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Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend (Jewels of the Ton) [Kindle Edition]

Shana Galen
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Praise for When You Give a Duke a Diamond:

"A thrilling ride, filled with mystery, intrigue, and romance...leaves this reader breathless with anticipation."—Fresh Fiction

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...

Praise for If You Give a Rake a Ruby:

"Full of daring and danger, this Regency romance sizzles with sexual tension...and brims with subtle humor."—Long and Short Reviews

"Sensual and sexy."—Publishers Weekly


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1073 KB
  • Print Length: 347 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 140226979X
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (4 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FG9GUHC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,998 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Booklist says, "Galen expertly entwines espionage-flavored intrigue with sizzling passion," and RT Bookreviews calls her "a grand mistress of the action/adventure subgenre." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she's up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.

Visit her website at www.shanagalen.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REVIEW - Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend 9 Mar 2014
By Rachel
Format:Mass Market Paperback
COMBINED REVIEW for THE READING CAFE 08 Mar 14

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5 of out 5 for this reader folks!

I have to say, Shana Galen is moving up my list of fave "go to", "must read" historical romance authors. I read her Lord and Lady Spy Series a while back and fell in love with her writing style and her story telling. Well once again, she blew me away with her Jewels of the Ton Series. Each novel was jammed full of adventure, mystery, danger, intrigue, one hot couple finding their way to each other, horrific villains and a secondary cast of characters that rounded out the storyline perfectly. You DO need to read this series in order as one story melts into the next, and so you can enjoy the anticipation of the storyline for the next novel. Do not deprive yourself of that experience as Shana is incredible at building the next story for her readers!

So before I go into the reviews I will give you a bit of a back story that pertains to all three! Our leading ladies of each book are acting as courtesans (they are not truly courtesans but ladies just trying to make the best out of crummy circumstances), they are also nicknamed "The Diamonds" for their beauty, charm and mystery. They are intriguing, secretive and much coveted by many a Lord in the ton. Once down on their luck individually, these three beauties were given another chance at life by a loving Count and Countess (they totally rock ..lol), came together and became true friends. They look out for one another and make no apology for the way they live their lives now!

BOOK 1 - When you Give a Duke a Diamond

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He had a perfectly orderly life...

William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, enjoys his punctual, securely structured life.
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2.0 out of 5 stars After all the waiting should have been better. 11 July 2014
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Disappointing. After all the waiting should have been better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good book 17 May 2014
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I really enjoyed this book and the way it was written. I hope she writes more in the Spy series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 6 Sep 2014
By Dee
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A good read but as with the other two books in this trilogy, it leaves a lot of loose unresolved ends which I find annoying. What about their families,son, Titus, other friends Flynn etc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sapphires are an Earl's Best Friend by Shana Galen 24 Mar 2014
By Deb@Debbie's Book Bag - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Shana Galen concludes her Jewels of the Ton series with the final book, Sapphires are an Earl's Best Friend. This series features a group of courtesans that are quite a bit more intriguing than they appear. All three are spies working for the Crown unbeknownst to the denizens of the ton. Galen does a wonderful job of including not only steamy romance, but also fast paced action and humor. The hero in this novel has a some dramatic choices to make that will keep the reader entertained and interested. Galen once again delivers an amazing Regency read!

What I liked:

Though I have not reviewed the other two books in this series, I have read them. Shana Galen has a knack for writing about the Regency era. Her research skills are obvious in every book she writes about the period. In her latest book, Sapphires are an Earl's Best Friend, readers are once again treated to a feast for the senses. They can almost see the gorgeous ball gowns, hear the swords clashing in the fight scenes and smell the sensuous aroma of chocolate. Galen's descriptions are just that precise. One of my favorite things about her writing.

Lily, known as The Countess of Charm is a lot more than meets the eye. She is a spy in the service of the Crown and now she has her eye on a traitor. She may not be a virtuous woman who has never known sin, but she uses her situation to get closer to those who might want to betray the Crown and the Duke of Ravencraft appears to be in her cross hairs. She is a tenacious character that knows how to get what she wants, but she's thrown for a loop when the Duke's son intervenes and tries to keep her from him. Andrew just might be her undoing. I loved the way Galen portrayed Lily. She knew where she fit in the realm of the Ton and she used it to her advantage. She was enterprising and she always got her man. Galen did a great job of making a woman with a bad reputation, an unlikely heroine.

Andrew was a piece of work. He isn't what his father wanted, a disappointment in some ways and he is grieving the loss of his mother. He has a lot on his mind and quite a bit he needs to be redeemed of. He is aghast when he finds out his father is taking up with a courtesan. But he doesn't expect is that he will fall for her as well as his father. What a situation. To be vying for a woman your father is interested in. That would definitely bite. I liked the fact that Andrew admires Lily despite her reputation. Once he finds out what she really is, it makes him think about his own life. In every good romance the partners each want to make each other better. And in Lily, Andrew finds a reason to be a better man. I loved that aspect of the story and thought Galen did a great job with Andrew's character development.

Andrew is faced with an ultimate decision. If is father is really the traitor that Lily is searching for, can he turn against him? Can he turn against the woman he has grown to love. That puts him in quite a mess and the way that Galen works things out, was amazing. I was on the edge of my seat throughout this novel, from the romance scenes, to the fight scenes to those moments of introspection where Andrew must come to terms with what he needs to do. Galen just keeps coming with adventure, page after page.

