Ecstasy Wears Emeralds
Jaded Gentleman--Book 3
By Renee Bernard
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: September 6, 2011
It was a strange slice of heaven sprinkled with a little bit of hell. The freedom to learn the forbidden sciences and arts of medicine, to have at her fingertips all the answers she had craved to all the endless questions in her mind. She’d sacrificed her future and her reputation to achieve her hardscrabble hold on this chance—and it was more than she’d hoped for so far.
Dr. Rowan West is an excellent and well-liked doctor, but his life hasn’t always been full of roses. He was once engaged and after taking an educational research journey to India (which landed him in a dungeon and tortured), he returned to learn that his fiancée died while he was gone. The only good that came out of his imprisonment in India during the Troubles was meeting the men he now calls his best friends, the Jaded. When a young woman shows up at his home one evening pleading with him to teach her all about being a physician, Rowan dislikes the idea. He’s looking out for her reputation and ultimately his own as well. After all, it wouldn’t look good for his practice if others in the medical field, who are so against women learning anything, much less becoming a doctor, discover that he is teaching one. But she is insistent and he eventually gives in, hoping that once she sees how much work is involved she will change her mind. But, she never does. In fact, she works hard and does very well. Rowan comes to appreciate her and begins to wonder what it would be like if Gayle was more than just his assistant...more like a partner.
And I thought of Gayle, working and practicing medicine with me. What would that be like—to have the spheres of your working life and your family life blended to coexist?
When the Jaded receive a note demanding that one of them “surrender the sacred treasure or your numbers will be diminished”, they realize that someone knows about their past in India. Rowan wants to protect Gayle and the only way to do so is by letting her go. But can he and his friends figure out specifically what the mystery person wants before time runs out?
Ecstasy Wears Emeralds is a terrific addition to Bernard’s Jaded Gentleman series set in Victorian England. I am really enjoying this series—it gets better and better with each book! As for Dr. Rowan West, I absolutely love him. He is strong and intelligent and everything that is good in a hero. Plus, he has a wonderful bedside manner. :) Despite the fact that Gayle pestered him into teaching her, Rowan remains patient and kind with her.
“Why are you so...kind to me? You needn’t be. I mean, I don’t expect you to be kind, Dr. West.”
“Perhaps that’s why.”
Sigh. I love to watch a man who is always so controlled come apart for the right woman. And Gayle is the perfect woman for him. I adored her, too. Even though she “blackmailed” him, it wasn’t done with malicious intent. She simply wants to be a physician that desperately. I really admired her determination. She and Rowan worked so well together and the attraction between them was potent. Furthermore, I thoroughly enjoyed their sexy anatomy lesson. *g*
The immediate villain is pretty easy to figure out, but the overall mystery thread is still ongoing and I assume it will be solved by the end of the series. The fact that it isn’t solved doesn’t take away from the individual stories as each stand completely on their own. It certainly makes me want to read more...now! Unfortunately, we will have to wait until May for the next installment (Passion Wears Pearls), but in the meantime, treat yourself to the first three gems in this delightful series—Revenge Wears Rubies, Seduction Wears Sapphires, and Ecstasy Wears Emeralds!
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