Simply Magic - Simply, Bk 3 Author:Mary Balogh On a splendid August afternoon Susanna Osbourne is introduced to the most handsome man she has ever seen . . . and instantly feels the icy chill of recognition. Peter Edgeworth, Viscount Whitleaf, is utterly charming -- and seemingly unaware that they have met before. With his knowing smile and seductive gaze, Peter acts the rake; but he stirs s... more »omething in Susanna she has never felt before, a yearning that both frightens and dazzles her. Instantly she knows: this brash nobleman poses a threat to her heart . . . and to the secrets she guards so desperately.
From the moment they meet, Peter is drawn to Susanna’s independence, dazzled by her sharp wit -- he simply must have her. But the more he pursues, the more Susanna withdraws . . . until a sensual game of thrust-and-parry culminates in a glorious afternoon of passion. Now more determined than ever to keep her by his side, Peter begins to suspect that a tragic history still haunts Susanna. And as he moves closer to the truth, Peter is certain of one thing: he will defy the mysteries of her past for a future with this exquisite creature -- all Susanna must do is trust him with the most precious secret of all. . .
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I hate that Ms. Balogh has turned to contemps the past few years...she is the absolute BEST when it comes to historical romances!! Her "Slightly" series and now her "Simply" series.
Occasionally one of her books is a bit long or slow to immerse in the story but that's the worst thing I can think of to say...she touches emotions...ALWAYS! At least for me. Her stories are rich, touching, and real! Enjoy! =)
Susanna and Peter's story was well-written, but I still feel that Simply Unforgettable was the best of these to-date. Certainly the explosive "secret" that Susanna wishes to keep would be monumental for the day, but ultimately, it didn't seem to hold its weight.
It's still a worthwhile read if you are a Balogh fan, or if you've at least read Frances' and Anne's stories. I'm hoping that the upcoming story about Claudia Martin returns Balogh to the passionate work she showed when writing about Frances and Lucius.