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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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Book 2 of 3 in the Jewels of the Ton Series

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Most men had one reason and one reason only for being in Fallon’s, the Marchioness of Mystery’s boudoir, but Warrick Fitzhugh is not like most men. Warrick has not come to avail himself of the professional services of London’s most infamous courtesan; Warrick needs a good thief. If Fallon doesn’t help Warrick locate Lucifer and steal back the diamonds in the rough from him, Warrick will see to it that everyone in society learns that Fallon is really former pickpocket Maggie Bayley. Fallon has worked very hard to ensure that no one except her three closest friends knows about her sordid past. Since Fallon intends to keep her past a mystery, she is left with no choice but to accept Warrick’s proposal. In the second in her Regency-set Jewel of the Ton series, Galen expertly entwines espionage-flavored intrigue with sizzling passion. The resulting fast-paced historical romance should be a hit with readers who fell in love with Celeste Bradley’s Liar’s Club and Royal Four titles. --John Charles

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"The writing is excellent and the characters are captivating. Ms. Galen delivers a steamy romance between a determined hero and a reluctant heroine. Night Owl Reviewer Top Pick, 5 Stars" - Night Owl Reviews

"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
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Product Details

  • Series: Jewels of the Ton (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402269765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402269769
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I absolutely love what Shana Galen does for historical romance. I find a lot of the genre densely written and often just carbon copies of each other with the characters' names accordingly replaced and the central conflicts modified, but her stories are always creative, amusing, and captivating to read. Last year, I reviewed and adored The Rogue Pirate's Bride and am pleased to say If You Give a Rake a Ruby is equally passionate, equally fast-paced, and equally engrossing.

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.
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This second book in Galen's Jewels of the Ton series offers readers a tiny toe dip into espionage and courtesan-ship without venturing too far from the standard titled aristocrat romance. It's a pleasant read with likeable protagonists, but not a riveting work that will hold you enthralled enough to read it in one sitting.

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.
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If You Give a Rake a Ruby is the second book in Shana Galen's Jewels of the Ton series. And just like the first book is an excellent read. Fallon, the Marchioness of Mystery has secrets, secrets that Warrick Fitzhugh wants to use to find the person responsible for the threat on his life & many others. However, as many attempts are made on their lives Warrick comes to realize that Fallon's secrets contribute to her strength & will to survive. Traits he comes to love. Fallon realizes that Warrick is not like the other gentlemen of the ton...only wanting her for her body. She realizes the huge difference in their stations (& not just that she's a famed courtesan) & is determined to not fall in love. Can Warrick convince her that she is worth more than she thinks & accept that he loves her?

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!
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COMBINED REVIEW for THE READING CAFE 08 Mar 14

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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

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He had a perfectly orderly life...

William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, enjoys his punctual, securely structured life.
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