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Forever Mine

Forever Mine

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by Monica Burns

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When a bomb explosion thrusts Victoria Ashton backward in time to 1897, she’s forced to impersonate the Countess of Guildford. Despite Victoria’s attempts to convince the earl she’s not his wife, her counterpart’s infidelity, lies, and ill-tempered personality makes the task almost impossible. Worse, Victoria finds herself falling in love


When a bomb explosion thrusts Victoria Ashton backward in time to 1897, she’s forced to impersonate the Countess of Guildford. Despite Victoria’s attempts to convince the earl she’s not his wife, her counterpart’s infidelity, lies, and ill-tempered personality makes the task almost impossible. Worse, Victoria finds herself falling in love with a man who loathes her. Only when the earl learns to trust her does she realize her future lies in the past. But love always comes at a price, and she must make a painful sacrifice in order for them to be together.

Nicholas Thornhill, Earl of Guildford has been searching for his missing wife for three weeks. Rumors of him being guilty of murder make him unwilling to believe his wife’s latest in a multitude of lies. But the changes in Victoria continuously surprise him. Despite his best intentions, he finds the contempt he once felt for his wife turning into something deeper and stronger. But when danger threatens to separate them forever, he must forge a bond with her that crosses the boundaries of time.

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Monica Burns is a bestselling author of spicy historical and paranormal romance. She penned her first romance at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. Her historical book awards include the 2011 RT BookReviews Reviewers Choice Award and the 2012 Gayle Wilson Heart of Excellence Award for Pleasure Me.

She is also the recipient of the prestigious 2011 PRISM Best of the Best award for Assassin's Heart. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica is a survivor who believes every hero and heroine deserves a HEA (Happily Ever After), especially if she's writing the story

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Forever Mine 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have two types of books I adore - historical romance and time travel. This book is like the center of an Oreo the best part of the cookie. Monica Burns has captured true romance and woven it into a time travel/reincarnation tale. The characters are so well developed and true. The mystery/murder aspect is a bonus that keeps you guessing in this love story. Victoria and Nicholas had a love that was timeless and passionate. Nothing could stop them from being together. This is by far my favorite book and I would highly recommend it. JM
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book quite engaging. Excitement from the start that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys time travel stories.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Take a trip back in time with this sexy, sweet and exciting read. I enjoyed the concept of the story of these star crossed lovers. The story held me captivated through-out and I loved the chemistry between the Nicholas and Victoria. Loved it!
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
I love reading books by Monica Burns. She is the kind of author that can enrapture you so much with her stories that you sometimes forget where you are and that you are only reading a book. Forever Mine was no exception. The main characters were unique and identifiable. Although the story was quite farfetched-Victoria going back in time and falling for Earl Nicholas-you rooted for them and felt their pain. I loved the love story was not too crazy about the intrigue. Forever Mine By: Monica Burns held my attention until the very last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read. I always stick with historical romance, but a ran across this book about time travel. I went into it thinking it probably wouldn't be to bad. Wow. It was well beyond my expectations. . It has romance, passion,and great love scenes. And timeless love. I loved her writing style. Let's just say this is a must read. Excellent job on this book.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
A Rich Storyline and Yummy Naughtiness that will keep you turning the pages until the very end! Amusement made her blue eyes sparkle as she smiled up at him. Her hand moved slightly until one beautiful breast was exposed to him. The air left his lungs then returned in a rush. "You, sweet witch, are playing with fire," he whispered hoarsely. "Perhaps I should help you put it out." FOREVER MINE by Monica Burns is a wonderfully powerful romance across time. I'm a huge fan of Monica's books; she has never once disappointed me. The author's writing, as always, is top-notch. FOREVER MINE is the epic love story of Victoria Ashton and Nicholas Thornhill, Earl of Guildford.  My full review has been posted to Reading Between The Wines Book Club. .. 4 Wine Glasses
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Nick Barrows is obsessed with a portrait of the Countess of Guilford. He feels a powerful connection as if he had known her intimately. When he sees Victoria Ashton in his shop, he's stunned. She looks exactly like his countess. Nick needs to talk with her, but an explosion changes everything. She thrown back in time to 1897 and is married to Nicholas Barrows. Will these two find their forever love? This story is wonderful. Monica Burns has written an emotionally intense story filled with well-written characters and a passionate romance. The time travel is handled skillfully. Victoria is a strong woman thrown into a past that she doesn't understand. Her love and her giving nature are felt by everyone around her. I was touched by her relationship with Edmund. She cared and protected him. Nicholas was a proud and powerful man who had difficulty understanding the changes in his wife. I loved watching him learn to trust and love her. When he finally admitted his feeling, I shed tears. Monica Burns has written an extraordinary Time Travel romance that left me breathless. I loved Forever Mine!
