Moonglow (Darkest London Series #2)

Moonglow (Darkest London Series #2)

by Kristen Callihan
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Moonglow (Darkest London Series #2) by Kristen Callihan

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.

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ISBN-13: 9781455511099
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/31/2012
Series: Darkest London Series , #2
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 52,783
File size: 1 MB

About 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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Moonglow 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
ConciseReviewsByMichelleL More than 1 year ago
This story takes place in 1883. I will say I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I actually got very involved with the characters of this book. I was a bit lost at times, as I never read the first book, which is based on Daisy’s sister (Miranda), and Daisy is the main character in this one I got ARC copy from NetGalley to review, so I had to wing it without reading the first book (Firelight by Kristen Callihan). The story starts with Daisy finding herself free of the constraints of mourning the cruel husband she hated. She has been so unhappy and gone without for so long. She has a lust for life that is frowned upon by society. She finally goes out to enjoy some life, when at a friend’s party, she is making out with a young man on a balcony, and gets a huge shock, she sees her friends dead body, and ends up living to tell the tale, as the diseased killer attacks her, but gets the young man instead and she gets roughed up a bit. Ian Ranulf is an exiled Lycan. He knows his behavior is not acceptable, and I am assuming his behavior in the first book towards Miranda (Daisy’s sister) and Archer (old friend and married to Miranda) was even worse. He seems to have a jealousy of Archer, but it’s for a different reason that you would first think, I will leave that as a surprise. He is running from ghost of his past and keeps his wolf mollified. Then one night he scents a werewolf and blood—lots of blood with the overlay of disease. Ian works it out quickly that Daisy is in danger from the diseased werewolf, but talking Daisy into accepting his protection is a whole other thing. Daisy has trust issues and she has no intention of trusting him or the attraction she feels for him. Ian would not allow them to have more than a fling, as he will not get into a deep relationship with a mortal again-not ever. Although we will see, there is more to Daisy than we initially think. She has a power all her own. They soon discover greater forces are play than just a mad, sick werewolf, and Ian and Daisy must work to expose them before more people are killed and worse things happen. We get some revelations from Ian’s past which is dangerously close to catching up to him and a few other plots twist that have devastating ramifications that left my heart twisting and aching for Ian and Daisy. The relationship that finally develop between Ian and Daisy is all that I hoped for because of their similar love of adventure and feisty fun along with their great capacity to experience passion. Lots of back and forth on the relationship developing, but it finally happened. We get some twist and turns, and some big discoveries, but all in all, a great story, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes Paranormal Romance’s, especially historical ones. As long as the erotic scenes won’t bother you. The passion that grows between Ian and Daisy is very sweet, and came to really care about them. The ending is sad, but satisfying too. I find myself looking forward to book 3 Winterblaze when it comes out, because it will continue with a plot that was left very open that had to do with Poppy and Winston (Poppy is Daisy’s other sister, and Winston her husband)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't put these books down! I hope the rest of the series continues to be as impressive, mysterious, and steamy as the first two!
Samantha1020 More than 1 year ago
Why did I wait so long to read this book? I adored Firelight which is the first book in this series but then I never moved on to this one until now. Well actually last year to be exact as this is a book that I read months back and am just now sharing my thoughts on (definitely a different discussion for a later date but my lack of blogging in 2016 is to blame). Moonglow was just as good as I hoped that it would be overall. Once again I found myself swept away by the romance that was brewing, this time between Daisy and Ian. What made this book even better for me was that there was a bit of mystery involved as well. A romance and mystery combined? I'm so in! I loved the relationship that developed between Daisy and Ian...but I especially liked Daisy's character. There is just something about the female characters that Callihan writes that I can't get enough of. What else can I tell you? The author does an amazing job with the world that she is creating. I loved that there is some paranormal aspects mixed in with the historical romance feel. It is a winning combination in my opinion and different from so much out there. My one and only complaint with this book was the ending. This may just be my personal preference but I didn't care for the way the book ended. I obviously can't say much more than that without spoiling anything. I didn't hate the ending by any means but it just wasn't my favorite. The thing is I thought about it for a really long time and I can't see how it would have worked any other way either. So take my opinion with a grain of salt as overall the book is really great! All in all, I found that this book cemented my love of this series! I really, really need to try and read the third book sooner rather than later. I love how different these books are from what's out there in the romance genre. I also love the gorgeous covers! I just plain really love these books and can't say enough good things about this series. I can easily recommend to other romance readers! And the best part is that you really don't need to have read the first book to read this one. Recommended! Bottom Line: Another great addition to this series that is fast becoming a favorite of mine! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review thanks to the publisher and NetGalley.
