Books by Samantha James

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Bride of a Wicked Scotsman

Though Samantha James is normally an author who, in my opinion, delivers, I found the wallpaper history combined with a scheming heroine and an fantastic myth just a little too much in Bride of a Wicked Scotsman. A curse plagues Lady Maura O’Donnell’s family as a result of lo ...

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The Seduction of an Unknown Lady

A word on word count: At approximately 200 words per page, this one comes in at just about 72,000. In direct comparison, another Avon historical I picked at random adds up to more than 92,000. Big difference. Which begs the question: Would an additional 20,000 words have resulted in a better bo ...

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The Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell

Fans of tortured heros will love Simon Blackwell. Fans of independent heroines will love Lady Annabel McBride. Fans of pleasant, but formulaic romances will love The Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell. Me - I just hope the next book I read has a bit of originality and and a few surprises. ...

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A Perfect Hero

Okay, I’m telling myself that I must not rant about annoying pretentious heroines, but after reading A Perfect Hero I certainly want to. Little can affect my reading enjoyment more than an immature, self-centered, demanding heroine. Unfortunately Lady Julianna Sterling falls into this category a ...

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A Perfect Groom

Justin Sterling, the hero of Samantha James’s A Perfect Groom, is a tortured sort. We meet him in a long prologue, in which we see that his mother was unfaithful and died while trying to run off with a lover. Justin’s abusive father constantly told him that because he looks like his mother, Ju ...

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A Perfect Bride

We romance readers have come a long way, baby, but, sadly, you¹d never know it from picking up this book. To be honest, there's a lot I remember fondly about the good old days of romance, and there's a lot I don't - with pathetic, waifish heroines and heroes who actually seem to like that same path ...

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The Truest Heart

The fact that The Truest Heart is an amnesia story, combined with the information in the prologue, worried me. Samantha James definitely had the makings for a typical Big Misunderstanding story here. Fortunately for the reader she doesn't go that route, and the story is a very pleasant and enjoyable ...

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My Lord Conqueror

After finishing My Lord Conqueror, I began hunting down more Samantha James medievals. Yes, this book has its weak points, but it also holds enough promise and enjoyment to recommend its siblings. My Lord Conqueror also wins the prize for best recovery, ever. At page 25 I violently hurled the book t ...

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His Wicked Promise

His Wicked Promise is the literary equivalent of a K-Tel album. It's not horrible or anything, but it reads like a rehash of the "greatest hits" of several authors. You may not have read this book yet, but you have certainly read most of what's in it somewhere else before, and more than once. ...

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His Wicked Ways

She's come a long way, baby! That's the first thought I had when I began reading His Wicked Ways. I first read and reviewed Samantha James in 1996. The book was Just One Kiss and while it featured some deft characterizations, it also featured angry, manipulative sex, as well as very cruel behavior t ...