What I didn't like:

This book certainly had it's charms and was quite a good read, but I felt like the other two books in the series overshadowed it. The premise was excellent and it had a ton of potential. By itself I probably would have adored it. But I wanted more interaction between Lily and the other women, or perhaps a relationship with Andrew's sister, Emma. The first two books of series, made the friendships between the heroine's more important than this one did.

Bottom Line:

I liked this book a lot, though I think there were some missed opportunities. Galen does an amazing job with description in any book she writes and the dilemma of the Hero made for lots of harrowing moments. But I missed the female interaction that has characterized this series. Still an very good read though, as is any novel from this author.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do Read! 10 Mar 2014
By LAS Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Yes! Sapphires are an Earl’s Best Friend is Regency rife with romance, risks, rage, and risqué romps—perfect for a book in the Diamonds series by Shana Galen.

Lily Dawson, the Countess of Charm, is one of the Three Diamonds know in London Society as courtesans and Impures. They keep their secrets well just like Countess Sinclair taught them. They have a certain reputation yet still influence styles and manners in many ways. The other two Diamonds, Fallon and Juliette have found their happy-ever-after with men of note, but Lily continues her work as a spy for the Crown.

She uses her training well and takes the reader right along with her as she (so to speak) steps into the lion’s den to find the traitor that plots to get the elite super spies called the Diamonds in the Rough assassinated.

Lily knows her way about the mean streets of London. She’s been there and survived the worst, but at Ravenscroft Castle (the lion’s den) she is walking a tightrope as she searches for evidence, charms the disgusting old Duke of Ravenscroft, and tries to get passed her longtime love for the Earl of Darlington, the old Duke’s son. If you’ve read the two previous books in this series, you will probably remember how Lily has felt about Andrew, the Earl of Darlington, and that he only had eyes for Juliette, one of the other Diamonds.

Since I’d read the two previous books, I was eager to get to this one. Shana Galen does not disappoint. Sapphires are an Earl’s Best Friend sparkles, shimmer, and shine with intrigue, danger, suspense, humor, and LOVE.

Andrew, Earl of Darlington, has sown his wild oats in London Society, has pined over Juliette, and is now faced with his emerging feelings about Lily who has an agenda that could ruin his family name or maybe even worse—send the Crown into a rage over Andrew’s family’s activities. All at once, he has some ‘grownup’ issues to face since he will one day be Duke of Ravencroft.

When Lily and Andrew get entangled with two evil, desperate antagonists, there is breath-holding, goose bump raising action.

The sensual, caring love scenes show a new facet of both Lily and Andrew’s personalities that is new to even them. The reader gets a special vicarious experience as both the hero and heroine discover what true love is.

Shana Galen writes Regency romance with just enough setting to keep the reader grounded in the era. She creates characters that bring the history to life as they make their way through the uneasy times. Her unique, compelling writing style propels the reader along with the characters as they weave their way through twists and turns of events, both good and bad, before the hero and heroine find their happy-ever-after. Suspenseful, superb entertainment!

Originally posted at Long and Short Reviews
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Historical Adventure! 25 Mar 2014
By Barbara Elness - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the last story in the Jewels of the Ton trilogy and features Lily Dawson, known as the Countess of Charm. She’s also a well-known and acclaimed courtesan who is not what she seems, just like her two friends, Juliette and Fallon. Lily has been serving the Crown as a spy and her latest mission is to find proof that the Duke of Ravenscroft is the traitor they’ve been searching for, since she is the only one in a position to get close enough to him to accomplish the task. Unfortunately, his son is Andrew, Lord Darlington, who has his suspicions of Lily’s intentions and is determined to find out what she is really up to. Although Lily has always had tender feelings for Darlington, he has been in love with her friend Juliette, and never paid any attention to Lily. That is until they are thrown together on his father’s estate and he begins to see there is much more to Lily than he ever knew. Lily just wants to complete her mission, and Darlington is a complication she doesn’t need, although he might prove to be an ally if it wasn’t his family she was trying to implicate for treason. When the evil Lucifer finally made an appearance, I was eager to see how his treachery would finally be foiled and I wasn’t disappointed. Despite the unfortunate mistakes of her youth, Lily showed she had matured into a resourceful, capable agent and I loved that every time Andrew tried to protect her, she pushed him aside so she could do what she was trained to do. I thought this was a fitting end to the Jewels of the Ton trilogy, and look forward to more historical adventures from the very talented Shana Galen.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best one yet 9 Mar 2014
By Molly B. Laird - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A good cast that was in the previous plus some new characters. Lily has always been the charming one and not much else. The man she has always wanted still wants her friend and then she is assigned a case form the foreign office and to figure out if the man she loves father is the bad guy. You will have to read the book to find out how the story unfolds
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not my favorite 27 Mar 2014
By TracyJane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Honestly, this was a 3.5 star read for me. It took me days to finish this book a book that I would have normally finished in less than a day. It just didn't hold my attention

It was not bad and as always it was well written. But it just didn't do it for me. I am not a big fan of the storyline of the hero being in love (or rather obsessed) with someone else and the heroine being in love with him from afar.

Both Lily and Andrew are likable characters, they both have flaws and both hide behind their made up personas. The book had a lot going on - love, deception, humor, spying, secrets - it was almost too much, yet not enough. It drags on and then wraps up in a flash. It is the final book in the trilogy, but there is no epilogue, so we don't have any real closure. For instance what happens with the Earl & Countess of Sinclair? How do the other jewels fair? And for the love of God, why did everyone think Artemis was a man? Artemis is a Goddess - duh!

Shana Galen has written some awesome books and I will always buy and read her books. Unfortunately, this book will not be a keeper for me.
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