Evernight (Darkest London Series #5)

Evernight (Darkest London Series #5)

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by Kristen Callihan
     
 

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Once the night comes . . .
Will Thorne is living a nightmare, his sanity slowly being drained away by a force he can't control. His talents have made him the perfect assassin for hire. But as he loses his grip on reality, there is no calming him-until he finds his next target: the mysterious Holly Evernight.

Love must cast aside

Overview

Once the night comes . . .
Will Thorne is living a nightmare, his sanity slowly being drained away by a force he can't control. His talents have made him the perfect assassin for hire. But as he loses his grip on reality, there is no calming him-until he finds his next target: the mysterious Holly Evernight.

Love must cast aside the shadows
Holly cannot fathom who would put a contract on her life, yet the moment she touches Will, the connection between them is elemental, undeniable-and she's the only one who can tame his bouts of madness. But other assassins are coming for Holly. Will must transform from killer to protector and find the man who wants Holly dead . . . or his only chance for redemption will be lost.

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Publishers Weekly
★ 06/30/2014
Callihan’s dazzling fifth Darkest London historical paranormal is the best installment yet. Will Thorne has vowed revenge on the enemies who cursed him with uncontrollable madness, and he believes one of the culprits is reclusive Holly Evernight. Holly knows someone is trying to kill her, but doesn’t know who. When Will shows up on Holly’s doorstep, she thinks she’s found the killer. After the misunderstandings are sorted out, Will turns into a reluctant protector, and the chemistry crackles. As they search desperately for the sources of their respective threats, their bond intensifies, but will they live long enough to enjoy it? Callihan throws in several thrilling twists while laying the framework for the next novel, and offers glimpses of the happy endings enjoyed by previous protagonists. This top-notch series just keeps getting better. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
"[A] perfectly paced, tremendously sexy romance set against a beautifully wrought backdrop."—Sarah MacLean, Washington Post"

Callihan's dazzling fifth Darkest London historical paranormal is the best installment yet. This top-notch series just keeps getting better and better."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

Top Pick! 4 1/2 Stars! Callihan never disappoints or fails to surprise as she spins her tales of Darkest London. With extraordinary storytelling skills, mesmerizing characters and plots that twist and turn readers around and around, she delivers a remarkable non-stop read that sucks you in and doesn't let go. Here is a book you will think about, talk about and dream about for a long time."—RT Book Reviews"

4 1/2 Stars! Top Pick! Callihan spins a spellbinding web that entangles readers in a complex, carefully plotted story of great emotional depth, heated sexual tension, dark adventure and stunning surprises. Prepare to be awestruck."—RT Book Reviews on Shadowdance"

Callihan's solid worldbuilding draws the reader into 1885 London from the first page, and her lyrical writing will have readers racing to the thrilling finish."—Publishers Weekly on Shadowdance"

Top Pick! 4 1/2 Stars! Like all good things, Callihan just keeps getting better and better. The third installment in the Darkest London series is not only a gripping novel, but also one that elevates the genre with its depth of emotion, passion and mesmerizing storytelling. Callihan doesn't just create worlds, she moves readers into them with unforgettable characters and stunning revelations. Once begun, it's impossible to put down WINTERBLAZE."—RT Book Reviews"

Top Pick! 4 1/2 Stars! Like moths to a flame, readers will be drawn to the flickering Firelight and get entangled in the first of the Dark London series. Combining Stephen King's Carrie and Beauty and the Beast, Callihan crafts a taut tale filled with sexual tension. This is one of the finest debuts of the season."
—- RT Book Reviews on Firelight"

Compulsively readable...a compelling Victorian paranormal with heart and soul."
—- Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Firelight"

Callihan has a great talent for sexual tension and jaw-dropping plots that weave together brilliantly in the end."—Diana Gabaldon, New York Times bestselling author"

A dark, delicious tale of secrets, murder, and love, beautifully shrouded in the shadows of Victorian London."—Hannah Howell, New York Times bestselling author of If He's Dangerous on Firelight"

Evocative and deeply romantic, Firelight was fascinating from the very first page."—Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author"

A sizzling paranormal with dark history and explosive magic! Callihan is an impressive new talent."—Larissa Ione, New York Times bestselling author of Immortal Rider on Firelight

