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More like a video game without rules than a romance, Deveraux's follow-up to her previous paranormal romance, Forever and Always,is a madcap and often nonsensical romp through time and space. Jack Hallbrooke, a perpetually enraged undercover FBI officer, is none too happy to rescue his kidnapped philanthropist father, who has treated Jack terribly. The quest infuriates him all the more when he learns he must work with Darci Montgomery, an all-powerful psychic who was dubbed the "Hillbilly Honey" after she married rich and supposedly killed her husband. Those who've read this novel's two predecessors will know Darci did no such thing and, in fact, has been on a long quest to find her handsome husband since he disappeared on a philanthropic mission. Newcomers, though, will be mystified by the goings-on in this book, especially when Jack and Darci start using magical objects that bring them into contact with spirits and even transport them back to the Victorian era. Sparse character development and a haphazard plot make for a jolting read, and the absurd conclusion, in which Darci realizes she has an impressive power that allows her to manufacture a happy ending for herself, is pat but somehow appropriate for this off-kilter adventure.
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About the Author

Jude Deveraux is the author of more than forty New York Times bestsellers, including Moonlight in the Morning, The Scent of Jasmine, Scarlet Nights, Days of Gold, Lavender Morning, Return to Summerhouse, and Secrets. To date, there are more than sixty million copies of her books in print worldwide. To learn more, visit JudeDeveraux.com. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 459 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press (March 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786266392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786266395
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,034,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really love Jude Deveraux and quite frankly I've read every novel she's written to date and will mostly likely continue to do so.

But after having enjoyed both "Forever", "Forever and Always", I found myself anxiously awaiting for the finale "Always" but now I find myself at a complete loss, completely confused and just a little angry at prolonging what should have been a great story.

I don't know what to say about "Always". Okay, there are definitely some interesting points in this novel: the time travel, the ghosts encountered along the way, and of course Darci learning more about some of the things she can accomplish with her "special talents". After three novels you mean to tell me that this was it, this is what I've been waiting for?

In "Always" Darci has changed her life as well as her future completely. Is this a good thing? I don't think so.

Exactly what happened to Adam? No answers in this novel.

What about Darci and Adam's children, will they be born?

What about Darci's father, will he marry Adam's sister and have a child?

My conclusion as to how Darci eventually found Adam leads me to believe that all of the events that took place in the previous novels never occurred and none of the events leading up it will never exist so why write three novels when the end result is none of it ever happened.

Always sounds a lot like the Dallas episode when Pam dreamed that Bobby was dead!!!

Furthermore, what of all the characters Darci met along the way from book one to book three, will they just be her memories as none of the characters she encountered will ever have known her.

Sorry Ms. Deveraux, "Always" requires a rewrite. Better luck next time!!!
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But like many others, I just wasn't that satisfied. I tend to read action, adventure or mysteries. I look to romance because I want something fun, wild and finished! Call me dull, but I like an ending where the two main characters get together, and although in the end that sort of happened, it wasn't what you would expect. I enjoyed the story, up until the last 40 or 50 pages, then things seemed to just move along way to fast. Why take the time to create characters and explore lives if you are just going to warp them up so quickly?

Someone also mentioned, A Knight in Shining Armor. I would also like to see some sort of conclusion there. Just like in this series, it would be nice to see some kind of follow up that shows what happens to Adam and Darci. All in all, I was disappointed with the ending, but I admit that I will stick around to see what Devereux comes up with next.
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I read the first book and was hungry for more. After the second I was still intrigued. But the third is an utter and total disappointment. I had to make myself continue to read it as it took total concentration to stay interested. I was very disappointed by the writing and pace of the book in general. I like the Darci character and love the romance between her and Adam. I'd like to see a follow up or maybe a spin off about the children.

Overall a disappointment. Not a MUST read but a SHOULD finish if you want to know how the trilogy resolves and ends.
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I've read almost all of Ms. Deveraux's books and the first two books in this trilogy, and waited very impatiently for "Always." I read it the day it was released, and wished I hadn't spent the money on it.

Admittedly, the first part of the book (the first few chapters before the "Big Event" occurs) had a great plot and character interaction, but the plot started to nosedive about 1/3 into the story. Maybe this is personal taste, but I've read other books in which half the story occurs in one time period, and the other part happens elsewhen--and that twist just didn't work here!

Also I think that what is unfortunately often true of trilogies happened here--very poor character development. The main male character here started out great, then abruptly started to exhibit behavior that seemed totally inconsistent with the personality the author had originally described.

I love most of Jude Deveraux's numerous books, and I especially love paranormal romantic fiction, but this book jumped around so much that I couldn't "get into" it. The flow of the story didn't even seem consistent with the first very entertaining books. And the last chapter was completely devoid of any emotional investment--I finished the book thinking, "Why did we even need the other books?"

In general, the story and plot twists, while original, did not seem consistent with Ms. Deveraux's style. I'd be very surprised if most of her fans liked this book.

I respect Ms. Deveraux's artistic freedom, but I think many romance authors who become really popular start to depend on reputations to sell books, and the qualities that made their first books so incredible just fall by the wayside. I think that is what happened with this series--it was pretty much guaranteed that people were going to buy it, so who cared if it was good? Can anyone say "Matrix Revolutions"?
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I love to read romance, especially science fiction/fantasy romance, and I'm easy to please, so a book has to be really bad for me NOT to find at least one redeeming feature. This, however, has got to be the worst, most convoluted story I've ever read. I've never written a review before and I hate for my first one to be so negative, but I wanted to prevent someone else from wasting their time and money on this garbage. Are all of Miss Deveraux's novels this bad?
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