UGH The angst of it all No one writes historical romance with angst quite like JM.I read the recently edited version of those book, and I ll note there are some HUGE differences from the original And while I didn t mind the original, I think most would certainly enjoy the re written version of this a lot.I think this may have been my favorite Judith McNaught book to date. I m sorry but I just can t like this book I couldn t get past either the rape or the abuse scenes yes, it barely hurt her, but that is not the point and the fact that he continuously distrusted her and emotionally abused her IMO Even though, intellectually, I could understand why the heroine and readers would be able to redeem the hero and love him, emotionally, it left me disgusted Its one of those love it or hate it books and it just didn t do it for me I don t believe a rape victim could ever find anything to love about her rapists. Fresh From Her Triumphs In Paris Society, Whitney Stone Returns To England Determined To Win The Heart Of Her Childhood Love However, In Order To Save Himself From Ruin, Her Father Has Come To An Arrangement With The Arrogant Duke Of Clay, And Whitney Is The PriceThis Text Refers To An Out Of Print Or Unavailable Edition Of This Title I don t even know what to say about this book Started out okay, I suppose I mean, Clayton, the hero, was always a bit of an asshat what with the forced marriage thing, but that being said, this is an historical romance, so that is sort of expected.Then there s the whole Clayton beating Whitney aspect, which, again historical romance, things like that sometimes happen It was in Outlander and in the first book of this series, but neither of those beatings were with a riding crop nor were they for such stupid reasons such as the one in Whitney, My Love Despite this, if the hero had been a likeable character, I would have been able to get past the beating But, he wasn t.THEN, there s the rape And, I m sorry if some people want to mince words and claim technicalities, but it was rape And it wasn t touching or romantic or heartwrenching in any way, it was disgusting and degrading Then, rah rah 100 pages rah rah, Whitney forgives Clayton Really Come on Okay, I thought, it s her fictional life Just try to move on, forget about it and keep readingAnd, I tried I really did.But then what happens There s another stupid Big Misunderstanding and after all his adament promises and flowery words, Clayton again goes off into a rage and punishes Whitney for something she didn t do So, she leaves him then, right I mean it s bad enough that he did this once, but again and after apparently learning from his mistakes No She lies down and takes like the spineless, whimpering female she is.And that s what really cinched it for me It s all right for characters to have flaws For a character to be at all engaging they are essential But making a character act because of their flaws again and again and have nothing change Well, that s just absolutely pointless The reason for writing stories is to send a message through the actions of characters, and if the characters learn nothing, then how can we Missing you she giggled incredulously I could cheerfully murder you It was while reading this novel, that I decided I needed an epic romance shelf I mean, why can fantasy be categorized as epic, and yet romance is just romance Whitney, My Love had about as many pages as a GOT novel, and every page was just so good.I read romance for the thrill of falling in love, the passion of jealousy, the excitement of being intimate for the first time, and sometimes for the heartbreak and the angst it brings with it This story captured every one of those, in a breath taking story in the regency era.God, it was just so amazing, and so engrossing This was McNaught s debut novel, turned down again and again by agents who thought it was too developed I know, right too sensual, and just plain too deep for women I think she is one of the leading authors who began this amazing movement in romance, with deeply sensual and compelling stories Now, that movement has just turned romance into three fourths sex and one fourth story, but at least I have many bodice rippers on my bookshelf from the eighties to last me through the apocalypse Cheating, she solemnly replied I do it when I cannot win It s hard to put into words how much I loved these characters, and how much I was completely engrossed in this story The banter, the chemistry, and sometimes the hatred Whitney and Clayton had it all.Whitney was loveable, fierce, quirky, but also young and naive She believes she s in love with Paul, the local gentleman seven years her senior She was only fifteen when her forward acts trying to win his love, gets her shipped to her aunt and uncle in France She grows up, becoming beautiful, and her witty banter makes her become the belle of the ball The Duke of Clay is a profligate rake Richer than God, and one of the most handsome sought after bachelors The thing I loved about this story, is there might have been extreme attraction from the hero s side, but the heroine doesn t even notice him for a while She didn t notice him, having not been able to see outside the circle of bachelors surrounding her It irked the duke, and when he decided he didn t want to court her like the other dandies, he does something shocking Finding out Whitney s father is destitute, about to be put into debtor s prison, Clayton makes him a deal Whitey s hand for 100K pounds, but he wants the chance to court her, without her knowing who he is And the deal is done The Duke of Clay becomes Clayton Westland.Small problem, though Whitney becomes to hate Clayton, still with designs to marry Paul Whitney, My Love was a rollercoaster of love, lust, jealousy, and possession, with a strong hero, and a witty passionate heroine Their problems can be frustrating, based on the issues of early relationships miscommunication, lack of trust, and just not knowing the other so well But that s just what makes the story so relatable heartbreaking, and then heart warming as they fall back together A beautiful story, with all the conflict, tension, and chemistry, to make this story one of my favorites of all time. 4.5 I CAN T LOSE YOU STARSI ADORED THIS BOOK After reading this one I read all of JM books YES, for me it was that good This story starts off with an beautiful girl named Whitney who s father was cold and indifferent to her He sends her to Paris to get some manners and some refinement Which she does that and , as she attracts the attention of a Duke And not just any duke but the duke of Clay.A Duke that would love