Obsession Wears Opals (The Jaded Gentlemen Book 5)
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"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 claim. 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.
An emotional and action-packed chapter in The Jaded Gentlemen series--this one is a keeper!
of every woman in England, Isabel.” Richard’s hand returned to the back of her neck. “But for now, we must get your punishment out of the way, mustn’t we? You must get what you deserve for sniveling and trying to strike me, my darling.” Her knees began to buckle, but his grip and the pressure of his body behind her kept her upright. With his free hand, he began a new assault that she simply wasn’t prepared for. The endearment my darling was followed by a brutality Isabel hadn’t imagined in her
turn for him, a timeless and unconscious gesture to demonstrate her happiness and show off her skirts. “Your hidden skills betray you, sir.” She faced him shyly and lifted her hem just an inch or two to give him a glimpse of the soft-soled shoes he’d found her. “Are they more comfortable than riding boots?” he asked. “Without a doubt!” Helen laughed, dropping her skirts. “But how did you manage it? They fit perfectly!” Darius shrugged his shoulders and picked up the tray to carry it over to
he needed to. “I did. I am in love with you, Helen. But I won’t impose my feelings on—” Helen stood immediately, matching his every move. “I don’t care, Darius. I don’t care about any of the—you aren’t a character from a Dickens novel. It’s meaningless.” “It—It isn’t meaningless. And if I were a character in a novel, I’m sure this is the scene where the heroine says something complimentary about my selflessness and offers to shake my hand.” “You are reading the wrong books, Mr. Thorne.” “Am
you’re not heading that direction?” Darius sighed. Only with Ashe did he feel safe enough to speak the worst aloud. “You heard Galen. There were dukes at her wedding. Even if I free her and end this, it’s—impossible. If it doesn’t create a scandal, then her choice of a lowborn unemployed scholar would do the trick. As my housekeeper kept pointing out, I’ve not taken in a stray kitten, and as much as I love her, I know that I cannot condemn her to a life with a lesser man.” “Snotty bit of blue
attention to and adoration of his young wife. It was as if he’d dedicated his life to pleasing her, and Isabel knew that his existence hinged on Caroline. No one had said anything overtly, but anxiety over her condition and the impending arrival of the child in the summer was impossible to miss. The household was holding its collective breath and it was easy to see why. Isabel prayed for her friend’s safe delivery and the health of her unborn child, out of love for Caroline and for Ashe. Theirs