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A Precious Jewel #2020

A Precious Jewel BONUS This edition contains an excerpt from Mary Balogh s The Secret Mistress New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh weaves a sensuous spell of romance that brings together the unlikeliest pair

  • Title: A Precious Jewel
  • Author: Mary Balogh
  • ISBN: 9780451176196
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • A Precious Jewel By Mary Balogh, BONUS This edition contains an excerpt from Mary Balogh s The Secret Mistress New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh weaves a sensuous spell of romance that brings together the unlikeliest pair of lovers in the unlikeliest place of all an infamous London house of pleasure She was unlike any woman he d ever met in the ton or the demimonde But Sir Gerald StaplBONUS This edition contains an excerpt from Mary Balogh s The Secret Mistress.New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh weaves a sensuous spell of romance that brings together the unlikeliest pair of lovers in the unlikeliest place of all an infamous London house of pleasure She was unlike any woman he d ever met in the ton or the demimonde But Sir Gerald Stapleton frequented Mrs Blyth s euphemistically dubbed finishing school for pure, uncomplicated pleasure and nothing else So why was this confirmed bachelor so thoroughly captivated by one woman in particular Why did he find himself wondering how such a rare jewel of grace, beauty, and refinement as Priss had ended up a courtesan And when she needed protection, why did Gerald, who d sworn he d never get entangled in affairs of the heart, hasten to set her up as his own pampered mistress to ensure her safety and have her all to himself For Priscilla Wentworth, the path leading to Sir Gerald s bed had been as filled with misfortune as it suddenly seemed charmed But Priss couldn t allow herself to believe she d ever be to a man like Sir Gerald than a well cared for object of pleasure Now, despite Gerald s deep distrust of marriage, neither scandal nor society s censure can keep them apart only the fear of trusting their hearts.

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    1. I bought the reissue as an ebook, rather than try to find a used copy of the original, and it was well worth it, despite paying a MMPB price for a category length story.A Precious Jewel is unlike any historical I ve read The heroine is a prostitute working in a brothel, the hero a beta of average intelligence and looks, and, get this, the sex is initially quite uneventful for her What you say, The heroine isn t a virtuous maiden pretending to be a prostitute Neither is the hero a take charge Ado [...]

    2. When Sir Gerald Stapleton visits Mrs Blyth s house dubbed the finishing school for his pleasure and nothing else, never would he have dreamed he would meet the woman whom would change his heart and world forever Priscilla Wentworth Priscilla must heal Gerald s wounds of his past and get bast both their mistrusts to have a future togetherAfter reading A Precious Jewel, I can fully understand how Mary Balogh was able to break so many boundaries in romance novels, with two unconventional lead chara [...]

    3. I m going to have to go against popular opinion on this one I respect Ms Balogh s work to no end, but this really, really didn t work for me In fact, I found it downright disturbing Still reeling with the shock of it all, I ve come to the Internets to find out if other people reacted similarly and instead I ve learned that it s a much loved, much praised book Okay, so I m a weirdo This review is for you other weirdos out there.First, I love the concept I love that the heroine is a prostitute and [...]

    4. Welcome to my HR Purgatory shelf In Roman Catholicism, the purgatory is where the souls of the dead wander in an indefinite state They stay in such a state unless they become fit for heaven at some point Similarly, this shelf is where books that I am warned about stay untouched and unread unless a very compelling reason forces me to read them Reason s for putting A Precious Jewel in this shelf Heroine is a prostitute Sex play is basically the H treating h like a blow up doll H is also a hypocrit [...]

    5. I think we can all agree that Mary Balogh writes romances with at least one flawed individual and a complex storyline As a writer she manages to get into the heads of her characters and the reader For good or for bad, she plays on our sympathies A PRECIOUS JEWEL was a powerhouse of bittersweet emotions it was a character driven romance.Using Mrs Balogh s website, I started with THE IDEAL WIFE where I first met the self absorbed Sir Gerald Stapleton On his own, I wouldn t have continued to read [...]

    6. Not to be totally flippant, but the following images ran through what s left of my Harlequin, RomanceLand riddled brain for various reasonsGerald, the hero emotionally vacant hero in search of Freud He s Forrest Gump down to the wire Never let a stupid thought go unsaid.Prissy, the heroine The heroine has buckets brains than the hero which isn t saying a whole lot, but don t call a heroine Prissy Ever PRISSY As many times as I have seen GWTW, every time Forrest called her Prissy all I could hea [...]

    7. Rating 2 out of 5.Could have been so much better if the hero wasn t an ignorant hypocrite Ignorant because he doesn t see what s right in front of him and makes up make believe scenarios and hypocrite because only he can call her a whore and treat her like shit, but of course no one else can.I had a lot of respect for this author for writing about a legitimate fallen woman story in historical times But the hero was too much and so was the heroine for accepting the hero s actions and words like t [...]

