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THE SECRET PASSION OF SIMON BLACKWELL
SAMANTHA JAMES
ISBN# 978-0-06-089645-4
April 2007
Avon Books
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022
Mass Market Paperback
$6.99
384 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Annie has always hoped to find a love like her cousin Caro has. Her parents shared a similar passion. She fears it will never happen for her, especially when a kiss turns into a marriage to avoid scandal. Simon treats her so coldly; she fears that he will never love her as she loves him.

Simon has known love and tragedy and is determined never to suffer that kind of loss again. Something about Annie makes him lose control, leading to their marriage. He intends to live chastely for a year and then divorce her, but it grows harder and harder to resist his beautiful wife.

A kiss in the moonlight leads to a marriage of convenience for Simon and Lady Annabel. Simon has lost his previous wife and two children and wants no more of either, leaving Annie in a difficult position.

I really liked Annie from the beginning. She is a strong and passionate character with a temper. Simon was a little harder to like. Mourning for a lost love is no excuse to treat poor Annie like either a leper or a slightly stupid child. Blithely assuming that he can divorce a duke’s daughter after a year with no repercussions is just stupid. His refusal to share his past with her was very wrong and she is a very strong person to deal with his moods and tempers as well as she does. It is inevitable that Simon fall for her and it is fun to watch him fight it. I liked the way the author gives up selected journal entries showing Simon’s true feelings; too bad Annie never read it. The descriptions of both London and Yorkshire are very vivid and the author has a firm grip on the customs of the time. I really enjoyed Simon and Annie’s story.

Maura
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