Everlasting (Kissed by an Angel Series #5)

Everlasting (Kissed by an Angel Series #5)

by Elizabeth Chandler


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There’s always a price to pay for love. The second book of an all-new arc in the New York Times bestselling Kissed by an Angel series!

Ivy should be ecstatic that her formerly dead boyfriend Tristan is back on earth with her, but the life of a fallen angel is never easy. Tristan has been cast down in the body of a murderer, and the police are after him. Now, there’s only one way that he and Ivy can be together: They must clear him of the murder.

But when it becomes clear that there are darker forces at work—that Tristan and Ivy are still paying the price for Ivy’s miraculous survival of the car crash—the star-crossed lovers have more at stake than ever before. And one of them may not be alive much longer....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442409170
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 02/19/2013
Series: Kissed by an Angel Series , #5
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Chandler is a pseudonym for Mary Claire Helldorfer. She is the author of the Kissed by an Angel and Dark Secrets series. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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  • “INCREDIBLE!” CHASE EXCLAIMED, HIS GRAY EYES assessing Ivy with mock admiration.

    Ivy, Will, and Beth squeezed together on their picnic blanket to make room. Chase had arrived at the last minute, claiming a place on the bayside beach among the Fourth of July revelers. Somehow, he always seemed to find them.

    “Last year your boyfriend was murdered,” Chase went on, his eyes bright with amusement. “This year you hook up with a cold-blooded killer. That’s quite a dating résumé for a nice girl like you!”

    Ivy wanted to tell him off; instead, she shook her head as if she could hardly believe how badly she had been deceived. “It’s horrifying! I was totally fooled by Luke. I never thought he was capable of violence.”

    “It was obvious to me,” Chase replied.

    Will, who had been aimlessly drawing in the sand, threw aside the stick he’d been using. He lifted his head, his brown eyes narrowing with dislike. Ivy knew why.

    Chase had been curious about the stranger who had washed up on Lighthouse Beach and skeptical about Luke’s amnesia. But it was Will who had repeatedly warned her that a guy found badly beaten and unconscious, who claimed he had no idea how it happened, probably had a dark past. Ivy had attributed Will’s warnings to his habit of being protective of her. When she had ended her romantic relationship with Will, she’d chalked up his actions to jealousy. But in the end, Will’s decision to report Ivy’s new love to the police had appeared to be the right one. Luke McKenna was on the run, wanted for strangling his ex-girlfriend.

    “It’s over now,” Will said. “Let’s drop the subject.”

    “I was just thinking—” Chase persisted.

    “It’s over!” Will snapped.

    Ivy knew that, given what Will and the others didn’t know, Will’s anger with her was justified. The fact that he was able to keep it down to a simmer and continue to work with her at the Seabright Inn was evidence of his strong character. Last summer, when Tristan had died, Will had risked his life to save Ivy from Tristan’s murderer, Gregory. As far as her friends knew, Ivy had recently broken up with Luke because she had been deceived once more by a “cold-blooded killer.”

    “It’s not over,” Beth said.

    Everyone turned to her.

    “He will have revenge.”

    The skin on Ivy’s arm prickled. Was Beth talking about Luke—or Gregory?

    “Luke got his revenge when he strangled that girl,” Chase replied. “He’s on the lam. If he has half a brain, he’s far away by now.”

    Luke McKenna was far away, Ivy thought. He had drowned the night Tristan crawled to shore in Luke’s body. But where was Tristan?

    Ivy prayed he was somewhere safe, a place where the police would never find him and charge him with Luke’s crime. But safety meant he was far away from here, far away from her. She ached as much as she had the first time she had lost him.

    Withdrawing from the conversation, Ivy gazed out at the dark water of Cape Cod Bay. Now and then a small flare discharged, brightening the outlines of a barge laden with fireworks. People impatiently checked the time on their cell phones and watches. Finally, a bright missile shot up from the barge, and every face turned toward the sky.

    “Oh!” the spectators exclaimed in one breath. Color exploded against the night sky, bright red bars ending in a circle of stars. Ivy watched the fireworks’ falling sparks: pure bits of light suddenly going dark and drifting into nothingness.

    Why was Tristan inside Luke’s body? she wondered. Lacey claimed that Tristan had fallen the night he used his angelic powers to give life to Ivy. Was he a dark angel now? Ivy’s heart rebelled at the thought. Tristan had acted in pure love. Her stepbrother, Gregory, had acted with jealousy, greed, and deadly anger. Last summer, trying to murder her, he had killed Tristan instead. For a time, Gregory had pretended to grieve with and comfort Ivy. He’d acted the part of loving older brother with her younger brother, Philip, just to get to her. If Gregory had had his way, he would have killed them both. It was Gregory who had died and become a demon, not Tristan.

