Monday, 17 March 2014

Sapphires are an Earl's best friend - Shana Galen

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 thoughts:
Lily is a courtesan...but not really. She is a spy for the Crown and she has also been taught by the Countess of Sinclair to sort of be a courtesan. Her reputation is forever in the gutter but at least her body is clean. She knows she can be charming, but she also know she is not as pretty as the two other famous courtesans (previous books). Also she has been in love with an earl called Andrew for ages.

Andrew is the son of a duke. A duke who wants Lily. A duke who just lost his duchess. So Andrew is not happy, but who can blame him. Sure he is a bit mad at Lily at times then but again, who can blame him? 

These two had great chemistry. She had once pined for him, he had pined for her friend. Now they argue and you know I love a good banter.

There is also the mystery part when Lily needs to find out if the Duke is a traitor. So it will get a bit suspenseful in the end, and of course these two will argue and get a bit passionate too.

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Mass Market Paperback, 324 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Jewels of the Ton #3
Historical romance
For review

59 comments:

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

I just adore spy stories, especially historical. It creeps me out a bit that the father and the son want the same woman, though. :)
Great review.

Blodeuedd said...

It was a bit euww, but hey can't blame them

Unknown said...

I do love good banter! Lily and Andrew have some complicated relationship stuff to work out, but it sounds like fun to watch them sort through it. Great review!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

I love the mystery and spy aspect!

Anachronist said...

Either you are a whore or you are not. Next please! ;p

Mishel said...

Lol @ anachronist.

I might have to check out the first book in the series.

zEmfIrKa said...

Sounds fun! Do you think it can be read as stand-alone?

(Sorry been MIA a bit - busy week. *Waves*)

BookaholicCat said...

I'm not sure about this one. I think I'll pass.

Unknown said...

Oooh a sexy spy story, quite interesting!

Anonymous said...

This does sound interesting, but I agree with Victoria, can this be read as a stand-alone? Glad you enjoyed it!

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

fun a sexy courtesan as a spy! Love that! I want to read this!

Nise' said...

Looking forward to Lily's story.

Blodeuedd said...

I always like a good banter and these two sure do it well

Blodeuedd said...

I sure liked it

Blodeuedd said...

Not then ;)

Blodeuedd said...

She is grumpy ;)

Blodeuedd said...

It can as I have not read book 2 but did read book 1

Blodeuedd said...

Happens

Blodeuedd said...

I do like my spies

Blodeuedd said...

:)

Blodeuedd said...

It was sure different but it makes sense, they see a lot

Blodeuedd said...

Yes it the answer :)

The Bookworm said...

This sounds fun and I do enjoy good banter too.

Chris said...

At least Monday's out of the way...

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Looks like a good historical romance. Love the color of that dress too.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Good chemistry and good banter? I'm in!!

Melliane said...

I like the sound of this one. It's rare to have a spy girl as heroine in historical romances. I need to try this author!

Blodeuedd said...

Only 4 days left then

Blodeuedd said...

It's always amusing to read about

Blodeuedd said...

I want it

Blodeuedd said...

:D

Blodeuedd said...

Mostly the guy but Galen always mixes it up and uses both

Unknown said...

I, like everyone else, love spy stories too ;) Toss in good chemistry and banter, and I'm in. I've got a new HR author to check out!

Carole Rae said...

Very interesting! Mainly in books like these the men get to be the spies. ^.^

Jenny said...

Yay spies! I like the sound of this one, it's going on the list for sure:)

zEmfIrKa said...

Cool! :)

Darlene said...

This sounds ok but not too exciting. I like the cover though - the color anyway.

Audra said...

I really liked Galen's True Spies -- it was cute and sweet -- so I'll have to get this one.

Aurian said...

Lovely review B, thank you. One day I will read her books.

Blodeuedd said...

She has more spies so check them out :D

Blodeuedd said...

So true, good for her to get to be one then too

Blodeuedd said...

Spies are awesome ;=)

Blodeuedd said...

Great blue, loving it

Blodeuedd said...

Though them not knowing felt a bit silly

Blodeuedd said...

:)

Unknown said...

I love this cover and I do want to give this book a whirl

Book of Secrets said...

Ohhh, the father and son had a thing of Lily. That could be awkward!

Sharlene said...

I have this whole series on my list! Thanks for the review!

Blodeuedd said...

It was amusing

Blodeuedd said...

Haha, oh YES

Blodeuedd said...

I hope you get to read it one day :)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

I wish I had time to try a few of these historical reads out. :)

Blodeuedd said...

They are fun

Marg said...

I read an earlier series by Galen and really liked it but have lost track of her books a bit! Need to get back to them.

Blodeuedd said...

The....spy series?

Marg said...

The Brothers of the Revolution series.

Teddyree said...

Great chemistry ... I'm in!

Blodeuedd said...

Oh yes, I think I read only like one from that one

Blodeuedd said...

;)

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