Jude Deveraux

Ever After (Nantucket Brides #3) By: Jude Deveraux

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Ever After (Nantucket Brides #3) By: Jude Deveraux

Plot:

Jude Deveraux’s eagerly awaited third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy continues the spellbinding saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance.

Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly’s acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie’s boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down: Not only has a mysterious relative left Hallie a house on Nantucket, but Shelly has been trying to steal it. Desperate to put her troubles behind her, Hallie impulsively flies to Nantucket.

New trouble, however, has already settled into Hallie’s guest room in the form of her newest client. Hallie is told that wealthy, young James Taggert has injured his leg in a skiing accident. Assuming that the devastatingly handsome man has led a charmed life, Hallie is surprised by Jamie at every turn throughout his recovery. His attentions draw her out of her shell—but he has a dark secret, and is tormented by nightmares that only her presence can keep at bay. She suspects there’s more to his injury than he’s letting on.

On this gorgeous island rich in history, magic is everywhere, even in Hallie’s own backyard. As Jamie’s relatives arrive for a wedding gala, something wonderfully unusual is in the air. There’s an aura of romance—enhanced by a pair of matchmaking ghosts and a colorful island legend. In their own little corner of the world, Jamie and Hallie unravel the timeless secrets of their own hearts, and a very special story of True Love destined to last forever after.

Review:

So sweet and romantic, I really enjoyed this book. It’s been a while since I’ve read the previous two in the series, but that didn’t leave me lost or confused.

I was very weepy while reading this so I ended up crying a lot, it wasn’t overly sad, but there was a soldier with PTSD as a main character.

Loved how strong Hallie was, though when you hear about her past it’s kind of odd that she’s able to stand up to everyone all of a sudden. Maybe it’s just because she couldn’t stand up to her family but other people were okay? Either way, it didn’t bother me while reading it wasn’t until afterwards that I started to think about it. Still really liked her.

Also, I’m definitely team Taggart, I love books about the Taggart’s and Montgomery’s and I hope she give us more. There are so many of the family unpaired.

5/5

For All Time

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For All Time (Nantucket Brides Trilogy #2) By: Jude Deveraux

Plot:

The wedding of Alix Madsen and Jared Montgomery is a glorious affair at an elegant little chapel in the woods, followed by dinner and dancing, all while moonlight blankets the festivities in a romantic glow. While most guests are fixed on the happy couple, Jared’s cousin Graydon can’t look away from a bridesmaid, Toby Wyndam. It’s not just her quiet beauty that enthralls him or the way she makes him laugh. Toby possesses the truly remarkable ability of being able to distinguish Graydon from his identical twin brother, Rory. According to family legend, such a gift marks her as Graydon’s True Love.   But Graydon knows there is no possible way that they can ever be together, for he is heir to the Lanconian throne and is to marry a noble woman who has been chosen for him. Yet, intrigued by Toby, he asks her to help him hide on Nantuck for a week away from regal responsibilities. In exchange, he’ll assist her with planning acclaimed novelist Victoria Madsen’s lavish wedding. Since they both know their union is impossible, the pair promises that they will never be more than just friends.   But there’s more going on between Graydon and Toby than her unique power to tell him apart from his twin. At work are forces beyond their control, which are ruled by time itself. Combine that with the magical island of Nantucket, and a seductive spell is cast over Graydon and Toby. If they are to be together, they must change what once was, as well as what will be.

Review:

Loved this book! So happy. I’m writing this review while I’m still on the high the book gave me. There’s a prince, and I’m so happy that they didn’t do the whole thing where he doesn’t tell her what he is and she finds out and get betrayed. So over that. He told her straight off who he was and that he had a duty to his country.

Great romance, even though the ghost’s issue was resolved in the previous book there was still some ghostly stuff going on, great characters, really everything that’s needed for an awesome romance.

Liked that the woman wasn’t the typical romance heroine that’s stupid and automatically assumes stuff and gets into trouble all the time. I burnt myself out on those books. This was great, very happy with it.

