Mistress of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle

Erotic fiction is not a genre I usually go for.  But this book is hugely enjoyable and good fun.

Maybelle de Maitenon has always believed that she must never fall in love or give her heart to anybody.  The grand-daughter of a famous French courtesan (and having to live with the reputation which that fact brings with it), she has grown up believing that to fall in love would mean giving up her independence and opening herself up to misery.  But then she meets Edmund Worthington, Duke of Rutherford, a man whose own family’s reputation has been dragged down in recent years.  The attraction between Maybelle and Edmund is instant, but while she simply wants a fling, things end up getting far more complicated than she had intended.  Maybelle’s grandmother has opened a school of gallantry – where she teaches men how to pleasure their partners.  But when her grandmother is taken ill, Maybelle finds herself having to reluctantly take over the teaching at the school.  Edmund enrols at the school, and things get rather steamy!

There are several funny moments in this book, and certainly plenty of very steamy moments!  Edmund and Maybelle are both very likeable characters, but also both very human and fallible.  I found myself getting frustrated at their behaviour, while at the same time understanding exactly how and why they behaved in certain ways.

It’s not a ‘deep’ book; there is no profound message here.  But there is plenty of fun and laughter to be had, and it is certainly a great read (and occasionally made me get a bit hot under the collar)!  I am hoping that this is not the last we will see from Delilah Marvelle, and if she writes any more books, I will certainly be reading them.

I would definitely recommend this one!

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