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Product Details

  • Series: The Hope Diamond Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425272079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425272077
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sexy and sparkling with wit, The Gentleman Jewel Thief overflows with adventure, suspense, and fast-paced action. Jessica Peterson is a fresh, new voice in historical romance."-- Shana Galen, author of The Spy Wore Blue

"Deliciously fun! What a lovely, witty book - I can't wait to see what Jessica Peterson does next!"--Kate Noble, author of If I Fall

About the Author

Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years. Having found solace in the likes of Rhett Butler and Mr. Darcy, it wasn’t long before she began creating tall, dark, and handsome heroes of her own.

A graduate of Duke University, Jessica worked in investment banking before leaving to pursue her writerly dreams. She lives with her husband, the tall, dark, and handsome Mr. Peterson, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

More About the Author

Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years. Having found solace in the likes of Rhett Butler and Mr. Darcy, it wasn't long before she began creating tall, dark, and handsome heroes of her own.

A graduate of Duke University, Jessica worked at an investment bank before leaving to pursue her writerly dreams. She lives with her husband, the tall, dark, and handsome Mr. Peterson, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Customer Reviews

Worked out the whole story by end of 2nd chapter.
Jean Bates
I look forward to Ms. Peterson's next book--if she continues in this manner, she'll definitely be on my automatic buy list!
Pamela Light
The personalities of the characters were engaging too though I found Lady Violet hard to believe.
Sophia Rose

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Martishius on August 15, 2014
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Sorry Jessica. Before you introduce the king and the whole "hope" diamond, your characters have to make sense. The heroine in this story was not only inconsistent, she was downright annoying. (The reader can almost tell where the author took a break from writing and then later sat down with a new attitude about the characters.) We're repeatedly told how intelligent she is, yet she isn't smart enough to foresee that ratting out her sweetheart will cause trouble for him. Acrobatic midgets? "Despoiling" the 22 year-old beautiful, brilliant independent, heroine-virgin on the kitchen table? geesh. And the hero steals, just for fun? Give me a break. Fun romp? Hardly. More like: annoying mess. (But I've read worse, thus I saved the one-star rating.)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Light on July 4, 2014
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Wow! This book was so much fun and a nice surprise. I had never heard of Ms. Peterson before and, as it turns out, this is her debut novel. The whole premise of the story is a great deal of fun and, in fact, verges on being a bit over the top sometimes. The dramatic scene on the boat wavered between ridiculous and confusing.
But the characters were great. I particularly liked the hero, Earl of Harclay, who finally met his match and was finally able to admit it. Violet, the heroine, definitely was his perfect match, though she seemed to have a harder time realizing it. (Why didn't she understand all her family concerns could be solved if she just married the Earl). The real strength of this book, however, is in the writing--fast-paced, hilarious, it took you on quite a journey without giving you much time to think. I look forward to Ms. Peterson's next book--if she continues in this manner, she'll definitely be on my automatic buy list!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jean Bates on July 21, 2014
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Boringly predictable! Worked out the whole story by end of 2nd chapter. Failed to connect with the main characters & the suspense built up....was a resounding flatline. Zzzzzzz
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary @ *Buried Under Romance* on July 7, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
~Originally posted and reviewed for Buried Under Romance blog~

The Gentleman Jewel Thief by Jessica Peterson is the first book in the new series: The Hope Diamond Trilogy and I was very disappointed. As much as I wanted to finish this book, I just couldn't. The premise was promising: bored gentleman steals a diamond just for the heck of it and gets attracted to the woman wearing the diamond who had a vested interest in the diamonds loss. Very interesting, right? Wrong!

I really had problems with the whole story. I did not like the hero, William at all. His reason for stealing the diamond was just too superficial for me to understand. His actions towards the heroine, Lady Violet were just selfish bordering on "jerky" (if there is such a word)! He also abducted Violet at the start for his own selfish reasons and did nothing to redeem himself in my opinion. This is one of the reasons I couldn't continue reading.

This quote showed the hero's lack of thought to the lady's reputation that did not sit well with me.

Again Harclay cleared his throat. "Yes, yes of course. Just working outwore in my house you might stay the night most comfortably."
"Spend the night!" she cried, the look of horror on her face so extreme it made Harclay laugh. "But you can't be serious! I may dance the waltz, Lord Harclay, and have a taste for stiff punch, but I do have a care for my reputation. If it is discovered I stayed unchaperoned at your house, I'll be ruined, and so will my family, my cousin Sophia-"

I usually don't have any problems with abductions (hero abducting the heroine without a care for society and resulting to the ruination of the heroine) but this did not set well with me.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steph TD on July 1, 2014
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Galley provided by publisher for review purposes on my blog from which this is adapted. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own unless otherwise noted.

I really loved this one after the first few pages. It’s a brilliant debut. With capers reminiscent of a Three Musketeers movie, magnetic attraction, hot hook ups and some life lessons handed down to the characters, this tale captured my interest. It was very, shall we say, stimulating. Peterson’s writing is intelligent, appropriately descriptive, and passionate with some beautifully written love scenes. Some things, like wine stained lips, were weirdly described as sexy.

There was one action scene on a boat I had difficulty understanding, but I generally find fights and battles elusive to my grasp.

I loved the author’s note at the end discussing the historical realities of the diamond in question, the French Bleu which was recut into the Hope Diamond of Taylor/Burton fame.

I thought the characters were interesting. I liked Violet, but found her behaviors, interior monologues and actions incongruous.
Harclay is really wealthy, and it is hard to comprehend his actions in light of his wealth. The dialogue is witty and the earl is a real charmer. The story line about the item going missing is on the edge of being too far fetched, but in the way of romance novels, you won’t really care.

But, I really loved this book, although not its cover. I highly recommend it to people who like steamy and fast paced, fantastic Regency romance! Sign me up for the second in the series!
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