Saturday, October 22, 2011

Ecstasy Wears Emeralds by Renee Bernard



This is the third book in Renee Bernard's Jaded Gentleman series -- and I have to say this was my favorite of the series. I think it's because Bernard has had time to develop his supporting characters' stories so, when it's their turn to take center stage, they are more fleshed out than the earlier stories.

In this one Rowan West was amazing -- a girl can really fall in love with him because of his sterling qualities. (Yes, I am gushing.) He comes from a family of doctors and is a bit of a rebel in the world of medicine. He goes against conventional medical practices: refusing to use opiates in the prescribed quantities, offering free clinic for people who can't pay -- and he has taken on a female apprentice.

Gayle applies for the apprenticeship under false pretense -- she fails to say that she is female. She has a dual purpose to seeking out Rowan: she wants to study medicine and she wants to find out more about the "monster" who was the cause of her cousin's death.

Rowan reluctantly agrees to accept Gayle, impressed with her sharp mind and passion. He expects her to quit after a few days but is proven wrong -- Gayle is willing to do the work and does it well.

Gayle expects Rowan to be cold, heartless and unfeeling towards her and his patients. Instead she sees a man who is tireless and compassionate.

And, like that, they fall in love.

With great reluctance.

Rowan and Gayle have a wonderful relationship -- they are true equals and partners.

I am very excited to read the next book.

(And I will probably re-read the previous books.)

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