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
Book 2 was a very passionate and intense love affair between Daisy and Ian. We met Ian in book one, he is the one who flirted with and tried to steal Archer's wife (and Daisey's sister) Miranda. There is a werewolf on the loose and Ian rescues Daisy from an attack. From that point on, they are together, inseparable. Their characters were great and well developed. The plot was entertaining and faced paced. Their passion and love was beautiful. I loved every second of this book. Ian was such a strong character and Daisy was the perfect match. But things aren't all flowers and champagne, they must stop a werewolf, keep humans from discovering the existence of supernaturals, stop Ian's brother and king of the Were's from exposing them to the humans, and of course fall in love and prove to each other that they could trust the other. It was a well put together story and I can't think of anything I didn't like about it. I highly recommend this one.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Forgive me but I'm going to gush for a moment. Kristen Callihan's Darkest London series is a fantastically dark, dangerously fun, sexy thrill ride. I enjoyed Moonglow, the second book in the series, just as much as Firelight, the first. The characters are not perfect. They are flawed in the best way possible. They are interesting, and hold my attention to the extent that I am reading each page like I eat a piece of chocolate cake, savoring each bite and disappointed when my plate is clean. I had loved the brief moments that Daisy appeared in Firelight. She was funny, irreverent, brassy, and I thought, stole the show from her sister, Miranda, who that book was centered around. I am very happy to say that she was just as interesting in Moonglow, and I loved how the author didn't hold anything back. Her love interest in Moonglow was the evil character from Firelight, Ian Rathburn, the Marquis of Northrup. We find out that he isn't so evil after all. He is a Lycan, who has given up his pack to live a "normal" life, tortured by the death of his wife and son. Daisy and Ian had instant chemistry, but their dialog was what I enjoyed the most. They had a delicious sense of humor that was a joy to read, the author describing every lift of an eyebrow or coquettish glance through eyelashes. The mystery in Moonglow was thrilling. A mad werewolf is hunting down women who wear Daisy's one of a kind perfume. Daisy, playing Sherlock to Ian's Holmes, very smartly follows the clues that ultimately lead them into the path of the werewolf. Ian, protective of her from the start, pits himself against that villain, as well as facing off against his brother, now the Alpha of clan Ranulf, a subplot that gives the reader insight into Ian's background. The conclusion to this story is a satisfying end, leaving the reader looking forward to the third novel in this series, which will revolve around the third sister Poppy and her husband the officer investigating this crime. Luckily for me, this is an old series, and there are six books already published, with the seventh to be released in June.
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Loved this book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am disappointed in this nook. I loved the first book in the series and couldnt wait to read this one. It was nowhere near as good as the first. Characters werent as interesting, storyline bland, just never grabbed me. I'll give book three a try and hope for better.
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Patokagwp More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting book. It was rather uneven towards the end. In fact, the end was rather a let down as it felt a bit too contrived. The beginning and middle were good. It was not as compelling (making you want the next page more than sleep) as other books; but it did make you return again and again until you were done. The characters were a bit too blind. Too many hints about past trials and not enough present. The author needed to stop hinting and to spell it out. She made too much of a mystery about things that should have been told in full sooner than what she did. You were almost more in the dark than the characters. Still, I've read worse and the author shows a lot of promise. She has a great story idea in this book. The editor should have worked with her more.
