Forever: The World of Nightwalkers

Forever: The World of Nightwalkers

by Jacquelyn Frank

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ISBN-13: 9780345538901
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Series: The World of Nightwalkers , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 191,641
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Jacquelyn Frank is the New York Times bestselling author of the The World of Nightwalkers series (Forbidden and Forever), the Three Worlds series (Seduce Me in Dreams and Seduce Me in Flames), the Nightwalkers series (Adam, Jacob, Gideon, Elijah, Damien, and Noah), the Shadowdwellers novels (Ecstasy, Rapture, and Pleasure), and the Gatherers novels (Hunting Julian and Stealing Katherine). She lives in North Carolina and has been writing romantic fiction ever since she picked up her first teen romance at age thirteen.

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Chapter One

Dr. Marissa Anderson sat tapping a pencil against the corner of her desk with a very uncharacteristic fidgetiness that reflected the utter turmoil of her thoughts. She was trying to figure out what had so unsettled her. Her life, as a whole, was going along swimmingly. She had settled into her position as the precinct’s head psychiatrist very well. She was even learning how to balance that difficult line between professional relationships with her coworkers and the extension of it into personable, casual ones. Making friends in a predominantly male precinct full of alpha-type personalities who hated being reminded they had emotions . . . yeah, that had its difficulties. Especially when she often stood between them and their reinstatement or continuation of their duties. But they were beginning to get the picture that she didn’t take some kind of sadistic pleasure in holding that kind of power over their heads. Quite the contrary. As long as they confronted and dealt with whatever issues they had, she was happy to be a strong advocate for the continuation of their careers.

Career. Check.

Her sister, who had been known to get into trouble now and then, had been blessedly well-behaved and had managed to obtain at least a part-time job.

Family. Check.

And while Marissa wasn’t in a relationship at the moment, she was fine with that. She had never felt the need to define herself by the regard of a man, as some of her friends and relations were wont to do. She was comfortable with herself, her home, her lifestyle, and did not feel she was somehow failing in life because she didn’t have a significant other.

Personal life. Ch . . .

She hesitated in her thoughts, the tapping of her pencil reaching critical mass.

Three weeks . . .

The thought whispered with an insidious sort of mocking in the deeper corners of her mind. Her skin went a little hot and her face tinged with heat immediately after. The response made her growl under her breath in frustration and she chucked the pencil across the room in a rare fit of pique, watching the thing bounce off the window and land in the potted plant beneath it.

With a sigh she made herself get up and cross the room, bending to peer into the wilds of the ficus. She didn’t quite make it that far. Through her windows, she caught sight of a streak of brown and black bolting across a not-too-distant field, leaping so high off the ground it was astounding, before barreling into the man in its path and sinking vicious teeth into the nearest appendage.

“Get down! Get down on the ground now!” The command made her freeze, the deep, authoritative voice washing over her and giving her that queasy mixture of fear and admiration in the center of her stomach. Chills raced across her breasts even as heat raced into other places.

Her eyes yanked away from the dog and its victim and zeroed in on the owner of that voice. The victim was dressed in a thick padded suit designed specifically to withstand the majority of a dog bite. However the man commanding the dog, the man training him, was in full uniform.

Jackson. Sergeant Jackson Waverly was one of the two K-9 officers in the Saugerties, New York, police department. His former canine partner, Chico, had died about six months earlier in the line of duty. Sergeant Waverly had not taken it well at all. To him it had been no different than if he’d lost a human partner. And considering Chico had laid down his life to protect his partner’s, she’d say he’d earned that sort of respect.

For a while there she’d been pretty sure Jackson wouldn’t be able to bring himself to continue on as a K-9 officer. He’d been putting off training with his new dog, showing very little interest in the handsome German shepherd named Sargent. But three weeks ago . . .

Three weeks . . .

Three weeks ago something had changed dramatically in Jackson. If anyone had asked her to explain, she probably couldn’t have done so with any real clarity . . . not without sounding like a goofy schoolgirl with a demented little crush on some boy.

