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From "A Knight in Shining Armor" to "The Mulberry Tree, " Jude Deveraux's bestsellers sparkle with stunning originality, heartfelt wit, and adventurous passion. Now, this superb storyteller mixes the flavor of a classic fairy tale with a very modern love story -- set in a town locked in the shadows of an abiding evil -- in this imaginative new novel. "Forever..."Darci MonrFrom "A Knight in Shining Armor" to "The Mulberry Tree, " Jude Deveraux's bestsellers sparkle with stunning originality, heartfelt wit, and adventurous passion. Now, this superb storyteller mixes the flavor of a classic fairy tale with a very modern love story -- set in a town locked in the shadows of an abiding evil -- in this imaginative new novel. "Forever..."Darci Monroe overcame a childhood of neglect with an ebullient spirit, a positive attitude...and extraordinary determination. Now the resourceful young woman, hired as Adam Montgomery's personal assistant, devotes more than just professional attention to this devastatingly handsome millionaire. But one thing bars Adam from accepting Darci's love: he is intent on discovering the secret of his parents' disappearance, for she possesses the otherworldly abilities needed to help him fight a terrifying mistress of the dark arts. What Darci ends up offering is a gift greater than Adam ever hoped for, for Darci loves with all her heart, and all her soul, forever......

Title : Forever...
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ISBN : 9780671014209
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Number of Pages : 359 Pages
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Forever... Reviews

  • Angela
    2019-03-09 16:38

    I loved the quirkiness of the book and the relationship between Adam and Darci.

  • Chana
    2019-02-26 13:29

    At first I liked this fluffy fairy tale romance. It was funny and cute, I thought it had potential. A man is looking to hire a woman "Personal Assistant No computer skills necessary. Must be willing to travel, so no family attachments. Must be young, healthy, interested. Starting salary $100,000 a year, plus medical, dental. Apply in person..."In the real world that is some mighty suspicious ad. But with the salary and benefits, in the reality we live in of low salaries, part time positions and no benefits, you would still get a lot of applicants as did the ad in this book.Fine, here comes Darci, and I just loved Darci. Here she comes in her cheap black suit, skirt held up with a safety pin. It itches because "her Aunt Thelma had washed Darci's only suit in soap powder she'd bought on sale, then had taken it out of the washer before the rinse cycle began. "Saves money that way," Aunt Thelma had said.And this, "I want you to have a good, solid breakfast," Aunt Thelma had said as she handed Darci a Pop-Tart and a plastic cup full of warm Pepsi. Fruit's better for you than those cereals your mother gives you. And you need caffeine and sugar and something warm inside you when you go job huntin'," she'd said kindly. Darci is sure she will get the job because of her True Persuasion, which means she thinks about something real hard to make it happen.The man doing the hiring is a wealthy man named Adam. He would not have hired Darci, unimpressed with "the little Kentucky hillbilly" but the psychic he hired to help him find the right person for the job says Darci is the one. Lo and behold, Darci is hired and she is so excited! But what is the job? Adam doesn't want to tell her but Darci follows him everywhere, won't be quiet, and makes friends with everyone in the town they have come to work in. And she eats and eats and eats. She finds out they are hunting out a witches coven. Well, bring it on! Dangerous Darci and her man Adam are going to figure it all out and bring that coven down. Eventually the dialogue becomes a little lame and the story develops some plot holes. The humor in the book, the strong point, was not enough to overcome the problems.

  • Spook Harrison
    2019-03-14 19:19

    Just finished it. Not sure about it overall. The entire book was exciting, and held my interest. However, at the end, instead of the final confrontation with Evil, we just got a "one year later" and then a chapter that was "three years later". I felt cheated! Cop out! I'll probably give this author another try later; so prolific, so not all of the books will leave me with this feeling, I'm sure. Furthermore, while some characters were wonderfully fleshed out, motivations for some of the others were completely unrealistic and poorly drawn. The mother, for one. Aside from that, I dislike it when I can tell that an author wanted us, the reader, to dislike a character, so has the character think or say or do something so that we'll agree with the main character in thinking that this character is bad news. I don't like my authors to be as transparent as all that. *shrug* As said, I'll give her another try later in life.

