When I first saw this title, I have to say, I didn't expect much from it. I didn't even want to pick it up. But boy, am i so glad to have been proven...moreWhen I first saw this title, I have to say, I didn't expect much from it. I didn't even want to pick it up. But boy, am i so glad to have been proven wrong.
The first time I read the book, I literally could not stop reading. For the whole day, my eyes were glued onto the book pages. I couldn't even sleep because I was so engrossed. TO me, it was one of the best romance novels I have ever read.
I won't go into the synopsis because I can't write summaries, but throughout the book, I was taken on an emotional roller-coaster. Some parts had me sighing in happiness, some parts made me feel like throwing the book across the room. One thing stayed constant. I simply could not put down the book.
Seeing how Whitney grew up made me smile. No more was she a spoiled brat. Yes, she could be mischievous at times, but she was mature. To me, Clayton was a jerk at times, yes. But he made up for it. I couldn't help but see why she fell in love with him, because a little part of me did too.
The next time I wanted to read this book, I was a little reluctant. I had read many reviews saying how much they hated this book and so on. I was afraid to read it a second time in case I didn't enjoy it so much and I would have lost that magic.
But I took a gamble and read it again. I loved it. Once more falling in love with all the characters even with her dad when I realize he truly loves her.
I have never understood why others do not like this book. Maybe it's just me but I found this book to be really amazing. I have read many other romances, historical and contemporary. But so far, this remains one of the only romances that have compelled me from the beginning to the end.
I have read this book a total of 3 times and I must say, Whitney, My Love, has not lost even a bit of its original magic for me.
25 August 2011
I just read the book for the 4th time and all I can say is that it is amazing. No words can truly describe it. Granted, I didn't enjoy the first part as much as in the past, but it was still entertaining to read. What I truly loved was when their problems started. I screamed, I wept. I just couldn't take it at times. My heart was breaking right along with theirs. I remember when she rejected him at the wedding banquet, I was practically begging that it would't happen.
Clayton Westmoreland truly convinced me he loved Whitney beyond belief. He tolerated so much, put up with so much of her nonsense and did so much for her. My heart broke when the book mentioned that he knew he was gonna be lying beside her for the last time ever. And of course my heart broke again after they were married and he stupidly assumed she had been with another man. I was so pissed and annoyed with him at that point that I couldn't read and could only scream and shout at his stupidity. I loved it when he finally realised he loved her so much he didn't care anymore how many men there had be before him. But when he finally realised she couldn't have slept with another, my heart melted when he tried desperately to find her but couldn't. And when he did, I was immensely touched. No words can describe it, I have to say.
This leads me to the conclusion once more, that Whitney, My Love remains unparalleled in my heart. It has every aspect that I love in a romance and it doesn't brush across the issues easily, it really goes deep into the issues and bring out the true beauty of everything. All I can say is that this book is still as magical for me as when I first read it. Beautiful beyond belief is all I can say.(less)
I loved this book. What can I say? Royce Westmoreland is simply to die for. He is so sweet, so nice and just amazing. I mean, they way he treated Jenn...moreI loved this book. What can I say? Royce Westmoreland is simply to die for. He is so sweet, so nice and just amazing. I mean, they way he treated Jenny (Jennifer Merrick), was just so wonderful, I couldn't help but sigh. He was a character I really really liked and honestly, I didn't really find any true flaws in him. A temper in a way, but almost everyone has a temper, rather arrogant but so what? Eh, can't think of any real flaws!