    8. Ah, Balogh and her ability to wring tears from me Such interesting characterization too, as we have a beta hero and a heroine who, despite her choices, is quite content with being simply content One of the most unusual pairings I ve read in this genre, but nicely done Certainly.

    9. As I sit at my computer writing this review, I am a mess I read this book in one sitting and I am a complete emotional wreck.I love it This feeling is how I feel after I ve read something special, something other , something unique, something unforgettable This is how I feel after reading A Precious Jewel Priscilla Wentworth is precisely what that titles sayse is a precious jewel Resorting to prostitution after her father brother leave her penniless, she encounters Sir Gerald Stapleton at the br [...]

    10. I m giving this a 3 stars I liked it because, even though I think the story itself was unique, well written, emotionally gripping, and pretty much perfect for the characters it featured, I personally couldn t get much excited than I liked it throughout the book That said, two moments made me cry, so apparently I was invested enough in the story to feel that much However, my overall feeling upon finishing it was I liked it, but it was too angsty for my tastes I should really know better, and I a [...]

    11. This book is one of those stories where its sooo different from the norm, that you can t be anything but impressed with the plot, the characters, and the writing style The only reason I can t give this 5 stars is because the hero never felt like a hero to me, and I need that to be satisfied Let s say that this is a 4.5 star book.The hero, Gerald, is a typical gentleman Average in all accounts, intelligence, looks, personality, etc He has a little bit of a tragic past, so he s a bit self centered [...]

    12. Where to begin This was definitely not my favorite Balogh book, and I feel a little cheated for it.The story is simple enough insecure lord falls for his gently bred mistress It s nothing out of the usual, and could have a great deal of potential HoweverIssue 1 the hero is so terribly insecure, he can t acknowledge the possibility of caring for Priss, even though he clearly does When he does find himself becoming emotionally entangled he immediately withdrawals, says a few mean things to her, t [...]

    13. 12 1 09 I devoured this book It s the best hooker with a heart of gold story EVER My inner feminist had some issues, but I beat her unconscious with a copy of Edna St Vincent Millay s collected poems and kept wallowing.

    14. Definitely one of the better books in the series The premise was different and the characters were well drawn out I liked that the hero wasn t charismatic or perfect I liked that he had issues with reading, writing, arithmetic, and anything involving learning It helped endear him to the reader which was important given his harsh attitude towards women and his sometimes close mindedness The heroine was also interesting with the way she hid behind her smiles to deal with what she was forced to bec [...]

    15. A lovely, slow paced and unlikely romance between an almost naive and sweet baron Gerald and a gentle former lady turned prostitute Prissy The romance did not feature any complicated plots but that of the skeletons of both the hero and the heroine Although Gerald was not a typical hero he was not a very good lover, at least at first quite selfish in taking his own pleasures and he was not exceptionally good looking or even very bright , I found myself drawn to him and their story However, I had [...]

    16. This book runs parallel to The Ideal Wife, beginning before that book and ending after it completes I like it than The Ideal Wife Mary Balogh says in a prologue to this book that she didn t think she could possibly sell this book because it featured a beta hero and a working prostitute heroine Her fellow authors agreed with her But she wrote it anyway in two weeks I am so jealous and sent if off to her publisher She expected it to be rejected After waiting quite some time to hear from them, she [...]

    17. I don t know how Balogh does it but she can take an impossible topic and turn it into a plausible story This was strangely addictive and I read it over two days It had a melancholy tone to it and it was making me feel sad at different times but hopeful too It s very hard to believe that these two would have a happily ever after Even though I didn t dislike the hero, Gerald, I definitely liked the heroine, Priss or Priscilla, much So these two had an interesting relationship Can t explain it I r [...]

    18. This book was a nice, sweet read There wasn t a lot of overwhelming passion in this book, but Mary Balogh has a talent at building up slow relationships The action in this book just dragged on a bit for me, the pacing just felt repetitive and very slow at times All of the characters in the book were likeable, even if one feels like slapping the hero on the head a few times I liked his friend, the Earl, whose story is intertwined, much better Gerald is just staid, dull, and stupid in comparison.

    19. Pendant la plus grande partie du livre, je me suis demand si ce livre tait vraiment une priorit de traduction dans cette collection.Une h ro ne qui se prostitue, un h ros un peu niais, qui percute toujours trop tard Et puis finalement, il se trouve tre touchant la fin.