Oh, she had to admit that on some level she’d always found the man appealing. How could she not? He was damn beautiful for a male and any woman with half a brain and at least a partially working libido would accede to that. He was tall, but not overly so. Tall enough to be several inches taller than her lofty height of 5'7" with the constant addition of three- to four-inch stiletto heels. It was such a rare thing, really, for someone to make her feel smaller and more delicate than she truly was. But he also made her feel . . .

Scorched was the only word she could use to describe it. It was how she had felt that day, three weeks ago, when he had gone from being this sometimes-appealing/sometimes-pain-in-the-ass man to . . .

“I’m putting you on notice, Marissa . . . I’ve come to realize that there is no one on this planet, in this time, more intriguing than you are. You are a puzzle, and a pretty one at that. I think perhaps it would be a terrible shame if I were to let you slip away from me.”

Who the hell says that to a woman? It ought to have been obnoxious. Or at the very least corny. It ought to have been offensive and uncomfortable, considering he was technically a patient of hers and it would be a serious breech of ethics to entertain what he was teasing her with.

So no. She’d shut herself off from it. Pretended that it had been his idea of a mean little joke, of wielding male authority over a woman he hadn’t been able to conquer with his charming smiles and ridiculously beautiful green eyes. Those clear as glass, bright as a turquoise ocean eyes, eyes so brilliant they jumped out of his nobly featured face. Even more so, it seemed, than usual these past three weeks.

Poppycock, she thought to herself fiercely. He rattled her cage and made her take notice and now she was having flights of fancy every ten minutes . . . not to mention quite a few steamy dreams with Jackson as the headlining star.

Part of the problem, she realized, was that he was always there. Every time she turned around she could see him or hear his deep resonant voice. Like now, as he recalled his dog with a sharp, strong command, sending the powerful animal gamboling back across the field to his side where Jackson kneeled and gave him praises, tousling his ruff, and giving him his favorite toy as a reward.

It didn’t help that the practice field was right outside her windows. It was damn distracting, watching him be stunningly authoritative and then, by turns, goofy and fun-loving as he played with Sargent between rigorous training sessions.

But in no time at all the intensive training would end and so would her equally intensive immersion in the tempting Jackson Waverly sightseeing tour.


Darn it.

“Hell,” she muttered, giving the blinds a frustrating yank, dropping them hard into place and blocking out half the sunlight in her office. “All it was was one stupid little moment of flirtation,” she muttered.

Well, that wasn’t exactly the truth, either.

Shoving herself back toward her desk, she decided not to dignify that with any further mental discussion.

Twenty minutes later, Marissa was doodling absently on a scrap of paper, her pen swirling almost frenetically. Almost as if it was matching the frenzy of the thoughts racing through her mind . . . or the fierce effort she was exerting trying to not think. The phone rang at her elbow, the cell vibrating into movement, trying to travel across the desk. She picked it up and glanced at the screen. A bright, beautiful picture of her sister was ­displayed, the pure sunlight on her hair making the ­brilliant red light up as if on fire. That brilliance was nothing compared to the explosive beauty of the smile that had been captured with it. And that smile said everything that needed to be said about the type of person her sister was.

Smiling in return, she answered the call.

“Whadayawant?” she drawled into the phone, using the heaviest Brooklyn accent she had in her repertoire.

Angelina laughed right off the bat, the ebullient sound dancing across the tension in the back of Marissa’s neck and shoulders, instantly releasing and relaxing it.

“Whatchyadoin’?” Angelina bounced back to her in the same exaggerated accent. The amusement was that neither of them had been born in New York, but Lina kept insisting Marissa was starting to sound like a native, so . . .

“I’m working of course,” she replied in her normal voice. A voice that had been cultivated to sound sophisticated and free of all accent.

“No, you aren’t. You wouldn’t have answered the phone if you were trying to pluck the crazy out of someone.”

“I do other things besides ‘pluck the crazy’ out of these cops. The paperwork alone . . .”

“Sure, sure,” Lina drawled. “You’re probably just sitting there staring out at Mr. Tall Dark and Dangerous.”

The remark took Marissa so by surprise that she hesitated, her words trapped in her throat. “I most certainly am not staring out at him!” she protested.

“Liar,” Lina accused knowingly.

