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Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend (Jewels of the Ton #3)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  656 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
Lily Dawson, dubbed the Countess of Charm by the Prince Regent, acts the courtesan while her real purpose is spying for the Crown, to seduce a duke and test his loyalty. She really wants Andrew Booth-Payne, Earl of Darlington — the duke's son. Andrew is furious when he uncovers Lily's mission. His choices are impossible: to betray his family, his country, or his heart.
Mass Market Paperback, 324 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Mary C. *Nulla in mundo pax sincera*
As with Shana's other Jewels of the Ton books, I really, really enjoyed this one, despite that When You Give a Duke a Diamond remains my favorite of the series. In this tale, we see the transformation of Darlington from a friendly, affable young man in the first book, to a moody, brooding alpha hero in this book, one who is bent on uncovering all of Lily's secrets. And Lily was just a wonderful heroine, full of intelligence and spirit, with a sad past yet remains stubborn to her cause. I enjoyed ...more
Nicole Laverdure
Jan 16, 2014 Nicole Laverdure rated it it was amazing
Intriguing romance with a surprising conclusion!
What a beautiful conclusion for Shana Galen’s last book in the Jewels of the Ton trilogy. I loved her previous books in the serie and I have to say that SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL'S BEST FRIEND is my favorite! I have read the story of Juliette and Fallon, now happily married, now its Lily’s turn, one of The Three Diamonds, a charming courtesan and a spy in the service of the Crown. When I wish to read an excellent historical romance, I always choose a
Lisa Hutson
There has never been a doubt that men are stubborn. Darlington is just that, stubborn as a mule. Determined and he will not give in. Will not listen to his true heart. His true heart is aware of the right woman for him.
Oh, don't be fooled. She does not make it easy for him. She is just as stubborn. And will not give an inch.
The story of Lily and Darlington is a roller coaster. This way and that.
Nearly the end of the wonderful series Shana Galen has put together. There is nothing like best fri
Eileen Dandashi
Aug 01, 2015 Eileen Dandashi rated it it was amazing
Shana Galen writes an engaging spirited story, with characters popping off pages pulling me into the mire of their lives. And I jumped right in!

Lily Lawson, as a child was a dreamer, loved stories where magic could take her anywhere. Her special wish was to be invisible, a trait she wishes she could have had in her profession. This girl turned into a beautiful young woman, but her naiveté cost her dearly. Would she be strong enough, able enough, to surpass that past?

She had learned her lesson an
Whenever I'm looking for historical romance with a touch of daring and dash on the lighter side, I can count on this author to see me through. It's been a while since I picked up one of her books and the catchy title and gorgeous jewel-tone cover caught my eye. This was a book that got up to all sorts of high jinks and really can't be taken seriously as a historical if the reader is to have any enjoyment in this story.

I was aware going into this that I was picking up the third book in a series t
Jan 03, 2014 Patti rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Lily's story, there was plenty of action and lots of romance. The chemistry between Lily and Andrew was undeniable. The plot had me reeled in from the beginning and kept me wondering if the duke was guilty or not. There were plenty of twists to keep me interested till the very end.
Blodeuedd Finland
I should have written this review two days ago...oh well.

Lily is a courtesan...but not really. She is a spy for the Crown and she has also been taught by the Countess of Sinclair to sort of be a courtesan. Her reputation is forever in the gutter but at least her body is clean. She knows she can be charming, but she also know she is not as pretty as the two other famous courtesans (previous books). Also she has been in love with Andrew for ages.

Andrew is the son of a duke. A duke who wants Lily.
Susan Gorman
May 04, 2014 Susan Gorman rated it it was amazing

Sapphires Are An Earl's Best Friend is the last book in Shana Galen's Jewels of the Ton series. In my opinion , Ms. Galen saved the best for last! Sapphires is filled with adventure, romance and intrique.

Lily Dalton is the heroine of Sapphires Are An Earl's Best Friend and is the most memorable and multi-faceted character Shana Galen has created. Lily is a courtesan known as The Countess of Charm. In truth, Lily is a spy working for the Crown. Lily's life has not been easy and she has
Mar 04, 2014 Lindsey rated it really liked it

This story is truly about perceptions and reading between the lines, do not always believe what you hear or see. Not everything is as it seems. This book has it all; action, suspense, romance, steamy scenes, sexual tension, humor, sadness and mystery.

