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Dark Ruby (Dark Jewels Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1998

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Product Details

  • Series: Dark Jewels Trilogy
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Topaz; 1st Printing Stated (FNL) edition (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451407776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451407771
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,059,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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#1 NYT and USA TODAY bestselling author Lisa Jackson started writing after her sister read an article in TIME Magazine in 1981 about how young mothers were making money writing romance novels. Both Lisa and her sister, Nancy Bush, began their writing careers right then, and lo, these many years later Lisa has published seventy-five plus novels and has no plans to slow down anytime soon.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CosmicPagan on February 28, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Let me get this straight. This Lord Roderick has supposedly killed two wives when they fail to give him sons. All right. Now he's angling on Wife #3, whom he has left pure and virginal while he goes off to do whatever it was that important Welsh lords did. In a frenzy, and detecting a pattern in her husband, Lady Gwynn first drags her midwife into her chamber to check her for pregnancy (was she expecting that you-know-who was coming back). Imagine a lusty young thief beer goggling tha lady during the useless exam...and then being invited to spend three days in her bed so that she might get pregnant and pass the kid off as her husband's (assuming her husband is stupid enough to forget he's never slept with his wife). Okay, right there the book was ruined for me--Gwynn proves early on that she's too stupid (or clueless) to make a good heroine. Dark Ruby is readable, even if it isn't particularly likeable. Just be prepared to have your sense of disbelief suspended.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In 1271 Wales, Lord Roderick of Rhydd is known for killing wives who fail to leave him with an heir. His current spouse, Lady Gwynn desperately prays that she will soon give birth to a boy. Gwynn has a slight reprieve as Roderick is off fighting. When Gwynn nabs Trevin McBain hiding inside her room, she sees him as an avenue to protect her future. If he makes love to her, she will allow him to leave along with the valuable ring he was trying to steal. Trevin accepts the terms. For the next three days, they make enjoyable love even though he is shocked to learn that she was a virgin. Meanwhile Roderick is captured by his enemy.
In 1284, Roderick finally escapes and returns home. When he gazes upon his son Gareth, he immediately denounces Gwynn of cuckolding him. When he roughs Gwynn, Gareth kills him. Roderick's brother, Ian, becomes the new lord and to protect her son, Gwynn marries Ian. Trevin, who has become a Baron, wants to recognize his biological son as his heir. When Trevin and Gwynn meet for the first time in thirteen years, they realize that their teenage attraction was actually a deep abiding love. However, before they can pursue a future together, they must save Gareth from his "uncle".
When a renowned contemporary romance writer tries to enter the Medieval romance sub-genre, skeptics from both worlds abound. However, in the brilliant hands of Lisa Jackson, readers should not be shocked that the talented author facilitates such a switch without losing any of the charm of her modern tales. DARK RUBY is a well-written, action-packed novel story filled with interesting characters. The obviously multifaceted Ms. Jackson is a welcome addition to the Medieval romance book world.
Harriet Klausner
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By D. K. Stokes on December 11, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just couldn't get over the premise of this book. The heroine's married to an evil man who's killed his last two wives because they didn't give him sons.

The hero's a thief who's hiding in her room while the midwife gives her a gyn exam to see if she's pregnant yet. She's not. She demands the thief get her pregnant to save her life, otherwise she'll turn him in & he'll lose his hands if not his life... and it turns out she's a virgin.

*bashing my head repeatedly on the desk* How stupid is this heroine? Talk about TSTL--this takes the cake.

The hero's not all that great, either. Once he returns to claim his son, he despises her for making compromises to save his son's life. I guess these two morons deserve each other, not that I could see any reason for them to fall in lurrve other than the hot nookie 12 years earlier which she forced on him.
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