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Winterblaze (Darkest London Series #3)

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

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    First of all, thanks to Grand Central Publishing for providing m

    First of all, thanks to Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a review copy through NetGalley.

    Winterblaze is the third book in the Darkest London series. It features Poppy and her guy Winston. Poppy is the oldest of three sisters, and the prior two books focused on the love lives of her little sisters Miranda and Daisy.

    In the prior two novels of this series, Poppy and Winston made minor appearances, but I wasn't particularly fond of either of them. Poppy seemed a little frigid, making decisions and keeping secrets that affected her sisters, who were the POV characters. Also, Poppy and her husband Winston were basically an old married couple, and Winston was an investigator--not a fighter.

    Basically, what I'm saying is that I did not have high hopes for this book. I was not expecting a kick-butt story out of a stiff older sister and her boring husband. Boy, was I wrong!

    Having recently recovered from a supernatural attack, Winston's been recuperating in the home of the werewolf Ian Ranulf. Ian and Archer (the mates of Poppy's sisters) have nursed him to health and taught him how to kick some butt. If he wasn't that sexy alpha male before, he sure is now.

    And it turns out that Poppy is deeply involved with a society for policing supernatural activity. Unlike Miranda and Daisy, Poppy has spent her whole life kicking butt. Of all the sisters, she is the most bad azz.

    When the lies of their past are uncovered at the beginning of Winterblaze, Poppy and Winston's marriage comes apart at the seams. As a result, we do get the sexual tension and angst and indecision that comes with good romance novels. On top of that, we have a history of lies to unravel, many of which are revealed in a series of flashbacks. Usually, flashbacks annoy me when used a lot. In this case, however, since the memory of their past had been altered by supernatural circumstances, I thought it worked well. I was interested in both their past and their present.

    I enjoyed Winterblaze much more than I thought I would. For me, it was better than Moonglow and just as good as Firelight.

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  • Posted March 6, 2013

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    Winterblaze is the third installment of Callihan┬┐s Darkest Londo

    Winterblaze is the third installment of Callihan’s Darkest London series, and with it, she follows the story of the last of the Ellis sisters, Poppy.

    Poppy’s story is different from that of Miranda’s (Firelight) and Daisy’s (Moonglow) in that she’s not trying to find love, she’s trying to keep it. At the end of Moonglow, Book 2, Poppy’s husband, Inspector Winston Lane, is attacked by a werewolf and almost killed, left badly mutilated. He finds out about the underground world of the supernatural and that his wife is a large part of it. The story ends with Winston leaving Poppy because she’s lied to him about something so big.

    Winterblaze picks up with Winston being gone for over three months, healing and coping with the help of Archer (Firelight) and Ian (Moonglow). Poppy has been trying to go on with her life and running the SOS. But an old evil is following her and is now threatening Winston. Poppy and Win are forced to tolerate each other and spend the rest of the book together in order to thwart a demon after Poppy and Win (and something more important than either of them) and to work together to solve a mystery that will hopefully save their souls and their marriage.

    For some reason, this book was a lot harder for me to get through than the other two. I don’t know if it’s because there was a lot more drama in the mix with the push and pull of Poppy and Win’s relationship, or just the nature of the plot, but I found it to be a bit sluggish at times. I did enjoy the tumultuous nature of Poppy and Win’s relationship, though. The reader was put through the emotional ups and downs just as much as the characters were, and I really found myself rooting for them to get back together, for both of them to get over their pride and stubborness. The writing, as always, was engaging and descriptive, and I was happy to find that Callihan has another book planned told from Jack Talent’s point of view. That should be interesting.

    Happy reading!

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  • Posted March 5, 2013

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    Another Ellis Sister wins me over

    With Winterblaze, Kristen Callihan brings us the third book in her Darkest London series. There are so many things I like about the Darkest London series. I love the dark atmosphere and gothic feel of these books. The characters are engaging and interesting. The sexual tension and payoffs satisfy. Each story maintains the tone and core characters, but they still manage to stand apart from each other, each with very different kind of romance. We are already quite familiar with the heroine Poppy Ellis Lane and hero Winston Lane from the events in the two previous books Firelight and Moonglow. They always seemed like the solid couple that nothing could come between, but when Winston is torn apart by a supernatural being and learns that for the past fourteen years of their marriage, Poppy has kept a giant secret, he drops her on her butt. Learning that she not only has a place in the supernatural world, but is also a part in The Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals; an organization whose sole purpose is to keep the world from learning that supernatural beings exist, sends him packing his bags. This series continues to be one of my favorites. It mixes historical and paranormal so well and the romances and relationships are strong and completely engaging. I'd recommend reading the series in order, the characters are being built up as the books go along and it makes each person's story all the more richer and captivating. Winterblaze is another amazing read in the Darkest London series and I absolutely loved the intricate story and romance for Win and Poppy. It's so very satisfying and left me wanting more.

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