Forever His (Stolen Brides, #1)
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Forever His (Stolen Brides #1)

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An enchanting time-travel romance for fans of Jude Deveraux and Diana Gabaldon.

Medieval knight Gaston de Varennes wants a docile bride who will fit into his plans for vengeance and justice, but a trick of time finds him married to a thoroughly modern American lady who turns his castle, his life, and his heart upside down. Will her desperate secret tear them apart after onl...more
ebook, Author's Preferred Edition, 231 pages
Published December 18th 2011 by Summit Avenue Books (first published December 1993)
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This was a well written story that I couldn't stop reading. It keeps getting better the more you read. What an exciting experience of time travel and the power of the love that developed with the characters. I love the strong unfearing Celine. I love the tough on the outside tender on the inside Gaston. The time travel was very believable as it happened. This was my first book by this author and I loved it! I will be getting more of her books to read. I highly recommend this book.
Jan 09, 2013 Alisa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alisa by: Glamdring
3.5 Stars :0)

I will definitely be continuing this series. I read a few teasers at the end into the next book(s) and they sound great too :0) I'm a historical romance fan so though this wasn't one of the best I've read, not even topping most, I still felt that it deserves 3.5 stars because it was well written with a great plot & interesting enough characters.

I love this book! Over the years I've read it many times in French,this is my first read in English.
So this book drove me to the brink of mindless rage, and almost spurred me to do bodily harm to myself and/or any nearby objects; my laptop being in serious danger. These actions resulted in writing a review regardless of time and my usual lazy predisposition and seriously doubting my sanity for all of the above and still reading the book midway. Gods, the female character drove me bananas! She is like Mother Theresa without any self-respect or much spirit. She is ridiculous lusting for the main...more
This book is a hidden gem. It is sweet, funny and every so often heartbreaking. It had a fun supernatural element that didn't overwhelm the story. The lead characters are like oil and vinegar. But even those two things come together eventually to make salad dressing; the lead characters just don't stand a chance. It was a hoot to watch Celine try to fit in with the times and Gaston continue to torment his "little wife". The writing was very nicely done. It never once felt stilted or awkward. It...more
It didn't grab me at first, but it didn't take long before I couldn't put it down. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Wow! Loved this book. The book starts right off with a battle between two enemies one is a French Duc and the other is the last of his line after the Duc had both his father and brother murdered in what was to have been a mock battle. Time skip to 1993, its New Years Eve and Celine is at the families ancestral chateau still dealing with the traumatic events from the year before when she finds herself swept away to the 1300's and into the arms of Gaston. Gaston, or Sir Gaston de Varennes, just so...more
Leti Mar
The best time-travel romance I have ever read. Period. The science aspect of the time-travel made sense, the historical aspect felt accurate, and there were lots of touches that made the Middle Ages come alive. Add to that a great love story that slowly build, and you have a fantastic novel. As a side note, this book was written over 20 years ago and has been re-released as an e-book. I'm glad someone did that to this little treasure!

Leti Del Mar
It was free so I went for it. But this book is the epitome of why I'll never be a big historical romance fan.

The sex scenes were fun, of course ;) The real reason why these are written...

But I can't stand the stereotypes and tropes. Brutish rake with long hair seeks virginal fainty woman you know how to scream but knows nothing in the bed...

I wish Thacker had just gone with a strict historical romance and done away with the time travelling bit; it only served as a means for said damsel and said...more
This unusual medieval tale features a modern woman who unexpectedly travels back in time to the year 1300. She winds up in the bed of a dark lord named Gaston. He thinks she is the ward of his enemy whom the king is forcing him to marry in a bid to keep the peace. He's not about to trust her, and her ridiculous story about being from the future only leads him to think she may be mad. But Celine is very lovely and through her hard work and helpfulness, she gains the trust and devotion of his serv...more
I've come to realize that these romance novels all follow a very similar formula. (1) there's always a womanizing man and an innocent vigin girl; (2) there's an instant, unexplainable attraction that never happens in real life; (3) our main characters usually hate each other right off the bat; (4) there's usually some deadly secret being hidden; (5) loads of sexual tension; (6) they finally give in to said sexual tension and the experience is earth shattering; (7) mayhem ensues and the woman end...more
Tam B.
This was an interesting book.

