Simply Love [NOOK Book]

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Even the hardest heart can be softened by love ...

Cassandra Zerek is a true innocent in a wild anddangerous place -- but her indomitable spirit and gentle soul make her stronger than anyone suspects.

The owner of a Colorado mining empire, Luke Taggart's wealth and position can buy him anything, yet he has grown bored with a life of saloons, gambling, and loose women. Nothing soothes his restless inner yearning -- until he spies Cassandra, as ...

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Overview

Even the hardest heart can be softened by love ...

Cassandra Zerek is a true innocent in a wild anddangerous place -- but her indomitable spirit and gentle soul make her stronger than anyone suspects.

The owner of a Colorado mining empire, Luke Taggart's wealth and position can buy him anything, yet he has grown bored with a life of saloons, gambling, and loose women. Nothing soothes his restless inner yearning -- until he spies Cassandra, as fresh and pure as a spring morning, and vows he will possess her. The radiant, charmingly naïve youngbeauty seems blind to the depth of Luke's desire or the lengths he is willing to go to seduce her. But the lady is wise, with an unwavering faith in the magical powers of love. And she's determined to awaken the good man hiding in Luke's tormented heart, for only one precious giftwill truly win her: his deep, passionate, and unsullied love.

Luke Taggart, owner of a mining empire, has seen and done it all. But he feels a restlessness--for what, he doesn't know. Until he meets a woman as fresh and pure as a spring morning--and vows to possess her at any cost. Lovely Cassandra Zarek has a charming naivete that seems to blind her to Luke's seductive schemes and a belief in the ability of love to transform this rogue into the man of her dreams. Ads in Good Housekeeping. 5-city author tour. Original. (Fiction--Romance)

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Luke Taggart is bored. He's made his fortune in the Colorado gold mines and bought the best of everything, including women. But lately his life is like a glass of ale left out overnight-flat, with all the fizz gone. He longs for the warmth and comfort of family life, but that would mean taking a wife, which he has vowed never to do. When he happens upon Cassandra Zerek as she's reading to a group of children, he realizes Cassie is the woman he wants for a mistress. To get past her objecting father, Luke has him jailed on bogus claim-jumping charges, then "rescues" Cassie and her little brother from destitution by offering her a position as his live-in companion. Cassie misunderstands her duties, and a delightful comedy of errors starts as Luke tries to explain exactly what he has hired her to do-all of which is lost on the naive young woman. He finally resorts to marriage to get what he's paid for, but by that time Cassie has discovered his manipulation and deception, and Luke must find a way to prove his love for her. With this latest, (after Keegan's Lady) Anderson creates a heartwarming page-turner while establishing herself as a major voice in the romance genre. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Wealthy Colorado mining mogul Luke Taggart is bored with the beautiful, loose women in his life. So he tricks nave Cassandra Zerek into becoming his paid companion, but after she moves into his home, he finds he needs her on a different, more committed level. Taggart suffered sexual abuse as a child, which has affected his relationships with women. Anderson (Annie's Song, Avon, 1996) offers a beguiling combination of earthiness and innocence, sweetness and sensuality in this wonderfully written work. The author lives in Sutherlin, Oregon. (JC)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061752063
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 43,900
  • File size: 598 KB

Meet the Author

Catherine Anderson is a bestselling American romance novelist. She resides in the pristine woodlands of Oregon, is married to her high school sweetheart, and has authored more than 30 award-winning historical and contemporary romances. Throughout her career, she has made numerous bestseller lists, such as the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Ingram, Waldenbooks, and Barnes & Noble. She has received nominations for the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards, as well as being a RITA® Award finalist, and was given a Career Achievement Award by Romantic Times for Contemporary Romance.

