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I Belong


Review: Moonglow by Kristen Callihan

Title: Moonglow

Author: Kristen Callihan

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Darkest London (Book 2)

Publication Date: July 31, 2012

Format: Paperback, 382 Pages

ISBN-10: 1455508586 (Forever/Hachette)

ISBN-13: 978-1455508587 (Forever/Hachette)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

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.

Quick & Dirty: Kristen Callihan crafts another strong female heroine set in a world that is darkly imaginative and engrossing.

Opening Sentence: Lord above, was there a better sight than a woman flush with passion, her skin dewy and pink, her breasts bouncing from the force of his thrusts?

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Daisy Craigmore is supposed to be in mourning for her deceased husband but instead she has gone to a “party” to hook up with someone (any man will do). It has been so long for her and her reputation has already been ruined, thanks to her dead husband. Unfortunately before Daisy can have any fun, she is attacked by a strange creature. Luckily for Daisy, Lord Ian Ranulf is nearby and he hears the screams from the attack. When he arrives the scene terrifies him. He knows Daisy and her companion have been attacked by a werewolf. Ian is also a werewolf and he knows all too well the danger that can befall a man if he loses himself to the wolf. Ian decides to take Daisy to his home to question what she saw before she goes around telling the public of a crazy wild animal attacking people.

Ian and Daisy have many similarities that make them perfect for each other. Ian is also suffering some sexual frustrations of his own. His problems could possibly be blamed on a certain redhead who just happens to be Daisy’s sister. Ian has his own tragic past that really shapes the person he shows to the world. He regrets his actions in Firelight and he tries to prove to Daisy he isn’t that person her sister Miranda told her about. Daisy’s past isn’t quite so tragic but it forces her to be an independent woman. Ian and Daisy both do not want to be hurt by a relationship even as they fight the lure for the other.

The Darkest London world continues to expand and amaze. Kristen Callihan has changed up the lore of the werewolf and she imagines a whole new supernatural world that I can’t wait to see expanded in later novels. Daisy and Ian’s relationship plays out completely different from Miranda and Archer’s relationship in Firelight, which is a good thing. Daisy learns of a family heirloom (curse) that she isn’t too happy about but comes in handy when she needs it too and I really enjoyed how that scene played out.

Moonglow follows several characters beside Daisy and Ian in the third person as the story moves along, including the crazed werewolf and a cop trying to solve the case. It even sets up deliciously for the third book in the series Winterblaze which I absolutely cannot wait for. One thing I really like about the author’s writing is how she prolongs the mystery and intrigue in the story which keeps me glued to the page.

Overall, Moonglow has a dark and haunting atmosphere that complements Firelight but it isn’t quite the same read as the first book in the series. This is a mysterious and engrossing series that will just suck you right into this world. Kristen Callihan has introduced a few more evocative characters into this world that I already want to read about but I can’t wait to read the last sister’s story in Winterblaze.

Notable Scene:

Fury surged through Daisy’s body so strong it felt like another kick to her gut. She lashed out, grabbing

Conall by his soft cods and wrenching them. The man screamed high and sharp as he fell. Daisy stumbled free, the rage within her vibrating. Truly it felt as though the ground rumbled. And then it was. It took a moment for her to realize that the lycans around her were falling, grabbing onto whatever they could to stay upright.

Still hunched over, Conall tottered around like a drunken sailor as he glanced wildly about. Daisy turned for Northrup. Save him. Get him free. He lay in a heap as the earthquake made the others scatter. Two beasts still had a hold on him and were trying to drag him away.

Daisy took a step toward him and then fell when the ground heaved up in great chunks of pungent earth. Another surge went through her. It felt like need, as strong as lust but with a painful force behind it. The ground around Northrup exploded in a spray of earth and grass as thick tree roots flew upward. One of the lycan blinked in shock as a thick tree root shot through his chest, and his life ended in a gurgle of terror.

The pack froze for a horrified moment and then they flew into action, running for their lives as tree roots shot from the ground to spear or coil around their victims. Dark gratification burst through her at the sight. Run. You cannot hide. The words had barely formed in her head when a tree root sprung forth to claim Lyall, lifting him high and tossing him like rubbish.

Strengthened by it, Daisy pulled herself up. Fear me. Beside her, Conall looked at her as if seeing a ghost. She smiled with grim satisfaction, the feeling of fearlessness like a drug in her veins. Run away, little wolf, or I shall kill you.

Darkest London:

0.5 Ember

1. Firelight

2. Moonglow

3. Winterblaze (February 26, 2013)

FTC Advisory: Forever/Hachette Book Group provided me with a copy of Moonglow. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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