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Silk and Shadows: Book 1 of the Silk Trilogy (English Edition) [Formato Kindle]

Mary Jo Putney , M.J. Putney

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He called himself Peregrine, the wanderer, and he came to London for revenge...

Like the falcon he named himself for, Peregrine is wild and free, an exotic prince who fascinates 1839 London with his wealth, mystery, and dangerous allure. He emerged from his mysterious Asiatic past to exact retribution for an appalling crime. Nothing and no one can stop him—except perhaps Lady Sara St. James, whose fragile beauty conceals a gentle heart, genuine goodness, and a soul of steel.

Unable to resist his seductive charm, Lady Sara turns away from her ordered life to embrace a man she loves, but cannot fully trust. In Sara, Peregrine sees a chance for a life beyond revenge. But can he keep her without revealing his devastating secrets? Or protect her from the enemy he has vowed to destroy?

The Silk Trilogy:
#1 Silk and Shadows
#2 Silk and Secrets
#3 Veils of Silk

“Sharply defining unforgettable characters and exquisitely fashioning a sumptuous love story, Ms. Putney proves herself a dreamspinner of the highest order….This splendorous tale is the perfect romance for the reader in search of the extraordinary.”
                              —Romantic Times

“Mary Jo Putney is a gifted writer with an intuitive understanding of what makes romances work. I loved Silk and Shadows, couldn’t put it down, and don’t think readers will, either.”
                               —Jayne Ann Krentz

“A fabulous, fabulous book. Bravo!”
                      —Mary Balogh

“Silk and Shadows is something else. Like brilliant. It got under my skin as very, very few books have. It’s still under my skin. Mikhal was haunting.”
                              —Loretta Chase

“Mary Jo Putney’s absolutely best yet.”
                             —Laura Kinsale


A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. Her entire romance writing career is an accidental byproduct of buying a computer for other purposes.

Her novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy. Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs and two Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, she has six times had books listed among the Library Journal’s top five romances of the year, and three times had books among the top ten romances of Booklist, the magazine of the American Library Association.

Her favorite reading is great stories, but in a pinch she’ll settle for the backs of cereal boxes. She’s delighted that e-publishing can now make available books that have been out of print.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 1092 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 397
  • Editore: Mary Jo Putney, Inc. (29 novembre 2013)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B00507TKCW
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  • Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: #144.291 a pagamento nel Kindle Store (Visualizza i Top 100 a pagamento nella categoria Kindle Store)

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Amazon.com: 4.6 su 5 stelle  34 recensioni
23 di 25 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Perfect Silk! 25 maggio 2011
Di chb-book addict - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle|Acquisto verificato
I don't know how I missed this when it came out in 2000 but, I'm certainly happy that I have it now. This was a wonderful story. The characters were fully developed and the story was well written.

Lady Sara is the daughter of a duke, at 27 she has finally accepted Sir Charles Weldon, the marriage is not a love match but Sara wants a child of her own and Sir Charles has the benefit of having a lovely daughter Eliza, who Sara has already come to love.

Prince Peregrine/Mikhal is a friend of her cousin Lord Ross who has come to London from Khafir, Mikhal has a hidden agenda and is using Lord Ross and Sara in his plan. Although he respects Lord Ross and realizes that Sara is a wonderful beautiful woman, he cannot let his feelings for them, interrupt his plans for Sir Charles.

Sara is a reasonable woman who can listen and make her own decisions, I loved that about her. Mikhal is all alpha male, with an edge of danger - what's not to love!

Mikhal and Sara have an immediate connection as friends, she helps him with the rules of society and he encourages her to take more chances.

This story is top notch, compelling and enthralling, you will not be able to put it down. Ms Putney continues to excel at giving her characters lives of their own. I can't wait for the release of the sequels!
9 di 9 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Dark and Delightful 21 settembre 2011
Di D. Salvagin La Deetda Reads - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle|Acquisto verificato
Oh Wow! I loved this novel! It was originally written in 2000 but I never read it until now. This is my first Mary Jo Putney novel and I will definitely read more.

The villain in this story is so evil. I can't remember a villain this evil in another Historical Romance. But not to be outdone is the hero, Peregrine, who is out for revenge and becomes obsessed with his quarry. His obsession leads him to all manner of dastardly (did I just write dastardly?) deeds in the name of vengeance.

The heroine, Sara, falls under the spell of Peregrine for he has a magnetic personality and soon she has a broken engagement and is marrying the exotic newcomer.

Putney has developed these vastly different personalities into characters that jump off the page. The secondary characters are ripe for sequels and I wouldn't be surprised to see some of them in later books in the trilogy. This is a dark historical romance. There are truly malevolent people and even the good guys have flaws; some definitely more wicked than others.

