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Silk and Shadows: Book 1 of The Silk Trilogy (English Edition) di [Putney, Mary Jo]
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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
#2Silk and Secrets
#3Veils 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


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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
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  • Lunghezza stampa: 454
  • 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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Amazon.com: 4.6 su 5 stelle 164 recensioni
131 di 138 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
1.0 su 5 stelle Disappointed 12 febbraio 2017
Di Amazon Customer - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I'm so disappointed. I was really enjoying the book until the hero raped the heroine. Why on earth people think that's sexy or even forgivable is beyond me. So I stopped reading (it was the half way mark of the book).
27 di 29 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
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 heard of his people - apparently what we now know as Afghanistan. You know from the beginning he's got some serious stuff in his past 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 a set of certain 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, 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 analysis 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.

**Spoilers**

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. Putney 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.
5 di 5 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle great romance with lots of action, steamy love scenes and a complex hero you won't soon forgot 18 novembre 2016
Di lynique - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
A dark brooding hero with an agenda, a feisty heroine, a compelling love story: these are the trademarks of any Mary Jo Putney novel. Set in Victorian London, this is a wonderful book one of the Silk trilogy. introducing characters you won't forget easily, and a story you'll be thinking about for a long time after you've finished reading the book. When shy Sara meets handsome Prince Peregrine, she senses he has lots of dark secrets but falls in love with him despite the mystery. As for Peregrine, he romances Sara because he thought she would be the perfect tool for revenge..... until he realizes his feelings have changed. Can he escape the demons of his past and make a bright future with the woman he loves?
4.0 su 5 stelle Good characterization, interesting plot. *VERY MINOR SPOILERS* 4 maggio 2017
Di Tabby1249 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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I really appreciate an author who writes strong, well developed characters. Happily, Silk and Shadows has two: Mikhal (Michael), more antihero than hero and Sara, Lady St. James. By the end of the novel the reader really gets to know these characters, but whether or not you like them is up to you as both are not without some character flaws even if Sara comes perilously close to being too perfect. The few secondary characters are also well written, especially Ross who will star in the next novel in the series. In 'Silk,' he is the stalwart friend and voice of caution and reason as is Benjamin Slade, Mikhal's man of business. I really liked both of these characters.

This novel was also a bit unique for the Victorian romance genre in that the hero was not described as typically English and the heroine is physically damaged from a childhood riding accident. His seeming foreignness and her albeit minor disability play an interesting role in the progress of the story. To the author's credit, there is also precious little time spent describing manner of dress, stately rooms and glittering 'balls.' That's not to say there is none, but such descriptive detail is used with restraint and to move the plot forward rather than taking up valuable literary real estate to make a page count.

The plot, in addition to delving into some of the seamier aspects of Victorian London, is centered around Mikhal's driving, life-consuming need for revenge against Charles Weldon, Sara's fiancé and to all appearances, upright English gentleman. Although some hints are given the reader waits a long time before the full reason for Mikhal's hatred is revealed. The scene where that happens is one of several well written exchanges between Mikhal and Sara and can fairly be described as heartbreaking. His hatred is valid even if his method of seeking revenge is the principle reason for his antihero status.

Good, solid, believable characterization makes or breaks a novel for me. Unfortunately, the character of Charles Weldon, the villain of the piece, is over done to the point where he is more caricature than character. As the novel progresses I am reminded of a mustache twirling Snidely Whiplash rather than a truly menacing villain. A little more quiet subtlety in his reflections and speech would have made him much more terrifying. Given the grandiose nature of Weldon's villainy, his end was not quite believable even with the author's carefully constructed rationale delivered by Benjamin Slade.

Bottom line: With the few reservations noted above, I liked this book and found it to be a well written, entertaining read.
5.0 su 5 stelle Darkness and Light Collide 7 marzo 2017
Di Rural Reader - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Mikahl, Prince Peregrine of Kafir sails into London with only one burning objective. His wealth and cunning make him a dark and deadly opponent, but how far will he go to achieve the revenge he has been planning for 25 years?

As a dukes daughter, Lady Sara St. James embodies all that is gentle and good. She understands her place in London society, which is why she has a long-delayed decision to make, one that will alter the course of her life.

Silk and Shadows by Mary Jo Putney is a very descriptive, tightly woven, enthralling tale that pits right and wrong against a means-justifies-the end mindset. Within this novel there are enough vivid and engaging characters to make it interesting, but not so many as to be confusing for the reader. The suspenseful element is not found in the identity of the villain, but in how the deserved justice will be meted out. The chemistry between Sara and Mikahl is explosive with wit and sexual tension. Although there are intimate scenes, they are emotionally erotic, but tastefully written by current standards for this genre.
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