  • Genia Buchanan
    2019-03-03 14:15

    This series is one of my favorites, I have read it till my first copies fell apart (So I bought the ebook for my nook)! I have been reading Jude Deveraux since I was a teenager and I get excited every time I see a new one out! This book/series looks at one extrordinary woman and how she deals with her powers. They also look at how she affects others around her. She also gets to solve mysteries. LOVE IT!

  • Moira Fogarty
    2019-03-26 19:40

    I started reading Jude Devereaux at the impressionable age of 13, when I picked up her bestseller with the brazenly over-the-top title, "A Knight In Shining Armor". Coming back to read her now as an adult, I am always surprised at how she manages to pull me in to her crazy stories. The back cover calls her a "superb storyteller" and that's just what she is - she weaves incredible tales of people in bizarre situations, silly and unbelievable characters like a millionaire whose parents were killed by witches and a psychic girl with a crazy family from the southern U.S. and somehow makes these people believable, lovable, and even when you are frustrated with their quirks or their foolish actions, you want to keep reading. Addictive candy floss, I'm sure I'm rotting my brain with this stuff, but I can't resist going back for one more lick at the dissolving sweetness of her prose.

  • Christina Naufal
    2019-03-06 20:33

    I loved this book ,as soon as I started reading I just couldn't put it down.Of all characters I loved Adam the most he is smart as he is handsome .

  • The Wraith Hunter
    2019-03-19 21:27

    I did not like this book but I did not also hate it. Why didn't I like this book? Maybe it was because I wasn't a big fan of Adam and Darci being together. And for the fact that everything was rushed in the ending really angered and frustrated me (a lot) The plot twist didn't had much impact on me and I just didn't had enough strength to carry it on.Why did I, at the same time, liked this book? It was because I was really into magic and clairvoyants kind of stuff so it was a cup of tea. I was really anticipating this book and it kinda helped a little bit on consoling my disappointment in this book. And again, this is just how I felt about the book. I didn't hated it nor liked it but it was just MEH!

  • Maria Sanigan
    2019-03-03 15:30

    This was the first Paranormal Romance novel that I have read, professionally written by Miss Jude Deveraux. This genre is very new to me -what with its focus on romance and included elements beyond the range of science and the explanations or reasons behind it.The love that emanated between Darci Monroe and Adam Montgomery was simple yet genuine -unlike the more gorgeous romance between a Montgomery and another protagonist that is. However, what worked for me is the uniqueness of the story. The novel with a touch of Paranormal Elements made me almost jump in excitement for it is full of tension, mystery, and suspense that will want to make you want to shout. The prologue was wonderfully made. It would definitely make you ask what the next scene will be or how the story would go. As the story moves forward, however, that's when the tension and excitement builds up. I have to tell you that I whispered uncountable screams. Much then, I almost died when at last I came to read the Epilogue. It gave me goosebumps! All in all, to sum up the loveliness of the story, I loved the fact that the characters acknowledged God in each and every circumstances and troubles that they encountered. Even the magic and power with regards to the Paranormal Elements were acknowledged by the main character Darci as a gift from God. Godspeed! I am looking forward to read the next of the trilogy which is "Forever and Always"

  • Hannah
    2019-03-07 14:13

    I have never been more in live with a book than I have Forever. The witches and love story got me hooked. My Mom bought the trilogy a few years ago and I just now picked them up. I spent a day an a half reading forever and I woke her up in the middle of the night to find the other 2 books. Found them, now I can die happily.The characters and all were beautifully written. There was a point where I wanted to gouge my eyes out because there were so many chances for Adam to kiss Darci and he never took any. Then I had a little party in my head when they did and I was smiling like an idiot. I was confused a little in the beginning because Darci would stuff candy bars in her cat suit and sometimes she wouldn't be coherent to Adam and he would pick her up and guide her around the town. She knew what she was doing trying to get money from Adam and not having to spend her own. I love that Darci would pick on Adam and when he figured out that she was trying to make him do things he picked her up and spun her around! My favorite part was when Adam was tickling Darci after she said she would have to tell Boadicea about men and Adam was like what are you going to tell her about men? Lol. It brought family together and new family.I'm so jealous; I want a love like theirs. Agghh, its so beautiful and painful at the same time. D''':

