Review: An Education in Pleasure by Eva Leigh

Posted September 16, 2022 by Stephanie in 4 Stars, Historical Romance, Review / 6 Comments

Title: An Education in Pleasure
Author: Eva Leigh
Publication: October 23, 2021
Find it on: Amazon
Genre: Historical Romance
Rating: 4/5★

As a governess to the Duke of Tarrington, Cecilia Holme resigns herself to a passionless life. Except now the old duke is dead and Owen, the new duke, is very tempting—and much younger.

Is the chance to give Owen an education in pleasure too enticing to refuse?

“Leigh’s governess story is adroit in its handling of power dynamics, undoing any issues of consent or power as skillfully as her duke unbuttons a gown.” —Entertainment Weekly

Note: An Education in Pleasure was originally published in the Duke I’d Like to F… anthology.

“I didn’t want an education in pleasure for any other woman, Cecilia. I wanted to learn how to please you.”

An Education in Pleasure is my third book by Eva Leigh that I have read and I’ve yet to be disappointed by this author. She has definitely become an author I’m always gonna look forward to reading her latest books. This story was a shorter one (around 134 pages) because it was originally published in an anthology. But even though this was a story that wasn’t very long it still had a lot of depth, and of course there were the many sensual and sexy scenes that I already knew to expect from Eva Leigh.

So this story is a reverse age gap romance and probably the best one I’ve read so far. It features 30 year-old governess Cecilia and the 21 year-old new duke Owen. Owen’s father unexpectedly passed away two weeks ago so as heir he had to leave his studies at Oxford to take on his ducal duties. Cecilia is the governess of Owen’s two little sisters and is a good teacher to them. When Owen returns to Tarrington House after burrying his father they both can’t deny the attraction to each other and since Owen isn’t very experienced in the world of pleasure, Cecilia is more than happy to teach him a thing or two.

There was much to love in this book. I loved Cecilia and Owen’s nine year age gap since it’s usually the other way around. I loved how she taught him all about pleasure and how he was a very willing student. I loved how Cecilia made Owen have more confidence as a man and a new duke. And I loved how much Owen respected Cecilia. And needless to say the sex scenes were hot as hell so very steamy.

I also really liked how the story wasn’t too dramatic and with not many misgivings. There was a little conflict and friction but nothing too major, which I was very greatful for. Sometimes you just wanna read some smut with little angst and this is exactly what Eva Leigh did with An Education in Pleasure



About the author:

Eva Leigh is a USA Today romance author who has always loved romance. She writes novels chock-full of determined women and men who are here for it. She enjoys baking, spending too much time on the Internet, and listening to music from the ’80s. Eva and her husband, author Nico Rosso, live in Central California.

She can be contacted at EvaLeighAuthor (at)

Eva is represented by Deidre Knight of the Knight Agency. For inquiries, contact Deidre at

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