Firelight (Darkest London Series #1)

Firelight (Darkest London Series #1)

by Kristen Callihan
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Firelight 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 90 reviews.
ldosch More than 1 year ago
This novel needs a category all it’s own; part-historical, part-paranormal and all wonderful romance. I thought this book sounded interesting, but I was not really sure what I would be getting. Let me tell you, as a romance, this book was sexy, sweet and funny. As a paranormal mystery, it kept me guessing until the final reveal. This story kept me enthralled until the very end, and I am refusing to tell you anymore since the very mystery of what happened to Lord Archer is the driving force of this story. Added to that mystery is the wonderfully written romance between Miranda and Archer. Who could not fall for the vulnerable, tortured Archer, or the bright and strong Miranda? If paranormal romance is your thing, then I can’t recommend to you enough that you should try this story.
danja More than 1 year ago
Finished this book in 3 hours. It was such an awesome read!
Meli_Green More than 1 year ago
Firelight is now one of my favorites in the paranormal and historical romance genre. It was intriguing, Gothic, action packed full of mystery and murder. Image a dark version of Beauty & the Beast, toss in some Phantom of the Opera, and V for Vendetta that would touch the surface of Firelight. Needless to say I was sucked into the novel within the first few pages. The slow unraveling of Archer's story is amazing. It's second only to the phenomenal love story between him and Miranda. Sexual tension is taken to an entirely new level. I have never hungered for a single kiss between two characters as much as I did in this book. Every tiny piece of Archer that is unveiled was like a small victory. Every touch, every emotional connection between him and Miranda was a gift for my greedy eyes. And believe me, I felt greedy... for every crumb. I loved the fact that Miranda was a strong character who had a sharp tongue on her and was not fearful of anything. As for Lord Archer he is the ideal tortured hero I couldn't help but fall in love with his character. I also liked how the mystery around him unravels in bits and pieces. Then there was the romance between the two, all I have to say is that the two were perfect for each other both stubborn, passionate and with secrets that haunt them every day. Kristen Callihan, may be new in the book world, but her writing screams as if she has devoted a lifetime to writing stories. Her words, descriptions, and her style are unique. She also writes one heck of a lustful sex scene which is no easy task mind you. Overall this was an absolutely outstanding read. I couldn't put the book down. The two main characters really make the book; they are just very wonderful characters and the chemistry between them is incredibly well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting mix of murder mystery and romance. An engaging read I couldn't put down.
TheBookNympho More than 1 year ago
Firelight is a mix-mash of genre elements. The timeline is historical and while reading it I often thought of The Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast and Jack the Riper, with paranormal elements through out. I had originally got approved for the ARC through Netgalley back in January but I kept pushing it down my reading schedule for different reasons. So by the time I was ready to start Firelight the galley had expired. But I’ve seen some many great reviews and high rating I thought what the heck. So I bought it for my Nook and I'm really glad I did. Firelight has the usual push and pull with the heroine and hero as far as the romantic stuff. You know boy meets girl, one or both are reluctant to let go and trust the other with their heart because either they are afraid of getting hurt or hurting the other. BUT the reasons for this are different and instead of one character being hard headed they both are. I love the fact that because the story is set in a historical time, Miranda is still a spit fire and does not need a man. But oh she wants this man and she finds herself needing him. Not for his money or security but because of the man that he is on the inside. And the fact that he is dead sexy doesn’t hurt either. Even though I’m pretty new to the whole historical genre and really enjoyed the time that Firelight was set in and I believe it only made the story and characters more believable and enjoyable. The only thing that I felt like was missing or maybe not missing but something I wanted to know more about was Miranda’s ability to control fire. It remained a mystery but maybe we will find out more about it in the next book since it’s about her sister. Or it may forever be a mystery. In any case, I can’t want to dig into the sequel, Moonglow.
epicrat More than 1 year ago
Is it just me – or does it seem that the East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon fairy tale (random aside: Or would it be really the Psyche-Eros mythos) is spiking several creative juices and really delivering some heady punch? I know Firelight has also been attributed to Beauty And The Beast and Phantom Of The Opera, but whatever the mash-up of inspiration is, Firelight will be an enjoyable addition to anyone’s TBR pile, especially if you enjoy Gail Carriger and her Parasol Protectorate series. Or perhaps ICE by Sarah Beth Durst - Firelight has that same quiet yet solid intensity of an epic romance that made me hold my breath and watch how the story unfolds around Miranda and Benjamin. The suspense was so thick as wool that, when it finally lifted to reveal the ending, let me just say that Kristen Callihan is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Holy Fog Monster, can she craft a story and then some! I am glad that Firelight got its chance to see the light of printed day because it was such a pleasure to sink my teeth into such a well-done steak of a book.
