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Release Date: June 28th, 2016
Synopsis: 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 that she is unfortunately an 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’s rejected one of her suitors. Which is unfair of him. Layla deserves to be happy. But he can not 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’s about to learn the full extent of his powers.
I can’t believe after four years my favorite historical romance/urban fantasy series has come to an end. I’ve been a devoted fan of Kristen Callihan since her first book, Firelight, was published, and subsequent books proved that she could be relied on for incredible storytelling. I became completely attached to the characters in this magical world she created, so you’ll have to forgive me. It’s difficult to let go. As I started reading Forevermore, it was with mixed emotions. I was anxious as to how everything was going to come to an end.
Yet at the same time I was looking forward to another enthralling read, and as usual the author did not disappoint. I’ve been looking forward to Sin’s story for a while now and I think Callihan made a wise choice ending things with him. He’s such a sympathetic character that you can’t help but become emotionally attached. He’s a tragic sort of hero, in as much as all the heroes in the Darkest London series are, but I think out of all of them Sin is now my favorite. The author always does a wonderful job matching up her romantic couples, so it’s not a great surprise that Layla is the perfect match for sin. She’s sweet, fierce and loyal to a fault, and does whatever it takes to protect her loved ones. The romantic scenes between her and Sin literally sizzle off the pages. And well before the exciting conclusion, all of the characters from the previous books come back to assist in this final battle against evil. There are a couple of subplots involving Augustus, Layla’s guardian, and Archer, whose story kicked off the series. With these and all of the previous players returning, their intertwined pasts and Augustus’s hidden role in their lives are completely revealed. The only isue I have is that I think the final battle is a bit rushed. But honestly, with everything else going on this is a minor flaw.
If you’re a fan of the Darkest London series and are anxious about how it all ends, you have nothing to worry about. It’s a spectacular finale to this wonderful series. And if you haven’t tried these books and you love steamy historical romances mixed with urban fantasy and the paranormal, I beg you to try these. I promise you won’t be sorry! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must go find some Kleenex.