Forever and Always (Forever Trilogy Series #2)

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"This is Jude Deveraux at her most pleasurable," hailed Booklist in praise of her powerful bestseller Forever....Now Deveraux brings back her gifted heroine, Darci Monroe, in a riveting new novel of endless love and shadowed secrets.
Forever and Always
Darci's psychic abilities have always guided her through hardship...and into a once-in-a-lifetime love with her rich, powerful husband, Adam Montgomery. When Adam vanishes in a mysterious ...

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Overview

"This is Jude Deveraux at her most pleasurable," hailed Booklist in praise of her powerful bestseller Forever....Now Deveraux brings back her gifted heroine, Darci Monroe, in a riveting new novel of endless love and shadowed secrets.
Forever and Always
Darci's psychic abilities have always guided her through hardship...and into a once-in-a-lifetime love with her rich, powerful husband, Adam Montgomery. When Adam vanishes in a mysterious accident, a grief-stricken Darci is left alone to raise their young daughter. But her instinct tells her the reports of Adam's death are untrue. When the FBI enlists her intuitive talents to solve a heinous crime, she agrees — if they'll help to uncover the truth about Adam. It may be a tougher deal than Darci imagined: she must go head-to-head with Jack Rose, a criminal whose mind power matches Darci's at every turn. Now Darci must discover if those in the highest circles of authority have her best interests at heart — or if someone intends to sever the everlasting bond she shares with her one true love.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The bliss that Darci Montgomery found by the end of Deveraux's last paranormal mystery-cum-romance, Forever, didn't last long, as this lackluster follow-up finds the pint-sized psychic alone once again, searching for her abducted husband. When primetime TV hunk Linc Abrams seeks her assistance in finding a son he fathered via sperm bank, Darci agrees, sensing that the investigation will bring her closer to her husband. As they aimlessly search for answers at a creepy Alabama "spa," they rub shoulders with ghosts, uncover secrets about Linc's lineage and cross paths with a blind seer. Darci's psychic insights make it easy for the author to skimp on character development. When she meets Linc, for example, we're told that "he'd missed out on some love in his life" but that he's generally a "good guy." The plot is also lacking in development. Overall, the book feels more like a sketch than a fully fleshed-out story. Despite its open-ended denouement (which includes an obvious setup for book three), readers may think twice before picking up Darci's next adventure. (Sept.) Forecast: The first book in the series was skewered by buyers on Amazon.com and bn.com who decried its lack of romance. This offering will further shake readers' faith in Deveraux, though it may still hit the bestseller lists thanks to her large and (thus far) loyal fan base. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743477086
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 8/26/2003
  • Series: Forever Trilogy Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 368,165
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jude Deveraux

Jude Deveraux is the author of more than forty New York Times bestsellers, including Moonlight in the Morning, The Scent of Jasmine, Scarlet Nights, Days of Gold, Lavender Morning, Return to Summerhouse, and Secrets. To date, there are more than sixty million copies of her books in print worldwide. To learn more, visit JudeDeveraux.com.

Biography

Jude Deveraux was born in Fairdale, Kentucky, the eldest of a family of three girls and one boy. After earning a degree in art from Murray State University and studying teaching at the University of New Mexico, she taught fifth grade in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She left when her first book, The Land of Enchantment, was accepted for publication by Avon books.

Jude's first books were historical, chiefly featuring the Montgomery and Taggert families. Stories of the lives and loves of these families spanned over several centuries in the US and England. They are filled with details of the history and culture of the time periods and settings of her novels. Her more recent series of books focuses on the McTern family and its descendants. The novels are set in the fictional town of Edilean, Virginia, and go from when the family arrived in America to contemporary time.

Jude's exhaustive research on every aspect of her books has made for a rich and detailed background for each of her novels. Her stories are adventurous, funny, and at times heartwarming. Jude has had over thirty books on the New York Times Bestsellers List, over 60 million copies in print, and has been translated into 18 languages.

