Release Date: July 28, 2016
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.
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.