"Sensuality fairly steams from Bernard's writing." -- Sabrina Jeffries, New York Times bestselling author
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.
Isabel Netherton isn't merely a damsel in distress. A highborn lady of quality unwilling to be a pawn, she is defiantly escaping an abusive husband. But under Darius's protection she discovers an unexpected champion--a man who teaches her the power of true desire and what it means to be treated like a queen.
However, the law of the land supports her husband's cruel claims. It will take all of Darius's cunning to keep one step ahead of their enemies and protect Isabel. In a deadly game of chess, Darius must defeat the Black Knight and sacrifice himself for his Ivory Queen or forfeit all.
This is an emotionally stunning romance and action-packed as the threat to the Jaded takes a gripping turn.
Bernard s fourth Jaded Gentlemen romance (after Passion Wears Pearls) begins in 1860 Edinburgh, as Isabel Netherton makes a desperate escape from her sadistic husband, Richard, and collapses in scholarly Darius Thorne s garden. With kindness and chess, Darius wins Isabel s wounded heart and tries to free her from her cruel marriage despite draconian Victorian law. Isabel, meanwhile, helps Darius realize he s not condemned to repeat his father s brutality. He simultaneously tries to uncover the mysterious threat facing his friends in the Jaded Gentlemen, a London secret society first formed during the Indian Rebellion. Darius s relationship with Isabel provides the needed sensuality and also proves more compelling than the other plot line, which may confuse readers new to the series. In a gripping conclusion, Darius uses a scholar s weapons and makes a nightmarish odyssey through London brothels to find the key to Isabel s freedom.
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Very informing book
A good story and probably still going on with all this sex trafficking that goes on today too
Obsession Wears Opals
Another thrilling entry in the storied lives of the Jaded. I wonder if Michael Rutherford will ever find true love as the rest have?