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This is, without a doubt, one of the most ROMANTIC books I have ever read I can t remember another book that had me this captivated Though I must admit that I m in a bit of a fog as I sit here to write this review I went into the beginning of Until You with semi low expectations After Kingdom of Dreams and Whitney My Love shot Judith McNaught into a favorite author spot, I was hesitant to read something of hers that would lessen my opinion of her skill And this one had ratings 3.98 at the This is, without a doubt, one of the most ROMANTIC books I have ever read I can t remember another book that had me this captivated Though I must admit that I m in a bit of a fog as I sit here to write this review I went into the beginning of Until You with semi low expectations After Kingdom of Dreams and Whitney My Love shot Judith McNaught into a favorite author spot, I was hesitant to read something of hers that would lessen my opinion of her skill And this one had ratings 3.98 at the time that just didn t seem on the same level As a result, I waited MONTHS to pick up this one Why, oh why This is in my top ten favorite books of all time Royce and Jennifer s romance was epic The imagery and passion absolutely blew me away Then came Clay and Whitney and their volatile, angsty, controversial relationship How could the name Westland continually evoke such a strong surge of emotion And how can one author have such an incredible talent I am absolutely floored FLOORED I fought back silly, sappy romantic tears because I wanted so badly for Stephen and Sherry to WIN in their utterly impossible relationship I won t recap the story, as you can read the blurb The amnesia was handled in a believable way, and Sherry s utterly pitiful reaction to waking up after days of unconsciousness without any memories was heartbreaking Imagine not knowing what your own face looks like And Stephen s compassion for her situation was an instant recipe for my devotion He has become so jaded in respect to women They throw themselves at him for money and title in the hopes that he will increase their social standing No one cares for him as a person, and he is so obviously aware of it As Sherry s refreshingly innocent attitude begins to light him up, I was became absolutely captivated Their romance is easy and beautiful to watch as it unfolds Even the drama involved with the amnesia almost seems to fade into the background because I was lost in such a haze If I had a hundred kingdoms, I would trade them all for you, my dearest love Iwas nothing until you The ending, GOD The ending I wonder how many days I will tear up just remembering, and how many times in my life I will reread just those pages, the most romantic words ever Let me just say that holding hands will forever invoke much stronger emotions in me Somehow, Ms McNaught made it an erotic act, a touching act, and a way to communicate beyond words Often I find a romantic but hard assed hero hard to appreciate He is either unbelievable or too much of a pansy But Stephen Westland is everything I want in a historical romance hero Aside from the obvious looks and money, his emotions that he can t express are so evident in his actions and looks and the way this author has with words, I swear I could see the expressions on his face He was in love with ME I was Sherry, and I was THERE And when he finally, FINALLY gives his all to her and finally thinks Until You, there aren t words to describe how emotional a moment it is Truly, this is a magical, beautiful story This is topping my favorites shelf The Earl and Countess of Langford SHIVERS 5 STARS image errorLooking at you has been my favorite pastime from the moment you asked me to describe your faceAnother fabulously romantic story from Judith McNaught I am now completely addicted to her writing, and have just purchased fourof her paperbacks since they aren t available in ebook format I CAN T GET ENOUGH of these characters She has this incredible ability to spin a story into a hurricane of romantic bliss This story was very different from the first tw 5 STARS image errorLooking at you has been my favorite pastime from the moment you asked me to describe your faceAnother fabulously romantic story from Judith McNaught I am now completely addicted to her writing, and have just purchased fourof her paperbacks since they aren t available in ebook format I CAN T GET ENOUGH of these characters She has this incredible ability to spin a story into a hurricane of romantic bliss This story was very different from the first two books I read, but no less tumultuous, no less captivating The characters were thick and juicy, the dialogue masterful, and the imagery perfection I was truly taken back in time The story is actually a sequel to the book Whitney, My Love A continuation of the story but now focusing on the duke of Clay s brother Stephen Westland, who has just inherited a large fortune and several titles from a distant uncle And now, as the Earl of Langford, Stephen has solidified his place in the ton s list of most eligible bachelors image error And his ego, has inflated right along with his titles He is never lacking in female attentions In fact, even their parents are throwing their daughters in his path, hoping for a offer of marriage And he is finding himself less and less interested in the prospect, andandresigned to the attentions