By Monica Burns
Her future lies in the past
When a bomb explosion thrusts Victoria Ashton backward in time to 1897, she’s forced to
impersonate the Countess of Guildford. Despite Victoria’s attempts to convince the earl she’s not his wife, her counterpart’s infidelity, lies, and ill-tempered personality makes the task almost impossible. Worse, Victoria finds herself falling in love with a man who loathes her. Only when the earl learns to trust her does she realize her future lies in the past. But love always comes at a price, and she must make a painful sacrifice in order for them to be together.
Her love is what will save him
Nicholas Thornhill, Earl of Guildford has been searching for his missing wife for three weeks. Rumors of him being guilty of murder make him unwilling to believe his wife’s latest in a multitude of lies. But the changes in Victoria continuously surprise him. Despite his best intentions, he finds the contempt he once felt for his wife turning into something deeper and stronger. But when danger threatens to separate them forever, he must forge a bond with her that crosses the boundaries of time.
A passion to last forever
smelled. It was a spicy, potently male scent. Deep inside her, a voice cried out for her to press her fingers against his beautiful mouth. The thought made Victoria suck in a quick, sharp breath of air. Nicholas’ eyes darkened with an emotion she didnt even want to consider defining.
skin, its warmth sinking into her pores until it heated her blood like molten lava. She sighed then parted her mouth to lace his lips with the tip of her tongue. A dark sound rumbled in his chest as his tongue swept its way into her mouth and imitated an act her body suddenly craved as if she were starving.
Pleasure swept its way through her. The fiery sensation of it settled into every inch of her
body. He said she’d bewitched him, but she was the one under his spell. His lips teased and seduced hers until her body screamed for more.
She wanted him to touch her. Needed him. She arched her hips upward in a silent plea for his touch, and a dark growl vibrated on her lips as he tugged the covers off her. His tongue swirled around hers, teasing and taunting her with each tantalizing stoke. The hot taste of him made her nipples grow hard until they ached with a pleasurable, tantalizing sensitivity. Eager to assuage the need for his touch, she caught his hand and pressed it to her breasts. A growl rumbled out of him as he rubbed his thumb over the rigid peak. The sensation of soft linen between her skin and his hand made her moan softly as his mouth worked its way across her cheek to her neck where he gently nipped at her skin.Need spun through her, and as he lifted his head to stare down at her, she saw desire darkening his green eyes. A knot of anticipation tightened in her lower body as his hand left her breast and slid downward to her stomach where the heel of his hand pressed into the sensitive spot at the apex of her thighs. The simple pressure made her suck in a sharp breath, and a small smile curved his lips.
whispered across her senses as his hand pulled the hem of her nightgown upward to expose her completely.
Nick Barrows has always been captivated by the portraits of the long dead Countess of Guilford, even to the point of only dating women who bear a resemblance to her. When Victoria Ashton walks in one day, looking to buy a painting, Nick is floored, because she is a dead ringer for the countess. The two of them immediately feel a pull of attraction and familiarity, when an explosion occurs, seriously injuring Victoria, and putting her into a coma.
As Victoria’s body lies comatose in the present day, she wakes up in 1897, where everyone believes she actually is the Countess of Guilford, who has been missing for several weeks. Her husband, Nicholas, the Earl, has even been accused of murdering her. There is no love lost between the Earl and his wife. She has been betraying him literally since the day of their wedding, and he feels only contempt for her. Although skeptical of her story, her injuries, and her memory loss, Nicholas can’t deny that this lady seems totally different from his wife.
Victoria soon has to accept that she has truly travelled back in time, and has no way of knowing if she will ever return. Slowly, Nicholas starts to fall in love with Victoria, believing that she is his wife, but changed from her injuries. Victoria is falling in love as well, and soon the two are living as husband and wife and sharing an explosive sexual chemistry.
There is no easy happy ever after. The real countess truly is missing, and she was involved with some dangerous people, who are only too willing to do whatever it takes to protect their secrets. I’m generally not a fan of time travel, but Monica Burns has written a true gem. Forever Mine has passion, excitement, romance and heartbreak. It’s beautifully written, and has some unique twists. I found myself in tears, as I came to truly care about these two star crossed lovers. The epilogue is amazing, and adds so much to the story. I will definitely be checking out Monica Burns’ previous books, and I wholeheartedly recommend Forever Mine.
Reviewed by Rose
5 STARS *****
I bought this book today!
I’m betting you will love it, Carol! Thanks for stopping by.
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