Second in the Silk trilogy, Silk and Secrets follows the adventures of Lord Ross Carlisle, the calm English aristocrat who was the hero’s best friend in Silk and Shadows. It’s a reunion story for Ross and Juliet, the headstrong wife who loved and left him when they were both very young. The two of them make a perilous journey to Central Asia to see if they can rescue Juliet’s brother Ian, an army officer who was taken captive in Bokhara. In the process, they must come to terms with the past if they are to have a chance at a future together.
(Note: The blurb above is not doing this book any justice. Easily my all-time favorite historical romance novel--if I am forced to choose one book from this bunch it will probably be this one. Very highly recommended.)
Corporate raider Matthew Farrell had come a long way from the poor, scruffy kid of Indiana's steel mills. A long way from the country club where, feeling like an outsider, he had dared to fall in love with a beautiful blonde named Meredith Bancroft, and known a once-in-a-lifetime passion and betrayal that still haunted his memory... Now world leaders courted him, the media watched his every move, and he was ready to move in on the Bancroft empire.
A cool, poised executive in her family's legendary department store chain, Meredith had once defied her father for the sexually magnetic Matt Farrell--and their brief, ill-fated marriage was the disastrous outcome. Now, the Bancroft firm is threatened by a hostile takeover, Meredith is forced to confront Matt. As tensions build between them, bittersweet memories rise to the surface, leaving them suspicious, restless, and uncertain. Will they be able to believe each other--and grasp the tender miracle that is before them?
Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…
But Sorcha's joy is shattered when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell, a spell which only Sorcha can lift-by staying silent. If she speaks before she completes the quest set to her by the Fair Folk and their queen, the Lady of the Forest, she will lose her brothers forever.
When Sorcha is kidnapped by the enemies of Sevenwaters and taken to a foreign land, she is torn between the desire to save her beloved brothers, and a love that comes only once. Sorcha despairs at ever being able to complete her task, but the magic of the Fair Folk knows no boundaries, and love is the strongest magic of them all...
As you can tell from this list, I love the "second chance at love" plot line and can read it over and over. All the books listed above I've read and re-read way too many times to count and I've read my favorite scenes from these books to the point that I memorized them. These are just my romance picks. I'll write another post that will feature Leslie's favorite reads as well as our favorite series books (can't wait for that one!).
Disclaimer: The images and blurbs used above were either taken from the author's website, Fantastic Fiction, amazon.com, the publisher's website or from the back of the book itself--click on the images for the links.