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Once and Always by Judith McNaught - Across the vast ocean sailed Victoria Seaton, a free-spirited American beauty left suddenly orphaned and alone. It is little wonder that Judith McNaught has been critically acclaimed as today's most When you need a dream Once and Always is simply the best there is.". Read {PDF Epub} Download Once and Always by Judith McNaught from the story Edge by ambertrieffel55 with 2 reads. learn, mrs, mind. Simple Way to Read .

Despite her years of success in the historical romance genre, in McNaught switched genres to write contemporary romances, hopeful that she would have a better opportunity to distinguish her work in a less-saturated market. As her career has continued to mature, McNaught has gradually introduced elements of suspense into her writing. Instead of the common bodice-ripping cover, McNaught wished her books to be packaged with "classy" covers.

Appalled at the discovery that one in five women was functionally illiterate, McNaught offered to rewrite her almost-completed manuscript, Perfect to insert the literacy theme. The change took her an additional six weeks to incorporate.

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McNaught chose to donate a portion of her earnings from the book to women's literacy programs and insisted that each book contain a card giving readers information on how to donate to literacy programs or to become tutors. McNaught described the break-up as peaceful and friendly, and she threw a party for friends to celebrate entering a new phase of her life. Victoria struggled in appalled, frightened earnest, bracing her hands on either side of him and shoving hard, trying to free her mouth from his.

Jason swiftly plunged his fingers into the thick hair at her nape and twisted hard. Now tell me at what fucking moment I am supposed to swoon. Am I supposed to be aroused after this? Am I supposed to root for them? Tell me for fuck sake! I'm lost! Because the only emotions that got through me were disgust and rage. But don't fucking worry, because after THAT kiss, she says, 2 pages later, "Perhaps he would despise her for letting him kiss her". I'm sorry WHAT? What in the world is that supposed to mean?

Sadly, things don't stop here. You know how much I despise when rape is used as a plot device or background to make a girl in need of 'fixing'. I hate that. She is terrified because she's a virgin, she says NO, and he fucking rapes her. I don't care if they made a 'bargain' to give him a son, she had no idea what that meant, and even if she had, it's a rape nonetheless. Her body writhed beneath his, and tears poured from her eyes in hot, humiliated streaks as her husband used her without kindness or caring.

I don't care if she stops fighting, she is obviously forced into this, so yes, that's a rape. The fact that he doesn't know that she's a virgin don't get me started about their ridiculous misunderstandings doesn't make it okay either.

Just remember that the day after, when she comes to ask for a divorce, he threatens her. What you need to know is that despite her naive personality and her propensity to excuse Jason for his behavior, Victoria sometimes realizes that it's not normal and that she deserves better.

Each time it happens, there is someone to tell her that she's wrong and that she must give him time to open to her.

I swear, each time I heard the old Charles Fielding or the Captain reassuring her and telling her that she had to be patient, I wanted to throw up.

I think that it's no need to prove further that Jason is a violent and dangerous asshole. So, no, I certainly don't want to read things like this : "You're wrong," Captain Farrell said with gentle finality [that's after the rape]. He needs you to heal wounds that are deep, to teach how to let himself love and be loved in return.

If you knew more about him, you'd understand why I said it" Excuse me what? It follows then a description of all the hardships Jason had to face in his past but you know what?

Just remember that the day after, when she comes to ask for a divorce, he threatens her. What you need to know is that despite her naive personality and her propensity to excuse Jason for his behavior, Victoria sometimes realizes that it's not normal and that she deserves better.

Each time it happens, there is someone to tell her that she's wrong and that she must give him time to open to her. I swear, each time I heard the old Charles Fielding or the Captain reassuring her and telling her that she had to be patient, I wanted to throw up.

I think that it's no need to prove further that Jason is a violent and dangerous asshole. So, no, I certainly don't want to read things like this: He needs you to heal wounds that are deep, to teach how to let himself love and be loved in return. If you knew more about him, you'd understand why I said it" Excuse me what? It follows then a description of all the hardships Jason had to face in his past but you know what?

