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Whitney, My Love chapter 1 Whitney, My Love, meaning Whitney, My Love, genre Whitney, My Love, book cover Whitney, My Love, flies Whitney, My Love, Whitney, My Love e4dacae931b96 Fresh From Her Triumphs In Paris Society, Whitney Stone Returns To England Determined To Win The Heart Of Her Childhood Love However, In Order To Save Himself From Ruin, Her Father Has Come To An Arrangement With The Arrogant Duke Of Clay, And Whitney Is The PriceThis Text Refers To An Out Of Print Or Unavailable Edition Of This Title

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  1. says:

    This review contains spoilers Reading Whitney, My Love took me on such a roller coaster ride of emotions that I ve been struggling with exactly how to review it and how to rate it When I was upset and sobbing I wanted to give it a 1 star rating When I was laughing, smiling and sighing, I wanted to give it a 5 star rating Then it dawned on me for Judith McNaught to be able to make me feel such a wide range of emotions joy, despair, passion, pain, betrayal, hatred and love and feel them deeply enough to bring me to tears than just a couple of times, she must truly be an amazing author When writing Whitney s role in the story, Ms McNaught gave us such a well defined, deeply complex character, that I was able to understand and forgive all of her perceived shortcomings Having been raised without a mother s affection and gentle nurturing to guide her, her upbringing was overseen by a father who had taken little interest in her, leaving her to her own devices only to chastise and criticize her when she disappointed him I loved the young girl, and her adventurous nature her unabashed love for Paul Sevarin and her sneaky little tricks to draw his attention No stunt was too outlandish as long as he noticed her My heart ached for her upon learning that her father was sending her to France to live with an aunt and uncle because he was simply at his wits end with her Whitney didn t know it at the time, but that was the best thing that could have happened to her Her aunt and uncle both adored her and for the last few years of her childhood gave her a taste of what a real, loving family felt like She grew up to become an accomplished young woman beautiful, sophisticated and confident When her father finally and most unexpectedly sends for her to return home to England, she is thrilled She would miss her aunt and uncle desperately, but she wanted to hurry home and show her father that she had become a woman he could be proud of and of course to show Paul Sevarin the same thing and to once again begin her pursuit of him with increased fervor What she doesn t know, and doesn t find out for awhile, is that her father has betrothed her to another man.Whitney returns home and immediately begins going out into Society where she meets one Clayton Westmorland who just happens to live but a few miles away from her He is a handsome but annoying man who is pursuing her with the same fervor in which she is pursuing Paul In the beginning she is extremely irritated by him but eventually comes to see him as a friend, but because he learns that Paul is about to ask for her hand in marriage, it becomes necessary to tell her the truth that she was, in Whitney s words, sold to Clayton, a man she could barely tolerate to pay off her father s debts It had been Clayton s plan to keep their betrothal a secret even from her because he wanted to woo her, to make her come to care for him on her own without having to force her into the marriage But the truth had to come out, she learned that Clayton Westland was actually Clayton Westland, Duke of Clay and from that point on, everything went to hell in the proverbial hand basket.Sadly, there was very little, if any, background to Clayton s character and the story suffered because of it He first appears at a masquerade ball wearing a mask where he approaches Whitney, flirts outrageously with her and decides he must have her Time passes, but he goes about finding out everything he can about her and learns of her father s dire financial situation Clayton approaches the father and a betrothal contract is drawn up for a tidy 100,000 but again, he wants to keep this a secret so that his independent, free spirited fianc won t get her panties in a bunch Sorry, Clay you must have known there was no way to prevent that I have to give him credit, though he really did try hard to earn her affection He watched her throw herself at Paul, behave outlandishly, defy his wishes and still tried to make her care for him He put up with a lot from her, and he did it understanding that she had just had her entire life turned upside down All the hopes and dreams she had had as a young girl were erased by his and her father s signatures on a contract He really was being very patient and understanding For awhile This is where I begin having trouble with the story in general and not because of a plot deficiency of any sort The problem for me is that Ms McNaught failed to explain to me why Clayton suddenly turned into such an ass Granted, there were some misunderstandings that took place, but instead of asking Whitney about them, he lashed out and I could find no excuse for these behaviors I ll try to explain what I mean He was raised in a clearly loving home by parents who cared deeply for their children and each other He was wealthy and never had to go without food, clothing or shelter He was respected not merely because he was a Duke but because he deserved it So why was he so distrustful and so easily angered We