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Seduce Me with Sapphires

(The London Jewels Trilogy #2)

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Three childhood friends dare to defy the rules of London—and love—in this glittering series from New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather...

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The Honorable Miss Fenella Grantley has a secret: she’s been taking drama classes and longs to be an actress. Ladies of her standing don’t appear on stage, but Fenella has never been one for society’s rules. She’s
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Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by Zebra
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Elodie
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Seduce Me with Sapphires
The London Jewels Trilogy Series #2
Jane Feather
http://www.janefeatherauthor.com
Release date 01/28/2020
Publisher Kensington Zebra

Blurb :

A FLAWED CUT . . .
The Honorable Miss Fenella Grantley has a secret: she’s been taking drama classes and longs to be an actress. Ladies of her standing don’t appear on stage, but Fenella has never been one for society’s rules. She’s quite excited to take on the challenge of reading the leading role in a new play—until she meets the
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Niki
As a wealthy baron's daughter Miss Fenella Grantley is expected to make a good match and take her place in London high society. But Fenella is no fan of society's stringency and has secretly been attending drama classes and quietly aspiring to be an actress. When she meets the enigmatic playwright of a new play for which she's reading the lead character, he doesn't exactly make a great first impression and she's not at all sure she likes him.

As the illegitimate son of the Earl of Pendleton,
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Tracy Emro
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
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Krystal
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Let me begin by saying that I will most likely be in the minority here with my thoughts on this story. And the things that annoyed me, other people may enjoy or at least be able to overlook.

What is it lately with novels where the main characters are so ridiculously prickly that they have to fight about everything all of the time? What happened to stories that were romantic with just an occasional misunderstanding or argument to move the story along?

Edward and Fenella had nothing between them
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
3.5 Stars
Seduce Me with Sapphires by Jane Feather is book Two in The London Jewels Trilogy. This is the story of Edward Tremayne and Fenella Grantley. I have read the previous book but feel this can be a standalone book if you wish to do so. Edward is the illegitimate son of the Earl of Pendleton which has left he beneath the towns eye. SO Edward had to make it on his own which also included writing plays. Fenella wants to be a actress but of course her upbringing doesn't allow for that, but she
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Diana Aden
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
It had been several years since I'd read a Jane Feather book and I remember I liked her as an author, so when I won an ARC in a drawing for Seduce Me With Sapphires I looked forward to this read. I do not know if it is my reading tastes that have changed or Ms. Feather's style has changed, but I had a very difficult time getting into the story and the characters in the work. It wasn't until about halfway through the book that I finally decided to finish it. Ms. Feather does provide good ...more
BookishlyNomes
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, e-own, on-blog
3.5 stars!

Seduce Me with Sapphires is the first 'modern' historical romance I've read by Jane Feather. All of the others were written in the 90's so I was excited to see how Feather's writing developed over the years. In terms of writing style, I enjoyed it and felt quite nostalgic for her other beloved series.

However, I was a little confused as to the time period of this story. I had to do further research to discover this book is set in the early 1900's and I'm not overly familiar with
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Norah Gibbons
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Seduce Me With Sapphires is the second book in Jane Feather’s London Jewels Trilogy. It can be read as a stand-alone. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book by Jane Feather and this one is an old school romance with a hero who’s just a little bit dark. Edward Tremayne is the natural son of an Earl who was raised within the Earl’s family but then disowned when he wasn’t interested in spending the rest of his ...more
Angela
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Well, I am not really sure how to rate this book. On one hand, I loved the bohemian take on Victorian life. On the other hand, I thought the hero was quite rude for the majority of the book. I understand that maybe that was just his temperament, but I did not like it. I did like the heroine. I thought she was portrayed well and knew what she wanted and her parents were very accommodating, which actually was a little bit of a surprise to me. On the whole, the story was good (not as good as the ...more
Sara
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
I could not get into this book. When I am into a book, I normally finish it in 24 hours. I ave been trying to read this book all week and just can’t do it. I don’t care about these characters, and they don’t seem to care that much about each other, either. I’m not a stickler for historical accuracy (it’s fiction, whatever), but there are some huge whoppers in here, and I can’t get wrapped up enjoy in the story to overlook them. This is a no from me.

