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Simply Love

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  1,312 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Even the hardest heart can be softened by love ...

Cassandra Zerek is a true innocent in a wild anddangerous place -- but her indomitable spirit and gentle soul make her stronger than anyone suspects.

The owner of a Colorado mining empire, Luke Taggart's wealth and position can buy him anything, yet he has grown bored with a life of saloons, gambling, and loose women. Nothin...more
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Avon Books (first published 1997)
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Christine
I guess if you read enough of one author, you're bound to find a failure. This is it. The characters were just plain awful. Luke was a ruthless jerk and Cassandra was just too stupid to breathe. There can be a fine line between stupid and naive, but Cassandra wasn't actually all that close to it. I tried, at first, to accept her naivety, choosing to be angry with her father for somehow sheltering her to the point that it ruined her, but you just can't walk around with your eyes open and believe...more
Karen
Luke Taggart was raised in a brothel by a mother who abused and neglected him. In his early 20's, Luke unearthed a fortune in a Colorado gold mine and became one of the richest men in the state. Drowning in a constant parade of women, liquor, and gambling, Luke denied himself nothing. If it felt good, he did it. If he wanted it, he took it. After one look at Cassandra Zerek, Luke decided that what he needed to cure the boredom and loneliness in his life was this innocent young woman he couldn't...more
Twiggy
Well, I am not sure...

The book starts off with Luke Taggart, who pretty much owns the mining town of black jack, Colorado, deciding that he wants Cassandra Zerek as his mistress. He approaches her father, who is a miner working for him, but Milo is protective of his daughter and makes it clear that his daughter will be no man's whore. Thereafter luke sets Milo and his son Ambrose up and has them arrested so that he can get to Cassie. He approaches Cassie, pretending that he is upset that her fat...more
Ana T.
I have discovered that if I read Anderson's books in a row I get a bit tired of her writing and characters but if I only read one every once in a while then they are nice and entertaining reads.



Simply Love is set in a mining town in Colorado during the 19th century. Luke Taggart is the richest man in town and has everything he wants. Predictably he is restless and in need of new challenges. When he meets Cassandra Zerek, whose father and brother work for him as miners, he realises that besides...more
Deniz
This book is another great read by Catherine Anderson for me
( I have read Annies's song and comachi moon)
It is defenitly worth the read, I had a hard time putting the book down.
I enjoyed this book very much, I enjoyed the storyline and all the characters.
This book made me laugh until tears came to my eyes.
I'll be keeping it in my book collection, for a re-read later on.
I loved this book from beginning to end and I'll definitely read more of Anderson's work.
Pamela(AllHoney)
Luke Taggart was a man used to getting what he wanted. He grew up poor but then went on to become very rich. He sees Cassandra Zerek and wants her as his mistress. But when he approaches her father, a man who works in his mines, he is refused. Luke Taggart was a real jerk and it took some time but I did come to like him (not love) before the end. Cassandra was naive and, well, ah, kind of stupid. But it was a good story and I'd still recommend it to fans of historical romance set in the American...more
Hortencia
The premise of this book is interesting. In spite of that, the book falls flat. Luke is a great character, flaws and all, but sadly, Cassandra is dull, too one-dimensional. The contrast between these two is thrust upon the reader constantly, to the point of disbelief (her childish innocence and trust versus his debauched, world-weary, untrusting spirit). The well-written part of the story is Luke's feelings in that they are believable - he's like an innocent himself when he realises he loves Cas...more
Booklover
Really really liked this book,another great emotional read by this author Luke is a selfish manipulative callous conceited mean and rotten man,he is a self made man and now he is just bored with his life and all the woman he sleeps around with he wants something different that is when he sees Casandra,she is a miner's daughter and is really innocent and naive-she was too naive for me its hard for me digest that any girl-woman ignorant to the worldly ways of men but then it was i guess necessary...more
Ashley
At first I really didn't like the book not because of the story but how dumb the characters were. I hated Cassie cause of how naive she was about life and sex but I also didn't like Luke and how he thought life could be bought. Reading deeper in the book gives u such a emotional setting of why Luke is the way he is. Gawd I wanted to die for him because his life was so miserably lonely. In the end I gave it five stars I wanted to cry when he finally said I love you. ..three words he refused to sa...more
Debra
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KatieV
The Heroine was almost absurdly naive, but I liked her. The H was an awesome anti-hero who found redemption and REALLY had to work (literally) to get the h back once his schemes were revealed. That was the best part of the book
Heather
I loved this book; however, Cassandra, the heroine, was simply too stupid to take seriously. I felt as if she was about six years old regarding the ways of the world. Her vocabulary was very child-like many times. If she had the smallest bit of intellect, she could have figured out a lot of things for herself without ever being told. She believed that leprechauns and fairies were real, for goodness' sake, and she was almost nineteen!

Luke carried this book. I loved him! He obsessed over Cassandra...more
Sakura
Plot:
Luke is a rich and ruthless man that is bored with the women he sleeps with. He wants a live-in mistress who is different from all the used-women he is usually with. When he spots Cassandra, he feels her innocence and quickly arranges a meeting with her father, who happens to work in a mine that he owns. Luke is surprised when Cassandra’s father refuses the money he is willing to offer in order for Cassandra to be his mistress.

Luke is not discouraged and in order to get what he wants, he f...more
DemetraP
This was a did-not-finish book for me. Heroine was too naive. She went on about how much she liked pretty things and wanted to be a nun. ????