can t say it was because he was spoiled and used to getting whatever he wanted, because while yes, he did live a life of means and leisure, he also handled the maintenance of his estates, took care of his tenants, invested his own monies he worked hard not at all like the self absorbed titled noblemen we read so much about Even after they finally married, he wasn t able to trust her it makes no sense to me maybe I m dense but I like to have it all laid out in black and white Eventually I did forgive him for the way he had treated her forcing himself on her because he assumed other men had already known her which was no excuse accusing her of having cheated on him because of a vague letter he found and rather than confronting her about it, he treats her like a common whore, saying humiliating things to her Thankfully, after he calms down he realizes that there was no way she could possibly have done what he was accusing her of but by then it was too late I was deeply moved by the scene where he had finally found out where Whitney had been staying after she left him, went to her, humbled himself before her by bathing her and drying her and attending her as a servant would however, I didn t finish the book with a feeling of absolute conviction that he could remain a changed man The reason being that Ms McNaught failed to convince me that his horrid actions were born of a troubled past or any other reason than he was just an ass I suppose I can imagine that he changed because he realized how important she was to him and if he wanted to keep her he would have to change, but as a reader I need than that I needed to be able to empathize with him but that just wasn t there and it is for this reason and this reason only that I was firmly convinced that Whitney, My Love was deserving of a 3.5 star rating from me rather than the 4 it would have gotten had Clayton s character been as fully developed as Whitney s had been But it was the last chapter of the book that convinced me to give this 4.5 stars.My absolute favorite parts of the story occur in chapter 42 when we are unexpectedly swept back in time to revisit Royce and Jennifer Westland from A Kingdom of Dreams After their wedding, when they return home, Clayton presents his new bride, Whitney, to his family, staff and friends, he leans down and tells her that what he is about to do is a family tradition and he then repeats the very words spoken by Royce when he presented his abducted bride, Jennifer, to his own family, friends and staff Behold your new mistress, my wife And know that when she bids you, I have bidden you what service you render her, you are rendering me what loyalty you give or withhold from her, you give or withhold from me And then once again, when Whitney is lying in after giving birth to Noel, we see another family tradition which Alicia, the dowager duchess called the loveliest of all the traditions in the family being carried out when Clayton and Alicia show her a treasure chest which contains the writings beginning with Jennifer Westland, and continued down through 7 generations of the Duchesses recounting the tale of how each had met her husband The Duke s contribution through each successive generation was a likeness of his new bride, one if his choosing which he feels most accurately represents her appearance As Whitney looked through the box, she chose what looked to be the oldest letter and began reading I am Jennifer Merrick Westland, Duchess of Clay, wife of Royce Westland and mother of William, born to us on the third day of January I send you my loving greetings Whitney went on to read Jennifer s telling of jousts and tournaments and battles fought by her husband The Black Wolf The things she wrote about were not the things that would interest men, instead she wrote in great detail the things that would be important to women She wrote of her outrage at being abducted by Royce from her family home then being forced to marry him She wrote of all the things she thought the future Duchesses of Clay would want to hear, but most importantly and what shone brightest through it all, she wrote of her love for her husband Then we read She ended her letter with an explanation that she was putting a likeness of herself in the chest with her scroll so that her future daughter in laws might know her face When I told my lord husband of my need for a small likeness and my plan for this chest to pass down through the generations, he commissioned an artist and presented me with this miniature It is most flattering, she confided modestly My eyes are not so large, nor my features so fine, but my husband swears it is a perfect likeness It was also his thought that my name should be engraved upon the back of the frame so that if my hopes for this chest come about, then you will be able to find my face among the many likenesses of all the duchesses of Clay contained within this chest I pray that each of your husbands will do as mine has done I only wish that I could know your faces Later that evening, after Noel had fallen asleep, it was Whitney s turn and as the 9th Duchess of Clay, she begins writing her own story to add to the treasure chest and when she finished, it was time for Clayton to perform his part of the tradition by adding a likeness of his wife which he has inscribed on the back, Whitney my wife and my love Note I read Until You, Stephan Westland s book and really enjoyed the story and the part Clayton plays in it He seems to be a different man perhaps he was able to truly change and become the man Whitney deserved and the man he, himself, deserved to be.

