Book Reviews of Once and Always

Once and Always
Once and Always
Author: Judith McNaught
ISBN-13: 9780671681319
ISBN-10: 0671681311
Publication Date: 3/1/1989
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 14 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Paperback
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This was the first romance novel I ever read, and needless to say it got me hooked. Judith McNaught really knows how to play with your emotions. You feel ever thing the characters are feeling, and I think thats what makes it so great to read one of her books.
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Victoria and Jason's story is great! I know others have written and said the same but I had to add my two cents worth. You will laugh and cry and believe in the power of love. This is classic McNaught at her best and this is one of my favorites of hers.
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I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. The characters really come to life and the story will make you chuckle every once in awhile, too.
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Great book. Have one on my keeper shelf
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I was disappointed by this book. I am a HUGE McNaught fan but this was her worst historical, in my opinion. I didn't fall in love with the hero as I have in all of her other novels and I found the second half of the book so drawn out and frustrating. This is one of her novels that I will not reread.
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I'm such a marshmallow - the last quarter of the book had me in tears.
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Too much rape fantasy for my taste.
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One of my favorites by Judith McNaught!
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This was my first book by this author. She has quite a few on the All About Romance top 100 list. It was a really good story. I felt like most of this could have really happened. I liked that most of the book didn't take place in town. The hero was so distrusting that he was constantly misinterpreting the heroine. It got to be almost annoying. But I guess I understand why he would never really feel that he was worthy. It was a little frustrating towards the end when I thought they were on the right track, and then he would take something the wrong way again. Argh. Very good though, and I will be reading more...
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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 redemption with him/her (ipso facto the romance part) In "Once and Always", I don't believe we were adequately given that. Jason is a deeply tortured soul who treats the innocent and kind-hearted Victoria despicably, using every cruel method he can find to push her away, while shackling her to him at the same time. Victoria doesn't understand and tries all she can think of to soften and heal him to no avail. McNaught's gift with emotions made this very hard to read. It all would be worth it, however, if we could see and feel Jason's remorse and restitution on his road to redemption as thoroughly as we see his atrocities.

Unfortunately redemption came with very little explanation (can someone PLEASE tell me how having sex again right after raping someone will make it all better?) with the heroine immediately capitulating (no argument whatsoever) and riding happily into the sunset. That just leaves a bad taste in the mouth, in spite of the near-redeeming incident in the last few pages (which ALMOST raised this to a 4 star).
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Great reading
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Just wonderful...I can't get enough of McNaught's stories. I always lose myself for the time I am reading them.
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One of my all time favorites I'll read again and again!
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this is my 1st Judith Mcnaught book and i have been hooked on her stories since. Jason and Victoria's story had me in tears and laughter :D
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This is my favorite book by Judith McNaught!
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this book goes beyond the heart and into the realm of dreams, a triumph of joy to enhance readers everywhere
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A triumph of joy to enchant readers everywhere when you need a dream.
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I liked this one so much I got it in hardback to keep.
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Love all her books!!
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Across the vast ocean sailed Victoria Seaton, a free-spirited American beauty left suddenly orphaned and alone. Eager to claim her long-lost heritage, she was amazed at the formal elegance of Wakefield, the sumptuous English estate of her distant cousin...the notorious Lord Jason Fielding. Sought after at plays, operas, and balls by London's most fashionable ladies, Jason remained a mystery to Victoria. Bewildered by his arrogant demeanor, yet drawn to his panther-like grace, she came to sense the searingly painful memories that smoldered in the depths of his jade-green eyes.
Unable to resist her spitfire charm, Jason gathered her at last into his powerful arms, ravishing her lips with his kisses, arousing in her a sweet, insistent hunger. Wed in desire, they were enfolded in a fierce, consuming joy, free at last from the past's cruel grasp. Then, in a moment of blinding anguish, Victoria discovered the shocking treachery that lay at the heart of their love...a love she had dreamed would triumph...Once And Always.
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Fantastic love story!
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Great read!
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Nice historical romance.
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Romantic Suspense
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Good bed time reading..
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A romantic novel that will be hard for you to put down.
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Another great romance. I would recommend anything by Judith.
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I'd recommend anything written by Judith McNaught and this is no exception.
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Great Story!
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Love Love Love this book!
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I really enjoyed this book. The love between the lead characters was slow to build, and very strong at the end...so much so that you could feel it.
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I love Judith McNaught - she can write a love story.
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THE LEGEND OF JUDITH McNAUGHT CONTINUES....

Once and Always is absolute perfection. Never has an author been so clearly destined for greatness as Ms. McNaught. Instantly recognized as one of the most powerful voices in romantic fiction, Judith McNaught has the magic touch of a true dreamspinner...with rapier wit and scorching sensuality, she leaves no emotion untapped, no heart untouched. Once and Always goes beyond the heart and into the realm of dreams, a triumph of joy to enchant readers everywhere. When you need a dream, Once and Always is quite simply the best there is. --Romantic Times

Beyond the Stormes of Fate, a Glorious Love Would Flourish...

Across the vast ocean sailed Victoria Seaton, a free-spirited American beauty left suddenly orphaned and alone. Eager to claim her long-lost heritage, she was amazed at the formal elegance of Wakefield, the sumptuous English estate of her distant cousin...the notorious Lord Jason Fielding. Sought after at plays, operas, and balls by London's most fashinable ladies, Jason remained a mystery to Victoria. Bewildered by his arrogant demeanor, yet drawn to his panther-like grace, she came to sense the earingly painful memories that smoldered in the depths of his jade-green eyes.

Unable to resist her spitfire charm, Jason gathered her at last into his powerful arms, ravishing her lips with his kisses, arounding in her sweet, insistent hunger. Wed in desire, they were enfolded in a fierce, consuming joy, free at last from the past's cruel grasp. Thne, in a moment of blinding anguish, Victoria discovered the shocking treachery that lay at the heart of their love...a love she ahd dreamed would triumph...
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Across the vast ocean sailed Victoria Seaton, a free spirited American beauty left suddenly orphaned and alone. Eager to claim her long lost heritage, she was amazed at the formal elegance of Wakefield, the sumptuous English estate of her distant cousin..the notorious Lord Jason Fielding. Sought after at plays, operas, and balls by London's most fashionable ladies, Jason remained a mystery to Victoria. Bewildered by his arrogant demeanor, yet drawn to his panther-like grace, she came to sense the searingly painful memories that smoldered in the depths of his jade green eyes.
Unable to resist her spitfire charm, Jason gathered her at last into his powerful arms, ravishing her lips with his kisses, arousing in her a sweet, insistent hunger. Wed in desire, they were enfolded in a fierce, consuming joy, free at last from the past's cruel grasp. Then, in a moment of blinding anguish, Victoria discovered the shocking treachery that lay at the heart of their love...a love she had dreamed would triumph...Once and always.