Our heroine is a modern day woman. She was involved in a carjacking and as a result needs an operation to remove a bullet fragment or it could kill her. Our hero is a somewhat paranoid, if your outside his circle of trust, french nobleman who has just been ordered to marry to cement a truce with an enemy Duc who he suspects of murdering his father and brother. Our modern day woman, Celine, gets taken back to the 12th century via a lunar eclipse and wakes up to find o...more

Prepare yourself for some alpha-male fun... Gaston is a french knight who has a vendetta against the Duc Alain de la Tourelle. The king attempts to put a stop to the feud by forcing Gaston to marry Tourelle's ward, Christiane; of course none of the parties involved are happy about this. On New Years Eve, 1299, the moon sucks up Celine, a 20th century girl, and plops her into Gaston's bed (I'm sure that description accurately describes the physics of time travel.) Gaston assumes that Celine i...more
This is a great, bit cheesy, romance in 1300 France. I love historical romance books that I know have probably no actual historical accuracy. I don't know if any of the history in this book was real. But I loved it anyway. Add time travel and its even better. Historical Time travel books were what originally got me to start reading romance books. Never liked them before I found some.

I liked the twist ending. I didn't see her predicament coming to that and I've always been a fan of stubborn men....more
Elaine Mcdonald
3.5 I like time travel books. Around 80% this book just annoyed me. I thought the book was interesting, but I was ready to finish it. Suddenly it seemed like the author realized she needed another 30 pages for the book. I do not like it when an author just suddenly throws in the sex as a filler to get more pages written. It just didn't flow well for me.
Deb Wilson
I think I picked this book up for free on amazon a while back so I wasn't expecting a lot from it. What I got was a fun read with a couple of twists that was not totally predictable like many romances are. Celine was likable from the start and while Gaston took a little warming up to, the actual tension and later passion between them was well written. I quite liked that there was not a lot of ridiculously termed passing during the sex scenes (no turgid tumescence here) and there was minimal hars...more
A Time Travel Love Story...where the Hero is taught the meaning of Love.

I will be the first to admit I am not the biggest fan of time travel romances and usually stay away from them...but I decided to take a chance on this one. I am SO GLAD I did! I thought it was fast paced and entertaining with believable likable characters.

The story grabs your attention right from the first page so much so that I got sucked in and read it all in one sitting. I loved the heroine Celine she's spunky, intellige...more
I can take or leave time travel book in general, this one caught my attention and held it to the end. I really loved seeing this modern woman adapt to her new situation and find love.

I had moments where I hated the lead guy, Gaston. He really takes the cake for macho jerks of that time period. Thankfully he grows and earns his lady love. Celine is too forgiving by far. I hated when she acted a doormat. In the end they book worked it out and became characters I liked. It was just a bit of a jour...more
Rachel ~ SnapDragoness
2 1/2 Stars.

Dear Gaston,


Ugh... I would have rated higher had there been any sufficient groveling.
I have always loved a romance set in medieval times--and if it has time travel all the better! This book has both! I read it in one sitting. Somehow I had never read anything by Shelly Thacker before but you can bet your bottom dollar I will be reading more. I actually got this book on a whim-at the moment the Kindle version is free (which is how I got it).

When Celine is whisked back in time during a moon eclipse to the year 1300 she has no idea what happened. All she knows is she is in bed with...more
This book was AMAZING!!! I absolutely loved it!! So romantic and funny, but also so heart-warming! I want my own Gaston soooo bad :). The author incorporated the whole time-travel concept into the book incredibly well; a heck of a lot better than most authors do and can. It was wonderful to see the relationship evolve and deepen between Gaston and Celine, so beautiful. No loose ties, even for the secondary characters. This is definitely a story that I will re-read over and over again! I would re...more
***Detailed Review***

I LOVED Forever His . It was so unexpected, which only makes it that much sweeter. I was worried at first with the book being twenty years old, but it didn’t bother me in the least.

