Reviewed by Heather C
Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London #0.5
Genre: M/F Paranormal/Historical
Length: 88 Pages
Publisher: Forever Yours
Release Date: January 31, 2012
Available at: Forever Yours, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Prequel to Firelight.
After a fire consumes the Ellis family fortune, the beautiful and resourceful Miranda finds herself faced with an impossible dilemma: enter a life of petty crime or watch her family succumb to poverty. But once her fiancé learns of her descent into danger—and of the strange, new powers she’s discovered—saving her family may come at the high price of her heart.
When Lord Benjamin Archer’s one chance for redemption is destroyed by corrupt London antiquarian Hector Ellis, he vows to take what Ellis values most—his daughter Miranda. Forced to hide his face behind masks, Archer travels the world hoping to escape the curse that plagues him so that he can finally claim his prize.
But once Archer returns home to London, will it be revenge he seeks? Or will the flame-haired beauty ignite new, undeniable desires?
I just recently read Firelight and LOVED it soooooo much that I’m trying my best to clear my review schedule so I can move on to Moonglow as soon a possible. The other night I was looking for something quick to read while on the elliptical and remembered there was a prequel to Firelight…
WARNING WARNING WARNING — DO NOT READ EMBER BEFORE READING FIRELIGHT!!!!
Now that I’ve said that I can move on…
One thing I loved about Firelight was that I had so many questions throughout the book that were slowly revealed to me in little pieces here and there. Ember tells the story of how Miranda ruined her father…and what was happening to Miranda and Archer during the three years after that one fateful night. NO, it DOES NOT spoiler the biggest mysteries in Firelight and could truly be read in order, but it answers some little questions that I’m glad I didn’t know until THAT perfect point in the story.
So what does Ember add to Miranda and Archer’s story?
- What really happened the night Miranda destroyed her father’s warehouse
- What really happened between Archer and Miranda’s father
- How Miranda was introduced to Billy Finger…and how she made him pay
- What really happened between Miranda and Martin
- What really went down with Archer in Egypt
- What Archer had been up to in America
- What brought Archer back to London
Since this is a prequel and Miranda and Archer aren’t even together yet when this takes place, don’t expect a romance. Surprisingly the author was able to fit in some sexy scenes that somehow work for the story. And how could anyone not long to read more about these two?!
Dammit, I hate to admit that I wanted to like Martin…but I don’t think I ever can now. Sleazy Billy Finger just might have more morals that Martin.
So, while I don’t think it best to read this book first, it is TOTALLY worth reading…after finishing Firelight.
Overall Impression: I Really Liked It
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*