Anyway, this book was really good. Royce and Jenny were a perfect pair and I admired each of them for several reasons. Jenny was a very headstrong character. I really admired her spirit and her never-say-die attitude. She never gave up, she fought all the way. She had an indomitable spirit and her beginning clashes with Royce only made me shake my head with admiration. I mean, she was so brave and so courageous. She would never give up and the way she took care of her sister, Brenna, only made me admire her all the more. Brenna was rather weak in my opinion, but she went up a lot in my estimation when she came up with the plot to be sent home and later when she dared to leave her clan and go to marry Stefan. But back to Jenny. She had an amazing character. She never showed fear even when she was frightened beyond belief. One incident that stood out was after Royce beat her. Instead of breaking down and crying, she managed to snatch a dagger from his boot and attempt to stab him with it. In the end, she did manage to slice his face. I was like, whoa. Just a little girl of 17 actually managing to draw blood from an experienced, greatly feared and renown warrior of 29. Just wow. She did many other things that made me admire her all the more. Her escape plot was one of the best I have ever seen from a heroine and it was so well-conceived, she actually did trick them. It was only later because they had stopped, then they got caught. But she still tried her best to escape. But the thing that really made me admire her was that she had the courage to admit her wrongs. The last part, when she finally knelt to Royce, not because he broke her spirit but because she realised she was in the wrong and a lot of other things that I shall not say.
As for Royce, he was also an amazing character. Though at times, he was a little too arrogant for my tastes, most of the time, he was just so amazing! He didn't jump to random conclusions (unlike a certain descendant of his... Whitney, My Love anyone?), he was so nice to her and ahh, there's just so many to say. One thing that he said that stood out in my mind and just told me how much he loved her was when they were arguing. And when she said all she wanted from him was courtesy, he didn't even shout or do anything to her. He just said in a sad voice(to me), that was that really all she wanted from him? And when she nodded, he didn't even try to convince her or anything, but instead just nodded and walked away. I dunno, but to me, most other heroes would have done sth to confront her, instead of giving her her own way. But this was just so amazingly sweet.
That being said, I really enjoyed the banter between them. It always made me laugh. I mean, it was so funny half the time. When they fell in love, it was truly beautiful. I cried during their quarrel and when he kinda hated himself for what he did to her brother. I mean, to me, it just showed how much he loved her. He tried so many ways to apologise and even when she didn't accept it, he didn't give up. Instead, he just proved his love and his word to her through his actions. On that battlefield, when he was being slaughtered, I almost cried. Everything he went through there, I knew he only went through it for her. Throughout all his actions, I could really see how much he loved her. Surprisingly, I didn't really see how she loved him, but maybe it just didn't make an impact on me. But I really felt her love when she knelt to him. That touched my heart beyond belief.
I remember one of the times I laughed the hardest was when they were at the church? Eh, they were arguing all the way and she called him a bastard/jerk, he called her a bitch. In the same breath, he told the friar that they wanted to get married. I imagined the look of comic confusion on the friar's face and I couldn't stop laughing.
All in all, I really loved this book. Yes, I did feel the book moved a little too fast for my liking. I would have liked to see how they fell in love. But this book is still one of the best historicals I have ever read. To me though, I didn't enjoy it as much as Whitney, My Love, Once and Always, Almost Heaven, Something Wonderful. But still, I felt that it was a very well-written book. The plot may be pretty unlikely and unrealistic but as I'm not very knowledgeable about those times, I can't say much. But to me, it was an excellent book, though it lost out on the fact that I found it a bit too short and sudden. I mean, some parts of the book passed too quickly in comparison with others. For example, the part when she was in their camp took a long time, but their marriage part was just too short. I dunno, it felt to me like just a filler after they got married and they were going to Claymore. I think I would have liked seeing more of their relationship when they were in one of his homes? No, not really a home, its just a conquered place... Eh sorry, the word's not coming to mind. It was after they left their camp. Yeah, I felt that the ending of that part was a little too rushed, though it started out good.
I feel that this book is definitely worth a try and I'm sure many out there will love it much more than I did.(less)
What can I say? The title is a perfect representation of how the book is like. Without a doubt,...moreThis review is also published on Always a Booklover.
What can I say? The title is a perfect representation of how the book is like. Without a doubt, Perfect was... perfect. There's no better word to describe it. What's perfect can't be made any better, can it? Throughout the book, I was led on an adventure with the characters that brought me from emotional peak to peak. I laughed, I cried, I screamed, I smiled, I got angry, I sighed in happiness. Everything that a person would normally experience, I experienced while reading this book. I found myself wishing so hard that the book was real, that somewhere out there, there are people who have found such a great love. Because the love shown in this book is just simply amazing. It cannot be adequately described, it is simply perfect.