    A cascade of colors brought her back to the present. Purple splashed over brilliant green, gold spilled over purple. The sky is raining fire, she thought. She turned to look at Beth and caught her breath: Her best friend gazed back at her, fire and darkness in her eyes. A series of booms drew Beth’s attention. A finale of garish explosions bathed Beth’s upturned face in a sinister radiance.

    It was over; smoke hung heavily over the still bay. A moment of silence was followed by applause and a blast of boat horns. People around them stood up, talking excitedly about which firework was their favorite.

    “I’ve seen better,” Chase said as they crossed the beach toward Wharf Lane. “In Jackson Hole—”

    “Life must be a continual disappointment to you,” Will observed, “since you’ve always seen and experienced something better.”

    Chase shrugged. “Why pretend? I dislike false modesty. Don’t you, Elizabeth?” he added, draping his arm across Beth’s shoulders.

    Beth slid out from under his arm, and he laughed. The more Beth tried to get away from Chase, the harder he pursued her. Initially, her reunion with a boy she had known since middle-school summers on the Cape had left Beth in awe. Somehow gawky Chase Hardy had morphed into a tall, broad-shouldered guy with sea-mist eyes and dark curly hair. He could have dropped out of any one of the romances Beth liked to write. But since the night of the séance, Beth had changed, withdrawing from him, from Ivy, from most everyone but Will.

    Watching Chase and Beth together, Will frowned. Ivy wondered if it was his dislike for Chase or his surprise at Beth’s behavior that prompted his reaction. The old Beth, the most sensitive person Ivy knew, would have let a cobra rest on her shoulders if she feared she might otherwise hurt its feelings.

    For the last week Ivy had kept her discovery about Beth’s secret, hoping she was wrong—knowing she wasn’t—looking for the right moment to talk with Will about their friend. In retrospect, it seemed so clear: Beth, a natural medium, would be the easiest mind for Gregory to slip into. Still, everything about Beth, her voice and softly rounded face and feathery sweep of light-colored hair, was gentle. It was only when Ivy dared to look into Beth’s darkening eyes that she could believe Gregory was present in her friend.

    Chase fell into step with Will as they started up Wharf Lane, discussing movies. Ivy walked beside Beth, who kept her face averted, as if she were interested only in the dark hedges and stone walls that lined the narrow road. The lane ended at Route 6A, where a large Victorian house occupied one corner and an old church perched on the other. Will had parked in the pebble lot behind the church.

    “Hold up,” Will said, pausing at the edge of the lot. “I want to take a look at this place.” An artist, he was always on the hunt for interesting landscapes and buildings.

    They followed him as he circled the church. It was small, with just three sets of elongated double windows on each side, steep rooflines, and triangular dormers. A square bell tower anchored the corner of the wooden building, its high porch covered by a trussed roof forming the entrance to the church. The wood that sheathed the bell tower was laid in narrow bands, the first story running horizontally, the second vertically, with the boards below the bell cut in wavy lines as if an expert baker had iced the blocky tower with a delicate knife.

    The church’s doors were locked—Will tried them. Chase stood at the bottom of the steps, looking bored. Beth backed away from the building, her arms folded and shoulders hunched as if she were cold.

    “This isn’t a church anymore,” Ivy said, reading a lawn placard. “They’re raising money to restore the building and use it for community events.” She walked back to where Beth stood and gazed upward into the tower’s shadows, seeing a faint outline against the night sky. “It looks as if it still has its bell.”

    “‘Ask not for whom the bell tolls,’” Chase quoted in a fake British voice. “‘It tolls for thee.’”

    Beth glanced over her shoulder apprehensively, then her eyes rose to the bell. “It will toll when it’s time,” she said softly.

    “John Donne, seventeenth-century poet and homilist,” Chase continued. “He’s talking about how we don’t see our own connection to other humans, how each person whose life has been lost is our loss and—”

    “I see it,” Beth said. Then she added so quietly only Ivy could hear, “Soon. The bell will toll soon.”

    The skin on the back of Ivy’s neck felt cold. Sometimes, when Beth “saw” things, she foresaw them. Was she speaking as herself or for Gregory? Was she seeing his plan? Was someone going to die soon?

    Ivy laid a hand on her friend’s arm. “Beth—”

    Beth shook it off and walked away, taking the long route, circling the church counterclockwise back to the car.

    “Angels protect her,” Ivy prayed. “Angels protect us all.”