  2. says:

    I was a bottomless romance pit as a teen, I read everything and loved it all Including books that now make me gag until I read this It mentally scarred me at 16 so much, that I didn t touch a historical romance again until I was 25.The entire book our hero s either acting from selfish ulterior motives, paranoid distrust that results in cruelty , or let s make this all about me guilt During the course of the book he beats her until she cries I forget whether it was a horse whip or a riding crop , rapes, threatens to cheat, and desserts his heroine not once but twice due to his own idiocy each time leaving his lady love to grovel to win him back The book ended with me disgusted about how he broke Whitney s spirit with all the emotional abuse and since none of his issues trusting her are ever resolved the HEA is unbelievable.

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    Just as good, if not better, the second time around LOVED IT.Five solid starsI must admit this was a wonderful read Had my eye on this one for a long time BUT it is not available on Kindle If that is the case I usually don t bother buying a book There have been 3 other books I did buy in paperback since I started my kindle obsession and in the end I gave in and got this one.I hadn t really read reviews so was expecting a nice, gentle, Historical romance My emotions were all over the place with this one There was so much misunderstanding There was anger, there was laughter, there were tears, there were break ups, get togethers, break ups It was fantastic Clayton Westland, one of my favourite ever heros Yes, even with THAT scene, I couldn t NOT like him Whitney, what a fun loving character she was She knew how to stand her ground And it didn t just end with a Happy Ever After, no we got a few years later also Loved the other characters in the book also, her aunt especially I will definitely be checking out by this author I have already ordered the first in this series should be here this week And when I visit the UK next month, will be scouring the Charity shops and Bookshops for by her Only problem with a paperback is that I was not able to highlight my favourite scenes Ah well I wish I could find the right words to tell you how much I loathe you and everything you represent I hated you from the first moment I met you I m very sorry to hear that He said softly Because I thought that you were the loveliest, most enchanting creature God ever created I m drawn to you like a moth to a flame Just as you are to me Love was a silly, romantic, notion that had no place in his life You beautiful, infuriating, wonderful little fool Don t cry darling Please don t cry any Where is your home she asked Wherever you are Oh my God, little one, Clayton whispered in his heart Pain, like love, is a thing to be shared Behold your new mistress, my wife And know that when she bids you, I have bidden you what service you render her, you are rendering me what loyalty you give or withhold from her, you give or withhold from me Clayton, she said softly, her voice threaded with tears, When Vanessa asked about my accomplishments tonight, I forgot to mention that I do have one And it s it s so splendid that it compensates for my lack of all the others Stephen and Clayton grinned at each other, neither of them hearing the emotion that clogged her voice What splendid accomplishments is that, little one Clayton asked.Her shoulders hunched forward and began to shake I made you love me, she whispered brokenly Somehow, some way, I actually made you love me If I ever think you are even considering leaving me again, no matter how good you reasons, I ll have you locked in your rooms and the doors barricaded, so help me God He lifted her foot and began to dry it.Her voice shaking, Whitney asked, Will you stay locked in there with me He raised her dainty foot to his jaw and tenderly laid his cheek against it, then turned his head and kissed it Yes, he whispered She was his body, heart and soul.

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    I don t even know what to say about this book Started out okay, I suppose I mean, Clayton, the hero, was always a bit of an asshat what with the forced marriage thing, but that being said, this is an historical romance, so that is sort of expected.Then there s the whole Clayton beating Whitney aspect, which, again historical romance, things like that sometimes happen It was in Outlander and in the first book of this series, but neither of those beatings were with a riding crop nor were they for such stupid reasons such as the one in Whitney, My Love Despite this, if the hero had been a likeable character, I would have been able to get past the beating But, he wasn t.THEN, there s the rape And, I m sorry if some people want to mince words and claim technicalities, but it was rape And it wasn t touching or romantic or heartwrenching in any way, it was disgusting and degrading Then, rah rah 100 pages rah rah, Whitney forgives Clayton Really Come on Okay, I thought, it s her fictional life Just try to move on, forget about it and keep reading And, I tried I really did.But then what happens There s another stupid Big Misunderstanding and after all his adament promises and flowery words, Clayton again goes off into a rage and punishes Whitney for something she didn t do So, she leaves him then, right I mean it s bad enough that he did this once, but again and after apparently learning from his mistakes No She lies down and takes like the spineless, whimpering female she is.And that s what really cinched it for me It s all right for characters to have flaws For a character to be at all engaging they are essential But making a character act because of their flaws again and again and have nothing change Well, that s just absolutely pointless The reason for writing stories is to send a message through the actions of characters, and if the characters learn nothing, then how can we

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    I m sorry but I just can t like this book I couldn t get past either the rape or the abuse scenes yes, it barely hurt her, but that is not the point and the fact that he continuously distrusted her and emotionally abused her IMO Even though, intellectually, I could understand why the heroine and readers would be able to redeem the hero and love him, emotionally, it left me disgusted Its one of those love it or hate it books and it just didn t do it for me I don t believe a rape victim could ever find anything to love about her rapists.

  6. says:

    4.5 I CAN T LOSE YOU STARSI ADORED THIS BOOK After reading this one I read all of JM books YES, for me it was that good This story starts off with an beautiful girl named Whitney who s father was cold and indifferent to her He sends her to Paris to get some manners and some refinement Which she does that and , as she attracts the attention of a Duke And not just any duke but the duke of Clay.A Duke that would love to keep her and cherish her She was a challenge to our hero so he goes behind her back and makes a deal with her father for her hand Meanwhile, she is going through hell with her conflicting emotions for the hero Clayton and her unexplored feelings for her childhood crush who is a complete jerk SHE IS COMPLETELY TORN The hero tries to make her see that they belong together She must see it They really do However, in his confusion about the heroine s past he makes a terrible mistake.One that DEVASTATES him Therefore, he must lets her go Will their love be enough to overcome this mistake READ THE BOOK AND FIND OUT I truly feel that this is an epic love story that will leave you breathless It will make you dream of masquerade balls and beautiful manners and hand holding with the promises of something Swoon This book was just well written and a total MUST READ for those who love historical.