I really enjoyed Lily’s brave nature. She is a woman that doesn’t let action pass her by, she gets right into the middle of it. She is fierce and takes control. Lily’s backstory is heart-breaking but I admire her determination and strength to do bet
Sep 22, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Lily has loved Andrew forever, but he has always admired her friend Juliette. Her job sends her to his father's house party. In the course of her investigation, she needs his help. Is Andrew involved in the plot or not? While solving the mystery, they become close. Andrew finally wakes up to the fact that Lily is the one he truly wants. Now he just has to convince her of that while keeping her safe. Or is she keeping him safe? Wonderful wrap up to the trilogy.
Maggie Hesseling
Jan 06, 2014 Maggie Hesseling rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Don't judge a book by it's cover. That's a lesson that Andrew needs to learn when he looks at lily. Society thinks of her as a cortesean. So does Andrew, but nothing can be further from the truth. And as they uncover the secrets Andrew's family has been hiding, they'll find themselves in more and more danger. Whether it's from each other or those that are commiting treason.

Lily and Andrew are great characters. Both wanting to do what is right, and at the same time protect their past and what the
Jacknsusan knight
Dec 19, 2013 Jacknsusan knight rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book! SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL'S BEST FRIEND by Shana Galen is the last book in the Jewels of the Ton trilogy. This story is about Lily, the Countess of Charm. Lily, Juliette, and Fallon, known as The Three Diamonds, were the most sought after courtesans in London. Juliette and Fallon are happily married now. Lily is feeling a little lost and lonely, but she has a job to do. She is really a spy, and her assignment is to expose a murderer and traitor to the crown. Unfortunate ...more
Originally Reviewed For: Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy

In Book Three of Shana Galen's Jewels of the Ton Series, we learn Lily's story. The least "Beautiful" of the three Lily has a wonderfully dark and depressing story to share. Which is a brilliant end to Sin's (Lord Sinclair) girls. In a world where everything and I mean everything is based on speculation and reputation. Three women managed to make it work for them. Abandoned, betrayed, alone.. each has their own story and one commo
Apr 04, 2014 Susan rated it it was ok
I so wanted to like this book, and I did like the plot. Or I liked it as far as I read it. But I had to give up about 1/2 way through because of the characterization. The author keeps telling the reader that the hero has certain characteristics, such as charming and witty, but we never see them. Not once in the entire first half of the book. I simply couldn't get past it, even though I read the first two books in the trilogy.
Marilyn Rondeau
Mar 04, 2014 Marilyn Rondeau rated it really liked it
Dubbed the Countess of Charm by the Prince Regent, Lily Dawson has most all fooled that she is one of the notorious ‘courtesans’ referred to as the Jewels of the Ton. In reality her real purpose is to spy for the Crown and her latest mission is to seduce a duke of the realm to discover whether or not he is a traitor. The most difficult part of this particular ruse is keeping Andrew, the Earl of Darlington who just happens to be the dukes son - and the only man she actually loves - from completel ...more
Feb 24, 2014 Diane rated it it was amazing
The final installment of this series definitely does not disappoint. The Countess of Charm, Lily, is a wonderful character. While most people see her as a courtesan, little do they know that she is a spy for the Crown. She is set to find who is killing the diamonds in the rough and is willing to seduce a duke to do so.

Andrew the Earl of Darlington is just as determined to stop her from seducing his father. He is still reeling from his mother's death and the subsequent bad behavior being exuded b
Feb 19, 2014 Helen rated it it was amazing
I loved this one and I loved the series. This is Lily's story and what a sensual emotional one this is Lily has been through so much in her life and with the help of the Earl and Lady Sinclair becomes a top courtesan with the name of The Countess of Charm, but Lily is also a secret agent trying to prove a Duke to be a traitor. This is fast paced and a beautiful love story as Lily who has always loved The Earl of Darlington become closer as they get to the bottom of this story about rubies and tr ...more
Mar 04, 2014 Maria rated it it was amazing
This is the last book in Shana Galen’s elegant and exciting Jewels of the Ton trilogy—about three courtesans, darlings of the good-time Prince Regent, who are not exactly what they seem—and my favorite of the three.

Shana Galen writes historical Regency romance with action adventure plots and a mystery. And nobody writes fight scenes like she does; they are realistic without being graphically gruesome or gratuitous. I especially enjoy how Lily holds her own and defends herself against men.

For my
L.A. Miller
Jun 12, 2014 L.A. Miller rated it it was amazing
The last book in the Jewels of the Ton series does not disappoint the reader. As expected, Ms. Galen creates a vivid image of a time long forgotten. From the glittering ball rooms of Ton to the bowels of the decrepit section of London. In this book we are reacquainted with our heros and heroines from her first two books briefly, but this book is about Lily and Andrew.
Lily has loved Andrew from the moment she first set eyes on him, but his heart was set on another, her friend and fellow diamond,
Apr 09, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect finale to the trilogy!

Asked by Warrick Fitzhugh to investigate the loyalty of the Duke of Ravenscroft and if he was whom Fitzhugh believed, the notorious Artemis the Assassin, find the proof. Lily Dawson, the last remaining unattached member of the Three Diamonds was embarking on a mission that might cost her more than her lost reputation and her precarious place in society if she falls prey to Artemis or Lucifer – it might cost her life.

