Love Me Forever [NOOK Book]

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Still mourning her mother's death, Kimberly Richards is incensed by the determination of her father , the Earl of Amburough, to marry her off as quickly as possible--just to please the jealous lover he plans to wed. And since Kimberly harbors a deep-seated dislike of gold-diggers and the whole distasteful state of affairs, the feisty young heiress already despises the worthy suitor she encounters at Sherring Cross Estate: Lachlan MacGregor, the dashing, newly impoverished Laird ...

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Still mourning her mother's death, Kimberly Richards is incensed by the determination of her father , the Earl of Amburough, to marry her off as quickly as possible--just to please the jealous lover he plans to wed. And since Kimberly harbors a deep-seated dislike of gold-diggers and the whole distasteful state of affairs, the feisty young heiress already despises the worthy suitor she encounters at Sherring Cross Estate: Lachlan MacGregor, the dashing, newly impoverished Laird of Clan MacGregor.

A tryst with the handsome, haughty Lachlan seems dubious at--especially since the rogue has designs on the married Duchess of Wrothston. But strange turns and outrageous circumstances promise to lead a woefully mismatched pair to a wildly unexpected destination--where a hard, resisting heart can open to the true glories of love.

A father, seeking a new match for his daughter who has been abandoned by her fiance, selects an impoverished laird. The heiress despises fortune hunters and her first encounter with the haunty suitor appears dubious at best. But strange turns and outrageous circumstances lead this ill-matched pair to discover the glories of true love.

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Editorial Reviews

Affaire de Coeur
Enchanting romance...This story has everythingFor everyone: passion,Wonderful characters, spicy dialogueAnd a compelling plot.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Successfully making the transition to hardcover, bestselling historical romance writer Lindsey has not abandoned the winning formula of her signature paperback bestsellers (Surrender My Love, etc.). This tale, set in 19th-century England and Scotland, is a lighthearted romp full of passion and intrigue. English heiress Kimberly Richards needs a husband fast in order to escape her father's tyranny. While staying with the Duke and Duchess of Wrothston, she meets many suitable candidates, but it is the reckless Lachlan, the Laird of Clan MacGregor, who steals her heart. The two seem ideally suited (financially as well as romantically: Lachlan needs an heiress to save his clan from poverty), but they clash from the first. He thinks she's a shrew with a vicious tongue; she thinks he's an inconsiderate boor. Despite their heated confrontations, the two become lovers and decide to marry-but Kimberly changes her mind when she discovers that Lachlan is obsessed with the duchess. The ensuing battle of wills between the squabbling lovers offers giddy entertainment, until Lachlan is framed for theft; then the duo must set out to catch the real culprit so that they can get married at last. Major ad/promo; author tour. (Oct.)
Melanie Duncan
With her latest historical, Lindsey, all of whose previous books made the "New York Times "paperback best-seller lists, breaks into the ranks of hardcover romance authors. Wealthy Lady Kimberly Richards is forced into the marriage market by her domineering father, who trades a favor owed him by the duke of Wrothstone to see Kimberly launched. The duke and duchess of Wrothstone, who previously appeared in Lindsey's "Man of Her Dreams" (1992), reluctantly agree. When Kimberly arrives at the duke's manor, she is exhausted, ill, and in no mood to deal with Lachlan MacGregor, an arrogant, impoverished Scots laird, who is seeking a wife. The duchess invites several eligible young gentlemen and ladies to a house party as prospective mates for the two, but she schemes to throw Kimberly and Lachlan together whenever possible. Kimberly soon decides Lachlan is not suitable husband material, but Lachlan disagrees and sets out to win his reluctant love. A strong marketing campaign to promote past and present Lindsey titles and this enjoyable, entertaining read will surely attract the interest of old and new fans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062106568
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 23,903
  • File size: 786 KB

Meet the Author

One of the world's most successful authors of historical romance, every one of Johanna Lindsey's previous novels has been a national bestseller, and several of her titles have reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Ms. Lindsey lives in New England with her family.

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Chapter One

"Lachlan, are ye still alive, mon?"

It was doubtful. It wasn't even desirable at the moment. Though the pain of his wound was more annoying than hurtful, as Lachlan MacGregor lay there losing his lifeblood to the sod, he realized it was his pride that had taken the killing blow. That the Laird of Clan MacGregor had been reduced to joining the ranks of common reavers was bad enough. That he'd been stupid enough to get wounded in the process ...

"Lachlan?" The persistent inquiry came again from his clansman.

"Faith, if I'm no' dead, I should be, so dinna be thinking of carting my body home for burying, Ranald. You'll be leaving it here tae rot as it deserves."

A chuckle came from his other side. "Didna I tell ye no' tae worry, Ranald?" Gilleonan MacGregor said. "It'll take more'n a wee lead ball from a Sassenach pistol tae hurt this great hulk of a body."

