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From This Day

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  3,580 ratings  ·  168 reviews

When B. J. Clark, the young and pretty manager of the Lakeside Inn, met the new owner, Taylor Reynolds, she was fully prepared to dislike him. For she feared-with good reason-that he planned to transform her sleepy old hotel into a resort for jet-setters.

That sparks should fly between them was inevitable. But that these should be fanned by a mutual pa
Paperback, 216 pages
Published May 23rd 2003 by Silhouette (first published January 6th 1983)
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The hero is a dick and the heroine is an idiot who should have probably been fired at several points in the story.
Lisa Kay
A Vermont Bed & Breakfast Inn
From This Day, by Nora Roberts

★★☆☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Therese Plummer does a first-rate job on the narration for this one, but she’s fighting an uphill battle. I’ve taken too many Mandatory Workplace Sexual Harassment classes for this one to come anywhere near conceivable, making it too dated. I could certainly see sentences that show-cased the brilliance of Nora Roberts, but others that were painful to listen to and cringe-worthy. Basically the
Hmm. If I had to sum up this book in one quote it's when Taylor, our Hero, tells BJ, our heroine, "I was in no frame of mind to introduce you gently to the ways of love." Yep, you read that right. This sounds like dialogue from a 60s era soap opera, yeah?

I'm a die hard NR fan or I wouldn't have finished this book. Originally published in 1992, it has not aged well. I lived through that period and I don't remember the amount of smoking and sexual harassment that is in this book. Seriously dated.
Another weird book but again, it was free on my audible romance package.

From This Day was just weird. I honestly have no other way to describe it. In it, you will meet BJ and Taylor. Their romance was just so freaking weird (and I have a feeling that weird is going to be mentioned a lot in this review). I didn't have a favorite character either because they were both quite terrible in my eyes.

I feel like their relationship, if you could call it that, was a bit abusive. He kind of manhandled her
Mar 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Women who like to be pushed around.
Shelves: read-2011
The book started out with simple Dick-and-Jane language. I had to make sure I was reading one of my books and not my child's.
Nothing like a domineering a-hole to fall in love with.
When I read terms like "his quick violence", "tightened his grip on her wrist", and "a strong arm quickly caught her around the waist" I think of true love. I especially like Tyler's "take-charge" attitude, with telling BJ they were getting married, and arranging it for her, because "he knows what she wants."
What a dr
K.L. Loveley
Nov 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is not the usual genre that I tend to read. However, I was invited to give a presentation and a book signing at a Library in the next town to me. I thought it, good manners to read the book that they had planned to discuss.
Here are my thoughts. Evidently, according to the popularity of romance novels, perhaps this may be given a much higher star rating, based on the romance angle. However, I found the character of Taylor Reynolds, somewhat disturbing, in a way that I doubt the Author inten
This was the first book that I ever read by Nora Roberts and I was not impressed. I wanted to see what all the hype about Nora Roberts was since she has like a million books and Lifetime movies. I hated how Taylor treated B.J. He was constantly patronizing her and he is way too dominating for my liking. And B.J was too naïve, no one over the age of 15 is that stupid to be honest. She wanted to be treated like an adult but she acted like a child 95% of the book. And that was the most unromantic m ...more
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
BJ Clark is the manager of a lovely Inn in Vermont. Her staff is like family and her clientele comes back time and again because of the quaint charm of the inn. Taylor Reynolds is the owner of the Inn and has arrived looking for ways to make more money from the Inn. He wants to make it more a resort with tennis courts, spas and finer cuisine. BJ does not want it to change at all. Taylor is an overbearing, sexist, controlling pig as far as I was concerned. I detested him throughout the entire boo ...more
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Eh. A lot of romance written in the 80s just isn't my cup of tea, and this one is a good example of why: a "naive" and "innocent" (and, of course, virginal) woman, plus a "high-powered" and "passionate" man who must control his base urges so as not to frighten her. Plus, this book had the ever-popular scene where he grabs her by the neck during an argument, then starts stroking with his thumb. I just struggle to get past what always reads to me like a precursor to abuse.

I guess I just feel like
Lyndi W.
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star
The more I read of these stories, the less I like the previous books I read. I'm disliking them retroactively. Things are repeating... all the heroes smoke (it's the 80s, so it's cool!), the heros grab the heroines by their hair when they're trying to flounce away after delivering a horrible parting shot, there is always a scene where things get kinda rapey and violent, the heroines keep falling for the jealous woman's lies, the jealous woman never gets called out or anything, the heroine dislik ...more
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very dated story...Male chauvinist
and silly girl..... just easy to listen to in the car
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was a very short and sweet Nora Roberts book. It didn't quite feel as fleshed out as most of hers do though.
Dec 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
The only reason I decided to give this book a chance was because the audiobook was done by one of my favorite narrators. I figured she could bring life to any story! I hear Ms. Robert's name all the time in Romancelandia, so I thought why not try this book? *sigh* Big mistake on my part. I now understand why it took me so long to admit to reading romance novels to family/friends.

I felt like good portions of this text could be required reading for either a sexual harrassment seminar in the corpor
Feb 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately this is probably the worst book by Nora Roberts I have yet read.