Andrew, the Earl of Darlington, or as he’s known i
2.5 Stars (rounded up for Goodreads)

I feel like I should have enjoyed this story more than I did. The Jewels of the Ton series has been a favorite of mine since book one and I was ready to see Lily get her man (both the criminal and her Hero). Sadly both pursuits seemed almost anticlimactic, leaving me with more a wish for things that could have been rather than the enjoyment of what I got.

I did like seeing Lily as a capable agent in her fighting skills; however placing her on a mission where h
Sapphires are an Earl's Best Friend was one of my most anticipated books to read this year. fell flat.

The story was okay, and I was really excited because the killers were going to be unfolded. But the characters were another story.

Lily and Darlington were presented to be charming, the most charming couple of the three couples, in fact, but I couldn't relate to them at all. They didn't feel charming; they seemed like characters I've read a hundred times from other regency romance books.
Lover of Romance
Lily, ever since she was a little girl, admired her father for his profession and so she followed his footsteps and now works as a spy for the government. Lily has been called on a new mission, to seduce the Duke, Andrew's father and find out what secrets he is hiding and if he is a traitor. She knows that she will have one obstacle, Andrew. Lily has loved Andrew for years but he has never returned the sentiment, but has always had a interest in one of her closest friend. Now she is forced to ha ...more
Sep 19, 2014 Diana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, rftc
Yup, definitely 5 stars:)
*ARC received from publisher for an honest review
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What a fantastic story! This is what I call a can’t –put-it-down type of book. I loved this story for so many different reasons! 1) The characters were very interesting 2) It was packed with action 3) the writing was fantastic!

This is the third story of Jewels of the ton. There are two previous works about “The Three Diamonds”., Juliette (the Duchess of Dalliance) Fallon (the Ma
Romancing the Book
Jun 08, 2015 Romancing the Book rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Robin
Book provided by NetGalley
Originally posted at Romancing the Book

Once in a while you come across an author who has a way of telling a story that grabs your attention leaving you wanting more. Ms. Galen is one of those authors as I can’t wait for new stories from her to come out. She has quickly become a favorite.

I think that this third installment of the ‘Jewels of the Ton’ series is my favorite. That if I had to choose between the three this would be my favorite… with Lily…her
Mar 25, 2014 Dottie rated it it was amazing
There is a reason that Shana Galen is a bestselling author and this novel is a prime example! Taken from my review at

This series features three women, Juliette, Fallon and Lily, who are known to society as the Three Diamonds, a set of three beautiful, high class courtesans. The kind, elderly Earl of Sinclair and his countess came to their rescue, taking them from a life on the streets. As the women play the role of courtesans, they are actually spying for the Crown. Although
Debbie Lester
Mar 24, 2014 Debbie Lester rated it really liked it
Shana Galen concludes her Jewels of the Ton series with the final book, Sapphires are an Earl's Best Friend. This series features a group of courtesans that are quite a bit more intriguing than they appear. All three are spies working for the Crown unbeknownst to the denizens of the ton. Galen does a wonderful job of including not only steamy romance, but also fast paced action and humor. The hero in this novel has a some dramatic choices to make that will keep the reader entertained and interes ...more
Mar 07, 2014 Chelsea rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical, 2014
This was a enjoyable, action-filled historical romance. I hadn't read the first two in the trilogy so I didn't know any of the characters.

I had a good time reading this book, and I had a hard time putting it down, so I'm rating it up even though I had a few quibbles.

I liked Darlington, but maybe didn't love him. There wasn't something about him that truly charmed me, though he was a pretty well-rounded character. I liked that we have here a man who isn't one hundred percent put together. He's st
Mar 02, 2014 Tin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Disclosure: I received this ARC through Netgalley. Thank you to Shana Galen and to Sourcebooks for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

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I have been waiting for Lily's story with the Earl of Darlington and, finally, it is here. The Countess of Charm has loved the Darling of the Ton from the first moment, but he has only had eyes for her friend and fellow courtesan, Juliette. Now Juliette is married and so is Fallon, and Lily is the last remaining Jewel left unattached. But Lily was
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SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL’S BEST FRIEND by Shana Galen is a interesting Regency Historical Romance. #3 in “Jewels of the Ton” series, but can be read as a stand alone. See, “When You Give a Duke a Diamond” and “If You Give a Rake a Ruby”.

Meet, Andrew Booth-Payne, Earl of Darlington and Lily Dawson, named the Countess of Charm by the Prince Regent.

Fast paced and filled with romance and passion. Lily if on a mission. With secrets, deception and romance you can’t go wrong with this witty, romantic tale
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  • If You Give a Rake a Ruby (Jewels of the Ton, #2)

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