  • Chema
    2019-03-09 14:21

    This is, by far, the worst book I've ever read. And that's saying something considering it came from me. It was as if it was written by a 16-year-old. And the girl in the book is downright annoying. Spoiled, not like the "humble" girl depicted earlier. And the romance was dumb. Why? because it didn't delve into feelings or sensations. It just stated how annoyed the guy is at this 'poor girl' but how he 'liked' it. I mean wtf. And then the girl was saying 'we should make mad, passionate love' ALL THE TIME and quirked her eyebrows as if that was funny. And then she wouldn't pay for nothing. It's idiotic, this book, written by someone who didn't give much thought. The only reason I started reading was because of the beginning, it got me hooked real fast. Then it took me no time to realize that this writer only knows how to write beginnings (I read The Mulberry Tree too). I don't even know why this got published. I don't even know why this writer is an 'extraordinary New York Times bestseller'. And most of all, I don't know how she's written OVER THIRTY books but hasn't improved yet. Now I'm just hoping I'm wrong and that her other books are much better because seriously I can't read another page of that crap.

  • Remy Lee
    2019-03-16 19:38

    Wonderful start of a daunting tale. Beautifully written thriller laced with mysterious romance. The story was very well-woven together. The way Miss Jude delivered the series of events scene of scene and builds up such descriptive characters was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed every intense moment spun into words transferring me to a different world. I genuinely wished that I could just escape into their world and become the main character. I must've reread this trilogy at least a handful of times, something I rarely ever do. The only exception to the previous statement is with Jude's other novel: A Knight In Shining Armor.Bottom line is: Captivating romantic tale of loss, grief, sadness, ultimate despair, then the mysteries that needs to be solved to earn back what was lost. Beautiful.

  • Remy Lee
    2019-03-16 17:15

    Wonderful start of a daunting tale. Beautifully written thriller laced with mysterious romance. The story was very well-woven together. The way Miss Jude delivered the series of events scene of scene and builds up such descriptive characters was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed every intense moment spun into words transferring me to a different world. I genuinely wished that I could just escape into their world and become the main character. I must've reread this trilogy at least a handful of times, something I rarely ever do. The only exception to the previous statement is with Jude's other novel: A Knight In Shining Armor.Bottom line is: Captivating romantic tale of loss, grief, sadness, ultimate despair, then the mysteries that needs to be solved to earn back what was lost. Beautiful.

  • Chrys Fey
    2019-03-01 15:30

    I loved this book. The two main characters are great together, I enjoyed the light romance, and the humor that was nearly on every page. It was so good I read it in just two days. The only downside was the ending. The story leads up to a climax that promises to be exciting, but when that time comes the readers are left out of the main event. The chapter ends right when we think the good stuff is going to start and all of a sudden it is a year later. So not only are we robbed of the climax, we are given a secondhand (and not even thorough) retelling of what happened. If the ending had been better, I would’ve given it 5 Stars.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-16 20:19

    Haha! The only time I laughed was while reading the last 3 lines of the book!It started out real nice and exciting, up until the first chapter, that is. After that it was very plain and dull. Honestly, I think the book wasn't well thought-out, and it felt as though the author was making stuff up as she went deeper into the story. I didn't like her narrative style as it lacked intelligence and left no room for imagination.

  • Arieana
    2019-02-24 18:36

    Adam Montgomery hired Darci T. Monroe as a personal assistant when his psychic, Helen told she the one who can helped with his search. During their searching, Darci learn she has a gift using her mind or she called True Persuasion.The story was really amazing that there is no part that make me boring. The character of Darci was really likable, she is extra friendly and enjoying her meal.So, this series about Darci and Adam feat defeat a witches at a small town in Connecticut.

  • Heather Miller
    2019-03-16 14:31

    This novel was ok. Great character buidling through the beginning of the book, and wonderful story line through the beginning and middle of the book. However, this could have been left as a cliff hanger novel, continue in book #2, or been a larger book. I felt like the ending was crammed into the last 20 pages of the novel. I wish the ending was more expansive as the beginning and middle of the novel.