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
A love story so POWERFUL it spans across many lifetimes, plus has EXTREME NAUGHTINESS GALORE! Nick Barrows has lived in England with his PITA sister Nora, since their Uncle Charles gathered them up, after their parents' death. Together Nora & he run the successful Barrows Art Galley, but the galley is just where Nick hides to stare at the Countess of Guildford's painting! He has always felt mysterious drawn to the 3 painting that have been tied to the Countess, but how can he be in love with a woman who lived over a 100 years ago. One day as his PITA sister is torturing him with yet another speech about letting his Countess go, he sees a vision of auburn hair in his Galley, is pulled to her, can't believe his eyes & just as he bends to devour her tempting lips, KABOOM! Victoria Ashton is just a modern girl who still carries the pain of guilt over having fought with her dad the night before his died. If only she would of gone back in time to apologize, then maybe her heart & soul wouldn't feel so weighed down my regrets & sorrow. Now she is on a lonely vacation in London, feels compelled to visit an art gallery, sees a landscape that seems so familiar, looks up into the eyes with Mr. English of Yumminess & just when she is lifting her lips for, what she knows, will be a kiss of perfect temptation, KABOOM! That KABOOM sends Victoria back to wintry 1897, via a pond, to Nicolas Thornhill, Earl of Guildford, who hates his missing for 3 weeks wife Vickie & to make matters worse, he thinks Victoria is his hussy of a wife. When Vickie tries to explain to Nicolas that she isn't his wife, he thinks the bruise on her head has scrambled more that just her brains. Meanwhile back in the future, Victoria is in a coma & Nick is at her bedside side 24/7, but Nora uses her special senses to make Nick see that maybe the Countess & this Victoria are the one & same & he might be her Earl. Back in 1897, Nicolas is shocked that his wife is likeable, treating all the staff as actually real people, not scum, HATES to be called Vickie, isn't terrified of horses anymore & must him sport a woody 24/7, but her story of being from the future is crazy, or is it. Victoria moves to a light & cheer room with, THANK YOU GOD, a workable old fashioned toilet & running water, but as she is trying to get out of this yardage of outdated clothes, Nicolas busts in to demand to know why she picked the room connected to his. This begins their sensual tug of war! Who will win, the modern girl or the old fashioned Earl? Now this story is about 2 lost souls searching for their FOREVER lost loves & willing to do any & all to find them again. Of course, it can't be easy because no romance is, so there is a murderous nemesis hunting for the so-called Countess, a calming Fairy Godmama Nora/Anna in both time frames, a house party with a duchess stalking Nicolas' body, Nick praying by his Victoria's bedside, kisses that would make a granny's undies dripping wet, a modern girl wearing britches & not wearing any nighties, an Earl who FINALLY gets to devour her girlie parts, a brotherly Fairy Goddude-in-training & a selfish sacrifice that could end their love forever! Which time frame will Victoria be left in? Can Nicolas keep his Victoria to his time or have to let her go? How can modern day Nick pull his Victoria back? Are the FATES able to bring them back together to be their FOREVER MINE? I dislike time travel romances because they go take a sharp left & I am screaming & waving my arms because I am totally lost. So to say I was nervous to read Ms. Burns' upcoming release, is like calling my grandbabies FURRY, but she made it sooooooo worth it! Also I have an inner Cover HO name LOLA & this books cover is LOLA HAPPY DANCE WORTHY with it's eyeball BEOTCH SLAPPINGness! I absolutely love the heroine Victoria with all her unladylike word bombs, strong willed stubbornness, willing to take the hard way & putting her old fashioned hubby in his place, plus she stayed calm & finally just embraced her new 1897 world. Nick/Nicolas were both stubborn & at first unwilling to see what is BEOTCH slapping them in the face, but when they loved it was with their whole hearts & souls, plus the added bonus of their YUMMY BODIES in action! Fairy Godfolks are another of my favorite characters, but Ms. Burns had 2 completely different ones in this tale, a childlike brother who brought out their own inner child & helped the h/h to get to know one another & Nora/Anna who was the calming light to Victoria, Nick & Nicolas. Ms. Burns didn't disappoint me with her many "NO AA BATTERIES REQUIRED" scenes of 2 warring people