A Measure of Deceit by Jess Michaels

December 12, 2014 Erotica, Historical Erotica, Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★★½

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A Measure of Deceit by Jess MichaelsA Measure of Deceit by Jess Michaels
Series: Ladies Book of Pleasures #3
Published by Samhain Publishing on December 9, 2014
Genres: Historical Erotica, Historical Romance
Pages: 239
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
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four-half-stars
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.

Warning: This book contains secret identities, dangerous liaisons, and a very sexy Scot.

Lady Grace Hollis, Duchess of Jameswood, has kept a scandalous secret  – she is the author of The Ladies Book of Pleasures!  She has spent years corresponding with her publisher, Connor Sheridan, and now that he has appeared on London’s social scene, she is determined to discover exactly what he knows about “the mysterious author” before he can reveal her shocking secret.  Connor has fallen in love with the witty and beguiling woman he only knows through her wordcraft and is resolute in finding her.  After the success of her first book, Connor asked the Author to write another.  But then she cuts off all contact!  Connor refuses to allow this misunderstanding come between what he knows is a mutual attraction and journeys to London to find her.  What he finds is Lady Grace Hollis –  a charming, attractive woman.  The Author herself!  Sparks fly and soon Grace and Connor are in bed together.  But then Connor begins receiving threatening letters intended for Grace that vow to reveal her true identity.

I absolutely love stories that are based on intellectual attraction, especially when complimented so well with burning physical attraction too.  A Measure of Deceit does not disappoint!  Grace and Connor entertain with quick, witty banter showcasing their sharp intelligence and when the bedroom doors close, bedsheets ignite with sultry desire.  Ms. Michaels is truly gifted with the ability to craft well-written sex scenes that are emotionally charged, inventive without being ludicrous, a few shades of kinky, and that convey the deep connection of the characters in a way that sets her books above your run-of-the-mill erotica.

Grace is a remarkably tolerate and kind woman who definitely know her own mind.  When she wants something, she goes for it and woebetide anyone who stands in her way.  She’s stubborn that way and that stubbornness gets her into trouble more than a few times.

Connor is an attractive mix of dominant and sweet.  He is self-reliant, but has a past that causes him to view the upper class as worthless and lazy.  This obviously causes some major issues with Grace that must be worked out over the course of the book.

A great finish to a fantastic series.  As always, this book has a balanced mix of romantic emotion and scorching hot erotica.  The cast of secondary characters were well-rounded and actually added to the narrative instead of being props in the background.  I’m sad to see the end of this trilogy, but eagerly await the next series from Ms. Michaels.

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