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ARC Book Review-Sapphires Are An Earl’s Best Friend

Sapphires Are An Earl’s Best Friend
Jewels of the Ton (3)
Shana Galen
Sourcebooks Casablanca
E Book
Published March 2014
384 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN:  9781402269790
Authors Website

Synopsis
She Wants Him…
She Wants Him Not…

Lily Dawson, dubbed the Countess of Charm by the Prince Regent himself, plays the role of the courtesan flawlessly while her real purpose is spying in the service of the Crown. Her mission now is to seduce a duke to test his true loyalties. She’ll do it, even though the man she really wants is Andrew Booth-Payne, Earl of Darlington—the duke’s son.

Andrew is furious when he finds himself rivaling his father for Lily’s attention. When he uncovers Lily’s mission, Andrew is faced with impossible choices. It seems he is destined to betray either his family, his country, or the longings of his own heart..

My Review

Lily, ever since she was a little girl, admired her father for his profession and so she followed his footsteps and now works as a spy for the government. Lily has been called on a new mission, to seduce the Duke, Andrew’s father and find out what secrets he is hiding and if he is a traitor. She knows that she will have one obstacle, Andrew. Lily has loved Andrew for years but he has never returned the sentiment, but has always had a interest in one of her closest friend. Now she is forced to handle him so that she can gain the trust of his father even though seducing him is the last thing she wants to do. Andrew, is outraged at Lily seducing his father, when it is clear they both share a passionate desire for each other. He doesn’t understand her purpose, and doubts her real reason for coming to their estate. As Lily comes close to finding what she is looking for, she finds that there is one person she can’t let go of, a man whom she loves more fiercely than ever. But a danger lurks ahead, will Lily and Andrew be able to work together and bring down the enemy that would destroy them and England?

Sapphires Are An Earl’s Best Friend is the third in the series, and we see the last Jewel have her story. From the beginning of the story, Lily always fascinated me. She is the most mysterious of all three, and so I was very excited to read her book. Shana Galen is a favored author of mine, from her older works to her latest one, I feel like she just keeps getting better. I was given a copy of this ARC in return of a honest review from Sourcebooks and Netgalley. I was really thrilled to be able to get a chance to read this one, since I have adored every book of this series. It was very thrilling at times to get into this story, and it didn’t take much effort to get fully into it.  The story starts off with a quick pace so it really draws the reader in quickly. The chemistry between Lily and Andrew is instantaneous and boy the fireworks….I loved the tension between these two lively characters. They never let up, its just one thing after another. I felt like I was caught up in a whirlwind of emotion whenever these two souls collide. Haha. Oh boy, did I enjoy myself in this one. There was times when I felt the consistency to the story was a bit lacking, that I didn’t feel in the previous two books. Saying that however, I immensely enjoyed myself, and there was quite a bit of powerful elements to this story that made it into a winning romance of a read.

I felt like there was nothing held back and it was full blast most of the way. The characters were very engaging, and quite a few times I will admit I laughed, but then there was a couple instances where I needed a tissue, since there was some raw emotion displayed that reaches out to the reader in a very personal way. At first I didn’t know what to expect from the blurb, however as you read further into the story, you start to see complicated issues and a bit of drama. There was a hint of true depth and insight into these characters, that pull you like magnets. I felt drawn to both Lily and Andrew, and the way the author writes this story, I felt as if I could feel what they were feeling in the “moment”.The side characters were a wonderful additional spicy flavor to the story. I really liked Andrew’s sister (she was charming and like able). I did enjoy the way the story turns out, although there were a couple times I felt like I didn’t receive a couple of ‘satisfying’answers of questions that I was asking in my mind as I read this story.  And maybe that was the author’s intent, use my imagination and all that nonsense, frankly I would have preferred the answers LOL. Oh well.

Overall a stunning display of romance, suspense, thrills and anticipations, sensual desires, and the magic of true love. A story that will take you places you only can dream of. A book to enrich and captivate and is beyond memorable!!! SPARKLING GEM!!

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
When You Give A Duke A Diamond
If You Give a Rake A Ruby

Book Review-If You Give A Rake A Ruby

If You Give A Rake A Ruby
Jewels of the Ton (2)
Shana Galen
Mass Market Paperback
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published March 2013
352 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 1402269765
Authors Website

Synopsis
Her Mysterious Past Is The Best Revenge…

Fallon, the Marchioness of Mystery, is a celebrated courtesan with her finger on the pulse of high society. She’s adored by men, hated by their wives. No one knows anything about her past, and she plans to keep it that way.

