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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A Forever Kind of Thing



A Forever Kind of Thing by Sharon Cullen
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Review by Bittersweet

Mikael Giovanni, King of the Giovanni gypsy tribe, has been cursed to live forever. Jaded and bitter with the life he’d been dealt, he meets Allie Tremont, a woman with her own demons to battle.

Allie’s life is threatened when Mikael’s considerable past catches up to him, thrusting her in the middle of a centuries old gypsy feud. Facing the possibility of eternity without the love it took centuries to find, Mikael must confront the past before it destroys his last chance at a forever kind of thing.

A Forever Kind of Thing is indeed staying forever on my bookshelf so that I can read it over and over again. From the first page, Ms. Cullen captured my attention with little effort. In no time I found myself reading with vicious speed, dying to know what would happen next between the hot, fated-to-live-forever Mikael (I think I love him) and the cute little librarian, Allison. I just couldn’t put it down!

Well-developed characters you can’t help falling in love with, and at the same time identifying with, fill the pages. (Oh, that bold streak in Allie, which she’s so afraid to release -- and when she does she feels embarrassed, just like any other person; or Mikael and his nerves regarding his feelings…). Not only are the characters well written, but the world built around them is something I could easily identify with: a library, a restaurant, a carnival...

The novel has it all—heart-wrenching moments and intrigue that kept me avidly reading until I had to force myself to stop. Even then I couldn’t stop thinking about what would happen next. Although I don’t bite my nails, I was starting to do so because of the budding love and growing sexual tension, which just kept me on edge. When it did happen, it was all that I had expected and more: sweet, sensual and spicy, all together. And how can I forget those dreams? They were a step into the past in a vivid kind of way, molded perfectly into the whole story. It made me want to know all of Mikael’s more than two hundred years of existence.

All in all, A Forever Kind of Thing is almost perfect. The only thing I found missing was getting to know why Mikael’s cousin, Nikolai, is also immortal…but perhaps in another book? Do yourself a favor and grab this one for your own keeper shelf!