This is book 2 in the Pleasure Wars series. We met the heroine, Portia, in Taken by the Duke and the hero, Miles, in An Introduction to Pleasure.
Lady Portia has spent her lifetime being a wallflower. During a conversation with her best friend, Ava, Portia sees an opportunity to make her friend happy and to try something daring. Ava's "missing" brother has been seen at the Donville Masquerade in the hells. Portia will do anything to put a smile back on her friend's face, even venture into the hells.
Marquis Miles Weatherfield is instantly draw to the mysterious masked lady and draws her into conversation. Portia has known Miles almost her whole life and barely talks to him in fear of being recognized. She quickly draws herself away and disappears into the night.
Several nights have passed and Miles is hoping to see his masked lady again. Portia is determined to find the brother of her best friend and ventures to the masquerade again where she gets help from Miles after some unwanted attention from another party goer
Miles and Portia can't seem to fight their attraction for each other and end up being found in a compromising position by Portia's brother. The only way to save their reputations is to marry.
Portia is terrified that her brother will put their mother in an asylum when she gets married so she makes a deal with Miles. She will do anything that he wants to in bed in exchange for keeping her mother safe. Will their marriage become more than just a marriage in name?
I really enjoyed this story and it was nice to see Ava and Christian from Taken by the Duke again. We see Portia blossom from a wallflower to someone with confidence that finally stands up for herself. We also see the growth of Miles. He realizes that the way he grows up does not define the type of man that he becomes. As with all Jess Michaels books, this book is NOT for the faint of heart! There is lots of explicit love scenes.
Thanks go to Jess Michaels and Samhain Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.