Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London, book 1
Genre: Paranormal Historical Romance
Source: Review copy from publisher
“London, 1881Once 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.”
Firelight is the first book in the Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan.
When a friend told me “you have to read Firelight, I know you are going to love it.” I say ok, I’m gonna add it to my TBR and I did, but then another friend said the same thing, and later another one, by then I knew I have to read Firelight ASAP and not leave it waiting in my TBR with so many other books ‘I’m gonna read someday’. Being honest I’m very glad I let my friends bullied me into reading Firelight sooner rather than later.
The blurb is pretty explicit, I won’t add more to it, I think in this case you need to read Firelight and discover the rest of the story for yourself.
I really love Miranda, she is not a lady in distress or anything like that, she is strong, smart, determined and loyal but at the same time she is a bit susceptible because she is different from others, she uses her beauty in a manner to distract others for her real self but if you really know her you will see that under the facade of strong and in control woman she wears there is also a vulnerable person that blames herself for things out of her control.
Lord Archer is not your typical tortured hero, he’s a lot more. He suffers from a curse and has dedicated his life unsuccessfully in finding a cure. Because of his curse he is forced to hide behind a mask, that mask also marks him as different and makes him feel undesired and undeserving. Despite his mask and his sometimes gloomy attitude Lord Archer is charming and caring, and the more we know him the easier is to see the real man under the mask and what a man he is.
The romance between Miranda and Lord Archer felt completely real and possible; they are two characters that complement each other perfectly and it’s easy to understand why they fell in love with each other. The chemistry between them is clear since their first encounter and their romance builds page after page, same with the sexual tension, getting to a point that you will be eagerly turning pages faster and faster waiting for their next encounter, next sweet words and dying for a simple touch between them. When we finally get what we been waiting for the feeling of rightness and satisfaction we are left with is completely worth the wait.
The secondary characters are also well written and interesting and you can’t help yourself but want to learn more about them. Miranda’s sisters are very unique characters, I’m sure there is more to them that the few glimpses we see. Lord Archer’s friends and not so good friends are also very intriguing. I’m glad next installment of this series will be Lord Ian and Daisy’s book.
Firelight was a very nice and entertaining book, it has a good pace, even though it stalls a bit in the middle but not for long, soon after it picks up the pace again grabbing you and entangling you anew in its story. The well-written and smartly developed plot with the help of a gothic setting makes of this debut book an even more enthralling read.
As I said before I’m very happy my friends bullied me into reading this book, now it’s my turn to tell you this is a book you must read. Firelight is a book that will appeal to historical, paranormal, and urban fantasy lovers, that means all of you.
I’m planning to read in the following days the prequel of this series called Ember and needless to say I’m looking forward to August 1st to the release of the next installment of this series, Moonglow.
Other books in this series
Moonglow (August 1st)
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