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    Everlasting 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
    danja More than 1 year ago
    Great Read with likeable characters and entertaining plot. can't wait to read more
    Angel_Lover More than 1 year ago
    I know this book will be outstanding!This author uses amazing detail in all her books. I have read 2 books her Kissed by an Angel series and so far the books just get better and better! I'm excited for this one!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This was a great book. Im a huge fan of this series but i cannot believe that elizabeth chandler would end the series like this! I am extremely dissapointed with the crappy cliffhanger ending. Read this book but be prepared to be majorly dissapointed with the end. I am super mad and upset and she better write an epilogue at least. I will love tristan forever!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This is a great book. Suspensful, paranormal, romantic, and awesome. I would recommend this book to a 13 year old or older. It leaves you with a cliff hanger, i cant wait for the next book!
    Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Being in love with this series, I knew had to read the book. For me, I was expecting more in this book. I have seen these characters grow and learn through out the series. So when I started reading the book I just felt like something was missing.I really enjoyed the characters. The characters have changed so much through out the series its good to see them all working together instead of fighting. They learned to trust each other and to help each other out. The way that they worked together to help find answers is neat! I enjoyed going on their wild chases to find out who was the murder.Now the plot line I didn't really enjoy. For me, it felt like the plot repeated. There was still tension between Ivy and Will, still jealousy amongst the circle of friends. While they grew, they are still doing the same thing they have done in the book before. You understand what I am saying? I felt like the plot didn't really move so that's my only gripe about the book.The love interest is still enduring as ever and I could never get enough of Ivy and Tristan. They are a couple who's love is rare to find but so peaceful to read!Everlasting is an great book! As a fan of this series, it's like stepping into the world I never left. The fight between good and evil is brewing and about to blow. With an heart-stopping ending, Everlasting will leave you smiling!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Its okay i feel it could of been more descriptive in the whole story sometimes it was confusing and didnt make sense and it would go to sense from sense like ivy would be in her house with will and then it will seitch from her being with tristan overall i didint really anjoy it but i liked the cover for it thats pretty much all though
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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I cant stop reading these books I have cried reading these books and I have never cried reading these books are AMAZING I love thus author andbher writing I highly recomend this series if you love action and love stories I so excited to read the next book!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This novel is an okay story. The cover art of the book is cool, but so far after reading a few chapters,  its hard to follow the story on what's going on with the characters. To me personally, this novel feels as though the context is in 3rd person. The comedy between the characters is hilarious. My rating for this book is 2 stars.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    cupcakes4eva More than 1 year ago
    i loved Everlasting by Elizabeth Chandler.  it was so good, i really enjoy reading about Tristan's and Ivy's strong love for one another.  Tristan will do anything for Ivy, to protect her, and I just love it.  their love is realistic, except for the angel-coming back thing, and i adore it.  this book ended in a big cliffhanger, but i'm excited for the next book in the series.  i just wish that Chandler would veer away from car accidents and bridges.  it's starting to get old.  also, i wish that the author reflect more on past books because i found myself struggling to remember part of the previous books.  also, i had no idea who some of the characters were.  one, Hank, popped up out of nowhere...  maybe i'm just a lazy reader, but i wish that Elizabeth Chandler gave more background to characters and explanations...  this does taint my view of the book, it's kind of annoying, but i still enjoyed it tremendously.  cheers to Chandler, and I can't wait to read the upcoming books in the Kissed by an Angel series. 
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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This has been my absolute favorite book series by far, but the ending is horrible. Its the kind of ending you only give a book uf tgere will be one following it. I really hope Elizabeth finishes this story. Until then, i have to give it a 4/5.
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    Keep up the good work
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    Omg i used to like the warriors series but all these stupid chats are SO ANNOYING!!! Nooks are supposed to be for reading, shopping and getting reveiws abour books...NOT for stupid warrior cats chatrooms! Anyone making "camps" on popular books obviously has nothing better to do! Go "camp" out in the woods instead or something, instead of ruining mook reviews!!!!
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    I love warriors but this is just annoying. Please go make ur ow rp website and do it there or something. Ur wasting space by roleplaying, which i think is illegal. Pretty sure its lik vandalism or something. Please just stop because i cant see any actual reviews on the book for about twenty posts down. I would really lik it if u stopped and did it at a book where no one really posts. It gets annoying becuase i might consider buying this book. These hings c b reported, u know. And if u keep i miht hav to go online and report u guys. Please dont make me becuase i really want want to. Thanks and i realky mean that i will report u. They will lock u out. And i know it seems like a small matter but actually these posts are up for the public to see. That means that people will b reading. That means they will see that u r rping. I used to rp but i quit. I dont really hav time and i realized that even if ur posting on a book no one reads, the person who discovers ur rp reviews will find it really annoying. A waste of space. So please, please stop. Hanks