Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London, book 5
Genre: Paranormal historical romance, Steampunk
Source: Review copy from publisher
Once the night comes . . .
Will Thorne is living a nightmare, his sanity slowly being drained away by a force he can't control. His talents have made him the perfect assassin for hire. But as he loses his grip on reality, there is no calming him—until he finds his next target: the mysterious Holly Evernight.
Love must cast aside the shadows . . .
Holly cannot fathom who would put a contract on her life, yet the moment she touches Will, the connection between them is elemental, undeniable—and she's the only one who can tame his bouts of madness. But other assassins are coming for Holly. Will must transform from killer to protector and find the man who wants Holly dead . . . or his only chance for redemption will be lost.
Evernight starts one year after the events in Shadowdance (book fourth). Holly hasn’t been able to overcome the trauma of what she was forced to do while she was captured by the fallen angel. She is been suffering from agoraphobia and hasn’t being able to leave her house in almost a year. To add to her worries somebody is trying to kill her, luckily for her her house is an impregnable fortress… or at least it was until the day Will Thorne came for her.
Since his capture Will has been in hell. The experiments done to his body have drastically changed him. He is not only losing his mind, his body is also turning to metal, a transformation that causes him pain so extreme it makes his lose sanity along his skin.
One of the very few things he remembers from his captivity is Holly Evernight, the woman that took his heart and replaced it with a platinum clockwork heart. The heart that is consuming him. Will only wants revenge from Holly; he wants her to pay for what she did to him. Using his newfound powers he comes to her house to do just that, but instead of finding revenge he finds relief from his pain by just touching Holly.
Holly is an elemental who can control metals. Using her magic she can ease Will’s pain. Holly regrets what she was forced to do to him and wants to help him. Knowing they both can help each other they reach a bargain. Holly will help Will relieve his pain and will search for a cure to his affliction and Will will protect Holly and will investigate who is behind the attempts to her life. Their agreement forces them to live in close quarter and with their proximity comes some complications they were not expecting as it’s the attraction they can’t deny.
Holly is the kind of heroine I like, she is strong, smart, but at the same time she’s vulnerable. She’s suffering from PTSD. She doesn’t want people to think less of her, for that reason she hasn’t looked for help and has submerged herself in her work.
Will used to be a ladies’ man; his life was full of vices and debauchery. He never cared for any woman in particular, for him women existed for his pleasure and that was it. He was a good friend, and for helping a friend he ended up tortured and experimented on. Despite all his suffering Will still has a good heart, he is caring, protective, and sexy as hell.
Holly and Will are attracted to each other from the very beginning. Their connection is more than physical, they both suffered under the fallen angel’s hands. Their experiences united them and made them more akin to each other.
I really loved how Will was able to crack the shell Holly used to protect herself and how Holly calmed and show Will he was more than his clockwork heart.
The playfulness in their relationship was very sweet and endearing to watch. Their chemistry is off the charts, so much the pages sizzle when they give loose reins to their attraction.
The story has many twists and turns, and in the best Callihan’s style there are some unpredictable surprises along the way that will leave you in awe and wanting for more. There is couple of subplots in the story; one of those involves the creator of the GIMs, Adam; that subplot sows the seeds for next book in the series, Soulbound.
One of the things I like the most about this series is the world building and in the case of Evernight Mrs. Callihan excels. She not only gives the Steampunk Victorian London with the supernatural beings we already know from previous books, but in this installment she also brings the Fae to play and not the sweet Tinker Bell kind of Fae, but the kind of Fae I like, the manipulative, heartless and vicious Fae.
I was dying to get my hands on Evernight since the moment I finished Shadowdance; luckily for me and my fellow readers (fans of this series) Evernight lived to my expectations and I can almost say it surpassed them.
Evernight works fine as a standalone, but to get the full effect of Holly and Will’s background I recommend you to at least read Shadowdance before.
Evernight is an original riveting read that I recommend to paranormal romance and historical romance fans.
I’m eagerly looking forward to next book in the series, Soulbound, to be release on February 24th, 2015.
My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws
Other books in the series
Soulbound (February 24th, 2015)
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