I received an eARC from the publisher via
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Susan
This was a good book overall, though I did have a few things that I looked at a bit cross-eyed. Both characters are well-born, but not typical of their contemporaries. Their relationship is very volatile, as both have tempers.

Fenella is the daughter of a baron, but one who doesn't enjoy Society life, which she finds dreadfully dull. She is a modern woman who is interested in world events, politics, and women's suffrage. She has a suitor who takes the progress of their relationship for granted.
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Brenda
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A FLAWED CUT . . .
The Honorable Miss Fenella Grantley has a secret: she’s been taking drama classes and longs to be an actress. Ladies of her standing don’t appear on stage, but Fenella has never been one for society’s rules. She’s quite excited to take on the challenge of reading the leading role in a new play—until she meets the playwright. Toeing the line between infuriating and irresistible, his first impression leaves a lot to be desired . . .

OR A RARE FIND?
Edward Tremayne, illegitimate
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Danielle Bush
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from netgalley.

It took me like a full week to read this book, when i usually finish one in a day.I finally had to sit down and power through so I could finish it and move on to something else.
I thought right from the beginning that it kind of seemed unbelievable. Fenella is from the upper classes, but feeling.. i guess depressed/ melancholy. So she has started taking acting lessons. One day when she arrives to class its to be told that they
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Arriesta
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Jane Feather’s second historical romance novel to the London Jewels trilogy has arrived! Seduce Me with Sapphires takes Miss Fenella Grantley, the childhood friend of Diana Sommerville from Tempt Me with Diamonds into the world of London theatre.

Fenella is secretly taking acting lessons and when the new playwright, Edward Tremayne, puts her into the lead role of his debut play, not only do artistic temperaments flair but so does desire….
While I enjoyed Fenella’s character and her desire to
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Danielle Urban
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Seduce Me with Sapphires by Jane Feather is different than the usual cut of historical romance novels. This book synopsis had me hooked. Thinking this was going to be an easy 5-star read, I was a bit disappointed. The characters were a bit lacking.

The main hero of the story gave off the vibe of unpleasantness to his peers. Yet inside he was this man who had yet to find and prove himself worthy. With the heroine, he wanted to prove himself to her as well. The pacing included with the hero's
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Deborah  Cleaves
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
My first thought on meeting the hero in this book was a strong desire to slap him for being presumptuous and even sexually assaultive. That desire never went away despite becoming convinced that the heroine found him to be her romantic hero and responded avidly to his sexual interest. Sadly, the heroine falls for an abusive man in his seductive phase, where verbal meanness is repeatedly apologized for long after the fact. Even though the heroine finds his emotional affect seriously wanting and ...more
Traci
Jan 19, 2020 marked it as to-read
Seduce Me with Sapphires is the second book in the London Jewels Trilogy. This book was hard for me to rate. I think the story line was good, the descriptions were great, and it was grammatically correct. The time frame was never given in the book, but it felt too modern to me. The freedom that Fenella was given to wonder around London unchaperoned doesn’t seem realistic.
Miss Fenella Grantley was secretly taking drama classes and she wasn’t concerned what society thought of her appearing on a
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Dottie Legatos
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the second installment in Jane Feather's London Jewels Trilogy about three society friends in Victorian England. This is Fanella's story. She is a headstrong young woman who is not going to abide by the "rules" governing women. She is a suffragette, anxious for women to break free of their constraints. And horror or horrors...she wants to be an actress! Such a dishonorable vocation for a woman of high society. Fanella's journey into the world of the theater brought her into the life of ...more
B.
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I just couldn’t warm up to this novel. I liked the heroine for her independence and strength of character. The hero is, by turns, arrogant and sullen. But I just didn’t buy that this daughter of nobility would be traveling around London on her own without her parents seeming to care, even when she was heading out for dinner and not returning until the early morning. And then she announces that she’s going to appear on the stage in a production of a play by the hero and her parents barely blink ...more
Lori D
I have read almost everything that this amazing author has read and loved them all. The premise of this story had the heroine, Fenella, venturing out on her own to secretly take acting lessons and that brings her in contact with the playwright, Edward Tremayne. She soon realizes she remembers seeing him several times at dances and he was the one standing against the wall glaring. Edward had never forgotten Fenella either.
The journey begins of two strong willed people who clash constantly but are
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Candy Briggs
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Fenella Grantley is the daughter of an earl. She has two best friends that she confides in about everything. She has been taking a drama class and eventually hopes that she can be an actress. During a class, she is introduced to Edward Tremayne who is the illegitimate son of the Earl of Pendleton. He hates society but his dad gave him an excellent education. He is also a playwright of a new play he is trying to get off the ground. He is rude and arrogant and doesn't listen to Fenella. They seem ...more
HeatherP
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
I've enjoyed binging on historical romance books lately. I"ve found some really good authors lately that I have not tried yet, but not everyone has a been a winner for me. I think this one is an example of a "it's not you it's me" case. I did not connect with either main character. I also did not get invested in the relationship they were suppose to have. This one also felt to modern/contemporary for me to like it as a historical romance book. I might have been able to overlook all of that if ...more
Lee Ann
Jan 16, 2020 marked it as to-read
This is the second in Jane Feather's London Jewel's trilogy, and it focuses on one of three friends in Victorian England.

