maandag 13 oktober 2008

Samantha James - The secret passion of Simon Blackwell

Lady Annabel McBride is caught kissing Simon Blackwell, a man she barely knows. The only thing she knows is the attraction between her and this rude and arrogant man. But now her reputation is on the line and Anne’s older brother demands from Simon to do the honourable thing and secures a proposal from Simon. Right after the wedding they leave to Simon’s home on the Moor of Yorkshire. Now Annabel finds herself married to a man she hardly knows and doesn’t want anything to do with her.

Simon Blackwell didn’t intent to marry. He has been married before and the tragic death of his wife and two sons in a fire several years ago still hunts him. Now he finds himself married to a beautiful young woman, he certainly desire but cannot love. And to keep his heart save, he ignores his wife the moment they arrive home.

But Anne has plans of her own, having two older brothers; she knows how to react to this kind of behaviour. She accepts the challenge that Simon presents to her and will win.

The secret passion of Simon Blackwell by Samantha James is the first novel in the McBride Trilogy and I really enjoy reading it. This novel is easy to read and it is full of emotions, determination and eventually true love.

The main characters Simon and Annabel are right for each other, even when they started on the wrong foot. Simon Blackwell lost his first wife and two sons in a fire several years ago and the accident still hunts him. So in order to keep his heart save, he never intent to marry again. Until he and Annabel are caught in a passionate kiss in the garden and Annabel’s older brother demands Simon to do the right thing. So they marry and are moving to Simon’s home, but the moment they arrive he made is quite clear this marriage will be in name only. Annabel is furious and hurt, but determined to let this marriage succeed and take the challenge. The first thing to do is claiming her personal space in the house and then win the heart of the man she’s beginning to love. Will she be able to break through his shield and fight for his love?

I haven’t read any of Samantha James books, so this was the first novel, but I can truly say I like her style. The novel is easy to read and quite relaxing, just what I needed after some heavy paranormal novels. I will definitely pick up the next novel in this series soon, because I’m curious to see what will happen to one of Annabel’s brothers in The seduction of an unknown lady.


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