Book Review

JUST THIS ONCE
by Jill Gregory

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: Victorian England and America

1997 HISTORICAL ROMANCE OF THE YEAR Nominee

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After stealing her outlaw husband's loot and running away from his abuse, Josephine Cooper finds herself in Abilene, Kansas, hoping to find a way to get to England and discover her long lost family. That's when ex-patriot Englishman Ethan Savage catches her trying to pick his pocket and decides to use her as a means of fulfilling his father's will.

According to the will's dictates, Ethan must wed. Not wanting to be forced into an unwanted marriage, Ethan plans one of his own, to a woman totally unsuitable, hoping to play a cruel joke on his father, even in death.

What neither Ethan nor Jo count on is falling in love, or the way Jo charms nearly everyone she meets as she tries her best to be the kind of lady worthy of Ethan and his love.

Just when it seems all will be well, Jo's past threatens to catch up with her, and she and Ethan will have to find a way to prove she's more than a "lady."

Leave it to an author of such talent as Jill Gregory to take a familiar plot and add such refreshing characters, witty dialogue and adventure as to create something utterly engaging. JUST THIS ONCE enthralls, delights, and captivates; winning readers' hearts along the way. SENSUAL (June, 360 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: Dell

Published: June 1997

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3 Stars

Average Rating: 3 Stars
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Just This Once

Submitted by Robin in PA on December 10, 2012 - 7:11pm.

Josie Cooper needs money to get out of town...quick. That is why she decided to pick the pocket of a gunslinger who just won a poker pot. But when Ethan Savage catches her, he gives her an ultimatum: Go to jail or travel to England as his wife for six months in order for him to get his inheritance. After that they will get an annulment and he will pay her handsomely. Josie jumped at the chance--even though she was already married--and running away from her outlaw husband who wants to kill her.

The first half of this historical romance moves very slow. I was ready to start skimming by the time Josie and Ethan arrived in England. The story did pick up at that point but I never really felt like Josie and Ethan were in love. It just felt flat to me. My rating: 3 Stars.