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Aching for Always

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  208 ratings  ·  31 reviews

RITA Award–winning author Gwyn Cready continues the “sexy fun” (BookPage) of her charming time-travel adventures with a high-spirited tale of a modern-day mapmaker and the eighteenth-century English navy captain she can’t resist.

Ambitious and feisty Josephine “Joss” O’Malley has spent years fighting to keep her mother’s map-making company alive. Just when she finds herself
Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Pocket Books (first published September 11th 2010)
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Jan 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
Started off intriguing- despite the unfortunate title- went downhill fast.

The story begins with a prologue and us in the time of Master and Commander, on a ship making it’s way to an islet. The trip, captained by an obvious good guy, but funded by an equally obvious rotter- we’re not quite sure what’s going on till they reach the islet. it soon becomes clear this is a time travel romance novel- if you didn’t know from the back blurb. What wasn’t as clear- even from the back blub- was what
Oct 02, 2010 rated it liked it
This story was more of an adventure story than romance in my opinion, with a lot of swashbuckling escapades going back and forth in time to solve the mystery. The romance kind of fell flat for me, so I'd say it's more for readers who want to read a great adventure story.

I really liked "The Beautiful Mapmaker" story that was the intro to most of the chapters. The little snippets of the romance that we got to see of Hugh's brother and Joss's mother were more of what I like to see in a
Sep 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Josephine "Joss" O'Malley will do whatever it takes to keep her mothers map making business from going belly up. The company was the only thing her mother left her when she died, her mother was a map maker, making old world maps, her mother loved maps, and so Joss looked at the company as her mothers legacy.

Rogan Reynolds company has just merged with the Brand Industries, wanting to use the name of Brand-O'Malley on his GPS products because of the reputation they have worldwide. The money he had
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Oct 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: time-travel, romance, 2010
Gwyn Cready has quickly become one of my favourite Romance authors - she combines fun plots and engaging characters, laughter and tragedy, intelligent dialogue and charismatic villains, providing unputdownable adventures and sizzling chemistry. I've read three so far of the four books published, and loved them all. They're not part of a series, but they all have one thing in common: time travel.

Josephine (commonly called "Joss") is doing everything she can to keep her mother's mapmaking
Along with mapmaking, Joss's mother was also an apt storyteller. She wove the story that Joss decided that would guide her through life. "The Beautiful Mapmaker" was that story. And with it, we also follow Joss's story in this book. That part I thought was brilliant. It gave you a guide to what was going on within the story and more importantly how Joss judged things in her life as good or bad. I also enjoyed the eventual pairing of Hugh and Joss. They make a good couple even when I wanted to ...more
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
The idea of this book is a good one...time traveling to right wrongs, find treasure, fall in love, etc. The beginning of the book was intriguing and I was hooked, however things went downhill from there. I felt like the relationship between Hugh and Joss was kind of annoying. It was back and forth between them being angry with each other which grated on my nerves but what really took the cake for me was when Hugh was mad at Joss about something but then she told him she was a virgin (which was ...more
William Bentrim
Sep 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Aching for Always by Gwyn Cready

This book depicts a strong woman facing both her past and her future which is complicated by the distortion of time. Torn between morality, self respect and the love of two men, Joss O’Malley prevails.

I guess there really is a sub-genre of romantic fantasy. There is very little fantasy in the traditional scifi/fantasy arena. There is a great deal of sexual fantasy in the story. Hugh Hawksmoor is driven by grief and a desire for revenge. Joss O’Malley is focused
Jun 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: time-travel, 2011
I would say this book is a better adventure book than romance. The information about old maps and treasures was promising and I really enjoyed the first part of this book. After that it seemed to go nowhere and I had issues with the characters romance. The heroine was engaged to one man, only to find herself attracted to another, and ultimately to fall in love with him. I didn't see much evidence for this progression.

I also felt the book could have been shorter and some mundane dialogue
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jeannie Lopez
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
fun and timeless..ha ha
Lady Rogue
Oct 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
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For some reason my brain was not altogether there when I started reading this book because I kept getting confused at the very beginning. I'm not sure why, but it took me an awful long time to get into it and I, in fact, carried it around in my bag for a good two months. Once I did, I flew right through it. I always enjoy Gwyn's stories and the fact that she mentions so many places in our hometown. It's fun to read along while being able to imagine exactly where the characters are. I used to be ...more
Feb 25, 2011 rated it liked it
What can I say about this book?

It was pegged as romance with time travelling elements and on the whole it does do exactly what it says on the tin. The only thing is that it doesn't really do either well and it is more on the who done it that who does who.

The characters are instantly foregettable and I found myself not routing for any one in particular to succeed in there task. Even the "bad guy".

The "steamy" scenes aren't all that great and the hero is meah at best. So why the three stars, I
Nov 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
Aching for Always is a flirty, fun book that has a lot of interesting information in addition to a great romance and a well-paced adventure.