Zack is an ultra-rich guy. Megabillionaire I believe. Thrown out at the age of 18, he worked hard all the way to make himself into who he was. I really admire that strength of will he had when he was thrown out. He has always been raised in the lap of luxury, but after being thrown out, he had no choice but to use his own two hands to support himself. And throughout all that, he somehow survived and became successful. When he was about 30, he was framed for murder and went to prison. He escaped when he was 35 and the next 2 weeks after his escape was the best weeks of his life. Because he found Julie. And in so doing, he found love.
Julie came from a very poor background. Abandoned at birth, she practically grew up on the streets even though she went to orphanage after orphanage. Why? She couldn’t keep up at school and hence she played truant. But one day, she was placed with the Mathisons’ and from that day on, her whole life changed. That is one amazing family, by the way. They never stopped believing in Julie and I found that very touching. And I got the sense that even though Julie tried to make her life as perfect as possible, so as to not let down the Mathisons, she wasn’t truly happy. At least, not until she met Zack. Then everything changed. For both of them.
So when Zack escaped, he met Julie along the way. He kinda kidnapped her and made her take him to his hideaway in the Colorado mountains. That place is just so beautiful. Wow, the next bits that happened are just so amazing. I can’t describe it well enough to do it justice. From their first kiss, both of them were hooked. He kissed her to hide the fact that he was kidnapping her, but that kiss just started off their relationship. I loved it when he was trying to rationalize with himself why he should seduce her. It was so cute haha:P
Those days that they spent in the house on the mountains were one of the most beautiful that I have ever read. I can’t describe it, it wouldn’t seem that good. But as I was reading it, I could see how much they were in love with each other and how they were just like a part of each other. It really was an example of 2 soulmates, finally finding each other. What can I say? Beautiful. Simply amazing.
Even the lovemaking scenes were so much more than just sex, so much more than just mutual pleasure. It was the joining of two souls that no matter how much they tried to fight it, they would fall in love.
But I think my absolute favourite part of the book came when Zack wrote that letter to Julie. That letter is simply the most beautiful words that could ever be written. Every single word showed the depth of love that Zack felt for Julie. He loved her so so much but yet, for her, he left, knowing that she would be better off without him. But he underestimated the power of love, especially the type of love they had. That type of love will never go away, because that sort of love lasts a lifetime. In the past, whenever I read that letter, I would cry my heart out. Because that sort of beauty just makes you cry. This read was no exception. I wept. Even if I just read the letter on its own, I would cry so easily. I remember flipping to the letter in a bookstore. I teared there and then, seeing those sweet sweet words. With a few short paragraphs, Mcnaught successfully conveyed the depth of love the two characters had for each other and that was the most amazing thing of the book for me.
After the amazing start and middle, the ending was a little bit of a disappointment. I mean the emotional peaks this book brought me to from the start to the middle was the highest I’ve ever reached. But after she decided to join him in Mexico, it just wasn’t that fantastic anymore. It was still good yes, but nothing compared to the beginning. And the letter:P I didn’t like how they made up. It wasn’t emotional enough. I actually would have preferred Zack having an epiphany, that he couldn’t live without Julie, rather than because of what Paul showed him for him to change his mind. But oh well, at least after he realised just how much Julie loved him, and that she had never truly intended to betray him, he went to seek her forgiveness.
Oh yes, one part that was kinda funny was when they were engaged. I loved seeing how Zack found it so difficult to control himself and actually had to restrain himself. It was so cute! Haha, and it just continued to reinforce the idea of how much he loved her.
And I don’t have any complaints about the book. It’s perfect and you can’t improve on perfection, can you? The pace was great, the storyline captivating and the love between the characters just the most wonderful thing ever. You really understood every bit of their actions and how their past shaped them. There really isn’t anything I didn’t like about the book, even though I felt that the ending wasn’t as good as the starting. And that’s the reason why I can’t say Perfect is the best book I’ve read. Because overall, its comparable to a couple of other books. But solely based on the book until the letter, it’s simply the best book I’ve ever read and I ever will. The maelstrom of emotions this book let me feel is simply incomparable to any other book I have read.