Only He Can Offer Her A Dazzling Future…

Warrick Fitzhugh will do anything to protect his compatriots in the Foreign Office, including seduce Fallon, who he thinks can lead him to the deadliest crime lord in London. He knows he’s putting his life on the line…

To Warrick’s shock, Fallon is not who he thinks she is, and the secrets she’s keeping are exactly what make her his heart’s desire..

My Thoughts
If You Give A Rake A Ruby is the second installment in the Jewels of the Ton series. I have grown to greatly admire this author and the beautifully written stories she creates. This new series has surprised me, and I have to say that I could hardly wait to get my hands on this one. I was lucky enough to get a copy of this one from my local library. After reading the first one, I could wait to read Fallon’s story. I have always had a soft spot for Fallon. At first she appears to be proud and aloof, but there is so much I enjoyed about her. The story is bit of a spy story, and it got its claws in me from the beginning.

Fallon, is one the two jewels of the Ton left, after her friend Juliette’s marriage, she feels a bit envious of her happiness. Fallon has a murky past, a past that is about to catch up with her. When Warrick comes to her and confronts her, and threatens that unless she works with him, he will reveal who she really is. Fallon is shocked that she is being blackmailed, and even more surprised that Warrick was able to dig into her past as well informed as he apparently is. Warrick works for the Foreign Office as a spy, and must find the man responsible for threatening the lives of his fellow spies. He is desperate to get to the truth and destroy the danger to himself and others he has long served with. When he meets Fallon, he is astounded by her beauty and willfulness. In the beginning, his plan is to use her as bait, to get to the bottom of this mystery. But when he starts to fall in love with Fallon, his motives change, to protecting her. However her father is after them both, and only when Fallon will accept and trust in Warrick’s love, will they be able to defeat those that threaten them and those that they love.

Overall I fell in love with this latest installment of the Jewels of the Ton!! This story is about the second Jewel, Fallon, who tends to wrap around your heart from the beginning. Warrick is a bit of a rascal, which I loved about him. He has led a dangerous life, but he has a soft spot for Fallon. At first he has a bit of a rough edge, however we see the protective side of him. What I would give to have a man like him at my side, I wouldn’t fear anything. Fallon is strong willed and a fighter, but she does struggle with a bit of self doubt. As you learn where she truly comes from, you see where she has gotten her strength. There is such a passionate connection between Fallon and Warrick, this story tends to put you through a emotional ringer, but I will warn you it has a bit of a small cliffhanger, that really surprised me, and I wanted to scream “NOOOO” It can’t be over yet!!! But it was, and yet I felt fully satisfied by the end of reading it. A Tale full of adventure, mystery and drama that is bound to get you bouncing off the walls in anxiety. WELL DONE!!

My Grade 
4.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
When You Give A Duke A Diamond
Sapphires Are An Earl’s Best Friend

Book Review-When You Give A Duke A Diamond

When You Give A Duke A Diamond
Jewels Of The Ton (1)
Shana Galen
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Paperback
Published September 2012
366 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-1-4022-6973-8
Author’s Website

He had a perfectly orderly life…

William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, enjoys his punctual, securely structured life. Orderly and predictable—that’s the way he likes it. But he’s in the public eye, and the scandal sheets will make up anything to sell papers. When the gossip papers link him to Juliette, one of the most beautiful and celebrated courtesans in London, chaos doesn’t begin to describe what happens next…

Until she came along…

Juliette is nicknamed the Duchess of Dalliance and has the cream of the nobility at her beck and call. It’s disruptive to have the duke who is the biggest catch on the Marriage Mart scaring her other suitors away. Then she discovers William’s darkest secret and decides what he needs in his life is the kind of excitement only she can provide…

My Review
Summary 
William, the Duke of Pelham, is adamant in being punctual and formal at all times. That there is always a plan in advance with every detail known. William knows that it is time to marry and beget a heir, as his duty. When he arrives in London for business and to continue his courtship of the woman he plans to marry, his world is turned topsy turvy when he meets Juliette and all the drama that accompanies her. When a gossip column claims that William and Juliette are having a affair, he is outraged, since that would never EVER happen, not in his world. He plans on ignoring the gossips among the ton  and carry on as usual. Juliette is rumored to a talented and beautiful courtesan, and is part of the courtesan trio the “Jewels of the Ton”. Juliette is very well known and loves the life she lives, but when a danger threatens her she has no choice but to turn to the Duke of Pelham who needs to be taken down a peg or two, and who better to do it than herself? He has a way too obsessive and orderly life, and she wants to show him the joys of chaos…and the power of true love.