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Simply Love

Chapter One

It was the devil's own afternoon. Black clouds gathered over the teeth-sharp peaks of the Rocky Mountains, and an angry wind from the north drove gusts against the buildings. Locked into his own thoughts, Luke Taggart stood by the window in the Golden Slipper's best upstairs room and watched the sun drift behind a patch of thunderous gray. Heralding the approach of winter, September was coming in with a vengeance. Unless he missed his guess, there would be one hell of a rainstorm before nightfall.

The warm glow of the gaslights placed strategically around the red and gold bedchamber did little to offset the gloom. Oblivious to the opulence he'd once admired, he listened with half an ear to the sibilant hiss of the gas jets, his heart striking two muted beats to every click of the pendulum.

From beyond the windowpane he heard a hoarse shout, followed by a stream of curses. Another barroom brawl in the offing? he wondered without much interest. Leaning a hip against the sill, he gazed morosely through the glass at the cobblestone sidewalks two stories below him. Townsfolk scurried past the Golden Slipper to patronize shops farther up the way. As the ladies walked by the gambling house, they stepped clear off the curb and into the street, their noses lifted in disdain, their fancy skirts drawn close around their ankles, as if the very air might be contaminated.

Anger burned low in Luke's gut like a smoldering coal buried under a thick layer of ash, the fire inside him always

It was the devil's own afternoon. Black clouds gathered over the teeth-sharp peaks of the Rocky Mountains, and an angry wind from the northdrove gusts against the buildings. Locked into his own thoughts, Luke Taggart stood by the window in the Golden Slipper's best upstairs room and watched the sun drift behind a patch of thunderous gray. Heralding the approach of winter, September was coming in with a vengeance. Unless he missed his guess, there would be one hell of a rainstorm before nightfall.

The warm glow of the gaslights placed strategically around the red and gold bedchamber did little to offset the gloom. Oblivious to the opulence he'd once admired, he listened with half an ear to the sibilant hiss of the gas jets, his heart striking two muted beats to every click of the pendulum.

From beyond the windowpane he heard a hoarse shout, followed by a stream of curses. Another barroom brawl in the offing? he wondered without much interest. Leaning a hip against the sill, he gazed morosely through the glass at the cobblestone sidewalks two stories below him. Townsfolk scurried past the Golden Slipper to patronize shops farther up the way. As the ladies walked by the gambling house, they stepped clear off the curb and into the street, their noses lifted in disdain, their fancy skirts drawn close around their ankles, as if the very air might be contaminated.

Anger burned low in Luke's gut like a smoldering coal buried under a thick layer of ash, the fire inside him always there but carefully banked. Snobbish bitches. Let them risk life and limb if that pleased their condescending sense of morality. It was no skin off his nose if one of them got run over by a passing conveyance.

Running a hand inside his unbuttoned shirt, Luke rubbed his chest, his fingertips tracing the hard bulges of muscle under his sweat-moistened skin. God, he felt fired, the kind of tiredness that ran bone-deep and far beyond the physical.

"Luke, baby. Come back to bed."

Gloria's purring demand raked down his spine like a fingernail over a blackboard. In spite of its pretension to elegance, the room carried the subtle odor of fish that always seemed to accompany sex. As was his habit after he'd finished with a woman, he'd scrubbed all trace of her from his person, but the faint smell that lingered in the air and clung to the satin sheets still made him feel unclean.

Christ, what in the hell was wrong with him these days? He should be snuggled into the soft feather mattress of the fancy bed behind him instead of scowling out the window like a restless prisoner. Gloria was a gorgeous woman, with a mane of silky blond hair, skin like cream, and pink-tipped breasts the size of melons. She was also willing to do almost anything for a price, and Luke had an endless store of money to accommodate her. Six months ago, he would have kept her busy until well after midnight. Then, if he'd gotten bored, he might have called in another girl to spice things up. There was nothing like two women in one bed to whet a man's sexual appetite.

Feeling a mild interest stirring, he toyed with the idea of doing just that. Two women-hell, maybe even three. With a bottle of expensive scotch to numb his senses, he could sink back on the downy mattress and give himself up to their ministrations. He was rich, for God's sake. Anything he wanted was his for the asking. All he had to do was snap his fingers.

