SIZZLING Romantic Debut Author
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.
He spread his arms wide in entreaty before letting them fall. “I lied. I lied when I said your beauty does not affect me. I look at you, and I’m breathless, dizzy from it. I want to kneel at your feet and worship you. While the baser part of me……” You’ll just have to read to find out the rest…….
What a brilliant beginning to a SIZZLING new series that paranormal romance readers can’t help but fall in love with.
Firelight is a unique and gritty story that makes me nostalgic for The Phantom of the Opera and a gothic version of Beauty and the Beast! Kristen Callihan’s poetic style of writing mesmerized me from beginning to end!
The mysterious Lord Benjamin Archer has a brief encounter with the feisty yet stunning Miranda. He’s under the impression that she cannot protect herself so when he steps in to rescue her in a dark alley, her sassy attitude draws in him, and for that he decides to one day make her his. Luckily he’s familiar with her fathers monetary weakness and three years later, he makes Hector Ellis an advantageous offer for Miranda’s hand in marriage knowing she will soon become his. This scorching romance has me captivated from beginning to the very end. I just couldn’t put this book down. There’s a killer loose in this dark and gritty tale and all the bloody fingers are pointing to Archer being the prime suspect. Kristen Callihan weaves this magnificent gritty love story, while simultaneously taking us readers on a suspenseful murder case that will leave you guessing until the bitter end!
“Leave now, ” she demanded, unmoved, “Or I’ll turn you both into cheese on toast.
Meet Miranda, she’s a fiery red head with a blazing secret of her own. She can ignite a fire with just a mere thought, and I not speaking of romance flames. Miranda is the last of her siblings to finally marry, her independence important to her. Though she’s unaware that Lord Archer is the mysterious man she met in the alley three years earlier, she agrees to marry him. With her misconception that she herself is a monster, she is without prejudices and easily becomes as hypnotized by Lord Archer as he is with her. Her sassy attitude yet gentle character makes her so easy to love, and I found her a breath of fresh air.
Lord Archer possessed the sort of virile body that would catch many of a lady’s eye and hold it, we’re it not an avoidable fact.
The charming Lord Benjamin Archer is a delicious force to be reckoned with. He’s rich, he’s powerful yet he has an unsavory disfigurement that has left him hiding behind a mask, in shame, preferring to scare others as if he were a monster than be rejected. Yet he is no monster at all…he’s a lust worthy male that in my opinion puts the capital “S” in sex appeal regardless of his disfigurement. He’s tortured yet those are my favorite heroes, and I found myself captivated by each and every words that came out of his mouth. when I wasn’t reading it I was
fantasizing daydreaming about Lord Archer and what underneath that oh to enticing yet devious mask. Though Lord archer is fierce, and protective and has deliciously devious side to him, when he’s in Miranda’s presence his demeanor melts and he becomes the most gentle spellbinding hero.
“Miranda…..”She blinked upon hearing her quietly spoken name. His skin was ashen. Beads of sweat covered his jaw and ran down from beneath his mask, but his eyes were steady.“It’s only a simple handstitch.” ”But it is on you.” she said with a weak voice. His hand fell over hers. “I promise not to cry.” *swoon*
Daisy, is Miranda’s bawdy yet delightful sister. While I adored Miranda’s character Daisy was equally intriguing yet in an inappropriate manner. The banter between Miranda, Daisy and their other sister Poppy. Miranda could easily be described as kick-ass, Daisy the incorrigible, and Poppy as the mellow one.
Daisy grinned saucily.“Admit it. Lord Archer cuts quite a delicious figure. I’d overlook the mask to ride such a body. How very wicked to be a masked man.” “Oh good God, Daisy Margaret!”
What I especially enjoyed was Miranda’s detective skills. At times I was laughing uncontrollably while other times I was cheering her on. I admired her protective side and her unwillingness to relent when it came to her beloved Archer’s well being and safety. Granted he’s perfectly capable of protecting himself yet she can’t allow him to do it alone. Lord Archer may hold the key to her heart, however she still holds the key to her bad-ass attitude.
“Know this,” she said in harsh tones, “if anyone should find my husband,” she swallowed past a lump of nausea, “appetizing. Should one hair on Archer’s head be harmed, I shall leave little more than ash of that unfortunate fellow.”
Kristen Callihan takes us readers on a thrilling journey about survival, love, betrayal, murder, passion, and the ultimate sacrifice to save the one you love. I would recommend this for paranormal romance readers looking for a unique story with a scorchingly hot hero and sassy heroine you can’t help but love.
“How am I to resist the one thing I’ve ever truly wanted?”
Now the only negative is that I’m eager to get my hands on the next installment Moonglow which will feature Daisy and the manipulative Ian McKinnon.
“You are the greatest adventure of my life.”