The only problem I had with the book was how the mother was treated. You thought she was a total harpy and then nope she was just doing that for her children. It wasn’t too consistent but oh well.

4.5/5

Moonlight in the Morning

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Moonlight in the Morning By: Jude Deveraux

Plot:

Sparks are flying between Jecca Layton and Dr. Tristan Aldredge. At the urging of her dear friend Kim, Jecca put the ruthless New York City art world on hold to spend the summer pursuing her passion for painting while enjoying Edilean’s tightly knit artistic community. For years, Kim’s cousin Tris — the town’s handsome and dedicated doctor — felt a deep connection to Kim’s college “sister” Jecca, though they had met only once before. Now, Jecca is swept off her feet by this strong, sensitive man in a summer of sensual delights. But when long shadows announce Jecca’s return to “real life” and the big city, the lovers must decide: Can they survive the distance? And who will sacrifice the life they’ve created for themselves to be together?

Review:

I think Jude Deveraux might be a pantser when it comes to writing. Every now and then she’ll write something and then a page later write something that has to explain what she’d previously written away. Personally I would have edited it out, but then it might not have worked without it, not sure.

Even with that I really liked this book. So happy that I’ve got her back in my life. Already looking forward to reading the next book, though hopefully I don’t end up staying up until four am reading it.

Her men tend to be a bit unrealistic but I don’t read romance for realism. I did want to scream the word compromise at her couple, that happens a lot for me though.

4/5

True Love

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True Love (Nantucket Bride Trilogy): By Jude Deveraux

Plot:

Set on the magical Massachusetts island, True Love introduces characters from a new generation of Montgomery-Taggerts, the beloved family from Deveraux’s classic novels. Just as Alix Madsen is finishing up architectural school, Adelaide Kingsley dies and wills her, for one year, the use of a charming nineteenth-century Nantucket house. The elderly woman’s relationship to the Madsen family is a mystery to the spirited Alix—fresh from a romantic breakup—but for reasons of her own Alix accepts the quirky bequest, in part because it gives her time to plan her best friend’s storybook wedding. But unseen forces move behind the scenes, creaking Kingsley House’s ancient floorboards. It seems that Adelaide Kingsley had a rather specific task for Alix: to solve the strange disappearance of one of the Kingsley women, Valentina, more than two hundred years ago. If that wasn’t troubling enough, Alix must deal with the arrogant (and extremely good-looking) architect Jared Montgomery, who is living in the property’s guesthouse. Unbeknown to Alix, Jared has been charged with looking after her while she lives on the island—an easy task for him, considering the undeniable chemistry between the two. But Jared harbors secrets of his own, which, if revealed, may drive a wedge between the pair. With a glorious Nantucket wedding on the horizon, sparks fly, and the ghosts of the past begin to reveal themselves—some of them literally. Finding their lives inextricably entwined with the turbulent fortunes of their ancestors, Alix and Jared discover that only by righting the wrongs of the past can they hope to be together

Review:

I almost didn’t make it out of the prologue. I thought she made the men say things in a way no man would ever speak. Then she threw me a curveball and I was back in the game.

Overall I like the story and I’m looking forward to the sequel. I did think her men were a little bit too feminine in how they spoke, but I could have just read too much Eve Langlais and Kristen Ashley.

I was actually really happy with this book. The last two Jude Deveraux books I read (Secrets and Lavender Morning) I really didn’t like, which made me sad because I love Jude Deveraux. I was afraid she’d entered a new phase in her writing that I was really not going to like, it doesn’t seem like that’s the case now.

It did surprise me that she’s doing a trilogy because I only remembered one other one she’d written and it wasn’t like a normal romance trilogy. Looking at her bibliography I saw that she wrote another trilogy fairly recently so I guess it’s her new way to do things. Nora Roberts has worked this way for a while so maybe she decided to try her hand at it.

I’m happy to see Deveraux back to writing the romance I love her for and I’m really looking forward to book two.

3.75/5