Fanella is a headstrong young woman that is way before her time, and doesn't enjoy the rules governing women. She's not only a suffragette, but she also wants to be an actress, and it's through this that she meets Edward. Edward doesn't run in the same circles as Fanella as he was the product of an affair, but their relationship develops nonetheless.

This book is what you
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Justine Barr
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Fenella Grantley is a feisty uptown girl who has grown bored of the monotony of a socialite’s lifestyle. Enter Edward Tremayne, a man with the roughest edges of any hero I’ve ever read. Edward is broody and a bit rude and completely different from any man Fenella has ever met. The attraction between these two characters is instant; they quickly begin a passionate relationship full of romance, food, and bantering.


I loved Fenella’s strength and attitude. However, Edward often comes off as
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Synergy_Quest
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
There’s A LOT of sex in this book. Sex doesn’t bother me in the least, but this seemed particularly excessive and contrary to the time period (though no exact year was given). The heroine ignores all propriety. The hero is kind of a jerk the entire book. He always apologizes, eventually, but it gets old. The heroine takes him to task each time, but she keeps coming back for more. It’s a toxic relationship and while it seems to work for them. This is not the sort of story I want to read to ...more
Mindy
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Quite an unconventional heroine is Fenella, as a lady of society her views on suffrage and acting class is unheard of, but Fenella is an independent thinker and runs about town. Meeting Edward, the playwright of the play her life opens to a different way of life. Edward is a moody, social outcast, at least his family turned their backs on their bastard sibling, but he likes the simpler things in life and with the help of the money from his mother he's able to live as he likes, independent of his ...more
Lusie
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was the first time I read something by Jane Feather. I liked Fenella. She is very independent. Edward was a little creepy at times I think it's weird how the main character can sleep with someone she thinks is stalking her. I'm not sure if I'll read more by this author. Her writing is good, but I didn't like a big part of the plot.

I received this book from NetGalley in return for a honest review.
Liz
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Something was a little bit off for me in this book. I never really felt the intense attraction between Fenella and Edward ... it all seemed somewhat forced and contrived to me. in my mind, their love affair centered too much around sex and not about building a loving relationship. I did like the way she stood up for women's rights and tried to create her own career. Not a bad book but not this author's best.
I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.
Aud
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Seduce Me with Sapphires” by Jane Feather
An excellent, spicy, Victorian Era romance. It will keep you turning the pages that is for sure. I am guessing that you read the description and probably know you like Jane Feather novels… so you don’t really need me to tell you that you will like this story, too. I received an ARC of this story from the publisher via NetGalley with the request that I share my honest opinion. Happy Reading !!
Amy
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Although I have read the previous book in this series, the opening of this book felt like I was picking it up midway. Fenella meets Edward, a man she suspects has stalked her, and proceeds to sleep with him after a few days! Fenella is shockingly independent for the times and Edward sometimes comes off as creepy. I did enjoy the secondary characters and look forward to seeing what happens with them. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.

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Jane Robotham was born on 1945 in Cairo, Egypt, where her British parents were stationated. She grew up in New Forest, in the south of England. She earned a Master’s Degree in Applied Social Studies from Oxford University. In 1978, she, her husband and their three children moved to New Jersey. There, she worked as a social worker. She began writing in 1981 after another move, this time to ...more

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