“Shut up,” Marissa groused, hating that Lina knew her so well . . . and beyond grateful for it at the same time. They both had other friends and companions in the world, but no one was closer to Marissa and she knew the same stood for her sister. “So tell me why you feel compelled to torment me in the middle of my workday.”

“You mean besides it being fun?” But Marissa could hear the smile fading from her sister’s voice in the next sentence. “Actually, I do have kind of a small teensy little problem,” she confessed.

Marissa rolled her eyes. Angelina never had a small problem. And the more adjectives she used to minimize it, the more Marissa knew she wasn’t going to like the favor she was going to be asked for.

“What is going on, honey?” she encouraged her, sighing silently.

“Can I come see you? I’m not far away.”

Marissa glanced at the clock.

“I have an appointment in an hour . . .”

There was a knock on Marissa’s door, interrupting her. She got up and hurried over to it.

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Forever (World of Nightwalkers Series #2) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Jacquelyn Frank.  Her Nightwalker series is one of my all time favorite series.  But I truly did not enjoy this particular book.  It was a chore to get through.  I found the main theme of the story line disturbing and just never bought it.  I started out liking both of the main characters at the beginning of the book, but by the end of the book I was disgusted with both of their actions - they became un-likeable too me.   I'm not very interested in where this series is going.  Very disappointing.  I'll come back to her when she starts a new series.  In the meantime, I'll keep re-reading her previous books.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They just keep getting better! Loved all of the nightwalker stories but I was unable to put this one down. Jackson is newly blended and is still finding his way but, WOW what a beautiful blend it is. I could actually feel his turmoil and his growth. Loved watching Marissa come to grips with her feelings so she could make the decision of her "life/death". So anxious for the next one....
ornerylibrarian More than 1 year ago
Jacquelyn Frank has created a very complex and sometimes confusing world where "bodywalkers" can step in at the time of death and offer a second chance at life... The catch is, you have to allow them to share your body. In effect two souls and personalities that must blend to eventually become one. Police officer Jackson Waverly, hosts an Egyptian Pharaoh "Menes" and the both of them greatly desire for police department psychiatrist, Dr. Marissa Anderson to be the host for Menes' queen, Hatshepsut. Together they must lead the eternal fight against their enemies, the Templars.The premise for this series is unique but I would recommend that you read the first book, Forbidden, as it would help to explain alot of the background and secondary characters. Overall this was an interesting story though not my favorite from Ms. Frank.
Readinginpajamas-Donna More than 1 year ago
Book 1 of this series, Forbidden, explained how ancient Egyptian royalty maintained a form of immortality by "blending" with humans on the cusp of death. Giving them a choice to live with an added soul and powers in exchange for helping protect others from evil. I like that this book did not have to delve into that as much and went straight to the good stuff. Jackson is an alpha male, blended with an ancient alpha male. Somehow I don't think it would have gone as smoothly as written, but it is a story, one that I enjoyed, so I will concede that point. I liked Jackson and the way he is around his friends and of course with Marissa. She is strong and intelligent so she took a bit of time to come to terms with her new reality. That life on earth is not all she thought, nor is her place in it. Marissa and Jackson's romance was built smoothly to the simmering point while enemy chaos surrounded them. Her reluctance to blend with Hatshepsut was understandable regardless of her feelings for Jackson. It may sound confusing but was actually easy to follow and just flow with it. I would recommend reading book 1 first however. I truly enjoyed this story. Not only the battle of good vs. evil, but the inner struggle of the Bodywalkers as well. The romance was very satisfying and I can't wait for book 3 to see what happens next. *Review copy provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
katsindiebookblog More than 1 year ago
