- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Zebra; First Edition edition (August 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0821770608
- ISBN-13: 978-0821770603
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,039,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Love Only Once Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2001
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)
Top Customer Reviews
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.
As I said before, I was thrilled with Adam's story and enjoyed it immensely however I have to admit I still find Elizabeth and Jonathan's story touched my heart even more the second time around.
I wish you would write another book about all four of them and their children. I fell in love with these four people and their children especially Dawson. Think about it please.
I'm ready for the third book in just a bit but I must rest my eyes first. My glaucoma is bothering me today. Beautiful, beautiful stories Brenda, you did a fabulous job with both of them.
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!
Good character development
Enough twists and turns to keep it interesting most of the time. It does start dragging after the husband hunting starts.
This is a little better than most of the romance offerings, historical or otherwise.
If you are a fan of this genre then I do recommend this to you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great book by a skilled writer. This book has it all. I couldn't stop reading, once I got further in the book. Much more than a Regency romance. Highly recommended.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
I highly recommend this book. Second in the series, just as good as the first. Romantic, action, and humorous. I will be looking for other books by this author.Published 5 months ago by Cindy
How can you put fun and keep intrigue in the same sentences? I don't know but Brenda did it. One minute you are crying and the next you are laughing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer Judy Lea
Great to follow her stories. The adventures was very entertaining. Can't wait to read the next book in this seriesPublished 6 months ago by cinda draper
Truly and enjoyable read. I will read more of Brenda Jerngan again.Published 17 months ago by Antonette Wood
I just love this series. I got and read all of the books. I couldn't put it down. Finding love at last.Published 18 months ago by Ladyghee
Based on the plot I thought the book had real potential. But the heroine was irritating and frustrating so it really diminished my appreciation. Too bad.Published 18 months ago by La Hay