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Ecstasy Wears Emeralds [Mass Market Paperback]

Renee Bernard
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Sept. 6 2011 Jaded Gentleman (Book 3)

Like all the Jaded Gentleman, Dr. Rowan West may have his secrets, but he's done his best to forgive the ghosts of his past. Until the beautiful Miss Gayle Renshaw appears on his doorstep, jeopardizing his medical practice, his reputation, and, worst of all, his heart.


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By Hayley Cann TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
It's a shame to start reviewing such a great item with a cliché, but don't start this before you go to bed, or you will be reading all night.

The year is 1859, Gayle Renshaw has a dream, nearly an obsession, of becoming one of the first women to be admitted to the practice of medicine in England. None of the objections anyone can raise will deter her, and this is why she blackmails Dr. Rowan West into accepting her as an apprentice to stand a better chance to be enrolled in a medical school. Because she believes Rowan to be an unscrupulous villain, she expects him to defy convention, or at least for her blackmail to be easy. Driven by the need to prove herself and her ambition she forces her way inside his house despite his reluctance and his disbelief. But as they work together, she realises he is not the villain she expected, and he realises she is not as hard hearted as she lead him to believe.

One thing I liked a lot about this book is that it lets the relationship simmer for a while before turning up the heat between the characters. That only makes it more interesting when it does happen. Another interesting thing is that it dispatches the "ohnoes, I will be ruined if I stay with him overnight" at the very beginning of the book, and it's refreshing to see a female character who is ruthless in the pursuit of her objective. That was clever of Bernard. I also enjoy her fresh way to bring a lot of emotional conflict in very relatable ways. And yet the reactions of the characters also seem rooted in their time.

Despite her ruthlessness, Gayle is a good character, easy to relate for women who have a thirst for knowledge. The frustrations she goes through are well explained and her determination made evident.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Romance with a Fresh Voice Sept. 7 2011
By JohnBerten - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Readers of historical romance are about to be delighted, because Renee Bernard has just released the latest installment of her Jaded Gentlemen series, Ecstasy Wears Emeralds. This title, the third part in the series, gives us an account of Dr. Rowan West and his struggle with a young woman who appears at his doorstep one day demanding an apprenticeship. He realizes the risks to his career and reputation that such a scenario might pose, but he fails to recognize the potential danger to his heart. Miss Gayle Renshaw, the demanding and aggressive, but quite intelligent woman at the center of the novel, has a major advantage in the knowledge she keeps of Rowan's fiancee and her mysterious disappearance. Now, with the threat of blackmail hanging over his head, Rowan has no choice but to oblige the persistent young lady. Of course, Gayle might not turn out to be as heartless as she seems initially...
...Temptation is powerful, but the will to defend and protect is even greater. With the enemies of the Jaded Gentlemen closing in on them both, Rowan must figure out how to save the woman he now loves. But saving her life might mean giving her up entirely. Find out what happens to a strange and powerful new romance in Ecstasy Wears Emeralds. Bernard, best known for her historical fiction work, invites you to join her characters in mid-nineteenth century London, the setting for this story. She possesses a strong and unique voice in her writing and she portrays well-developed female characters who tend to be distinct from the more typical women in historical fiction, especially when it comes to the romance genre. Look for Bernard's Ecstasy Wears Emeralds, available in book stores now and ideal for any avid reader of sensual romance, specifically historical romance. For anyone unfamiliar with Bernard's previous work, her stories will have appeal for anyone who enjoys fiction with elements of spicy intimacy and an intriguing sense of depth.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating premise and a wonderful hero makes this an enjoyable read. Too bad the heroine isn't as likeable. Sept. 6 2011
By Bookaholics Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ecstasy Wears Emeralds by Renee Bernard
Historical Romance -Sept. 6th, 2011
4 1/2 stars

Ecstasy Wears Emeralds is the third book in the Jaded Gentlemen series, which features six young men who escaped from the dungeons in India with jewels that bring harm to them. However, this story can be easily read by itself.

