Partners In Passion

A Guide to Great Sex, Emotional Intimacy, and Long-Term Love

Partners in Passion
Partners in Passion by Patricia Johnson and Mark Michaels The definitive book on how to build and sustain incredible sex and deep emotional connection for a lifetime.

Partners in Passion themselves, authors Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson provide readers with a fun step-by-step guide to creating a lasting, loving, erotic relationship. Partners in Passion is highly original and provocative, drawing on a variety of sources: cutting-edge science, psychology, the authors’ background in Tantra, and their personal experiences. It features interviews with couples from diverse backgrounds, relationship styles, and orientations and includes an extensive resource guide that covers everything from health to erotica to the best in contemporary sex education.

Partners in Passion:

A Guide to Great Sex, Emotional Intimacy, and Long-Term Love
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Praise for Partners in Passion

“Other than our need and desire to eat, sex is what we crave the most. It’s what drives us. It needs to be fun and varied. Religion, politics, government intrusion, imposed morals, have all tried to suck the fun out of sex. Partners in Passion puts the fun back! It’s a comprehensive and insightful guide for people who take their sex play seriously and are committed to leaving the bedroom with smiles on their faces. Even I can learn a few things from this fascinating book.” – Larry Flynt

“Patricia and Mark don’t only write about being partners in passion; they are partners in passion. Drawing on their background in Tantra, their own long-term relationship, and the wisdom of other happy couples, Michaels and Johnson know just what it takes to keep things sparkling, sizzling and sexy. Their book is an absolute must if you are in a relationship or hope to be.” – Jamye Waxman, sex educator and author Hot Sex: Over 200 Things to Try Tonight and Getting Off: A Woman’s Guide to Masturbation

“Partners in Passion by Michaels and Johnson is the most comprehensive compendium on sexuality to date. Erudite yet accessible, this book covers all the bases. Much more than just a guidebook to getting it on, Partners in Passion touches on many fields in sexology, including history, spirituality, anatomy and physiology, cultural constructions, gender differences, psychology, law, politics, art and anthropology. An excellent book for college students who want a well-rounded text on sexuality, for partners engaging in the enhancement of their sexualities, or for those who are just curious about the messy complexities of human sexuality. This is a book for the whole family.” – Dr. Winston Wilde, sexologist, sex therapist, marriage therapist, author of Legacies of Love, Doctor of Human Sexuality, sex educator.

“This book is an absolute must read for everyone on this earth as we are all sexual beings, many of us trying to navigate relationships which can be complicated and difficult. I love Patricia and Mark’s gentle guidance on how to improve the communication in your relationship. The frank way they discuss taboo subjects is inspiring and informative. If you wonder where the spark went in your love life, pick up Partners In Passion to find your way back to a loving relationship with yourself and your partner.” – Jennifer Landa, MD, Ob/Gyn,Hormone Specialist and author of The Sex Drive Solution for Women

“Speaking as both a Certified Sex Therapist and a sex neuroscientist, I am awed by the magnificence of Partners in Passion, which is truly the most comprehensive, intelligent resource available to everyone interested in forging dynamic, joyful, and sustainable intimate partnerships. The authors thoroughly address the biological, psychological, and social aspects of relationship in a nonjudgmental, wise, and literate manner that instructs and inspires. Their rigor and scholarly attention to detail is impressive. Those seeking to create conscious, loving partnerships will find a compendium of concrete tools and resources in this important book. I will be encouraging clients, students, and colleagues to share this work. Bravo!”
– Nan Wise, Ph.D. candidate
Cognitive Neuroscience, Rutgers-Psychology
Certified Sex Therapist, AASECT
Fellow, The American Psychotherapy Association
Fellow, The National Board for Clinical Hypnotherapists
Board Certified Diplomate, The American Board of Examiners in Social Work

“Partners in Passion is bursting with practical suggestions and sage guidance which will help couples become more sexually fulfilled, more intimate, and more fully human.” — Felice Newman, author of The Whole Lesbian Sex Book: A Passionate Guide for All of Us

“Partners in Passion is an outrageous, courageous and much NEEDED endeavor. Michaels and Johnson distill the collective erotic wisdom of the ages, rewrite it with their own unique wit and generosity, and offer it back to us as a true gift! Their book raises the erotic consciousness and ushers in a new erotic paradigm for sexual relationships – such that all other erotic instructional manuals are merely supplemental. Read Partners in Passion first!” – Jennifer Pritchett, founder and owner of The Smitten Kitten, MN

“Creating an amazing sex life means more than learning some new tricks for pleasuring a partner. You also need to know how to have an amazing relationship- with yourself, with a partner, and with your sexuality. Partners in Passion is full of tools and ideas to make that happen, no matter what your relationship history or sexual preferences. Patricia Johnson and Mark Michaels have done a fantastic job of offering compassionate advice and clear steps to building the kind of relationship that can support and contain the sex life you deserve.” –Dr. Charlie Glickman, author of Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure

“Partners in Passion is the perfect title because Mark and Patricia are just that – passionate about each other and passionate in their commitment to explore human sexuality together. They share how they have created and maintained a deepening erotic connection through their joint explorations of sexuality.” – Betty A. Dodson, Artist, Author and Ph.D. Sexologist,