  • Sharon
    2019-03-19 13:21

    I used to read a lot of Jude Deveraux books, but they started getting a little tmi with the bedroom scenes. I'm glad I happened upon this book while searching for another with the same title - it had the romance without all the details. I liked the book although the ending seemed a little rushed. It was a little odd to have an epilogue when there are two more books in the series.

  • rivka
    2019-03-01 14:23

    A very odd book. The plot wanders a fair bit, the anti-climax in particular. A good airplane book.

  • Paranormal Romance
    2019-03-24 14:30

    The heroine has always known she was odd. She's been told al of her life that she's different and deep inside she knows it to be true. Growing up without a father and a mother who routinely abandoned her for the thrill of the next party, she's always lived under the umbrella of 'no good'. Still, nothing came keep her down. Instead of entertaining the gossip and the critical words of her relatives, she lives her life in a positive manner, always looking on the bright side and being thankful for everything she has. She calls it her True Persuasion, this ability she imagines everyone has to make everything possible as long and one wants it bad enough. She wants to more than a simple country bumkin- she wants to travel the world, she wants to see and taste everything life has to offer. And she wants this job. Sure there's a doubt in herself that such a plain girl without little education could land this job above all the gorgeous and intelligent woman who are applying but she's confident in her True Persuasion. And it works! She's hired and driven out to Connecticut to meet with her new boss. When he shows up after making her wait for hours on end, she realizes he's completely different from her in every way. He's older first off. He's also surly, cold and dismissive. She eagerly wants to work, to prove to him that she's capable of the job of PA but it doesn't seem that he wants her around. He pushes her off towards simple tasks and keeps her out of the loop pertaining to why he even hired her in the first place. He doesn't quite understand her level of stubbornness and dedication-but he's about to. The hero is entirely against this young waif looking girl having anything to do with his mission and he doesn't completely believe the psychic who told him that she's the one he needs. Her personality is extremely off putting because he's not used to dealing with it. She speaks to him unlike any other female has ever dared, with such brutal honesty and a complete lack of fear. She questions him- boy is that an understatement- and she plainly doesn't comprehend the concept of him boss- her employee. She clings to him like a barnacle, refusing to let up in her pursuit of answers. She eats like a 300 pound man yet weights under 100 pounds, she saves every nickel in her path-making her realize if he doesn't pay for it, she'd never eat or buy decent clothing. She also pry's into his personal life. He's very secretive and a definite loner type-which she certainly is not. She speaks to everyone she meets in great detail about her life and their while he would have eaten every meal alone in his room if he could have. She aggravates him to no end, pushing his buttons to the point of meltdown. But he admires her greatly. Her lust for life, her joy over the simplest things make him realize how gray his world has been until she came into it. He's generally been a selfish man but he now finds himself doing or saying things to make her happy. Even though his jokes fail 90% of the time, that 10% when he manages to make her laugh is like having the sun come out. Suddenly he can't stop thinking about how much he desires her but while she puts of airs of being sexually confident, she's actually a virgin. And she's also in the possession of fascinating and sometimes frightening psychic powers which he needs to defeat the witch responsible for his families death and the death of 4 other innocent women. But he's not willing to have that revenge if it means harm to a woman he's come to care deeply for-even love, if he's capable of such an emotion. This was a very odd but charming book. First off, how could anyone not fall in love with this heroine? It's impossible. To feel such joy over life's simple pleasures-like food and clothing- makes you feel like the hero-like you're taking it for granted. Maybe it could get annoying to have her be so cheap and to be rather dramatic at times-but she was such a good person that all is forgiven. And the hero! The perfect opposite to his female counterpart is so many ways and so alike it many others. Their arguments were so funny and that comfortable interaction where they could say anything to one other and know that while feelings would be hurt, there was nothing that could break them apart. I enjoyed the fact that their relationship was not grounded in sexual attraction but rather attraction of personality and understanding. Got a bit weird towards the end and the plot did have the feeling like nothing was 'discovered' but rather the author tossed in details on a side note. Like she said' oh yeah, and the hero has a sister and she's been the slave of an evil witch since the hero was 3'. He was a bit too secretive because it made the plot slow and rather disjointed. I enjoyed it for the characters and their relationship-not the plot. The hero and heroine are a 4 star rating, the plot a 1.5. 4 stars is adequate.

