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If You Give a Rake a Ruby (Jewels of the Ton) Mass Market Paperback – March 5, 2013
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"An incredibly addicting read, and a pretty steamy romance. " - Book Whore
"Galen is at the top of her game... Galen is a grand mistress of the action/adventure subgenre. 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick of the Month!" - RT Book Reviews
"Engrossing and fun. Shana Galen is known for her fast-pasted Regencies, and she scores again with If You Give a Rake a Ruby." - Historical Novel Review
"A brilliant historical romance!" - Imagine a World
"Galen expertly entwines espionage-flavored intrigue with sizzling passion. " - Booklist
"If you GIve a Rake a Ruby took me to a place beyond love. Shana Galen has done it again." - Not Just a One Night Stand
"Galen always seems to find the human qualities in her characters that will have you on an emotional roller coaster. " - Gourmonde Girl
" Galen writes an intricate dance between the ballrooms of the ton and the life lead by the damned." - Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy
"This spine-tingling romance will thrill readers as they are swept into another race to find the identity of a killer... a wonderful read!" - Readaholics Anonymous
Top Customer Reviews
True to form, Galen acquaints readers with unconventional characters: Warrick Fitzhugh, the rebellious son of an earl who was disowned after choosing to go fight during the French Revolution and still is suffering mental post-war ailments, and Fallon, an exotic, exquisite courtesan with an unnameable past. Warrick works for the Queen and finds his way to Fallon's bed--literally--because he knows she has information regarding the murder of a fellow spy, and he'll go to any lengths to find out who or what is threatening the country. Upon meeting Fallon, Warrick immediately has a prevailing respect for her, which is something she receives little of from anyone else. And this respect is what shapes their relationship and forms a mutual understanding.
The characters are fresh and enticing. They aren't cookie-cutter characters; they have depth, concerns, flaws, R-E-A-L emotions and hopes and fears, and that's what made me love them so much. Fallon and Warrick's dynamic is both hilarious and red-hot. They both recognize in each other, a desire to be understood, a desire to have someone to whom they can whisper all their secrets and dreams.
Fallon is lovable and could be your best friend. Fiercely impulsive, dangerously cunning, and all-around awesome, she basically kicks everyone's ass in the novel.Read more ›
The jewel theme is sparingly used, but makes for an easy marketing tool by the author and publisher. In Book 1, the H/h were chasing after diamonds (When You Give a Duke a Diamond) which turn out to be code for undercover spies that are being assassinated. Book 2 (If You Give a Rake a Ruby) reveals that whoever is masterminding the killings is using three large rubies as the bounty, but this fact comes in the last 150 pages of the book in an anticlimactic delivery by one of several antagonists.
The heroine's profession as a courtesan is more a gimmick than anything of importance to the story. The book opens with the heroine at home with a lord who expects to have sex with her, but she ends up beating him up and with the help of her giant butler, kicks him out of the home. That is the closest Galen comes to delving into the demi-monde. The other courtesan-like scenes are very tame and could have been written about any society miss, reputable or disreputable, involving attending balls and men hovering around her while she is exquisitely dressed.
The hero is a tad more interesting. He is a retired government spy (sort of) who is on a mission to figure out who is selling out fellow covert spies to the highest bidder. Somehow he discovers the heroine's true identity and her link to the man he is after. He blackmails her into helping him seek out his quarry by threatening ruination of her standing as one of the Ton's most sought after courtesans.Read more ›
A sign of a good writer is one who can draw you into the story. Shana Galen is just that. By the end of If You Give a Rake a Ruby I am soooo ready to read Sapphires are an Earl's Best Friend!
5 of out 5 for this reader folks!
I have to say, Shana Galen is moving up my list of fave "go to", "must read" historical romance authors. I read her Lord and Lady Spy Series a while back and fell in love with her writing style and her story telling. Well once again, she blew me away with her Jewels of the Ton Series. Each novel was jammed full of adventure, mystery, danger, intrigue, one hot couple finding their way to each other, horrific villains and a secondary cast of characters that rounded out the storyline perfectly. You DO need to read this series in order as one story melts into the next, and so you can enjoy the anticipation of the storyline for the next novel. Do not deprive yourself of that experience as Shana is incredible at building the next story for her readers!
So before I go into the reviews I will give you a bit of a back story that pertains to all three! Our leading ladies of each book are acting as courtesans (they are not truly courtesans but ladies just trying to make the best out of crummy circumstances), they are also nicknamed "The Diamonds" for their beauty, charm and mystery. They are intriguing, secretive and much coveted by many a Lord in the ton. Once down on their luck individually, these three beauties were given another chance at life by a loving Count and Countess (they totally rock ..lol), came together and became true friends. They look out for one another and make no apology for the way they live their lives now!
BOOK 1 - When you Give a Duke a Diamond
He had a perfectly orderly life...
William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, enjoys his punctual, securely structured life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Second book in the series....second favorite.
The Diamonds series by Shana Galen is a fun one. Read more
Fallon, also known as The Marchioness of Mystery, must deal with danger, her past and a spy with post traumatic stress. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Donna F
I throughly enjoyed this book. THE characters were brilliant . I would definitely recommend others to read this and all other books from Shana Galen .
4 incredible stars!
I really enjoyed this story. The banter between the hero and heroine was great. Read more
The book, If You Give a Rake a Ruby, is an easy reading, relaxing story. One you can put aside and go back to it when you have time. Read morePublished 22 months ago by lovereading
Enjoyed the continuing saga of the "ladies". At last a hero not so impossibly handsome.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not often in historical romance do you see characters quite like the ones in Shana Galen’s latest work. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Roz @ My Written Romance
I really enjoyed this book and kind of bummed that I waited so long to read. I loved the tension and chemistry between Warrick and Fallon. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Ramblings From This Chick Blog