"Irresistible, right down to the surprise at the end.... One of the best romances of the year." (The Detroit Free Press)
"A Desert Isle Keeper. Touching, ingenious.... I love this book. I've read it time after time, and even if I haven't waited quite long enough between readings to forget all the details, I always get drawn back into the story so intensely that I can't put it down. Grade: A (highest rating)." (AllAboutRomance.com)
"Moving, riveting, magical. Forever His is destined to become an all-time favorite in medieval and time-travel romances." (The Medieval Chronicle)
On New Year's Eve, she tumbles 700 years back in time - and into the bed of a darkly handsome knight.
Sir Gaston de Varennes wanted a docile bride who would fit into his plans for vengeance and justice, but a trick of time finds him married to a thoroughly modern American lady who turns his castle, his life, and his heart upside down. Will her desperate secret tear them apart after only a few bittersweet weeks of stolen passion - or will they conquer mistrust, treachery, and time itself to discover a love that spans the centuries?
Winner of the National Readers Choice Award: Best Historical Romance of the Year
The Stolen Brides Series: One falls through time and finds herself married to a dark stranger...one may never reach her royal wedding if she can't resist her rugged protector...one is abducted by a mysterious swordsman and swept away to a secret island paradise. Three regal brides are about to discover that falling in love with a warrior is the most dangerous adventure of all.
©1993 Shelly Thacker Meinhardt (P)2013 Shelly Thacker Meinhardt
I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)
Drank a lot of caffeine today because I was up all night listening ( not smart when going a school field to the zoo the next day ) But I managed. This book was exciting and intriguing, I was never bored. I think Outlander fan's would love this series cause I sure do and can't wait for the next one. Credit Worthy all the way.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Enjoyable fantasy. Likable characters that grip readers as the story rolls along at a good pace. Unfortunately, there were a few major holes in the plot. For chapters, Gaston begs or tries to force his wife to reveal the villain's plot to the King. Yet when she finally can, he seems to suddenly reject this plan. The Hero came over a bit of a coward not wanting to defend himself and the heroine against the villain. Also wish more research was done, not just on the capacities of Middle Age armory and food stuffs. With all the amazing cosmological happenings in just our galaxy alone, a lunar eclipse was the best 'magical' event for time travel. Seriously?!
However since it is a fantasy story... I can say that it was an enjoyable listen just the same.
Julia Motyka did a good job with the delivery of the story
I don't want to live in a world without books!
Wow! This one really grabbed me from the start and didn't let go. I'm looking forward to more from this amazing author. Time travel scene was a little clumsy, but doesn't detract at all.
Julia Motyka definitely grew on me -- she's really very good.
The main male character Sir Gaston de Varennes treats Celine is humiliating & degrading. I understand he doesn't trust her, but for everybody to keep saying he is a honorable man doesn't show in the way he treats her.
Make the character Gaston more likable & for Celine to act like the modern woman she is & not like a woman from the 1300 (Stand Up For Yourself @ Least Once Without Backing Down)!!
She brings the characters to life that's why I listen to audiobooks.
Since a book simular to this (Outlander) is bring made into a TV series & I plan on checking that out, eventhough I cared little for the book, I probably would.
The book is good. The storeline is really good. I just wish the main character was more likable because if I was Celine I wouldn't have given him the time of day no matter how HOT he is & personality/character shows a person's true worth & value.
The storyline would be good in print or audible version. The narrator did a wonderful job of creating romance with her narration, creating such feelings for the characters.
I love how Saline never gave in to the demands of Gaston, cleaning, cooking, chicken coops she holds her head high to prove her worth, her point. I thought when Terrel and the nuns arrived that Christian would be discovered
I did read the book in a day, Audible has me addicted!
I guess I must read on .....in the series. I do enjoy books that are in series so there is more if I have enjoyed the first book in the series.
It's been a long long time since I have listen to one of these books, but I enjoyed this one. Not sure I could listen to several back to back, but a nice change. So when I am in the mood for this type I will go looking for this author. Well done.
I have a PhD in American Literature but my love affair with romance novels on audible is going strong.
This book is written with rich and wonderful language, though there were a few places where it seemed that it might read in a book a little better than read out loud. But it's still beautiful. The narrator does a good job with all the voices, but with the stilted language necessary to render the medieval times, the hero Gaston comes across as a bit stiff at times -though I think it's just a difficult narration. It doesn't ruin the story, which is exciting and lovely and very interesting. I like stories that have lots of different angles to them, and this one fulfills that requirement. Surprise ending.
One of the best!!
No comparison, it is unique...
She has a very melodic and relaxing voice.
When the hero declared his love.
I have listened to many audiobooks during these past years, but sometimes I just listen to them because I need to be entertain (I have to admit that I have an addiction). However, this book was different. The story is very believable and complex. It is unpredictable and engaging; I cannot wait to read the other two in the series.
No. I don't often reread books, or in this case, relisten. It's 15 hours long, so that's a big commitment.
I'm not sure. This is the only book I have read like this. It might have some elements similar to Outlander, since it is a modern woman traveling back to medieval times.
She was very good with the French pronunciations. She did an excellent job distinguishing all the characters with her voice.
Some of the moments when you weren't sure how Celine's health would hold up were tense and sad. Celine also had a good sense of humor about her situation. And I loved to hate the bad guy!
This unusual medieval tale features a modern woman who unexpectedly travels back in time to the year 1300. She winds up in the bed of a dark lord named Gaston. He thinks she is the ward of his enemy whom the king is forcing him to marry in a bid to keep the peace. He's not about to trust her, and her ridiculous story about being from the future only leads him to think she may be mad. But Celine is very lovely and through her hard work and helpfulness, she gains the trust and devotion of his servants. Soon Gaston can't deny his attraction to her, but for a man who has never known love, it is almost impossible to admit what he feels. Meanwhile, Celine must find a way to get back to her time to avoid a life-threatening medical condition, even though she will leave her heart behind with Gaston.
The story has many humorous moments as she tries to convince people who she is and then starts "inventing" gadgets to make their lives easier. But there are also dark moments when Gaston suspects her of plotting with his enemy, and when that enemy moves to take care of them both and take everything Gaston holds for himself. I enjoyed the glimpse into medieval life. The sex was pretty hot, yet much more tender than you would expect from a fierce warrior.
I might listen again to loose myself in a fun fantasy. I would have loved to see the main Male character go to the modern world with his lady R.
The Highlander series has similar romantic themes.. Ya know big handsome man protects beautiful women. And of course adventure, danger and time travel.
It was seamless.
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