles’ eyebrows.
In return for saving her mother from the asylum, Portia will do anything Miles wants in bed. Shocked by his driving desire for Portia, Miles agrees. As they explore every wicked desire, every forbidden act that pleases them, they discover something that goes far deeper than flesh. But the lies that brought them together could be the very wedge that drives them apart.
Pleasuring the Lady is the second in the Pleasure Wars series and is such a good addition. I enjoyed reading about the sensual awakening of Portia and the healing of Miles’ heart. The story takes you to places in London that society does not talk about and some even doubt they exist. A very sensual story.
Portia is considered a wallflower and is fine with what others think of her. She only wants to take care of her mother and make sure her brother does not interfere in her life.
Ava is her best friend who recently married and is very happy, she married well but her family was less than happy. Liam, her brother left soon after and she is very worried as she has not heard from him since. She believes he may be hanging out at the Donville Masquerade, a place of ill repute that no good girl from society should even know about. In one breath, Ava tells Portia that she needs to live a little and in the next breath, she talks about this place of debauchery – Portia puts the two together and visits…
She does not find Liam, but she does find Miles, Lord Weatherfield, a family friend, and he is very interested in her. She gets away before too much happens as she does not want him to know who she is. At home she finds Hammond, her brother waiting for her; he confronts her about her life and the fact she is still unmarried. She is angry at her brother but does not push him much because she is worried about what he will do to their mother.
Portia goes back to the Masquerade the next night and see Miles again, they enjoy each other’s company with more exploration but unfortunately her brother catches them and is furious. Miles of course, being the gentleman, offers marriage. She is resigned to her fate but worries about her mother so Ava suggests she bargain with Miles to help her mother. Portia will do anything in his bed if he helps keep her brother away…I do believe that she does not feel that this is much of a sacrifice as she is curious and was very interested in the things she saw at the Masquerade. Miles is intrigued and quickly agrees but says he has unusual sexual demands – and the fun begins.
Pleasuring the Lady is a wonderful historical romance with enough steam and sexual passion to heat up any room. I love Miles and Portia together as she explores her sensual side and he enjoys watching her grow, the chemistry between them is combustible as he is a wonderful teacher and she is an excellent student.
I like the author’s voice; she creates characters that have passion and heart. Portia is so likeable and I love how she grows in this story, from a wallflower to a young woman who knows what she likes and goes after it. I also like Miles, who had a hard childhood and does not believe he can love; it is endearing to watch him go through the emotions while falling in love. I did get a bit tired of her saying how grateful she was to him all the time, she was giving as much as he was.
The secondary characters are engaging, Ava would be a fun friend for anyone to have and she gives gentle pushes (well maybe not so gentle) to Portia to help her enjoy life more, it is not her fault that those suggestions get Portia into trouble. I also really like Tennille, Miles’ sister, she was so nice to
Portia, treated her as one of the family even though there was such a scandal surrounding their marriage. And although we did not see Liam in this story there are several suggestions that he is leading a very interesting life and I am excited to read more about him in the next book.
The story is well written and I enjoyed the plot, the scenes between Miles and Portia are hot and sensual as he introduces her to the many ways of pleasure. The ending is very satisfying and I will definitely be reading more from this author.
I give Pleasuring The Lady by Jess Michaels 4 stars!