Nalini Singh
"Evocative and deeply romantic, Firelight was fascinating from the very first page."
Hannah Howell
"A dark, delicious tale of secrets, murder, and love, beautifully shrouded in the shadows of Victorian London."
RT Book Reviews
"Top Pick! 4 1/2 Stars! Like all good things, Callihan just keeps getting better and better. The third installment in the Darkest London series is not only a gripping novel, but also one that elevates the genre with its depth of emotion, passion and mesmerizing storytelling. Callihan doesn't just create worlds, she moves readers into them with unforgettable characters and stunning revelations. Once begun, it's impossible to put down WINTERBLAZE."
Diana Gabaldon
"Callihan has a great talent for sexual tension and jaw-dropping plots that weave together brilliantly in the end."
Larissa Ione
"A sizzling paranormal with dark history and explosive magic! Callihan is an impressive new talent."
RT Book Reviews on Shadowdance
"4 1/2 Stars! Top Pick! Callihan spins a spellbinding web that entangles readers in a complex, carefully plotted story of great emotional depth, heated sexual tension, dark adventure and stunning surprises. Prepare to be awestruck."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455581627
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
08/26/2014
Series:
Darkest London Series , #5
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
30,532
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling author Kristen Callihan is a writer because there is nothing else she'd rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewers' Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book, Firelight, received RT Book Reviews' Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher's Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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Evernight (Darkest London Series #5) 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 12 reviews.
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This series is fantastic. Great addition. If you haven't read it pick up the 1st book. You will not be disappointed. Can't wait for Adam's story next.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
“Before he could say a word, she moved closer and pressed her smooth palm to his scar. He nearly swooned. Clutching the chair at his side, Will swayed into her space, lured by the luscious heat and pleasure that she gave him with that simple touch. A moan escaped him. "Interesting," she murmured. He would kill her. Just for that. "I do believe I hate you, Miss Evernight." Firelight caressed her skin as she gave him the smallest of smiles. "Your sense of humor is odd." He hadn't been joking.”  EVERNIGHT BY Kristen Callihan is the fifth book in her Darkest London Series. It was a FABULOUS read! The story engaged me from the very beginning and was the sole cause of my book hangover the next day as I willingly gave up hours of sleep finishing it. This was the first book I've read in her Darkest London series. Even though I hadn't read the preceding books, I was never lost or confused so I can attest that this book can be easily read as a standalone. The author seamlessly filled in any background information needed to fully enjoy this tale by itself. I'm sure, though, that my enjoyment would have been kicked up a notch if I had read the books that came before; I hope to remedy that oversight soon!  My full review has been posted to Reading Between The Wines Book Club. 
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars  ~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Book five in the Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan is a book that I was highly anticipating after the suspenseful ending that the last book finished with. In EVERNIGHT, William Thorne seeks revenge against his maker, Holly Evernight. After working on him, they are forever bound, but probably not in the way they think. When a contract on Holly’s life puts her in a bad position, Will offers to find the killer if he can ease her pain with her touch. What starts off as a hostile relationship soon burns brighter and deeper than anyone expected. There is much to love about this book. First off, Kristen Callihan’s writing is as elegant and as tautly written as ever. I always thought her books had amazing pacing and plotting. However, for her to be able to continuously deliver like that consistently in each book both baffles and impresses me. It’s such a hardship, but it seems almost effortless for Callihan. The many twists and turns made for a wonderful ride. Just when I thought it was coming to an end, Callihan flips you over and does it again, building that ride up until you’re forced to enjoy it. It’s really quite incredible how she is able to make such genius twists and make them hit hard each time. As Callihan weaves a magical romance between Will and Holly, she is also working hard are setting up the next book in the series. How the threads intermingle but still remain solid entities in themselves show her talent as a writer. I am definitely dying for Adam’s book now. EVERNIGHT thrills and impresses with its dark intrigue and hotter than hell hero. Building much like a rollercoaster ride, Kristen Callihan takes you on an adventure you never thought existed until you open this book. *ARC provided by publisher
wkonsunshine More than 1 year ago
I started reading this series after the 2014 RT Convention.  I attended a session where Kristen Callihan was on the panel and I won a copy Shadowdance. Having never read any of the books, I decided to start from book 1. I quickly became immerse in the world of shifters, elementals, demons and other immortals.  But more than anything, I became enamored with the stories. Kristen Callihan has a way of writing deeply emotional stories with suspenseful plots.  Getting so involved in their humanness, I don’t think of the characters as paranormals. Evernight is no different.  I would rank this story only second to Shadowdance (which I would nominate as one of the top three books I’ve read this year). I’m not sure I will ever recover from the despair I felt over Jack’s story.  This story also starts with a hero who experiences an excruciating past. Will is desperate to get revenge against the person he thinks is responsible for his current condition.  For me, although Will is a strong character, it is Holly that is unforgettable. She is human with an elemental gift over metal.  She is an inventor, an engineer, a mechanic succeeding in 19th Century, male dominated world. She is a member of the SOS (The Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals). As Q is to James Bond, Holly Evernight is to the SOS. What makes Holly’s character unforgettable is that she is the stoic one in the relationship. Will is the passionate one. As a sanguis demon, “bonds were emotional ties that wrapped about a sanguis’s soul quickly and dug in deep.” Holly grew up in a household in which she was loved, but didn’t necessarily feel a lot of affection.  She holds people and relationships at arms length.  She can legitimately sequester herself in her lab and others would not necessarily know she is hiding. She is not mercurial, but rather slow and steady, methodical and process driven.  It is Will who brings her to life, shows her joy, helps her live. Ah, so satisfying.  One thing that strikes me about this book is how superbly the author builds suspense. There are multiple story lines developing and, unlike some other stories I’ve read recently, one thread does not take away from the other.  The narrative is delicately balanced.  This also has one of my favorite endings in any series.  First, I love the look-across-the-room instant. It is heartbreaking.  Secondly, there is a classic meet-at-the-train-station-moment that made my knees buckle and brought tears to my eyes. It is an intensely emotional moment written so well you can see them running across the platform and hear the music in the background.  Another ah, so satisfying moment.  IN A NUTSHELL: When you buy this book, be ready to be thrilled. You may want to start on a weekend because you will not want to put it down.  Thank you to the author, publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. 
