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Forever and A Lifetime

Forever and A Lifetime [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Horsman
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Hands down, Forever and A Lifetime is Jennifer Horsman's best novel. (Competing with Magic Embrace) It is also a five star historical romance (rated by Publishers’ Weekly, Romantic Times and Amazon readers) from an award winning romance writer.
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This compelling and exciting story is set just after the Burgundy War where one thousand Swiss warriors soundly beat back ten thousand French soldiers and Switzerland was revealed to the world as the land not only of majestic snow capped mountains, clear mountain lakes, rich farmland and endless forests, but of a proud, passionate and free people. None the least of which is the beautiful and young lady Nichole Lucretia, highborn sister to Charles the Bold, Lord of all of Lucerne. Beautiful, wild in a way that begs to be tamed, Nichole is a gifted healer and practionaire of the old religion. A secret entrusted to her care has the awesome power to force her brother to her will and allow her to choose her husband.
Lord Jonpaul Van dir Birs is Lord of Dornach, the wealthiest realm in all of Switzerland and leader of the powerful Alliance of Swiss States. He has the lady Nichole kidnapped and brought to his court in order to force the secret from her. Jonpaul never expected Nichole’s willfulness, irrepressible courage and fierceness of her spirit to alter his plans, to say nothing of capture his heart, but still the Alliance must find a way to stop the unholy ambitions of Lord Charles.
Jonpaul knows Nichole will eventually recognize the powerful emotion between them as a love and passion that will last forever and a lifetime, but will she seize the truth in time to save them and the people they love?
Here is a scene where guards alert Jonpaul to Nichole's escape attempt and he catches her just in time.

Jonpaul stared at the sharp point of her anlace at his throat. Like the strike of a snake, his hand caught hers. She gasped in pain as he held it. Holding her one hand tight, he tossed the anlace over the battlement some goodly fifty paces into the forest.
She went rigid, alarmed by the danger shining in the dark eyes as he stood suddenly close. His nearness became a threat, one she felt fully in the whole of her being as he brought her hand behind her back, a move that forced her even closer and stopped her instinctive withdrawal.
"You little fool. I would have sworn you might remember the consequence of fighting me from the last time. A man subdues a woman in a timeless way, love, and unless you want to find yourself backside to the ground with my full attention, you will stop pitting yourself against my will."
"Never! Never! Not until your bones are ashes and your deeds are but distant memories of horror—"
It was as far as she got. Quicker than she could even start to regret the perversity of her rebellion, he lifted her to the air and, like a time before, threw her over his shoulder. Deaf to wild cries of protest and indignation, he turned to the stairs.
Nichole cried with rage and helpless and maddened by it, she went wild as he carried his baggage swiftly through the great hall. and up the staircase to his bed chamber. The door shut.
She went suddenly still just seconds before he marched to the bed and dropped her unceremoniously on her back. Leaning over her, he braced his weight on his long arms, positioned on either side of her head. He did not touch her, he did not have to, not with the very devil in his eyes as he feasted on her sudden fear at last, the alarm in her wide blue eyes, and the outline of the curves he knew so well from dreams, but only once in fact.
"Provoke me now, Nichole. I will welcome it."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 655 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra Books/Kensington (10 Nov 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C43ILS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #445,280 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A simply fantastic historical romance! 11 Aug 2002
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The first book i have read by this particular author and i must say that upon reading it i went out to look for other books by this author. Nicole is spirited beautiful and an amazing role model for women. Jonpaul is someone you can just dream about constantly, wishing that it was YOU and not Nicole he was chasing after. Like most heroins she denies her feelings towards the typically roguish and handsome hero, believing him to be an evil doer. But of course, like most romances the couple will live happily ever after. Jonpaul's son Gavin and the little girl that Nicole adopts brings out the different sides of both hero and heroine, which makes us fall for both of them and hope against hope they end up together. The last few chapters of the book are so excellent that you have to sit there and read it without putting the book down while sitting on the edge of your seat. "Forever and a Lifetime" is one of the best books i've ever read and i salut the author for her wonderful work.
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3.0 out of 5 stars i got bored 18 April 2012
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Started off well enough......for me this book was spoilt by long drawn out thoughts and descriptions, e.g Nicole was thinking of Nana & what she had taught her, so she knew how to look into the eyes of pigs & know what they were thinking & how they were feeling, whaaattt!!

