Thursday, June 23, 2016

Forevermore (Darkest London #7) by Kristen Callihan

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From Forever:

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 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 is about to learn the full extent of his powers. 

Source: advance e-galley received from the publisher

Forevermore is the seventh and final installment in the Darkest London series and will be bittersweet for anyone who has been following the series since the beginning. It's true even for someone like me who has only read a few of the books because no matter where in the series you pick up, it's one of the most fascinating and captivating series you'll come across. 

As with the previous books there are connections that run deep and some of them not always good. In Forevermore, young Layla is being raised by Augustus, the Judgement demon. She knows that he's not her father and the identity of her mother, while known to him, is a secret mainly to keep Layla safe. She grows into a remarkable young woman who attracts plenty of attention, and it this world, some of that attention is unfortunately otherworldly and dangerous. Enter St. James or Sin Evernight, a childhood friend who has gifts of his own. He and Layla have always had a connection and are destined to be in each other's lives. Destiny is a recurring theme throughout the story. As Layla comes into her own powers, it's up to Augustus and Sin to help keep her safe as she trains and prepares her for her future. 

Even though I've only read two of the books in this series (Firelight and Soulbound), I had no trouble immersing myself into this one. Callihan provides background on characters without it taking away from the pace of the story. If anything it only set my resolve to read the other books because all these characters are brilliant, especially the women! This was something that was obvious to me since Firelight - the women are dynamic, fierce and smart. They make the Darkest London world stunning.

Fans of this series will be sad to see this end. I love that Callihan brought back some previous characters, two of them very dear to me, as if bringing this back full circle. If you're new to this, you should start from the beginning - you won't be disappointed!

~ Bel 

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