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The Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell (McBride Family #1)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  1,212 ratings  ·  76 reviews
A cruel twist of fate changed Simon Blackwell's life irreparably. A man of intense passions, he resolved to deny his emotions and desires forever, taking refuge in the wilds of the moorlands and shutting 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 sensuous hunge ...more
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Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published March 2007)
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Jan 28, 2008 D.L. rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one. Not even my worst enemy.
My Take:

This book caused me physical pain. I wasn’t even through the first page when I severely regretted the purchase of this novel. I spent the few hours it took me to read it alternately crying from the headache and laughing from just how bad it could get. She managed to use parallel structure in every... single... paragraph.

It’s difficult to call Simon Blackwell the hero of the story, because in no way does he act like a hero throughout the 300-pages of this drivel. His biggest accomplishm
As a whole, I liked the story. Still, I felt like it seemed to be missing ... something. Something bogged the novel down. Some have suggested that Simon's secret took too long to reveal. My feeling was more that it took too long for him to give in to his lust for Anne. Believe me I love sexual tension being drawn out as much as the next person, but it didn't work for this one. I know too that after a couple gets together you need another conflict to keep the reader interested, so it could be the ...more
Sara ♥
WOW. Like I said before, Simon has ISSUES with a CAPITAL I. Seriously. But of course, it all works out in the end--Annie wins him over with her undying devotion... or it may possibly have been her undying attempts to seduce him.... *hmmmm* I can't QUITE remember... hahaha! Men can be SO STUBBORN, can't they? All-in-all, a good read. I'll have to try Samantha's other books... minus the Scottish ones. I don't do skirts....

Excuse me ladies, my husband is trying to seduce ME.... *laughs at the sad a
I enjoyed reading the story of Anne and Simon’s marriage based on one scandalous kiss. I like that they got caught right away and forced into marriage. So often that doesn’t happen in Regencies. I did like the characters in general, though their inner monologues started repeating about halfway through the book. It got just a bit old. Overall, an enjoyable read with a lot of really nice chemistry between the characters.
the first historical romance book that i read and this one is one of my favorites!
Jane Stewart
Ordinary, somewhat predictable romance. Nothing too special.

Ok, but not worth buying. This was a typical regency-style romance novel. A couple meets, they kiss once. Her family forces them to marry due to the kiss. They grow to love each other, have a fight and separate and then get back together at the end. This is an ok formula. Sometimes it works well. Sometimes the conversations and characters make it interesting and entertaining. But this story wasn’t one of those. There were no major probl
A cruel twist of fate changed Simon Blackwell's life irreparably. A man of intense passions, he resolved to deny his emotions and desires forever, taking refuge in the wilds of the moorlands and shutting 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 sensuous hunger he has sworn to resist. Simon Blackwell believed that no woman could tempt him.

No woman . . . save Annabel McBride.

Lover of Romance
Annabel McBride has always longed for the love and passion that she has seen within in her own family, and children of her own. When a almost accident puts Simon Blackwell in her path, she doesn't know if she should run away or draw closer. After sharing a passionate embrace and then having to be married when caught, Annabel hopes that she will be loved in this marriage, however all her hopes are dashed when it is more than obvious that Simon has no intention of sharing a bed with her let alone ...more
Lelyana Taufik
Salah satu buku yang bisa membuat ku nangis seperti habis di tinggal pacar .... pengen banget kasih 6 bintang ..suka banget dengan cara bercerita Samantha James, yang bisa membuat terhanyau sampai selesai dalam waktu kurang dari 24 jam membaca nya

Simon Blackwell agak kesal melihat Annabele (Anne, Annie) yang dikiranya tidak mempu menyelamat kan Jack, keponakannya. Anne juga sama sekali tidak tertarik pada si duda satu ini selain berterimakasih karena menyelamatkan Jack keponakannya dari tendan
A highly emotional story. No murder plots or the like, just a straight forward romance with two unlikely people. The first time that Simon and Anna met he yelled at her, the second she was rather rude to him, the third both of them parted angry with the other. The fourth time they met they kissed and then there fate was sealed. However after there marriage Simon has no intentions of ever touching his young wife again, he plans to remain married for a respectable amount of time and then have ther ...more
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I just couldn't get past page 75 or whatever the page number was after the kiss and they were discovered.
Sonu iyiydi. Sonda kurtardı. Şimdi mouseunuzu 4 yıldızın üstüne getirin, heh işte orada yazdığından :)
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Eli Yanti
i think this is the best book of samantha, really love this book :)

Ini crita tentang Annable McBride (adik dr Alec and Aidan Mcbride) dengan Simon Blackwell, yg tidak sengaja bertemu pada saat si Anne (singkatan nama annable) sdg berjalan2 dengan sepupunya – caro dan kedua anaknya jack dan izzie di Hyde Park dan terjadi satu insiden dimana si jack hampir celaka oleh terjangan kuda kalau saja si Simon g gesit menangkap jack dan krn pertolongannya Caro merasa berhutang budi bahkan mengundang Simon
Bu yorum aynı zamanda Romancekolikte yayınlanmıştır.

