A Precious Jewel

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: 9780440244639
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 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-char [...]

    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 unconventiona [...]

    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 prostit [...]

    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 [...]

    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 t [...]

    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 more 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 a [...]

    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 lik [...]

    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 [...]

    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 more 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 [...]

    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-cent [...]

    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 more emotionally entangled he immediately withdrawals, says a few mean thin [...]

    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 t [...]

    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. How [...]

    16. This book runs parallel to The Ideal Wife, beginning before that book and ending after it completes. I like it more 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 [...]

    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 more. So these two had an interesting relationship. Can't expl [...]

    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 compari [...]

    19. Pendant la plus grande partie du livre, je me suis demandé si ce livre était vraiment une priorité de traduction dans cette collection.Une héroïne qui se prostitue, un héros un peu niais, qui percute toujours trop tard. Et puis finalement, il se trouve à être touchant à 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 i [...]

    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, è che non è 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 cli [...]

    22. Luckily this was a rather short book with barely more 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-w [...]

    23. One of the most boring romances Ive ever read. The blurb was more 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 [...]

    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 wh [...]

    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 t [...]

    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 è costruita da sola. A me questo romanzo non è piaciuto, ma non la scrittura della Balogh, è proprio la caratterizzazione dei personaggi che non mi ha coinvolta minimamente, Gera [...]

    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 more desirable place in London to work" p 10. The language is phrased simply, as if from the studen [...]

    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 ca [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

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