Reviewed by Heather C
Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London #5
Hero/Heroine: William Thorne/Holly Evernight
Genre: MF Historical Romance; Steampunk
Length: 385 Pages
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Once the night comes . . .
Will Thorne is living a nightmare, his sanity slowly being drained away by a force he can’t control. His talents have made him the perfect assassin for hire. But as he loses his grip on reality, there is no calming him—until he finds his next target: the mysterious Holly Evernight.
Love must cast aside the shadows . . .
Holly cannot fathom who would put a contract on her life, yet the moment she touches Will, the connection between them is elemental, undeniable—and she’s the only one who can tame his bouts of madness. But other assassins are coming for Holly. Will must transform from killer to protector and find the man who wants Holly dead . . . or his only chance for redemption will be lost.
Well…I FAILED!! I’ve been flying through this series, and after finishing Shadowdance last week, I had EVERY intention of holding off on reading Evernight for a bit…I just wanted to prolong this series for as long as I possibly could. Well…THAT didn’t happen!!
It’s been a year after Shadowdance…a year after Holly Evernight did THAT THING she was forced to do to William Thorne. What did she do? Well, it’s not like I can tell even a tiny bit of the gruesome tale without giving away massive spoilers for this book and the previous one!! (If you haven’t read Shadowdance yet, you should be reading it instead of my review.) So, from here on forward, I shall refer to what previously happened between Holly and Will as ‘THAT THING’.
Let’s try this again. So, it’s a year later. Holly has been living in fear and afraid to leave her home since THAT THING happened…among other things. What’s worse, there’s a contract out for her death and numerous assassins have tried to kill her…in her own home. Oh, and she’s taken a sabbatical from the SOS (Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals). Now, the last time I saw Will, I was under the impression that he was still a member of the Nex, but that isn’t quite so anymore…they kicked him out after what he did for Jack Talent. (Oops, spoiler.) In the past year, THAT THING has driven Will to madness…changing him from the sanguis demon that he was into something unrecognizable.
When Will turns up on Holly’s doorstep in a rage trying to kill her, only she can control him. Only she can take the madness and pain away. The two enemies come to an accord: if Holly helps Will with THAT THING, then he will protect her from the assassins and uncover who put the hit out on her life. The problem: they each find themselves falling for their biggest enemy…each other.
“Here is what we shall do. You put your hand in mine, keep me sane while I keep you safe. And then you shall put one foot in front of the other until you no longer have to count your steps, and I will not let you go.” ~ William Thorne
AND that’s pretty much all I can giveaway about the plot without spoiling all kinds of crazy, twisty things!! I will try to spoil as little as possible.
What all did I love about this book?!
Holly is one BADASS heroine! Yes, she has hidden herself away in her home, but she hasn’t been hiding under the bed all this time. No, she has continued to work on her inventions and fortify her defenses. There is a reason why none of those assassins have been able to touch her. PLUS, there is a kick-ass cage fight scene featuring Holly and her talents. OMG, one of the best girl fights ever!
No virgin heroine! There has yet to be a virgin heroine in any of the books I’ve read from this series; although I haven’t yet read the novella Entwined, so I can’t speak to that one. And how Holly lost her virginity: best first-time story ever! I wish I could have seen the look on Will’s face.
William Thorne! How do I describe Will? Well, he’s arrogant and inappropriate, but protective and loyal to a fault…well, mostly! Did I mention his dirty mouth? Another memorable hero for sure. And the train station scene at the end!!! I just wish I could have seen more of his artistic talents other than just that one time.
Bonded for life! Okay, that scene was beautiful! And I was freaking out thinking that what they did was going to disappear…
Blood sucking! Ah, yeah, I admit that I have a little kink for blood play and since Will is a sanguis demon…well you can imagine what that involves…
Banter and cheekiness galore! Oh my, I loved their humor and it certainly increased the sexual tension. I don’t know who was naughtier: Will or Holly.
Other characters don’t take over the story. I can expect there will always be new characters introduced, even get scenes from their POVs, but it’s all very relative to plot…even when I sometimes question it. This time we finally get to meet St. John Evernight AKA Sin, brother to the Ellis ladies. Now that man is a mystery I want to unravel. And Adam also plays a big role in this book, too. Another thing I love about this series is that even though I love all the other couples, I’m glad the progress of their lives isn’t constantly being updated in the middle of the later books. There are a few details here and there, but they mostly fit in right along with what’s going on with the plot. It’s not a detour like I see in so many other long standing series out there.
Constant propulsion of the story arc. I couldn’t imagine that this series could get anymore complicated. Yep, it does! And this time we meet the fae. I don’t know why I didn’t see that coming, but it makes sense. What’s even better is that any questions I have left over from previous books, I trust that it’s just not yet time for me to know the answers. All my questions will be revealed in time.
THAT THING. Such a unique idea and I just couldn’t figure out how they were going to get past it. Every theory that I came up with was wrong! I do think that the resolution was a tiny bit too easy, maybe because I didn’t expect it, but it was a bit underwhelming compared to any of my awesome theories. But, oh well. Like I already said, I loved the train station scene at the end!
My questions. How is Adam going to get out of his fuck up? Dammit, I have months to wait before Soulbound is released! What all has Sin involved himself with? It can’t be good. Will Lucien ever get a HEA? I don’t believe for a second that Darby is really dead and I’m playing matchmaker all by myself in my head.
I think I will now have to go back and read Entwined to tide myself over, but dammit I read the blurb…and I already know Aidan’s secret!
Overall Impression: I Loved It
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*