Feather, Jane. Tempt Me With Diamonds. New York: Kensington Publishing Corp., 2019.
Mass Market Paperback | $7.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-142014360 | 266 pages | Edwardian Romance
I received an ARC of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. All opinions are my own.
I haven’t read Jane Feather before, but I feel that Tempt Me with Diamonds was a poor introduction to her work, considering her lengthy career as a published author, dating back to the 1980s. I don’t know how her prior work compares, but I felt this one misused a totally great premise both for the book itself and for the projected series.
Rupert as a character was one of the few redeeming features of this book. Normally, infidelity is a deal-breaker in romance, except in extreme circumstances, but I felt he was at heart a good person, both in his friendship with Diana’s late brother, Jem, and for the most part in conducting himself in this new situation, even being the one to back down at first when the living arrangement becomes intolerable.
But Diana was incredibly hard to like, due to her spoiled nature. And I felt like the growth of their feelings wasn’t navigated well, given the love-hate factor, and things wrapped up with me still wondering if they had truly resolved their issues, or if divorce would be in their future.
I also found it super weird that this was promoted as the first in a series about “three friends who met at an elite English boarding school,” since I got little to no hints of that aspect in the book from my perspective (I admit I may have glossed over what mentions of it there was), and the friends were both even more annoying and one-dimensional than Diana.
Needless to say, while I may check out some of the books in Feather’s backlist, I will likely not be keeping up with the series. I also don’t know if I would recommend this to anyone. Perhaps anyone who has read Feather’s other work, so they can give a more informed opinion as it regards this book’s consistency with her style.