Perfect is honestly one of the best books I have ever read. True, the book IS pretty unrealistic, the events that allowed Zack and Julie to meet was just too coincidental to be possible. What were the chances of that happening? But then again, perhaps in the case of true love, fate will always contrive to bring the two souls together to make them fall deeply in love. Somehow, someway. All I know is that love will find a way.
I have read Perfect 3 times in total, and not once has it lost its magic for me. I think this read was the emotional read for me, because I found myself in tears every few pages. Zack and Julie were so in love, it was almost like love at first sight. Their love was so obvious and prevalent and simply so sweet. It shows the beauty of love and how love can truly conquer all. Perfect is a book that will always have a special place in my heart. (less)
I love this book. I read it 4 times in total but I must say, this time, the read was the best out of all...moreRead and reviewed on the 23rd of August 2011.
I love this book. I read it 4 times in total but I must say, this time, the read was the best out of all 4 times. The first time I read it, I didn't really like it, it was only when I read Almost Heaven, the next book in the story, that I realised how wonderful the book was but that was only on the 2nd read. This read was the first time I really cried, really understood Jordan, really saw the beauty of the story. I saw it before but I had never truly comprehended it.
Jordan(pretty cool name! :P) and Alex were wonderful characters. The difference between their characters were a world apart, yet they still could fall in love. You see, Jordan was cynical, jaded, he never believed in the inherent goodness of human beings. He though women were amoral creatures that deserved no respect, only just to have a fun time with. Yeah, it may seem like he's such a jerk, but because of his upbringing, the way he saw things, turned him into who he was. On the other hand, Alexandra (Alex), was everything he was not. She was innocent, naive, gullible, and always always believed in the inherent goodness of everyone. To her, the world was full of beauty and she saw it in everything, be it clouds, flowers, normal smells that most of just discount.
Small spoiler ahead!
The way that met was so cliche yet funny at the same time. She rescued him from 2 bandits in a knight's costume. It was as if she was right out of a medieval story. Being small in size and shall we say, no feminine shape, he naturally mistook her for a boy. It was pretty funny as I read the next few scenes of them going to the inn then going back to her house. He really thought she was a child of about 13, and the way he communicated with her was just funny, at least to me. Later on, he realised how he had ruined her reputation and decided to do the right thing under coercion to marry her. Honestly, I loved him from here on. I mean, he never wanted to get married, but for the sake of a girl that he had just met a few days before, he chose to do the honourable thing. I dunno, it just really touched me.
From there on, it was just so beautiful. Up until he got captured. Her innocence touched even him, and she just managed to melt him. For her, he lived on. Because of her, he found the will to live on and that especially touched me. I mean, for a man who never loved, never trusted, to actually be able to live on for her, just told me how much she had already wormed her way into his cold heart. Their clash of wills was funny-as-hell. I couldn't help but laugh almost everytime they argued. I mean, it was just so funny to see, a small petite girl standing up to a big man who was renown to be one of the most cold and scary man around.
My favorite scenes were when the two of them spent some alone time, one while fishing, one at the picnic, the other when they were together in the meadow. I dunno, it just seemed so beautiful. I could just see his love for her, and her for him. I mean, it was just so wonderful to see how he had actually put aside all his prejudices and still whole-heartedly love Alex. I was really touched. When he admitted to himself that he really loved her and was so amazed by his depth of his feelings, I'm not afraid to admit I cried. I mean, such a guy when faced with such innocence just could not face it down and in the end, his whole life was changed.
Seeing how they lived together, made me smile. But one thing made me real mad. I mean, how could Jordan so easily believe Alex was guilty? He should know better! Instead, he let his prejudices of women as a whole get to him and somehow believed that Alex could actually be scheming against him all along.
