A Matter of Sin

The Ladies Book of Pleasures, #1

This is a wonderful historical romance that is a bit more spicy than some readers may be comfortable with. Not only do you go behind closed doors but you get bits of wisdom from the Ladies Book of Pleasures, a how to book that tells women of the ton how to discover the pleasures of their bodies and their lovers. You still get the typical rake needing to marry well in addition to several matchmaking mamas. The main female character though is anything but typical. Isabel is a young widow chaperoning a younger sister that she helped raise. She knows she’s too old to marry plus she’s barren. At the most she wants an affair. It’s refreshing not to have a simpering virgin. Fun, interesting and full of twists, this historical romance had me glued to the page and left me wanting to know what happens next. Hopefully there will be more stories and Isabel and Seth will make appearances. Ms. Michaels is a fantastic storyteller and has history coming alive.

Isabel has one more sister to marry off and then she will be free to take a lover. She doesn’t hope to marry but she really would like a lover. After finding the scandalous book, Ladies Book of Pleasures, in the library, Isabel finds herself with desires she really doesn’t have time for and fantasies about her host, Seth Rowland. Seth has inherited the family title after his older brother dies. He’s hosting a house party to meet eligible young women but none of them have captured his interest. However, Isabel has but she’s not someone he can marry. However, he can’t seem to stop himself from sharing a kiss. Now what?

Book Blurb for A Matter of Sin

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.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2014 4.50