Winterblaze (Darkest London Series #3)

Winterblaze (Darkest London Series #3)

by Kristen Callihan
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RaeLynn_Fry More than 1 year ago
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!
Brewsters_Bookshelf More than 1 year ago
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.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog I’ve fallen so deeply in love with the world she has created. It’s so vibrant, so very lush and when you add such well-developed characters, it only makes for a more amazing story. ~ Under the Covers WINTERBLAZE is book three in the Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan and it’s the best one yet! If you’ve read MOONGLOW then you know if the discovery and betrayal that Winston Lane experienced at the end. What’s interesting about this book and this couple in particular is the fact that they are married already but something has torn them apart. The question is, is their love for each other strong enough to surpass this obstacle? Callihan paints a rich bacakground for this story. Set in Victorian London where the streets are gloomy and gaslights are the only source of light, she sets dark paranormal creatures alongside uplifting themes such as love, hope and fate. I’ve fallen so deeply in love with the world she has created. It’s so vibrant, so very lush and when you add such well-developed characters, it only makes for a more amazing story. Winston Lane isn’t the man we know him as in the previous books. He’s no longer the curious Inspector who wishes to do good. We learn a bit more of his past and his intentions then and we also see a much more Alpha hero. A brutal, life-threatening attack has physically scarred him and in an effort to regain his health, he has packed on the muscle. Poppy Lane reveals her powers and I must say, I think hers is the most badass out of all the Ellis sisters! What I loved about Poppy in particular is the fact that she is so strong and independent, yet she isn’t afraid on lean on Win when she needs to. She understands that Win is the one person in her life that she can rely on and despite the angst and the hurt that both of them have caused one another, it doesn’t overshadow the love they still share. Which leads me to my next point about the romance. It’s very strong in this book. Callihan spends some time with flashbacks where readers get a glimpse of Win and Poppy’s first meeting, their dalliances, and some crucial moments to their relationship. I loved these moments because though they weren’t long, they did bring more insight to their relationship. But what’s more impressive is the fact that Callihan does not take advantage of that and simply allow that to be the romance of the story. She spends considerable time building that trust again once the betrayal is revealed and it makes for a more believable and stronger romance in my opinion. Then there’s the plotting – wow. Brilliantly crafted and executed. Can we expect anything less from Callihan? I could go on and on about this book. It literally had all I wanted in a romance novel. I’m going to say it now because I don’t think many books can top this read but WINTERBLAZE may be a favorite of 2013. Callihan is a must read! Favorite Quote: He couldn’t think of what to say that would not draw himself closer into her orbit. And that was the problem: he wanted to be in her orbit. To be around her was the difference between going through the motions of the day and feeling every breath.
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
Book three picks up several months after Moonglow. Winston Lane has left his wife after he was attacked by a werewolf and her secrets were revealed. Poppy, believes that she has lost the man she loves due to her duty to the SOS, but will not stop her from going to his aid when a missive threatens his life. Once back together, they air out their hurt feelings, the feelings of betrayal, and she reveals everything else. A demon has come to take Winston's life and she will not let her secret life or duties jeopardize his safety, even if it rubs him the wrong way. He is a man, he believes that she shouldn't be the one protecting him, but it is clear that she is far stronger and more powerful than he ever imagined. It doesn't stop him though from trying to protect her and their unborn child. Once the demon arrives, it comes to light that Poppy wasn't the only one to keep secrets, and they must partner up to save not only Winston's soul, but that of their child, from the demon's clutches. They are well matched, even with him being human, and they work together to solve the mystery of Moira Darling and how to beat a demon that can survive almost everything (including being beheaded and frozen then shattered into tiny pieces). I enjoyed their story, but I think I liked Ian and Daisy's story more. It was faced paced, well developed, passionate, and full of several plot twists I didn't see coming. It was a fun read.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Winterblaze, the third novel in the Darkest London series, is about Poppy, the oldest sister, and her estranged husband Winston Lane. In the last novel Winston had been mauled while investigating the werewolf who had been stalking Daisy, Poppy's sister. Because of that, this whole "other" world had been opened to him, including the role his wife plays in it, unbeknownst to him. After learning that their 14 years of marriage has been built on lies, he left Poppy and went off to brood. Three months later, Poppy forces Winston to face her. While trying to figure out their feelings, they discover a murder, and fall into an investigation that becomes about more than life and death. It is about saving Winston's soul. After having read the previous two novels about Poppy's sisters, Miranda and Daisy, in the books Firelight and Moonglow, we knew a little bit about both Poppy and Winston. In Winterblaze, we find out that what we had learned previously was not in fact the whole truth. Poppy had been hiding her true nature from her sisters as well as from her husband. Miranda, the youngest sister, had been able to call up Fire, Daisy had turned GIM (an immortal) in the previous book, and Poppy, we discover, had been the mysterious leader named Mother, of the SOS, a kind of police investigative force for supernaturals. Interesting that her life actually paralleled her husband's for the entire 14 years of marriage, as Winston had been a police investigator up until his attack. This novel gave us a resolution to the sister storyline, now that they all knew their supernatural natures, and allowed Poppy and Winston to rediscover each other in their new roles, while investigating. Something that each of them do very well. Kristen Callihan has a gift for storytelling, and as with Firelight, the tension between the main characters build both emotionally and sexually. When they finally reveal their emotions to each other the climax is achieved on many levels, finally giving the reader relief from that tension, and satisfaction with the conclusion to the story. Thank goodness this series has quite a few books already published so I can immediately move on to the next!
