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Author: Jess Michaels

Jess Michaels began writing full-time in 1999 after being encouraged by her husband to follow her dream. In 2003, she sold her first novella to Red Sage Press, an erotic historical romance about an Egyptian tomb and a very sexy curse. Since then she has published (or has contracted to publish by the end of 2013) 37 novels and novellas under three different pen names with several major publishers, small presses and via self-publishing. Her erotic historical romances have been national bestsellers and won awards from booksellers and readers.

In 2011, she and her husband moved to Tucson, AZ. There she enjoys hiking in the beautiful desert, spending time with her nephews, designing jewelry (which you can buy here), reading and spending time with her awesome husband and cats.

Jess Michaels writes historical romance as Jenna Petersen.

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A Measure of Deceit - The Ladies Book of Pleasures 3

A Measure of Deceit
  • Number: B06XJYK2J1
  • Release: 2017-03-11
  • Author: Jess Michaels
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * SPICY: HOT Romance, * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: The Passionate Pen
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The third shocking book in The Ladies Book of Pleasures series by USA Today Bestselling Historical Romance Author Jess Michaels

The Ladies Book of Pleasures, now credited with two marriages and countless other affairs and liaisons, has Society all aflutter. The one person not benefitting from its scandalous advice? The author herself. From the safety of her anonymity, Lady Grace Hollis, Duchess of Jameswood, enjoys the blissful results of her handiwork-and pretends she does not miss the passionate proclivities she penned. But when her handsome editor begins making the rounds of Society parties, she wonders how long her secret will be safe.

Connor Sheridan wants-needs-to know the answer to the one burning question on everyone's lips: the mystery writer's identity. And it's not just because their correspondence, delivered via untraceable couriers, has made him smile, frown, or imagine her engaged in erotic escapades-with him. Other letters have begun landing on his desk, letters written by a decidedly unfriendly hand. And though it may threaten her reputation, the safest place for her could very well be his arms. Whether she likes it or not.


A Matter of Sin - The Ladies Book of Pleasures, #1

A Matter of Sin
  • Stars
  • Number: B06XJVNCN8
  • Release: 2017-03-10
  • Author: Jess Michaels
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * SPICY: HOT Romance, * Rom: Historical, #FirstInaSeries
  • Publisher: The Passionate Pen
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The first steamy book in The Ladies Book of Pleasures series by USA Today Bestselling Historical Romance Author Jess Michaels

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-gossiped-about Ladies Book of Pleasures in his library.

When Seth Rowland, Marquis Lyndham, notices his book is missing, his interest is piqued as to which of the potential young brides at his party has absconded with it-and he's shocked to discover it's Isabel. Though older than the women he'd planned to court, the powerful beauty exudes a sensuality he cannot ignore. The book inspires them to begin a desperate, passionate affair. But their time together is running out and they must choose. Follow society's rules, or take a chance at love.


A Moment of Passion - The Ladies Book of Pleasures 2

A Moment of Passion
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: B06XJX3GGM
  • Release: 2017-03-10
  • Author: Jess Michaels
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * SPICY: HOT Romance, * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: The Passionate Pen
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A lady in the ballroom…a lover in the bedroom.

The Ladies Book of Pleasures, Book 2

When Lady Jacinda unwraps a scandalous birthday gift, she’s sure the anonymous giver is playing a cruel joke. The Ladies Book of Pleasures may be responsible for one gossiped-about marriage, but for a lady ruined by a rogue and shunned by society, Jacinda is doomed to a lonely, loveless future.

Worse, as she pages through the volume of passionate promises, she is observed by the wicked and dangerous Duke of Carnthorn—and now he is stalking her as a possible willing victim of his shocking preferences.

Jason, Earl of Northfield, is having none of it. Jacinda, keeper of his most painful secret, is a friend he will not abandon to a wolf like Carnthorn. As they embark on a pretend courtship—for her own protection, of course—their proper decorum in public melts into wicked passion in the bedroom.

But even as real feelings begin to develop between them, Carnthorn is watching. He is not convinced. And he is determined to possess Jacinda, no matter whom he has to destroy…

Warning: This book contains friends turning to lovers, a highly erotic secret affair and a wicked villain who will destroy what he cannot have.


Beautiful Distraction - The Pleasure Wars, #4

Beautiful Distraction
  • Number: 9781619221741
  • Release: 2014-06-24
  • Author: Jess Michaels
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * SPICY: HOT Romance, * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Can true love begin with a lie?