to keep her and cherish her She was a challenge to our hero so he goes behind her back and makes a deal with her father for her hand Meanwhile, she is going through hell with her conflicting emotions for the hero Clayton and her unexplored feelings for her childhood crush who is a complete jerk SHE IS COMPLETELY TORN The hero tries to make her see that they belong together She must see it They really do However, in his confusion about the heroine s past he makes a terrible mistake.One that DEVASTATES him Therefore, he must lets her go Will their love be enough to overcome this mistake READ THE BOOK AND FIND OUT I truly feel that this is an epic love story that will leave you breathless It will make you dream of masquerade balls and beautiful manners and hand holding with the promises of something Swoon This book was just well written and a total MUST READ for those who love historical. Edited 8 3 2016 Added link to review of book 2. Whitney My Love Westland Saga 02By Judith McNaught Several days after finishing the 2nd book in the Westland series, I still had no idea what to say This book made me feel such a wide range of emotions that I truly didn t know what to make of it First I was charmed, then frustrated the next Chapter I was laughing a few pages later I was enraged After one too many plunges from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, I almost asked my doctor for mood stabilizers Because I m 99.9% sure he d say no, I turned to science instead Below, are the results of my scientific exploration of Whitney My Love, by Judith McNaught.What did I think of Whitney My Love, by Judith McNaught Whitney My Love, is a one star read because Clayton Westland, the Duke of Clay H , is a Grade A Asshole.To accurately determine if the H is, indeed, a Grade A Asshole, I read the following scenes to my husband view spoiler p.626 H gets his twat in a knot over a rumor that h is engaged to OMchokengtitiktitikchokeng634 H believes a jealous rival s lie about h s lack of puritychokengtitiktitikchokeng636 H drags h from a party, berates her, shames her, and rapes herchokengtitiktitikchokeng653 H discovers h s virginity runs away like a pussychokengtitiktitikchokeng689 H cancels their betrothal pays 10,000 in guilt money p.693 H forgets he s a rapist, smiles easily occasionally laughs p.735 H calls h a bitch asks OW to marry himchokengtitiktitikchokeng800 H the RAPIST makes h the VICTIM beg for forgivenesschokengtitiktitikchokeng924 H questions h s fidelity accuses her of having OM s babychokengtitiktitikchokeng925 H makes preggo h s life a living hell because he s an Asshole hide spoiler 5 STARS OUTSTANDING image error I was a bottomless romance pit as a teen, I read everything and loved it all Including books that now make me gag until I read this It mentally scarred me at 16 so much, that I didn t touch a historical romance again until I was 25.The entire book our hero s either acting from selfish ulterior motives, paranoid distrust that results in cruelty , or let s make this all about me guilt During the course of the book he beats her until she cries I forget whether it was a horse whip or a riding crop , rapes, threatens to cheat, and desserts his heroine not once but twice due to his own idiocy each time leaving his lady love to grovel to win him back The book ended with me disgusted about how he broke Whitney s spirit with all the emotional abuse and since none of his issues trusting her are ever resolved the HEA is unbelievable. Just as good, if not better, the second time around LOVED IT.Five solid starsI must admit this was a wonderful read Had my eye on this one for a long time BUT it is not available on Kindle If that is the case I usually don t bother buying a book There have been 3 other books I did buy in paperback since I started my kindle obsession and in the end I gave in and got this one.I hadn t really read reviews so was expecting a nice, gentle, Historical romance My emotions were all over the place with this one There was so much misunderstanding There was anger, there was laughter, there were tears, there were break ups, get togethers, break ups It was fantastic Clayton Westland, one of my favourite ever heros Yes, even with THAT scene, I couldn t NOT like him Whitney, what a fun loving character she was She knew how to stand her ground And it didn t just end with a Happy Ever After, no we got a few years later also Loved the other characters in the book also, her aunt especially I will definitely be checking out by this author I have already ordered the first in this series should be here this week And when I visit the UK next month, will be scouring the Charity shops and Bookshops for by her Only problem with a paperback is that I was not able to highlight my favourite scenes Ah well I wish I could find the right words to tell you how much I loathe you and everything you represent I hated you from the first moment I met you I m very sorry to hear that He said softly Because I thought that you were the loveliest, most enchanting creature God ever created I m drawn to you like a moth to a flame Just as you are to me Love was a silly, romantic, notion that had no place in his life You beautiful, infuriating, wonderful little fool Don t cry darling Please don t cry any Where is your home she asked Wherever you are Oh my God, little one, Clayton whispered in his heart Pain, like love, is a thing to be sharedBehold your new mistress, my wife And know that when she bids you, I have bidden you what service you render her, you are rendering me what loyalty you give or withhold from her, you give or withhold from meClayton, she said softly, her voice threaded with tears, When Vanessa asked about my accomplishments tonight, I forgot to mention that I do have one And it s it s so splendid that it compensates for my lack of all the others Stephen and Clayton grinned at each other, neither of them hearing the emotion that clogged her voice What splendid accomplishments is that, little one Clayton asked.Her shoulders hunched forward and began to shake I made you love me, she whispered brokenly Somehow, some way, I actually made you love me If I ever think you are even considering leaving me again, no matter how good you reasons, I ll have you locked in your rooms and the doors barricaded, so help me God He lifted her foot and began to dry it.Her voice shaking, Whitney asked, Will you stay locked in there with me He raised her dainty foot to his jaw and tenderly laid his cheek against it, then turned his head and kissed it Yes, he whispered She was his body, heart and soul.
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