*** Gifted via Netgalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*** Well I have thoroughly enjoyed this book, and in fact I started it immediately after finishing book 1 I just had to carry on reading. Police officer Jackson Waverly was one of my favourite characters in book 1 he was the reason I had to start the book before reviewing book 1 - and it took me till 80% through before I could put my ereader down for long enough to sit and write a review for the first book. So what can I say without spoiling the enjoyment of this series? Well I can mention that he has become host to a Bodywalker, none other than the Egyptian pharaoh Menes, who longs to reunite with his eternal love, the Egyptian queen Hatshepsut. As that's in the Blurb - this happens because he knew that there was something fishy with his sister, Docia's disappearance in fact it's while he was trying to find her that he got killed, and therefore went into the Ether and was able to meet Menes, but what you learn in this book is the complex process of what happens when these 2 souls blend together in one host body. Jackson has to learn to adapt to having the older soul of Menes inside him, and this makes it hard for Jackson to continue his previous life, one he is reluctant to give up. There are a few things he is having a hard time leaving behind, his job which he loves, his dog new K9 Sergeant and the feisty Psychiatrist Dr. Marissa Anderson, as they have had a lot of sessions after Jackson's K9 partner Chico was shot in the line of duty, but there are some really hot undercurrents that these two professional people are kicking out when they are close but both of them are too honourable to act upon them. So we have Marissa who keeps pushing for Jackson to confront his grief over the death of Chico, but all Jackson sees is the intense desire for her which he can't act upon, But Menes has other ideas, he sees this as an ideal situation - he needs a vessel for Hatshepsut, his lover and queen, but of course for that to happen Marissa will have to die. What a dilemma Jackson has, to Menes its simple, but to Jackson's honour code it's too much to ask. Will Marissa run screaming for the hills, or will she look outside the box at the possibility of having a chance at a 'Forever' kind of love? The tension fairly burns off the pages, but Jackson is soon shown that he can't stay in his old life, and one big factor against this is due to no longer being able to walk in the sun when the blending is complete. Menes is a Nightwalker, unable to go out into the sunlight, as when they do, they become paralyzed and therefore vulnerable to attack by their enemies. Another is that the Templar Bodywalkers will use any means necessary to get to Jackson and that includes going for his old friends and family. I have enjoyed this book because after the first story where the world is introduced, we get to find out the nitty gritty of how life will be living as a Nightwalker/Bodywalker host. Its not going to be easy, and there will be casualties.
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I really enjoyed this book, but the ending was way rushed. There was no "life after" the defining moment. It left me disappointed. It shorted the female main character, possibly most important role in the story!!!! Thereshould have been an additional 50 or so pages added to this story.....
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(Sry internet went down) kisses you back and smiles then walks anastasia back to her room lays her down then goes to are room and lays down tired but smiles as i see the picture of us on my nightstand
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mom caught me rping and i stole it back for a sec to tell you i love you. I'll miss you so much. Bye Sam.
ramore More than 1 year ago
After I read Forbidden I knew I was hooked on a new series. Forever is as enticing as the first book and sure to please Jacquelyn Frank fans everywhere! Danger, intrigue and, of course, romance! The story of bodywalkers Menes and Hatshepsut is so achingly romantic. And when carried over into Jackson and Marissa, it becomes even more beautiful. The World of Nightwalkers is a worthy successor to Ms. Frank's first Nightwalkers series. I love these unique stories and look forward to each one.
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I haven't found a book by this author that I do not love!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed Jacquelyn Frank's books so far and I have enjoyed this new series too. A lot of paranormal and great romance thrown in.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
Jacquelyn Frank writes some pretty gritty paranormal books. She is one of my go to authors. She isn't for everyone's taste but I like  her and scary as it sounds I understand her. Lots of people write paranormal or fantasies. She writes about people. They may be monsters but she still makes them into people. She doesn't pull punches when she writes her scenes. She puts it all out there. The characters have feelings. They are flawed and it's not easy to find their soul mate. Who would find it easy to wear another Soul inside you with your Love inside someone else. Can we say confusing...but she makes it all seem workable. Her publisher should thank their lucky stars they took her into their fold. Good for you! Love your kittens and please don't stop writing. 
SunMtnReviews More than 1 year ago