But when he finally realised she wasn't guilty and apologised for even doubting her, I was a little surprised why she wasn't even a little hurt or even a little angry. I mean, there's only so far that you can be forgiving right?
But when he cried at her bedside for her to wake up, I could only cry along. Every word struck my heart and I could truly feel his pain. When he asked her to take him with her, I saw the depth of his love for her and I was just touched and speechless. All I could do was cry.
This book brought out many emotions in me. However, I didn't really enjoy the part when Jordan was supposed dead. I dunno, I think I needed the banter and interactions between them. All in all, I felt that this book was simply amazing. It gets better with more reads. I can't really explain how I feel but the moment the book finished, I somehow felt that I didn't ever want the book to finish, that I wanted to go on to see their love and how beautiful their life was together. You know, straightaway after I finished the book, I actually wanted to reread it from the start. That was how good it was. All I can say, is that I completely loved this book. It touched my heart in so many ways. The characters were great, the plot was great, the conversation and everything was amazing. It was little wonder why I loved the book. After this read, I truly feel that this was one of the best historicals ever. All I want to say is that I hope that I will be able to read more of this kind of books from HM that touched me on almost every emotional aspect. This book was indeed something wonderful(less)
Wow, just wow. I have to say I never really loved this book until this read. But this read, all I can sa...moreRead and reviewed on the 24th of August 2011.
Wow, just wow. I have to say I never really loved this book until this read. But this read, all I can say it was perfect. I loved almost every moment of the book and I was completely addicted throughout. Both characters amazed me at different points in the book and I really admired them. I was kept laughing, crying, smiling, sighing with joy at every point in the book. I was never bored.
Elizabeth and Ian were characters who were so in love then due to a major misunderstanding that led to each other hating the other, they broke up. The beginning of the book started off with her uncle informing her that she had to 'visit' with a few of her former suitors, one of whom was Ian, so that she could make an advantageous marriage and she could keep her home, Havenhurst. So of course Elizabeth was pissed and all, and told Alexandra (remember her from Something Wonderful?) about her experience with Ian one and a half years ago. Now, I have to say, I didn't really enjoy reading that part. I don't really know why but it definitely wasn't my favorite part of the book. Anyway when she had told Alex everything, she went on to the homes of her first 2 ex-suitors, Francis Belhaven and John Marchmann (something like that :P). Blah blah blah, it was pretty amusing how she managed to convince them how they wouldn't suit in marriage. But that's not the important part.
Next, she went to Ian Thornton's home in Scotland. I won't say much about what happened there but it was the start of everything again. Where they would begin to fall in love once more. One of my favorite scenes in this part was when Elizabeth cooked breakfast for Ian. I couldn't stop laughing. Just read it, you'll know what I mean.
After that of course they fell in love through a series of events. I felt that this scene was pretty funny. When Ian confronted Belhaven.
Ian had said in a dangerously quiet voice. "I dislike your coat, I dislike your shirt, and I dislike the knot in your neckcloth. In fact, I dislike you. ..."
I couldn't stop laughing, I dunno why, it probably doesn't even seem that funny. I guess it just is to me.
Then they got married. This is where the really good part started. Ian Thornton is the sweetest man ever. I mean, wow. There's so many things that he did that I'm in awe of. Well for starters, he's a freaking genius, his brain is as fast as a calculator, the speed he reads at impresses even me (considering that I read real fast), how he treats Elizabeth, just everything. So well, after they were married, they had months (I believe) of wedded bliss where everything seemed right in the world.
Then disaster struck.
I won't say what but all I'll say is that it broke my heart. Ok, if you really want to know, (view spoiler)[ she left him because her brother Robert who had disappeared 2 years ago, came back. He blamed Ian for everything that had happened to him and made Ian seem like a monster. She didn't see any reason why Robert would lie, and when he showed her his back, which was scarred from whipping, she really believed that Ian had almost killed her brother. So of course she left. Though it broke my heart, she couldn't just stay on. But just before she left him, came one of my favorite scenes in the book. (hide spoiler)]
So they had a quarrel. Ok, perhaps it wasn't so much as a quarrel. Rather, it was just she being pissed at him and he didn't know why. But he was pissed too, cos she kinda didn't return home for a few days.
