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Series: Jewels of the Ton #3
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on March 4, 2014
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Source: the publisher
Careful, gentlemen-there is more to this courtesan than meets the eye
What better disguise for a secret agent than that of a courtesan? Lily Dawson, dubbed the Countess of Charm, is a spy working for the Crown to uncover a traitor. Andrew Booth-Payne, Earl of Darlington, wants to hate Lily for taking up with his father, but something about Lily intrigues him. When he discovers there is more to her flirtation than greed, he knows he must help her uncover a traitor. Even if that traitor is his own father...
The third in the Jewels of the Ton series by Shana Galen, Sapphires are an Earl’s Best Friend is a fitting end to a wonderful trilogy. Not just a traditional Regency romance, it has that special brand of intrigue and suspense that I enjoyed so much about its predecessor, If You Give a Rake a Ruby.
Some have said they could come in on this book without having read the others in the series, but I implore you to read these in order. I’m not just saying this because I’m picky about reading in order – it’s because there are some aspects of this story and its development that will work just that bit better if you do. Hey, even if you aren’t as order-centric as me, Sapphires are an Earl’s Best Friend is most definitely worth reading.
So, here are my thoughts on Sapphires are an Earl’s Best Friend:
Lily is just my kind of Regency lady – bold, brave, beautiful. I loved that she has not allowed her oft-painful past to dictate how she lives her life – Lily uses her former life as motivation to help others and she is totally willing to face what is thrown at her without apology.
I think it took me a little longer to warm to Darlington, probably because of his sulkiness regarding Juliette’s decision to marry Pelham. Fear not, my readers, beneath that is a fabulous hero – stubborn and proud, yet caring and protective.
I loved that even though the attraction between Lily and Darlington was obvious, the temptation to match them up too quickly was avoided. The somewhat rollercoaster-like aspect of their relationship – the banter, the slow build, the questioning – lent it a real authenticity for me.
Regency romance is a relatively new love of mine (yes, I know I’m a latecomer to that party), but I’m also discovering how perfectly the Regency period and romantic suspense fit. While Sapphires are an Earl’s Best Friend is not as darkly suspenseful as its predecessor, the intrigue is strong and beautifully done.
I will definitely be sad to see the end of this trilogy, however it will not be the end of my reading journey with Shana Galen – not when she continues to produce these marvellous characters and engaging romances.