It has been a particularly trying day for Olivia Cranfield. Despite her impeccable manners, stylish clothing and posh accent, another protector has detected her lowborn status and rejected her out of hand.

When fellow courtesan Violet invites her to come to Bath to help with the wicked seduction of the scarred, reclusive Earl of Windbury, Olivia jumps at the offer, eager for some excitement and a change of scenery.

The moment Malcolm Graham lays eyes on the delectable woman lurking in the bathhouse alley, he knows she’s a decoy to keep him busy while her friend seduces the earl inside. For a moment, he allows her to play her game…but one touch, and all he can think about is ending the two years of self-denial he’s endured in the name of friendship.

Instant attraction quickly turns into a decidedly erotic affair that makes Olivia question all she’s ever known about passion. But when the truth behind Violet’s assignment comes to light, betrayal threatens to bring everything they’ve built crashing down around Olivia’s broken heart.

Warning: This book overlaps with Beauty and the Earl, so some passages may seem familiar to readers of both. Contains a lady lying for a good cause, a gentleman as loyal to his friends as he is passionate in the bedchamber, and a steamy affair that will change them both forever.


Beauty and the Earl - The Pleasure Wars 3

Beauty and the Earl
  • Stars
  • Number: 9781619213432
  • Release: 2014-04-15
  • Author: Jess Michaels
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * SPICY: HOT Romance
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Desire as essential as breath…deception as fragile as sanity.

The Pleasure Wars, Book 3

Liam, the Earl of Windbury, had everything when he held his secret lover in his arms. Until a feud between their families left her dead, his body broken, and his sister married to his bitterest enemy.

Wracked with guilt, simmering with rage, he’s spent a year in seclusion, seeing no one except a few servants as he does his best to forget the past and patently refuses to think about any kind of future.

When courtesan Violet Milford enters Liam’s lair, she’s on a secret mission to gather information for Liam’s desperate sister, who fears for his sanity, even his life. What she finds is a man scarred inside and out, whose dark, controlling sensuality hides the kind, wounded man within.

Violet awakens a sexual desire more powerful than Liam has ever known, and her stories weave a spell that begins to work its way past his defenses. But when the truth inevitably comes out, it could well destroy the love that is saving them both.

Warning: This book features a sexually experienced woman who will use every trick in her book to save a man from himself.


Her Perfect Match - Mistress Matchmaker, Book 3

Her Perfect Match
  • Stars
  • Number: 9781619211186
  • Release: 2013-03-05
  • Author: Jess Michaels
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * SPICY: HOT Romance, * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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She will do anything for him…except surrender.

Vivien Manning, the notorious Mistress Matchmaker, is tired. Tired of the parties, tired of the lovers, tired of being her. So she decides to leave London behind once and for all and start a whole new life.

But before she goes, she must tie up some loose ends, and makes a list that includes a man she’s never been fully able to let go—Benedict Greystone.

Benedict was broken when Vivien broke off their affair years ago. When she comes back into his life...and his bed…he isn't certain of anything except the power of their desire.

But as Vivien moves closer to disappearing forever, both of them begin to question if the past can be overcome and if love might be the one loose end that cannot be neatly tied up.

Warning: This book contains scenes of a powerful woman, unafraid of her sexuality, trying to find her way in the world. There is a brief scene of a threesome M/F/M and then one woman falling madly in love with one man. Proceed with caution, a fan and tissues.


Taken by the Duke - The Pleasure Wars 1

Taken by the Duke
  • Stars
  • Number: 9781619213401
  • Release: 2013-07-02
  • Author: Jess Michaels
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * SPICY: HOT Romance, * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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An eye for an eye, a sin for a sin…

The Pleasure Wars, Book 1

Amid all the lies and scandals that fuel Society’s gossip mill, one truth has stood out: House Rothcastle and House Windbury have always hated each other.

Lady Ava Windbury prays the feud will someday end, to no avail. One dreadful night, her brother accidentally causes the death of Christian Rothcastle’s sister, a tragedy that leaves both men maimed.

Consumed by grief, Christian makes a grim decision. He will kidnap Lady Ava so that her family will feel the pain of loss as keenly as he feels the loss of his own sister. But once he has Ava in his clutches, desire takes unexpected hold. Even more surprising, she willingly surrenders to his every sexual whim—after haggling over the terms of giving up her virginity.