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    Missing you she giggled incredulously I could cheerfully murder you It was while reading this novel, that I decided I needed an epic romance shelf I mean, why can fantasy be categorized as epic, and yet romance is just romance Whitney, My Love had about as many pages as a GOT novel, and every page was just so good.I read romance for the thrill of falling in love, the passion of jealousy, the excitement of being intimate for the first time, and sometimes for the heartbreak and the angst it brings with it This story captured every one of those, in a breath taking story in the regency era.God, it was just so amazing, and so engrossing This was McNaught s debut novel, turned down again and again by agents who thought it was too developed I know, right too sensual, and just plain too deep for women I think she is one of the leading authors who began this amazing movement in romance, with deeply sensual and compelling stories Now, that movement has just turned romance into three fourths sex and one fourth story, but at least I have many bodice rippers on my bookshelf from the eighties to last me through the apocalypse Cheating, she solemnly replied I do it when I cannot win It s hard to put into words how much I loved these characters, and how much I was completely engrossed in this story The banter, the chemistry, and sometimes the hatred Whitney and Clayton had it all.Whitney was loveable, fierce, quirky, but also young and naive She believes she s in love with Paul, the local gentleman seven years her senior She was only fifteen when her forward acts trying to win his love, gets her shipped to her aunt and uncle in France She grows up, becoming beautiful, and her witty banter makes her become the belle of the ball The Duke of Clay is a profligate rake Richer than God, and one of the most handsome sought after bachelors The thing I loved about this story, is there might have been extreme attraction from the hero s side, but the heroine doesn t even notice him for a while She didn t notice him, having not been able to see outside the circle of bachelors surrounding her It irked the duke, and when he decided he didn t want to court her like the other dandies, he does something shocking Finding out Whitney s father is destitute, about to be put into debtor s prison, Clayton makes him a deal Whitey s hand for 100K pounds, but he wants the chance to court her, without her knowing who he is And the deal is done The Duke of Clay becomes Clayton Westland.Small problem, though Whitney becomes to hate Clayton, still with designs to marry Paul Whitney, My Love was a rollercoaster of love, lust, jealousy, and possession, with a strong hero, and a witty passionate heroine Their problems can be frustrating, based on the issues of early relationships miscommunication, lack of trust, and just not knowing the other so well But that s just what makes the story so relatable heartbreaking, and then heart warming as they fall back together A beautiful story, with all the conflict, tension, and chemistry, to make this story one of my favorites of all time.

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    Edited 8 3 2016 Added link to review of book 2. Whitney My Love Westland Saga 02 By Judith McNaught Several days after finishing the 2nd book in the Westland series, I still had no idea what to say This book made me feel such a wide range of emotions that I truly didn t know what to make of it First I was charmed, then frustrated the next Chapter I was laughing a few pages later I was enraged After one too many plunges from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, I almost asked my doctor for mood stabilizers Because I m 99.9% sure he d say no, I turned to science instead Below, are the results of my scientific exploration of Whitney My Love, by Judith McNaught.What did I think of Whitney My Love, by Judith McNaught Whitney My Love, is a one star read because Clayton Westland, the Duke of Clay H , is a Grade A Asshole.To accurately determine if the H is, indeed, a Grade A Asshole, I read the following scenes to my husband view spoiler p.626 H gets his twat in a knot over a rumor that h is engaged to OMchokengtitik

    titikchokeng634 H believes a jealous rival s lie about h s lack of puritychokengtitik

    titikchokeng636 H drags h from a party, berates her, shames her, and rapes herchokengtitik

    titikchokeng653 H discovers h s virginity runs away like a pussychokengtitik

    titikchokeng689 H cancels their betrothal pays 10,000 in guilt money p.693 H forgets he s a rapist, smiles easily occasionally laughs p.735 H calls h a bitch asks OW to marry himchokengtitik

    titikchokeng800 H the RAPIST makes h the VICTIM beg for forgivenesschokengtitik

    titikchokeng924 H questions h s fidelity accuses her of having OM s babychokengtitik

    titikchokeng925 H makes preggo h s life a living hell because he s an Asshole hide spoiler

  9. says:

    5 STARS OUTSTANDING image error

  10. says:

    UGH The angst of it all No one writes historical romance with angst quite like JM.I read the recently edited version of those book, and I ll note there are some HUGE differences from the original And while I didn t mind the original, I think most would certainly enjoy the re written version of this a lot .I think this may have been my favorite Judith McNaught book to date.

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