Kensington, Jun 2003, 14.00, 288 pp.
In 1899 in a South African hospital, Ducas Sangborne lies dying when The Colonel, noticing the uncanny resemblance to mercenary Dar St. Onge, recruits the latter to masquerade as Ducas back in England. The Colonel believes that Dar will easily gain entrance to mysterious Sangborne Manor. He needs to uncover the identity of the traitor that caused the death of many English soldiers on the battlefield. Reluctantly, Dar accepts the undercover operation though he is a bit shook that the almost dead Ducas could have been his twin.
Dar arrives “home” faking amnesia to cover his lack of knowledge about his parents, his home and himself (or should that be of Ducas). To his surprise gypsy woman Angene claims that she is his mistress something he wants very badly but as Dar, but not as a masked imitator. He also fears entanglement will interfere with his mission and his need to find out who is killing manor residents leaving their blood drained like the Stroker's vampire.
THE FOREVER KISS is a powerfully written paranormal erotic historical romance that contains a strong plot and two intense protagonists. Though “twins” have been used as a mechanism in many novels, the story line still grips the audience from the moment the Colonel realizes that Dar and Ducas must have been adjoined at the hip. Though Thea Devine needs to leave out the unneeded shock value profanities that no one, even a gangsta rapper, uses in her manner of speaking, erotic romance readers will still appreciate a well-written heated tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner