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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. 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 . Read online or Download Once and Always (Full PDF ebook with essay, research paper) by Judith M.

    True, Once and Always utilizes many of the stereotypes of older romance fiction. Victoria Elizabeth Seaton, raised in a modest cottage in America, loses her parents in a tragic accident. Most of the credit can be given to the characters, particularly the hero. Jason is domineering, unkind, and occasionally cruel. Years earlier, he was betrayed by his faithless wife, who abducted their small son, Jamie, and ran off with a lover. The heroine is superbly depicted as well. Victoria does, perhaps, suffer from being a little too wonderful. She has a brilliant talent for playing the piano, she tames wild animals armed only with a little food and the overwhelming sweetness of her personality, and she is, of course, stunningly beautiful. A little hint of imperfection somewhere might have made her more believable. Yet she has recently lost her parents, and that note of tragedy, and the stoically brave way in which she deals with it, makes it difficult for the reader to dislike her. And in another typically McNaughtian twist, she instantly becomes the darling of society, and everyone who meets her adores her. Everyone except the hero, that is. Reluctant though he is to fall in love, once Jason falls, he falls hard. Never one to avoid reusing a good idea, McNaught penned a similar scene in Kingdom of Dreams, but for my money this one is better. It makes the reader suspect they could all use a good dose of Robitussin.

    Louis dentist and had two children, a daughter, Whitney, and a son, Clayton, before her divorce. Before gaining success as a writer, McNaught had previously worked as an assistant director for a film crew, an assistant controller of a major trucking company, president of a temporary employment agency, and president of an executive search firm.

    McNaught was the director of public relations for the company. Between them, they had seven children, her two and his five from a previous marriage. Her husband encouraged her to write, downloading her a new typewriter and being supportive through the years that publishers rejected her novels. After having difficulty selling that novel, she wrote and sold Tender Triumph in early She received the book cover for Tender Triumph on June 20, —the day after her husband was killed in an accident.

    Please chose! Be my guest! Physical violence? Psychological harassment? Just fucking chose because it contains all those and more.

    You can't imagine how much this fact scares me and I'll try to explain why in this review. This is going to be quick: I will spare you the plot which turns rounds and rounds in circles endlessly , the characters not willing to quit making idiotic decisions because really, it's not even the matter at hand.

    Just know that this story is filled with more dumb twists and misunderstanding nonsense than a vaudeville show. To sum up, a young American woman, Victoria , arrives in England shortly after her parents' death to be taken care of by Charles Fielding, a lifelong acquaintance of her mother.

    But the old Duke has an hidden purpose: What interests us here is the relationship between the two 'lovebirds' throughout this review, you can safely take my quotations marks as sarcasm. From their first meeting, Jason keeps threatening Victoria each time he thinks that she is going to go against his wishes , invariably congratulating her by a "Good Girl" if she ends agreeing with him. No matter how perfect she is portrayed to be, how interested he is supposed to be in her 'refreshing' behavior, it remains that his behavior shows something else entirely.

    Oh, poor thing, he's going to give her some med. Nice, you say? Not conviced? I suppose that I should be happy to know that he doesn't fully means that now should I? Just take a look at his reaction the day after their wedding: This house is my property, under the law, just as you are my property. Do you understand me? He turned his heel and stalked out of the room, leaving her shaking with fear " Not to mention that he just crashed the door to come in.

    More generally, we are witnesses to so many scenes where he commits acts of violence against her that it doesn't comes as a surprise that she is scared to death by him. The fact that this behavior can be identified as expressions of passion sickens and infuriates me.

    No man or woman, for that matter has the right to resort to harassment in order to obtain someone's affection. From his earlier behavior, you might expect that he doesn't improve when it comes to the sexual development of their relationship.

    Sadly, you wouldn't be wrong. Basically, he physically forces her to give him their first two kisses. Kiss 1 "This is what would happen! Her struggle only seemed to make him angrier, and the kiss more painful. Victoria saw something primitive and terrifying flare in his eyes as his hands tightened on her arms. She jerked back, a scream rising in her throat, but his lips covered hers, stifling her voice with a demanding insistence that stunned her into immobility. Of course not, what do you think?

    She excuses him, fucking daydreams about it because that was so passionate you know and even more, feels GUILTY for it, first because she thinks that it's a normal behavior to have the girl is so naive that's not even funny and then because she is afraid that HE will think less of her because she LET him kissing her.

    I mean for fuck sake! It's obvious from the start that she never AGREED to this kiss, and the way the woman is shamed for HIS action shows an undercurrent of blind ill nonsense that maddened me.

    So she says nothing , because "perhaps she would only look a fool if she made an issues of it". So, what does he do? Why, he does it again of course! Kiss 2 "A harsh laugh escaped him. 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?

    Once and Always

    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: 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.

    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. Amanda Matranga I liked this book. Caroline Amen, Amanda Matrang and bless your independent soul! 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.

    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.

    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.

    Once and Always

    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.

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    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. 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. 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 Once And Always.

    Editorial Reviews "Judith McNaught is in a class by herself.

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