bookofsecrets More than 1 year ago
First Impression: Amazing! Kristen Callihan’s debut novel is an exciting take on the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, complete with a kick-butt urban fantasy heroine. It blended my favorite genres of romance – paranormal, historical, Gothic, mystery & suspense. What Really Worked: I was drawn in by the enthralling story, but the characters were equally fantastic. The sparks ignite between Miranda and Archer when they meet in a dark alley. He thinks she needs rescuing from a couple of street thugs, but Miranda can handle herself quite nicely, thank you very much! Miranda is blessed (or cursed) with a supernatural ability. She is a fire starter, something that has caused great grief for her family, so she does all she can to keep it secret. Archer has a secret of his own, one he keeps hidden underneath a mask. They go their separate ways that night, but Archer returns 3 years later to ask for her hand in marriage. Miranda’s father pressures her to accept. She resists at first, but there’s something about this strange man that compels her to marry him. This was a well-crafted story with many layers. When a string of murders occur in London, fingers point to Archer as he is somehow connected to each victim. As the story progresses, more clues are revealed about Archer’s past and what lies beneath his mask. This book was a page-turner for sure! I loved both main characters. Archer was the perfect tortured hero, strong (and intimidating) on the outside but emotionally vulnerable and lonely on the inside. And, of course, Miranda was the perfect heroine to save him. She was clever and tough, and very headstrong (to Archer’s chagrin). The dialogue between them was skillfully written. Their verbal sparing was very entertaining. What Didn’t Work So Much: The only thing would be that I wanted to know more about the origins of Miranda’s unique “gift.” Final Thoughts: Loved it! FIRELIGHT has reignited my love of the paranormal romance genre. (No pun intended.) Read it now…what are you waiting for?
PracticalPorche More than 1 year ago
Firelight is a great read. Some parts of the story were slow to reveal, however, everything comes together nicely in the end. I loved the gritty characters in the slum, the fiery heroine, and the frosty lead. The story has great twists and is an awesome mixture of science fiction, mystery, and suspense. Also the teaser at the end leaves you wanting to dive into the next book in the series (Moonglow) which is expected to be released in August 2012.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a lot and this book is a fresh and inventive historical with a paranormal twist. Do not pass this one by.
Anonymous 7 months ago
My biggest gripe with this book is that, like most romance novels even in a series, it's basically a one off. I enjoyed it very much, but I wanted to move Miranda and Archer's story forward in the next volume. Then I read the preview of Moonglow and the focus shifts to her sister, which is all well and good I guess, but I wanted more about the magic in their story- the fire, the mysticism. I wanted more depth in the ongoing plot, I suppose. I don't read many romance novels for this exact reason, and I never review them, so take this as a sign of this one's overall quality. Romance novels are often somewhat poorly written and edited- just a lame excuse to get from one sexy bit to the next- but this one was neither of those things. I will totally read the next one, even though I saw in a review there are vampires and I don't know why anyone bothers to try to do vampires anymore- Anne Rice preemptively trumped every vampire romance in the 70s and 80s (and if you start typing a furious response about Stephanie Meyer, you should know I don't care about your opinion). Anyway, this was really an enjoyable book, and I'm mostly just sore there isn't more of it.
buggysmom 11 months ago
My Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy of this book by joining the author’s newsletter. I am providing an honest review for which I am receiving no compensation of any kind. All opinions are fully my own. ~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review My Review: ✰✰✰⭒ I read this without realizing it was a debut album. But now I know that and that explains some of the things I noted in the book. I’ll get into that as I go. The pace was fast. Maybe just a bit too fast sometimes. There were parts that I wanted to be able to slow down and take things in a bit. The characters were pretty well defined and we learned more about them as the story went along. Miranda was rather fearless because she relied on her magical ability to protect her. It also allowed her to become very confident in other ways in addition to the fact that she had unusual and very striking looks. Archer had become a super powerful being since the “curse” had advanced so far and his body had become so strong and so fast. He was also a nobleman, a baron, and was very rich, so he had the confidence that gave him along with what he got from the other. He was almost unstoppable. There was only one other person he couldn’t best, but his condition was supposed to be some sort of “genetic” condition. I suspect we’ll see him in another book and get his story. Archer’s aging retainers were amusing. The butler was a sweetie. The housekeeper had a strange way about her. She was so flippant to Miranda. This was one of those areas I would have liked to have seen developed a bit more. Perhaps a more experienced writer would have done so. We were given a peek into the situation, but the door was shut before we really got to see it well. I was disappointed. The love between Miranda and Archer, her “Ben”, was very sweet. That’s not to say it wasn’t hot, but they were both looking for someone who would just love them. And against all odds, they found each other and survived the solution to the “curse”. This first book of this series was written in 2012 and there are 7 novels in the series with a couple of novellas as well. Book #7 came out last year, so the author is keeping it going. I am very much hoping that she has grown with her series because I liked her style. Her characters were really good and I liked the storyline she created. I’m hoping the rest of the series is as good. If you have read this series or her other books, please share with me your thoughts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So happy I stumbled upon this book, as soon as I started I couldn't put it down and finished in two days! This story was so different from any other I've read, and I didn't feel that it was too over the top or cheesy, as some paranormal stories tend to be. The romance was so steamy and tantalizing! I so wish their story was longer, 300 pages was not enough. I skimmed the descriptions of other books in the series, and they all seem to be about other characters. I do hope this is not the end for Archer and Miranda, I would love to read another story about their life together! I think I will re-reading this again very soon, once was not enough!
