I have a special weakness for stories involving heroes who are less than perfect—damaged in some way that makes them defensive, but vulnerable—and a heroine who has the power to tear down the walls that guard their hearts. In the Jaded Gentlemen series, by Renee Bernard, the author delivers up, a jewel encrusted platter filled with both types of characters.

“After the darkness of a dungeon in India, artist Josiah Hastings found that years of imprisonment left his eyesight weak and failing. So when the fiery beauty of Miss Eleanor Beckett appears in his vision amidst the bleak grays of a London winter, he knows he’s found his muse and one last chance at a masterpiece…”
Josiah and Eleanor’s story is wonderfully gentle and romantic…

In the latest, PASSION WEARS PEARLS, we enter the life of Josiah Hastings, a former rogue and Jaded gentlemen who has seemingly embraced the role of an eccentric artist by keeping himself hidden away from the world that is slowly growing dimmer as his sight fades away. When fate intervenes and Josiah stumbles into rescue of a young woman who appears as a vivid splash of color in his graying world, he makes an outrageous offer that will change their lives forever.

Josiah and Eleanor’s story is wonderfully gentle and romantic, as the two slowly break down the barriers of a lifetime to discover that when it comes to love, things like pride and society’s acceptance need not apply.

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Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.