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Once and Always

(Sequels #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  23,459 ratings  ·  1,001 reviews
Once and Always, one of Judith McNaught's most masterful and moving love stories, powerfully brings to life the fiery passion of a free-spirited American beauty and a troubled English lord.

Suddenly orphaned and alone, Victoria Seaton sails the vast ocean, eager to reclaim her heritage at Wakefield, the sumptuous English estate of a distant cousin, the notorious Lord Jason
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Pocket (first published 1987)
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

TRIGGER WARNING : RAPE, swearing & violence in general

► One thing I'm certain of is that this book isn't a romance. No. It's a sickening portray of a relationship where abuse in all its forms is romanticized, including rape.

What kind of abuse? Please chose! Be my guest! Rape? Physical violence? Psychological harassment? Just fucking chose because it contains all those and more.

➸ As I write, Once and Always has an average rating of 4.22 here on GR, with 7,149 people who think that it's a romance
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite



ORIGINAL REVIEW, on first reading ...

"Loving someone who doesn’t love you is hell! Don’t ever let anyone convince you that you can be happy with someone who doesn’t love you"

Words of wisdom from Papa!

Quick question before I do my review - Why, oh, why do a lot of you NOT read Historical Romance? You are missing out on such a great genre. I know some of you like your dark, gritty reads but you can do both. I like, SUSPENSE, M/M, ROMANTI
Jan 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Keertana by: Anna
Shelves: why-the-hype
You might as well get out your popcorn, because this promises to be entertaining. Over the past few days I have been stressed - incredibly stressed, and rightly so. As such, I didn't want to pick up any novels that required too much though, just mere enjoyment, and as I had enjoyed historical romance so much just a few months back when I binged on Lisa Kleypas's Hathaways Series, I decided to give some more titles a try this week. Needless to say, this has not been a particularly successful ende ...more
Chantal ❤️

This is one book that I really don't care what others say, IT ROCKED FOR ME!

This was the amazing love story of Victoria and Jason. Two very different individuals who find themselves together because of their shared "Uncle."
Victoria is a sweet stunningly beautiful innocent red head who has to move from America to England following the death of her loving parents.

In those days, a young unmarried lady was not allowed to be responsible for herself. She needed an elderly aunt or male f
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
5 STARS ❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎

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And yet another masterpiece of historical romance. And what an emotional roller coaster ride it was. The passion and the angst are just dripping from every page. I was completely sucked into the story from beginning to end. These books… words cannot express my love for them.

“Don’t ever let anyone convince you that you can be happy with someone who doesn’t love you.

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Victoria Seaton was born and raised in Portage
Mishelle LaBrash
Dec 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is the one.. The one that started my chemical embalance towards everything historical romance...

I was an avid reader, in elementary school. (Anyone out there remember Fear Street? lol) Mostly horror, mystery and suspense. Anne Rice and Stephen King ranking among my top authors.

Then life happened, and I stopped picking up books for well over a decade.

2 1/2 years ago, I started a new job, and met many new people, making friends among my co-workers. One, of course being Rhonda Krieger, a fe
Geri Reads
Feb 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I loved this one when I first read it, oh, about 18 years ago...give or take. Unfortunately, I'm not too crazy about it now. I still liked it but the constant misunderstanding, Victoria's wishy-washiness, Jason's cruelty grated on me. For example, Victoria's penchant for putting herself in danger would have been fine with me years ago, but now, oh my gawd! I can't even. And Jason Fielding felt unnecessarily cruel to me.

Still, I enjoyed this one. The writing did feel dated but it's Judith McNaugh
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Susanne by: ❤Summer

I've found a potentially new favorite author, but unfortunately not a new favorite book. There was so much going for this book, but in the end I am still battling over how many stars it deserves.

I really don't know how to explain any of this without spoiling the book. So beware, there might be mild spoilers below. It was a high-quality, well-written regency romance. There were parts that truly sparkled and at one point I was sure it was going to make it to the top.

