ARC Review: Moonglow by Kristen Callihan

Slow, Seductive, Earth Moving Historical Romance

Title: Moonglow
Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London #2
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: July 31, 2012

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.

 

 

“Don’t like verbena, do you?”
“Not many Lycans do. It burns something fierce.”
“I shall keep that in mind, in the event you decide to get out of line.”

Daisy Ellis Craigmore is the sassy widowed sister of Miranda Archer the heroine in Firelight. It’s been slightly over a year since her hateful, old, abusive husband has succumbed to death, and she is finally attempting to live the life of freedom and excitement she yearns for. We were introduced to her in Firelight, and immediately I knew that she was going to be a heroine I would enjoy; spoiled, feisty, wealthy, and beautiful.

“Till my last breath.”

When Daisy attends a party she is attacked by a werewolf, fortunately she is rescued from the attack by Ian Renulf, the Marquis of Northrup. When we were first introduced to Ian in Firelight, I wasn’t a fan, he came across arrogant, undesirable, and reluctant to stop the pursuit of a married woman Miranda Archer (Daisy’s sister) even though she belonged to his one time friend. However, with all this in mind I knew that Kristen Callihan had a surprise up her sleeve and that she was going to leave us swooning after the completion of Moonglow, and she did  not disappoint.

“Now that that is settled, there is one more bit of business before I’m done ye.” He turned back to Northrup. “Payment for Alan.” A ripple of excitement went through the hall, and Daisy’s stomach clenched, for it held the taint of violence in it. Fangs lengthened, and the rangy scent of wolf grew deeper. All of it directed at Northrup. Northrup didn’t flinch. “Get on with it then.” “As you wish.” Conall’s black eyes found her, sending a chill of ice down her spine. “And let the lass watch.”

Ian Ranulf, the Maruis of Northrup, has long ago abandoned his Lycan clan after suffering a devastated loss of someone he loved dearly. With the desire to live a “normal life” he has been clan-less and doing a remarkably good job at being a loner, with not much of a desire to get close to a human “mortal” woman.  His seventy years without leading his fathers clan has left him incapable of showing or even developing emotion for anyone or anything besides himself. That was once true until Daisy Craigmore becomes the object of his affections. Even his desire for Daisy’s sister Miranda in Firelight was simply a display of carnal desires towards her without any emotional connection whatsoever.

Strengthened by it, Daisy pulled herself up. Fear me. Beside her, Conall looked at her as if seeing a ghost. She smiled with grim satisfaction, the feeling of fearlessness like a drug in her veins. Runaway, little wolf, or I shall kill you.

We also meet Ian’s brother Conall the leader of the Ranulf clan, and he’s portrayed as the villain, but I found myself loving him a bit more with each scene because he didn’t come across as evil, he came across as a villain that was only one because he ruled with fear not with love because that was all he knew to keep his pack under control at the risk of losing them to his brother Ian.

I know who you are, he wanted to shout. You are brave, funny. Fresh air in this smothered town. And utterly blind if you cannot see what I am.

Upon rescuing Daisy, he discovers this wolf is attacking women that wear her perfume, which becomes a puzzle to Daisy as well because this is a specially designed perfume for only Daisy. They must unravel the mystery of how these women are obtaining a perfume that only Daisy should have in her possession, and why would this wolf only desire to attack women wearing her perfume. Upon this discovery Ian decides that he must take Daisy under his protection in his home while he tracks down the murderous werewolf and protects what is quickly becoming “his” as reluctant as Daisy is to accept his protection.

“I couldn’t bear it, Daisy, if you died. I don’t want to live in a world without your light. Letting my wolf free did not matter if it saved you.”

I fell in LOVE with Ian!!! He’s such a passionate hero and his protectiveness made him be irresistible. Daisy and Ian were an ideal match because she’s feisty, stubborn, vulnerable and loyal to those she loves. They both hold secrets and are tortured souls and when these secrets are slowly revealed, it brought them closer together and made it much more apparent as to why this hero and heroine belong together. Their romance is not instantly revealed thankfully, but it becomes a slow and simmering seduction that made Moonglow unable to put down. I couldn’t stop reading it from the moment I opened the first page, I was captivated by this beautiful world that Kristen Callihan was adding to what we already were introduced to in Firelight.

“However, I doubt that you could handle me. Somehow I think you prefer your women either unavailable or subservient. I am neither.”

Miranda, is not in favor of this romance between her sister Daisy and Ian yet she fails to become acquainted to the Ian that Daisy is falling for, and he saves this romantic and passionate side for only his “Daisy-Girl“.  These two had such lovely and vigorous banter between the two of them, that while I found myself laughing out loud with upon reading their banter it became quite obvious that their banter was built up sexual tension filled with lots of heat. The sex scenes in Moonglow will leave you blushes but most certainly satisfied because they’re incredibly sexy and hot.

If she treated him with pity, he’d howl and leave her standing alone on the street, but her pert chin merely lifted. “If you’ve land to swoon simply so you can look up my skirts, I’ll kick your head and leave you where you lay.”

An exciting supernatural introduction belongs to the GIM‘s (Ghosts in the Machine) and I was fascinated by these creatures. These GIM’s have the Steampunk element that is often introduced in the historical romances, yet they are quite unique and I hope we have more appearances from them in the next installments by Kristen Callihan. I have a favorite GIM but you’ll have to wait to read Moonglow to decide if you have a favorite one as well.;)

“Daisy-girl, I cannot tell you how much it pleases me to hear that you can defend yourself when threatened. But if ye think that such revelations will cause me to take leave of my senses and put you in direct path of danger, then ye’ve gone as daft as a wee loon.”

Moonglow has succeeded all of my expectations, and after reading the gloriously seductive and scorching hot debut Firelight, my expectations were extremely high. If you have yet to read Firelight I suggest you do because both books are simply amazing! Click Here to read my 5 star review for Firelight. Also get to know Kristen Callihan better with a sassy, fun and fascinating interview by clicking Here.

I recommend Moonglow for lovers of paranormal romance with a heavy historical romantic world. The supernatural creatures in this romance is fascinating. If you love a Victorian England theme, steampunk, werewolves, vampires, shifters, tortured heroes and strong, fearless heroines then this is the romance that you will be glad you picked up. Moonglow is a must read on release day!!

He broke the kiss first, but he didn’t let her go. “Hasn’t it seeped into your thick head yet, Daisy-Meg,” he whispered, his hands roaming her back, neck, shoulders, “there isn’t anything you can do that will make me stop loving you. You might break my heart, but it is yours anyway.”

The ending of Moonglow left me desperately wanting to read Winterblaze immediately as Callihan did a incredibly awesome job of introducing the next hero and heroine and I’m eager to see how that obstacle will play out.

DEI  DONO SUM QUOD SUM
“By the grace of God I am what I am.”

 

ARC provided for review by Forever

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6 Responses to ARC Review: Moonglow by Kristen Callihan

  1. I loved the first book in this series and can’t wait for this.

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Lisa,
      If you loved the first book Firelight, then you’re in for a delicious treat with this one because it has exceeded all my expectations!!

  2. paranormal romance and historical romance combined? It’s definitely made for me! I can’t believe that I haven’t read this one yet! What am I thinking? As always, your reviews are amazing and makes me want to read this book now!!

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Ning!!!

      I can’t believe you have yet to read this series!!! OMG they’re amazing books. I think this book is on NG too, so go request it. The first book is wonderful too, I promise you’ll love these!!!:) Thank you girlie<3

  3. Alexa says:

    I got the first book in this series since you had raved about it but I’m happy to see that you also enjoyed the second book!

    Thanks for the great review!

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