So basically he stormed into her room and scolded her. But this scene almost made me cry.
Oh wait, its technically a spoiler, cos it comes right from the book, so i'll leave it to you whether to read it.
Ian saw the fear in her eyes and stopped short only inches in front of her. His hand lifted, and she winced, but it came to rest on her cheek. "Darling, what is it?" he asked.
Remember they were quarreling before this. But omg, he's so freaking sweet!!!!!! Instead of scolding her back or whatsoever, he asks her in what I imagine to be a sweet and gentle voice what was wrong! I mean, seriously?? Why is he so nice! Normal people would have lost their tempers, wouldn't they? At least they would in other romances... But not him!!! Slightly later on, he just is such a perfect husband, wanting her to rest more... And even when she wanted to sleep alone, he was pissed for a while then he went off and immediately returned a few minutes later. He gave her a freaking cup of brandy and told her it would help her to sleep. Then he started teasing her about her work, just trying to make her feel better. My heart just melted. I mean, instead of being angry he was so nice!!!! From that short scene of them arguing, I saw the depth of his love for her. Who could do such a thing unless he was completely and wholeheartedly in love with her? I mean, just wow. It really told me how selfless his love was. Maybe you won't feel it, but I just couldn't help but fall in love with that scene.
The next part was beautiful. Because of what she did in my spoiler on top, stuff happened to him that I won't say. Just read the book!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, so basically it was her at fault of course. I can't say much so I'll skip this whole part but the way she tried to help him was entirely ingenious and had me agape in admiration.
So when she confronted him later on, that scene made me cry. Even now, just glancing at it gives me goosebumps. But this part was my favorite of the whole confrontation.
And you are going to hurt me, Ian-never, I hope, as much as you are hurting me now. But if that's the way it has to be, then I'll endure it, because the only alternative is to live without you, and that is no life at all."
The moment I read that, I was touched beyond belief. That was honestly one of the sweetest things I read. I won't go on talking about that but you have to read it. It's so beautiful and amazing.
Of course they made up in the end. And that scene was another beautiful one. Now, this one I won't write out, but I loved it completely. His apology was so sincere and I was honestly touched by the depth of his love for her. Just... read it. You have to. Really read every word, and even after the most boring part, (though I wasn't bored, it just was really predictable) you'll understand the beauty of Almost Heaven.
I mean, this book not only showed their love in so many ways , it also showed how selfless true love was and how amazing it could be. There are too many things to say about it. I loved the book, every moment of it. I didn't ever want it to end. It's not unrealistic even though some events are pretty improbable. It was a very well-written and I enjoyed reading every word. In the past, I wouldn't recommend this book, but now I say everyone should read it. Yes, it took 4 reads for me to fall in love with the book, but when I did, it was amazing beyond belief.
The experience that I had while reading this book just touched me completely. Its gonna be hard for another book to replace this in my head. Now, I think its one of my favorite historicals, where in the past I felt that Whitney, My Love was unparalleled.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This book is an absolute favorite of mine. I have read this 4 times, and not once, has it ever failed to...moreRead and reviewed on the 22nd of August 2011.
This book is an absolute favorite of mine. I have read this 4 times, and not once, has it ever failed to disappoint me. I have to admit, when I first picked up this book, I was a little biased, seeing as the heroine and I share the same name - Victoria. As I read the book, I got sucked into that world that the characters were living in, and I swear I was practically there.
Victoria was amazing. Beautiful, talented, witty, what more could you ask? Basically, she was perfect. A tad unrealistic yes, but the book did portray her as too perfect, with her being able to do almost anything. I really admired her. I mean, she can do just about everything I can't. She can draw anyone into a conversation, making them feel so welcome and at home with her. I've always wished I could do that. She could also shoot, cheat at cards, was intelligent and practically everything I dream about being able to do. Honestly though, if she had a little imperfections, it would be more realistic. I mean, all those amazing qualities, and yet she's still so beautiful? In fact, one of the most beautiful girls of the Season.