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
The characters are dynamic and complex. Passionate and tortured. From the moment they meet to the moment he comes back into her life and marries her, their adventure and love story is full of highs and lows. Emotion and heartache. Throw in a large dose of mystery that she has to solve in order to win his love and trust, and it gives the reader such a fun adventure to follow. For a good portion of the book, Miranda and Archer kind of investigate the murders separately. He does it because the ones being killed are his friends and he wants to protect Miranda, even to the point of not confiding anything to her. She sets out to learn his secrets and who the murderer is in order to protect him from being targeted and framed. Doing things separately do make for some tense moments and when he finally stops fighting his attraction towards his wife it leads to all secrets being revealed in an explosion of light in a darkened bedroom. I loved their passion, their emotion, and his all-consuming love for this woman. I enjoyed how she ends up saving him in the end, though she does cut it awfully close. This is the first book by this author I have read and I enjoyed her ability to tell a compelling story and to draw out the emotions from her characters slowly. It draws the reader into the lives of the two main characters and keeps the reader turning the page. If you enjoy Historical England and paranormal romance, then this one is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stumbled on this author and thought the story sounded interesting. I wasn't wrong, I flew through the book. I think this is a guilty pleasure , like Twilight was for younger readers. Only this book is much better written. I am intrigued and plan to continue with the series. If you like supernatural love stories and historical romance, this could be for you. I was interested in the internal struggles of the characters, it never became tedious.
Samantha1020 More than 1 year ago
Summary from Goodreads: "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." My Thoughts: This is one of the best paranormal romances that I have read in a long time! I am super excited about this series even though I'm kicking myself for waiting so long to read it. Why do I do this to myself? I actually have the answer to that question though: because now I have a bunch of great books in this series to look forward to! 2016 is going to be the year that I focus on catching up with this series and read the rest of these books because I loved this one so much. It was just so unique and different from many of the books out there! I found this to be one of those books that just pulls you in as the reader and doesn't let you go. I couldn't help but love this world that the author was creating. It was a throwback similar to a historical romance with something "other" thrown in. It was the paranormal aspect that really made this book stand out for me and honestly I just couldn't get enough of this book! In this book, Archer hides behind masks and keeps to himself to hide his true nature from others. He cannot resist taking Miranda as his bride though and the chemistry between them was instantaneous. Oh my goodness but I loved the relationship that developed between these two. They are both keeping secrets from each other from much of the book and it added a layer of suspense to the reading of the story. I couldn't help but read faster so that I would be able to see how everything was going to play out. One of the things that I love most in a romance book is when it takes time for the two characters to come together. I'm not a huge fan of insta-love or anything similar to it. I loved how Archer and Miranda's trust took time to build between the two of them. It just made the ending all the sweeter because of it. I also really, really loved Miranda's unique abilities. It made her into such a strong main character and I always appreciate that but in especially in a romance read. This book was just so completely readable for me and I found myself curled up on the couch with it for hours. I especially loved the ending but I won't say more than that since I don't want to spoil anything. I was left very excited about this series and ready to begin reading the second book as soon as possible! All in all, this was one of the best romance reads that I read in 2015 and just barely missed being on my top reads list. It was just so good and such a treat to read! I'm super excited to continue on with this series and hopefully read ALL
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eternalised More than 1 year ago
What an amazing book! Firelight is a great read, filled with historical details and original steampunk elements. Archer and Miranda make an interesting couple. Archer has been cursed, and Miranda has a powerful gift to control fire. The characters match well together, and they have an unique style to interact. This is one of the few historical romances that stands out from the rest. It’s really good, and has solid writing. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth it for a penny
Mommysarcasm More than 1 year ago
The book was awesome! Enjoyed every moment.
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