Meli_Green More than 1 year ago
As much as I adored the story of Archer and Miranda from Firelight, I was equally as taken with Ian and Daisy in Moonglow. Even though Ian had the propensity to act like a cad in Firelight, there was something about him that I was very intrigued with. Ian has a lot of dark secrets, and a lot of charm and personality, too. He was a character I liked in Firelight, and a character I grew to love in Moonglow. I admit it: My favorite scenes of this book were the love scenes. They were long, sexy, and just explicit enough. I also loved Daisy, who was a great combination of sweet and strong. I appreciate that the author gave me a new protagonist who was so unlike the protagonist in the first book but just as lovable. For one, the supernatural aspect is increased almost exponentially. Where it was once just Miranda and her fire-starting capabilities, the mystery that was Archer, and the reveal of Ian as a werewolf - now it is a veritable monster-mash. Some of said supernatural are the usual fare, and some were... utterly unique and unusual. And had me going, "Huh. Well, that's interesting." But it almost became a case of too much all at once. There is a lot of mythology thrown at you in one novel. You're learning about werewolves, their clans and rules and customs, and then vampires enter the picture and then something else and something else and then two or three others. It made me long for the simplicity of Firelight and yet... I really want to learn more about two of the new supernaturals. I mean, move over vamps and weres - I want more GIMs. The story does bring back Archer and Miranda as well as Poppy and Winston in minor roles which was nice to see them all again. Moonglow, the second Darkest London book, has a different texture than its predecessor Firelight, which was slower-paced yet sizzled with sexual tension. What you'll find in this second installment is nice balance of mystery, murder, romance, and expanded world-building set in alternate reality Victorian England. Secrets and monsters are underlying themes. So, in my humble opinion, this one was as good as or better than book one. They both are some of the best blend of historical and paranormal out there. I am eager to get to book three, Winterblaze when it comes out because it’s going to continue with a plot thread that was left jarringly open to do with Poppy and Winston.
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RaeLynn_Fry More than 1 year ago
Rating: R Spoilers: Nope Coffee Beans: 3.5 Cover: Pretty cool Instalove Factor: None My Personal Recommendation: Worth the read Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for this honest review Oops. So, I’ve had this book since about June, I think. Read it and then completely spaced writing the review. So, here I go. Moonglow is the second book in the Darkest London series, after Firelight. I loved the first in the series sooo much that I hopped on NetGalley to request this one. I wanted to know what happened to the sister. I think the thing I especially liked about this book was the relationship between Daisy and Ian. They hate each other and are forced to work together to solve a crime and keep her alive, but they don’t like it. One bit. Okay, maybe they like it a little. Okay, a lot. But that’s the fun. We know they like each other, but refuse to let the other one know it. As body counts rise, Daisy realizes she has to trust and rely on Ian to keep her safe, and Ian has to let down his guard and be brave enough to love again and strong enough to make the hardest decision he’s ever had to make. Moonglow is a good, fast read with an interesting plot and fun characters. Pick it up and fall in love with Daisy and Ian.
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csingh More than 1 year ago
The "Darkest London" series continues with Daisy's story. Daisy is a widow who is flying free for the first time, and she hasn't even fully extended her wings when she witnesses a werewolf attack. Marquis Northrup, Ian Ranulf just happens to be strolling in the vicinity when he catches the scent of the unknown werewolf. When Ian realizes the werewolf is after Daisy, and his secrets are in danger of being revealed, he resolves to keep her safe. Both Daisy and Ian who initially dislike each other, find that they are drawn to each other as they spend more time together. But will the killer werewolf separate them, and what secrets are they keeping from each other? The second book in the "Darkest London" series by Kristen Callihan, and her sophomore release, is a fantastic book. Kristen Callihan does a phenomenal job of taking what she started with Firelight and elevating it to new heights. She manages to seamlessly not only tell Daisy and Ian's story, but also build another world as well, without overloading the reader with information. The story flows freely and never hits a low point, but keeps Daisy and Ian were wonderful people to read about and relate to. Daisy bears both mental and physical scars, as does Ian. Both hide the pains of the past under veneers of joie de vivre or ennui. It's a treat to watch them realize that there is more to them beyond what they see and know. Daisy is weary of Ian because she knows he wanted Miranda and doesn't want to be his consolation prize. Ian is fighting his true nature and leaving his duties as an alpha of his pack. Miranda and Benjamin appear in this book as supporting characters and it is good to see them as more than a fleeting mention. Winterblaze, the third book in this series is due to be released at the end of February 2013, and having been given hints as to what the book will be about, I find that waiting for it to be released will be the hardest part. Kristen Callihan has found a way to make her second book as equally spectacular as her first book and so my expectations for the third book are high.
linnylouwo More than 1 year ago
While I did enjoy reading Moonglow, Kristen Callihan's second book in her Darkest London series, I was never as engaged in the story as I was in her first book, Firelight. The couple in this story is Daisy, Miranda's older sister, and Ian, the lycan who was trying to win Miranda's heart in Firelight. I didn't find the couple or their story as interesting as Miranda and Archer. The second half of the story was more engrossing than the first half and I found myself actually looking forward to reaching the conclusion and solving the mystery. If this had been the first book in the series I doubt that I would have read another of this author's books. However, given the quality of her first book, Firelight, I will pick up the third book in the series and hope that it is as refreshing as the first.