As for Jason, he had a very tough upbringing. Cruel and heartless. Every time I read the scene where the captain (sorry, can't really remember his name, starts with F?) tells Victoria about Jason's childhood, I want to scream and cry. I know it's just a book and it isn't real, but I just couldn't imagine how could any woman, sane or insane, do such a thing to a child. I was just so angry when I read that. Guess it just shows how much I was sucked into the book! Because of his upbringing, Jason was a very cold and cynical man. Arrogant beyond belief too. I loved seeing how Victoria melted the ice around Jason's heart. He was so reserved and cold, only she could actually get him angry. At the same time though, he was a jerk a lot of the time. But the more he interacted with Victoria, the more he laughed with her, the warmer and more human he became. Its really not hard to imagine how Victoria could have fallen in love with him even though he was a very forbidding man.
Charles was Jason's father, albeit illegitimate. Throughout the book, I could really see Charles' love for Jason, he really only wanted the best for him. Yes, he did do things a little unscrupulously, but that was only because he wanted Jason to be happy.
From the very beginning, the book captivated me. Everything just fit into place right from the start. Every single moment of the book was truly amazing. I dunno, its like right from the start, you could see how well they would fit. And I liked that JM didn't rush into the romance, instead taking time to build up the relationship. Friendship first, then slowly sexual attraction then came love. It really made me feel that their love was not based on sex or anything but rather on true inner feelings.
I felt that the book flowed very smoothly, it wasn't too long, nor was it too short. Though when I put down the book, all I wanted was to read more. Because their love was amazing. It really defined the true meaning of love. I mean, with each other there, everything was right in the world. The more I read, the more I was sucked into their love for each other. I can only say what an amazing read this was.
I loved it when he finally admitted he loved her. When he said he had loved her from the very beginning and that he married her because he loved her, I couldn't help but sigh in joy. It was just so beautiful seeing how a man who never trusted could actually humble himself to make that confession of love. The banter between them always made me smile and I really loved it when they finally went out together and showed the world their love.
But I only truly comprehended how much he loved her when she was presumed dead. For a man who never cried, never mourned, he did all that for her. Even when she was speaking to him, he thought he was going insane but didn't care, as all he wanted was her. I was really humbled when I saw the depth of his love for her and I could not help but cry.
This book made me laugh, cry, sigh, smile, scream, everything. Its hardly that I can find a book that can impact me on so many emotional levels. To me, this was one of the best JM books out there. Her historicals never fail to touch me and yes, its a pity she's moving towards contemporary or have already moved.
Once and Always was a rare read. Its not always that I can find a book that I can read 4 times, without it even once losing its magic. And somehow, with every read, it gets more beautiful. The story it tells touches me on so many different levels. You know, from the moment I opened the book, I felt transported to a different world. I dunno, I somehow feel that historical romance is just different. It has a kind of magic for me at least.(less)
This book was a very enjoyable read. It was light-hearted, and though the storyline was rather predictable, it was still fun reading about how they go...moreThis book was a very enjoyable read. It was light-hearted, and though the storyline was rather predictable, it was still fun reading about how they got together. I must say I didn't really like the intro, though I absolutely loved the conclusion.
Stephen was a hero that I liked a lot. He was to me, a very humorous person and I enjoyed watching him interact with Sheridan. Sheridan (Sherry), was a very strong person. Though she lost her memory, she did not let it get her down, but instead lived on bravely. She was a very intelligent young woman and I found her to be a perfect match for Stephan.
I was so sucked into the book that towards the end, when I knew their confrontation was coming, I was literally begging the book not to have that next part. It was cos Sherry and Stephen were so happy together, I couldn't stand to see their happiness get ruined by anything. Throughout that whole breaking up part, my heart was breaking. However, the party where they met again didn't really strike me as that good. The only part that saved that scene was Stephan's reaction, his words to Whitney later and of course when they slept together. However, that did make me want to slap Stephan and I was so glad that Sherry actually dared to do it. It certainly made me admire her even more.
