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The Pleasure Wars, Book 2
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.
Lady Portia has a heavy burden on her shoulders. She is trying to protect her family from the cruelty of society if anyone finds out her mother is mentally ill and from her brother who wants to commit their mother to a madhouse. Her one escape is to visit her friend Ava, the heroine from the first book in this series, who is trying to locate the whereabouts of her brother. Ava informs Portia that she thinks he may be hiding at the Donville Masquerade, curious about the things that occur there Portia decides to risk being ruined and go there herself. While there she ends up in the arms of a former friend of her brother’s, the Marques of Weatherfield, Miles. Once thoroughly compromised and on her way to the altar, Portia offers Miles a deal, he may use her body in any way he desires as long as he saves her mother from the madhouse. Miles is more than happy to take that bargain and you will enjoy reading about.
Jess Michaels has a wonderful way of writing a beautiful story and weaving it together with hot sex. This story had me laughing, crying and my mouth hanging open in shock at the surprises along the way. I couldn’t put it down until I knew what was going to happen with this wonderful characters. So looking forward to finding out what happens to Ava’s brother. Spring is not the only reason to look forward April when the 3rd in this series is available.