Jude has lived in England and Egypt as well as in several American states, and she has traveled around the world. She likes to read nonfiction and murder mysteries, work in her garden, and in boxing class, she enjoys showing much younger males that she can throw a mean right cross.

Good To Know

Deveraux began her career as a fifth-grade teacher.

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Chapter One

He was lying. I didn't know how much or about what, but I was sure he was lying.

Also, he was acting. More than that, he was playing the character he portrayed on TV, the shy, likable, brilliant detective, Paul Travis. The gorgeous-but-doesn't-know-it Paul Travis. He was dipping his head down and glancing up at me as though he expected me to swoon over the sheer beauty of him, but I wasn't even close. When you're married to a man like Adam Montgomery, other men don't compare.

I sat down across from him and began concentrating to try to force him to stop acting and tell me the truth.

This wasn't what I wanted to be doing but my mother had sent me a letter. It was the first letter I'd ever received from her so of course it had an impact on me. It said, "You owe me." Stuck in the letter was a photo of the actor, Lincoln Aimes.

The letter puzzled me for days. Of course I knew what she meant: You owe me for saving your life, so pay me back. But what did she want me to do with the beautiful black actor?

Was my mother asking me to do what I could to get the man to be her next lover? That didn't make sense because my mother certainly didn't need anyone's help in getting a man, even a man much younger than she was.

After I received the letter and photo, I got on the Internet and ordered the DVDs of the first four seasons of Lincoln Aimes's TV show, Missing. The character Paul Travis didn't appear until the sixth show of the first season and then only in a small role, but he was such a hit that they asked him to become a leading character. At least that's what the brochure that came with the DVDs said. When I searched the Internet I read that the actor had had problems finding roles that cast him as anything other than a body and a face.

Poor guy, I thought. We should all have such problems.

It seemed that Lincoln Aimes wanted to play meaty parts. You know, something like a society outcast, the guy who was given bad parents and poverty, but manages to rise above that and become the first American president with no scandal attached to him.

Instead, casting agents took one look at Lincoln Aimes's perfect face, his perfect body, and cast him...well, as a sort of dumb blond. With honey-colored skin.

I read that Lincoln Aimes took a few roles, none of which he liked, then was out of work for a couple of years. I guess he got hungry because he finally accepted a small part on the hit detective series Missing, which each week looked for a missing person. After just one appearance, he became one of the three main characters.

What made the role work was that, in a way, it made fun of Lincoln Aimes's exceptional beauty. When the cast was working on a case, the character of Paul Travis was all business. He unraveled clues, was great at sizing people up, and had a real knack for putting himself into the mind of a missing person.

What he didn't know was that behind his back, everyone was talking about how gorgeous he was. It was a running joke throughout the show. The other characters constantly used him for such things as getting the angry woman in records to put their requests on the top of the pile. Paul Travis, or just Travis, as everyone called him, would hand the woman the request, speak to her in a businesslike way, then walk away. The camera would show her sighing and saying, "Yes, Travis," then immediately feeding the info into the computer. The next second she'd take the head off some ugly guy who complained that he'd been waiting for the same information for three days.

The whole premise was hokey and bordered on the ridiculous, but it enlivened a show that was like too many others already on TV. It was fun to see witnesses do double takes when they saw Travis. And it was fun to tune in each week to see what the writers came up with to show off Lincoln Aimes's beauty.

Yes, it was a good show, and I, like most of America, watched it regularly. Of course no one believed a person could be so good-looking and not know it, but it was a nice thought. It made the viewer smile when Travis said in wonder, "That man offered me a job as a male stripper. Weird, huh?" We viewers chuckled with the characters in the show. And each week we tuned in to see if maybe they were going to tell us something about Travis's personal life — but they never did. We saw other characters' wives, husbands, apartments, kids. But never anything at all about Travis's personal life. If it didn't happen to him at work, it was never shown.

So now the actor who played Paul Travis was sitting in my living room, looking at me shyly, as though he thought I'd believe he was who he played. But he was lying to me.

