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Once and Always by Judith McNaught
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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 Once and Always, a tale that for me, stands the irrevocable test of time itself.

Jason Fielding, the Marquess of Wakefield is a man who hides a wealth of pain beneath the formidable exterior of his. Life has taught him time and yet again that love and happiness is not meant for the likes of himself. His failure of a marriage and the consequences left behind in the wake of the disaster that particular venture had proven to be makes Jason a man wary at best of getting entangled with the opposite sex in a way that would lead to anything permanent. Most of all, Jason considers his heart closed off forever. His less than stellar childhood had also taught him that valuable lesson. That is until Victoria Elizabeth Seaton makes her way into his life and changes it forever.

18 year old Victoria is forced to leave the home that she has known all her life that is in America and sail to England where her maternal relatives await her and her sister’s arrival. From the moment Victoria and Jason meet, sparks fly. Victoria being the kind of person who is concerned about the welfare of those around her clashes at every turn with someone like Jason who has closed himself off from caring about what goes on in other people’s lives. Moments of hilarity and mirth fill this novel, at least during the beginning of the “courtship” stage where Jason hardly knows what to do with Victoria and Victoria in turn wants nothing more to do with the likes of him.

Moments of truce disappear into thin air more often than not, especially with Jason’s plans to wed her off so that the Duke of Atherton would stop trying to push him to take her as his wife. Victoria is equally determined to stay unwed, until her beau from America returns for her. But alas, as fate would have it, with more than a little helping hand given by the Duke, Victoria finds herself wedded to an exasperatingly beautiful man, who makes her senses go alive with the merest of touches. Each kiss and caress exchanged convinces Victoria of the fact that when it comes to her and Jason, falling in love is a foregone conclusion. But their future and happiness depends on how soon Victoria can make Jason see that when it comes to her, he would always get nothing but the purest of love.

Once and Always is a wonderful novel to immerse yourself in, if you like romances that deliver a ton of angst that can make you tie yourself up in knots, even when you know that the inevitable conclusion would be a happy one. Jason is a hero whose commanding presence alone makes a woman go gaga over him. Taming someone like Jason is a task for someone who is as strong as Victoria, someone who wouldn’t back down in the face of all the rejections and walls that Jason puts up, all because he can’t bring himself to be that vulnerable towards someone, ever again. But tame him Victoria does, and the result of course is a man whom you would indeed fall head over heels in love with.

This is exactly why Judith McNaught is an author that remains unrivaled in her contribution to the world of romance. Tempestuous, angst ridden and filled with so much love and passion that you would feel like dying if you didn’t read it to its ultimate and very satisfying conclusion, Once and Always managed to keep me spellbound, and God knows how many times I have already re-read this particular book already.

Recommended!

Rating = 5/5

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Reading Progress

January 26, 2016 – Started Reading
January 26, 2016 – Finished Reading
February 1, 2016 – Shelved
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: judith-mcnaught
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: widowed-hero
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: good-for-nothing-ex-wife
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: bastard-hero
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: abused-hero
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: tortured-hero
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: scarred-hero
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: virgin-heroine
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: inexperienced-heroine
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: experienced-hero
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: bareback-smexing
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: oral-smexing
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: finger-smexing
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: historical-romance
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: angsty-read
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: beautiful-heroes
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: beautiful-heroines
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: brooding-hero
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: charming-hero
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: commitment-phobic-hero
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: controlled-hero
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: dangerous-hero
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: emotional-wrangler
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: endearing-heroine
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: endearing-hero
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: explosive-passion
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: favorite-alpha-heroes
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: family-drama
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: favorite-heroes
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: favorite-heroines
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: favorites
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: grieving-hero
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: haunted-by-the-past-hero
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: hot-as-sin-hero
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: hottest-sex-scenes-ever
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: hottest-first-kiss
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: intense-connection-between-hh
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: laugh-out-loud-moments
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: part-of-a-series
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: possessive-heroine
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: possessive-hero
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: protective-hero
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: protective-heroine
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: reluctant-hero
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: reformed-rakes
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: ruthless-hero
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: sizzling-sexual-tension
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: fiery-kisses
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: re-read-pile

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Deniz I have re-read it so many times too:)


Deniz great review


message 3: by MBR (new) - rated it 5 stars

MBR Deniz wrote: "great review"

thank you! JM is the best!


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