Lachlan responded with a snort. Ranald, who'd been prodding him for signs of life, sighed now. "Aye, and I knew that," Ranald said with an odd mixture of boast and relief. " 'Twas worryin' about gettin' him back on his horse that I was doin'. If he canna manage it hisself, then he will be rottin' here, 'cause we surely canna lift him, even wi' the both o' us tryin'."

"Och, now, I dinna see a problem in that. I remember lightin' a fire near his big feet once when he was a young'un. Amazin' how a men as big as the MacGregor will move real quicklike when-"

Lachlan growled low, remembering that time well enough himself. Gilleonan chuckled again. Ranald clicked his tongue and said in all seriousness, "I wouldna be tryin' that, cousin. A fire would alert thoseSassenach tae where we are, if they be foolish enough tae still be lookin' for us."

'True, and a fire wouldna be necessary if our laird had waited till we got ourselves home tae be fallin' off his blasted horse. But seein's how he didna wait, and here he lies, have ye got any other ideas?"

"I have one," Lachlan said testily. "I break both your necks, then we'll all three be rotting here."

The two kinsmen knew Lachlan was sensitive about his size, all six foot seven inches of it. Their deliberate goading was their way of trying to get him mad enough to get up on his own-but hopefully not mad enough to kill them.

It was not clear just how mad he was at the moment, all things considered, and so Ranald said, "If it's all the same tae ye, Lachlan, I'd as soon no' rot so near the Sassenach border. Up in the Highlands, now, I wouldna mind so much, but down here in the Lowlands, nay, I dinna like yer idea a'tall."

"Then a both of you shut up and let me rest a few moments, and I might oblige you by getting back on my horse under my own steam. Or what's left of it."

He got total silence to that suggestion. They were allowing him the rest he'd requested, he supposed. The trouble was, he didn't think he'd have any steam left for any effort on his part, rest or no rest. He was growing weaker by the moment, could actually feel his strength draining away with his blood. Blasted wound. If he hadn't felt the sting of the bullet going in, he couldn't say for sure that it was somewhere in the general area of his chest. His torso had gone numb long before he'd toppled from his horse, and the hard landing had added other aches to his body. Another problem with his size. When he fell, he fell hard.

"I'll wager his mind was a'driftin' again, and that's what got him shot," Gilleonan started in again when Lachlan still hadn't moved an inch after several minutes. "That's all he's been doin' for more'n a year now, moonin' over that bonny redhead the Sassenach stole from him."

Lachlan knew very well that his kinsman was trying to provoke him to anger again, just so he'd get off his duff and stop worrying them. And damned if it didnt work, because Gilleonan's remark was all too true.

When he'd been shot, he had been distracted in thinking about the bonny Megan with her flaming red hair and big midnight blue but he more lovely lass he'd never come across. But e thought about her every time they raided near the English border, because that was where he'd met her-and lost her. 'Course, he thought about her too much at other times too, but that was his problem and best left to him, not discussed in general, no matter what the purpose.

"I stole her from the Englishmon," Lachlan mumbled. "He merely retrieved her. There is a difference."

"Retrieved her and beat the tar out o' ye-"

That reminder deserved a good clout, and Lachlan's punch, even lacking strength, still knocked Gilleonan out of his crouch. Gilleonan grunted in surprise as he landed on his backside, even though he'd been expecting and hoping for just such a reaction from his laird.

Ranald, on the other hand, laughed. "Verra good, Lachlan. Now if ye'll just put that same energy into gettin' yer big self onto yer wee horse, we'll get ye home so Nessa can see tae that wound."

Lachlan groaned. Gilleonan, having that same thought, snapped at Ranald, "Are ye daft, men? I'd be runnin' in the opposite direction if I had Nessa fussin' o'er me tae look forward tae. She bullies ye tae wellness, she does-after she cries all over ye first. Och, 'tis a sickenin' sight, tae be sure."

Ranald lifted his brow. "Ye think she'd bully the laird?"

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First Chapter

Chapter One

"Lachlan, are ye still alive, mon?"

It was doubtful. It wasn't even desirable at the moment. Though the pain of his wound was more annoying than hurtful, as Lachlan MacGregor lay there losing his lifeblood to the sod, he realized it was his pride that had taken the killing blow. That the Laird of Clan MacGregor had been reduced to joining the ranks of common reavers was bad enough. That he'd been stupid enough to get wounded in the process ...

"Lachlan?" The persistent inquiry came again from his clansman.

"Faith, if I'm no' dead, I should be, so dinna be thinking of carting my body home for burying, Ranald. You'll be leaving it here tae rot as it deserves."

A chuckle came from his other side. "Didna I tell ye no' tae worry, Ranald?" Gilleonan MacGregor said. "It'll take more'n a wee lead ball from a Sassenach pistol tae hurt this great hulk of a body."