It doesn't make it okay. I won't endorse that wicked belief that condones violence under the pretext of a hard life. A few minutes later this gentle soul tells her that she should have sex with her husband to resolve their wedding issues because that's what wives do I recall: I can't fathom HOW exactly it's supposed to help her.

More generally, in this book the women are either portrayed as sluts who throw themselves at Jason, greedy bitches who only want to take advantage of his wealth or as well, Victoria , pure and perfect virgin who knows everything from shooting to playing piano.

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Just give me a break. Not to mention that by all appearances Jason keeps his mistress while married, blaming Victoria because hey! He has needs do I need to remind you that he raped her?

Yeah, he's class like that. As I said at the beginning of this review, this is not a romance, and the only satisfying way it could have ended would have been everything but a HEA.

Sadly, as you might expect, they have their HEA. I apologize for the length of this review but it felt important to me to explain exactly why I'm giving it 1 star and why I'm appalled that this book is considered as a great romance by many readers.

Never, ever let someone tell you - or even imply - that violence is forgivable. It isn't. For more of my reviews, please visit: View all comments. Ana I cannot agree more! I had read more than half and I was disturbed but that scene after the wedding, OMG! I still cant believe that Feb 20, Amanda Matranga I liked this book. Dec 01, Mo rated it it was amazing.

You are missing out on such a great genre. I know some of you like your dark, gritty reads but you can do both.

Whether he was riding a horse or dancing at a ball, Jason Fielding stood out among his fellow men like a magnificent jungle cat surrounded by harmless, domesticated kittens This is the third Judith McNaught book I have read.

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Why, have I not read more? Well one of the reasons is that a lot of her older books are not available as e-books so I have to go to the bother of ordering the paperbacks…. It is no bother at all, it is well worth it. Victoria and her sister, Dorothy must leave America go to England after their parents die. They have relatives In England but had never been in contact with them. Dorothy goes to stay with her Grandmother but because of a family falling out, Grandmama does not want Victoria to stay with her so she must stay with another cousin.

I must say, I loved Victoria. She was strong, independent, beautiful, nice, courageous. But he is not a happy man.

In addition I can read French and execute a throne-room curtsy with great aplomb. It seems to me," she observed with an impertinent smile, "that in England it is quite desirable for a female to be utterly useless. Yes, Jason was an alpha, overbearing ass but yes, I do love those types of guys. I neither expect nor want your love, Victoria. Totally agree.

Her mind told her to run, but her heart begged her not to be a coward And to those of you have have not already …. YOU …. Jan 30, Keertana rated it did not like it Recommended to Keertana by: You might as well get out your popcorn, because this promises to be entertaining.

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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 You might as well get out your popcorn, because this promises to be entertaining. Needless to say, this has not been a particularly successful endeavor and, all things considered, Once and Always really isn't the bad book I'm making it out to be.

Quite unfortunately for this novel, though, it's the last straw. I need to get one thing out of the way early on: Not to me, at any rate. Men who inspire fear in their wives are also not romantic. Additionally, naive females - who are naive to the point where you want to throw them into a brothel because they clearly are not getting the picture otherwise - irritate me to no end.

So do meddling old people. And plot threads that are built and built and built only to be disregarded by the end. And so are romances that take forever to develop, all because of character stupidity. If you're bothered by any of the things I mentioned, you might want to steer clear from this one. But hey, don't take my word for it. After all, adoring fans have given this so much praise that I wasted minutes of my precious time on it. Once and Always starts off promising enough and Judith McNaught is an excellent author.

Yet, this book contains too many aspects of violence and rape for me to overlook. Our novel begins with Jason Fielding, the illegitimate child of Duke Fielding, realizing that his wife - a woman who blatantly cheated on him - and his son - who he adored - died in a shipwreck. Next, we cut to America where Victoria witnesses her mother deny her father their bed and listens as her childhood best friend, Andrew, declares his love for her.

Only, three years later, Victoria is an orphan, Andrew is on a trip unable to be reached, and Victoria is sent off to Europe to live with very distant relatives, more like friends. When Victoria arrives at the house of Duke Charles Fielding, though, she is shocked to meet his son, Jason, who is loathsome of her and those around her.