  • Tanya Anderson
    2019-03-17 16:15

    Love the. Montgomery /Taggert families Stories involving these families are always interesting to me. Interesting stories of love, intrigue and romanc. Thank you and keep them coming!

  • Cora
    2019-03-02 15:29

    Everything was built up and the ending was rushed. You never read the details of how things happened in the end. It was a let down. I expected more action. Also, the relationships were dull.

  • Lilia Swanson
    2019-03-09 19:38


  • Stacy Teal
    2019-02-25 18:40

    For a romance novel, it is entertaining to read and for dyslexics an easy read.

  • Kendra
    2019-02-25 16:15

    Full review originally posted on Reader's Edyn (blogspot)...I bought the trilogy wanting only to read it because it was written by Ms. Deveraux. I have read nearly all of her books and had been wanting to read this series for quite some time. Initially, I did not know what to expect. I knew that it was a series and I knew that it was not one of the beloved HRs that I traditionally enjoy. Honestly, after reading the prologue, I wasn't sure if I wanted to read it anymore or not because the introductory story was so dark and creepy. But I pressed on and was ultimately glad that I did. I think that my brief time spent with Darci when I read HOLLY helped keep me motivated in starting this series because I remembered her ability and liking her character. I was not wrong in my initial estimation; taking a liking to her almost immediately. She is fun and quirky and has a whole different outlook on life than any other character I had ever encountered before.Darci T. Monroe ~ she is nothing short of mystifying in her way of thinking and quirky behaviors. She has seen a lot in her short life and despite the evil she has seen in people, she still looks for the good in everyone and everything. She is kind by nature and is always looking for ways to hep others; even if they have no idea she is actually helping them. Darci applies what she calls her True Persuasion to people and events in an effort to influence outcomes to the way she wants them. She genuinely and naively believes that anyone is capable of such a thing. She needs a job fast and she needs a lot of money so she applies to work for Adam Montgomery. The dark and dangerous journey she begins with him exposes her to horrors she never knew existed which is periodically quelled by her attraction to Adam and the goofy antics she cooks up to make him want her. Their attraction is a much needed respite from the unspeakable truths they uncover. Along the way, they develop a closeness and even discover many facts abut Darci's heritage that she could never have imagined.Adam Montgomery has experienced indescribable horrors and survived them; at a cost. He has always felt the outsider despite his enormous family that took him in. Fueled by a fierce determination to find the truth of his tortured childhood, he discovers Darci and finds that she is the key to his success of unlocking many unanswered questions that have always hovered far out of his grasp. Hardened against allowing himself luxuries such as relaxing, enjoying almost nothing; especially not something like love, he finds his defenses challenged continually by the little snippet of a girl now in his employ. Her carefree attitude and silliness eventually wears him down and before long he is almost envious of her ability to enjoy life and longs for more from her. But he knows something she does not and can not, under any circumstances, allow himself to act on the feelings he develops.I had no trouble at all rooting for this couple and wanting to see them succeed in their quest to bring evil to justice. And it truly is evil. Several parts are a bit confusing given Darci's penchant for leaving out details and embellishing half truths, but everything eventually comes to light and makes sense. Adam is a bit of a stick in the mud, but Darci compliments his deficiencies almost to an extreme, albeit in an entertaining way. I ended up wondering what her next stunt would be and how she would try to pinch more pennies along the way. Her obsession with saving money becomes almost comical given Adam's deep pockets. My only problem with the story was that the end hit quick and wrapped up neatly with a serious lack of detail. It was like, oh, the face off! And then, what the hell? It is over? Seriously? That bugged me. And it very nearly ruined the whole book. But the epilogue saved it because it gave me a glimpse of what was coming next. Or at least I think so. One thing that surprised me was that there was no sexual encounters to speak of. There were several comments made by Darci in her attempts to snare Adam, but never the actual act, which was unexpected given the previous stories I have read from Ms. Deveraux. And of course there was Adam's moments of temptation, but I have to say I was a little disappointed with that as well because I really wanted Adam to let loose and get the past off of his back, then jump on Darci and show her what he was really capable of.Overall, this book was a good read if a bit dark what with the evil witch that Adam and Darci have to go after. And with the lack of descriptive sex, I can recommend it to others that I know wouldn't read that sort of thing. I just hope I see a little more of the Deveraux style I have come to love in the next book. Had I not known she wrote it, I wouldn't have guessed it otherwise. I can't call it one of her best, but I still found it enjoyable and entertaining.(Paperback purchased for personal library.)

