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Obsession Wears Opals (Jaded Gentleman #5)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  453 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Darius Thorne has learned to use his wit and intelligence to strategize a better life for himself. He is the White Knight amidst the small secret circle of Gentlemen known only as the Jaded. The handsome scholar shields his heart by keeping a studied distance from the world…until he rescues a beautiful woman who literally falls into his hands.

Isabel Netherton isn’t merely
Mass Market Paperback, 301 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by Berkley Sensation
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Mar 10, 2012 Chanpreet rated it it was amazing
Renee Bernard has outdone herself with Obsession Wears Opals. I couldn't help but gripped by this story. It felt as if it was way too short, coming in at around 300 pages. But's that just because it was just that good.

In this book, the hero, Darius Thorne, comes across a half frozen woman in his garden. The woman, Lady Isabel Netherton, is fleeing from an abusive husband. However, in no state to speak, she reveals nothing, and the astute Darius sensing something is wrong, promises he will keep h
Nov 27, 2016 Misfit rated it liked it
This started out very well and I was quickly engaged, particular our bookish, bespectacled hero protecting the heroine from her abusive husband. That said, it kind of dragged on too long about 2/3 of the way through with too much sex (and everyone wink-wink and not shocked at all they shared a room). It picked up at the end with the ebil baddie getting his dues, but for numerous typos and dropped words and characters with a bit too much modern mindset all around, I can't rate it higher. Still, n ...more
Feb 26, 2013 Tin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
Darius Thorne is supposed to return to London to confer with the Jaded, but he hasn't yet made his appearance -- and his friends are expecting him and are wondering what is keeping Darius in Scotland.

On a snowy, winter's day, a horse jumps over Darius's hedge wall, and breaches Darius's sanctuary. And the horse brought along a young woman.

Darius doesn't recognize who she is but he knows two things: one, he needs to see to her and, two, she has a wedding band on her finger.

As Darius, his housekee
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I did not read the previous books, and nothing in this one has given me any desire to do so.

What started out as a decent beginning quickly went downhill.

Instead of a lengthy and time consuming review I will point out what I liked and disliked


-I Loved the hero. I am partial to nerdy scholarly beta's.
-I liked the first chess game they played together - it was unique and oddly seductive


-The use of the word "Sex" to describe the male & female anatomy
-Too much talking d
Jul 22, 2012 Lindsey rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an early copy of "Obsession Wears Opals" and I am so thankful I did! I absolutely LOVED this book, and dare I say it is so far my favorite of the Jaded series, which mind you, is hard to actually admit, as I have loved them all.

If you ever thought a bookworm or scholar wasn't sexy, Darius Thorne, in "Obsession Wears Opals" will change your mind. AND might I add you will never look at the game of chess the same way again.

Renee Bernard's fifth book in the Jaded series d
Dec 17, 2012 Ellie rated it liked it
Obsession Wears Opals, Jaded Gentleman #5, by Renee Bernard
Grade: C+

“The love of books does not disqualify you as a husband.”

