02 February 2012

Firelight (Darkest London #1) by Kristen Callihan


London, 1881
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.


Firelight (Darkest London, #1)Firelight by Kristen Callihan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really really wish we had 1/2 stars ratings so I could rate books that're in between, like Firelight. I kept going back and forth between 3 and 4 stars for Firelight and finally settled on 4. With that being said, I really enjoyed Firelight. I haven't read a lot of historical paranormal books, barely one or two I think but Firelight has definitely found a place among my favorite novels!

Miranda's special. She can start,manipulate and control fire with her mind. The story begins with Miranda marrying Benjamin Archer who agreed to settle her family's debts in exchange for her hand in marriage. Archer's not got a great reputation in her town. In fact, he's known to be pretty scary and he wears a mask all the time, even on their wedding day. So I guess he's also a little strange.

Archer and Miranda are what made this book. They're both amazing characters that keep you glued to the pages. Dark, broody and mysterious, Archer had me rooting for him from the beginning - the scene at the church. I seriously didn't know what to expect when I started reading Firelight but it was really really good. The scenes between Miranda and Archer are so so sexy that they made my knees go weak.

*sigh* Archer gave me butterflies..! Funny that a fictional guy managed to me feel that way.

"He spread his arms wide in entreaty before letting them fall. “I lied. I lied when I said your beauty does not affect me. I look at you, and I’m breathless, dizzy from it. I want to kneel at your feet and worship you. While the baser part of me wants to fling up your skirts and stick my cock in you until we forget our names.” His nostrils flared as he glared at her, accusation and pain mingling within his eyes.

“But none of that matters,” he said, trembling before her, “because every day that I am with you, I am more convinced that God made you just for me. For in ninety years on this earth, no one has made me feel the way you do, as if every day is an adventure. You make me laugh. And I never laugh. I go around smiling like a witless fool. So yes, I kept it from you, because I am so desperately in love with you that the knowledge that you might love me too was irresistible. And I was afraid it would turn to dust should I take off that mask.”

I'm lovestruck. Yup.

Kristen Callihan is certainly talented and can create a romance that doesn't fail to excite you. Although Darkest London is supposed to be a series, Miranda and Archer's story's pretty much wrapped up at the end of Firelight. I guess the next books are going to focus on Miranda's sisters but to be honest, I'm not sure I'm interested in their story, and that is why I didn't rate this book higher. I can't get into a series when they're about different characters each time, especially if I'm unattached to them. Like I said, Archer made this book exciting for me..Archer and Miranda together. After all, who doesn't love a dark, gothic romance?

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  1. Thanks for the review, Im loving this!

  2. I've had this one on my wish list and based on your review I am very eager to read it.