Forevermore by Kristen Callihan (Darkest London #7)

Forevermore by Kristen CallihanAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Historical Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Forever

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

Miss Layla Starling, the young, beautiful, and extremely wealthy heiress, is the talk of London. Until now, she’s managed to evade the marriage noose. Despite the fact that she is unfortunately American, she’s received a staggering number of offers. And turned down every one.

St. John Evernight does not want to admit the relief he feels every time he hears that she has rejected one of her suitors. Which is unfair of him. Layla deserves to be happy. But he cannot offer her happiness. He will never be normal, never be anything but a freak in her world. So St. John resolves to keep his distance, until he is recruited by the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals to guard Layla. For she is in grave danger, and he is about to learn the full extent of his powers.

I have loved this series from the beginning, a historical paranormal romance – I was hooked. This is the last book of the series and it definitely lived up to all the others. I enjoyed reading Sin’s story and was happy to revisit many of the characters from the previous books. I will miss this world.

We have met Sin Evernight in previous stories; he is the brother of several featured characters. His sisters practically disowned him when they believed he was doing some very unscrupulous things, although they did not realize the truth behind his motives. He is now a powerful being and is asked by his mentor, Augustus to watch over a young woman who is beginning a new phase in her life. Sin has known Layla since he was a boy and they shared a deep bond until Augustus took her away.

Layla Starling is going through some scary changes in her life and is surprised that Augustus has asked Sin to watch over her, she has not seen him in several years and was heartbroken when she left him. Her feelings have not changed, but he has and now she has her work cut out for her trying to get him to acknowledge how he feels. But with her changing powers and the dangers that are following her, they must work together to stop the villain that wants something from her.

This is a fabulous ending to a wonderful series, an enjoyable to read from beginning to end.

Sin is at odds with his past, he knows the path he has taken has broken the ties from his family, but it was something he could not prevent at the time. He also knows he should not be a part of Layla’s life but because of Augustus’ request he is around her and realizes what he has missed without her.

Layla has loved him for years and knows there is good in him. She continually tells him this and also shows it by coming to his room just to be near him. She does not give up on him and breaks him down little by little. I love their relationship, it is forged on a friendship that has lasted for years and grows into an unbreakable bond of love.

The fact that the author is wrapping this series up and there is so much going on, the romance between Sin and Layla suffers a little, plus there are several sub plots that take some of their page time, such as Augustus and Lena, who are reunited after many years and several secrets and Archer who is hiding his own secret that is nicely remedied by the end of the story.

The pace of the story works well; there is action from beginning to end along with intriguing storylines and of course romance. This is the seventh book in the series with each story building on the other; many of the characters are family members so it might be hard to start the series with this one, especially since the author is wrapping up several plots. However I recommend the entire series highly, it has been one of my favorites.

I give Forevermore by Kristen Callihan 4 stars!

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EXCERPT

One might think being an immortal was a blessing, never grow old, never grow sick, never die. At one time in St. John Evernight’s life, he considered it a blessing too. He would be around long after the simple humans who surrounded him were nothing but dust. They could stare all they liked at his “strange” hair and frosty green eyes. They could gossip and speculate about him until they lost their voices. It didn’t matter. He was untouchable, and they were but fragile sacks of blood and bone.

How naive he’d been. Because living forever merely meant a lack of escape from the desolation of regret and loneliness. He knew now that he could walk down Jermyn Street endlessly, see the sands of time shift and rearrange before him, and never be a part of life.

“Brooding, Mr. Evernight?”

Sin almost jumped at the sudden sound of Augustus’s voice by his side. Damn, the blasted man loved to startle him. He gave Augustus a passing glance. Dressed in conservative brown tweed and a bowler hat, the angel appeared every inch the English gentlemen, save for his dark coloring that marked him to be from Southern climes.

“It’s really quite the trick, popping up like a soap bubble whenever you choose, Augustus. You must teach me how one day.”

The man’s mouth twitched. “With your luck, you’d pop up in the middle of a parliamentary session.”

Yes, Sin had abominable luck. Or perhaps it was more a matter of making abominable choices.

“You’re brooding again,” Augustus remarked.

“I’m not brooding. This is simply my face.”

Augustus snorted but remained silent as they walked along, past Trafalgar Square and down Whitehall.

“Care to tell me why you called me here?” Sin asked, when they came upon the grounds of Westminster. For the past year, Sin had been in Rome, soaking in the warmer temperatures, drinking espresso in cafes along the Piazza della Rotunda, under the shade of the ancient Pantheon. He’d eaten simple but delicious food, and listened to the rapid fire of Italian, and felt…well, not peace, but a measure of contentment.

Until Augustus had sent for him. Returning to England sat like a stone in his gut. But he would obey. Augustus was his mentor, and the man who’d given him salvation. The price was a lifetime of servitude. To be fair, his role was for justice, not evil, which was a nice change of pace.

A massive dray rattled past, kicking up dust and sending a fug of stale manure into the air. They hurried past the cloud and headed for Westminster Abbey. Sin hadn’t planned on visiting today, but here they were all the same. He wondered if Augustus somehow had led him to their usual meeting place or if Sin had merely headed that way because of the man’s sudden arrival.

He’d like to think the latter. It did not sit well with him having another control his actions. Not since a certain evil fae had kept Sin as a blood slave for years. Even now, the memory made his stomach turn.

Not a soul acknowledged them as they walked through the abbey and into the cloisters. Here, a rare bit of sunlight peeked through the constant cloud cover and cast lacy shadows along the walkway. The sound of their boot heels clacked out a steady rhythm as they strolled along.

“Layla returns to London tonight.”

At the mention of her name, Sin’s heart stilled within his breast. He’d tried his best to ward off all finer feelings, to remain numb, detached from life. And yet he could not, for the life of him, remain immune to Layla Starling. His childhood friend. The one woman who could take his breath, his reason, simply by laying eyes upon her.

Stuffing his shaking hands into his trouser pockets, Sin forced himself to keep an even tone. “So then I am to begin watching over her?”

God, but he did not want to. It would be agony, staying so close to her and never being allowed to show his true feelings. And yet a thrum of anticipation went through him at the mere prospect of seeing Layla once more.

“Are you ready?” Augustus asked, though his expression told Sin he fully expected an affirmative answer.

So Sin told him the only truth left to him. “I will not fail her.”

 

Kristen Callihan (1)AUTHOR INFORMATION

USA Today bestselling author Kristen Callihan is a writer because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewers’ Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book, Firelight, received RT Book Reviews’ Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

 

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