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The Black Angel (The St. Ives Family series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Samuel
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Book Description

A full length historical romance from six-time RITA winner Barbara Samuel. Fans of Jo Beverley, Eloisa James, and Stephanie Laurens will enjoy this passionate and romantic historical romance by seven-time RITA award winner and RWA Hall of Fame member Barbara Samuel.

A Taste Of Heaven

Ardor once foolishly led Lady Adriana St. Ives into the arms of a rake, an affair that cost her everything she held dear. Though that was five years ago, this golden English beauty still vows that no man will ever again ignite the sensual passion hidden deep in her soul--not even her new husband, Tynan Spenser, Earl of Glencove, a darkly handsome and rich Irish rogue.

Known as "The Black Angel" for his wild and lascivious ways, Tynan is as determined to melt his icy bride as she is to resist his seductive charms. Vowing that she will be his in just one hundred kisses, Tynan sets out to win her with a kiss each day--a challenge Riana is sure she can withstand. But the willful beauty has no idea of the power of a single kiss...

About the author

When she was 15, Barbara Samuel wrote in her diary that she wanted to "write books, see the world, and be happy." She's delighted to be still working on all three.

The beloved romance and women's fiction writer has won the highly prestigious RITA award from Romance Writers of America 7 times and has been recently inducted into the RWA Hall of Fame. In the tradition of Kristin Hannah, Susan Wiggs, Maeve Binchy, and Barbara Freethy, she writes a highly emotional stories about families, food, dogs, and love. Many of her novels include recipes, and she has been known to cook in response to any stressful situation, learning that cooking is like life--sometimes things go wrong, but if you keep trying, eventually you'll get it right.

She also writes as Barbara O'Neal for Bantam books, where she has penned the award-winning The Lost Recipe For Happiness and How To Bake A Perfect Life, which was a Target Book Club Pick in 2011. She also wrote five titles of romantic women's fiction for Ballantine Books, including No Place Like Home, The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue and Lady Luck's Map of Vegas. Her books have been translated into many languages and published widely around the world, including France, England, Poland, Australia, Italy, Germany, Brazil, and many others.

Barbara lives in the stunningly beautiful city of Colorado Springs with her beloved, a British endurance athlete who vows he'll never loose his accent, and a houseful of rescue animals, including a pair of tuxedo sibling cats, a muscular cross-eyed lilac-point Siamese (found wandering! Really!) and a chow-newfoundland mix who knows he is the most gloriously beautiful dog on earth, because he is told this is true many times a day. She loves gardening, even if gardens and mountain living are an uneasy mix, hiking, Zumba, reading and reading and reading, and loves travel partly because it gives her more time to stick her nose in a book. She's managed to make it to eight countries so far, and hundreds of cities, but hopes to get that number a LOT higher.

She loves to talk with readers. Find her around the web in these avenues:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraSamuelONeal
Twitter: https://twitter.com/barbaraoneal


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From the Author

Whee! It's finally out!
I'm so happy to finally be able to share THE BLACK ANGEL with readers. I had a blast writing this book, and even made a research trip to England and Ireland to better understand it. (Well, okay, I wanted to go to the UK and this book was a good excuse.) It's zesty and passionate and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
This is also the beginning of a family series....look for Cassandra's story next summer.

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A Taste of Heaven
Ardor once foolishly led Lady Adriana St. Ives into the arms of a rake, an affair that cost her everything she held dear. Though that was five years ago, this golden English beauty still vows that no man will ever again ignite the sensual passion hidden deep in her soul--not even her new husband, Tynan Spenser, Earl of Glencove, a darkly handsome and rich Irish rogue.

Known as the "Black Angel" for his wild and notorious past, Tynan is as determined to melt his icy bride as she is to resist his seductive charms. Vowing that she will be his in just one hundred kisses, Tynan sets out to win her with a kiss each day--a challenge Riana is sure she can withstand. But the willful beauty has no idea of the power of a single kiss...

"Barbara Samuel is a sorceress, wielding her pen like a magic wand." --Romance and Women's Fiction Exchange

"A dazzling, sensual tapestry...Barbara Samuel proves once again that she is one of the most gifted romance writers." --Mary Jo Putney

FROM EARLY REVIEWS:
"There's plenty of underlying, potent sexuality and intense emotions in the Black Angel. Ms. Samuel skillfully draws the reader into the story. Her indelible characters and powerful plot are enhanced by the well drawn backdrop and hint of suspense. This is a must read for anyone craving a hard to put down, moving romance." --Romantic Times

"The Black Angel is one of the very best historical romances I have read this year. I do not hesitate to recommend it to any and all. It is a superb book - simply superb." --Ellen D. Micheletti, All About Books


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2983 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GNFG56
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,032 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Warm and Feel Good Story. 22 Sept. 2011
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Having previously read two titles by Barbara Samuel, 'A Winter Ballad' and then one of my favourite books 'Lucien's Fall', I had very VERY high expectations of 'The Black Angel' and I was definately not disappointed! The story of Tynan Spenser, Earl of Glencove and the friendship and love that grows with Adriana St. Ives is told with such warmth and feeling. I was so wrapped up in their love story that the hours literally slipped by - up early to finish it and oops late for work! I don't want to spoil the indepth parts of the book (and there are many to discover) because I feel you need to unwrap them for yourself as you glide through the pages. I can't recommend this book enough, such a pleasure to read and it could so easily have been missed amongst all the books Amazon have on offer..... I loved every word....
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 19 April 2011
By Nik
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I originally bought this book for the price but enjoyed it so much and am now reading book 2 in the St Ives series. I thought it a great read and loved the characters and history given to the family members and how the 2 main characters grow. The backgroud story for this book was also interesting an it made a change to read of Ireland political background.
I realise this is an old book written back in the late 90's along with the 2nd book but I hope Barbara Samuel will go back and write more books to tell the stories of the other family members.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD LITERARY READ 19 Feb. 2012
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Although I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it I can't say I loved it as much a Lucien's Fall which had me hooked from start to finish and was the reason I purchased this book, this I've also reviewed (see all my reviews).

The writing was excellent and I warmed to all the main characters. The author built the characters up throughout the novel not just Adriana and Tynan the two main characters but also a number of other family members, which I really enjoyed.

The book was quite long so I didn't think it needed to be any longer but after building the story throughout, the end was sudden - I had no idea I was reading the last chapter when I got to it - and I was left feeling I wanted to know more of what happened to Adriana and Tynan. This is the first in the series so maybe we get to know more in the next book/s, I hope so.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable except for errors 13 Jan. 2013
By Arianna
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I enjoyed this book but felt that Ms Samuels needs to learn a few basic things about the English. Prime example? We don't eat hot cross buns all year round and never with clotted cream and jam. Presumably she meant scones but never bothered to check. I also wondered why the heroine went riding in the park with a fan in one hand. Surely this must have made riding a bit tricky? There were a myriad of other crass mistakes - which is a shame, really. Overall, it's not a bad book and I did like the hero very much indeed. But American authors really need to take more care when writing English historical romance - or stick to a world they understand.
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