who do better in bed than out, anger sex is so STEAMY! I am so glad I didn't get have to meet Vickie the Queen B of BEOTCHINESS, so thanks for that Ms. Burns for that because I would of needed 5 minutes alone with her, so says my little devil & violence is never the answer, so says my good angel on my shoulder. This romance made SENSE to me & it never had me frustrated & WAVING my arms in confusion & Ms. Burns POPPED another CHERRY BOUNDARY for me with my new love of well written TIME TRAVEL & maybe she will write Nora/Anna's story, too! Ms. Burns has totally WOWED & AWED me, made me smile & laugh, had my pleasure center on OVERDRIVE, made me fall in love with old fashioned Nicolas & stubborn modern Nick, wish to be satisfied & lucky Victoria, cry my UGLY cry & made me wish THE END never came, so to me that is so WORTHY of my top score of 5 fingers up & 10 toes! ARC given for my honest review.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
FOREVER MINE by Monica Burns is a unique Scottish Historical Victorian Time-Travel Romance with a bit of Paranormal element set in present time to 1897. Meet, Victoria Ashton, Countess of Guildford and Nicholas Thornhill, Earl of Guildford and a passion that lasts forever, literally. Well written with a unique take of romance, time,passion, tragedy,danger and a powerful love story that spans generations and though time. Even, though the lies, betrayal, ill tempers, and the possibility of murder, the Earl of Guildford, Nickolas, can't stop from being attracted to the present day Victoria. Time Travel, is not usually my foray, but, I have to say, FOREVER MINE is a must read. It is powerful, compelling, passionate, and a must read. I have enjoyed every single story Ms. Burns has written thus far, and have to say FOREVER MINE, was no exception, and fact I am now a believer of the Time-Travel genre. The chemistry between the present day Victoria and Nickolas is astounded, powerful and very passionate. Even through time and generations, their love could not be denied. I would highly recommend FOREVER MINE to Historical readers as well as Time-Travel,and Romance readers. A terrific read from the first blast from an explosion to the very last page and beyond, we all wish to have this kind of love story. Powerful and compelling!! Well done! *Received for an honest review from the author and/or publicist* Rating: 4.5 Heat rating: Hot Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Exciting yet full of love and joy. And the diary at the end? Sooo sweet! Would def read more by this author! She has talent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, with believable character best time travel I've read in a long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great time travel book! Thoroughly enjoyed it! A must read!!
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booklover10CM More than 1 year ago
I never give 5 stars for a book but this one was special. It was my first read by this author but looking forward to many more.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite Forever Mine is a lovely romance traveling from the present back to the past of 1897. The story opens in the present when Victoria enters an art gallery to find a special picture and a very special man, though she doesn&rsquo;t really know what they represent. When an explosion takes place, she falls into a coma and is rushed to the hospital. Nick is the owner of the art gallery. He has always had a special feeling for the painting that caught Victoria&rsquo;s fancy, as well as his two prized portraits (which look exactly like the woman who had just entered his gallery). Nick stays in the hospital, not wanting to leave Victoria alone. Victoria wakes up to find herself transported to 1897 where she is the Countess of Guildford, married to Nicholas Thornhill, Earl of Guildford. Victoria had been missing for several weeks, and when the earl finally finds her and brings her home, she is surprised to find it is the real life scene and home that was in the picture of her future. It takes fighting, running away, kidnapping, and having a baby before the earl and countess iron out their differences and find true love. The time they spend together is cut short though when Victoria suddenly finds herself back in the present. Author Monica Burns has brought together the past and present in a very different time travel romantic novel, meshing the two time periods together in perfect form. Forever Mine is an excellent story that will keep you turning the pages, finding excitement in every chapter. Forever Mine will be enjoyed by the romantic, historical and time travel reader.