Lachlan responded with a snort. Ranald, who'd been prodding him for signs of life, sighed now. "Aye, and I knew that," Ranald said with an odd mixture of boast and relief. " 'Twas worryin' about gettin' him back on his horse that I was doin'. If he canna manage it hisself, then he will be rottin' here, 'cause we surely canna lift him, even wi' the both o' us tryin'."

"Och, now, I dinna see a problem in that. I remember lightin' a fire near his big feet once when he was a young'un. Amazin' how a men as big as the MacGregor will move real quicklike when-"

Lachlan growled low, remembering that time well enough himself. Gilleonan chuckled again. Ranald clicked his tongue and said in all seriousness, "I wouldna be tryin' that, cousin. A fire would alert thoseSassenach tae where we are, if they be foolish enough tae still be lookin' for us."

'True, and a fire wouldna be necessary if our laird had waited till we got ourselves home tae be fallin' off his blasted horse. But seein's how he didna wait, and here he lies, have ye got any other ideas?"

"I have one," Lachlan said testily. "I break both your necks, then we'll all three be rotting here."

The two kinsmen knew Lachlan was sensitive about his size, all six foot seven inches of it. Their deliberate goading was their way of trying to get him mad enough to get up on his own-but hopefully not mad enough to kill them.

It was not clear just how mad he was at the moment, all things considered, and so Ranald said, "If it's all the same tae ye, Lachlan, I'd as soon no' rot so near the Sassenach border. Up in the Highlands, now, I wouldna mind so much, but down here in the Lowlands, nay, I dinna like yer idea a'tall."

"Then a both of you shut up and let me rest a few moments, and I might oblige you by getting back on my horse under my own steam. Or what's left of it."

He got total silence to that suggestion. They were allowing him the rest he'd requested, he supposed. The trouble was, he didn't think he'd have any steam left for any effort on his part, rest or no rest. He was growing weaker by the moment, could actually feel his strength draining away with his blood. Blasted wound. If he hadn't felt the sting of the bullet going in, he couldn't say for sure that it was somewhere in the general area of his chest. His torso had gone numb long before he'd toppled from his horse, and the hard landing had added other aches to his body. Another problem with his size. When he fell, he fell hard.

"I'll wager his mind was a'driftin' again, and that's what got him shot," Gilleonan started in again when Lachlan still hadn't moved an inch after several minutes. "That's all he's been doin' for more'n a year now, moonin' over that bonny redhead the Sassenach stole from him."

Lachlan knew very well that his kinsman was trying to provoke him to anger again, just so he'd get off his duff and stop worrying them. And damned if it didnt work, because Gilleonan's remark was all too true.

When he'd been shot, he had been distracted in thinking about the bonny Megan with her flaming red hair and big midnight blue but he more lovely lass he'd never come across. But e thought about her every time they raided near the English border, because that was where he'd met her-and lost her. 'Course, he thought about her too much at other times too, but that was his problem and best left to him, not discussed in general, no matter what the purpose.

"I stole her from the Englishmon," Lachlan mumbled. "He merely retrieved her. There is a difference."

"Retrieved her and beat the tar out o' ye-"

That reminder deserved a good clout, and Lachlan's punch, even lacking strength, still knocked Gilleonan out of his crouch. Gilleonan grunted in surprise as he landed on his backside, even though he'd been expecting and hoping for just such a reaction from his laird.

Ranald, on the other hand, laughed. "Verra good, Lachlan. Now if ye'll just put that same energy into gettin' yer big self onto yer wee horse, we'll get ye home so Nessa can see tae that wound."

Lachlan groaned. Gilleonan, having that same thought, snapped at Ranald, "Are ye daft, men? I'd be runnin' in the opposite direction if I had Nessa fussin' o'er me tae look forward tae. She bullies ye tae wellness, she does-after she cries all over ye first. Och, 'tis a sickenin' sight, tae be sure."

Ranald lifted his brow. "Ye think she'd bully the laird?"

Love Me Forever. Copyright © by Johanna Lindsey. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2002

    Way better than the prequel, Man of My Dreams.

    I enjoyed this book a lot more than the prequel, MAN OF MY DREAMS. Although this one is a bit on the light side compared to my other book readings, I enjoyed it nevertheless. The thing is, LOVE ME FOREVER has the usual plot of an impoverished hero seeking for a rich heiress to marry in order to save his clan... Since I've read many books with this familiar format, I didn't have that new excitement feelings while reading this book. In my opinion, Love Me Forever needs a bit more of wickedness to add sauciness to the overall story, a little bit of hard twist to add excitement and a little bit more of misunderstanding to add complexity to the relationship. However, Johanna Lindsey made it up by adding a touch of spunk & uniqueness on her well defined and utterly lovable characters. Lachlan and Kimberly are now in one of few favorite hero/heroine list of all times. They both have flaws physically which was a welcome change for me. They're both too tall for others yet perfectly fit for each other. I was also getting tired of dark, stuffy, brooding and overbearing heroes. Our Lachlan here is playful, a tease, charming and loving. He's a happy go lucky kindda guy. Mind u, he is all MANLY with a touch of arrogance but his boyish character is what drawned me more to him. There's also no denial for him, he knows what he wants and goes for it. He realized in the end that he was in love with Kimberly and accepted it so. He is direct yet perhaps a bit dense... MEN, what can I say? LOL. Now, our heroine, Kimberly is just as refreshing as Lachlan. She was not describe as overly beautiful nor was she attractively sought after like most heroine in other books. In fact, She was considered unnoticeable. She does have her own beauty though which people notices only after a time. Kindda like, Her beauty grows in you. She's quite & shy from time to time which I find fetching. She can be confident one minute then insecure next. She's more realistic, just like u and me. That's what made me like her all the more. Together, they made up for each other's weaknesses. He is handsome, she is regular. He is funny, she is serious. When one is too trustful, the other is wary. I say, they are truly for each other! As for their relationship, well...their love developed slowly yet surely. I liked that idea very much. This isn't a love at first sight thing, at least not for Lachlan, for he only have eyes for Megan. Ugh. Now, this is an added flutter to the plot. Since I've read MAN ON MY DREAMS, it was also good to see Megan and Devlin again. To read updates about the rest of the characters in MOMD was definitely a smiler. However, If u read my review on MOMD, the prequel for this book, you will see that I particularly didn't favor Megan and Devlin there... They're ok but not for me to liked them as I feel for Lachlan and Kimberly here in LMF. Especially after reading that harsh and low incident with Devlin and Lachlan (read to know what i mean), it was just so easy for me to dislike Devlin... UGH! Oh well, in the end, Ms. Lindsey did once again made up for that and made Devlin likable again. But I still like Lachlan best! Despite its light-sided plot, Overall, this book is filled with humor and heart warming scenes you wouldn't want to miss.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    an all-time favorite

    I have this in ebook and hardcover both, I like it so much. It is one of the few novels I will never archive, so I can read it at any time. I give lots of 4* reviews but few 5* reviews. Maybe it just touched something deep in me, or I read it at just the right time, or something. Follows another book about Megan and her Duke in disguise, that I can't remember the name of, off the top of my head. But you don't need to read the other one first.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

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    I READ THIS BOOK YEARS AGO AND JOHANNA LINDSEY HAS NEVER DISAPOINTED AND SHE DOESN'T KNOW THE IS A VERY GOOD READ IT MADE ME LAUGH IT MADE ME CRY I RECOMEND THIS BOOK

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2011

    One of her best work

    I love this book

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2000

    Lindsey Kicks A**

    This is by far one of the best books I've ever read (although I LOVE all of the books I've read by her!!!) And I'd like to thank my great friend for introducing her to me by forcing me to read Prisioner of My Desires. Thank You!!! The Headline says it all!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2011

    I really liked it!!!

    I just love the way Johanna Linsey writes. I was glad that she wrote a story about Lachlan I liked him in the first one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2014

    Shaun

    Smiles

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Lisa

    Mmmmmmmm oh yes baby

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  • Posted August 21, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    One of my all time favorites by Johanna Lindsey! Humor, Romance,

    One of my all time favorites by Johanna Lindsey! Humor, Romance, realistic characters, everything you can ever want in a book. Lachlan is charming and I fell in love with him from the very start. highly recommend! Great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Jade to all

    Hey im talkin to bw right now. Ppl the one on this book is an imposter

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Great book

    Amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Highlight to bw

    I love u ur the best friend i ever had

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Christina

    Im gonna miss you!! /:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    Johnna to bw &hearts

    You were my first friend on the nook. We lost contact cuz i got locked out. I found u again about a week ago. And now im losing u again. I hope that u will remember me when you read this! Just remember: i love u like a sister!! &hearts ill miss you!!! Luv ya!!!!! Johnna :'''''''''''-(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    Jacob

    Bye bw............

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    Ree to my m&m

    Gurl...I'll miss u!!! Ur the best! Ur my sister(: always there to make me laugh n cheer me up inany way..we've had our ups n downs but I never stopped loving u sista...I could tell u anything n ull listen...no matter what those haters say..they not worth it..like I say: let bi<_>tches be bi<_>tches. While ppl move up in the world wound great things others will be left behind hatin all day(: stay strong gurly I'll miss u ull always be my m&m n will always have a place in my heart(: ~Love Ree ur m&m

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Ashleey to Britany n Bw

    I second that. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Lovely

    This is a great book. Should be read by many.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Highly recommend

    Johanna Lindsey is a terrific writer. Wonderful story

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