Sunday, 7 December 2014

Review: Monnglow by Kristen Callihan

Moonglow (Darkest London #2)
Author: Kristen Callihan
Release Date: 31 July 2012
Publisher: Forever

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.


I am loving this series so far. I read Firelight fairly recently and was immediately absorbed into the world Kristen Callihan builds. There's basically a supernatural underground in London, filled with all kinds of creatures. I love that you're not thrown head first into this world, but it's built up slowly with details fed into the story as necessary. This was was a great sequel and I'd so been looking forward to Daisy's story. I was particularly thrilled to see Ian Ranulf reappear in this book as the hero!

Daisy had a horrible marriage to a much older man who abused and belittled her at every opportunity. Now she's a widower and free to enjoy her life as she sees fit...unfortunately a werewolf interrupts her first foray into fun by brutally slaughtering the man she was with. Daisy also becomes something of a target for the werewolf, and needs protection- and that's where Ian comes in. Daisy's such an easy character to like. She is a strong-willed and determined woman, with vulnerabilities she hides beneath a carefree demeanour.

Ian is a werewolf, but he takes great pains to control his were urges. Ian may have come across as kind of an ass in the previous book but he more than redeems himself in this one. He's had a pretty traumatic past, and my heart hurt for him on numerous occasions. I loved how determined Ian was to protect Daisy from the werewolf hunting her and the other werewolves in London who are not quite as friendly as him, shall we say.

Ian and Daisy had a fantastic chemistry and I loved them together. At first they're wary of each other, and Daisy is especially wary since Ian tried to seduce Miranda (her sister) many times in the previous book. Soon, they connect on more than just a physical level, and I loved the intimacy that develops between them.

Overall, Moonglow is another awesome addition to the Darkest London series. The engaging plot, steamy romance and skillful world-building all add to the utter swoon-worthiness that is Moonglow. Bring on Winterblaze, because I must read Poppy and Wisnton's story!

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