by Samantha James

April 2007
ISBN: 978-0-06-089645-4
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Mass Market Paperback

An unexpected twist of fate has changed Simon Blackwell’s life forever. A man of intense passions, he has resolved to deny his emotions and desires forever, taking refuge in the wilds of the moorlands and shut himself off from the world. But on one extraordinary night, on a rare trip to London, the unthinkable occurs. An intoxicatingly beautiful stranger stirs the hunger he has sworn to resist. Simon Blackwell believed that no woman could tempt him, until Anabel McBride comes into his life.

Annabel knows nothing of Simon’s secret pain. But one irresistible kiss plunges her into marriage with a man she scarcely knows, a man who hides a painful past. She can feel the heat of the passion that burns within this handsome man, making her wish for more than the union; in name only, he has promised her.

Simon dares not love again, for love can be lost in an instant. And now it is up to Annabel to find a way and open his heart to the most glorious risk of all, love everlasting.

Samantha James brings her readers a wonderful love story. Simon Blackwell is a haunted man with a pain so deep, it seems as if no one will ever bring forth love from him again. Annabel is the one woman, in all of London, who can do just that, but she must earn his trust first, and being that they are both stubborn, that may not be as easy as it sounds!

With wonderfully written characters, beautiful settings and a love story that keeps the readers' attention, this is a great book for your spring, reading collection. Be sure to pick up Ms. James' book, The Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell, you'll be glad that you did.

Reviewed in June 2007 by Debbie.

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