Too late, he realizes she is using her body for peace, not war. But just as their affair of revenges turns into an affair of the heart, the past rears its ugly head to take matters into its own hands…

Warning: This book contains scenes of erotic seduction, sexual revenge and the healing power of love.


Pleasuring the Lady - The Pleasure Wars, Book 2

Pleasuring the Lady
  • Stars
  • Number: B00DWGFFBI
  • Release: 2013-11-19
  • Author: Jess Michaels
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * SPICY: HOT Romance, * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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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’s 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.

Warning: This book contains wicked encounters, erotic voyeurism, lies, a brief threesome, and unexpected kindnesses.


Taken by the Duke - The Pleasure Wars, Book 1

Taken by the Duke
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: B00BNDPQVG
  • Release: 2013-07-02
  • Author: Jess Michaels
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * SPICY: HOT Romance, * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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An eye for an eye, a sin for a sin…

Amid all the lies and scandals that fuel Society’s gossip mill, one truth has stood out: House Rothcastle and House Windbury have always hated each other.

Lady Ava Windbury prays the feud will someday end, to no avail. One dreadful night, her brother accidentally causes the death of Christian Rothcastle’s sister, a tragedy that leaves both men maimed.

Consumed by grief, Christian makes a grim decision. He will kidnap Lady Ava so that her family will feel the pain of loss as keenly as he feels the loss of his own sister. But once he has Ava in his clutches, desire takes unexpected hold. Even more surprising, she willingly surrenders to his every sexual whim—after haggling over the terms of giving up her virginity.

Too late, he realizes she is using her body for peace, not war. But just as their affair of revenges turns into an affair of the heart, the past rears its ugly head to take matters into its own hands…

Warning: This book contains scenes of erotic seduction, sexual revenge and the healing power of love.


For Desire Alone - Mistress Matchmaker #2

For Desire Alone
  • Stars
  • Number: B009AZ3IB4
  • Release: 2012-11-06
  • Author: Jess Michaels
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * SPICY: HOT Romance, * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Behind their passion lurks a dark truth that could destroy their love.

Mistress Matchmaker, Book 2

A mistress should never be foolish enough to fall in love with her protector, nor trust him with her financial future. Mariah Desmond did both, and now her dearly departed protector has left her with nothing.

Forced to seek another protector, she’s determined that this time, she’ll lead with her survival instinct—not her heart. But when she attends one of Vivien Manning’s infamous parties, the familiar face of her late lover’s best friend throws her for a loop.

A painful past taught John Rycroft that he’s not fit to be anyone’s knight in shining armor. His soft spot—make that a hard spot—for Mariah is precisely why he’s kept his distance. Yet the sight of her flirting with a bevy of men vying to become her next lover makes something inside him snap.

As John hauls her bodily away from her suitors, Mariah’s indignation melts away in the heat of the sizzling sexual chemistry. She quickly finds it isn’t easy to navigate John’s stormy emotional waters. Especially when his abusive father’s quest to get his son back under his thumb puts her life in danger.

Warning: Contains intensely sexy scenes of two people falling into bed (a lot) and in love.


An Introduction to Pleasure - Mistress Matchmaker, Book 1

An Introduction to Pleasure
  • Stars
  • Number: 9781619211261
  • Release: 2012-06-19
  • Author: Jess Michaels
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * SPICY: HOT Romance, * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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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.

Warning: Includes training in all kinds of sexual positions and delights, as well as an emotional romance. May produce swooning.


Seven Nights

Seven Nights
  • Stars
  • Number: B004XWBBHM
  • Release: 2011-04-24
  • Author: Jess Michaels
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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Five years ago Leah Prescott left her fiancé Sean Dalton’s ring on their kitchen table with only a note of goodbye. Now a travel writer, she has just penned a scathing report on the false promise of fantasy resorts and the entire travel industry wants her head. She gets roped into spending a week at the newest of these kinds of resorts, only to find her former fiancé is the owner. Now trapped on an exotic island for seven nights with a man she loved and left, Leah is bombarded by his erotic fantasies designed just for her, surrounded by his presence…. and left wondering if there could be a second chance for first love.


