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Black Silk Mass Market Paperback – June 4, 2002
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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.Read more ›
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.
Graham Wessit, the Earl of Nethem, is a lonely ne'er-do-well, a lady's man. In a simple romance he would be reformed by the love of a good woman. In this book he treats his mistress, a married American woman, approximately the same way he treats the heroine, Submit Channing-Downs. He has a keen and rude sexual interest in women but he also wants to be friends with them in a completely believable characterization. His riches and poor reputation have him spend the first several chapters of the book unsuccessfully defending himself against a paternity suit. The world at large thinks he is getting what he deserves and Graham sulks about the fact that not even his attorney believes he is innocent.
Graham is summed up by an exchange with his attorney :
"It is a shame to see someone your age so cynical. Especially someone who has as much as you."
Gathering his things, Graham said, "I am up to here" - he made a chop at the underside of his chin - "with how much I have."
Submit Channing-Downs, on the other hand, has spent her life before Graham doing what other people tell her to do. She married the older man her father picked out to take care of her - Henry Channing-Downs, the marquess of Montmarche - and did what she was told through the burial the carrying out of his last bequests.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So, did Henry, in fact, intend to bring Submit together with Graham??? !!! What were his motives in instructing Submit (not Tate who obviously knew what was in it) to give Graham... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ForWhatItsWorth
I thoroughly enjoyed this lovely book! It was intricately and meticulously plotted, presented wonderfully complex characters, and revealed a rare combination of romance, mystery... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Linda Jean
Story is near perfection - not an extra word nor a missing word. It satisfies a mature, sophisticated reader as few other romance novels can. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderfully complex and superbly written, this is one of the best books I've read this year. Highly recommended.Published 12 months ago by Rita
I'm a big fan of this author. This wasn't at all your usual romance, as many other reviewers have said. The hero has another lover through most of the book, but it still works. Read morePublished 21 months ago by publish or perish
Lately I'm feeling like an unsuccessful truffle pig, rooting around the myriad HRs being cranked out by an unbelievable amount of authors (or wannabes who are just putting words to... Read morePublished on June 11, 2014 by OLT
Not your run-of-the mill romance; the writing is very good and the conflict here is pretty much the protagonists themselves. Read morePublished on May 28, 2014 by Ellen Morrison
Judith Ivory is my all time favorite author. I love this book. Judith does it with flair with her great characters.Published on March 5, 2013 by Amazon Customer
"Black Silk" by Judith Ivory. This is the first I've read by Ms Ivory, & I'm sure I won't forget this book. I realize also it was written with true talent; i.e. Read morePublished on July 26, 2012 by Amazon Customer