“At last! The new Holy Grail for how to sustain sexual fire and keep loving passion alive. The authors reveal the truths about ecstatic and joyful sexual expression–debunking common myths, providing understanding about sexual energy flow, while offering refreshing, sound and sensitive guidance for couples seeking to thrive over time. I love this book.” – Dr. Patti Britton, Clinical Sexologist & Sex Coach, author of The Art of Sex Coaching and Co-Founder of

“Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson are the authors of some of my favorite sexuality books, and in Partners in Passion they have taken their unique approach to intimacy to a whole new level. In this book they offer a truly complete approach to sex, pleasure, emotional intimacy, and relationship building skills. Patricia and Mark have always made their readers feel welcome, safe, and appreciated. Their engaging and respectful style is evident in this book and is sure to help readers get the most from the valuable knowledge they provide in Partners in Passion. While many books give cheap ideas for short term relationship improvement or a single creative night of sexy fun, Partners in Passion is dedicated to helping readers co-create lasting change in their love lives. From foundational information on anatomy and pleasure to confronting toxic relationship myths, every reader is sure to find important insights to use both right away and for years to come. Partners in Passion also includes several important chapters on advanced sexual practices, such as exploring kink, opening your relationship, and venturing into tantra and neo-tantra. By combining foundational as well as higher level concepts, readers will be able to grow with this book and find content that is likely to meet their relationship right where it is. I look forward to recommending Partners in Passion to my clients!” – Dr. Ruth Neustifter, Author of The Nice Girl’s Guide to Talking Dirty, Assistant Professor and Sexuality Educator, Ontario, Canada

“From how to talk about sex to Tantra to kink, whatever your relationship might need for staying vibrant is here. This is a book that you and your partner will keep reading for decades, enriching your relationship with new information, new ideas, new ways of relating and communicating. I am astounded by how much ground Michaels and Johnson cover, and always with a warm style and positive approach.” – Joan Price, author of Naked At Our Age

“Partners in Passion is the smartest and most comprehensive book on partner sex and erotic relationships available today. Bravo, Mark and Patricia! I love this book.” – Barbara Carrellas, author of Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex For The Twenty-First Century and Ecstasy is Necessary

“Partners in Passion comes straight from the heart. Use this book as a gourmet guide to trust, touch, and ongoing adventures of discovery in the vast playing fields of loving relationship.” – Gina Ogden, PhD, LMFT, author of Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy and The Return of Desire.

“These two passionate partners have done it again! Partners in Passion ought to be the graduate’s gift, the newlywed’s gift, your lover’s holiday surprise and the birthday present for your best friend’s 50th, too! Not only will you find intelligent, heartfelt information on many ideas and sexual concepts, your eyes will be opened to some of the myths that hold us back from fully finding pleasure and true intimacy. This is a grand blend of neuroscience, the most advanced thinking on relationship and sexuality education and practices – every lover’s library needs one!” – Suzie Heumann, founder of

“Partners in Passion is a contemporary sexuality book for both the novice and sexually experienced. The authors’ practical and casual manner makes it easy to follow and appreciate the many topics ranging from sexual adventuring, safer sex, designer relationships to sexual communication, desire discrepancy, and aging. Reading it is like talking to a big brother or sister about all aspects of sexuality!” – Sally Valentine, PhD, FAACS, LCSW, AASECT Certified Supervisor and Sex Therapist

“It’s not every day that I learn something new about sex; the chapter on Tantra is amongst the best introductions to the topic I’ve ever come across” – Ian Kerner, PhD, NY Times best-selling author of She Comes First.

“Gifted teachers and writers, Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson challenge conventional wisdom and offer bold, fresh strategies for real connection and intimacy in long-term relationships.” —Tristan Taormino, author, Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships

“Finally, a smart, sexy and practical sex and relationship book! Mark and Patricia meld their knowledge of tantra and alternative sexuality with accessible, practical techniques for building (or rebuilding) passion in long term relationships. If you’re a long term monogamous couple looking to increase your connection or you’re thinking about adding kink or openness to your relationship in a way that’s healthy and caring, this book gives you the tools to build the relationship you crave.” – Jacq Jones, sex educator & owner of Sugar in Baltimore, MD

“Partners in Passion is not only a sensible, compassionate, readable book; it is the best book I have ever read about the varieties of love and physical/emotional intimacy. The authors explain why basing marriage on the falling in love experience is a poor idea. They expose the common cultural myths that wreck so many contemporary relationships. They include sensible health advice minus the scare factor. They successfully synthesize Western and Far Eastern views about passion. This book is must reading for all people, young and old, of whatever sexual persuasion and culture, who are on relationship adventures seeking fulfilling intimacy and passionate partnership. My clients will benefit hugely from reading it.” – Alice Kahn Ladas, Ed.D, co-author of the NY Times best seller, The G Spot and Other Discoveries About Human Sexuality, co-author Women and Bioenergetic Analysis, lic. psychologist, NM and NY, sexual and marital therapist.

“Many secrets to keeping things hot can be found in Partners in Passion. Michaels and Johnson remind us that you’ll never know if you like something unless you try it. After over a decade of marriage, we discovered new and wonderful ways to explore our love.” – Luc Wylder and Alexandra Silk, AVN, XRCO & Legends of Erotica Hall of Famers

“Written with emphasis on the kindness, trust, and presence that are required in any healthy relationship, Partners in Passion illustrates delightful depths of insight, providing practical solutions to the very real issues that kill the passion and love in so many partnerships. Every couple needs to read this book!” – Mikaya Heart, author of The Ultimate Guide to Orgasm For Women