Reviewed by Heather C
Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London
Hero & Heroine: Eamon Evernight & Luella Moran
Genre: MF Historical Romance, Paranormal
Length: 33,000 words
Publisher: Forever Yours
Release Date: November 2013
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Eamon Evernight has always lived in his older brother’s shadow. While his brother is fair of hair and lithe in body, Eamon sparks fear with his fiery locks and massive frame-and rumors of a mysterious power. But when his brother has the good fortune to be betrothed to a beautiful stranger, it’s Eamon’s help-and quick wit and romantic heart–that he needs. Eamon agrees to write the noble lady…a generous offer that will forever leave him a changed man.
Lady Luella Jane Moran has no interest in an arranged marriage and tries valiantly to dissuade her betrothed from afar. Though her own letters plainly state her case, the words her husband-to-be writes her leave her aching for his touch. Will Lu give in to the desire the missives have kindled within her? Or will desire turn cold when she discovers their true author?
Entwined is a short novella set around sixty years before the current Darkest London timeline and tells the story of Eamon Evernight and his love interest Lu. If you’ve already read Evernight, then you know that Eamon is the grandfather of heroine Holly Evernight.
Eamon’s older brother Aidan has been betrothed to young Lady Luella per their fathers’ agreement and the two will have to marry one year after Aidan reaches his majority. The problem: Aidan does not wish to ever marry. While it is not explicitly stated, it is obvious that Aidan prefers men. Anyway, hoping to persuade Lu against the marriage, Eamon agrees to assist Aidan by writing to Lu while pretending to be Aidan. Eamon never meant to fall in love with his brother’s fiancee, so when Lu shows up on the Evernight doorstep, Eamon’s secrets may no longer be safe…
I REALLY enjoyed this story.
I loved in the beginning how I got to see Eamon and Lu falling for each other through the letters. It was wonderful to see the banter turn into a true friendship.
I especially loved Eamon: the muscular ginger embarrassed by his size and looks…and his faithfulness to his brother.
I loved how both Eamon and Lu were both sexually inexperienced and that their first attempt at “love making” was pretty much a disaster. Ah, but they eventually figured it out!
The mystery here was a bit week, and I suspected the truth about Lu for a while before it was revealed. It also isn’t very heavy in the paranormal aspects either; just the bit about Eamon and his power over metal, but it doesn’t go into very much detail.
This book isn’t required reading in order to follow the series, but it is still a nice addition. It could even be understood as a standalone, but there are a few series spoilers in the very last two chapters of the book!
I very much enjoyed Eamon and Lu’s story. Now, who I REALLY want to know more about is Aidan!
Overall Impression: I Really Liked It
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*