Reviewed by Heather C
Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London #3
Hero/Heroine: Winston and Poppy Lane
Genre: M/F Paranormal Romance, Historical
Length: 422 Pages
Publisher: Grang Central Publishing
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Once blissfully in love . . .
Poppy Lane is keeping secrets. Her powerful gift has earned her membership in the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, but she must keep both her ability and her alliance with the Society from her husband, Winston. Yet when Winston is brutally attacked by a werewolf, Poppy’s secrets are revealed, leaving Winston’s trust in her as broken as his body. Now Poppy will do anything to win back his affections . . .
Their relationship is now put to the ultimate test.
Winston Lane soon regains his physical strength but his face and heart still bear the scars of the vicious attack. Drawn into the darkest depths of London, Winston must fight an evil demon that wants to take away the last hope of reconciliation with his wife. As a former police inspector, Winston has intelligence and logic on his side. But it will take the strength of Poppy’s love for him to defeat the forces that threaten to tear them apart.
Winston and Poppy Lane married fourteen years ago. For fourteen years, their marriage was based on lies and deception. Three months ago, Winston was attacked and nearly killed by a supernatural creature and discovered that his wife had been keeping secrets: she’s a member of SOS, The Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, and has supernatural powers of her own. Scarred and betrayed, Winston leaves Poppy and their home, but Winston has a forgotten secret of his own that just might keep them apart forever.
I really loved the first two books in this series, but I knew going into Winterblaze that it would probably be a challenge for me. You see, I’m not a fan of established couples or reunited lovers, so this one had flashing warning signs all over it. But I had a good momentum going and was determined to move on in the series.
I liked the chemistry between Poppy and Winston, it was obviously that they were meant for each other, but I just couldn’t get myself too concerned over whether or not they made up or not. With that being said, there was plenty of sexual tension and even a bit of angry sex between them…they were HOT.
“No more acting as though I am not so utterly in love with my wife that it tears my heart out not to hold her. Not another night Poppy. It makes a mockery of what I feel for you.” ~ Winston
I liked the back scenes of Winston and Poppy’s relationship: how they met, their courtship and when they really fell in love. They were crucial to the telling of the story, but sometimes I was annoyed with the interruption.
I liked that I now know more about the SOS and the characters involved, but since it didn’t play a part in the first book and was only briefly mentioned in the second, this book felt more like a transition book delving deeper into the supernatural world. I think the series now has a clearer direction, I hope, but this book felt very different from the previous two.
I liked the mystery. It was different and like nothing I would have ever expected. Plus, there was no way I could have ever figured how Winston and Poppy were going to get out of their situation. It was just so heartbreaking. But near the end, I did suspect what Winston was up to and really enjoyed the resolution.
I liked the scenes that were happening between Jack Talent and Mary Chase. They were obviously important to set up their story in the next book, but the scenes were placed so awkwardly and interrupted tense situations between Winston and Poppy that I found them frustrating and screwing with the pace of the story.
In the end, I think this is an important book in the series and cannot be skipped. It sets up too many threads I expect to see continued on in the next several books. I will definitely continue on with Shadowdance next; I’m curious to see where it goes with Talent and Mary.
Overall Impression: It Was Good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*