Dec 4 2014 9:30am

First Look: Jess Michaels’s A Measure of Deceit (December 9, 2014)

Jess Michaels
A Measure of Deceit
Samhain Publishing / December 9, 2014 / $5.50, digital

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.


“You told me your rank means nothing in this space,” he said, his voice soft as a caress and his accent hypnotic. “And it won’t. If you want me, Grace, then submit to me and all the pleasure I can give. No arguments, none of that legendary control. Just let me take you.“

A Measure of Deceit is the third book in the Ladies’ Book of Pleasure series by Jess Michaels. Each can be read as a standalone but to truly appreciate the mystery, read the whole series— they’re actually very fun reads. The series centers around three women who are close friends. A book has taken society by storm, The Ladies’ Book of Pleasure, and it has greatly influenced the lives of these three, Grace, Jacinda and Isabel.

Jess Michaels finishes the series with the strongest and the mother hen of the three, Lady Grace Hollis, Duchess of Jameswood. Grace is an enigma. In the previous two novels, she was portrayed as an extremely strong, independent, untouchable woman who has utmost control in all things. In A Measure of Deceit, a very different side of Grace is shown. Her meddling ways have resulted in two very successful, happy marriages for her friends. Now, she feels as though she’s an outsider in their lives because of her single, widow status. Her world is turned upside down when Connor Sheridan walks into the Regency ballrooms.

Connor Sheridan, a brilliant, alpha Scot, is the publisher of the notorious Ladies’ Book of Pleasure. Grace carries a big secret in regards to the book, and is shocked to see Connor out in society. Michaels shows us a completely new side of Grace. She’s still an extrovert who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, but we see her vulnerability. Focusing on the other side of the coin, Michaels is able to show us both sides of Grace without sacrificing her independence.

Connor and Grace have a relationship that is marred with secrets. Each carry a burden and they must learn to trust. Connor has always hated the Lords and Ladies of the Ton and is surprised to find there are actually decent people among them. Grace intrigues him as they start off on the wrong foot; Grace, through her cold exterior, comes off as a bit judgmental. Their signals are crossed and the journey to uncover these truths includes hot, passionate affairs. Connor is extremely dominant and Grace, surprisingly, has no qualms about being submissive to Connor.

As Connor and Grace get closer and closer, it gets harder to keep all her secrets. She is usually the one to give advice and is at a loss when she requires it. Because of her background, it is hard to seek comfort and advice from others. Isabel and Jacinda have been trying to knock down those walls but its Connor that finally gets them down.

Grace’ story is filled with more suspense and intrigue than the previous two novels. Especially as there is a sinister character lurking in the background. It’s a fast-paced glimpse into the ballrooms of this society. Grace is a feisty, funny heroine and I was so excited to read her happy ending.


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Jessica spends her time daydreaming about a life within the pages of her favorite books, hoping to meet her own alpha male in an amazing meet cute. Living in Miami, she breaks the stereotype of the tanned appearance; being the palest amongst her friends takes a lot of work and it's all owed to the aforementioned books. She works all day but dreams of the day she can get paid to devour romance books all day and night. An avid reader since she could sound out words, you can find her reviewing at where she lets her reading freak flag fly!

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Hayley Hogan
1. Hayley Hogan
Thanks for sharing this great insight into the introvert-extrovert dynamic. I recently shared my own experiences regarding the perils / pleasures of an extroverted partner. Let's just hope he forgives me!
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