If anything, he scares her, but she refuses to back down and makes a home for herself in his house, her kind spirit touching upon everyone. Okay, not too bad, right? Just wait So Charles is a relatively old man and although Jason is his illegitimate son, he's his only heir. But Charles wants grand-children - Katherine's grand-children. Who's Katherine? Victoria's mother. Enter Flashback: Charles and Katherine are besotted with one another, Katherine's mother vows to deny the couple money if they marry, Charles doesn't believe Katherine can live as a poor man's wife because she was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he marries another woman, Katherine marries an Irish doctor and goes off to America, Charles is heartbroken.

BUT, now with Victoria, who looks like Katherine, he can still somehow have grand-children of hers As such, despite the fact that Victoria loves Andrew and believes he will come for her soon, he arranges so that the world believes Jason and Victoria are engaged. Jason, needless to say, isn't happy about this but over time, he cannot help but fall in love with Victoria.

As a boy, Jason has been cruelly treated by his foster mother and after his first wife, rejects love. Victoria, of course, makes his way into his heart. Unfortunately, not very easily. Jason refuses to acknowledge his feelings for her and makes her come out to London society. And although watching her many suitors makes him increasingly upset, he refuses to ask her hand for marriage. I don't know why. BAM, next morning the old man is all fine and dandy and now Victoria and Jason are married.

Up until this point in the novel, I couldn't say I was enjoying the story, but I wasn't hating it either. While the first half of this book is increasingly puzzling and strange, with Jason treating Victoria as a friend, an older brother, and a jealous lover all within the span of a chapter, it is bearable because you think the second-half will be better. And it is. But it's also much, much worse. While the second-half of this book inspires much feeling in me, it also makes me sick.

Just like Victoria on her wedding night. And I guess that's where our story will pick up Jason and Victoria are married in a small church, just like Victoria wished.

But since Victoria is a naive virgin, a silly spinster tells her that the wedding night is full of blood and danger and Victoria is reasonably frightened of marriage now. As such, she hesitates to marry Jason, angering him, and puts off the wedding night for as long as possible.

Jason, being the idiot he is, somehow gets it into his head that Victoria ISN'T a virgin because she gave herself up to Andrew.

And, because he lets his jealousy get the best of him, he assumes Victoria hesitated to marry him because she wanted to marry Andrew. As such, he stalks into her bedroom, demands that she strips, enters her against her wishes, and leaves her crying. Only then does the idiot realize she's a virgin and then - brilliant idea! If that description of their terrible wedding night made you want to gag, choke, cry, and murder Jason, the actual scene is even worse.

Anyway, the show must go on! So Victoria wakes up resolved to divorce Jason - and he refuses - so after he storms away, she leaves to deliver left-over wedding food to a nearby orphanage.

Only, she winds up going to the house of a Captain who Jason is very good friends with. And, keeping with the theme of violent men, he forces her to tell him why she demanded a divorce from Jason.

After her whole story comes pouring out, the Captain tells her Jason's life story of a brutal past and, being the kind person she is, Victoria sets out to make amends. Only, that never works out. Jason ignores her and instead departs to his mistress - which even gets put in the papers! And Jason leaves her expensive jewelry. And continues to do so until Victoria leaves for the city for four days, instead of the two Jason requested.

In between all this, Victoria tells Jason that she loves him and although Jason treats her coldly all day, only interacting with her at night and never expressing his feelings for her, he MAKES her tell him those words every time they have sex. Kill me now. Anyway, this ridiculous jewelry-giving continues until Jason finally gets it into his head that Victoria genuinely loves him and - YAY - they're finally happy. You forgot about Charles, didn't you?

And Andrew? So the night Charles faked an illness and made Victoria promise to marry Jason, he received a latter from Andrew informing him of dire circumstances that kept him from coming to Victoria. While Jason didn't know about this, Charles didn't give a damn and made them marry anyway. Giving us this horrendous book, but back to the story.

