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Forever by Jacquelyn Frank
Published by Ballantine Books on 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General, Paranormal
Reviewed by Jo
New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank returns with the sizzling second book in her sensual new series set in the World of the Nightwalkers—where alluring entities known as Bodywalkers face the ultimate threat. After being brought back from death, police officer Jackson Waverly receives the shock of his life: he has become host to a Bodywalker, a spirit that is reborn in flesh and blood, and part of a proud, ancient race that uses its extraordinary gifts to battle dark, evil forces. Jackson's spirit is a powerful one—none other than the Egyptian pharaoh Menes, who longs to reunite with his eternal love, the Egyptian queen Hatshepsut. While Menes is obsessed with finding the perfect vessel for his queen, Jackson cannot stop thinking about Dr. Marissa Anderson, the gorgeous precinct shrink who keeps pushing him to confront his grief over the loss of his K-9 partner. But what Marissa really arouses most in Jackson is intense desire, which is exactly what Menes is looking for. To fight a great enemy, pharaoh and queen must join; but to host Hatshepsut, Marissa will first have to die. Fate has given Jackson a profound choice: save Marissa from Menes's plan or keep an entire species from the brink of extinction.Includes a preview of
Jackson/Menes knows that it’s time to move on because the longer he stays with the force and around his friends, he is putting them in danger from the bodywalkers who would love nothing more than weaken or kill Menes’ host and put him back into the mist. Once again its danger that teams up Marissa and Jackson and places them on the run for safety. The Templars have discovered just where Jackson is and also that he isn’t fully merged with Menes. They have also found the perfect way to hurt Jackson personally by kidnapping his best friend and family by choice. Marissa suddenly learns just what happened to Jackson; while shocked, it doesn’t dampen the passion she has for him. If running for your life with the person you love isn’t enough, learning that your lover has very specific plans for you that could involve death and lasting love is the final hurtle that Marissa must face before she can have Jackson as she has always wanted him, if they can make it to safety in time. The question is can Jackson and Marissa find the love and the trust to fulfill Menes’ request and hopes?
A slow moving passion is thrust into full love while two lovers fight and run from the suspense and danger that now affects their lives. Forever takes Jackson and Marissa to the ultimate love if they can only survive the threats that have now focused on them. Jackson hates leaving the force and his new dog, but he knows his new life will bring the same feelings and sense of fulfillment. However, Jackson cannot and will not leave without one last chance to have Marissa at his side. Marissa isn’t sure how to merge her personal feelings for Jackson with her professional obligation to help him deal with the death of his last dog partner and becoming a team with his new dog partner. I loved how strong both Jackson and Marissa were throughout this entire book. Even while Marissa didn’t know the entire truth about Jackson’s sudden turnabout, she was trying to help him and love him. I thought that Jackson the officer merged well with Jackson/Menes when fighting to protect those he loved. The part where Marissa and Jackson finally addressed what Menes’ hopes were and what would have to be done to achieve them, showed me beyond any doubt that the love that Marissa and Jackson have might even be equal to that between Menes and his queen, Hatshepsut. Forever is a true test of love and trust while Marissa and Jackson fought for the right of survival and their forever after ending.