Review By Sherry Perkins
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
“There was a sudden, horrified silence. Joel heard his words, echoing in the room like small, deadly shots, all aimed at the very heart of things. It was too late to bite anything back.”—Romancing the Rough Diamond
Clare London is a prolific writer—she has at least ten novels that I found before I stopped counting. Several of those uncounted ones are series. London’s books appear to be well-received, and “Romancing the Rough Diamond” is going to be no exception to her readers.
“Romancing the Rough Diamond” is an easy read, with the requisite sexual tension and surrounding conflict between the main characters from the start. The romance was a bit formulaic and there was a good deal of exposition but truthfully, it didn’t detract from the overall read except to say that I like there to be more suspense in this type of contemporary romance.
The two men in “Romancing the Rough Diamond” are Joel and Matt. Joel is the CEO of an established and prestigious jewelers. His firm has been commissioned to design the rings and coronets for the impending marriage between the British Royal Family—a cousin to the family, and an independently wealthy opera singer. The fact this is a Royal wedding should be momentous enough but making it even moreso is that it will be the first openly gay marriage for the Royal Family.
Matt is the son of the owner of a smallish, independent jeweler known for its designs. The company is in the midst of a contentious acquisition by Joel’s firm, the contention being driven by Matt’s insistence that assurances be guaranteed to their employees before being acquired by the much larger and impersonal business.
The two men both attend an event that throws them together, neither having had met the other before. This is the kind of meeting you’ve come to expect in the romance genre, and love it, nonetheless. It’s great fun because you know what’s coming next—conflict, heartbreak and intrigue. Will they be able to re-establish trust? I’m not going to say, but if you’re like me, you find yourself rooting for them just the same.
“A 3.5-star rating about corporate acquisitions, commercial espionage, Royal weddings and the loss of trust.”