Chatting-With-Chocolate More than 1 year ago
Chatting with Chocolate. In Forever Mine, Monica Burns has created a world in which time travel is possible and love, truly, conquers all. The story encompasses both contemporary and Victorian London. We found the story line to be very compelling and were treated to a roller coaster ride of emotions. Love, intrigue, adventure, redemption, humor, and heartbreak. Everything that the romance book devotee is looking for. Some of our members found the story a little slow at the beginning. The primary and secondary characters are very well developed throughout the story. Some reviews mention that there are situations in the book that are not explained. This is true, but we found that any explanation would have detracted from the story. All in all, this book had everything that our group looks for in a romance novel. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Please check out our upcoming book club selections on our Facebook page or in the Barnes and Noble events calendar. *WARNING* titles selected by the book club may contain 18+ adult content!
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
This is a story of reincarnation or time travel, I&rsquo;m not quite sure. In the present day, Victoria Ashton buys an expensive painting of a place called Goodman Cottage in an exclusive London art gallery. She meets Nick Barrows, one of the owners along with his sister Nora (recognize names from The Thin Man?), and is immediately drawn to him. Nick has been obsessed with a painting in their own private collection&mdash;inherited by a beloved uncle&mdash;of the Countess of Guildford for many years, and his sister teases him of being in love with her. So when he meets Victoria, who happens to be a dead ringer for the countess, he can&rsquo;t explain their connection nor his instant and intense feelings for her. Then there&rsquo;s an electrical explosion injuring Victoria and sending her into a coma but also throwing her back in time to 1897. In 1897, Victoria is known as Vickie, the Countess of Guildford, and has been missing for three weeks. Her husband, Nicholas, the Earl, has been searching frantically for her but only because he has been named a suspect in her disappearance. When he finds her, she has amnesia of course, as she cannot remember anything of her life in 1897 but rather, her present day life. She swears and talks in a coarse style language that is completely out of place and character for a countess of the Victorian era. We learn that the Countess has not been a nice person. She&rsquo;s promiscuous and has been cuckolding Nicholas ever since their wedding day. She was also prone to temper tantrums and was rude and cruel to everyone including Nicholas&rsquo; simple brother, Edmund. But the Victoria Nicholas comes to know now is nothing like the nasty countess he married. She&rsquo;s naturally confused and tough but she also has a very generous heart and genuine kindness. Up to this point, the story is laying the groundwork but I found myself still confused as to how it would all work out. It alternates between 1897 and the present day, but it&rsquo;s mostly set in 1897. Victoria and Nicholas (of 1897) come to know and love each other in a way they hadn&rsquo;t before, but then again it seems that this Victoria is not the original countess. She couldn&rsquo;t be if she&rsquo;s this nice. In the present day, Nick is beside himself at Victoria&rsquo;s hospital bed. He loves her but can&rsquo;t explain it. Nora helps him by giving him journals she found in their uncle&rsquo;s possessions, journals that were written by the countess. They reveal that the Victoria he loves really did travel back to 1897. There&rsquo;s also a bit of a mystery suspense element in the story with some old cronies of Vickie&rsquo;s threatening her life. The slowly growing love story between Nicholas and Victoria (in 1897) is passionate and kind and I especially enjoyed the scenes with Edmund, Nicholas&rsquo; brother, with his child heart of innocence. But I have to say that the ending is a bit dissatisfying as there are many unexplained threads, but I can&rsquo;t go into them here without giving something away. Monica Burns writes with a readable and romantic style, creating passion and heat between her characters but there isn&rsquo;t as much in this story as in her other works. I admire her ability to try something new and different because I enjoy her writing very much, but this one kind of fell flat for me. Perhaps I&rsquo;m such an historical purist that present day alternating with the past jars me too much into fantasy. But if you like unconventional romances that meld the past with the present, you will find much to enjoy here.  This review first appeared on Romantic Historical Reviews.
