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September 12, 2016

Loved It: Forevermore by Kristen Callihan

Series: Darkest London 7
Format: eGalley
Release Date: July 28, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Historical-Paranormal Romance

The final book in USA Today bestselling author Kristen Callihan's critically acclaimed Darkest London series!

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.




I know, I know, I'm late for the party considering this is the Darkest London's last hurrah. In my defense, I have a hard time saying goodbye to book series and characters that I've grown to love! Ember Firelight. Miranda and Archer's tale, debuted the series as this Beauty & the Beast-ish/Steampunk romance. It slowly evolved into this fantastical historical paranormal romance that had werewolves, vampires, angels, demons, clockwork mechs, and a host of other supernatural creatures joining the cast. This just made Darkest London addictive and each installment became one of my most anticipated book of the year. 

So there's a lot riding for me in FOREVERMORE. If this is the last time I'm visiting Darkest London, then it better be something epic with no stone unturned and not a story thread left unknotted waving in the wind whose conclusion will be left to my imagination. Suffice to say that Kristen Callihan more than delivered in this regard, not only did she end the series in the most clever way, I left the world knowing that these fictional characters that I've grown to love are enjoying their respective HEAs in the best way possible.

Sin and Layla's love story is every romance lover's cup of tea. Theirs is the friends-to-forbidden-love-to-lovers kind of tale. Sin was introduced a few books back so his backstory is pretty solid at this point, Layla is this installment's mystery chick. Half of her parentage was kept in mystery and when it was finally revealed... WTF! It's the most cruel, logical, a little convenient, yet nonetheles romantic backstory! Back to our lovers, their romantic development is filled with tension but never angsty. In this regard, FOREVERMORE is every bit the historical romance you expect complete with balls, arrogant suitos, and lots of delicious back and forth between Sin and Layla. 

Overall I'm beyond happy with FOREVERMORE. The curtain call is fantastic and I really find it so clever of KCallihan to have Miranda and Archer be the last act as they were the ones who introduced Darkest London to me and got me hooked on the series. Also, it's worth noting that even if you're not a Steampunk fan, or are thinking of delving into the genre, Darkest London is a great place to start. The series is more romance-fantasy, the steampunk element is very mild and is not consistent component of the series. So you won't be boggled with mech and gadget talk. 

In closing, thanks KCallihan for giving us seven wonder novels and two novellas. This world you created is one of the more unforgettable series I've ever had the pleasure of indulging in and I hope you'll write more tales in this genre. I'm sure I'm not the only one craving for more.











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21 comments:

  1. It's the final book in the series? Excellent. Now I can begin. :)

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  2. That does sound like a good one. I love reading series so you've given me another one to consider.

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  3. I was sad I wasnt't accepted for this one (it's always one yes and one no so in the end it's tricky to follow the series lol). I usually love her books so I'm glad it's another good one

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  4. I absolutely loved the first book I seriously have no idea why I didn't pick up the rest. So happy this was fabulous and just what you wanted.

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  5. Ok I need to get back to this series and its ending :( Thanks Braine! Great review!

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  6. I've wanted to try this series for a while. It may be a good time to start, now that it's finished.

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  7. I need to start this series! I think I even borrowed book one from the library a long while back but forgot about it and had to return :(

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  8. Ack! The series is over? I have long wanted to read these books, and I know I have the first couple on my Kindle. Sigh...

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  9. I so want to try these one day :)

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  10. I haven't read any of these, but I always like to hear that a series finishes well!

    -Lauren
    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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  11. I loved the series and was overall impressed with this exciting and twisty ending, but I wasn't as wowed as I wanted to be.

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  12. I'm pretty sure I have the first book on my TBR; if not, I need to add it! Glad that the series went out on a high note for you!

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  13. Come to mama!! (Though I do prefer them blond :))

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  14. I do miss this series, glad she gave it a wonderful ending :)

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  15. Well I have no excuse as I own book one and two...so glad this ended well. I need to begin!

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  16. Her covers are just so dang amazing. Good to hear the insides suit. Definitely need to give them a go :)

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  17. LOL I have a hard time saying goodbye to beloved series too, Braine. I still haven't read the last book in Soul Screamers. ;) I'm glad you were happy with this finale. <3

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  18. Glad it ended well for you. It sounds like it has a bit of everything!

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  19. Great review. I LOVED Firelight and Moonglow but I love interested after that. I just wasn't a fan of Poppy and Winston's story and was unable to rouse myself to carry on past that point. I will have to give this series another go though because I feel left out. I love that the author brought back Miranda and Archer in the end. They were amazing characters.

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  20. Saying goodbye to series you love is really hard indeed, but it's also satisfying if the series ends right. I am glad to hear the author ended this series in a good way and you enjoyed it. The romance really sounds good with the forbidden aspect and I usually enjoy a friends to lovers book as it's one of my favorite romance tropes. Great review!

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