Author: Jacquelyn Frank

FORGED by Jacquelyn Frank

FORGED by Jacquelyn FrankForged by Jacquelyn Frank
Series: Nightwalkers #4
Published by Ballantine Books on 2014-04-29
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Jo

From New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank comes a seductive new paranormal romance set in the World of the Nightwalkers, as a battle-scarred bodyguard and a sensitive beauty risk their lives—and their hearts—in the face of evil.   When Katrina Haynes discovers a large man lying wounded in the snow, she fears he is at death’s door. But as Kat tends to his injuries, she quickly realizes that they’re the least of her worries. With an irresistible Scottish brogue and a strange ability to harden his chiseled body like a statue, the stranger awakens a desire she is unable to resist—and a fascination about the intriguing world he exists in.   As a proud Gargoyle, Ahnvil must safeguard the Nightwalker to whom he’s sworn fealty. But as this bewitching woman nurses him back to health, arousing an almost uncontrollable hunger within him, he is possessed with the fierce impulse to protect her as well. And he will have to shield her—for by coming to his rescue, Kat has placed herself in the middle of a supernatural war . . . and exposed herself to dark, powerful magic. As human and Gargoyle forge an unbreakable bond, Kat will discover that despite his intimidating strength and size, one thing Ahnvil does not possess is a heart of stone.

Ahnvil is a gargoyle who was made by one of the Templars, Kamen, and his entire purpose was to do the dirty work for them.  For years and years, Ahnvil plotted on how to get away and then one day finally succeeded.  Ahnvil finally arrived and has lived and helped the Politics for many years now.  But recently his worst hated person has come to live in the same house – Kamen.  In a moment of frustration, Ahnvil found himself once again captured and tortured by a Templar.  This time Ahnvil was going to do more than escape again – he was going to take information with him. When the time came to escape, Ahnvil was able to grab a necklace that seemed to be the answer to many questions if they could figure out what its powers are.

 

Katrina Haynes couldn’t believe her eyes when she came across a seriously injured man on her property.  Kat dragged him into her home and was determined to help him survive his injuries.  But as the days go by and he finally wakes up, Kat soon realizes that he is much more than a sexy injured man.  Okay a sexy Scottish man if his voice is anything to go by and one that Kat would love a chance to learn more about.  When Kat finds a beautiful necklace in Ahnvil’s things, she can’t resist just trying it on, but what should have been a quick thing becomes a life changing event when suddenly she is doing things that have never happened before but it seems that the necklace really likes her and is determined to stay.

 

Ahnvil needs help to find out what the necklace is doing to Kat and at the same time they both are trying to come to terms with the passion that has sprung up between them.  Kat knows she has entered a new world once she arrives at the Politics house and is suddenly surrounded by many entities that she never believed existed alongside humans.  While both Ahnvil and Kat try to find the answers about the powers of the necklace, it seems like there is a push / pull thing going on between them and their personal lives.  When the danger threatens Kat, Ahnvil will risk everything he has to save her, even working with Kamen, but it seems like there is something very “other” in Kat’s background and that might be the ultimate force that will save the day.  Once everyone is safe, can Kat and Ahnvil finally bridge the distance between them to fulfill the chance for love that is right within their grasp.

 

Evil and danger stalk two people on the path to love in Forged.  Kat and Ahnvil seemed to have so much against their coming together and only one thing in favor of it – love.  I could understand just how hard it was for Ahnvil to come to grips that the man he hated beyond all reason was now supposedly an ally.  I found that the paths that both Ahnvil and Kat had to walk were difficult ones, but I think that Kat’s was the hardest one, and yet it seemed to me that with Ahnvil by her side nothing would keep her down.  I was very surprised by the hidden history that showed up in Kat and I cheered for it because it meant that the love between Ahnvil and Kat would have a chance if they could just get on the same page.   The thing I really loved besides Kat and Ahnvil is that the glimmer of worlds coming together was started as part of Kat and Ahnvil’s journey.  I can’t wait to see what the next books bring.  Forged is a gripping book filled with suspense, mystery and best of all – red hot passion.  Just settle down in a comfy seat and have a cold drink when you start because you might not want to get up anytime soon.