I stared at him hard and concentrated, and was soon rewarded with seeing him raise his head and look at me straight-on, with no head-ducking.

"Your mother said you could help me find my son." He had to take a deep breath to get the words to come out, and I could feel that he was very nervous. About what? I wondered.

As for the child, I wondered about that. From what I knew of the actor, he wasn't married, never had been, and had no kids.

Of course he had a girlfriend: Alanna Talbert, the darling of the screen, "the woman most men wanted to have an affair with," as some poll said. She was tall, thin, had cheekbones that could cut glass, and was as perfect physically as Lincoln Aimes was. She, too, was African-American.

"I didn't know you had a son," I said as I stalled for time. I wanted to know how much my mother had told him about me.

"Neither did I," he said, then gave me another look in the character of Paul Travis.

"You want to cut that out and tell me what it is you want?" I snapped at him.

He blinked at me a few times and I could feel his consternation. Obviously, he wasn't used to being spoken to like that by a heterosexual woman. The truth was, I have certain, well, abilities that make me able to see...I hate to say that I can see "inside" a person, but I guess that's what happens. I can't read minds but I do have very, very strong intuition. And right now my intuition said that this man thought he could talk me into doing anything he wanted.

Maybe if I gave him an itty-bitty bit of a headache he'd stop posing, I thought. Maybe he'd tell me what he wanted, I could say no, then he'd go away. I wanted to get back to doing what I did every day, which was lie on the couch in my bedroom and concentrate on my missing husband.

"I — " he began, then stopped as he got up to walk around the living room. It was a pretty room, done in peaches, yellows, and blues. Until a year ago, it was the happiest room on earth.

He looked back at me and I could feel that he'd released some of the hostility I'd sensed when I first met him, but I could still tell he thought I was someone not quite trustworthy. I couldn't very well hold that against him, could I? Not after what that...that man had written about me. The whole world called me the Hillbilly Honey. I was the laughingstock of America. Until my husband and his sister disappeared, that is. Then I became the most hated person in America. People believed I'd murdered my husband to collect his inherited money. I told everyone, the police, the reporters, all of them, that I knew in my heart that my husband and sister-in-law were still alive, but no one listened to me.

So now here I was, alone, hiding from the world, and this man was asking me to help him find his son.

And I knew that he was either lying or hiding something big.

Copyright © 2003 by Deveraux, Inc.

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  • Posted January 28, 2014

    Great Book!!

    Love this author!! If you are looking for a good read, this is it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    Enjoyed the second adventure

    Although I very muched enjoyed Darci's journey, I must said that I enjoyed the first book Forever much more. I am looking forward to reading the last installment of Always.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Great book- can' t wait to read the next one!

    Loved Darci! She is such a great character. I can see why 3 books involve her. I do hope her dream comes true in the next book....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2009

    Forever and Always Review

    Forever and Always genre was mysterious because Darci wants to find her husband and his sister, but she can't sense them with her psychic powers. She also helps a famous actor to find his son yet he is falling in love with her. The main point of the story is that she wants to be with the love her life and wants to help others. I like this book because Darci wants to be with the person she loves and always wants to be with him. I recommend reading this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2006

    Can't wait for the continuation!!

    I trully loved this book. I can't wait for the next one. Jude is my favorite. I've read most of her books. I recommend this book to everyone who likes paranormal romances...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2005

    Kim from Texas

    Jude Deveraux didn't surprise me this time. Forever and Always was awesome. Always the plots are good and the characters make you believe you are one with them. I gave this book the highest rating but then very few of Deveraux's books get less than 4.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2004

    WHEN JUST TELL ME WHEN PLEASE

    this was an awsome book the first was of course what got me hooked and i give the first one a hot 5 stars....please someone tell me when the 3rd one is coming out i thought that it was going to be in march of 04.....but nothing i am dying here please and does anyone know the name of course???

