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Dark Jewels (Dark Ruby / Dark Sapphire)

by Lisa Jackson

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** Dark Ruby. I just couldn't get over the premise of this book. Heroine's married to an evil man who's killed his last two wives because they didn't give him sons. Hero's a thief who's hiding in her room while the midwife gives her a gyn exam to see if she's pregnant yet. She's not. She demands the thief get her pregnant to save her life, otherwise she'll turn him in & he'll lose his hands if not his life... and it turns out she's a virgin. *bashing my head repeatedly on the desk* How stupid is this heroine? Talk about TSTL--this takes the cake. The hero's not all that great, either. Once he returns to claim his son, he despises her for making compromises to save his son's life. I guess these two morons deserve each other, not that I could see any reason for them to fall in lurrve other than the hot nookie 12 years earlier which she forced on him.

**½ Dark Sapphire. Heroine helps hero escape from her father who's just killed hero's father--they're both young. She asks him to take her with her. He doesn't, but he does take a sapphire ring that's said to be cursed. Years later, they meet again when she stows away on his ship, running away because she killed her husband on their wedding night. There's a lot going on--an evil stepmother, hidden parentage, feuding families, but it's a lot of busy-ness without much point. And the heroine is the type for which idiotic defiance is confused with strength. I really started hating her when she was "asserting her independence" by insisting she could wander around freely on a ship full of men of questionable backgrounds who hadn't seen a woman in months. It's just tedious. ( )
  Darla | Apr 8, 2006 |
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Dark Ruby: One night of forbidden passion with Trevin, that was all it took to change Lady Gwynn's life forever, giving the lady her most valuable treasure, a little son whom she had to raise in the home of Trevin's longtime enemy.Dark Sapphire: Fleeing soldiers who believe she murdered her husband on their wedding night, Sheena stows away on the Dark Sapphire, where the crew soon finds her. When she faces the handsome but tormented Captain Keegan, Sheena hopes against hope that he will remember the time she saved his life-and will return the favor.… (more)

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