Black Silk

Black Silk

by Judith Ivory, Judy Cuevas
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Black Silk 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's very boring and goes on and on forever!!!!
MetraHarvard More than 1 year ago
I actually read this book a couple years ago. I am so glad to have found it on the website since I had forgotten the title and I wanted to read what others had to say about it. I have read quite a few books from this author and I can't believe she would put out such a dreary, boring effort. The story just drags on and on. Instead of donating this book when I finally finished it, I threw it into the recycling bin!!! If you are going to read this author--try the Bride Series--it is completely the opposite of this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are times in your in your life when you have a what!? moment. Reading this book will put you in that mindset. Basically any reviewer who gave this book two stars or less explained why this is such a waste of your time. The only thing good about this book is that the herion, Submit, is a unique character, who I believe should have the privilege of being in a loving realtionship but in the end of the book you still confused if she is or not. If you want to read this book get it from the library. Save your money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever read a book where the author has so much material to work with and the plot and the characters seem complex that you might actual enjoy it, but then the author just writes the book just to put something out there knowing good and well the book does not make any sense well this is the book. Black Silk will have to be in my top list of books that were horrible and a waste of my time. Black Silk should not be consider a romance novel because till this day I'm confused if Graham and Submit actually love each other or are in the relationship just to get something from each other or if the Graham just wants Submit because his uncle had her and his curious and envious. The book is confusing and complex 'not in a good way' and if you are a true romance reader or any reader at all if you read this book you will truly throw this book on the wall and demand your time back and maybe save people from the horrible act of reading this book by writing a review on barnes and noble and stating how awful this book is because I did.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Hard to relay all that this book offers. Amazing interchanges between characters, humor, sadness, and the exquisite main characters and their passion. I love this book and am grateful for all the time spent slipping between the pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She smiles and strokes your hair as you suck. "That's it girl. Milk em' dry."
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dense and slow - not for me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Actually, more like 4.5 stars, as it's a romance and did not make me cry although it did move me greatly. It's certainly not a traditional romance in that the main relationship takes time to build and both characters go through realistic struggles to come to terms with who they are, instead of sex first, then love. It's extremely well written and conceived - a regency romance without all the silliness entailed in most of those. Very much worth a read.
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The heroine's name is Submit. Submit. That alone earns this book one star.
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Florry More than 1 year ago
From the cover and the description on the back of the book, I was excited to delve into this story. I was incredibly disappointed to find that the actual story was so wordy and went in so many circles that the story became boring, and completely unreadable. I am an avid romance reader, and one thing that I hate not doing is finishing a story, because its like leaving a movie paused permanently. I read to around page 200, and I just couldn't go any further. I was just bored. I love descriptions of internal observations of characters, but this book took it to a state where all I wanted was for the story to come to dialogue, but once it comes to dialogue between actual characters, the wording was unimaginative and not entertaining. Unfortunately, I would not recommend this story to the romance reading community.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth the purchase price.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading BEAST, THE PROPOSITION, AND UNTIE MY HEART, I was disappointed in the book 'Black Silk'. I wonder if MS. Ivory had a commitment to write a book after the sucess of her other books (The Proposition) and simply wrote anything that came to her mind. I read the book and could not believe that these characters were so cold and calculating, there is no true romance or redeeming qualities in the so call hero or heroine. Another book to miss is also Sleeping Beauty nothing but a sleeper. Please MS. Ivory do not Submit another angry book again for publication.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only is this book exquisitely written, with excellent detail, the characters are the closest I've encountered to reality while still keeping the romantic edge. I read it twice, back to back, to glean all the nuance from the prose. This one thrilled me - I fell in love with Graham; his strengths and great insecurities. I yelled at Submit, the naive victim of an extremely manipulative deceased husbund. And, the deceased husband, Henry, reached out from the grave to continue his despotic control over the people in his life. This one was amazing. Pay ATTENTION when you read it... This is not a lightweight romance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books (I read the original)! I like the tension between the characters of Graham, Submit and Henry. The mere fact that they are not perfect and have their secrets make the characters more believable. Judith Ivory is a talented writer and I appreciate the fact that the attraction between Graham and Submit starts slowly and builds- not some love-at-first-sight-can't-resist etc. It is gritty and an unconventional romance. Definately not a cookie-cutter plot by Judith Ivory.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know when I've read a book with characters that not one of them, had a redeeming quality. Graham is nothing but a silly egotistical FOP.......anyone who wears 10 watches.....not only has no fashion sense (no matter what time period) but comes off looking ridiculous! Submit......now there's a truly silly character. Ms. Ivory didn't seem to like any of her characters. It read like a WHO's WHO of the worst society can produce. Her hero and heroine.....they were the absolute epitome of ridiculous. She paints Graham as gorgeous.....and Submit as plain to the point of ugly. Everyone but Graham finds her, plain, dull, and as she described it.....'a crow'. Noone, except of course Graham, finds her even nice! I love to read, especially good romance, but after reading this book I have to say I was terribly disappointed. This is undoubtedly the worst $5 I've ever spent on a novel. But at least now I know that I will avoid like the plaque any further writings of Ms. Ivory. I only wish I could give this book MINUS 5 stars instead of having to at least give it one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Graham Wessit has so much energy and no direction. At age thirty-eight, he has a married mistress who tries to stifle him, a paternity suit against him, two children he hardly knows and a lot of animosity toward his dead guardian. Enter, said guardian's widow and Graham's life is turned even more upside down. Slowly but surely he falls for the widow, who keeps pushing him away. But Submit Channing-Downes is as much drawn to Graham as he is to her. For all her love for her deceased husband and all the pain of Graham's youth these two must find their way to one another. This isn't a story about two people, it is a story about three. Henry Channing-Downes, our deceased husband and guardian, plays heavily on these two lost souls. He is a constant presence throughout the book. Whether through his machinations or pure fate, Submit and Graham finally come together. Two very different people who prove to be each others saving grace.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1858, Graham Wessit has so many woes he does not know where to start to fix them. Besides being the laughing stock of England due to a hyperbolic serialization of his misdeeds, the wealthy Graham faces a false paternity suit and the plans of his current mistress to divorce her husband and marry him. Since he inherited his title at six, scandal is his middle name.

Widow Submit Channing-Downes wears black in mourning for her late husband Henry. She adored her much older spouse though she likes the freedom that widowhood provides for her. Graham blames much of his present troubles on Henry, his former guardian. Listening to Henry¿s son prattle, Graham transfers his negative feelings to the widow until she arrives delivering a package from the deceased. Though Submit and Graham differ about Henry, they agree on a deep attraction between them. Unless they find some kind of compromise, the ghost of Henry will haunt any relationship between them.

BLACK SILK, a reprint of a 1991 Victorian romance (written under the name of Judith Cuevas), retains its freshness due to the strong characterizations. Readers fully grasp the motives of Submit and Graham and to a lesser degree that of Henry. Graham is the unique recipient of scorn from his peers while Submit is a bit more difficult to comprehend as she appears almost like two different people. Still Judith Ivory strikes the right chords with this powerful character study that slowly simmers the romance so that the audience obtains a realistic entertaining mid nineteenth century tale.

Harriet Klausner