So Jason goes off on a six-day journey and hours before he comes home, Andrew arrives and the whole torrid affair is revealed of Charles's betrayal.

Victoria sends Andrew packing - because she's happy with Jason by this point - but she believes Jason had a hand in this duplicity, so she takes off to visit her grandmother - the same lady who prevented Katherine and Charles from marrying each other.

Along the way, she thinks she's being pursued by bandits when it's really a servant trying to make sure she's safe in the storm and leaves behind her cloak to dissuade the pursuer. Well, in a classic let-us-not-deal-with-the-real-situation-I-spent-hours-creating, the servant proclaims Victoria to have drowned, Jason comes back to learn his bride is dead, and the world is restored to its violent balance. You didn't think we could end this tale without more displays of power and violence, did you?

Victoria, in her grandmother's house, finds out about the misunderstanding and rushes home to reveal her very-alive-self. And, as expected from Jason at this point, he tells her he'll chain her to him and what-not And, outside, Charles and Grandmother Dear are happy because they'll finally get that damn grandchild they want so badly.

Honestly, I am forgetting a few important details, such as the fact that Victoria genuinely liked Jason when she married him, although she was frightened, or that she and Jason had many moments when they were dear, dear friends.

Yet, the pervading themes remained that Jason was tortured as a boy and therefore had every right to be violent and moody while Victoria had to accommodate for that and struggle to make her marriage work. I read Lord of Scoundrels just days ago and a similar situation was built where the man led a tortured past and the woman HAD to heal him, HAD to deal with him, HAD to do everything because she was the woman. Why do we think it is? Why do our hearts flutter when a muscular man comes at us with violent lust in his eyes?

Maybe the women of these time periods were made of sterner stuff, but with all the swooning going on, I suspect not. Although Jason is a character I can understand because of his complex past, he was never one I could bring myself to like. Granted, he had his sweet moments and his servants all adored him, but there is so much just blatantly WRONG with this ideal of marriage or life.

Now, I know you're all going to point a finger at me and tell me it's my OWN fault. I knew what I was getting into when I picked up a historical romance, did I not?

No, I didn't. Why I like historical romance is because it allows characters to do a few things. Firstly, it allows a woman to display a side of her that isn't always prim and proper, but rather sexually aroused - which is a fact of life. Women have sexual needs too and historical romance never glosses over this, which I appreciate. Secondly, it nearly always provides a perfect foothold for a balanced relationship. While these women may be simpering or poor, they have just as much power over the man as he has over them.

As such, these books never shy away from displaying a side of men that is hushed up and forgotten. And, most of all, historical fiction allows authors to explore marriages, not just courtships. I don't mind seeing how people fall in love, but seeing their struggle to sustain that love is all the more powerful. And that is why I read historical romance.

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Not for this. Not to be treated to THIS. Not for violent men, naive ladies who are fearful of their violent husbands, or old meddling fools. And, frankly, I am terrified for our generation after seeing all the positive ratings for this. Granted, Victoria's predicament made me feel so sharply for her, but I doubt I was supposed to feel all the pain and disgust I did feel.

In fact, I can very truthfully say that Judith McNaught has warned me away from historical romance for good. With the exception of a few more Kleypas novels. I am not in the habit of poring back through books I actively disliked to find quotes to illustrate my point. I am also not in the habit of using angry GIFs. So maybe that makes this review less than credible - who knows?

And maybe also procrastinated on physics homework but you don't have to remember that part. View all 15 comments. This was the amazing love story of Victoria and Jason. Two very different individuals who find themselves together because of their shared "Uncle. In those days, a young unmarried lady was not allowed to be responsible for herself. She needed an elderly aunt or male family member to take care of her.

However, she was just downloading time as she was almost engaged to her childhood friend Andrew. She shows up on the hero's doorstep by mistake and he was captivated by her.

Although, he would fight his feelings. The hero, Jason was very distrusting of others and their motives. Life has taught him that only pain can come of allowing others in. He was a cold and calculating man who did not believe in love or even innocence. They are all a myth and he refused to trust what he saw in the heroine's eyes. They would be forced together by a meddling uncle and circumstances beyond their control.

