Sunday, June 24, 2012

Review: Firelight (Darkest London #1) by Kristen Callihan

                                                Firelight (Darkest London #1)
                                                         Kristen Callihan
                                                  Published January 31,2012
                                                       Publisher Forever                                               
                                                            372 pages

Synopsis (from goodreads):
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.

I should start this by stating I do not read a lot of historical novels. They are just not my cup of tea. I do not enjoy reading about lords, ladies, castles and buggies. When I was younger I read a lot of them but then I just discovered other genres and went away from the historical romance. That being said I had heard a lot about this book and thought if I was going to give a historical a try this would be the book to do it with. I must say I am completely satisfied with that decision as this book was really good. I was a little worried at first as Lord Archer bought Miranda from her father to be his bride and Miranda had never met him. I kept reading and I was really intrigued by the story. Lord Archer hides behind masks and never shows his face. People fear him but he is so sweet and loving towards Miranda. Horrible murders are occurring and people are accusing Lord Archer as he is so mysterious and is known to have quite a temper. Miranda has a few secrets of her own and its great to see how these two learn to trust one another and how far they would each go to save the other. The chemistry/ sexual tension  between Miranda and Lord Archer is amazing. The author did a great job of having these two dance around each other. I kept reading wondering when will they finally kiss, when will Miranda get to see what is behind the mask, what is behind the mask and how did he get disfigured? This definitely is a page turner. I read this book in about 2 days as I had to find out what happens.  This was a great start to this series and I look forward  reading  Moonglow, book two of the series, when it comes out at the end of July. 

Firelight : 3.5/5  stars
cover:  4/5    stars


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