Sapphires Are An Earl's Best Friend
Shana Galen

Heat Level: Hot

She Wants Him...

She Wants Him Not...

Lily Dawson, dubbed the Countess of Charm by the Prince Regent himself, plays the role of the courtesan flawlessly while her real purpose is spying in the service of the Crown. Her mission now is to seduce a duke to test his true loyalties. She'll do it, even though the man she really wants is Andrew Booth-Payne, Earl of Darlington—the duke's son.

Andrew is furious when he finds himself rivaling his father for Lily's attention. When he uncovers Lily's mission, Andrew is faced with impossible choices. It seems he is destined to betray either his family, his country, or the longings of his own heart...

Praise for If You Give a Rake a Ruby:

"Full of daring and danger, this Regency romance sizzles with sexual tension...and brims with subtle humor."—Long and Short Reviews

"Sensual and sexy."—Publishers Weekly


I enjoyed the final story in Galen’s Jewel of the ton series. Finally getting to know all of Lily’s secrets was pretty awesome as well.

Galen did an excellent job winding up the tension and the stakes in this book. I kept turning pages in a desperate need to know how this whole story would play out. I was prepared for the worst and found myself happily surprised.

The villains are dastardly. How I love bad guys who are really bad. Sapphires, is the last leg of finding out who’s trying to kill The Diamonds in the Rough. Lily’s suspicions are leading her in the right direction, but I wasn’t prepared for the new findings. Nor was I prepared for bad guys willing to murder at any cost or anyone. Family, friend, or foe— anyone is up for grabs.

The dynamic between Lily and Andrew is amazing. It’s an enemies’ to lover’s trope with plenty of animosity and a couple of sneaky moves not normally played in a Historical. I enjoy Galen’s books because she pushes the boundary of action and romance in her historical works. As a huge fan of action adventure movies, I know I can pick up one of her books and be immersed in a full feature storyline with lots of conflict on the inside and outside. 

That being said, I felt this storyline was a bit too much to wrap in the pages provided. There were multiple times while reading that I expected some additional scenes and interaction only to be thwarted with, what read as, a hastily written resolution at the end. There was so much information jam packed into the last couple of scenes I had to re-read them to make sure I understood everything. In the end I wanted at least another chapter or two to unfold all the details.

Overall, Lily and Andrew make a good couple. There is great character growth, story ARC’s, and Galen’s magic with keeping a story evenly paced. I will admit to my heart racing a few times when I thought someone would get caught. Spy work at its best really.

For readers who enjoy Galen Foley and Liz Carlyle.

Reviewed by Landra