Dr. Rowan West is exhausted after a call to his patient's home. With his head pounding, he just wants to go home and rest. But instead he is confronted by the beautiful Miss Gayle Renshaw who threatens to expose his past unless he takes her as an apprentice. When Gayle continue to badger him (even though it's unheard of for a woman to become a doctor in 1859), Rowan decides to show her the error of her ways and accepts her as his apprentice. He plans to work her so hard that she will quit on her own. But, the willful and highly intelligent Gayle keeps exceeding every one of his expectations. Will Rowan finally help Gayle achieve her lifelong goal and win over Gayle's heart? When a series of murder attempts on the `Jaded Gentlemen' occurs, can Rowan keep Gayle safe?

I was genuinely surprised by how easy to read and enjoyable this book is. I really liked the medical background in this novel and all the rich historical details about Rowan and Gayle's work. It's amazing to think how far the medical field has come since those days! Rowan is also the perfect male hero, sweet, considerate and yet tough when he needs to be. I like the fact that although he disagrees with the male thinking of that time, he is realistic about Gayle's prospect in the medical field and tells her very honestly. Unfortunately, Gayle is so brash and headstrong that sometimes I feel like she didn't deserve Rowan. She gets angry at every single perceived slight and even though Rowan works hard to woo her, she keeps rejecting him. I felt frustrated on Rowan's behalf and wondered if Gayle was really worth it.

Fascinating premise and a wonderful hero makes this an enjoyable read. Too bad the heroine isn't as likeable.

Reviewed by Pauline from the Bookaholics Romance Club
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting slant on historical romance that makes a nice change to the usual Dukes, débutantes and balls Sept. 27 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Miss Gayle Renshaw is a very determined young woman. She wants to be a doctor and black mails Dr Rowan West into taking her on as his apprentice. Rowan does his best to put her off because he knows she'll never be accepted by the medical establishment. But slowly he begins to respect her commitment to her dream and recognise her talent. Meanwhile, Gayle begins to question her own knowledge of Rowan. Instead of an evil man responsible for her cousin's death, she sees him as a caring and responsible doctor. Slowly they fall in love but Gayle is determined to fulfil her dream and not be distracted by her attraction to Rowan. And Rowan gets caught up in a dangerous plot that threatens their lives. You'll have to read the book to find out if they ever over come these barriers to their love.

I really enjoyed this book - I think it is the best of the "Jaded" series. I loved the very different slant on historical romance that gave us a look into the world of medicine in early Victorian times. I enjoyed Gayle's persistent character and loved Rowan, who is a real sweetie. The love affair was emotional and sexy. So why, do you ask, have I given the book 4 stars instead of 5? The reason is that I didn't enjoy the murder aspect of the plot. To my mind, it distracted from the development of the love affair and added little to the story. Spoiler: I also felt Gayle was left up in the air....we never found out if she went on to be a doctor. I would have liked less emphasis on dastardly dealings and more time spent on the development of Gayle as a doctor and the relationship between Rowan and Gayle as she grows into the role. A great read but not quite a keeper for me.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb Victorian romance Sept. 7 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In 1859 in London, Gayle Renshaw wants to become a doctor but females are not accepted as trainees. She extorts Dr. Rowan West to accept her as his apprentice-assistant or she will expose secrets of his that will destroy his practice. He had originally thought she was a man when they corresponded but reluctantly agrees to train her in return for her silence over the matter of the death of his fiancée.

Rowan plans to run off the feisty female by overwhelming her with work and study as he treats her like he would a male assistant. Instead of driving her out of the city as he refuses to ease off of her because of gender, she thrives. Soon Rowan respects his diligent conscientious assistant while she admires his treatment of her as if she was a man. However, she is also attracted to her mentor and him to her. When his enemies threaten his beloved Gayle, he tries to drive her away, but she is even more obstinate than when they first met as now she is a woman in love.

The third Jaded Gentleman Victorian romance (see Revenge Wears Rubies and Seduction Wears Sapphires) is a superb historical that showcases a suffragette pursing her professional ambition while falling in love. Rowan is ahead of his times as he treats her as if she is a male apprentice; that is until his admiration turns to attraction and desire. Gayle walks the thin line between career goals and love. Fans will enjoy this deep, still timely today, nineteenth century romance as the mentor and the mentee find respect and love.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hot March 1 2014
By AJ in DC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am new to this author. I am pretty pleased with her intelligent and fiercely independent heroines - like this one - and the hot sex scenes. also, I like that characters are well developed and the storylines aren't too silly or predictable.
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