By Jacquelyn Frank Editions: audiobook, ebook, paperback Expected publication: May 28th 2013 by Ballantine Books Genre: Adult Paranormal / Romance Source: NetGalley
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’ plan or keep an entire species from the brink of extinction.
Bomy’s Flutter: entertaining
I loved Forbidden by Jacquelyn Frank and I was looking forward to reading Forever. I’m still sort of weirded out by the hosts/Bodywalkers concept especially in the couples frame of thinking, but I guess the more the merrier. This is a very original concept, and I think Jacquelyn Frank writes it beautifully. Instead of creeping me out (I’m not into the menage or moresome polyamour reading thing) it intrigues me and hooks me all the more. Because I keep thinking, okay, how is she ever going to make this work out? It just doesn’t seem easy when I think about it, and I’m super curious about all the stories in this spin-off series especially because of it.
The characters in this story are Jackson, the cop brother of Docia from Forbidden, and the smexy and sharp Marissa, psychologist in Jacks’s precinct. I really liked them both from Forbidden so I was way excited to read their story. Their Bodywalkers are no joke either, Menes and Hatshepsut are a big deal. Jackson was charismatic in Forbidden, and Menes had a very alpha-like vibe to him, so I expected to be all over the romance. Strangely, I wasn’t. Maybe I set the bar too high for poor Jacks, I dunno. But he didn’t come off as charismatic and charming as he did in Forbidden, and if anything I would have liked him even more irresistible in his own story. I didn’t respond to him at all, and I often do respond to his type.
Marissa was fun, vulnerable but strong, sort of over-analyzing things and being stubborn as much as she could. I liked her, she made me feel like there’d be a lot of conflict there. And yet I didn’t feel that conflict flicker or burn there. Maybe I have some inner issue with the ever-love Menes and Hatshepsut have going by default, I’m not sure. But something in this romance didn’t tickle me pink. I felt a lot more chemistry between Docia and Ram in Forbidden. Forever had a lot of potential but it didn’t hit my vibe, I guess.
Jacks and Marissa were a hot couple, but from a point onward it just felt too easy. She rolls with things too easily, he rolls with things too easily. A lot of that juicy conflict between host and Bodywalker was downplayed here, I felt. And you know me, I’m a sucker for tension and tortured characters, not forever-loves and stuff like that. Now keep in mind though, I’m a very, very evil reader. I like the bad guys, the villains, and enjoy main characters that are tortured close to their breaking point. I didn’t feel as much torture as I would have liked, so for me it wasn’t as fun as Forbidden. But if you’re into the whole forever-love and sweet sort of romance, you might enjoy this more then Forbidden.
My favorite character from this novel was Lina, Marissa’s sister.
The story was interesting, not overly agitated and eventful and I do enjoy that. But in this particular case, because the romance wasn’t as riveting as it could have been, I wasn’t as excited as I thought I’d be. I had fun, I was entertained, but I wasn’t giddy with excitement.
The writing was just as good as Forbidden showed, though I felt it was somehow edgier there. Here it felt sweeter, and I’m totally not the type to go for sweet. Scenes flew beautifully and feelings were framed very well, my response was based on my own preferences as far as characters and tone of romance go.
The presentation is of course yummy, hotstud reigning supreme on the cover, intriguing blurb. But I was already invested in reading this from reading Forbidden, that I very much so loved.
This was more of a 3.5 then a full 4, but I didn’t feel it a 3 so I went with my gut (as I always do,lol). Forbidden is clearly my favorite so far, but I’m going to read the next story in the series for sure and see how it pans out. After all, couples and love stories are different, so some are bound to not hit one’s personal tastes, right? It was a good read anyway.
So all in all, this was a nice addition to the series and I’m looking forward to the next one.