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The Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2007

    A reviewer

    The handsome Simon Blackwell has lived for years with the emotional and physical scars of losing his wife and son in a horrific fire. He broods for years surviving in unhappiness and pain, working to push those close to him away so that he can forget, while at other times overcome with memories and how he was unable to save them. When the beautiful and vivacious Lady Annabel McBride attempts to save the son of her friend Caro from running out in the street and being run over by a horse, she meets the enraged Simon who believes Annabel to be the reckless mother of the young boy. The grateful Caro invites the handsome hero over for dinner and it there that Simon and Annabel meet once again. As the weeks go by they keep meeting at society events and sparks of what is thought to be mutual dislike and mistrust turn into flames of desire. One evening in a moonlit garden they are caught in a passionate embrace. The compromised Annabel soon finds herself walking down the aisle, beginning a marriage with Simon of desire, longing and pain. The last thing Simon wants to do is hurt Annabel, but what can there be but hurt when he announces on their wedding night that he wants a marriage of convenience with no children and will arrange for a divorce within a year? Annabel attempts to resign herself to a marriage of convenience, but it is Simon that finds it most difficult, as his true secret is the intense passion that he has for Annabel. No matter how much he tries to avoid Annabel and his desire, he cannot, and they come together for several nights of intense passion. Will Simon be able to overcome his emotional scars so that he can forget the past and give into his intense desire and love for Annabel? Will Annabel's growing love be strong enough for both of them in order to have a true, lasting marriage? The Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell is an intense sexually charged story that delights while pulling at the heartstrings. Samantha James once again has written a well-developed story with characters that struggle with life's disappointments and find true love and happiness.

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

    Touching story

    My first Samantha James book was not disappointing! I love the fact that she stays factual on how women were treated during the era and their place in society, many authors do not. Simon Blackwell is a tragic hero, but you learn to love him. He comes off in the beginning as a bit gruff, and you wonder how the book is going to be, but he grows on you as a reader. Annabel was a strong, fascinating female lead. My only complaint with the book is that is a bit slow on the love scenes. They don't start until about 3/4 through the book. But, if they would have started sooner I don't know that it would have followed the plot line. Defintely recommended!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A beautifu relationship drama

    By 1848 Simon Blackwell has learned to distrust passion after what happened five years ago. Though declared to have survived his ordeal by his physician, Simon knows otherwise as he hides in the moorlands especially from aristocratic females. Only for his remaining maternal relative Aunt Leticia will he venture to odious London and this is because she begged him to attend her seventieth birthday bash.--------------- In London, Simon meets Annabel McBride and is unable to resist a kiss. She burns from his touch and he feels likewise. Forced to marry he vows for convention and convenience only while she vows for passion and friendship. Simon refuses to open his heart as love hurts while Annabel refuses to accept anything less than his hear as love liberates.---------------- THE SECRET PASSION OF SIMON BLACKWELL is in many ways a typical Victorian romance with a disturbed dark protagonist and a courageous heroine willing to risk her soul to more than just help him as Annabel knows that is not enough. She will do what it takes to earn his eternal love as nothing less is acceptable. Their relationship makes for a fine historical tale as readers will root for Anne to achieve what seems like a bodacious unattainable goal: winning the heart and soul of her beloved.--------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    highly recommend

    very good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2008

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    This book is one of the best books I have ever read. I have to say, it is the ONLY book I have sat down and read straight through in one day. I couldn't stand to put it down. This book is amazing! The storyline doesn't just jump to the sex. Granted they were great, but the pages before the scene is what made it so great. The book has a powerful presense in overcoming adversities that people face in everyday life and how if someone is willing, a person can overcome their fears and love again. This is a book that will be around for a long time. It will be treasured for years to come as a book about hope, love, lust, and life. It shows that there is something to live for out there. I will definately read this book many times again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2007

    Really Good book

    I thought the book was great. I think the author gradually developed Simon and Anne's relationship rather than things happening so suddenly. This book made me cry and smile. Its a really great read and I highly recommend it to others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2007

    SNORE

    Do not waste your money on this book. BOY! It was boring. I kept waiting for something to happen, but sadly, nothing ever does. I love to read good romance novels and such, this hardly qualifies as one of them. It lacks humor and passion.

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