Series: Darkest London, #1
Author: Kristen Callihan
Pages: 372 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: January 31, 2012
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.
Firelight has combined a few of my favorite things: Beauty and the Beast, Phantom of the Opera, and paranormal elements. I love me a scarred, masked hero and Lord Benjamin Archer is no exception. Kristen Callihan's writing is very descriptive. At times I loved this, since I could easily picture the setting and the characters. Other times it was too much and I'd get lost in the details and need to reread parts to pull out the important things.
The chemistry between Miranda and Archer is hot! The sexual tension is also thick, and I just kept thinking "do it already!!!" Gosh, those two were frustrating (not in a bad way). They both wanted each other, but she was too embarrassed to say anything, and he didn't want her to see his "deformities." They were hiding from each other for most of the book, then suddenly one night, all secrets come out and: "I've been your bride long enough now make me your wife." Woo, you go Miranda!
While I loved pretty much every scene between Archer and Miranda, I can't say the same for the other scenes. In fact, I was very confused for much of the first half. There's a lot going on with murders, secret societies, and paranormal elements. I don't know if I had missed something earlier on, but I found a lot of that confusing until it started coming together near the end.
Overall, I liked this one, but the "mystery" confused me and slowed me down. I loved Miranda's fierceness and Archer's passion, and wish there had been more scenes of them developing their relationship.
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