Thursday, October 16, 2008

Love Only Once

"Love Only Once" by Johanna Lindsey

Fall Reading Challenge
Mallory Series #1

From the Back Cover

The exquisite niece of Lord Edward and Lady Charlotte Malory, Regina Ashton is outraged over her abduction by the arrogant, devilishly handsome Nicholas Eden -- and is determined to make the rogue pay ... with his heart.

A golden-haired seducer, Nicholas has been hardened by a painful secret in his past. And now that he has besmirched Reggie's good name, the hot-tempered lady has vowed to wed him. Her fiery beauty stirs Nicholas as no woman ever has -- and the rake arouses Reggie's passion to an unendurable level. Such uncontrolled desires can lead only to dangerous misunderstandings ... and, perhaps, to a love that can live only once in a lifetime.

Well, I don't think this teaser is too accurate! I just finished this book, and I don't recall any dangerous misunderstandings, or that she was outraged at being abducted. I clearly recall her being amused by it, cuz she knew it was a mistake.

Aaaanyway, I think I liked this book! It was good. I don't think it was great! Now I will say that the moments before her wedding, I had to put the book down to go somewhere, and I wondered almost all the way to where I was going, about what was going to happen next to Regina and Nicholas. So, I was invested. I'm pretty easy, so I'll have to give this a 3.5 or 4. It was good enough for me to invest, but I'm not dying to read the next in the series. I think I was pleasantly surprised, cuz for some reason, I was expecting this to be pretty bad. It's almost better to have low expectations, so that you have a good chance of surpassing them. I'm going to say 3.5.


Cindy W said...

I've only read 2 of her books, and I don't think I like her as an author. I will read ONE more for the challenge, but she will probably be a stay away from author.

Carpoolqueen (formerly known as Beth) said...

So far, I'm going to keep an open mind. There is another author, whose earlier works I won't touch. Can't stand them. However, I'm hooked on her newer works. I'm hoping that JL will be the same. (cuz I don't like having an auto-avoid!) I understand she wrote this in the 80's and from what I remember reading then, this would have been to fashion of writing at the time.

Heather said...

I don't remember if I read Regina's story or not... Im pretty sure I did, but it would have been probably in 1996. I loved and still love James and Georgie in Gentle Rogue. It is one of my all time favorites. I was real siked to read her most recent addition to Mallory series (No Choice But Seduction) and was really disappointed with it.
Cindy--what were the two titles that you have read by JL?

Melanie said...

I have only read 2 of her books, and I gave Marriage Most Scandalous, five stars.

Heather's Books said...

See now I differ from Cindy in that I love JL. There have only been a couple of her books that I haven't enjoyed.

One of my favorite parts in this book was after James's guys accidentally kipnapp Regina and Tony meets Jeremy on the stairs.

This is a series that gets better I think except for this last book, I to was disappointed.