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Winterblaze, the third novel in the Darkest London series, is about Poppy, the oldest sister, and her estranged husband Winston Lane. In the last novel Winston had been mauled while investigating the werewolf who had been stalking Daisy, Poppy's sister. Because of that, this whole "other" world had been opened to him, including the role his wife plays in it, unbeknownst to him. After learning that their 14 years of marriage has been built on lies, he left Poppy and went off to brood. Three months later, Poppy forces Winston to face her. While trying to figure out their feelings, they discover a murder, and fall into an investigation that becomes about more than life and death. It is about saving Winston's soul. After having read the previous two novels about Poppy's sisters, Miranda and Daisy, in the books Firelight and Moonglow, we knew a little bit about both Poppy and Winston. In Winterblaze, we find out that what we had learned previously was not in fact the whole truth. Poppy had been hiding her true nature from her sisters as well as from her husband. Miranda, the youngest sister, had been able to call up Fire, Daisy had turned GIM (an immortal) in the previous book, and Poppy, we discover, had been the mysterious leader named Mother, of the SOS, a kind of police investigative force for supernaturals. Interesting that her life actually paralleled her husband's for the entire 14 years of marriage, as Winston had been a police investigator up until his attack. This novel gave us a resolution to the sister storyline, now that they all knew their supernatural natures, and allowed Poppy and Winston to rediscover each other in their new roles, while investigating. Something that each of them do very well. Kristen Callihan has a gift for storytelling, and as with Firelight, the tension between the main characters build both emotionally and sexually. When they finally reveal their emotions to each other the climax is achieved on many levels, finally giving the reader relief from that tension, and satisfaction with the conclusion to the story. Thank goodness this series has quite a few books already published so I can immediately move on to the next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG??? beccy look at that @$$ THOUGH
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Great read!!!
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Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan Book Three of the Darkest London series Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Publication Date: February 26, 2013 Rating: 3 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Once blissfully in love . . . Poppy Lane is keeping secrets. Her powerful gift has earned her membership in the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, but she must keep both her ability and her alliance with the Society from her husband, Winston. Yet when Winston is brutally attacked by a werewolf, Poppy's secrets are revealed, leaving Winston's trust in her as broken as his body. Now Poppy will do anything to win back his affections . . .  Their relationship is now put to the ultimate test. Winston Lane soon regains his physical strength but his face and heart still bear the scars of the vicious attack. Drawn into the darkest depths of London, Winston must fight an evil demon that wants to take away the last hope of reconciliation with his wife. As a former police inspector, Winston has intelligence and logic on his side. But it will take the strength of Poppy's love for him to defeat the forces that threaten to tear them apart. What I Liked: I've been meaning to read this book for a really long time now. Like, I had it before its release date last year. Yep. That's about a year or more, that I've had this eARC! It was one of my first eARCs, and I'm sorry that I waited this long to read it. I'll be honest, I had trouble getting into the novel, and I was slightly deterred by the length. But it wasn't too bad, and I enjoyed it. The synopsis kind of confused me. I didn't realize that Winston left London after the werewolf attack. The beginning of the book was all about how Winston ran from Poppy (according to Poppy), and how Poppy betrayed Winston (according to Winston). But then we find out that a demon is after Winston, and Poppy is the head of the Demon Police (or whatever), so the two are (sort of) reunited. Except that Winston is still so angry at Poppy for her betrayal (she didn't tell him about her, um, supernatural job, even after fourteen years of marriage). And Winston doesn't want her protection, or his wife involved in such dangerous matters in general. Especially when something comes to light - Poppy really should NOT be involved. This book is really long, but it's pretty action-packed. Or at least, it's interesting enough that the length didn't matter to me too much. I enjoyed the twists and turns, the constant curveballs, and slowly figuring out what was going on with the demon. It's fascinating the way Callihan sets up this book - she does chapters in the present, and chapters in the past, alternating throughout the book. There is a very important reason for that, and I thought it was pretty cool. I really like