It bored me.
Eva-chan
Omg...5 stars for the ending. Even though I didn't really like the heroine and I didn't really see the whole point for the hero to grovel - maybe it's wholly due to the fact that I could feel and imagine how Luke felt when he drew up the contract and his worries of her finding out, after he married her. Unlike most of the romance books where the heroine's point of view is usually the focus, this book is unlike your usual. I really ached for Luke when he tried his best to win Cassandra back. A re...more
Beth Pearson
I have to say I really like the stories of innocent, little virginal heroines and worldly experienced men. I generally enjoy these stories a lot. Simply Love was a great one--Cassandra is so clueless, she completely misses the sexual innuendos and even most of the straight out requests. Luke's desire for sex and Cassandra's completely misinterpreting what he wants makes for funny situations and a delightful story. Throw in a little brother, their mangy dog, the uptight butler, and an honest fath...more
Zel Polev
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Giovanni
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Mydearloverboy
I really liked this book. It's really hard to play out a character who is villainous, but has a good heart, then eventually understands not only himself, but how much he cares about the heroine. Awesome read!!...but then again, all Catherine Anderson's books are awesome;)

Definitely a heart wrenching, tear jerking, captivating novel;)
Overall, 5++ stars!!
Dayatara
Cassandra was totally naive, so what? Luke was a conniving, manipulative bastard. So what? I still loved this book! That makes 2 books by Catherine Anderson that I absolutely adore. I'm going to have to read as many of her novels as I can get my hands on. Fun, fun, fun!
Ann-marie
In this historical fiction Luke is the most powerful man in the mine town. What others who revere him doesn't know is he is tired of the fast woman and the gambling he is looking for a change. That's when he meets Cassandra as he is leaving an anonymous donation in the orphanage/church. Cassandra is all he envisioned an innocent who seems him not for the callous vulgar man that he is.Luke comes up with a plan to have her as his paid mistress unbeknownst to her. When bribing her father for her fa...more
Kristen
This is a beautiful historical romance and love story about love, forgiveness, and giving your heart, with beautiful settings to top it all off. It's a nice read.
Christina A. Marley
I didn’t like the characters in this one at all. I found Cassandra too stupid to live and I found Luke a mean-hearted jackass. I liked some parts of the story though. I liked the premise and I liked that Luke was so evil that he threw her brother and father in prison to get what he wants. I usually don’t support actions like that but it works really well in this story. I didn’t like Cassie’s naivety. It was grating on the nerves after a while. I liked how Luke changed but I still didn’t like him...more
Etty
Alur cerita sih bagus tapi yang bikin sebel adalah Luke Taggart benar-benar seorang bajingan licik yang tega membuat sengsara keluarga Zerek hanya demi mendapatkan Cassandra Zerek untuk menjadi wanita simpanannya tinggal di rumahnya selama beberapa waktu. Dia tega menjebak ayah dan kakak laki-laki Cassie masuk penjara, menipu Cassie menandatangani kontrak menjadi "pendamping bayaran" dengan alasan untuk membantunya bisa membayar uang jaminan ayah dan kakaknya, menyuruh bawahannya membuang jauh-j...more
Foxfire
Totally lacking in credibility.

The debauched hero likes to sleep with several prostitutes in his bed and has a drawer full of dildos and other sex aids. He is portrayed as a ruthless businessman who allows no moral laws to stand in his way.

Yet, in his every act with the heroine, her kid brother, the orphans in town, even a mangy dog who ruins his furniture, he behaves like the kindest, gentlest man in the world. Surely, a man like him would just have gone ahead and taken what he paid for, instea...more
Lara
"Innocent", the back cover copy says. What it *means* is "too stupid to live, oh my GOD,". Even my conservatively-raised teenage self knew this girl was dumber than a box of rocks. She continues to believe that the "hero" wants her as companion and friend essentially right up until he has her naked in his bed. And on a side note, even knowing that she's this blithely clueless, her father and brother (who are in trouble with Hero, which is why he suggests that she come be his "companion", and why...more
April
The male character, Luke Taggart, is an owner of a mining empire, so he thinks that nothing is out of his reach. When he becomes tired of saloons, gambling, and loose women, he decides he wants a paid companion and seeks out Cassandra Zerek, a young miner's daughter who plans to become a nun. Luke will go to great lengths to have Cassandra as his own, even wrongly accuse Cassandra's brother and father of claim jumping and putting them in jail. He then proceeds to trick Cassandra into signing a c...more
Sandra Dagg
Just finished this one, and I have to say that, when I started it, I took an immediate, intense dislike for the hero....hero? What an arrogant, deceitful man! But I kept going, and I'm so glad I did...this is one of the best stories I've read in a long time! Yes, the heroine was extremely naive, but that's what makes this work, and at the time the story takes place, it's not totally unbelievable that this girl could have been raised the way she was...believe me, I was raised by older parents in...more
Lovetoread
I love Catherine Anderson and I try to read everything she publishes, as long as I can read it on my Kindle. Having said that Simply Love is a wonderful stand alone love story. The Hero in this story is a wealthy Colorado mining owner, the heroin is a poor girl who wants to be a nun, who's father works in the mine the Hero owns. He sees her and wants her. This is a story of deceit, lies and manipulation of a spoiled rich man who will destroy and remove any obstacle in order to get what he wants....more
Melisha Bonnette
This was not one of Catherine Anderson's books that I enjoyed as much as the rest of hers. I am a HUGE fan of everything else she has written, but I couldn't connect with this book.
When I thought I was getting close to feeling a connection with the hero it was just out of reach. I kept waiting for him to show some of his redeeming qualities and it just never happened for me until the very end and by that time I didn't care about him anymore.
I did enjoy the main female character and the general s...more
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