of his mistress In fact, it is following a night in her company that he finds himself alone on the streets of London in the early morning hours, where fate throws an unsuspecting, and drunken Lord Burleton under the wheels of his carriage changing the course of his life forever image error Meanwhile, Lord Burleton s betrothed was on her way to London, from America, where she was to wed him expediently upon her arrival Miss Charise Lancaster, the spoiled heiress from Richmond, Virginia, however, had other plans Having met a young man on board the ship, she had conveniently disappeared, and eloped, leaving her teacher and escort, Sheridan Bromleigh, along with her lady s maid not only penniless in a foreign country, but also having to answer for her absence Feeling guilty for his involvement in Burleton s death, Stephen feels it his responsibility to inform the fianc of her beloved s tragic death So he waits at the pier for her ship But as Miss Bromleigh departs the ship, intending to inform him of her employers disappearance, Stephen having assumed she was Miss Lancaster, promptly blurted out the news of Burleton s death image error Stunned by this information, Sherry thanks him and turns to re board the ship, only to be struck in the head by a large cargo net full of crates She suffered a severe head injury and remained unconscious for three days only to wake in Westland s mansion with no memory of who she was or where she came from All she knows of her past, is that everyone keeps referring to her as Miss Lancaster, and that she arrived in England in order to marry a young Lord Remembering nothing of Burleton, she automatically assumes Stephen is her betrothed, and reluctant to upset her, Stephen is encouraged to play alongEither you re extremely unobservant, my lord, or else you eyesight is afflicted Caught completely off guard, Stephen said cautiously, I m not sure what you mean I mean my hair, she said miserably, pointing an accusing finger to whatever was concealed beneath the towel.He remembered that her hair had been matted with blood, and assumed the wound to her scalp had bled even after Whitticomb had stitched it It will wash right out, he assured her Oh, I don t think so, she said ominously I already tried that I don t understand he began My hair is NOT brown she clarified as she swept the towel away and picked up the offending tresses to illustrate the problem Look at it It s redBut sensing his discomfort around her, Sherry questions the prudence of her betrothal to him and keeps her distance Meanwhile Stephen finds this now apprehensive woman, a refreshing change to his previously hunted status The rest of the story unfolds into a whirlwind of hurt feelings and miscommunications, and the two find themselves unwillingly drawn to each other Until feelings of love will tear them apartWe could go on as we are, and if you don t become disagreeable, and if we continue to like kissing one another, THEN we could be married A tempting suggestion, Stephen lied politely, but as it happens, I have a great dealin mind than merely kissing you, and I am uncomfortably eager to satisfy us both on that scoreI didn t know how this story was going to work for me at first Stories involving amnesia usually don t intrigue me that much I am in the medical field, and find that true and complete amnesia is very rare without suffering other permanent brain function loss, so yes reality taints my opinion of these stories But for some reason, this one didn t bother me I was completely enraptured by the story, from beginning to end I loved the heroine She was a sweet and adventurous girl, who was not impressed by titles or money, and was quite happy in her status is society Her only aspiration was to find true love She was a hopeless romantic that knew she would likely never find it image errorMay I have the honor of the next danceWhile Stephen, being once spurned in love, had become bitter and cynical towards women in general He had also resigned himself to the prospect of ever finding love in his life And his attitude towards women was just abhorrent In fact, towards then end, his cruel demeanor towards Sherry made me want to kill the guy He was all Alpha male with a good bit of asshole mixed in What s not to love, rightI am insane about you, Lady Westlandimage error Judith McNaught has an unbelievable talent for igniting passion between her characters And her ability to bring together these two fiery personalities was a perfect example of her incredible skill as a writerIf I had a hundred kingdoms, I would trade them all for you, my dearest love Iwas nothing until you5 STARS 3.5 It sort of dragged in the middle but picked up again towards the end Looking at you has been my favorite pastime from the moment you asked me to describe your face, he said solemnly, looking straight into her eyes Happiness began to spread through Sheridan until it was so intense she ached from it I want to change your name, he said with a tender smile, so there s no doubt who you are ever again, or who you belong to He slid his hands up and down her arms, looking directly into he 3.5 It sort of dragged in the middle but picked up again towards the end Looking at you has been my favorite pastime from the moment you asked me to describe your face, he said solemnly, looking straight into her eyes Happiness began to spread through Sheridan until it was so intense she ached