The Hero (William, 6th Duke of Pelham)
William, was raised in a environment where love and affection were thrown out the window, only to be replaced by punctuality and duty. He lost his mother at a very young age, and his father was very strict with him, he had no choice but to develop certain habits that established his current life of order  and structure. He knows his duty as the Duke of Pelham, and has never been able to forget his responsibilites until a young woman came twirling into his life and disrupting him here, and there and everywhere and he doesn’t know who he is anymore. She introduces him into a life a fun and laughter and passion. Even though he finds himself losing his heart, he knows there is no possbility of a future together….but he wants to risk everything just to hold her in his arms.

The Heroine (Juliette, known as “Duchess of Daliance”)
Juliette, grew up on a farm, where she learned to play and laugh and love. But then she discovered a path that has led her to a current life. Juliette has many secrets that she and her fellow two friends keep from the ton and keep to themselves. She has created a life for herself, a life of prestige, and the best of everything. But secretly she has been searching for love and the right man that could fill her life up with joy and peace. When she meets William, he cuts her publicly and ruins her. Now she knows she won’t be able to stay in London much longer, and that she will have to choose a different life. But when a young woman is murdered, her own life in peril and having to turn to the one person that has ruined her, she knows she is in for a challenge. As she teams up with the Duke, she introduces him to a world of life and passion but she also knows it can only be temporary since they are worlds apart.

My Thoughts 
I can’t say how much I just ADORED this book!!! I haven’t read this author for a very long time, when I saw this title at my library, I just loved the cover and the blurb and knew I had to pick it up. Boy I am so glad that I did, I would have missed out on a fantastic read that just kept me captivated for a whole afternoon. That’s right…I read it in just a few hours (that’s right…it means I really really liked it) It definitely had its swoon worthy moments, and sexy and strong but yet vulnerable characters that had me feeling totally captivated. The flow of the writing was smooth and seemed to blend in perfectly and keep the reader interested. I also loved the exciting plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering what is going to happen next. I also enjoyed the side characters as well, it added additional flavor to the story. The enriching descriptions that are so vivid in detail, this author creates a enchanting setting for any reader to admire. I just love this author’s amazing talent of making a story come to life, with witty scenes that just had me bursting out laughing at random moments, that I am sure others thought I was crazy. But I don’t care…..I LOVED it!!! Had me seduced from the very first line!!! I can’t wait to read the rest of this series, and planning on reading the rest of Galen’s books. New top favorite author!!

First Line 
Rumor held that the Prince Regent himself gave the Three Diamonds their sobriquets. 

My Favorite Quotes ( I just had to share these…the bottom one kept me laughing for so long, but chest hurt. 🙂
And then his pride bubbled to the surface, and he took three steps, caught her about the waist, and swung her around.
“Oh, now what?”
“Now this.” He lowered his mouth to hers and kissed her. He meant the kiss to prove to her that he could be spontaneous, that he was not as she painted him. But of course, as soon as he kissed her, he started wondering if this had been a mistake and if he shouldn’t just go to bed–alone–to prepare for the early morning departure.
And then she kissed him back,
Her mouth moved under his, and she made a small sound like a satisfied cat. And Will forgot all about time and mistakes and everything but the woman in his arms.

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“Jealous? Jealous? I am a duke. I do not feel jealousy.”
To his utter amazement, she put her hands to her hears ears and screamed. “”If I hear you say I am a duke one more time, I will not be responsible for my actions. Duke’s ar enot gods, Will. They are people. They make mistakes, apologize–or at least they should–and feel all sorts of emotions.”
“I suppose you are an expert on such matters.”
“I have known several dukes.”
“”Yes, and I am a duke–”
Her eyes widened, her lips pursed. “I” She shoved him. “Warned” Hard “You” Backward.
“Juliette–”
She shoved him again, and he stumbled against the lip of the tub, faltered, and fell, sloshing warm water all over the floor and soaking his clothing worse than the rain had done.
He stared up at her, water dripping in his eyes. He expected her to apologize, to look horrified, to beg his forgiveness.
Instead, she laughed.

My Grade On This Book 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In The Series 
If You Give A Rake A Ruby
Saphhires Are An Earl’s Best Friend