ajenkins979 More than 1 year ago
 love Moncia Burns' work, but I wasn't 100% in love with this book.  Don't get me wrong, like all her other work this book was beautifully written and was in theory a great story.   I guess, maybe I am not a time-travel reader.  This book goes back and forth between present day and the past with the main couple, after the heroine has an accident. Again, Mrs. Burns writes a wonderful story.  But I just didn't fall in love with the book itself.  I did continue reading, not just to get through the book, but I did want to know the story and find out what happens.  I know not much was happening in the present day during this story, yet I kinda wanted a few more &quot;updates&quot; during this time.  Most of the book did take place in the past, until near the end. In present day, the story was only like 2-3 weeks, yet in the past it was almost a year.  I guess that is what made it feel weird for me.  Loved the characters, loved the actual writing; but not a huge fan.   I received my ARC from netgalley for review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant believe just how AWESOME this book was! Watch out Jude Devereux. You finally have competition as my favorite author! :-)
Book_LoverVV More than 1 year ago
Vikki&rsquo;s Musings This is not your typical historical romance where boy meets girl falls in love and lives &ldquo;Happily Ever After&rdquo;. This book is so much more than that. I had purchased this book in mid-December, along with quite a few others at the same time on the recommendation of a friend  with no particular hurry to read it. When I marked it as a TBR, one of my friends on Goodreads asked me a question that piqued my curiosity, so I decided to go ahead and start it. I am so glad I did! This is a marvelous read. It captured my attention from the first page  and kept it until the fantastic end. Victoria Ashton enters Barrows Art and Antiquities in London and is immediately caught under the spell of a landscape depicting a  cottage on Brentwood Park. While debating on purchasing it, Nick Barrows approaches. While discussing the merits of the painting an explosion occurs that sends Victoria back in time to 1897. Nick Barrows goes to the hospital with Victoria and refuses to leave her  side. Victoria wakes up at Goodman cottage in October 1897 and is soon confronted by Nicholas Thornhill, the Earl of Guildford, who keeps  calling her the countess and demanding to know where she has been for the last three weeks. This begins her adventure in a different  time and place than she could have ever imagined. Will she find a love that transcends time, or will she return to the present lost and confused forever searching for this astonishing man who is part of her life in 1897? This is a story primarily set in Victorian England, 1897 with a brief glimpse of what is happening to Victoria in present day London and  Nick Barrows&rsquo; growing fascination with her. The love that blooms between her and the earl from the ashes of his relationship with the self-centered Vickie is a love that will endure forever. I found this book beyond moving to the point I had to wipe tears from my eyes  often. I recommend having a box of tissues close by as you read this wonderful, compelling love story. Not only are the main characters enthralling, I fell in love with the earl&rsquo;s intellectually challenged brother, Edmund. Victoria&rsquo;s complete  reversal from Vickie&rsquo;s cruel demeanor toward Edmund goes a long way in earning Nicholas&rsquo;s devotion and nurtures the amazing love  that grows between them.  This book has it all, a riveting storyline, a passionate love affair, loads of suspense with a bit of mystery thrown in, which kept me turning  the pages long into the night. The love scenes between Nicholas and Victoria sizzle, burning up the pages on my Kindle. This is a story  that will linger long in my memory, and I am sure it is one that I will read again. At the end of the book are letters Nicholas writes to Victoria. I will not explain further, but they are so poignant, tears streamed from my eyes as I read them. They are the perfect ending to  this incredible love story. You do not want to miss this wonderful tale of a love that goes beyond time and space. Happy reading! 
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Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
One minute Victoria Ashton is in a art gallery and the next she is thrown back in time and being told that she is the Countess of Guildford. The people around her seem to think that she is losing her mind insisting that she is not the Countess. Knowing that she must have time to figure out how to get back home, she starts to play the role. Nicholas Thornhill, Earl of Guildford, is happy to have his wife back after she had been missing for three weeks if only to verify that he didn't kill her. She keeps saying that she is not his wife, but even knowing that she has lied about everything in the past he starts to have his doubts when she doesn't act as he has come to expect his wife to.  Even knowing that she must get back to her own time, Victoria finds herself falling for her Nicholas. Can their love survive the boundaries of time? I always love a good time travel romance and Burns did not disappoint. This one was a little different in that the characters meet again in another life. They meet at the beginning of the novel in modern times but are separated by a bomb explosion. Victoria is in the hospital with injuries from the explosion and Nicholas keeps vigil by her bedside. Although having just met her, Nicholas feels so strong a connection that he can't leave her side.  While this is occurring, Victoria is transported back in time to meet Nicholas as the Earl of Guildford. We see the majority of the story take place in 1897 where the characters fall in love. Tragedy strikes and we are brought back to present day where we see the continuation of their love story. The reincarnated lovers was a nice twist on the time travel theme and I would love to see Burns do another time travel. Thanks go out to the author for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago