Love Me Forever

Love Me Forever

by Johanna Lindsey

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ISBN-13: 9780061131134
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/29/2006
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

About 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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Love Me Forever 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Momof4IN More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best historical romances I have every read! I highly recommend getting the audio book, as the narrator has an excellent Scottish brogue. The dialogue was very well-written and hysterically funny in parts. You will love each and every character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't even put this book down. When I first picked it up, I was done in 5 hours, flat. Since then, I've re-read it many times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was one her best books i have ever read, i love the fact she uses scottish words in here since im irish and scottish myself it gave me a look into were my accent came from :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first Lindsey book I ever read (didn't realize it was in a sequal). I loved it. I read it within a day and started again that day. Total I think I have read it 10 or more times, so far. It is truly a well written book. Kimber and Lachlan are well developed characters...I actually named my dog after Lachlan I liked him so much
Guest More than 1 year ago
Funny and tender...characters are wonderful. I couldn't put it down! When I came to the end I wanted it to go on and on and on. Terrific!