from it I want to change your name, he said with a tender smile, so there s no doubt who you are ever again, or who you belong to He slid his hands up and down her arms, looking directly into her eyes I want the right to share your bed tonight and every night from this day onward I want to make you moan in my arms again, and I want to wake up wrapped in yours He shifted his hands and cradled her cheeks, his thumbs brushing away two tears at the edges of her shimmering eyes Last of all, I want to hear you say I love you every day of my life If you aren t ready to agree to that last request right now, I would be willing to wait until tonight, when I believe you will In return for all those concessions, I will grant you every wish that is within my power to grant you If I had a hundred kingdoms, I would trade them all for you, my dearest love.I was nothing until you 4 STARSAfter recently going on a historical romance binge, I was shocked to discover that I have never read a Judith McNaught book I know, I know Quit judging me But better late than never, right Also, my sincerest apologies to my OCD squad for reading book 3 first, but I can firmly attest to this being a standalone I had no problems diving right into this world, even though it was clear that characters from the previous books have cameos in this one.I ll admit the writing style took me a bi 4 STARSAfter recently going on a historical romance binge, I was shocked to discover that I have never read a Judith McNaught book I know, I know Quit judging me But better late than never, right Also, my sincerest apologies to my OCD squad for reading book 3 first, but I can firmly attest to this being a standalone I had no problems diving right into this world, even though it was clear that characters from the previous books have cameos in this one.I ll admit the writing style took me a bit to get used to, but it never deterred me from enjoying this book And boy did I enjoy it The heroine was absolutely fantastic A strong, sharp witted female that has a good sense of self and doesn t bow down to any norms I fell hard for Sherry right away.Of course being the lover of the broken and broody heroes, Stephen was a hero that I enjoyed immensely as well He can be a right stubborn ass at times, and I had moments where I wanted to slap him But the character development was so good, that I loved him at his very worst And he definitely had his moments here.I m a sucker for a memory loss trope, and this one was certainly delicious My only quibble and what kept this from being a 5 star read for me, is that after Stephen s epic mess up at the end, I wanted him to grovel farthan he did Sherry forgave him way too easily in my opinion And while it was still satisfying, I just wanted.And now if you ll excuse me, I m off to binge on the rest of this author s books.Find me on ( Free Kindle ) ♌ Ritrovarsi ♭ America, XIX secolo America, primi anni dell Ottocento l infanzia di Sheridan Bromleigh trascorre in uno stato di spensierato vagabondaggio, al seguito del padre Ma questi giorni felici terminano bruscamente quando, quattordicenne, viene affidata alle cure di una compassata zia in sei anni il maschiaccio che cavalcava a pelo il pony si trasforma in un impeccabile insegnante di una scuola per signorine di buona famiglia Un giorno, in veste di chaperon, accetta di accompagnare in Inghilterra un allieva, l ereditiera Charise Lancaster, promessa sposa di lord Burleton Ma ecco che il destino scompiglia le carte durante il tragitto, Charise fugge con uno sconosciuto e, al porto di Londra, ad accogliere la costernata Sherry, anzich Burleton si presenta Stephen Westland, conte di Langford, giunto per annunciare a quella che crede la giovane Lancaster la prematura morte del fidanzato Tuttavia, prima che Sherry possa rivelare la propria identit , un fortuito incidente le fa perdere la memoria Si risveglia tre giorni dopo, nella sontuosa dimora del conte, stordita e confusa, sentendosi chiamare miss Lancaster ignara di tutto, ma non del fatto che quell affascinante e colto inglese la attrae irresistibilmente Inizia cos una vorticosa girandola di situazioni imprevedibili, colpi di scena e sorprendenti rivelazioni fino all esplosivo finale What a meh, blah, that s it read from Judith McNaught This book felt like it d never really end and the steam is virtually nonexistent between the h h A real disappointment for this final installment in her Westland series especially considering that the first two, Whitney, My Love and A Kingdom of Dreams, were 5 star keeper shelf reads.The whole story centres around Sheridan Bromleigh, a lady s companion from the US, who accompanies her charge Charise Lancaster aka the spoiled brat h What a meh, blah, that s it read from Judith McNaught This book felt like it d never really end and the steam is virtually nonexistent between the h h A real disappointment for this final installment in her Westland series especially considering that the first two, Whitney, My Love and A Kingdom of Dreams, were 5 star keeper shelf reads.The whole story centres around Sheridan Bromleigh, a lady s companion from the US, who accompanies her charge Charise Lancaster aka the spoiled brat harpy to England to meet her fianc Things happen during the crossing and once Sheridan arrives in London she has an accident and loses her memory Now if you don t like memory loss stories and all the secrets and idiotic