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Thursday, September 13, 2012

[Review] Moonglow (Darkest London, #2) by Kristen Callihan

Title: Moonglow
Series: Darkest London, #2
Author: Kristen Callihan
Pages: 382 (Mass Market Paperback)
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: July 31, 2012
I received an ARC from NetGalley.

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.

I was a little reluctant to read this one, since I only just-liked the first book and wasn't blown away. I was curious though, since I generally love paranormal matters set in historical periods. Well, from the very beginning, I liked Moonglow much better than Firelight! The plot was much more interesting and less confusing, so I found myself wanting to keep reading rather than constantly putting it down.

There's a werewolf loose on the streets of London, and he's oddly attracted to a certain fragrance. This of course is bad news for his victims, except for Daisy Ellis who managed to get away. Now she's under the protecion of the sexy lycan, Ian Ranulf. However, Daisy is a strong-willed woman and refuses to be under any man's thumb after recently being free from her abusive marriage. This causes them to bump heads, but not necessarily become aversaries. In fact, they do like each other...a lot. The tension between those two is electric from the very beginning!

I also really liked the distinction between werewolves and lycans. Although the history isn't 100% clear (Ian acknowledges this, actually), it was still very interesting. Of course, Daisy has some power of her own, which while I was expecting it, I didn't guess that it would be what it was! Then we learn the truth behind Daisy, Miranda, and Poppy and it made me eager to get Poppy's book!

The one thing that still bothers me about these books is the wordy writing. I did find myself skipping around a bit, since some scenes are just too detailed and slow for my liking. This author also has a habit of being especially descriptive of gorey scenes, which will be fine for some readers, but I'm a bit more squeamish. Despite that, Moonglow was a huge improvement over Firelight. The romance was sweeter, the sex was hotter, and there's plenty of surprises within its pages. I'm definitely looking forward to the next one!

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1 comment:

  1. Great review! I haven't read the first book in this series but now I really want to - it definitely sounds like something that I would enjoy and I love the titles! Thanks for sharing!



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