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Monday, November 11, 2013

Review: Entwined by Kristen Callihan

Title: Entwined
Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London, book 3.5
Genre: Paranormal Historical Romance
Publisher: Forever
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“Eamon Evernight has always lived in his older brother's shadow. While his brother is fair of hair and lithe in body, Eamon sparks fear with his fiery locks and massive frame-and rumors of a mysterious power. But when his brother has the good fortune to be betrothed to a beautiful stranger, it's Eamon's help-and quick wit and romantic heart--that he needs. Eamon agrees to write the noble lady...a generous offer that will forever leave him a changed man. 

Lady Luella Jane Moran has no interest in an arranged marriage and tries valiantly to dissuade her betrothed from afar. Though her own letters plainly state her case, the words her husband-to-be writes her leave her aching for his touch. Will Lu give in to the desire the missives have kindled within her? Or will desire turn cold when she discovers their true author?”
Entwined is a novella in the Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan.

To Aiden Evergreen dismay his father arrange his betrothal to Lady Luella Jane Moran. He is supposed to marry her when he reaches his age of majority. Marrying is the last thing Aiden wants and decides to correspond with his intended hoping to convince her to dissuade her father and end their engagement. Aiden is not good with letters, not many know, but he can’t write or read; his younger brother, Eamon, has done it for him all these years.
Eamon decides to help his brother and starts to correspond with Luella pretending to be Aiden. What started as a war of wills soon becomes the highlight of both Luella and Eamon’s lives. Through every letter they exchange they start to form a relationship and without wanting they fall in love. What Luella doesn’t know is that she has fallen for the younger brother and not for her intended.
The time has come for Luella and Aiden to marry. After years of correspondence Luella can’t wait to meet the man that stole her heart, sadly when the moment comes Luella can’t find in Aiden any of the things that made her love him. To her great distress she feels a stronger connection with Aiden’s brother, Eamon.
Eamon would never do anything to displease his brother, but at the same time he doesn’t know if can stand to watch Aiden marry the woman he loves.
When Aiden realizes Eamon is in love with Luella and Luella is attracted to Eamon, he decides to make things easier for them. The question is will Eamon and Luella take this opportunity to be happy or would they let it pass?

Notwithstanding her young age I really liked Luella. With her very first letter she shows us that she’s smart and strong and with the passing of time she only gets better and better.

Eamon is a dreamy torture hero. Despite having suffered many ill treatments he’s still a caring, loving and generous man. Last but not least, he’s a virgin hero, something that will make us swoon a little, while giving us some chuckles to go along.

Luella and Eamon’s relationship builds slowly through letters; there they shared their innermost thoughts and feelings, making it easier to connect with them. Seeing them dance around each other was heartbreaking and cute and when they finally come together was so innocently sweet that I couldn’t help it but liked them even more.

The connection to the series is not revealed until the very end, and even though it’s not a strong one I’m happy to have met Luella and Eamon.

I love Kristen Callihan books and Entwined was not an exception. Entwined is a satisfying novella that reads like a full-length book. It has intrigues, secrets, romance and complex characters and in the best Kristen Callihan a touch of paranormal. You don’t need to have read previous books in the series to read Entwined.

Now, after getting a small dose of the wonderful world of Mrs. Callihan’s Darkest London series I’m even more eager to get my hands on the next installment of this series, Shadowdance, to be released on December 17th.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

Other books in the series
Ember (Novella-prequel)
Shadowdance (December 17th)

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