Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: The Darkest London Series
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release date: February 2012
ISBN: 10: 1455508594
Once the flames are ignited . . .
Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family’s fortune decimated and forced her to wed London’s most nefarious nobleman.
They will burn for eternity . . .
Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it’s selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can’t help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn’t felt in a lifetime. When Archer is accused of a series of gruesome murders, he gives in to the beastly nature he has fought so hard to hide from the world. But the curse that haunts him cannot be denied. Now, to save his soul, Miranda will enter a world of dark magic and darker intrigue. For only she can see the man hiding behind the mask.
It’s been a while since I’ve read a historical romance, and I wasn’t sure how I would like it after being away from the genre so long. What immediately drew me to the book was the gorgeous cover. I’m so glad I picked up Firelight! Talk about falling in love with a book and the characters. Miranda Ellis is a compelling character, doing her best to make good of a bad situation. Not only is her family destitute, it’s because of her. Now, guilt will make her do anything to get the money back. The only problem is she’s not a normal debutant, she has a devastating secret that could destroy her, which leads her to seek other avenues to gain a fortune. Until the oh-too-tempting Lord Benjamin Archer bursts into her life.
Archer is determined to ruin the man who cost him the one thing that he wanted most. That was before he met Miranda clashing swords outside her home. The home of the very man he wanted to kill. Instead of seeking vengeance, he wants her and will do anything he can to have her in his life. Too bad an accident many years ago has left him unsuitable, even for a hoyden like Miranda. But that doesn’t stop him from offering her a deal she can’t refuse.
Oh my gosh, talk about a luscious man. You immediately feel for Archer and his situation. Yes, he’s brooding and arrogant at times (love it!), but he also goes all gooey inside at the thought of Miranda. Who doesn’t want a hero like that! Talk about steamy attraction between them. I love the first scene when they meet! I adored that Miranda wasn’t weak, that she could match Archer step for step. She was also strong enough to grab for what she wanted…Archer. Yummy! Their relationship is one you don’t want to miss!
If you love magic, forbidden love, mystery and mayhem, you won’t want to miss this first full length book in The Darkest London Series. There is an edge, a type of grittiness to the writing that kept me turning the pages. This book gets 4.5 stars from me, only because I thought Archer should’ve had a bigger part in the last scene. I will definitely be reading the next in the series, Moonglow, scheduled to be released in July.
Previous books in the series (prequel):
Only available as a digital book.