    20. I appreciated that Priss was an actual prostitute and there wasn t any hedging there You come to understand just how someone goes down that path despite having a gentle upbringing However, there wasn t a whole lot of chemistry or passion between her and Gerlad and I wanted to punch him in the face several times even though I was grudgingly rooting for them to end up together despite the fact he didn t really deserve her I did like how Gerald isn t one of those Perfect Specimen Heroes, and is in [...]

    21. da sognipensieriparoleUn libro semplicemente MERAVIGLIOSO La stessa Balogh ammette di averlo scritto quasi in uno stato di grazia, nel giro di soli quindici giorni, e di essere rimasta stupita che fosse pubblicato subito, senza neppure una revisione, incontrando dal 1993 un successo ininterrotto tra i lettori La ragione principale, forse, che non il solito romance classico, con colpi di scena ed eroi avventurosi , ma la storia normale, e pure piatta se proprio lo vogliamo dire, di un cliente di [...]

    22. Luckily this was a rather short book with barely than 300 pages.Unfortunately there were many repetitions, especially in the lead characters dialogues, Priss repeating ad nauseam that she just wanted to give Gerald pleasure and him telling her that she was a good girl I cannot count the number of occurrences, as I read it from a paperback, but I would estimate each between 5 and 10.Gerald embodied the anti hero Quite good looking but not beautiful Slow, definitely not intelligent, dim witted an [...]

    23. One of the most boring romances Ive ever read The blurb was interesting.It would have been better if it had bit grittier and darker in tone.But no,lets make the heroine a saint instead.The heroine tries to convince the reader that while she sells her body for money the place where she works is nice and all the other girls in residence are treated with respect and taken care of Why sometimes she even enjoys the beddingFace the truth, its a brothel and youre a prostitute Simple as that.The heroin [...]

    24. I reread this one yesterday when I was off sick It is a very impressive book Balogh said that she wrote it in a fortnight and yet she has such a depth of understanding of her characters and develops the plot so beautifully that it feels like she must have spent months honing it I find that her work can be repetetive sometimes when she finds a motif or issue for a character and then does it to death in the novel This book represents why I keep reading her though because she is so darn good when s [...]

    25. This is an unusual book for several reasons First, although published as a traditional little regency, it turns almost every trope in that sub genre on its head The heroine is not a sweet young miss, but a prostitute The hero is not a wealthy duke, but a middling sort of gentleman The author does not romanticize their initial love scenes they are not lewd or sordid, in my opinion, just matter of fact in a way that conveys the realities of the life the heroine leads Balogh never writes typical fa [...]

    26. labibliotecadellibraiospCi sono libri che ti riempiono il cuore e ci sono libri che non vorresti aver lettoQuando ho preso in mano questo romanzo, secondo della serie Stapleton Downs, mi sono soffermata a leggere una nota dell autrice, che spiegava la scelta di scrivere la storia tra Gerald e Priss, una storia che si costruita da sola A me questo romanzo non piaciuto, ma non la scrittura della Balogh, proprio la caratterizzazione dei personaggi che non mi ha coinvolta minimamente, Gerald Staplet [...]

    27. X rated for explicit couplings, routine in brothel, she lies passive, constantly as you wish p 2, p 97 let me give you pleasure p 113, always obeyed him p 125, douches Homeless well educated in elocution and deportment p 19 society orphans are brought down by common circumstance young ladies who entertained gentlemen in order to earn a living p 9 Miss Blythe s finishing school was no desirable place in London to work p 10 The language is phrased simply, as if from the student who struggled, Ger [...]

    28. Wow My usual complaint with romance novels is that excellent authors are forced by the demands of the genre to write a romance and not a romantic novel Yes, I understand that Romance could be considered a type of fantasy, and we do read these for pleasure and escape, but there are things that will shatter the suspension of disbelief, especially for me The biggest one s are when characters suddenly act out of character, and lose all the features that made them interesting, so the story can procee [...]

    29. Prostitute Heroine and a Beta Hero And if she was a whore, then he was a man who found it necessary to employ whores because he was no good at real relationships FINAL DECISION Complex and nuanced, A PRECIOUS JEWEL takes a difficult situation and goes deep within the relationship in order to build toward a happy ending The story is slow and detailed, but every moment is necessary to make the progression feel realE STORY Sir Gerald Stapleton is a confirmed bachelor with a distrust of marriage He [...]

    30. If you like a lot of drama in your regency romances skip this one It features Gerald Stapleton who appeared in The Ideal Wife Gerald is a bit dull, average intelligence and just ok in the looks department I have been waiting for a book where the hero didn t have the lock of hair that always falls down over is eyebrow Gerald is however a nice gentleman He meets Prissy a whore highclass when his usual is unavailable Gerald just wants plain sex with no talking, movement or interaction other than co [...]

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