Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend
by Shana Galen

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She Wants Him...She Wants Him Not...

Lily Dawson, dubbed the Countess of Charm by the Prince Regent himself, plays the role of the courtesan flawlessly while her real purpose is spying in the service of the Crown.  Read more...

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More About Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend by Shana Galen

She Wants Him...She Wants Him Not...

Lily Dawson, dubbed the Countess of Charm by the Prince Regent himself, plays the role of the courtesan flawlessly while her real purpose is spying in the service of the Crown. Her mission now is to seduce a duke to test his true loyalties. She'll do it, even though the man she really wants is Andrew Booth-Payne, Earl of Darlington-the duke's son.

Andrew is furious when he finds himself rivaling his father for Lily's attention. When he uncovers Lily's mission, Andrew is faced with impossible choices. It seems he is destined to betray either his family, his country, or the longings of his own heart...

The third book in a sparkling Regency romance trilogy from acclaimed author Shana Galen following a glittering trio of celebrated courtesans whose fortunes depend on the ton believing the rumors about their mysterious lives.

Jewels of a Ton Trilogy:
When You Give a Duke a Diamond (Book 1)
If You Give a Rake a Ruby (Book 2)
Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend (Book 3)

Praise for Shana Galen:
"Full of daring and danger, this Regency romance sizzles with sexual tension...and brims with subtle humor."-Long and Short Reviews
"Sensual and sexy."-Publishers Weekly
"A thrilling ride, filled with mystery, intrigue, and romance...leaves this reader breathless with anticipation."-Fresh Fiction

  • ISBN-13: 9781402269790
  • ISBN-10: 140226979X
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
  • Publish Date: March 2014
  • Page Count: 340
  • Dimensions: 1 x 4.25 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.38 pounds

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Books > Fiction > Romance - Regency

Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-01-20
  • Reviewer: Staff

Galen’s third and final Jewels of the Ton Regency romance (after 2013’s If You Give a Rake a Ruby) will mostly appeal to series fans. Lily Dawson is the Countess of Charm, a notorious courtesan. She’s also a spy for the Foreign Office, assigned to seduce the Duke of Ravenscroft and find out whether he’s a traitor. Lily has secretly been in love with Andrew Booth-Payne, the Earl of Darlington, for years, but he only notices her when she begins flirting with his father, the duke. Andrew’s interference quickly changes to welcome kisses, leaving Lily to walk a careful line between two amorous men while she races an unscrupulous spy-killer to the evidence she needs. The plot moves along and there are a few interesting turns, but despite some solid chemistry, the unsympathetic characters and thin veneer of menace make this story the weakest of the set. Agent: Joanna MacKenzie, Browne & Miller Literary Associates. (Mar.)

BookPage Reviews

Undercover lover

In Shana Galen’s Sapphires Are an Earl’s Best Friend, Lily Dawson, the celebrated “Countess of Charm,” is known as a beautiful and experienced courtesan. In reality, she works for the Crown, tasked with uncovering the identity of the person behind a plot to an assassinate Britain’s most talented spies. Lily’s mission takes her to the household of a duke, and she’s willing to do what she must to learn his secrets . . . until the duke’s son, Andrew Booth-Payne, the Earl of Darlington, gets in her way. Lily loves Andrew, but he’s always been interested in her best friend. Now in close proximity to the intriguing and mysterious Lily, Andrew finds he can’t resist her. As he begins to suspect she isn’t the practiced lover she pretends to be, he wonders about her true agenda. When he discovers the truth, he feels betrayed. But will they survive in order to deal with it? Complex characters and tender emotion round out an action-filled story.


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