Forever picks up right where the first book in the series Forbidden ends. King Menes has been incarnated through Jackson Waverly, a police officer, who was introduced in Forbidden. It is ideal to start the series at the beginning, but Frank provides enough exposition throughout this second book for readers to become comfortable with the storyline and ongoing conflicts.  Jackson and Menes have gone through the process of blending and, now, along with fighting against his enemies, one of Menes’ priorities is to find a host for his beloved Queen Hatshepsut. Because he and Jackson now know each other’s memories and thoughts, Menes is aware of Jackson’s attraction to psychiatrist, Dr. Marissa Anderson, who counsels officers within the police department where Jackson is employed.  Behind the scenes, Menes is “fanning the flames” encouraging Jackson to pursue a romantic relationship with Marissa. Menes thinks Marissa would be a great candidate to host his queen.  Marissa spent a great deal of time getting to know Jackson when he was required to see her after the death of his K9 partner when Jackson was assaulted. Throughout their encounters, they have often clashed over differences in opinion. Yet, this doesn’t douse the mutual attraction that radiates between them.  Now that Menes has become one with Jackson, he encourages Jackson to take the initiative with Marissa and reveal his feelings for her.    While working a case together, Marissa witnesses a supernatural attack upon Jackson/Menes by an enemy.  Marissa shockingly learns that Jackson is no ordinary man, and because she has been seen by the enemies, her life is in danger as well.  The always professional and self-controlled Marissa finds herself ill-equipped to deal with the reality of this fantastical world she has entered.  After Jackson takes Marissa to a safe house to protect her, he finds it even more difficult not to physically seduce Marissa. Their sultry kisses show him that Marissa is a sensual and passionate woman, but she is reluctant to let go, take a chance, and give in to her carnal desires for Jackson. So Jackson/Menes together woo her with beautiful, romantic prose that would melt any woman’s icy heart. And Marissa is no exception.  Once they become intimate, Jackson/Mendes are determined to make her theirs. They proposition her to become the host for Hatshepsut. Marissa gasps when she realizes that even if she would consider becoming a Bodywalker, she would have to die first. Her obvious response is “NO.”  Marissa has a serious choice to make. Will she refuse to become Jackson’s mate, knowing that eventually Menes will push Jackson to find someone else to become host to the queen?  Throughout the story, Menes describes the perfect, profound, and enduring love that he shares with his soul mate, Hapshepsut.  Can Marissa take a leap of faith and believe that Jackson truly loves her and that they, too, can have this same passionate and lasting love?  Rather than being more action-oriented, the heart of this book focuses on the internal struggles both Jackson and Marissa face as they try to adapt to the Nightwalker world. The story certainly made for a suspenseful read as I awaited Marissa’s decision and what will happen next. Forever also foreshadows a major conflict in the next book, since a Templar has, unknowingly, unleashed one of the most evil gods into this world.  After reading Forever, I am impressed with the creative and fantastic story line Franks has created, and am now a fan of this series.  A copy of this book was provided to me by Ballantine Books in exchange for an honest review. 
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Jack Waverly was killed in an explosion, but in death he is offered a rebirth...the catch he has to share his body with another soul, the great pharaoh Menes. Menes is a Bodywalker, a leader of an ancient race that co-exist inside another human. Menes and his queen Hatshepsut have decided to return to the mortal world once again and Menes must find another vessel, human to host his queens soul. Jack is a police officer and has recently lost his K9 partner. Jack is obsessing over the hot Dr. Anderson, the doctor assigned to evaluate Jack’s mental health. Both Menes and Jack are drawn to Marrisa Anderson and when she witnesses an attack that includes gargoyles Jack must come clean about the Bodywalkers and the danger Marrisa now faces. Menes wants Marrisa to be Hatsheput’s host but to do that Marissa must die. Jack wants Marrisa because he’s fallen in love with the spunky doctor that hides behind her emotional guards.  An enemy releases an ancient evil, more powerful than any Bodywalker. Hatsheput and Mene’s must come together to save the mortal world from destruction. Adversaries must call a truce. The Bodywalker clans must reunite. Forever was an action packed adventure. Dark and heart wrenching choices must be made in this installment of The World of The Nightwalkers series. There is a perfect blending of character strengths and flaws between Jack and Menes souls making him one very hot and uber alpha leader of the Bodywalkers. The relationship between Marissa and Jack is hard won and tenuous but when they come together it is explosive and extremely passionate. Jacqueln Frank’s stunning imaginative tale will blow you away in a world where Egyptian kings and queens still walk among us. This ARC copy of Forever was given to me by Random House - Ballantine Books in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication on May 28, 2013.