Kitap güzeldi. Yer yer duygulanıpta ağlamamaya çalıştığım zamanlar oldu. Tabi bu şu anki psikolojik durum yüzünden de olmuş olabilir. O yüzden çok acıklı bir roman olarak algılanmasını istemem. Tam sevdiğim kriterlerdeydi. Kavgalı çiftler, uygunsuz durumda yakalanıp jet hızıyla düğün, evliliğin ilk günlerinin bol kavgalı olması vs derken sıkılmadan okuduğum bir kitaptı.

Konusuna gelirsek Anne 20'li yaşların başında maceraperest bir kız ve ay
Romance isn't what I usually go for, but for a first stab at the genre it was't so bad. It was a bit cliche' in places. From what I've been told it played out the way all Victorian romances do - boy meets girl - girl and boy must keep up appearances, boy marries girl by force then refuses to ever sex with her, and unfortunate event leads their shotgun wedding, and boy abstains from loving girl because he feels guilty. And then, though a series of very wordy love scenes that could rival Lovecraf ...more
A misleading title, probably chosen for its impact. A more accurate title might have been 'The Secret Agony of Simon Blackwell' or 'The Secret Torment of Simon Blackwell'.

Simon Blackwell is a tetchy recluse from Yorkshire who is forced to visit London for a relative's birthday. He rescues a small boy from the hooves of a spooked horse, then berates the woman he thinks is the child's mother. The object of his vicious tongue is Anne, the cousin of Caroline, the boy's mother, who was distracted by
Okay, I've read a LOT of reviews from people who loved this book, so it might be worth a try.
Simon Blackwell has been hiding himself away since (from the back cover) a "cruel twist of fate changed [his] life irreperably." He came out of mourning only for his aunt's birthday and helped to save the life of Annabel's (honorary) nephew. Thinking that Annabel is the nephew's mother, he reams her a new one. When the boys actual mother, Annabel's best friend, shows up, he is seduced by her beauty. But
Lynne Tull
I haven't read anything by Samantha James in a while. I like her style. While there was conflict between the H/H there was also an under current of hope for love everlasting. Any argument/angst was directly related to the situation. The story is about a forced wedding because of a compromising act between the H/H. I don't remember reading but one or two stories with that theme. There is no fighting between the two...just an acceptance and how can we make this work. There was one point in the sto ...more
Lady Allison
I absolutely devoured this book.

James spins a tale about the young, Lady Anne who gets caught in a passionate kiss with the dashing yet tortured Simon Blackwell. As goes with most ladies caught in compromising situations, they must marry - but it's not so unfortunate. As Anne discovers Simon's dark secrets, she falls deeper in love with him...but can he return her love after everything he's been through?

Simon is one of the best tortured heroes I've read since Kenyon's Dark Hunters. No, seriousl
Um boa história sem muito mistérios, com bons momentos de paixão. Em momento algum senti necessidade de abandoná-lo. Linda a amizade entre as primas Anne e Caro e por gostar de história com epílogos com algum conteúdo.
I 'liked' DL's scroll down and read it. She says it all, and so much better than I ever will. The only difference in our star ratings is because I actually enjoy the occasional cheesy snack. I never go into a romance novel expecting too much (in fact, the whole point, for me, is to give my brain a rest), and therefore generally enjoy a good, fluffy romp. The few times I got annoyed - did anyone else notice the plot issues? Like when she's needling Simon about something at breakfast a ...more
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A short acquaintance and a quick wedding, but a loooong time to get over past tragedies. She was very stubborn but almost gave up numerous times it seemed.
Jill Twigg
Loved this story of another McBride. Heartfelt and sweet. Looking forward to reading about Alec and Aidan.
I'm a huge fan of the tortured hero theme, and that's mainly the reason I picked up this book. I enjoyed Simon, the hero, he suffered a major loss that plagues him, but he meets Annabel. It's hate at first sight for Annabel but Simon is curious about her... Let's just say that they marry hastily and soon Annabel discovers that Simon wants a marriage in name only, but she has other ideas on the matter.

I enjoy the setting, the characters but there were times where just wanted to yell WTF!!!! And
kagit kiz
Bir skandal öpücükle başlayan istenmeyen bir evlilik
Simon geçmişin hayaletleriyle yaşayan insanlardan kaçan yaşadığı trajediyi kendine mal etmiş bu trajediye sıkı sıkı yapışmıştır
Kadın kahramanımız ise içi içine sığmayan yıldızlara bakıp dilek dileyen cıvıl cıvıl biridir
Birbirlerine duydukları şehvetle başlayan Anne in inadına hayran olduğum bu evlilik kurtulabilecek mi, Anne in azmi Simon üstündeki ölü toprağını atabilecek mi attı diyelim peki bunun sonunda Anne den geriye ne kalacak??
Tek kelime ile duygusal bir ziyafet bu kitap.Bana Mary Balogh'un Beni Bana Bırak isimli kitabını anımsattı,ister istemez.Aynı acı çeken bir erkek ama hangisi daha çok acı çekiyordu diye sorsanız Simon derim.Çok ilginç adam yaşamayı bırakmış.Annie onu hayata döndürmeye çalışıyor.Kadın kovalıyor erkek kaçıyor Ama gün geliyorki hayatını onsuz devam ettiremeyeceğini anlıyor.Çok güzel çok beğendiğimi söylemeliyim..Samantha James takipçisi olacağım yazarların içine dahil oldu..
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