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KimberlySouza More than 1 year ago
“Moonglow” by, Kristen Callihan Daisy Ellis is finally free of her abusive marriage and she just wants to enjoy being a widow; but when a night out turns into a nightmare, Daisy’s life quickly spins out of control. After witnessing a grizzly attack and narrowly escaping death Daisy is rescued and taken to safety by Ian Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup. Daisy and Ian are both hiding dangerous secrets and with a mysterous killer on the loose they have to decide weather or not to trust one another. “Moonglow” is the second book in the “Darkest London” series. (The first book is called “Firelight”) In this series you will find immortals, magic, shifters, werewolves, and other supernatural characters. The setting for this series is early London and it has a steampunk feel to it that I enjoy. However, what really drew me into this story was the sexual tension between Daisy and Ian (steamy doesn’t begin to cover it). This couple had a great back and forth banter throughout the story and the tender moments were extremely satisfying. I am a big fan of strong female characters. Daisy walks with confidence and isn’t afraid to kick some butt. I am also drawn to the strong damaged male character, but I appreciated that Ian was able to say that he was scared and that he needed Daisy (instead of just wallowing in a dark corner). I am also really excited to read more about some of the characters that were introduced in “Moonglow” (Winston and Talent). This series is great for anyone who loves historical or paranormal romance books. I eagerly await the next book in the series!
Tiff2ful More than 1 year ago
I was provided the Galley from grand Central Publishing for my honest review. I was really hesitant to start reading this because I loved Firelight and didn’t want to be let down. Let’s just say that I cannot believe that thought even popped into my head because this book was amazing. I definitely will not wait to start any other book by Kristin Callihan. So, do you want to know what I thought about it? There was action right off the bat. Daisy is tired of mourning the loss of a husband that she never loved. She wants to feel wanted again and goes out to have a little fun. What turned out to be a fun night turned drastic when she finds one of her friends in the alley dead. She is then attack by whatever killed her friend, but what is it? Enter Ian. From there on they try to figure out who is killing all these women, who wear the same perfume as Daisy and why they are doing it. If you want love triangle, you won’t find it in this book. The romance was stop on, not too much, not too little, it didn’t dominate the story. Daisy is the kind of woman that doesn’t have a filter. She just says whatever pops into her head…Kinda like me. I think that’s what I like the most about her. At first, I thought she was going to be one of those pushovers that talk a lot of smack. As the story progressed, I could tell that she wasn’t having that. Ian: During this book he has become dear to my heart. I despised him in the first one. I don’t know how she done it but she made me love him. Ian has a secret that he would rather keep hidden, but there is something about Daisy that makes him want to strip off his entire amour. He is a confident man but Daisy makes him nervous. Why? You have to read it to find out. I’m also glad that they put Miranda in this book. I mean she is her sister but I thought it was just going to be about her. I really liked Miranda in Firelight but I have to say that I think I like Daisy better. Miranda is more of a hardcore girl and isn’t afraid to use it. Daisy is sweeter and doesn’t let you see that she is deadly. I just have to say that I loved this book!!! It has all my favorite things in one small package and it works. If you know anything about me, then you know what I love, if not then you are in for a surprise. Overall, this book kept me interested from the beginning and didn’t falter. 5 STARS!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
8/11/12 Great addition to the series. Looking forward to the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have to read "Firelight" first to read about Miranda's story. This story is about Miranda's sister, Daisy. Finally free from a horrible marriage, Daisy is enjoying her freedom too much and feeling nothing as she dates several men. Then one night, she is in an alley with a gentleman & then are brutely attacked. She is knocked unconscious. Ian was first introduced in "Firelight" and I have to admit that I liked his character then, even though he was trying to win Miranda from Archer. In this story, we get to know Ian & how lonely he is. He stumbles upon several people who are attacked in an alley and finds Daisy to be the only surviving victim. He takes her home to protect her and learns she is Miranda's sister. I loved this story. It did drag on in some parts, but I was really rooting for Daisy & Ian to make it work for them. There were some suprising twists and more characters introduced. If you like Paranormal romances, then you will like this book and series. If you haven't read "Firelight" yet, I recommend reading it and it's prequel "Ember" first and then "Moonglow".