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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (June 4, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060098538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060098537
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Judith Ivory's work has won numerous awards, including Romance Writers of America's RITA, Top Ten Books of the Year, and Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice. With two degrees in mathematics, Ms. Ivory never expected to make her living writing novels. "How did this enormous stroke of luck happen? To live off imagination and invention? You'd think something so much fun would be illegal or at least fattening. I can't figure out what went so right."


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Judith Ivory is such a fabulous writer.
Christina
The characters are complex and vivid, and very real, though mind you, it is still a romance story with all the angst and drama developing over a period.
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I did not really like any of the characters in this book.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A truly adult historical romance, possibly for more mature readers, that scores high on sexual tension while also scoring big on clear, thinking, almost poetic prose. (I might mention that sexual tension here is not to be confused with a lot of sex, though, boy, is the reader ready for the staircase scene when it comes!) Fresh characters, good examples of smart people who discover how inadequate intellect is when it comes to high emotions. And a plot that revolves around the mystery of a dead man's true intentions. All fascinating stuff.
If you are looking for a mindless story to skim thru for the sex, this is NOT your book. Ivory goes deep into what love and attraction can mean and do to people, then builds an erotic tension that more or less combusts when the hero and heroine least expect it. Black Silk doesn't read like a traditional romance. It is its own kind of love story and not to be missed if you long for something unique in a genre that doesn't always specialize in one-of-a kind concepts. Pass if you like to be lead by the nose through a comfortably familiar story, though this one does begin with some familiar ideas: the rake, the widow in dire straits. If you enjoy unexpected twists, however, as a book assembles itself like a well-built, complicated puzzle, you'll fall in love with this story and keep it on your shelf for rereading.
This version of Black Silk is an "author-enhanced" (some romance site reviewer said this somewhere) reprint of a cult classic from the early 90's that fully deserves the attention of this versitile author's new, much larger audience. It's like none of her other books. But then which of her books are? Only the author's style seems to link her books, while each novel--each new set of characters, each new story--seem an attempt to reinvent the romance paperback again and again to the author's own liking.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "idimavin" on June 17, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The book begins beautifully and has a truly refreshing ending but some chapters in the middle are quite a challenge to read through, something due to Ivory's style I suppose. While Ivory's writing is rich and compelling it is also demanding. If you are looking for a light read with a familiar storyline this book is not for you. However if you have had enough of the love/lust at first sight pattern this is a book to sink your teeth into.
Graham and Submit are two wonderfully portrayed characters, real and complex. Too often in romance books one or both of the main characters undergo a miraculous, almost unbelievable, change in order to ensure a happy ending. No such easy solution here and that's what makes the book worth reading.
Graham is charming, wild, irresponsible and often childish but he is never mean and never stupid. He is ruled by his emotions (not for lack of brains, though), enjoys life and refuses to feel guilty about it. Submit is serious, reasonable, has a sharp open mind and the fact that she is not easily shocked, plus, that she has a very strong sense of self makes her a good mate for Graham.
The fact that Graham is a very appealing hero (and he is! faults and all) and that Submit is not boring is a tribute to Ivory's deep understanding of human nature.
The dialogues are delightfully sophisticated, through them we discover the character's inner strengths and weaknesses and follow the growing friendship between two completely different people who move in different circles of London's society.A friendship that will eventually bring Graham and Submit together, supposedly against all odds, without giving up their essential personalities. When Submit finally agrees to take Graham on she knows exactly what she'll get.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Desmond Chan on June 26, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Black Silk is an enigmatic romance that departs from the mainstream - and you can see why - it is a reissue from 1991 by popular romance novelist Judith Ivory. The strength of the book bolsters on the central protagonists - Graham Wessit and Submit Channing Downes. The former being the Earl of Netham who is rocked by a recent scandal over an allegation by a girl who gets impregnated by him and the latter a mourning widow who is entrusted by her husband to deliver the Pandetti box to Graham. The contents of the box are salacious drawings by a royal artist called Pandetti which caused the public ostracizing of Graham. It is later revealed that it is a scheme of Henry to see Graham destroyed.
Black Silk is highly descriptive and vivid but at times it reduces the novel to a pretentious and verbose mode. The romance is slow and is more of a character study that unfolds quietly through the turn of events.It reveals depth in Graham and his paradox on sex and love. It displays Submit's inclination to sensual awakening and bursting out of her mourning for her husband yet guilty of doing so. The ghost of Henry hangs unauspiciously in the wake of their nascent love and the obstacle in the form of Rosalyn Schild as a lover of Graham threatens their romance.
Black Silk certainly isn't for the mainstream romance readers who wants their novels fast and snappy. It slowly meanders through the past events of the characters to fully develop them -like legal contest of wills, Graham's children et al. Their romance grows from utter strangers to a platonic form then graduates to desire and passion. Its ending may be a bit overblown but for readers who take it slow - they may find the read ultimately satisfying.
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