Friday, August 3, 2012

Moonglow (Darkest London #2)

Title: Moonglow (Darkest London #2)
Author: Kristen Callihan
Source: Self purchased
Genre: Paranormal Romance (Shifter/Vampire)

Moonglow (Darkest London #2)

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. What would he sacrifice to protect her?

Moonglow is a passionate paranormal mystery/romance for adult readers.

Review: Moonglow is one of the better things I have read this year but that is not surprising considering its predecessor Firelight (Darkest London #1) was equally as excellent.

A novel of myriad storylines, Moonglow makes for constant movement of perspective and keeps the reader from becoming bored while the author covers the growing romance between Ian and Daisy, the past tragedies that both have to overcome to be capable of being who the other needs them to be, the political intrigues and throw in some murder, mayhem, a killer rogue werewolf and some ghostly soul stealers in bit parts and you have an excellent page turner.

The only thing that might put some people off is that it is a historical setting in London of the mid 1800s which makes most conversations an exercise in literary correctness, it also adds to a lot of verbal fencing which I personally loved. Make no mistake, this is a novel of passion at its core but so many things stand in the way of the romance it seems doomed from the start and with many such novels there is to be some tragedy.

I enjoyed this novel immensely but I would strongly advise reading Firelight (Darkest London) first to really enjoy this story (the romantic setup is in book 1). The author is talented and the story is amazing, the action gets gruesome at some points and there are moments of heartbreak that have to be resolved. I would suggest reading both of the books in this series together or without much break to maximize your enjoyment (and to keep from having to remember so much from book 1 as I did). This is NOT light reading; it pulls you into a world that has danger at every turn and characters that are fully fleshed out and memorable. The setup for book 3 Winterblaze is thrown in and you will be waiting axiously for its release in early 2013.

A 5 Star reading experience for almost anyone and highly recommended!

Your Reviewer: Douglas C. Meeks

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