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I Belong

Review: Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

Title: Winterblaze

Author: Kristen Callihan

Genre: Historical/Paranormal Romance

Series: Darkest London (Book 3)

Publication Date: February 26, 2013

Format: Paperback, 400 Pages

ISBN-10: 1455520799 (Forever/Hachette)

ISBN-13: 978-1455520794 (Forever/Hachette)

Reviewed by: Kristie


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.

Quick & Dirty: Another strong installment in the Darkest London series.

Opening Sentence: Winston Lane could never recall the impetus that prompted him to leave the confines of his first class railway compartment and step back onto the platform.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Kristen Callihan continues her Darkest London series with another strong female character. Poppy Lane has spent most of her life keeping secrets and about half of it running a secret organization. These secrets are threatening to destroy her life as she knows it. Her husband, Winston, has left her and her two sisters, Miranda and Daisy, don’t trust her anymore. Poppy knows how dearly she has hurt her family and that it will take a lot to earn their trust back.

A terrible attack left Winston Lane scarred in mind and body. He never imagined his wife was hiding some big time secrets about her life. He thought they shared everything and the last thing Winston wants is to see Poppy back in his life, not because he doesn’t ever want to see her again but because he doesn’t know how he’ll react around her. When she shows up out of nowhere claiming that his life is in danger, Winston doesn’t quite know what to believe. A confrontation with a demon will tear apart what is left of Winston’s vision of his life and leave him not knowing what is truth or a lie.

Winterblaze expands on the paranormal world that Kristen Callihan has created with an inside look into the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals. This world turns ever more supernatural as the series progresses and I love the little twists that Callihan adds to her not quite human characters. The background of some of her supernatural creatures still remains a mystery but the information that is known is not the typical background fare you see in most novels. Her G-I-M’s (ghosts in the machine) are an interesting facet that I still don’t quite feel like I know much about and can’t wait to learn more about them. (I shouldn’t have to wait long for more information in Shadowdance.)

Poppy is quite a strong character but I did feel at times that she kind of gives up. When she discovers a huge secret she tells her sisters right away but they just get mad at her like she knew this secret for years and was just now telling them. She was little wishy-washy about when she chose to stand up for herself. But besides this I really had no issues with Winterblaze. All three novels in this series have sucked me in and completely engrossed me in this creative world. There was enough action interspersed with the conversations to keep your attention.

Overall, if you like historical romance mixed with paranormal and even a little bit of steampunk then check out this series. The first three novels focus on the sisters and the next, Shadowdance, will focus on the mysterious Mary and Jack. I absolutely cannot wait to learn more about them.

Notable Scene:

“Why did you pull away?” She hadn’t meant to ask, but now that she had, she would not flinch from it.

His expression closed down. “What is it that you want me to say, Poppy?” The scar on his lip was white as he searched her face. “That I am human? You know that all too well.”

Her breasts lifted and fell as she fought for breath. “Perhaps that you wanted to kiss me?” That you miss me the way I miss you. So much that it hurts.

His expression was so stern that he might have been a marble carving. “I wanted to kiss you.” He backed her up against the stone wall leading onto the Embankment. “I want you every thinking moment I have. I want you near. I want to hear your voice. Feel you.” He leaned in, drowning her in his scent and his heat. “I want to take you hard, slow, every way in between. And the piss of it is, it’s always been this way. From the moment I saw you.”

She gaped up at him, and his scowl grew. “I want you always. In all things. I want…” He exhaled unsteadily. “It is pain, this wanting you. And I wish it were gone.”

Darkest London Series:

0.5 Ember

1. Firelight

2. Moonglow

3. Winterblaze

4. Shadowdance (November 2013)

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

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