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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; First Edition edition (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821770608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821770603
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,317,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


4-Stars "The powerful love between Elizabeth and Jonathan is A JOY TO BEHOLD and LIFTS READERS' HEARTS." Sensual -- Romantic Times Magazine, June, 2001

From the Publisher


Elizabeth Trent knew she was meant to marry Jonathan Hird, the dashing soldier who had miraculously returned from war, wounded but alive. And though his kisses thrilled her and his tender touch made her feel completely loved, she was leaving him at the altar. A terrible secret kept her from going through with her vows. All she could do was pray that he'd forgive her…that fate would one day bring him back to her.


Jilted and humiliated, Jonathan went to sea where a pirate's life made him bitter and cruel. Now he is back in England, where his best friend has begged him to help marry off his headstrong sister--Elizabeth Trent. At first, Jonathan refuses, but then, from the anger in his soul, he devises a plan: to find Elizabeth the worst husband in Britain…if only he can keep himself from wanting her all over again.

"Ms. Jernigan plots an intricate tale…her love scenes are steamy. Sensual!" Romantic Times on The Duke's Lady (Four Star Rating)

More About the Author

Brenda Jernigan is a bestselling author. Her books have been nominated for
many awards - Book Seller's Best Award, The Maggie Award, and The Holt
Medallion Award. Publisher's Weekly said, "Brenda Jernigan writes Romance,
Adventure and Magic"

She grew up living the life of a tomboy - climbing trees, playing ball, and excluding starry-eyed romance from her daily repertoire. Brenda discovered the love of books while taking her son to Story Hour at the local library -- she was hooked. She set an ambitious goal and began work on her first novel. She continued to write six more novels in rapid succession. She figured having the same birthday as Ernest Hemingway couldn't hurt.

Her books have been printed in several languages and her last book "Southern Seduction" written under the name of Alexandria Scott was printed in Russian.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joyously Retired Teacher on December 15, 2001
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I was intrigued by the plot and drawn in right from the beginning, but as I continued reading I found more and more historical inaccuracies that detracted from my enjoyment of the book. For one thing, there must be a reason why most authors of historical romance don't make REAL people characters in their books (other than cameo appearances). Jean Lafitte and Beau Brummell portrayed as nice people helping out a pair of lovers just didn't ring true. Why in heaven's name would Jean Lafitte appear in England so soon after helping the Americans in the war? And that goes for the hero too. He really was guilty of treason against England, and yet he had no hesitation returning to England. How, then, can he be so indignant at being arrested for treason?
Another big problem with this book is the apparent ease with which the heroine manages to give birth to an illegitimite child without being questioned by anyone. She mentions a couple of times that she plans to say she was widowed in the war if anyone questions her, but apparently nobody does in over two years. Nor does she even use a married name. Even a duke's daughter would cause a scandal in such a situation, and yet apparently nobody even raises an eyebrow. Nor does she show a moment's concern that her son might be labeled a bastard all his life. Elizabeth's actions show her to be more a contemporary character than a historical one.
And then there are minor errors, such as calling Jonathan "Earl Longdale" instead of "Lord Longdale" and having a character called Tiffany 150 years too early that perhaps the average reader might miss. You know, I am not such a nitpicker that I would let little things like this keep me from enjoying a book; however, this book just didn't ring true for me, maybe because I've read so many books set in this time period that I have a pretty good idea what it was like back then. I'd like to see Ms. Jernigan do the same before writing her next historical romance.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thea on September 8, 2001
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Elizabeth Trent doesn't know what to do. She's about to walk down the aisle to marry the man of her dreams, Jonathan Hird, but she has a terrible secret. She was raped and she is now pregnant. She can't find the strength to tell him, so she ends up leaving Jonathan at the altar without a word or note.
Hurt and humiliated, Jonathan sails from England and memories of Elizabeth. He's been living as a pirate for the past two years and now he's back. Stronger, dangerous and firm in his belief that he cares nothing for Elizabeth, he's talked into finding Elizabeth a suitable husband.
Elizabeth and Jonathan meet again and they are still attracted to each other, but can Elizabeth make Jonathan see that the only suitable husband for her is him? Will she ever find the courage to tell Jonathan the truth of why she left him at the altar?
We first meet Elizabeth and Jonathan in THE DUKE'S LADY, a story about Elizabeth's twin brother, Adam. The first few chapters in LOVE ONLY ONCE have some flashback scene which helps get the reader up to speed, after that it pretty much runs it course uninterrupted. Ms. Jernigan set the story very nicely, creating a steady pace with a few surprises thrown in to shake things up a bit!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 2002
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I just finished Brenda Jernigan's LOVE ONLY ONCE -- what a great book! Absorbing, romantic, non-stop tension. This is definitely an author to watch. I can't wait for her next one.
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