Winston. I was definitely on his side the entire time. I admit, I didn't like Poppy much at all. But Winston... I felt really bad for him. I feel like he was at the butt end of all the jokes, got the shortest end of the stick, etc. Poor guy! I mean, his wife kept something HUGE from him. Before they got married, he gave up everything for her - literally, EVERYTHING, and in my opinion, that made the betrayal so much worse. But I enjoyed seeing the growth of these two characters in this book. It was lovely to see them reconnect and fall in love all over again. Their chemistry and passion never dimmed - in fact, if anything, it grew with the distance. Despite my dislike for Poppy, I'm glad that the two of them got their happy ending. I have the next book - Shadowdance - and I hope to read that one soon! I'm really interested in Jack and Mary Chase's story. Personally, I'm a huge fan of Jack. What I Did Not Like: As I mentioned before, I really did NOT like Poppy. And when you don't like the female protagonist... there's a problem. I found her to be way too controlling and hurtful. I definitely blamed her for just about everything, because her decisions are what brought on everything with the demon and Winston's fate. Okay, not all of them, because the demon was pretty twisted, but many, many things, I blamed on Poppy.  Also, I just didn't like her personality. I mean, I like feisty and stubborn, but she was just TOO feisty and stubborn. She was definitely too independent and domineering for me to like her. Personally, I don't think she was ready for that next step in life that popped up and became super important later in the book. She so does not deserve Winston - he's too good for her. And the paranormal aspect - maybe it's because I'm coming into this series at book three, but I wasn't really feeling the paranormal aspect. This is historical London with demons and werewolves and creatures, and there is a Demon Police (that's what I'm calling them - it's really something like SOS) that counters them. Oh, and the Demon Police is led by Poppy. Who, by the way, is a woman, and knows a bajillion different ways to kill a demon (or human), and knows many different types of combat. Yeah, no. Not plausible, even in the world of demons - in the HISTORICAL world of demons. I just did not really buy the whole paranormal aspect, and that was a big let down, because that's a huge part of this book. But I wasn't feeling it. Would I Recommend It: Yes and no. If you read and enjoyed the previous books in this series, you'll probably enjoy this one. But it's not worth starting the entire series, JUST to get to this one. I have a good feeling about the next book though. Rating: 3 stars. I actually quite enjoyed this one, but there were some things that brought down the rating to what it is (for me). But it wasn't a bad read!
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Another great story. Loved poppy and win. lots of action and romance. can not wait for the next installment.
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Meli_Green More than 1 year ago
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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Sailon More than 1 year ago
For nearly 16 years, Poppy Lane has kept a secret from her husband, Winston. The secret that she is a supernatural, that she heads an organization called Suppression of Supernaturals (SOS) and that her life is embroiled in the supernatural world. That all remained a secret until the day her husband was brutally attacked by a werewolf and all Poppy’s well woven secrets unraveled. Now Poppy will do anything to gain back Winston’s trust. Winston Lane is battered and scarred from the brutal attack by the werewolf but he is also devastated by the betrayal of his wife. Their marriage was built on lies and deceit. Win runs away from his marriage and is returning from a holiday in Paris when Poppy comes skating back into his life. Torn by the love he has for Poppy and coming to terms with her ability and strength, Win has a lot on his plate.  An old adversary has returned, threatening everything Winston and Poppy hold dear. They must reunite to confront this mystery before the demons of their past separate them forever. I’m sad to admit but this is my first time reading a book from the Darkest London Series...Yes, I’m kicking myself, how could I have missed such a marvelous series to follow! That being said, I was completely able to keep up this story line and it didn’t feel like playing catch up.  I loved Winterblaze. The plot was action filled with enough mystery and steamin’ hot scenes to keep me riveted to the pages. Kristen Callihan did a magnificent job pulling me right into this wondrous world and emotionally connectingme to the characters. Although the characters have issues to resolve, they did everything in their respective powers to protect each other...showing the deep bond and love they share. I just have to say I was completely taken by surprise when the mystery was solved. Brilliant story! Fantastic Characters! Winterblaze is a must read for 2013. This ARC copy of Winterblaze was given to me by Grand Central Publishing - Forever in exchange for an honest review. Publish Date February 26, 2013.