There was an unmistakable aura
Sep 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: drown-in-trash

I think I died a thousand times internally within the total span while reading this book.

How is this shit romance? It's a train wreck.

Can we start with how Jason is a piece of shit? This emotionally constipated jerk abuses Victoria emotionally, physically and mentally. He is cold to Victoria from first page of this book. He forcefully kisses Victoria twice. Did I mention that he rapes her on their wedding night and other nights too? His sob story should not b
Jan 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
*breathes in*
*breathes out*
Oh, boy. Hate me all you want, but this story was utter bullshit to me.

(Note: Emphasis on the "me" part, people. Before you slit my wrists and burn me at the stake, I want to make it clear that this is based on how I feel about the story. My opinions do not invalidate yours, so if you can't tolerate negative comments about this book, by all means don't read this review.)

Manipulation. RAPE. Cheating. Verbal abuse. Violence. These are definitely elements of a great ro
Aug 16, 2010 rated it liked it
In terms of writing ability and talent, Judith McNaught will always be a 5 star for me. Her gift for drawing the reader into the very emotions of the characters is amazing! As is her ability to reveal all the layers of the soul, bit by bit until discovery and redemption are not only found but felt.

As with all things, with great gifts come great responsibilities, however. If we, the readers, are drawn into the heart of a tortured soul, we need also be allowed to experience the process of redempti
3 ½ stars – Historical/Regency Romance

This is my first McNaught read and it certainly twisted my emotions. I admired the heroine’s kindness, strength, and fortitude, but the hero was an utter, unforgivable ass. Yes, he suffered a horribly abusive childhood, a manipulative first wife, and agonizing grief, and for that I understood his cynical, detached coldness. But Jason’s continual abominable treatment of Victoria and the repeated misunderstandings were exasperating and exhausting, and he just
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
***** 5 Dreamy Stars *****

Almost Heaven was everything I needed to get my mind out of reality.

I mean, it's been weeks since I last felt this urging feeling of rushing to finish my chores to be able to get back to a story to know what would come next.

Loved Tory and Jason.
Loved the secondary characters.
Loved the wolf.
Loved the plot.

Sophie ♥
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical romance readers, JM fans
***Revised Version of Earlier Review***

Rate: 5+ stars

This is my second Judith McNaught book and I loved it just as much as I loved the first. After reading one of her contemporary romantic suspense novels and now one of her historicals, I have to say I'm blown away by the talent she has for switching between genres so beautifully. Usually an author's style of writing limits them to a certain genre and when they try to change genres it usually isn't that effortless... but wow. Judith McNaught
2.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: Meh. Not my favorite that’s for sure. The H was a jerk that I didn’t find redeemable after all of his wrong doings and while I liked the h for most of the book, she let me down in the end and definitely tiptoed that line into doormat status. Not nearly enough grovel and the ending just plain sucked. Also, see cheating spoiler below if you have cheating as one of your triggers.

Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Victoria and Jason’s story. Victoria’s parents have
Duchess Nicole
No one is more surprised than I that I didn't LOVE this book like the other McNaught books I've read. The relationship between Jason and Victoria just rubbed me wrong. I didn't like Jason as a "hero". His past was alluded to for a large part of the story, but not spelled out until the end. By that time, I was convinced that he was such an ass that nothing about the events leading up to his relationship with Victoria were going to change my mind. Just because you had a rough childhood doesn't giv ...more
Dramatic, passionate, and romantic!


I first read this Regency historical romance when I discovered it in my early twenties and am finally writing a review. It's one of my favorite romances which is a big deal for me because I don't have too many 5-star books on my bookshelf. It contains everything I enjoy: sympathetic, vibrantly-realized characters (all of them, even the secondary ones); evocative writing which contains loads of humor, passion, and angst; and, of course, a memorable and swoon-wor
Once and Always is an earlier release for Judith McNaught and though I know I've read it before it's been so long, I had forgotten all about it. Because of this, it felt brand new again. Re-reading Once and Always was such a pleasure, because it still holds up- after all these years- and it packs a powerful emotional punch. (Although, I must admit, probably not so much now as compared to back in the day, because so many authors have copied her style.)