But the thing that made this book a 4.5 to 5 star book was only the making up scene. I admit it. I cried. I couldn't help it, you know. When Stephen realised he had jumped to conclusions and had wronged Sherry (sounds familiar? Maybe it runs in the family. For those that don't know, I'm talking about Clayton Westmoreland, Stephen's brother and the hero of Whitney, My Love) and went to seek her forgiveness, my heart melted at his words. I dunno why either. All I knew was how much he loved her and I could truly see that in every word of his.
The scene where Sherry finally met her father, Aunt Cornelia and Rafe again made me laugh, especially over Rafe's and Stephen's reaction. It gave me a final laugh to remember.
However, there were some minor details that I felt could be touched on. Like what happened with Helene Devernay, Stephen's mistress? I know Sherry was feeling rather uneasy over that matter, but she didn't mention it to Stephen at all. I felt that it should have been touched on a little just to wrap things up and of course his reassuring words would be really sweet to read too! One more thing was that, for some reason, I couldn't exactly feel Sherry's love all the time. Some of the time, yes. But when she realised she loved him, I couldn't really believe it.
I did enjoy seeing Victoria, Jason, Jordan and Alexandra return in this book, though I wished they played a bigger part. Whitney played a rather big part and she seemed to have matured a lot from the past. Clayton also became nicer and sweeter to me, in a way, tamed? I dunno, that was the first word to come to me.
All in all, I did enjoy the book and I must say that I really did enjoy the parts when Stephen got jealous. It was so amusing to read and what's best, he didn't even realise it. But well, I have a thing for heroes who get jealous and possessive, so well, that just made me like him all the more! But one thing I have to say was that I could truly feel Stephen's love for her for a very long time, though he never admitted it. But from his every action, I could see it. This book is worth a read, though I felt that it lost to Whitney, My Love, in terms of plot.
I loved this book. What more can I say? The story was so realistic, the love they had was beautiful and the characters were just awesome.
Sebastien wa...moreI loved this book. What more can I say? The story was so realistic, the love they had was beautiful and the characters were just awesome.
Sebastien was simply to die for. I mean what's there not to love about a righteous man who really believes in what he's fighting for? And he could so readily admit his love for her without even being forced to. Of course, that hot body of his helped matters too:P
Françoise was someone I really admired. She was so strong no matter what she faced. Torture, betrayal, terrible injuries, she faced them all and conquered all. In my opinion, a perfect heroine for this book.
From the start of the book, I truly enjoyed it. I was never bored at any point and it literally killed me to have to put aside the book even for short periods of time.
The way Françoise was betrayed and then later tortured left me screaming at the book at the injustice of it. How she could stand up again and somehow keep living on, I don't know. But it really made me admire her. No matter what she faced, she would try her best to overcome it. Even after her loss of her eye, she did not fall into depression for long.
Sebastien was amazing too. He could actually differentiate between right and wrong and did not even try to justify his commander's actions. And of course the way he made love to her was beautiful and it really showed that their love was not because of sex. Because he did fall in love with her before sleeping with her.
There were some things that stopped this book from being perfect though. Why wasn't her rescue of Lucien even talked about? I mean, many readers would have loved to see how she overcame that difficulty. And later when she had left, it would have really made my day to see Sebastien at least worried and would at least try to do something. And it just suddenly skipped to the end of the Revolution. Being someone who doesn't really know anything about it, I would really have liked to see how it truly ended. But the epilogue really pissed me off. Why the hell (pardon my language) did he have to go to freaking war??? Just stay at home and be happy with your wife for goodness sake!! And you could have just resigned! Ugh why go off to fight!!! You don't even like killing other people!! So don't go damn it!! (sorry for my language, I'm a little heated up!)
But I have to say this is a very good book, one of the best in a while even. I thoroughly enjoyed the read even though I felt the ending was a little too abrupt for my tastes. It was a different read for me as I don't really read books set in historical France. But now, I realize how beautiful old France can be and I certainly wouldn't mind giving it a try. (less)