Lady Isabel Netherton grew up learning to be a lady so she could one day make a match worthy of her family’s name and position which she thought she made when she married Lord Netherton. Little did Isabel know that her husband’s taste ran dark and she soon found fairytale turned into the worst nightmare imaginable. Fearful that her life would soon be ended Isabel escaped a
Melanie Adkins
Nov 12, 2012 Melanie Adkins rated it it was amazing
Darius Thorne is a professor. A scholar. He's also a very handsome man. His life was quiet and full of education until the day she arrived. Nearly frozen and scared to death, Isabel turned Darius' world around in a matter of seconds. Feeling protective of her from the start, Darius soon learned Isabel was an abused woman. Signs of a fresh flogging on her back and the nightmares she had confirmed his suspicion. In no time at all, Darius had lost his heart to "Helen". He knew he shouldn't get so ...more
Dec 04, 2012 Belinda rated it really liked it
This is the first book by Renee Bernard that I've read. I really liked the feel and emotional charged characters of the book. The story begins when Darius Thorne finds a woman unconscious on his property and promptly takes her into his home. She has been beaten and is so cold, he's afraid she might perish. Living in Edinburgh, Darius is a scholar as well as a member of a circle of gentlemen known as the Jaded. He notices that his guest is very beautiful and very English. She also has a wedding b ...more
Mar 10, 2013 Sonia rated it really liked it
What made this book different from many other historical romances is that the heroine is escaping an abusive marriage. We see snipets of it in her memories and dreams and how it's effected her. I really liked her and how Darious fought for her. Of course it was also great to see the other Jaded and their wives.
Dec 03, 2016 Michelle rated it liked it
Darius and Isabel. Scholarly hero and abused runaway wife. I felt that the book went along at a nice pace and then at about 2/3 it was cranked up to fast-forward. I loved Darius, Isabel I had no particular feeling for. I couldn't get invested in her. The descriptions of her abusive husband were very descriptive and made my skin crawl! The whole artifact/bad guy after the Jaded is getting worn. Each book in the series gives you a little taste with no resolution. I'm over it.
I have now read two books in this series. They were both pleasant, had good character development and dialog, the romance aspect is nicely done and believable, but there just really isn't a lot of action plot-wise. Both books seemed a bit slow and lacked any sense of urgency and felt rather anti-climactic.
linda p locklear
This like all of this series was a great read.
Victoria Newman
Feb 22, 2017 Victoria Newman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a great book to read
Very Good Historical Romance

The Jaded Series is among the best. I liked the integral part that both men and women play in the series.
Lucy Dosch
Oct 08, 2012 Lucy Dosch rated it really liked it
Lady Isabel Netherton thought her life was perfect. She was the daughter of a Marquis, had a spectacular debut, beautiful clothes, the right friends, and a handsome new husband. On her wedding night, her perfect world fell apart. Her new husband was an abusive sadist who got great pleasure in hurting her. When an opportunity came to escape, she took it and ran with no money or clothing. Just her beloved horse, Samson. They rode until Samsom went lame and Isabel collapsed into the gardens of Dari ...more
Joyfully Reviewed
Scholarly Darius Thorne belongs to a secret group of gentlemen known as the Jaded. Working at his home in Edinburgh, he is roused to the plight of an individual who has collapsed upon his land. Darius is drawn to the scared young beauty, and he vows to protect her at all costs. However, the husband seems to have more rights than the wife, and Darius must call on his superior intellect in order to outsmart this bully and save the day.

Isabel Netherton believed she had achieved her fairy tale until
Feb 03, 2013 Lindy rated it it was amazing
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5 Kisses, 2 Peppers (M/F, oral sex, extreme sexual depravity of the

When Darius Thorne finds Isabel Netherton in his winter garden, she's half dead. She rouses just enough to beg him not to call a doctor, and he realizes she's in some serious trouble. As he pulls off her frozen gloves to rub some circulation back into her hands, he sees the gold ring on her finger. She's married. He gives her shelter and she must be very careful to not be seen, so as they
Dec 25, 2016 Pontiki rated it it was amazing
I'm starting this series in the middle, but I think I'll go back to the beginning now.

This type of book, a mix of intrigue, danger, friendship and adventure, with some strong relationships forming between characters, is just my cup of tea.

I love Darius' intellectuality, trying to solve a puzzle to help keep his friends from a dangerous group who believe in the magic of one of the jewels they own between them. The 6 members of The Jaded are a strong and solid force, having survived a two year i
Theresa Brandt
Defies logic...

Renee Bernard generally writes good stories that are populated with well developed characters in a story that is interesting and engaging. I won't say that she failed completely with "Obsession," but for me, this one fell short of the mark.