Jason Fielding, embittered by a marriage gone
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Oh how I loved this book!!

There are already so many wonderful reviews for Once and Always so I will keep this short.

I love a tortured hero and Jason is now at the top of my favorites list!

Jason didn't know what it was like to love or be loved in return. He didn't believe he deserved to be love. His childhood certainly proved that to him as did his early years in adulthood. It seem that any shred of happiness was taken away from him. He did have people in his life that came to love him and
Last JM read for a while, my binge is over. :)))

And as always she delivered a beautiful love story.
"Once and Always" always has,and will always be one of my most favourite romantic novel of all time...!

This is my 11:th time re-reading it and i never get tired.Judith McNaught has a magical spell over the way she writes and the way she flows the epic gesture in her stories.
This book has it all for a romantic lover like myself.It`s amazingly beautiful plot enticed me and excited me and the unique and passionate love-story between the brightful raven-haired beauty Victoria Seaton and the notoriou
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
So I've been finished with this book for a few days now. I just wanted to give myself time to mull it over before deciding on my rating. The truth of the matter is, I didn't like this book...not until about 85%...and for a book to be just NOT GOOD for 85%, that's just too much.

I will warn you that this review will contain some mild spoilers...or just spoilers that I'm not going to mark, but if you want to read why I would stay away from this story, read on. You've been warned.

So first, I will sa
~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
*3.5 stars*
Judith McNaught is one of the most revered authors in the romance genre, and with good reason. Her books have turned many a romantic soul into romance readers, giving them all something to dream, sigh and moon over. I have read all the published works by Judith McNaught to-date and loved almost each and every single one of them. I have revisited the books that I consider my favorites many a time. Most of those re-reads took place before I established my blog in 2009. So here goes, a review for O ...more
Found this paperback treasure under my bed and decided to read it since it was a slow day at work and I'm working from home today. I haven't read it years, but I still love it! I had given it a 5 star rating when I first put it on my GR account and I wouldn't change it for the world.

I am now for the most part reading romance erotica, but I still love to go back and re-read these wonderful books. Some of these older books with little or no explicit sex are still such a treasure. For these author
Oct 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Jacqueline's Reads
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 I found a new Historical Romance author!

What an emotional read?! Gah the emotions. I had no idea I was going to sucked into this rabbit hole.

Once and Always is the first book in the Sequels series. I have no idea if it’s a spin-off and what Sequels mean. I do know it’s a standalone and it’s a very meaty book.

The moment I started the book I couldn’t stop reading it. I was addicting to the plot and I was addicting to the style of writing. I was engaged and entertained and it was such a treat!

I f
Lydia's Romance

I'm giving this one 3.5 Sars mostly because it kept me glued to the pages. The angst almost killed me, I swear to god (excuse the dramatics). It was terribly addictive and I'm currently nursing a book hangover (how am I not face flat on my pillow right now?).

My thoughts? I can't right now.

This was no Kingdom of Dreams --one of my all-time favorite historical romances. In short...Once and Always is NOT my favorite. And, it has left me with a very nagging question: (view spo
Ivana Azap Feješ
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Second reading on 2016/03/21

Read it again, cried again, laughed again, fell in love again.. How is she doing that?!!! :D

First reading on 2015/12/16
I've found a potentially new favorite author, and fortunately a new good book - this book of Mrs. McNaught made me want to read rest of her books (but I will have to be satisfied with the one that I have ;)).

Update: having had a day to think about it, the book is definitely growing on me, so I gave it a 5 star; still wished there had been more closure
Wow, well, a bazillion stars for the last 25% or so. There were moments in the middle that dragged on for me. But I remained invested in the story the whole time. Definitely nowhere near as brilliant as A Kingdom of Dreams. ...more
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