Review: Moonglow (Darkest London #2) by Kristen Callihan

September 16, 2012 Review 1 ★★★★


Moonglow

(Darkest London, #2)
by Kristen Callihan

Genre: Paranormal Romance |
Excerpt: Yes | Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Julia | Source: Publisher

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; July 31, 2012
  • ISBN-10: 1455508586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455508587

Rating

Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Sex scenes.

Description

Once the seeds of desire are sown . . .

Finally free of her suffocating marriage, widow Daisy Ellis Craigmore is ready to embrace the pleasures of life that have long been denied her. Yet her new-found freedom is short lived. A string of unexplained murders has brought danger to Daisy’s door, forcing her to turn to the most unlikely of saviors . . .

Their growing passion knows no bounds . . .

Ian Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup, has spent lifetimes hiding his primal nature from London society. But now a vicious killer threatens to expose his secrets. Ian must step out of the shadows and protect the beautiful, fearless Daisy, who awakens in him desires he thought long dead. As their quest to unmask the villain draws them closer together, Daisy has no choice but to reveal her own startling secret, and Ian must face the undeniable truth: Losing his heart to Daisy may be the only way to save his soul.

Review

Given the events at the end of FIRELIGHT, I had assumed book two would continue to explore the magic and changes of Miranda Ellis. The change of focus to Ian and Daisy was a surprise that I soon grew to appreciate.  From the opening chapter with Ian’s little “bedroom failure”, I knew I was going to love MOONGLOW. Once again, Callihan has found the perfect mix of history, romance, and magic to keep me captivated the whole way through.

While Ian as a hero was no surprise, Daisy as his love interest was an exciting choice. Callihan quickly and effectively resolved the whole “I hit on your sister” elephant in the room, and Daisy developed as an interesting heroine without betraying her initial characterization (i.e. – she was the funny, flighty, foot-in-mouth sister in FIRELIGHT, and while I learned more about her troubled marriage, she didn’t transform into a completely different woman as soon as the spotlight was upon her). Of course, midstory there was a significant development with Daisy, and it was not at all one that I expected.

Twisty and exciting, in plot and character and world building, MOONGLOW was a surprising delight all the way through. Callihan doesn’t give just one climax or development, but rather she explores and uncovers new ground the entire length of the book.  MOONGLOW was a well crafted book that delivers on all fronts, and the world of Darkest London grows more interesting and complex with each book.  The characters made it oh so easy for me to get emotionally invested in their fate, the romance was scorching hot, and the plot managed to surprise me on several occasions without ever losing my credulity. I put down MOONGLOW eager to read Poppy’s story, and I hope Callihan isn’t shy about bringing us back into the lives of the other Ellis sisters, if only for brief glimpses.

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  1. Firelight

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