Nothing Denied

Nothing Denied
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780061657726
  • Release: 2010-02-02
  • Author: Jess Michaels
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * SPICY: HOT Romance, * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
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Shrewish Beatrice Albright is beginning to realize that her difficult nature has consequences. As her seventh unsuccessful Season begins, her younger sister is taken under the wing of her elder sisters and the invitations have dried up. Terrified she’ll be forced into old maidenhood and the company of her mother, she vows to find a groom by Season’s end. Even if he is suspected of murder.

The Marquis of Highcroft, Gareth Berenger is just as shunned as Beatrice since he is thought to have murdered his first wife. But when she demands they wed since no one else wants them, he isn’t sure. Gareth is a man of intense sexual desires and dominant predilections and he’s already seen the consequences if his partner cannot accept them. He proposes instead a trial affair. If Beatrice can handle his sexuality, then they will marry. But as much as Beatrice is drawn in my Gareth’s sensual and shocking seduction, she is also afraid to trust and surrender fully. And there are darker forces sworn to keep them apart and they will use violence to take Beatrice from Gareth.


A Red Hot Valentine's Day - Holiday Anthology

A Red Hot Valentine's Day
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780061689390
  • Release: 01/06/2009
  • Authors: Jess Michaels, Jackie Kessler, Megan Hart, Lacy Danes
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * SPICY: HOT Romance, Collections & Anthologies
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
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A RED HOT VALENTINE’S DAY includes the following stories: “Get There” by Megan Hart, “Hell Is Where The Heart Is” by Jackie Kessler, “By Valentine’s Day” by Jess Michaels and “Torn Desires” by Lacy Danes.

A Red Hot Valentine’s Day — Better than a box of chocolates…

Cupid Is Hot To Trot!

One fateful weekend at a country estate, a beautiful, well-bred widow is caught between a rock and a very hard place when she must choose between two deliciously irresistible lovers…in Lacy Danes’s seductive tale of courtship a la mode, Torn Desires.

Long-Distance lovers Edie and Ty are counting the hours until their scorching Valentine’s Day reunion, each titillating the other with steamy letters describing their erotic journeys. And getting there is definitely half the fun in Megan Hart’s wickedly wild Get There.

Eternal damnation has its perks—especially for a voluptuous succubus who is about to receive a very special, very hot Valentines Day “gift” from her demon lover…in Jackie Kessler’s ode to paranormal passion, Hell Is Where The Heart Is.

London’s most irresistible rake has one week to prevent the woman he loves from marrying another. And he plans to do so by adeptly employing his most well practiced arts—seduction…sensation…and erotic love— in Jess Michaels’s sumptuous feast of juicy Regency romance, By Valentines Day.


Something Reckless - Trade Size

Something Reckless
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780061283970
  • Release: Out Now
  • Author: Jess Michaels
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * SPICY: HOT Romance
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
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After witnessing a shocking scene and experiencing a disastrous marriage, somehow Penelope Norman has become a voice of those fighting against the shocking sensual excess of the Upper Ten Thousand. And Jeremy Vaughn, Duke of Kilgrath has just secretly been chosen to silence her. The Duke believes he can seduce the pretty little hypocrite into ceasing her troubling talk… or at least put her in a position to blackmail her. So he pretends to be on her side by day in order to expose her to the erotic lifestyle he’s been leading, and by night he writes her erotic letters and visits her bed as a masked lover to school her in all the sinful activities she’s so afraid of. But the closer they become, the more Penelope wants both Jeremy and her mystery lover. And the more Jeremy begins to realize that the frustrating and utterly tempting Penelope has the upper hand in every game they’re playing. Especially the ones of the heart.


Everything Forbidden - Jess Michaels - aka - Jenna Petersen

Everything Forbidden
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780061283949
  • Release: Out Now
  • Author: Jess Michaels
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * SPICY: HOT Romance
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
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Country miss Miranda Albright has secretly watched her wicked neighbor, Ethan Hamon, the Earl of Rothschild, as he 'entertained' lovers on the grounds of his country estate for three summers. But after her father dies and the family falls into financial peril, Miranda is driven to strike a bargain with the Earl. He will play financial and social host for a Season for each of her three younger sisters... in exchange for three months of sin with her. Miranda has always ached for the passion she’s spied upon, but she knows Ethan is the kind of man who could steal her heart, as well as claim her body. And falling in love with a man who admits she is nothing but a game to him could be the most dangerous and forbidden seduction of all.