The other thing i didn't like was how paragraphs changed so abruptly.

It has put me off trying other books by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful story! I LOVE THIS BOOK! 18 Jun 1998
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I am not really into historical romance; I bought this book because I needed something to read on the plane. To my surprise however I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I have re-read it millions of times and lent it to many of my friends who loved it too. It is a wonderful romance not at all "sickly" lots of action and a good ending.
The story is set in Switzerland in the Middle Ages. The great knight Jon Paul the Terrible, enemy of her people captures Nicole the heroine, in order to prevent her from entering into a marriage that would increase the power of her brother therefore threatening the Swiss Alliance of states, to which Jon Paul belongs. As soon as Jon sees Nicole he falls in love with her and Nicole naively attempts to seduce him in order to escape, as a result Jon exacts his revenge by raping her.
Nicole grew up hearing horrific stories about Jon Paul when in fact it is her brother who is the evil one, Nicole continues to despise Jon unaware that she is being used by her brother as a pawn until he decides to offer Nicole's hand in marriage to Jon, planning to have him murdered afterwards in order to gain, through Nicole, control of Jon's territory.
Throughout most of the book Nicole tries to fight her growing attraction to Jon Paul who makes no secret of his intense desire for her. There is a lot more to the story than that but what I liked most about it was how beautifully written it is. You really do get swept away by it, and I got very attached to all the characters. In my mind this is a proper romance and I definitely recommend it. Well done Jennifer Horsman !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Handsome Swiss Hero, Strong Heroine and a Great Story! 19 Dec 2011
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This is my second by Horsman (my first was MAGIC EMBRACE and I gave it 5 stars); and it's another good story though you won't need the Kleenex box for this one. It has a wonderfully complex plot set in an interesting time in history with well-developed characters, sexy love scenes and a hero, who like the one in MAGIC EMBRACE, is very virile, and at times a cad. This one also features the usual cats, vegetarians and mystical aspects. (It seems Horsman cannot resist her favorites.)

What I like about Horsman's romances is that they are richly detailed and give me that intense, "swept away" feeling that keeps me turning pages. I like her strong heroines (none of those whiny females!) There are times when the action she describes leaves you wondering where you are and what, exactly is happening, but it all comes together in the end. This was a good story and I can recommend it as a great read, the kind you curl up with on a rainy day.

This story is set in Switzerland in the late 15th century when the country was a loose confederation of independent small states called cantons. Charles the Bold, Lord of Lucerne, who came to power in 1467, is seeking to grow in power, but Bern sees this as a threat. In this story, our heroine, Lady Nichole Lucretia, Charles' sister and a great healer, is being forced by her brother to marry the Duke of Uri to gain Charles another army. Nichole judges the duke to be an unjust and cruel man, and loving her people and being a headstrong and intelligent young woman, she refuses. Charles imprisons her in an abbey to pressure her into complying but she isn't there long when Jonpaul the Terrible abducts her. Jonpaul is the hero of the Burgundy War, the leader of the Basel Alliance--and their enemy. The Alliance wants to thwart Charles' plans and they know defeating Nichole's marriage will further their goal for peace. Jonpaul takes Nichole to his castle where she tries to resist the man even as she seeks escape. Theirs is a relationship of great passion and great conflict, two strong personalities coming together.

This is a story with great history, great passion and great deception--deception that is believable when it comes from someone you love.

For those of you looking for more romance by Horsman, here the list:

THE ICE QUEEN (Christmas romance) (2010)
ILLICIT FLAMES (Romantic Suspense, 2010)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!!! 1 Feb 2007
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This has got to be one of my all time favorite re-reads!! This book is one that you can't put down. I loved it. I have read it a gazillion times and still I love it each time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DISCOVERY OF A NEW AUTHOR FOR ME 9 Oct 2012
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5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite! 30 Mar 2012
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Forever and Lifetime is on my keeper shelve and it is one of my favorite romances of all time and I read a lot. I reread this one once a year on my birthday! The heroine, Nicole and hero are two of my favorite romance characters of all time. Warning: this book will keep you up, turning the pages.
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