The start made me iffy as it started out with the bitter feud between Sir Gaston de Varennes and Tourelle. To stop the fighting, King Philippe orders the wedding between Gaston and Tourelle’s charge, Lady Christiane.

Fast forward to 1993 and we meet Celine Fontaine who’s two weeks away from back...more
Hero: 9/10
Heroine: 9/10
Romance: 10/10
Humor: 0/10
Pace: 5/10
Secondary Characters: 8/10

Quite the tear-jerker! I can't even begin to count all the times I got teary-eyed while reading this book. It was a very good story. It pulled me in instantly. I loved the characters. Although, it did take me longer to warm up to Gaston than it did Celine. The side characters were just as interesting as well. The love story was insanely good in my opinion. I'd kill for a man that loved me as much as Gaston loved...more
Lori McD
3.5 stars

I really liked this book, although I take issue with one of the main plot devices - the bullet fragment still lodged in Celine's back. That was too convenient and too forced.

But I did enjoy the romance and mostly how it unfolded. I liked Gaston, even when he was treating her badly, because I understood where he was coming from. The author set up the premise and the barrier between the two quite well. And while Celine managed to accomplish bringing a lot of modern conveniences into the 1...more
Gaston and Celine, two people harboring secrets with lives that have given very harsh lessons, are literally thrown together by destiny with fates that ultimately entwine and cannot be separated. Their secrets and their pains are very different, but each are ruled and lead by the experiences of their pasts. Being flung together, they must each overcome their shadows and learn to trust and aide each other for either to achieve their ultimate victory. How can two people who have seen no return in...more
Celine, stood looking at an ellipse of the moon and time traveled back to 1,300 France and woke up in the arms of a knight, Sir Gaston de Varennes. She came from the year 1993 and found herself taking the place of the woman that Gaston was suppose to marry.

From this beginning, she claims to be a time traveler and no one believes her, she finds herself married by order of the King to Sir Gaston, who does not want to marry the ward of his enemy. As the story develops, romance, humor, jousts, treac...more
Amanda Richardson
I really liked this book. Celine, the heroine, on New Year's Eve 1993 gets swept back to New Year's Eve 1299. She looks exactly like Christiane, who the hero is supposed to marry the next day against his will. She wakes up in bed with the hero. I liked the anticipation wondering if Christiane was going to show up and what would happen then. At first, I wasn't sure if the villain was actually a villain or if it was someone else behind the killing of the hero's father and brother.

I didn't like how...more
Jocie McKade
I'm not a big reader of historical romance, but this book was on a select reading list, so I gave it a try. The writing was very good, I think the author is quite talented at plotting a story. However, I felt some of the plot was forced, and things happened a bit too conveniently.

The time travel was fun, and accurate. I will read more by this author, but I hope she lets the story flow better in the future.
I wasn't sure what to expect with this one and was pleasantly surprised at what this book held. I was expecting more fluff & a bodice ripping story, but that is not what it turned out to be.

First off, the e-book cover does not do this justice. The bottom half is totally wrong and makes it look more cheesy than it really is.

I thought the characters were very well written and the plot developed pretty well throughout the entire book. Could it have been a bit less cheesy at a few points? Yes,...more
A very erotic book about switching places/going back in time. I do hope that the author would tell us about the person from the past who came to the future - maybe in a different book? I haven't checked yet.

Mixed identity, "untrustworthy" and untrusting for those circumstances; she needs to go home, but the portals of time work mysteriously. Does she stay - or go back to the future?
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USA Today bestselling author Shelly Thacker has earned lavish praise from Publishers Weekly, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Detroit Free Press and The Oakland Press, who have called her historical romance novels “innovative,” “addictive,” “erotic” and “powerful.”

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“So time, you see, is not so precise as many believe,” Brynna was saying, lighting a candle. “It is not a solid thing, to be carved into days and hours at our bidding. It is fluid, liquid. It can change as easily as the sea changes, on one day calm and smooth, on another stormy and dangerous.” 1 likes
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