Review: Firelight

SIZZLING Romantic Debut Author

Title: Firelight
Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London #1
Publisher: Grand Central Publisher
Release Date: January 31, 2012


London, 1881
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.”

Miss Vain


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16 Responses to Review: Firelight

  1. Anna says:

    This book sounds incredible! I’ll go ahead and add it to my TBR pile.
    You’re killing me Miss Vain with all your amazing reviews :) Do you know what they do to my TBR pile?

    • MissVain says:

      Oh Anna, you’ll love this book!!! :) Yes, I’m quite aware because you’re reviews do the EXACT same thing to my Tbr pile! LOL

      P.s. I interviewed the author Kristen Callihan over the weekend, and I’m going to post it with this book giveaway. Check it out Thursday, and you can enter…and she’s really pretty funny on her answers.;)

      • Anna says:

        Hehe! I know, first it was J.A. Saare, now this one and possibly a thousand more others I can’t remember right now!

        Thanks for the heads up :) I’ll be sure to check on Thursday!

        • MissVain says:

          You had me read Half-Blood!;) loved it.
          I noticed you just finished Clockwork Prince…Ah wasn’t that book just wonderful?! I cried like a baby. I’m actually scared to read Clockwork Princes because even though Will is my man, it doesn’t matter which one Tessa chooses because I love them both and I will cry for the odd man out….:(

          I think you’ll absolutely adore Firelight btw!:)

          • Anna says:

            Clockwork Prince just blew my mind! It may not have been so heavy in the action plot like the rest of Clare’s work, but honestly it’s one of the few YA books out there were the love triangle in so wonderfully written.

  2. MissVain says:

    It’s the best kind of triangle Anna, I agree because either boy would give the girl up for the other. It was maddening. I loved every moment of it. Now I love TID a pinch more than TMI :)

  3. Alexa says:

    UGH I swear every time I come here I have a new adult PNR or UF to add to my list. I loved the cover of this one when I first saw it and now you have drawn me in yet again with your review.

    I’m gonna go hide for a couple of days to give my wish list some much needed rest!

    Thanks for the great review. :)

    • MissVain says:

      Oh Alexa this book was so amazing! I just was not expecting it to be as good as it was. This hero puts the capital “T” in tortured. For a debut author she writes fabulous sexy Historical Romance with a paranormal element to it! This book is a must!

      Plus stop by on Thursday because I’m posting an interview I did the author and she’s really fun. Plus enter yourself into my giveaway of this book!:)

      Thanks Alexa!!!:) I love it when you stop by!:)

      • Alexa says:

        Puts the T in tortured!!! *starts to weep* Those are my favorite kind. Oh and you aren’t making me cry, I’m just upset with my review pile right now. Since my blog is 85 percent teen I always end up reading more YA than adult. Now every time I visit your blog you are making me regret the whole 85 percent YA thing more and more. I seriously need to read an adult book soon.

        I shall stop by again for the interview. I stop by about every other day so I’m sure to catch the post. :)

        • MissVain says:

          HAhA you make me laugh Alexa! You’re so funny.

          You should mix it up, for every 3 YA books read 1 adult book or so. I love YA books as well, but my favorite is a good juicy adult romance story!;)

          I just got Blood on the Bayou in the mail today, it’s the sequel to Dead on the Delta, and I was willing to give my right arm for it so I can’t wait to devour that book.

          Hey I also received Pure today too, it’s YA. Have you read Half-Blood? It’s the sequel.

          ARCs are so much fun but sometimes it can be overwhelming. I bet you have lots on your Tbr list! Good luck!;)

          • Alexa says:

            I’m going to start mixing it up come Feb. I just can’t take anymore YA starting next week, my head might explode.

            Um of course I have read Half-Blood!! I would have to be dead not to know about Jennifer’s writing. I got Pure in the mail last week and I’ve already read it. I’m so torn between Aiden and Seth.

            Yay! I hope you enjoy the sequel to Dead on the Delta. If the sequel is as amazing as the first book then I shall have to bump that series up on my wish list. :)

            Lol I have 450 unread books sitting on my monster of a book shelf, let alone my wish list.

  4. MissVain says:

    Oh I know the feeling, when I read too much YA, I get stir crazy! How did you like Pure? You don’t have your review up yet right? See I like Aiden I really do, but I get so into these bad boys, so I loved Seth more in Half-Blood. I’ll have to let you know my verdict on the men after I read it.;)

    Oh I have a very good feeling about Blood on the Bayou. But I think in order to love Blood on the Bayou, you almost have to be a Downside fan because the protagonist are similar. Whereas Chess is a druggie, Annabelle is an alcoholic. The authors are best friends too. Me and my Terrible Girls are having a blog hop in March for their releases, in case you want to join, people are signing up. Let me know if you’re interested. I need to add your button badge to my Terrible Girls blog roll btw. :)

  5. Alexa says:

    The publisher has asked that Pure reviews are not posted until after Feb 1st or 2nd. So my review isn’t up but it is a 5 heart review and it is the best book I’ve read so far in 2012 out of 12 books. See I was for Aiden in Half-Blood but now that I know Seth better I love him as well, so torn.

    Lol you are just trying very hard to get me to be a Downside fan, aren’t you? What does the blog hop consist of? Are you ladies just giving away copies to books in both of the series!? Let me know more about it and I’m sure I’ll sign up. You are already on my blogroll, thank you in advance if you add me to yours :)

    • MissVain says:

      Okay I’m glad you rated it 5 hearts! :) I hope I love it the same…I hope I get lots of Seth time as well.:) I’ll send you the Downside info on GR. I’m a moderator of a secret group on GR four other close friends and several other of my closest friends on GR. we call ourselves Terrible Girls so that’s why my blog roll is called that. :)

      I just can’t imagine anyone not being a Downside fan.;))

      Thank you for adding me to your blog roll as well.;)

      • Alexa says:

        Seth is a huge part of Pure, you probably get more of him than you do Aiden.

        Oh a secret GR group, how fun!

        Lol I’ll work on the Downside series as soon as I can. I did like Terrible so I’m assuming I get to see more of him in the second book. Maybe if things move along in book two it will bring things together for me. Most people seem to say that UF take about two books to get into because the first book is always the whole world building book.

        • MissVain says:

          Oh awesome!!! Glad to see that Seth is a major part of Pure. Swoon!
          It’s a very fun group!!

          Oh I have Terrible fever so bad, it’s ugly!! ;) I just love him so much!!!:) You get so much of him in every book, if you’re not in love with him by book #2, you’ll be drooling by book #3!:))

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