Renee Bernard’s glorious tales of the Jaded Gentlemen come to a triumphant conclusion with the July 4th release of  DESIRE WEARS DIAMONDS!


The shy soldier and self-appointed guardian of the Jaded, Michael Rutherford, is faced with the ultimate test of his loyalty and honor when he meets the woman who is at once his perfect match and the worst choice he could ever make. The final battle with the Jaded’s greatest enemy will force him to choose between the brotherhood he has vowed to protect and shielding the innocent lady he comes to love. For Michael, it is a dance with the devil for a chance to taste the kisses of an angel.

Grace Porter is no ordinary wallflower or shy spinster hiding in the shadows of her brother’s London home. She is a quiet rebel with secrets of her own and a woman who dreams of an independent life, free to pursue her dreams as a writer. Her imagination holds the key to her survival, but it fuels her retreat from the colorless world around her. Until Michael Rutherford’s arrival upturns her every fantasy and threatens her sanctuary with his lies. His embrace is intoxicating to her senses but Grace isn’t the kind of woman to lose her head—or her heart.

It’s a knuckle-biting race to the finish for fans of the Jaded as fan favorite, Michael Rutherford, discovers the identity of the Jackal and Michael learns that sometimes the price to pay for justice is the sacrifice of hope and happiness. He will risk everything as the Jaded call him out as a traitor and nothing is what it seems.”

…making it an enjoyable evening full of romance, mystery and adventure.

From the very beginning of this series, Michael Rutherfold, the “gentle giant” and loyal protector of “the Jaded” grabbed a place in my heart and stayed there. Creating a heroine worthy of his heart could not have been an easy task for Ms. Bernard, but in Grace Porter, this talented author certainly rose to the challenge.

Michael and Grace’s story was the perfect to conclusion to already breathtaking series of books and the resolution of the mystery carried through the entire series was more satisfying than a big helping of ice cream on a scorching summer day!

A personal thanks to Ms. Bernard for making what might have been a depressing holiday for me—stuck inside, instead of enjoying the 4th with family and friends thanks to a back problem—and making it an enjoyable evening full of romance, mystery and adventure.

Additional thanks for the creative bonus material! As a huge fan of historical fiction, I’ve often wondered about the Penny Dreadful novels that sometimes play a part in the stories but, never thought to have the opportunity to read one for myself. Including a story from the heroine’s literary alter ego, A.R Crimson, was not only a stroke of genius, but a very welcome gift.

As much as I hate to see the stories of the Jaded Gentlemen come to an end, I can’t help but feel a sense of anticipation about what this author will share with us next.


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About the Reviewer

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.