  • Andrea Hussey
    2019-02-23 15:14

    Immediately I noticed that the tone of the book was quite dry and boring. I only made it through a few pages and had to give up. It was not catching my attention at all. It was due mostly to the creepy story being told. “When the girls were both thirteen years old, their parents married each other, and Beatrice and her father (who had been alone together for a long time) moved into the house that Heather’s rich father had left to his wife and only child. Some unkind souls (and there were a lot of them in that little town) said that Heather had received everything…”The story was weird and badly written. For example “‘boys can’t be trusted to behave themselves’ was the only answer that Heather would give before she slipped back into her room and locked the door. Beatrice thought this was a very strange answer because she didn’t want the boys to behave, but then she was never asked out. ‘Too weird’ is what the boys said about Beatrice.So one day, Beatrice decided to find out what was going on. When she knew that Heather was alone in the house, Beatrice ran in the front door screaming that their dear mother had just been run over by a truck and was right now bleeding to death in the emergency room of the hospital.”Wth kind of story is this?!This is like something out of a lifetime movie or horror film. I was expecting a nice, supernatural story, not this strange and weird crap.And stories, especially about someone with psychic gifts, is supposed to be good. They’re supposed to be good, to have an impact. But this was awful. It was lengthy; it went on and on and on. When you’re narrating something that happened in the past you need to keep it short. Otherwise I start to lose interest, fast.“As Beatrice knew she would, Heather ran out of the house, grabbing the keys to her stepfather’s car (he took the train to work.)You don’t have to put everything in parenthesis (it’s really annoying.) Unless it’s essential to the story (and it’s not) don’t put it in parenthesis.No, long ago, Beatrice had learned that there were ways to deal with Heather; for, you see, Heather was one of those stupid people who loved.And immediately there was the image of her father and his pretty secretary in bed together. That made Beatrice laugh, but then she’d always known that her father had married Heather’s silly mother for the money her husband had left her.Wow, I thought Heather was supposed to be the mean one, but Beatrice was a real bitch. Who laughs when their father cheats on someone, like it’s a joke?I got to page 5 and just had to stop. The story was insane and showed no signs of ending, and I had no interest whatsoever in the story.

  • Ferne
    2019-03-23 20:16

    I believe one of the best descriptions of this book is part of the blurb on the back cover, "Now, this superb storyteller mixes the flavor of a classic fairy tale with a very modern love story -set in a town locked in the shadows of an abiding evil- in the imaginative new novel.The evil is most definitely similar to the classic evil and very vain queen in the fairy tale, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" who owns a magic mirror and each day must consult it by asking, "Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?" In this novel, the evil character is Beatrice and she too has a magic mirror.The character of good and hope is Darci T. Monroe. Darci becomes the personal assistant to a young man named Adam Montgomery. Adam's personal assistant isn't quite what he expected her to be and as he hired a personal assistant to help make an important discovery related to his past, he isn't quite prepared for all that Darci brings to his life. The reader will follow Darci and Adam on their adventure and become engrossed in a world of a coven of witches, and the uses of clairvoyance and "True Persuasion".This is not my typical choice of subject matter to read even in novel format. I think it is credit to the author's storytelling that I did finish the novel. I certainly believe that there are other readers who might enjoy it more than me. I think some of the critical acclsim for this novel belongs to the marketing department who carefully and cleverly avoided the use of description of the magic mirror, witches, clairvoyance, etc. in the marketing blurbs as I am probably just one of many that wouldn't have even picked up the book.