Darius' character was fairly well developed, but the character of Helen/Isabel didn't seem believable. Without going into too much detail, I just found it hard to believe that any person experiencing the horrors that were part of Helen's/Isabel
Jeanne Johnston
Hero painfully good, "heroine" painfully simpery. Love a nerdy guy (despite the stretch of him apparently being the perfect lover on his first try...) but I found her thoroughly unlikeable. The story about the gems and the international villain got thoroughly lost somewhere, despite having been the focus of much of the story. The weird sadist was a bizarre angle, though somehow, the particulars were only hinted at. The resolution of the story was only marginally related, and happened far too eas ...more
Patricia Fischer
Dec 31, 2012 Patricia Fischer rated it it was amazing
I have to confess. I'd been counting the days until this story came out because Renee has me hooked on the cloak and dagger of it.
Plus, the heroes are amazingly sexy and the heroines are fantastic.
But the big thing here is Renee weaves a story that you're wondering "how in the world are they going to get out of this one?"
It's 1860's and an abused, very married woman, Isabel, falls onto Darius' doorstep. Battered, bruised, and in fear of her life, Isabel hides under Darius' roof, but during he
Dec 07, 2012 Lorraine rated it it was amazing
Usually an avid reader, a book a day, I took longer to savor this book. I didn't wanted to end.
It's a true romance with a fabulous plot and a subplot. I love the use of the chess game throughout the book. I especially loved the way the author incorporated the chess game. So well done that the characters could be visualized as if in a play. This theme was carried out throughout the book.

The romantic sensuality was to sigh for. ( what man or woman does doesn't like a Waging tongue?)
the ending al
Karen Wilson
I am probably rating this lower than I should because of the darkness in the story. It reminds me of watching Law and Order SVU.

Darius is a hero through and through, a wonderful man that Isabel/Helen is lucky to be with. The suspense throughout the book is high and well-crafted. The other members of the Jaded has some minor role but the Jackal sub-story did not in any way supercede the romance arc for Darius and Helen.

The ending was also satisfactory with enough time for both characters to talk
Kiki Belle
Mar 21, 2016 Kiki Belle rated it liked it
The author uses so many exclamation points, hyphens, and ellipses during dialogue. That's really all I wanted to say. It's distracting and kind of useless. I was taught that punctuation was a pause in the speech, which is probably not totally true, but when you read an ellipsis, you assume a character is trailing off. For a hyphen, I assume a pause or a rewording, or maybe a change of subject. And I never assume that every character in a novel is going to do that, or speak in exclamations. If it ...more
Jan 01, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it
A parallel story to the previous in the series. Isabel is a victim of domestic abuse and has run away. Darius and his household find her, half frozen in the garden. Darius, recogizing the same emotions he had while imprisoned, allows her to stay safetly with him, even pretending her name is Helen. Eventually Darius, in the course of investigating the danger to The Jaded, discovers her husband and his procivilties. This was not my favorite of the series, but it was good...and did portray domestic ...more
Kathleen Dennis Richardson
Oct 20, 2013 Kathleen Dennis Richardson rated it really liked it
Another great addition to the Jaded Gentlemen series. This time scholarly Darius rescues a lady from abuse. 50 shades of Gray in seedy gentleman's clubs in Regency England lead to the abusers downfall even though he is a peer of the realm. All the Jaded Gentlemen's wives are feminists. The book has many allusions of Helen of Troy and the game of chess is featured as well. I'll be glad when the next in the series is out. Michael Rutherford is the last remaining bachelor of the Jaded and Bernard w ...more
Ingrid Spera
Dec 08, 2016 Ingrid Spera rated it liked it
This was a cute story, but I think reading the others that came in the series would probably would have been helpful because they mentioned a few things that just seemed out of place and didn't have the right effect without it. I also thought that he jumped into liking her a little bit quickly considering how crazy she was acting. Otherwise, a cute and easy fun read.
Jan 05, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
So hard to rate this one. The abuse Isabel endured in 10 months of "marriage" is horrific... And her conversion to a sensualist is too quick for believability. I guess I just needed to suspend disbelief in order for the story to work. Congratulations, Renee, for tackling a difficult subject so well.
Dec 10, 2016 Cynthia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Jewel

I have read some in the series and each one has brought struggles to both the men and women in the story. This is a wonderful story of overcoming the class difference and helping a woman who had been brutally treated since the day of her marriage. To a professor who was afraid to love because his father had been bully.
Cindy Bolen
Nov 21, 2016 Cindy Bolen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Darius Thorne is my absolute favorite of the Jaded. Poor Isabel on the run from the dastardly Richard, a hideously evil husband who enjoys beating his wife. She ends up in Edinburgh, Scotland at the home of Darius Thorne beaten and nearly dead from cold and exhaustion. As she hides from her evil husband, she falls in love with the dashing scholarly Darius. A must read.
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