Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
Trust is the most precious jewel of all.
When Mayfair jewelers Starsmith Stones wins the commission for a gay royal wedding, CEO Joel Sterling is recommended to the brilliant young designer Matt Barth—only to discover Matt’s the man with whom he shared an anonymous and passionate kiss on the celebration night.
Disenchanted with the commercial jewelry industry, Matt nowadays prefers muddy archaeological digs to designing. Openly resentful of Starsmith’s hostile takeover of his family’s firm, he is horrified at the realization he’ll be working with the man who engineered that deal—but the opportunity to create something fabulous and unique for the royal couple is too tempting to refuse.
Working as a team reignites the spark between Joel and Matt. But when betrayal from within Starsmith threatens both the project and Joel’s confidence, will they have built enough trust to keep their newfound love as precious as the royal jewels?
I’m thoroughly enjoying Clare London’s Romancing The series and that extends to her latest release Romancing the Rough Diamond (Romancing the… #4). A wonderful combination of entertaining subject matter and romance plus great location, it was easy to read, the romance and relationship made all the more interesting because of the main character’s professions and the jewelry at the heart of the story.
I liked the characters. CEO Joel Sterling, extremely capable, intelligent, with a love of the jewelry and the art behind it Jewelry designer Matt Barth, artistic, hot headed, loyal, and highly moral, if judgemental. A pair where the chemistry is calculated to burn hot. Which it did. I love the passages where they worked as a team to achieve the special commission. That worked so well, highlighting the group dynamics and the entire process which I found fascinating. It broke down somewhat later on over the whole “betrayal” element because that never seemed so realistic
The lack of security measures, followup, etc. The accusations that occured never felt more than a unrealistic plot device unfortunately. I could see it happening, just not that way.
What I was terribly interested in? Another highly born couple. I wanted their story and much, much , more of them. They intrigued me and almost stole the story away.
As did Matt’s family and the archaeological dig at the farm. I could have had more of that as well. Especially Joel sloshing about in the mud in the fields and the excitement it drew from Matt.
So many great elements here. The jewelry industry, another high couple, an archaeological dig, Matt’s family, and, Matt and Joel. I just think they all sort of fought against each other because each needed more time and perhaps more of the story or another story altogether. Not sure what I’m saying other than there was a feast of elements here that added to to being too much of a good thing.
Still a lovely romance to read.
Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza. It has some of the right elements and a great model for Matt. Still it’s lacking something.
ebook, 244 pages
Expected publication: September 17th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language English
Series Romancing the… #4