Book Review: Moonglow by Kristen Callihan

Reviewed by Heather C

1Title:  Moonglow
Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London #2
Hero/Heroine: Ian Ranulf/ Daisy Ellis Craigmore
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 384 Pages
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: June 31, 2012
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:

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.

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Review:

Moonglow is the 2nd novel in the Darkest London series and tells the stories of Miranda’s older sister Daisy and Archer’s ex-friend Ian Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup.  We met both characters in Firelight:  Daisy stuck in a horrible marriage and Ian’s shameless pursuit of Miranda and redheaded whores.  Now, a killer werewolf is on the loose and after Daisy, and Ian is determined to protect her.

I’m loving this series!!

The Romance: I love how the heroines so far in this series have not been “innocent”.  Virginal heroines are just too much of the standard for romances set in this time period and I’m glad to see a series stepping outside of that box.  Of course Daisy was widowed, but she hadn’t been “pure” for a long time.  And I loved how she stood up to Ian in a way she was never able to standup to Craigmore.  Ian was a bit of a villain in Firelight and it was fun seeing him so possessive over Daisy here.  There was plenty of sexual tension and sexy time between Daisy and Ian and I loved how they refused to keep it secret.

“Ah, my sweet, lass,” he said brokenly, “What did that bastard do to you?”
Shame was a hot tar coating her insides, clogging her throat.  “I can’t.”
His hand smoothed down her forearm.  “You can.  Haven’t you realized yet?  I am yours, whether you will it or no.”

The Mystery: I admit, I did figure out the killer long before it was revealed, but I couldn’t connect all the pieces in my head on my own.  There were so many details and characters involved in the beginning that I did get confused there for a bit.  But everything made perfect sense in the end.

The Supernatural:  I love how this series has a “little bit” of everything, but it hasn’t revealed all its supernatural secrets yet.  I mentioned in my Firelight review that I wanted to know more about Miranda’s powers and it finally happened here!  Obviously Daisy isn’t without her own mechanism of defense and Ian is a Lycan shifter…and then suddenly this series has taken a little turn into the direction of Steampunk!!  Also, something else has been hinted at that I haven’t quite figured out…  Seriously, it has it all.

What’s Next?  It’s obvious it will be about Poppy and Winston and while I’m not a big fan of established/reunited couples, I’m very intrigued about WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON!!!  I will just say that A LOT has changed in the Lane home.

A LOT happens in Moonglow and this series is progressing into something I just have to know more about.  I’m READY to move on to Winterblaze!

Overall Impression: I Loved It

*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*

Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, M/F, Published in 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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One thought on “Book Review: Moonglow by Kristen Callihan

  1. Ami

    Well, as you know, I only gave 2.5 stars for Firelight (gah, that novel bored me!) but probably I would get better experience here. It did have werewolf haha

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