Forever Mine

Monica Burns
Forever Mine
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Maroli SP Imprints
Release Date
December 2014
Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance, Time Travel

WARNING: This book contains a proper English earl, whose frozen heart hides a tortured soul, and a feisty modern-day heroine determined to make the man see things her way. With a lovable cast of characters this book will earn a place on the keeper shelf.

Thrown back to the year 1897, Victoria Ashton is mistaken for, and forced to impersonate, the spiteful, unfaithful Countess of Guildford, who's been missing for three weeks. Despite Victoria's attempts to convince the earl she's not his wife, her double's infidelity and lies make it difficult, especially when Victoria falls in love with a man who loathes her.

Nicholas Thornhill, Earl of Guildford, is plagued with rumors he murdered his missing wife. When she unexpectedly reappears, he scoffs at her latest in a long string of lies. But the changes in Victoria make him to alter his opinion as he forges a bond with her that crosses the boundaries of time.

Book Review by Administrator (author,reviewer)
Nov 24, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
227 people found the following review helpful
***Reviewed by Lisa Jo***

A sweet and poignant journey through time, FOREVER MINE by Monica Burns will warm your heart in one breath and make you cry in the next. Ms. Burns' latest novel captures the magic of finding a true love that will last forever.

I am a sucker for romances about brooding heroes with short tempers and Nicholas Thornhill, Earl of Guildford, does not disappoint. Like a wild beast, he storms onto the pages intent on trying to manage his wild wife, but instead finds a woman that tempts him as she never had before. It was truly enjoyable reading how Nicholas came to know Victoria anew and fall in love with her. He was a man constantly plagued by humiliation and misery which meant his trust issues throughout the book would be hard to overcome. Seeing him humbly accept that this woman was not the same woman he married years ago was a treat. After understanding Nicholas' agony, you delight in finally see him achieving a sense of happiness.

Victoria wasn't necessarily a unique modern woman in her own time, but when thrown into the 19th century, she was an interesting mix. Her quick adaptation to this unbelievable reality was courageous and brilliant. She was an admirable mix of wit and determination that everyone inside the story could admire. Her mysterious fate certainly keeps her on her toes and I was happy to go along for the ride. Seeing the world through her eyes, and experiencing this journey with her, made the novel rather interesting. Yet seeing her overcome the walls Nicholas has wrapped around his heart was perhaps the greatest thrill of all. Victoria is nothing but resilient, and to see her change his life for the better was heart-warming.

Of course when you're reading a Monica Burns novel, you can't forget to mention the passionate chemistry between the two protagonists. Their attraction is electric, intense and, needless to say, extremely hot. But the book has more to offer than what happens between the sheets. It's easy to love these characters because of the way they are developed through their dialogue. Their exchanges develop both characters extremely well and gives them such individuality, considering they are both from different time periods. Victoria brings the sassy modern touch, whereas Nicholas brings the traditional, formal elegance expected for his time. Yet together, it is their words and actions that develop their love and appreciation for one another.

My biggest contention with FOREVER MINE is the ending. There is a predictability that I expect in all historical romances, but did not find with the way Victoria and Nicholas' story concluded. For me it was heartbreaking because I didn't feel everyone lived "happily ever after." All the details gave the impression of a happy ending, but I just couldn't wrap my head around it. Perhaps approaching the book with a slight hesitation that everything will not be wrapped up in the neatest little bow should help readers appreciate the uniqueness of FOREVER MINE.

Barring the tumultuous ending, FOREVER MINE is an enjoyable and enthralling romance. Savory characters lead you on a journey questioning fate, forgiveness and second chances. You will rejoice in Nicholas' new faith in love and Victoria's new chance at happiness. In addition, their dazzling chemistry will keep you anxiously turning the pages until the very end. Readers hesitant to touch a time traveling romance should certainly give FOREVER MINE a chance. If for no other reason other than the fact that any Burns' novel is an eagerly anticipated pleasure...and FOREVER MINE is no different. You will laugh, you will cry and you will be captivated by heart pounding passion. Through it all, you will be swept away through time and reminded that the greatest love is worth waiting for.
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Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
May 03, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
199 people found the following review helpful
Have you read and loved A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux? Were you frustrated (just a bit) by the way the author ended the story with possibilities? Well, if you loved time travel romances and want a surefire HEA, be sure to pick up FOREVER MINE.

Victoria Ashton was visiting an art gallery when a bomb explosion hurtled her back in time to 1897, where she was supposedly married to Nicholas Thornhill, Earl of Guildford. It turns out that the woman whose body her soul inhabits is a bitch, and thus her husband (and the people around them) loathes her. Even as she tries to convince them she's not the same person, Victoria found herself falling for Nicholas. And when she earns his trust, she is faced with a more pressing problem. How can she leave Nicholas now that she's found him? But can she truly stay in the past?

Monica Burns wrote a winner with FOREVER MINE. Though the idea was somewhat similar to A Knight in Shining Armor, Ms Burns made the story her own with a brilliant storyline that delivers more satisfaction for the romance junkie. There was also enough foreshadow and foundation work to make the story believable, with its themes of time travel and...something else that would be a spoiler if I were to say it. Suffice to say, things didn't happen out of the blue; it was all very logical (as much as one could be when the story is about time travel) and well-thought out.

The story was by turns funny and frustrating, touching and romantic. And heartfelt. I couldn't believe I cried over some of the scenes. I love the ending; even then, Ms. Burns made additional touches that fully fleshed out the characters and their unique situation.

The only thing I didn't like was that I felt some of the scenes dragged or were extraneous. If the story could be made tighter, I believe it would've been more compelling. Due to this, actual rating for this story is 4.5 stars. Still, FOREVER MINE is a very enjoyable read and one time-travel romance junkies shouldn't miss!
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