The level of detail in this book, whether it be regarding the historical periods covered by the book, or mapmaking, or even the characters' feeling and motivations, was easily my favorite part of the book. I got a good picture of what goes into making a map as well as details about life and behavior in other time periods, which is something I always enjoy as
Sep 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Aching for Always is part time travel adventure and part historical romance. It's an enchanting story revolving around the creation of maps and how a simple adjustment can change the course of history. It takes place in Pittsburgh, which I visited last summer, and it's a historic and lovely setting for a romance. Old Fashioned maps have always intrigued me with their beauty and detail. I'd never taken the time to learn more about the making of maps and was taken in by this aspect of the book. ...more
Sep 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Josephine “Joss” O’Malley is trying really hard to keep her family’s map business afloat. It is hard. Joss’s father used up all their fortune and business has been slow. Joss already has a loan but she needs to ask to borrow more money. It won’t be so bad if the man Joss had to ask to borrow money wasn’t her fiancé, Rogan Reynolds.

Hugh Hawksmoor has come from the past. He is in search of Brand O’Malley. Brand killed his brother. Hugh and Joss don’t really hit things off right away but it isn’t
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Lets get the somewhat less positive out of the way, this book didn't keep my interest locked in, I had to make myself read at a few spots and my love for this author's work is what made me keep on trucking. That being said, this book is pretty good and has some pretty awesome elements.

This is the type of book I like to say has something for everyone: betrayal, sea-men, cute shoes, vengeance, fashion, lust, babies, there is a ton going on in this story. I love Joss, she is pretty awesome, and the
Annette Summerfield
I loved how they were able to travel from one time to the next and back again. Instead of the usual of getting stuck in one time and not able to get back until the end of the book.
Love the story, it kept me glued to the book until my eyes ached, but I had to finish it.

Josephine and Hugh not talking was annoying. They were always guessing at what the other was thinking, which leads to stupid problems and hurt feelings that I find annoying and stupid.

Plus, at the end, when they finally make love
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a fun story! The worst thing about it, IMHO, was the title. It just didn't grab me. I haven't read this author before, but put this on my to-read list based on the summary. Trouble is, every time I perused my to-read list, I couldn't remember what this story was supposed to be about, so I went on to something else.

Finally, I picked it up, and I am glad I did. This was a time travel romance set largely in modern day. It involved the misdeeds of the heroine's father, and the man who traveled
Sep 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Gwyn Cready has done another outstanding job at writing a time travel romance. This is the second one I have read by her and enjoyed it immensely. There are a lot of subplots to keep track of and if you think of the time shifting back and forth as another character, the book is really enjoyable. Joss is a strong female lead who is trying to keep her mother's map business afloat with the help of her slimy fiance, Rogan. I did not like Rogan at all. When Hugh comes into Joss's life, he is much ...more
Oct 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: time-romance
ACHING FOR ALWAYS BY GWYN CREADY is a time travel romance set in 1684 Scotland,England and present day Pittsburgh. It is well written with details, depth, fast paced and a page turner. It has time travel, mapmakers, romance, adventure, sensuality, avenge, treacherous journey through time, making right a wrong committed centuries ago to many families, and finding true love. The characters are charming, entertain ting, intelligent, spirited, full of intrigue, sexy, an eighteenth-century English ...more
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've always been a generous reader, giving the author at least one hundred fifty pages to grab me. Some do it better than others. Sometimes it's me. It was definitely me this time.

I read the Prologue and thought I was on board with what was happening. For some reason I was getting characters mixed up and had to keep going back to re-read the Prologue. It was frustrating. I stuck with it and I was ever so happy I did.

I realized I went into this book expecting it to be anything but what it was,
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
She has so many interesting books about time travel, love and mystery her words are always in the right context. I highly recommend so many of her books another good one I read is Tumbling Through Time that was her first time author. I love how she worded this on the front page My eyes cut like a shot to my feet tied around my ankle I did a song that is doing well from bits of her words.
Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
It took me almost halfway through this book before I was able to really get into it, then I did really like it. There were parts of this that were very funny, parts of it that were confusing, and parts that were just plain weird. Joss and Hugh made a really good couple and the ending was just perfect!!
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Knew I would like this one as soon as I read that the name of the map-making company was...wait for it....Brand O'Malley! Some parts were hard to follow, figuring out the past section and who was who in the present, but all becomes clear as the story goes on.
Jan 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Fun time travel romance. I don't think this has the same zing as Tumbling through Time, also by Gwyn Cready.
Oct 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Newest book by Gwyn Cready....
Cyndi Tefft
Oct 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
The prologue was really good, set in the past. Sadly, once the book started and we fast forwarded to today, the characters were unbelievable. I couldn't get into it. :(
Oct 10, 2011 rated it liked it
I kind of enjoy these historical time travel books. :)
Meagan Hansen
Who would have thought a story focused on maps would be so good.
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Gwyn Cready is a RITA Award-winning romance novelist. She's been called "the master of time travel romance." She lives in Pittsburgh.