The romance is not tender and sweet, it is quick and passionate and we are left to wonder if it is just another of the hero's ploys.
2 di 2 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Unforgettable. 26 settembre 2011
Di Midwest mom - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle|Acquisto verificato
I judge a book by how eager I am to get back to it and how willing I am to read and reread segments to be sure I am catching the nuances. Often, I am willing to skim to get to the exciting and interesting parts of a story, and I don't go back to reread - not so this book. The tale is mesmerizing, and though not relatable to real life, still credible, believable, and tightly plotted and written. You understand the characters' motivations, it is not overly contrived, and care was clearly taken to set up appropriately the major events in the story - and to make the reader care what happens. This book hit all the right buttons for me - believable and interesting characters, an adventurous plot line that melded seamlessly with a love story (with plenty of steam that was very passionate without being overly graphic), and memorable well thought-out secondary characters. Bravo!
2 di 2 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle A definite keeper! 13 settembre 2011
Di Paper or Kindle - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle
This is one of my favorite dark romances. By dark, I mean that there is almost no humor in it. There is explicit, sensual sex. The hero, Mikhail Khanaury, is an enigmatic man, both wealthy and powerful, from a Central Asian country. The plot is simple enough. Prince Peregrine, as he is known, comes to England early in Queen Victoria's reign, seeking revenge on his mortal enemy. He uses an acquaintance to further his ends by introducing him to the ton, where he plans to establish himself and ruin his foe. As it happens, his sponsor's cousin has just contracted an engagement to his enemy and Mikhail sets out to end that betrothal. You can guess what happens next. There are not many surprises in this book - what makes it such an excellent read is the development of the hero, from a ruthless, icy man who is willing to die to extract his revenge, to a loving husband who sees that he can have a future if he gives up the single goal that kept him going for so many years. The heroine is an intelligent and educated woman of firm principles, dealing with a man who has never encountered ethical behavior and isn't sure he approves of it. Their interaction and growing intimacy hold the reader from their first meeting. There is a mild secondary romance between Mikhail's lawyer and a prostitute he rescues from a brothel where she was held against her will. "Silk and Shadows" is the first book in Putney's Silk trilogy, and introduces Ross, Mikhail's friend, who is the hero of the second book.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Nearly 5 Stars - A Couple of Issues - See Spoilers 11 febbraio 2015
Di Judge Tabor - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle|Acquisto verificato
Another riveting read from Mary Jo Putney. I've been doing some re-reads this week and picked this one because it's been awhile since I've read it. I was just as dialed in this time as the first time. But, then, that could have to do with my advanced years.

Our hero, Peregrine, comes from a far off land - in fact I'd never near of his people - apparently what we now know as Afghanistan. You know from the beginning he's got some serious stuff in his past is which is all related to why he's finally arrived in England bent on vengeance. Over the course of the book we learn that an Englishman has earned his hatred and Peregrine's worked for many years to arrive at a position of wealth where he can have his sweet revenge.

The object of his hatred is Charles Weldon, who just happens to be engaged to our sweet heroine, Lady Sara St. James, which of course lands her right in the path of Peregrine's plans. Sara is unaware that her betrothed is one nasty villain and the reader is soon saying - "Yes, Peregrine - steal her heart and take her out of Weldon's hands."

Sara is steadfast, has her head on very straight - knows right from wrong and has lived her life by principles. Peregrine, although a good guy in many way, believes the end justifies the means... somewhat. When he decides to ruin Weldon, he means to take Sara away from him, shut down his current businesses, put a halt to any investments he has going on, stall Weldon's bid for a title, make Weldon think his young daughter, Eliza, will be injured and last - he means to murder Weldon's, preferably by his own hands.

Of course, we also see Peregrine's strengths as well as his weaknesses. Once he and Sara become more than friends, the battle for Peregrine's soul - so to speak - is engaged. Will Sara be able to restrain Peregrine's inclinations for taking things too far? She's in for the battle of her life and eventually her heart. In spite of Peregrine's weaknesses, he has a lot of wisdom about people and what makes them tick. His analyses of Sara and her feelings were amazing throughout the book.

As we learn Peregrine's full story, we soon realize that Weldon deserves hell fire and damnation. So, of course we're in somewhat of a quandary. This is an older regency with a couple of things that were a turn off for me and might also have the same effect on others, so read on if you would like to know what those are.


When Peregrine pretends to be a friend to Weldon so Weldon will take him to one of the worst types of brothels Weldon owns - a virgin house, Peregrine decides that if he has to deflower a virgin while he's there, he will do it - albeit gently - in order to keep up the game of deception he's playing with Weldon. This was so disgusting, I didn't understand how Ms. Balogh could include that as part of Peregrine's character. Perhaps it was the time in which the book was written. Of course Peregrine winds up saving the girl he was assigned to. Still... I didn't like it that he would have done the deed to get what his ultimately wanted - his revenge - if that's what it took to keep Weldon engaged in the game.

Then, when Peregrine takes Sara for the first time, it was basically rape. To his credit, he misunderstood Sara's mind and emotions. She was very dialed in to the physical aspect of what was happening, but he assumed she wanted more than she actually did. Sara was angry and hurt, but before they got out of the "maze" where everything took place, she had already forgiven him. So, there was a bit of schizo stuff going on throughout the book.

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