Ecstasy Wears Emeralds Mass Market Paperback – Sep 6 2011
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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.Read more ›
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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
...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.
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.
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.