Cleis Press

Partners in Passion: Guide to Great Sex, Emotional Intimacy + Long-Term Love

  • Not just another sexual guidebook, Partners in Passion is a unique, thorough, controversial, and life-changing approach for couples who long to create and sustain a deep, intimate bond. Most of us long for an intimate relationship, and though texting and emailing throughout the day may keep us superficially connected and feeling momentarily sexy, it ultimately cannot create the kind of intimacy necessary to sustain a deep, fulfilling and lasting partnership.

    With insight and clarity, Michaels and Johnson explore:

    A radically original perspective on what it means to be in a pair-bonded relationship

    Why communication is important but talking is overrated

    Why you shouldn't "work" on your relationship but should tend to it as a living entity instead

    Why unconscious monogamy can be damaging and why monogamy of any kind is not necessarily the cornerstone of a healthy relationship

    How to balance the need for intimacy with the need for personal freedom

    How sexual adventuring can strengthen your bond

    How kink can be a tool for building intimacy

    How to deal with discrepancies, distractions, and disruptions

    How to maintain a vibrant erotic connection throughout your lives