FORSAKEN by Jacquelyn Frank

FORSAKEN by Jacquelyn FrankForsaken by Jacquelyn Frank
Series: The Nightwalkers #3
Published by Ballantine Books on 2014-01-07
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Jo

New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank continues her scorching and sensual new series set in the world of the Nightwalkers, where alluring entities known as Bodywalkers are the vanguards against the raging forces of darkness.   As a mercenary, Leo Alvarez has signed on for a lot—but he never signed on for his best friend becoming host to the soul of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. Jackson is now inhabited by a Bodywalker, and Leo is forced to grapple with a realm of supernatural beings far more dangerous than anything he’s ever encountered.   But when Jackson is wounded by an attack from a demon god, Leo must team up with another supernatural creature—a Night Angel—to save his friend from utter destruction. With skin as black as midnight, hair as white as snow, and a body of pure perfection, the Night Angel arouses a burning desire in Leo, even as he refuses to be intimidated by her power—or the power of those who would destroy his friend. An unusual alliance is forged, electrified by sexual temptation, and together the two must unite their strengths to bring down a supreme evil.Praise for Forsaken   “If you loved the original Nightwalker books, you’ll enjoy this.”—USA Today   “There’s sizzle, steam and enough action to satisfy even the most ravenous appetite.”—RT Book Reviews   “As always, Frank excels in highlighting the lovers’ delight in exploring the strangeness of each other’s bodies, and the heartbreaking tentativeness between Faith and Leo is a delightful break from the grand passions of the Egyptians.”—Publishers Weekly   “There’s something to be said when you finish a book and immediately want the next book in the series. [The World of Nightwalkers] is just that kind of series.”—Badass Book Reviews   “Only Jacquelyn Frank could take legendary Egyptians, intermix them with evil Templars, add gargoyles and weave it all into an incredible new world that exists right in the middle of unknowing humans.”—Fresh FictionFrom the Paperback edition.

Leo Alvarez is a mercenary who as seen a lot but right now he is struggling with the hardest thing he’s faced – the fact that there are many things in the world that hide in plain sight.  The only reason that Leo knows and is even trying to work out this knowledge is because it’s the world his self-proclaimed family lives in.  With his best friend and heart brother barely living after a serious attack, Leo agrees to team up with a member of the Nightwalker’s world – a Night Angel named Faith.

Faith agreed to work with Leo to find and get what Jackson needs to live, which might be the easiest part of the mission.  Putting up with Leo’s anger and disbelief against her entire world is going to take all the patience that Faith has ever had.  However, Faith understands that it’s his deep love for Jackson and his sister that is the foundation of that anger and attitude.

Leo and Faith take off to request aid from an entity that could just as well ignore them as agree to help them.  Leo and Faith take on the task that is the price for the help they desperately need and during this Leo begins to understand just who and what the Nightwalkers are and others who exist in that world.  What neither Leo nor Faith expected was for a passion to spring up between them and the pain that passion would cause them before their mission was over with.  Leo and Faith return to the Nightwalkers’ house after successfully gaining the assistance they sought for Jackson.  Several hearts and loves are on the line as everyone waits to see if Jackson can recover – including Leo and Faith’s.  Is the trust that Leo and Faith gained enough to bridge their differences and let their love last?

A mercenary and a Night Angel battle to save the life of a man and discover a rich and enduring love before it’s over.  Forsaken brings Leo and Faith together in an atmosphere full of anger, mistrust and disbelief only to show them a deep passion that is theirs for the taking if they can reach out together.  I really couldn’t take fault at Leo for his anger and mistrust of everyone that has threatened the life of his tiny family.  Yet, I was extremely happy to see that Faith was able to show Leo that different didn’t mean horrible and evil.  Watching as Leo and Faith save Jackson’s life while struggling with the passion between them had me wondering if a living ending was in the cards for them.  When the mission was over, I was positive that Leo and Faith were too because of the gulf between them, yet once again I found that love is the best bridge possible.  Forsaken brings suspense, danger and mistrust up against friendship, deep felt trust and love – care to guess which side won the battle between two strong people?

FOREVER by Jacquelyn Frank

FOREVER by Jacquelyn FrankForever by Jacquelyn Frank
Published by Ballantine Books on 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General, Paranormal
Source: Publisher

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.

 

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