He'd done it plenty of times before. He could do it again.

So, why didn't he?

That was the question that had lured him from the bed to the window, the question that had his belly knotted and his mind running in dark circles. Not that he was unhappy, exactly. How could he be when he had damned near everything he'd ever wanted? And yet he'd come to realize over the past few weeks that his life reminded him of a glass of ale left out overnight-flat, with all the fizz gone.

Making more money didn't help.

Nor did the women he bedded. Blondes, redheads, brunettes ... each more beautiful than the last. They didn't seem to make a difference. Flat ale was flat ale, and no matter how much salt you added, sometimes it wouldn't come to a head.

Simply Love. Copyright © by Catherine Anderson. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2011

    do not recommend it...

    I was looking for a nice clean romance, after reading reviews I thought this would be worth reading. I put it down ( chp 1) after the rich eligible bachelor loved having 2 women, wait, three women in his bed at once, not to metion the details. Even if he redeems himself later with true love, I don't care to wade through the muck and mire.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2004

    One of my top 5 favorites for romances!

    I absolutely loved this book! The main characters, the setting, the hero(and his pain), the incredible sexual tension... it is all in this story. I've read all of Catherine Andersen's books, and while they're all good, this was my absolute favorite!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2002

    You won't be let down!

    This book was a joy to read. I have not read anything by this author before, but I will now seek out her other works! This is the simple story of a kind, nieve young girl and a ruthless man who falls for her. It is simple, but heart warming and fun to read. Have at it folks!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Kyler

    Next res

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    Second favorite

    This book is in my top three for all the Catherine Andersin books that I have read, and I have read most of them. It is more edgy than mist of her novels, however I like the fact that is doesnt follow her usual pattern. Which frankly after reading so many of her novels is a little predictable. I like ut very well, great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    The best yet

    I have read almost all of catherine anderson's book and this is by far the BEST! I loved how the story develops. Yeah she's a little dumb at times but it makes the story all the more intriguing. It gives you great moral backgrounds as well. The ending isn't sappy like most books, you know the typical "they got married, had a baby, yata yata...." It took one day for me to read this book. I just couldn't put it down. I highly recomend it!

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    im sure this book is great but see i oreder this book on June the 1 pay for but still have not got it would love to read it but have not got it yet.

    I'M SURE THE BOOK IS GREAT CAUSE I'T BY CATHERINE ANDERSON BUT I ORDER IT ON JUNE 1 AND ITS PAYED FOR AND I STILL HAVE NOT GOT IT YET SO THERE YOU HAVE IT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    Bravo

    One of the best romance novels I've yet to read. Depicts human flaws and forgiveness in a captivating way. Yes, it's blunt at times. However, a book should be just that because, lets face it, thats life. Well done Anderson.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Good story

    This is a good story that gets off to a very rockey start! Its worth the read in the long run!!

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    Simply Love

    Excellent story about growing up and living in Colorado during the gold minning days. Catherine Anderson includes in the story the communities perception of being poor and being rich. Family values even though poor; gambling & brothels; orphanage; catholic church & priest; and love & forgiveness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2009

    Book good for reading anytime

    Another great book by Catherine Anderson. One you can pick up and read anytime. We need some books from her.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

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    simply love

    I enjoyed reading the book, but I love Catherine Anderson's books

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    Interestingly lovable.

    When I first start reading this story, my first thought was what a jerk Luke is and no one could ever be as naive as Cassandra. But Catherine Anderson in her usual flair hooked me. Luke did have a conscience and soul and Cassandra's sweetness found it. The struggles he faced as a man falling in love after such a horrible start in life was worth it in the end because it brought him Cassandra. His dirty dealings and plotting to get what he wanted could have made him an unlikeable character and should have, but as is her style, Catherine Anderson made sure we saw why he was worthy of Cassandra's love.

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