Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Early Review : Firelight (Darkest London) by Kristen Callihan

London, 1881
Once the flames are ignited . .
Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family's fortune decimated and forced her to wed London's most nefarious nobleman.

They will burn for eternity . . . 
Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it's selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can't help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn't felt in a lifetime. When Archer is accused of a series of gruesome murders, he gives in to the beastly nature he has fought so hard to hide from the world. But the curse that haunts him cannot be denied. Now, to save his soul, Miranda will enter a world of dark magic and darker intrigue. For only she can see the man hiding behind the mask.

Another outstanding debut!
 I can't believe the luck I've had with my reading selections lately.

The characters are well developed with interesting characteristics and a perfect balance of strengths and weaknesses that make them appear real and believable despite their unusual circumstances. As a couple, they possess an intriguing amount of chemistry and sexual tension that keeps the pages quickly turning. 

Lord Archer has patiently waited for years to take Lady Miranda as his wife. From their first encounter in a dark alleyway he has been irresistibly drawn to her. She is a stunning beauty. She's also admirably brave and complex. Most importantly, she was the first woman in a very long time to treat Archer as a man instead of shying away from his imposing figure and peculiar appearance.

Miranda remains clueless to her previous encounter with Archer until some time after their marriage. All she knows, if the rumors are to be believed, is that her soon-to-be husband is a man to be feared. His history and circumstances remain as mysterious as the face hidden beneath his hard black mask.

But Miranda carries secrets of her own and soon finds herself relating to, and eventually falling for, the surprisingly charming Lord Archer.

I was also intrigued by the murder mystery that is weaved into the story along with the secrecy behind Archer's appearance and his heavily guarded past.  

This was overall a very romantic and satisfying read. I highly recommend it. 

"Moonglow", Daisy and Ian's story, will be releasing in August.



Jen D. @ Not Now...I'm Reading! said...

Great review. I'll definitely be adding it to the wishlist.

Aleksandra said...

Great review! I'll have to read it soon :)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Hmmm, new books to me and they sounds really really good. :) Thank you!!

Underworld Love Addiction said...

I'm reading this right now so hopefully I'll like it too. I'm feeling more optimistic than usual. I read the 1st book in 2 new series last week and they were both really good.

Niina C said...

That cover is kind of gorgeous! And by your review the book delivers too. It's sounds like a great concept, I need to go read the excerpt!
New follower as well. :)

Simcha said...

I've never heard of this book but it does sound good, and the cover is very striking. I'll have to give it a try.

Addicted2Heroines said...

Thank you all very much for the comments!

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