SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL'S BEST FRIEND is the third book in Shana Galen's JEWELS OF THE TON Series and focuses on Lily Dawson's HEA.
Lily, known as the Countess of Charm, who is masquerading as a courtesan, is in truth a spy for the Crown. Her current assignment is to seduce the Duke of Ravenscroft and find out if he is the one who sold the names of England's top spies to the enemy. Sounds easy, right? Wrong. Andrew Booth-Payne, the Earl of Darlington and the Duke's son, is furious. He does not want Lily to take the place of his mother and is following her around like a bloodhound. Not only that, Andrew is also trying to deny that he is attracted to Lily. What makes matters worse is that Lily has been "in love" with Andrew for a long time (WHEN YOU GIVE A DUKE A DIAMOND, Jewels of the Ton #1)!
I enjoyed reading about Lily's backstory. The story starts with Lily (as a child) who was obviously intrigued by her father's work. Her father is also a spy. Despite growing up in a loving family, she makes a mistake and is thrown out of the family home and is rescued by Lord Sinclair and his wife. I was very curious with Lily's backstory since I read IF YOU GIVE A RAKE A RUBY (Jewels of the Ton #2) and was wondering what her baggage was. I was not disappointed. Her history made me understand why she acts the way she does.
The interactions between Andrew and Lily are explosive. I love their witty banter and the attraction that simmers through the pages. I think both characters are perfect for each other.
It took a while for me to warm up with Andrew. At first, I just felt frustrated with him. I felt his hot/cold treatment with Lily was too overdone and there were parts where I just wanted to smack his head. I really felt bad for Lily in this case because she was already half in love with him and he was giving her mixed signals.
Despite that, Shana Galen weaves a tale of mystery and espionage in her stories that have kept me turning the page.
Careful, gentlemen-there is more to this courtesan than meets the eye
What better disguise for a secret agent than that of a courtesan? Lily Dawson, dubbed the Countess of Charm, is a spy working for the Crown to uncover a traitor. Andrew Booth-Payne, Earl of Darlington, wants to hate Lily for taking up with his father, but something about Lily intrigues him. When he discovers there is more to her flirtation than greed, he knows he must help her uncover a traitor. Even if that traitor is his own father...