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Passion Wears Pearls (Jaded Gentleman) Mass Market Paperback – March 6, 2012

4.4 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
Book 4 of 6 in the Jaded Gentleman Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Jaded Gentleman (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425247945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425247945
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,064,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the fourth book in the Jaded Gentlemen series and, as always, Ms Bernard captivated me with her authentic story, intriguing characters, witty dialogue and sensual romance.

Josiah Hastings has one wish before his eyesight finally fails – to paint a masterpiece that will bring him immortality – but he has found “nothing to stir his soul” and give him the impetus to paint. He has become guarded and reclusive and his pride prevents him from admitting that his eyesight is failing even to his closest friends, the fellow Jaded. Only Dr. Rowan West manages to wheedle the truth out of him but, as a physician, he is sworn to secrecy. When Josiah rescues Miss Eleanor Beckett from being kidnapped and worse, he knows he has found his muse.

In a world of fog and fleeting shadows that haunted his vision, she was color. A living, breathing pillar of all his senses longed for – a muse of beauty that defied science and logic.
Orphaned and penniless, Eleanor Beckett is forced to take a job as a seamstress in Madame Claremont’s dress shop. She suffers the harsh conditions and long hours because the work is at least considered respectable for someone in her position. Respectability is the one thing she values above all else. However, events threaten that very respectability when she is rescued from a would-be kidnapping and assault by Josiah Hastings – a painter who offers her a huge amount of money if she will sit for a painting. It means a life she once knew…one of security and comfort…too tempting to refuse but Eleanor will have the last word.

“I’m not taking off my…” She swallowed hard, unsure of how a person delicately addressed the subject of nudity with such a man.
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This is such a fun series to read. The stories continue as the next "jaded" gentleman (and artist) Josiah Hastings meets up with Miss Eleanor Beckett by rescuing her from an apparent kidnapping. Left destitute by her parents' death, Miss Beckett agrees to be his model for what he believes to be his last painting. Delightfully, the romance carefully and slowly blooms between the two. As in the previous books is the ever-present evil that shadows all the jaded gentlemen and has interrupted and threatened each of their lives and prevents Josiah from moving forward with Eleanor. Again, well-wrought characters, perfect pitch settings and dialogue and the gritty reality of mid-1800's England puts me right into the book and holds me to the end. Highly recommended for any who fancies historical England and a fine HEA.
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All my worries about being sucked into an emotionally draining plot with an almost blind hero and a penniless heroine fell away within the first couple of chapters to be replaced with warm fuzzies by the end of this well-written romance.

A quick story recap followed by what I did and didn't like below:

Josiah Hastings is an artist needing inspiration to capture one last masterpiece before his eyesight fails him completely. He finds his muse in Eleanor Beckett as she is being forced into a man's carriage on a street corner. He rescues her from the man, from her scheming employer and landlady, and helps her find respectable living arrangements all in a day. He realizes that the color she has so unexpectedly brought into his life must be captured in paints before his sight succumbs to shadows. Josiah then proposes a business arrangement to Eleanor - a large amount of money in exchange for her modeling for his painting.

Eleanor Beckett was orphaned and reduced to poverty from riches as a result thereof. Her father had wanted her to be a lady in every way, so she strives to be as respectable as possible in her life, her occupation and in her etiquette. When she is kicked out of her job for refusing a male "patron", she is sure she will end up on the streets. Her morals and her immediate need for financial security clash with Josiah Hastings proposal. Practicality wins as she realizes her job prospects without a reference are bleak.

The rest of the book is about their developing relationship as the painting progresses. There is also some action from Josiah's group of friends, The Jaded, that were imprisoned and escaped from India together with treasure.

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5 Kisses, 1 1/2 Peppers (M/F, oral sex, wax play)

Eleanor Beckett's parents are dead and she's barely making ends meet as a seamstress at Madame Claremont's dress shop. Her treatment there is deplorable, but she has little choice. She has nowhere else to go, and her survival depends on making a respectable living.

Josiah Hastings is an artist and a member of a group of men known as the Jaded. They were imprisoned and barely managed to escape with their lives and a handful of jewels that are worth a small fortune. Now their lives are in danger again as they're hunted and in danger from the jewels' owners. But Josiah has another lasting physical consequence of his imprisonment; he's losing his eyesight.

Josiah rescues Eleanor from being kidnapped and raped, and then champions her when her ruthless pimp of an employer and landlady kick her out in the street. When he sees her, he doesn't ever want to stop looking. To his failing eyes, Eleanor is beauty and vivid color in a world that is becoming increasingly gray due to his failing eyesight. He knows he has finally found his elusive muse, but doesn't want to scare her right after her assault. But he can't let the opportunity slip by, and he asks her to model for him. In exchange, he'll pay her an exorbitant fee, and he promises he won't do anything inappropriate. Normally, Eleanor would never have considered posing for an artist. It isn't a proper thing for a respectable young lady to do. But while she's wary of Josiah's proposition, he does seem like a nice man--especially after saving her from certain ruin--and his promise of compensation would allow her to live her life independently and without financial stress.
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