lying that go with it then don t bother with this book because it can get very irritating considering that a lot of things could ve been resolved quickly if someone had just told her what was going on I found that the reader needed a lot of patience with the hero especially who made things so complicated and convoluted for nothing when a simple explanation would have sufficed moving the story along So, while she s convalescing at the hero s place, Stephen Westlandfor those of you who read Whitney My Love this is Clayton s brother , things happen all around her without her knowing even though she s got the starring role so to speak Stephen ends up telling her that he s her fianc that she came to meet she thinks she s Charise because that s what she was told when she woke up only because some nitwit doctor said it d be better not to traumatize her with what really happened to her fianc And the complications really start Apart from the silly lies that just made things worse, I didn t like the heroine or the hero Sheridan needed a backbone and she needed to tell that bastard Stephen where to shove it because he didn t deserve her I have to give McNaught credit for making him a truly mean and selfish person because he really bugged me There are moments when Sheridan does give him hell and you re thinking, freakin finally , but then she goes back to being a borderline doormat to his whims and you re back to wondering why you re continuing with this book The first real steam scene was absolutely horrible in terms of writingit s just a few short paragraphs of nothing when you ve already read 300 pages waiting for something huge to happenand how it happens had it been better written and the hero been different it could have passed and he could have been forgiven Stephen was a class A pig in dire need of a smack down Sheridan got the shaft big time but stupid girl that she is she still holds out a kind of hope 8 At that point this became wall banger material How many times does he have to treat you like crap before you walk away and how many times is the reader supposed to excuse it As for Stephen, he s a pompous ass who needed to be taken down a few notches A hero like that needs a really strong firecracker of a heroine to give as good as she gets for the story to work I think otherwise he comes across as the irredeemable jerk and she s the mealy mouthed dummy taking everything he dishes out and excusing way too much All his I love you and tender moments where she understands just doesn t cut it and I didn t like him when normally I love the jerk hero He reminded of that total loser Rolfe from Brenda Joyce s The Conqueror Eesh, I can feel the hives breaking out alreadyshudder shudder.Whitney and Clayton as well as Nikki from book two are all present but they re very different from how they were in the previous story Some of the side characters are funny like the two butlers while other characters like Sheridan s family just felt like useless filler There are about 15 pages if notblabbing on about her childhood at the beginning which could ve been easily reduced The humor never really takes off with any of the characters either and that s too bad because there was some good potential.The story may have been better if it were shorter tighter, if the h h were together and did something and if the heroine hadchutzpah which would ve made the hero look less a holish Even the ending before the epilogue , that could ve been quite emotional, just grated and made me dislike the heroine evenSo it has its moments but they re too infrequent and the love story just falls flat which barely lets it eke out a 3 star rating for me Read as part of the BOTM challenge in HR book club jilted at the altar theme This was my first McNaught, and I thought her writing was in general delightful Her writing includes much sly wit and humor that I enjoyed I can see why she is so well loved by many HR readers.I really loved the heroine in many ways Sheridan is a resilient and strong heroine, a type that appeals to me greatly She has a very unconventional upbringing as vagabond on the American frontier with her father and many colo Read as part of the BOTM challenge in HR book club jilted at the altar theme This was my first McNaught, and I thought her writing was in general delightful Her writing includes much sly wit and humor that I enjoyed I can see why she is so well loved by many HR readers.I really loved the heroine in many ways Sheridan is a resilient and strong heroine, a type that appeals to me greatly She has a very unconventional upbringing as vagabond on the American frontier with her father and many colorful characters along the way This part of the story was very well drawn, and it was my favorite part As she gets older, she goes to live with her aunt in a school, so she goes from wild and free to bottled up and restrained The Hero was my problem with the story Stephen was awful., in my opinion He had his moments in the beginning, but then started ruining them with ill advised kisses the heroine has amnesia , misconstruing intentions and just generally being an ass I have little patience for a hero that thinks ill of his love interest because of one stupid chit s actions years ago that broke his heart, especially when he seemed to love and respect the women closest to him his mother and sister in law Still, I can forgive an ass if there s groveling, but this book