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2004

    Please

    I read Forever and Always the min. it hit the stands please write the 3rd part I just cant wait I have read Everything you have wrote you are by far my favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2004

    GREAT BOOK

    i thought Forever was better than this. but nonetheless, i enjoyed reading it. darci's character is very interesting and it's great fun reading about it. i'm dying to read the next one that comes out. i've enjoyed both books so far so i hope the next one will be just as great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2004

    Forever and Always

    I absolutely love ALL of Jude Deveraux's books, she has such an awsome talent with writing. I like it when she adds a lot of humour and skips some of the romance that overwelms a lot of the typical 'romance books' Darci is such a wonderful character because she is a little strange but gives a lot of energy to the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2003

    Absolutely Great!!!!!!!!

    This book was excellent...I read it first though...But it made me go read the first in the series and I have to say they are both great books. I am looking forward to the next one in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2004

    awesome!!

    this book was soooo good!!! it was so hilarious and well-written. i'm glad she wrote about Darci again; Darci was an awesome character. if adam had been with her, it basically would have spoiled the story. how could she have fit him into the story that had already been spun in her mind? I can't wait until her next installment of the Forever... series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2003

    Amazing

    Forever and Always was the first book that i read of Jude Deveraux's. I loved this book so much, I went right out to buy the first one. I will now have to read the rest of the books that she has ever written. The only unfortunate part is that the third book is not out yet. I need to read it!!! I cannot find anything about the release of this book, which makes me kind of sad. I will keep on looking every chance I get though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2003

    GEEZ

    i have no idea, what made Ms. Jude write another story about darci. she should not have made adam disappeared. adam should have been with darci's adventures on this novel. cuz they were meant to be together. so, im bit disappointed :(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2003

    Brilliant, but a little disappointed...

    Why? Because this was a great read, but knowing that I will have to read through many more sequels to find out what happens to Adam and his sister is going to drive me crazy! Read Forever and this one, too. I'd recommend a Jude Devereux anytime.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2003

    not so bad after all, reader from Illinois

    I just finished the book, I had read 'Forever' and was waiting impatiently for the sequel and felt apprehensive after reading the reviews. But I enjoyed it, I want to know if she finds her hubby and what others tests she has to pass to prove herself worthy. I like the connections she has with people and the humor. I enjoyed the 'Summer House', 'The Mulberry Tree' was great too. Keep up the good work Jude.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2003

    A new Path for Jude

    I am a huge fan of Judes and I like that she has taken to mixing fantasy/magic with her romances and that she still manages to include the quick witt and strength to her leading ladies that characterizes her earlier works. Her books summerhouse, orchids, forever, and forever and always are some of her more edgier efforts to date and I loved all of them. The characters development in these latest books are interesting, they seem more real with character flaws and depth that are missing in her earlier pieces. I especially like how she manages to keep a tie in to the montgomerary/ taggart family. I think fans of her earlier work in historical romance will not care for her new divergence (unless they are die hard fans like me) she probably should have wrote these books under a pen name like Jayne Ann Krentz does with her harmony series to emphasize her shift in genre. Keep up the good work Jude!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2003

    Amazing, One of a kind!

    'Always and Forever' is the first book I have read from 'Deveraux'; now I'm in the internet looking for more. I could not put the book down. Her characters are so alive, true and believable. It was funny and cunning. I laughed so hard with Linc's character; I did not pity Darci at all. Her character was brave, smart and above all loving. I can not wait to find the first part of this book so I can read 'Always and Forever' all over again. I'm also very excited to meet 'Adam Montgomery'. I'm also curios to know more on her mother and her father; and his relationship to Bo. Miss Deveraux, I'm your newest fan, your books will become my escape of reality. God bless you and your family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2003

    Can't wait for the next one

    I really have enjoyed both books forever and forever and always and can't wait to find out what happens next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2003

    Horrible

    What happened? I thought Summer House and Wild Orchids was bad but this was just a let down. I will never buy any of her books again.

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