Typically I love all of the books she writes and particularly enjoy her characters and the colorful lives she paints for them.

This book had our hero, Taylor, as a wealthy man who owns several hotels. He is a jerk to B.J. the entire time. He either is running rough shot over her, treating her like a dumb woman or he is kissing her. The HEA is pathetic. And he hardly steps up for her when she is treated poorly by anothe
Feb 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
SO CREEPY OKAY. I've read a lot of skeevy fiction, but this one is just WOW. I was almost ready to cut some slack and give two stars (because NR has a way with words) when UGH.
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Oh. My. Fucking. God. I mean, the eye-rolling wan
Mar 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017, nora-roberts
Ugh, how nauseating was this. The hero was a jerk who treated BJ (no really that's her name) like crap the entire book. He was really physical with her and constantly grabbing her arm or pushing her around. Not really appealing. Plus the age gap kept being reinforced in really creepy ways. Like Taylor emphasizing how small she is and looks like a child and how innocent she is, but then admits to wanting her. It was on the edge there. Also, BJ was annoying and not at all compelling.

What a disapp
Aug 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
The sensation of stabbing both your eyes out with a dinner fork is far more enjoyable than reading this book.

I struggled through it because it's NR and now I'm left seething with an undeniable, unrelenting desire to cause intense bodily harm and a slow, painful death to the fictional hero.

I shall go to bed tonight with homocidal images of his bloody, broken body dancing through my mind.
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
I understand S&M, didn't blink an eye at Mr. Grays Red Room... But this book was about boarder line abuse. Taylor was literally assaulting BJ and there was no sex in this book. Not a healthy relationship story nor very romantic.
charmaine White
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice read

A Feels good love story.With a dash of suspense,to keep you on your toes.A nice comfortable way to spend an afternoon.
Kathi Cooper
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
I will review this now....if I wasn't a NR fan, I wouldn't have been able to read this far. Too old fashioned for my taste.
This is a horrible book don't read it. The girl is a doormat and the guy is a bitch.
Connie N.
Wow, if this were the first Nora Roberts book I had ever read, I don't think I'd continue. I'd rate this 2.5 stars, if I could, but I'll round up's Nora Roberts. The characters were just too annoying for me. BJ acts like a child. Though she's the manager of a popular inn, she has a short temper, not ever being very diplomatic and certainly acting immature in many ways, especially towards the new owner of the inn. I mean, really, he's your new boss and you spend all your time ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's always fun to catch up on older Nora Roberts titles. Little things like how often protagonists light a cigarette especially with no regard to their location and others around them always gives it away that it's an older title. BJ works hard as the manager of the Inn and has a staff that trusts her. When the Inn's owner shows up, BJ has no trust for the man who is ready to turn it in to a resort. BJ knows that the Inn's appeal is not fancier rooms or tennis courts, she just needs to convince ...more
Jul 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
Starting out with my review with a disclaimer that I’m a judge fan of Roberts. I’ve read several of her titles with glowing reviews from me. So the fact that I’ve given this book a one star is probably surprising.

From the very first page the protagonist BJ is described as a childlike woman. A few pages in we’re introduced to the male lead Taylor who is by all accounts is arrogant and sexually harasses BJ from day one. Because that’s what it is. Sexual harassment and physical abuse. I finished t
May 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Disappointing read that left me feeling very angry at times. There were so many signs of abusive relationship behavior from the man--unhealthy levels of intensity, jealousy, reputation sabotage, manipulation, volatility, and obvious physical aggression--that I started to question the woman's mental and emotional health and upbringing. The story was completely lacking and unconvincing regarding how the narrator could ever have fallen in love with the main male character. https://www.joinonelove.o ...more
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nora-roberts
This was okay - although the anger the main female character felt towards the male character was a little over the top, and the male character was a little too forceful for me. Also, he kept saying that she looked like a child and it turned him on?? Ewww. I think she was going for innocence, but the use of the word child was creepy. I could definitely tell it was one of Roberts' older works (from the 80s) and it fit into the trend at the time. All I can say is, Ms. Roberts - you've come a long w ...more
Ruth Garcia
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
BJ Clark manages an inn and is content with how it's decorated, run, and the overall homegrown feel. Content with her duties, she's forced to deal with Taylor Reynolds, the new owner who has his own ideas. Reynolds has the idea to come and turn BJ's inn into a resort to her horror. Along the way, she fights him at every twist and turn. All the while, he seduces her into believing he's making plans. His plans are being made but not he plans she thinks. The ending was especially my favorite. ;) I' ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Power seduction no longer ok

Taylor comes into BJ life and assaults her. He is the boss, keeps on handling her, kissing her and verbally intimidating her. She says No several times.
Now people are sued or loose jobs for that behavior. Thank God times have changed since this was written.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story

I love the characters and the location of the inn sounds like a place that anyone would love to visit themselves. I just wish the story was a bit longer, maybe a prologue.
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Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Come Sundown, The Obsession, The Liar, and coming in December 2017, Year One -- the first book in The Chronicles of The One. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.
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