amdrane2 More than 1 year ago
This series just keeps getting stranger and stranger. There are a ton of supernatural creatures that live in London and some are your run of the mill types while others are a bit different, like the Ghost in the Machines. This time we have Holly, who is an elemental that can manipulate metal, and Will. Will is a demon that lives off blood, but he's been given a mechanical heart (in Shadowdance) so now he's a bit...more. At their first meeting things don't really go well, but they decide to work together. Of course while they're trying to fix their problems love finds them. It was entertaining to read and I've been following this series since the beginning so I'm sure I'll read the next book. These books really should be read in order for the most enjoyment. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
Dark, romantic, and filled with danger and secrets, Evernight was a fantastic romance that I really liked. It was a wonderful addition to an already delightful series and I really enjoyed it. Holly was a great heroine, though she didn't have the best first impression. At first, she came off as cold and somewhat apathetic about the fact that she played a hand (though unwillingly) in destroying Will's life. However, as the book went on, the mask of logic she wore came down. She proved to be kind and loyal and definitely tough enough to keep up with all the demons around her. I thought she was a lovely character. Will was wonderful as well. Like Holly, he started off keeping a crude and uncaring facade firmly in place to avoid letting his emotions get involved. But, beneath that mask, he was absolutely sweet and very loyal to the people he cared about, even when it came as his expense. He had never been loved, not even by his mother, so when he found someone to love him, he held on and protected her with everything he had. He was a perfect hero and I adored him. The romance was well done. There was definitely sexual tension right from the moment that Holly and Will reunited. It definitely led to some scenes that turned the heat up. But, as their feelings for each other deepened, it became clear that they were perfect together. They were both strong, loyal, and determined to protect each other. I thought they were a lovely couple. The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were plenty of thrills that kept me on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed the story and the ending tied up the romance perfectly, while keeping me curious about what will come next in Adam and Eliza's story. Can't wait for the next book! Evernight was a darkly delightful romance that I really liked. It was romantic, thrilling, and enjoyable the entire way through. Romance lovers, this is a book you'll definitely want to check out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
alterlisa More than 1 year ago
 Callihan has the ability to create some of the quirkiest, loveable characters ever. Holly and Thorne are her newest opposites attracting  “experiment” and boy did it work. Holly (I always kind of pictured Abby from NCIS in my mind ) had appeared  briefly in several of the earlier books and I was so pleased to see that this crafty, quirky inventor finally got her chance to shine in her own storyline.  I’ve read all the books in this series and they were all 5 star reads for me, this one being one of my favorites along with Firelight. I read on Goodreads that Firelight , book 1 was rejected by all but one publisher and it went on to win RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, Library Journal’s best book of the year, Publisher’s Weekly’s  Spring 2012 best book and ALA RUSA’s best romance book of 2012. It would not surprise me to see more of the same for this book.       While in the past, I’ve not enjoyed  demons in a storyline so much (I’m more the vamp or shifter lover) but Thorne’s macho, assine behavior was a perfect compliment to the nerdy (if that word can even be used in Victorian England) emotionless  inventor Holly. They have a past and you really need to have read the earlier books in this series to thoroughly appreciate the meshing of these characters.      In Shadowdance, Holly was forced to construct a clockwork heart for a madman and this madman has come back into her life to extract his revenge. A year after Shadowdance finds Holly housebound and afraid to venture back to her job as head inventor at SOS (Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals) and Thorne is going mad with pain as his body is consumed by Platinum. Holly uses her elemental magic to push back this metal invasion and relieve his pain and once they both realize that they must frequently touch or caress, the real fun begins. While Holly’s not technically a virgin (another wonderful little side story here), her responses to Thorne’s masculinity are often laugh out loud funny. Holly’s no shrinking violet and is capable as giving as good as she gets.      I love the world building in Callihan’s books. This steampunk version of Victorian England is a vivid character all it’s own and  one of the reasons I’ve enjoyed this series so much. Holly’s inventions and Victorian London are as fascinating as the mystery and secrets that add yet another layer to this fascinating series.  I also love that we get glimpses and tidbits of information on former characters from earlier books- Poppy, St John, Adam, Lucien, Mary Chase and Jack. Can’t wait to see who has the starring role in book 6 and 7, Soulbound (2/24/15) and Foevermore (TBA), St John and Layla or Adam and Eliza May. Either would be more than entertaining and will be on my auto buy list as this series just gets better and better. When I first started this book, I found myself sitting up way too late to read and as it progressed trying to slow down and savor it as I knew Feburary is still a long ways off.      The only complaint I had about this book and it’s minor to me as I don’t get all hung up on the covers but I wanted Thorne to have long flowing platinum hair as described in the book rather than the close cropped blondish look . As I read this ARC on my Kindle, I didn’t  see the book cover till I had finished and was posting my review so it was definitely a minor point. 
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