FOREVER by Jacquelyn Frank
Forever by Jacquelyn Frank
The World of Nightwalkers, Book 2
Reviewed by Jo
An unbelievable night changed Officer Jackson Waverly’s life in a big way. First, he died in a huge battle while trying to protect his younger sister and then he came back again, but this time he isn’t alone. Jackson came back as a host to the leader of the Politic Bodywalkers, the Egyptian pharaoh Menes. Jackson is willing to keep his obligation to Menes, but he also just can’t quite walk away from the woman he has silently loved for a while now. Menes, understanding this type of love, has slowed down the process so he can also learn about the woman how holds Jackson’s attention and desire.
Dr. Marissa Anderson was hired by the precinct to be the psychiatrist and to try and keep the boys and girls in blue on an even level and to help them work out the stresses and actions that could end their careers many years too early. Marissa has worked hard to be accepted as a person who can help her colleagues, but this has also given her a reputation of being cold. Marissa only wishes that were the case because there is one officer who inspires passion in her and that same officer is one that Marissa is sure needs her professional help too. Tied up and conflicted between her personal feelings and her professional obligations, Marissa has stayed away from Jackson lately but has constantly and secretly watched his every move.
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.