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Product Details

  • Series: Sonnet Books
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (December 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671034103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671034108
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Dawson (The Wedding Raffle) offers a breezy glimpse of Victorian England through the eyes of two Texans in a romance buoyed by lively characters and Southern lore. When perpetual rebel Christina Delaney's unorthodox behavior gets her into trouble with her aristocratic San Antonio family, her parents send her to visit her grandfather in Derbyshire, England, accompanied by family friend Cole Morgan, with whom she has a love-hate relationship. After making and breaking a marriage engagement, Chrissy realizes she's been in love with Cole all along. The only thing standing in her way is her rebellious nature: her mother would love for her to marry Cole. Cole and Chrissy's squabbles wear thin, and their repeated couplings and breakups seem childish; however, a dramatic twist adds some much-needed action, and Dawson sustains readers' attention with her humorous dialogue and colorful narration. (Dec.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review

Christina Dodd author of Someday My Prince Delightfully spicy...perfect to warm up a cold winter's night. -- Review

More About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Emily March, aka Geralyn Dawson, lives in Texas with her husband and their beloved boxer, Doc, who tolerates a revolving doggie door of rescue foster dogs who share his kingdom until they find their forever home.

A graduate of Texas A&M University, Emily is an avid fan of Aggie sports and her recipe for jalapeno relish has made her a tailgating legend.

Emily invites you visit her website at www.emilymarch.com

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By G.C. Larkin on December 11, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although Western historicals are not usually my cup of tea, I am truly a devoted fan of G. Dawson. I have read all of her recent books and this one tops the list of favorites. She has an unusual, canny wit and dialouge that is rivaled by few. There is a particular introduction portrayed in this story that had my family coming to check on me and my howling ( with laughter of course) and I even found myself chuckling a few days later at work when this particular scene replayed through my mind. The story is really very crisp and we have quite a mixture to devour - mystery, romance, childhood trauma, and humor. I can't wait for Jake's story (Sizzle All Day) to be released. If you have never read anything by this author this book is an excellent one with which to begin.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By P. Cody on December 2, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The only thing better than a bowl of hot chili on a cold night is this tasty escapade Simmer All Night. Dig right in to warm your spirits and libido; you deserve a treat. Geralyn Dawson stirs in the ingredients I enjoy most from her: witty dialogue, humorous situations, unexpected plot twists, and a hero to heat up a reader's and heroine's blood. If you have any doubts about a Texan's chances to shine against a background of British wealth and privilege, gulp down this book. Chrissy creates the best chili in San Antonio to earn the title of Chili Queen, but kissing a vaquero in the square gets her banished to England and grandfather. Childhood friend Cole is relieved to have the temptation she's become out of reach--until he's delegated to escort her there and recover a copy of Texas' lost Declaration of Independence to boot. With Chrissy acting the lady and cooking the gooses of British lords anyway, Cole's attention to business strays. How can a cowboy among lords focus on documents when this outrageous, beautiful flirt has to be watched? Bent on resisting her lures while protecting her from proposals, he ends up fishing for the catch of his life in a private fishing pavillion complete with a warm pool that's perfect for seduction. The reprise of the Throbbing Bob is more than appropriate.
Geralyn's Texas Declaration series continues to satisfy every reading appetite with this spicy dish. A romp seasoned with danger and scalding with desire Chrissy and Cole have denied too long, Simmer All Night kept me reading all night.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kay on March 14, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read six of Geralyn Dawson's books and SIMMER ALL NIGHT is my favorite. Cole and Chrissy are wonderful characters. Watching them discover their love for one another was pure joy. As usual, this author made me laugh out loud in places, and the suspense at the end kept me up too late finishing the book. I highly recommend SIMMER ALL NIGHT and after reading the teaser in the back of the book, I can't wait for SIZZLE ALL DAY.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By pontmarie on April 27, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Geralyn Dawson's latest offering, Simmer All Night, is a wonderful concoction of Texas swagger and English sensibilities, with much of her trademark humor to warm up a chilly winter day.
The book opens when Cole Morgan finds out that one Christina Elizabeth Delaney has just been crowned Queen of the Chili Queens of San Antonio. The problem is that the Delaneys are a very respected and proper family, and Christina's coronation is just the latest of the rebellious acts with which she's bombarded the family since childhood. Cole and Christina's brother, Jack, must find a way to deal with the scandal but Chrissy defiantly continues serving her chili and kissing men in view of everyone in town.
What Chrissy's mother, Elizabeth, daughter of the Earl of Thornbury, has in mind this time is no mere reprimand for her wayward daughter. She will ship Christina off to England to live with her grandfather - she's sent Chrissy away before, mind you - and hopefully it won't be the Chili Queen who comes back, but a properly behaved lady instead. Since Cole has been enlisted to go to England to find one of the spare copies of the Declaration of Independence of Texas, he is given the role of Christina's guardian. To Cole, who has recently begun looking at Christina as much more than the annoying little "sister" he always thought her to be, this proves unbearable news, but his devotion to Elizabeth means he would do as she bid no matter what, much to Chrissy's chagrin.
In England, Chrissy goes back to her flirting-with-every-pair-of-pants-in-sight habits, her outward vivaciousness hiding how dejected and miserable she really is because she can never be what her family wants her to be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A reader in Bryan, Texas on March 23, 2000
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This is the first book I've read by Geralyn Dawson, and I'm ordering her backlist right away. Great characters. Cole is my kind of hero. If you love a lot of smiles when you read, yet want a story to go along with the laughs this book is for you.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Leibow Rowe on December 3, 1999
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Absolutely loved this book. Dawson's characters sizzle. A sexy, funny book with the perfect combination of love and laughter. It'll make you long to eat a steamy hot bowl of chili in front of a hearth with your favorite squeeze.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By EdynzTrybe on November 6, 2011
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Simmer All Night is the first book I have read by Geralyn Dawson (also writing as Emily March). I have been branching out into various genres of late and find that I have missed my historical romance fix. This book was great for soothing my craving. Containing the necessary elements needed in a Texas based historical, such as the stubborn heroine and the hero with the Southern drawl and sexy charm, I found myself instantly loving Cole and Chrissy. Who doesn't love a Southern male that wreaks of masculinity? Cole may be a lawyer, but he is Texan through and through. And the drawl? *swoon*

My dislikes within the story focus on situations that may have been drawn out a bit too long. Chrissy and her mother have a difficult relationship. Chrissy does not believe that her mother loves her equally compared to her brother, Jake. As a result, when Cole confesses his love (don't worry, it's pretty early in the book, so not a big spoiler here), Chrissy distrusts his announcement. Part of this is because Cole has always been indebted to Chrissy's mother. Elizabeth took Cole in after he lost his family and treated him as her own despite the differences in social standing. In the end, all situations are resolved fairly quickly once confronted and/or accepted which leads me to believe that they could have been solved quite a bit faster had the characters not been so stubborn.

Another difficulty was the explanation of the villain. Yes, every story must have some type of villain that threatens to separate true love. But this villain, although introduced early enough in the story, is not well explained. He seems to turn into a villain quite suddenly and exits just as abruptly.
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