featured approximately 0.3% groveling It was basically nonexistent.I thought, given the length of this book, it would have a good conclusion, one that didn t feel rushed Well I was wrong there It did feel rushed see nonexistent groveling in previous paragraph, but not just for that reason , and I couldn t help thinking that Sheridan deserved something different and better for her Here is my list of preferred HEAs for Sheridan 1 Herself, because who needs a man when you re that awesome 2 Rafe he may have been perfect for her but we didn t see him when she was grown until the epilogue 3 Nikki liked him much better than the hero until his stunt at the end that was part of the hero s stunt.I will consider other JM titles because I really enjoyed her style, but I will carefully check out reviews before deciding.EDIT Considering my aversion to the way this ended and the hero, I thought 2 stars wasaccurate One star for the writing and one for the heroine 4,5 stars I loved Sherry and how brave, honest and adventurous she is Even if her romantic mind sometimes was a little OTP she still amazed me Stephen couldn t recognize his own mind and feelings even if they slapted him in the face Such a pigheaded male He still broke my heart when view spoiler he waited with the vicar all day for Sherry to return hide spoiler I loved how Whitney and Clayton were portrayed in the book as a married couple and tried to help things br br 4,5 stars I loved Sherry and how brave, honest and adventurous she is Even if her romantic mind sometimes was a little OTP she still amazed me Stephen couldn t recognize his own mind and feelings even if they slapted him in the face Such a pigheaded male He still broke my heart when view spoiler he waited with the vicar all day for Sherry to return hide spoiler I loved how Whitney and Clayton were portrayed in the book as a married couple and tried to help things Review in a few I had issues with this reread. While this rating and review might seem harsh after my glowing ish reviews of books one glowing and two ish , I m beginning to think my all out love for KINGDOM OF DREAMS was a fluke My rating of WHITNEY, MY LOVE was high despite the walking asshole of a hero and all because of the heroine, and in UNTIL YOU I just can t find it in myself to rate well for any of it Whatever magic and wonderfulness began with the first Westland has clearly diluted itself over the generations as all subs While this rating and review might seem harsh after my glowing ish reviews of books one glowing and two ish , I m beginning to think my all out love for KINGDOM OF DREAMS was a fluke My rating of WHITNEY, MY LOVE was high despite the walking asshole of a hero and all because of the heroine, and in UNTIL YOU I just can t find it in myself to rate well for any of it Whatever magic and wonderfulness began with the first Westland has clearly diluted itself over the generations as all subsequent heroes are judgey, stupid, blindfully ignorant, weak willed ironic considering how stubborn they are poopheads Where book two in the Westland Dynasty Saga whatever this series is called was redeemed by Whitney s character, I found Sheridan just too perfect Her backstory is littered with eccentric but overwhelmingly impressive accomplishments and then with the loss of her memory for the majority of the book it s kind of like why even bother setting her up like that She could ve been anyone She literally became someone she wasn t, after all.Stephen s circumstances, brother to book two s jackass hero, had great potential from what we saw in WHITNEY, MY LOVE but is conveniently given reason to become jackass hero 2.0 because of reasons that are I mean, I could ve understood some of his broodiness over the circumstances with the first girl he loved, but it was taken way too far And you d think he would ve fucking learned something after watching his brother almost destroy his own happiness and oh I don t know Give someone the benefit of the doubt Not be a total ragemonster douchecanoe Is my dislike for him coming across loud enough The problem, too, is McNaught gives these heroes moments of loveliness, sweetness, kindness Brief moments but moments nonetheless And so it s extra annoying when she throws them into situations where they could be compassionate, understanding, human beings and instead aren t.I ll admit to liking what I thought was the ending except that I m irritated by the fact that we never hear these two actually confront the misunderstandings, I guess we just assume it s done off page or because of their simultaneous realizations with other people, that we don t need that closure between them except I needed it because he fucking lied too arrrrg and his trespasses were so much worse than hers because of how extravagantly and involved those lies were concocted and I just can t with the hypocrisy someone stop me from ranting oh wait yes I had a point let me stop and get to it until the author tacked on a hasty lets resolve everything still outstanding in one scene epilogue that stops quite abruptly, which just further left me annoyed That said, I ve committed to planning a reread of KINGDOM OF DREAMS before the end of this year just to make sure that it is possible for me to love something this author has written in its entirety And in the meantime I will wrap up this series by finishing the little novella that follows just to get it out of the way