New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux returns to the ruggedly magnificent island in For All Time, the second novel in her Nantucket Brides trilogy—this time featuring the next generation of her beloved family of Montgomery-Taggerts.
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.
Publisher: Ballatine Books
The publisher gave me a copy of this book to read and review (from NetGalley). This has, in no way, altered my opinion of the book and what is written below is a 100% honest review.
When I first spotted this ARC, I was very intrigued with the plot line. I’m a sucker for a good romance and this one looked too good to pass up. To summarize a bit: two memorably-written characters, Toby and Graydon, meet each other at a wedding in the beautiful Nantucket. Boom – instant attraction. But, there’s one problem. Graydon is actually a Lanconian prince who is already betrothed. Plus, Toby can tell the difference between Graydon and his identical twin brother, Rory, which marks her as Graydon’s “true love”. Graydon stays in Nantucket to get to know his fated “true love” and they end up falling impossibly, hopelessly in love. Okay, okay, so it sounds cheesy, but it was a decent novel.
I wish that this review could be long and detailed, but I honestly don’t have much to say about this one. It was entertaining! I really liked the first half of the novel (and I was reading it every spare second of free time I was given), but I felt like it went downhill during the second half. I feel like this is mainly based on my likes and dislikes when it comes to the romance genre, but I do not believe it is necessarily based on the author’s writing or plot line (more about this in “The Bad”).
PG-13/R: There were two sketchy/sexual scenes that weren’t that long (you can skip them and you won’t be missing anything… blehhh) and a few bad words.
I really liked the alternating character narration that Deveraux used. I’m not always a fan of this style, but I felt like it gave a rounded feel to the book and to the plot. In this novel, it definitely was a positive thing! Plus, the chemistry between the characters was fun and I grew to love both Toby and Graydon. And, as always, it doesn’t hurt that Graydon is a prince from a fictional foreign land. Although Toby and Graydon were the main couple in this novel, I enjoyed the other pairings (Lexie and Roger/Lorcan and Daire), too! The writing flowed well, also.
I’m going to take a break from the romance genre for a bit… I say this because I seem to have the interesting skill of picking the R-rated romances instead of the clean ones. For this novel, I was able to skip a lot of parts, but it definitely subtracted from my overall “like” of this novel. That being said, some people aren’t as sensitive to sexual scenes as me. But, for me, it’s not really something that I like to gravitate towards and I seem to always pick these books out when I’m looking for a good romance read. Just my luck, huh.
Overall, I give it 3/5!