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Simply Love

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,215 ratings  ·  120 reviews
Even the hardest heart can be softened by love ...

Cassandra Zerek is a true innocent in a wild and dangerous 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. Nothi
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Avon Books (first published 1997)
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Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
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
Sep 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
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
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
Paige  Bookdragon
Don't you just hate it when the heroine ruins the book for you?


Dec 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
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.
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
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
This was supposed to be a hilarious tale about a pure, innocent maiden and an equally jaded scoundrel. Instead, what I got was a TSTL heroine intent on becoming a nun (possibly a wannabe saint). I could have accepted that she was sheltered enough to be painfully gullible, but to believe in Leprechauns and to be so obtuse when it came to anything sexual was just annoying.

About Luke, I can understand that Cassandra was supposed to bring the best in him, but the things he started doing because of
Jun 07, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Vivone Os
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Od Catherine Anderson sam prije pročitala jednu knjigu koja mi je bila super. Zbog toga sam i od ove puno očekivala, ali mi je bila lošija.
This one had so much potential but was more of a fizzle for me than an all out explosion. I was recommended the book because I was told there was a grovel factor, so often unsatisfactory or missing entirely from these books, and indeed there was. I actually enjoyed the lead-up to the grovel more than I expected and actually, maybe even more than the grovel itself.

Luke wants Cassie, who is the naivest naif to ever naive. Her father overprotected her, and I'm not entirely sure how to emphasize eno
I am at loss for words.So much for taking this last five hours thinking how i should review this book,the best way possible.
I LOVE this book..and i will never forget it...never!

I have read very great novels by Catherine Anderson.She sucks me in to the book-and seduces me with her language,her characters,her view of the love the main-characters share..and she makes it so powerful that it even makes me cry.
It should be forbidden to create books like this...they don`t spare you with its beauty..and
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This heroine is borderline retarded. Actually, I take that back; I've seen a lot of sexually aware retarded people; she has the mental and emotional development of a three year old. I don't ever recall being this innocent. No one is this willfully ignorant; it would require her surroundings to be comprised of humans not being humans. Nuns aren't this innocent either. In fact, I think they choose to be physically innocent, even if that. But rest assured, they're knowing. Furthermore,that one book ...more
Apr 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Best-selling author Catherine Anderson earlier and classic novels, Simply Love, she told us a passionate story in this historical romance. This was taken place in the American West. We were introduced to Cassandra Zerek, was a true innocent woman in a wild and dangerous place. For Luke Taggert, the owner of a mining empire, was tired and bored of gambling and loose women, until he encountered Cassandra. He vowed to possess her and seduce her, while she was blind to his desire for her. All she si ...more
Vanessa Tekać
Pomalo naporna, od 3 knjige ove spisateljice ova me bas smorila . Odugovlacenje sa glavnim dijelom radnje, a rasplet isprican na jednoj stranici i toliko emocija zbijeno u jednom pasusu da me taj dio totalno isfrustrirao. Ideja super, realizacija 3.
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
hilarious one ! a keeper definitely. i read it ytd n just reread it today !! it's the kind of book dat u read time n again n u never get bored;) absolute fun !! absolutely awesome !!so terrific.
I know a lot of reviews hate Luke but honestly, I couldn't be mad at him.
He was a jerk right, he took what he wanted and did something disgusting to Cass' family at the beginning just to have her living in his house.

But the contract was crystal clear!! The girl was supposed to be his paid companion. Come on Cass, you are 19! You cannot be that dumb!
She was looking at him through her pink coloured glasses, and refused to realise what kind of man he really was. Sure he lied a lot regarding her fat
I didn't think I was going to like Simply Love. The heroine is incredibly naive and the hero, a ruthless jerk, but it worked for me. I had a hard time putting the book down - I loved it!
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Totalno neplanirano sam pročitala ovu knjigu. Pre neki dan sam videla delić na jednoj stranici na FB-u i privuklo me. odmah sam je našla i pročitala do jutra. Držala me budnu do 7h ujutru, ali završila sam je :D nekako sam imala utisak da je manja nego što stvarno jeste.
Radnja je dinamična i dosta se stvari dešava, tako da se brzo čita. Nema bespotrebnih opisa ili nekog smaranja. Ali su mi likovi nekako nedovoljno prikazani, ne znam ni sama. On je nemilosrdan, ona mu se sviđa, hteo bi da je kupi

Seriously, Catherine Anderson. The more I read your books the more I like you as a human being.
Seriously, this book was too cute. At the end, I was just flailing around in adorkableness. Oh, My god.

Though the Heroine, Cassie is so naive that it hurts, I still liked her. I can also get why she is so naive-being sheltered like hell by her father and brother. Which begs to question-Why in the hell would you want your child/sister to be so naive, you're not protectin
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
Aug 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
"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
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. yes, heroine Cassandra is ridiculously sheltered and ignorant. But it's a historical and she is specifically home and convent schooled to maintain that starry eyed innocence. Made a lot more sense than all the contemporary romance virgins that never experience desire or any basic familiarity with their sexuality (or even their anatomy, since they never self pleasure), well into their 20s and even sometimes 30s. This book is really about redemption, about how her innocence gave the cyni ...more
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Adeline Catherine was born and raised in Grants Pass, Oregon, USA. She always yearned to be a writer like her mother. The morning that one of her professors asked if she could use samples of Catherine’s creative writing on an overhead projector to teach was
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