To make this work they would have to both take a leap of faith So many memorable moments in this book, when she plays the piano for the first time for him, when she milks the cow, when he tries to save her in the pond, and many more tender moments. However, not all their shared moments are tender. Just not very pleasant to read about Today, I would most likely give this book a hard skip because it has elements in it that I hate like cheating and abuse.

This would have been a real shame because this book was so engaging and well written that it was worth it for me. I fell in love with Tory and Jason and was praying so hard for them to make it work. I was swept away by the vivid description of events and characters. I got so caught up in their story that I read this book the whole night through and didn't stop until 5: Since, my first read at 19 I have read it 5 times.

It's one of those stories that stay with you and gives you hope. I believed in them and in their love. I did not judge it, I just accepted it. View all 55 comments. Dec 28, Mishelle LaBrash rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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? Anne Rice and Stephen King ranking among my top authors. Then life happened, and I stopped picking up books for well over a decade.

One, of course being Rhonda Krieger, a fe This is the one.. One, of course being Rhonda Krieger, a fellow GR guru. One day, she asked if I ever read, in which I replied. Who on earth reads that crap. My God Not me. To apease Rhonda, and basically get her off my back, I took the above mentioned book, Ladies and Gentleman, I have an announcement.

Now pay attention, because this is the only time you will hear me utter these 3 words Yup, you heard me. This book, will forever go down in my history as the THE book, the one that opened my mind, my heart, along with my eyes to reading again, and the amazingly beautiful stories created by thousands of awesome literary minds out there.

Judith McNaught, will forever be, One of my favorite authors, of all time.

My only complaint, is her apparent decision to stop writing historical romances, and her diversion to more contemporary. Historical Romance lovers of the world I tend to get carried away You must read all of Ms. McNaughts Historical romances. Prepare yourselves, for an amazing journey, full of tears, hysterical laughter, frustrating anger may even find yourselves throwing the book, one or two times, screaming 'OMG These are what Historical romance is all about!!

And of course View all 20 comments. 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.

She was orphaned at the young age of 18, when her parents were killed in a carriage accident. With no family left in America, and no immediate marriage prospects, Victoria and her younger sister, Dorothy are sent off to England to live with distant relatives there.

Relatives they have never met or even heard mention of… and apparently relatives of great rank and wealth. What does that make us, Tory? Do we have titles? She was also a girl with an incredibly positive outlook on life. She was free spirited and innocent, but also strong willed and proud.

She overcame great set-backs, first dealing with the tragic death of her parents, a trip across the ocean, and then upon her arrival, the complete rejection of her great grandmother, the Dowager Duchess of Claremont, who apparently was only interested in adopting her younger sister. She was to be taken in by her distant cousin, Charles Fielding, the duke of Atherton, and his nephew Jason Fielding, the Marquess of Wakefield, to live with them at their estate.

He was dark and devastating handsome, moving with a panther-like grace that made him one of the most desired bachelors in Europe. Despite his dangerous and threatening countenance.

Having survived a troubled childhood and then the loss of his wife and son, he was determined to live his life out alone, pouring himself into his work and his fortunes, to fill the void of his blackened heart.

He sought out women only as an ornament for his arm at social affairs or to warm his bed when he so desired. So when he read in the paper, his apparent betrothal to his young cousin, Miss Victoria Seaton, he was not only shocked, but completely enraged by the rumor. The sparks fly almost immediately between these two.

Victoria is so innocent and kind, she tries to reach out to him, but is immediately shot down.

Feeling completely alone and rejected by her family, Victoria would like nothing better than to leave and sail back to New York, but she finds herself completely without options and no where else to go.

A true optimist faced with devastating circumstances.And that is why I read historical romance. She took off her cloak, hanging it on a peg beside the door, then turned around and stopped in surprise.

Que todos, familiares, criados, amigos, etc, movieran sus hilos para que la pareja "cuajara" es uno de los puntazos del libro. I'm not the brute you must think me. Sadly, things don't stop here. He spent the next several years in the company of rough men and sailors.

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