• Forever His

  • Stolen Brides Series, Volume 1
  • By: Shelly Thacker
  • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (745 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

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NO HERO, ONLY AN ARROGANT BASTARD!!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

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.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

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)!!

What does Julia Motyka bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She brings the characters to life that's why I listen to audiobooks.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Was up all night!

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.

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3.5 OK Fantasy story

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

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An enjoyable mystical magical Medieval story

Imagine looking through your window at the moon in a restored Medieval Castle in 1993 dressed only in your lace teddie then, at the stroke of midnight announcing another year, you're suddenly falling through time and space to the year 1300 and landing in a handsome, naked, sexy but drunk Knight's bed who's more than happy to see you...... that is until he actually sees you.

Celine battles as mistaken identity causes Gaston to dislike and mistrust her because he believes her to be his betrothed forced upon him by the King and worse still she's his enemy's niece and so he fears for his life. The trouble is he's very attracted to her but must not consummate the marriage but there's a strong attraction and sexual chemistry between them and the more he pushes obstacles in her way, the more he begrudgingly admires her even as she's turning his world, and Castle, upside down and behind his hard shell lies a sweet, loveable, thoughtful, caring man.

A well orchestrated emotional tale with a great plot, twists and turns, treachery, interesting characters, an evil villain, jousting, sacrifice, humor, passion, sex but everything hangs on the moving, climatic, race against time ending. There may be parts where I'm sure you'll think "oh come on" but bear in mind this is a magical fantasy so just go with the flow and enjoy this romantic love story.

Worth a credit? Yes and I'm looking forward to her next 2 books in this series.

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Ugh! This was painful!

Any additional comments?

Ok, so I'm writing a review of a book I only listened to a 1/4 of the way through. Really, I'm proud of myself for sticking it out that long. To be honest I really have know idea if the story would've been good had I had the willpower to hang in there. Alas, (sigh), I am but a mere human!

To start, the narrator was... awful! I've listened to so many audiobooks that I know as well as anyone that a narrator can make or break an audiobook. And this one just... I don't know, she was way over dramatic and her male voice was horrible. Seriously, if I ever publish a novel and have it made into an audiobook I'm going to personally pick out the narrator for it. It's sooooo important "do your hear me authors of the world"!!!!

Lastly, from the small amount I did manage to listen to the story sounded cliche' and the characters were trite. I wouldn't waste .99 on it. And I love time travel books, but this one belongs in file 29 (trash)!

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Good time travel book.

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.

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I want to travel back in time..

Would you consider the audio edition of Forever His to be better than the print version?

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

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

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did read the book in a day, Audible has me addicted!

Any additional comments?

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.

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Great writing, deserves better title.

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.

Loved it!

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Time travel enhances this love story

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.

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Good Listen

I love time travel themed books this one was better than most
I loved the narration,but the story was missing something. I didn't think there was enough depth in the characters. this book wasn't of the caliber of a Knight in Shinning Armor.

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