New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh weaves a sensuous spell of romance that brings together the unlikeliest pair of lovers in the unlikeliest. Read “A Precious Jewel” by Mary Balogh with Rakuten Kobo. BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Mary Balogh’s The Secret Mistress. “A Precious Jewel,” by Mary Balogh. The Chick: Priscilla “Priss” Wentworth. When the deaths of her father and brother left her destitute, she fled.

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I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Would you like us to take another look at this review? A Precious Jewel by Mary Balogh is a well written historical romance. As he had suspected, her waist was small, her hips shapely. Balogh and have no regrets reading this. Pity if the heroine has shivved him, but not because he’s slow. 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.

She loves him for his seadfastness and his good heart.

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The mixed feelings is almost solely around Sir Gerald. The heroine was also interesting with the way she hid behind her smiles to deal with what she was forced to become. It reminds me more of contemporary romance, set in history. On the Way to the Wedding with 2nd Epilogue. This feeling is how I feel after I’ve read something special, something “other”, something unique, something unforgettable!

It was an easy read and much like a sweet melody; a slow, gentle and pleasing tune. The blurb was more interesting. The hero is dimwitted and selfish with creepy mommy issues which make him prefer sex with an utterly passive partner. During TIW, he was in denial of the importance Priss played in his life. In Roman Catholicism, the purgatory is where the souls of the dead wander in an indefinite state. Gerald embodied the anti-hero. Why did he find himself wondering how such a rare jewel of grace, beauty, and refinement as Priss had ended up a courtesan?


Her facade of professional distance between them, that the sex is just a business transaction, is to keep her own sanity. A few months after this he decides to ask her if she would like to be his personal mistress. I was writing traditional Regency romances at the time, and it was clearly impossible to use a working prostitute as a heroine.

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Looking for beautiful books? I don’t like any tricks When he does find himself becoming more emotionally entangled he immediately withdrawals, says a few mean t Where to begin? One cannot read this book without a sigh and perhaps a tear at the pathos of the story.

Often, romance books seem to be thrown together at the end with the words of the hero and heroine not feeling genuine or convincing–somehow a sudden confession of love is enough after all of that conflict? He had a dramatic backstory but thats not the same thing. It makes sense that she behaves this way at the brothel, and also hides behind it every time he emotionally retreats, but she doesn’t strike me as being a strong character at all.

This was strangely addictive and I read it over two days. 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. He almost believed her as he let himself out of the room, so warm was her smile.

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Her brother did not leave a will so she contacts her former governess Mrs. Therefore, this book must be appreciated for how groundbreaking it was even though X only think the execution was OK. Although his mistrust and Priss fears later get in the way with them going back to the one-sided sex, you get a glimpse in each of their heads as both are still fighting their feelings and hurt and understand where their coming from.


It’s very hard to believe that these two would have a happily ever after. Mar 29, Amy rated it did not like it Recommended to Amy by: Here she has taken two unlikely characters- a beta hero and a pragmatic heroine preciouss woven a wonderfully alive story out of every day life. Jun 04, Gilgamesha rated it really liked it. The plot is well constructed in how it shows the growth of the characters and their tendencies to fall back on what they know when they’re afraid or insecure.

The lovemaking in A Precious Jewel follows the development of the relationship. Gerald is just staid, dull, and stupid in compari This book was a nice, sweet read.

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I usually avoid them like the plague but for some reason I wanted to learn why Priss chose this lifestyle. Buy the selected items together This item: This show of quiet strength and spirt, is what makes Priss such a great lead.

This book is one of those precioks 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 problem was obvious. I’m just not seeing intellectually they’re working long term. May 20, Evie Byrne added it. So, why do I have mixed feelings about this book?