  • Terri
    2019-03-21 17:35

    I love Jude Deveraux but this book didn't take - it was a DNF. It required more suspension of belief than I could give. If a guy hired me for a mysterious job he won't explain, then whisks me away to a small town in CT to hunt WITCHES, I would definitely bat an eyelash at that. In fact, I'd probably call the police because clearly the man is unhinged. But Darci acts as if this is not strange in the least. Plus, he's clearly not attracted to her (I got no spark what-so-ever from the two MCs + his inner thoughts reveal to the reader that he's not interested in her *that* way) and she keeps making passes at him (saying things like "let's make mad, passionate love right now"), which is excrutiatingly embarrassing (for the reader), unless it's suppose to be a joke (but that's not how it comes across. I think Darci is seriously throwing herself at this guy in a really humiliating, degrading way). Plus, Darci is supposed to be.... a free spirit? A breath of fresh air? I'm not sure what, but the day she shows up in CT, she goes through the guy's stuff, she's always stealing his money (if he gives her a $20 to buy a loaf of bread, she keeps the change), etc. She has no boundaries, seems to think it's fine to try to mind control people to get what she wants (to give up their seats at "her" booth at a restaurant, to get other people to pay for her college education, etc.), and generally acts cutesy in a way appropriate for a six-year old, not a twenty-something. I got about a third of the way through and had to give up. :-(

  • Anna
    2019-03-12 20:39

    I was hooked to the trilogy because of this book. But readers beware the other two books that follows is not as enjoyable. What I don't like about this book is not the book itself but the other two books attached to it.This was a conundrum to me. Since the book is part of a trilogy and is incomplete without the other two how can I not judge the story without taking into account the other crappy books. I still feel like this book leaves to much question unanswered to be considered as a stand alone, so I feel like I have to address the other two books that follow this one. Grr.. I think my bitterness is in part because of how good this book was which meant I had high expectations for the whole trilogy and that was why I felt so disappointed and betrayed when I finally read all three books. Forever was the best of the bunch, Always was a disappointment but I still had hope for Forever and Always until I read it and instead of the redemption I was expecting it was the straw that broke the camel's back. I regretted not cutting my losses at book two. It was like watching a tv series that had a great first season and proceeded to get from bad to worse as it goes on.I did rate this a four star because to be fair if I were to judge this book on its own it is worth the four stars at least. But I felt like I had to include the warning for those intending to read the whole trilogy.

  • Maura
    2019-03-25 16:29

    2 stars because there were some parts of this book that I found very interesting - like the powers that Darci had and some of the magical background of the characters. But really, this book was pretty bad. It felt like the characters were portrayed as far too juvenile. Or maybe it was the writing - I couldn't figure it out and I still can't put my finger on it, but this book did not feel like a sophisticated, mature book. It felt like it was written for teenagers or something. Darci freakin got on my nerves. I'm sure she was supposed to be an eccentric breath of fresh air, but she acted like a child some times, an air head at others and still at times she was an innocent sage. But all the times she was down right annoying - I'd have smacked her if she kept following me around. Adam was a little better, but I can't see why he'd fall in love with her except out of sheer exhaustion. And the romance felt shallow. Where were the emotions, the reasons people fall in love? And the ending was quite unsatisfactory. Seriously - we don't get to read through the final ending. We get an epilogue "One Year Later" and then Adam tells us what happened, but not in any great detail or action. I felt cheated!

  • Sandie
    2019-03-18 18:16

    The first time I read this book I loved it, and I zipped right through it. Now years later I'm re-reading it and I didn't enjoy it as much the second time around. I still think it was a good book, and I don't know why I didn't enjoy it as much this time around. Its fun though and an easy read. The final chapter did end rather abrutly but you are given to epilogue's to kind of tell you what happened and whats going to happen. So the ending didn't really bother me, I am going to guess she will pick it all up in the next book, soon find out as I am starting the second book in the series today. I didn't like the portrayel of all witches being evil and I think it gives people the wrong idea of what the majority of practitioner's are really about. Anybody who reads this who doesn't know better would get a very bad impression of those who follow the craft. Except for that aspect, its a good story with a cute, quirky heroine. I liked the epilogues, both of them. I always enjoy hearing what happened to the characters after the story ends,and this author treated us to not one but two, which was really great. I am looking forward to starting the next book in the series!