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Mark A. Michaels & Patricia Johnson

Partners in Passion


The definitive book on how to build and sustain incredible sex and deep emotional connection for a lifetime.

Happily married 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 proposes alternative models of long-term connection, founded on mutuality, a collaborative mindset, empathy and transparency. It features interviews with long-term couples and includes an extensive resource guide that covers everything from health to erotica, with excellent advice from many of today’s leading sexuality and relationship educators. 


  • Why communication is important but talking is overrated
  • How to balance the need for intimacy with the need for personal freedom 
  • Ways that sexual adventuring can strengthen your bond 
  • Tips to deal with discrepancies, distractions and disruptions in your sex life 
  • Ways to maintain a vibrant erotic connection throughout your lives

“It’s not every day that I learn something new about sex.” 
—Ian Kerner, PhD, New York Times bestselling 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 of Opening Up 

“With a thorough resource guide included, this book runs the gamut on sex education, and the authors’ sex-positivity, feminism and rejection of gender stereotypes makes it a welcome addition to the genre.”
Publishers Weekly 

“The most comprehensive, intelligent resource available to everyone interested in forging dynamic, joyful and sustainable intimate partnerships.” 
—Nan Wise, AASECT certified sex therapist

A graduate of NYU and Yale, MARK A MICHAELS writes for scholarly and legal publications and his plays have been produced off-Broadway. He took his first Tantra class in 1997 and gave his first lecture on the subject two years later. 

PATRICIA JOHNSON spent many years as a professional operatic soprano. In 1999, a longstanding interest in Tantra inspired her to attend a lecture by Mark Michaels, now her husband and collaborator. Since then, she and Michaels have taught and lectured throughout the world. They live in New York City.

  • Cleis Press
  • Format: 6 x 9"
  • 504 pages
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 978-1-62778-028-5

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