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THE GENTLEMAN JEWEL THIEF
Genre: Historical Romance, England
The fabled Hope Diamond is the centerpiece of Peterson’s charming trilogy, where she mixes one very bad-boy gentleman with a headstrong heroine, a stolen gem, a duel, a band of acrobats and an exiled French king. If that isn’t enough, she peppers the Hope Diamond series starter with steamy love scenes, wild escapades and a laugh or two. Peterson keeps the pace flying and readers hanging onto their utter joy.
Lady Violet Rutledge has agreed to wear Mr. Hope’s newly acquired, fabulous blue diamond to his ball. Violet hopes this will help her family’s financial plight. Lord William Townshend, Earl of Harclay, is bored and looking for adventure and decides to steal the diamond right off the lovely lady’s neck. His scheme works perfectly until Violet is injured. He brings her to his home to recuperate. His immediate attraction puts a crimp in his plan because now he’s vowed to help Violet catch the thief. Seducing her and falling in love leads them to discover the true gem in their lives. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Jul., 336 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Publisher: BERKLEY SENSATION
Published: July 2014