FirelightSo check this out One day I was just browsing through netGalley As you know, most of the books there are cheesy, weird or sucky Usually I go through the Sci Fi Fantasy category because from time to time it gets some cool stuff Anyway, so I m going through this, and I see a wonderful fiery cover And I say what the hell, request the b tch So yeah, my main reason for reading this is the damn cover Congrats cover artist You managed to trick me It could have been worse At least I enjoyed the book Yes, my kids, it s a good book Follow me if you want to live get rambling about it.What can I say about Firelight My notes are a mess so I m trying to make the best of it The first thing I noticed when starting the book is Kristen Callihan s amazing omg drop dead writing style I mean whoaaaaah Really really impressive Just check this outHis green house A little glass jewel hidden away on the roof of the house The rain rattled hard upon the glass, streaking and pebbling, hiding the world from view It was kinder here, warm and humid Filled with potted fruit trees and velvet roses, their fresh scent as thick as the air.And Emptiness pressed upon him as he made his way home He wanted to collapse, crumple into a helpless ball against the pain of it Murder tainted his skin and pounded through his veins like a drug, whispering for he was losing the battle. If you re not impressed then gtfo because these here are some mouth watering quotes And speaking of mouth watering let me introduce you to Lord Archer Or Lord Benjamin Aldo Fitzwilliam Wallace Archer, Fifth Baron Archer of Umberslade to be preciseShe lifted her eyes to his face, or where it ought to be Carved with a Mona Lisa smile upon its lips, a black hard mask like one might wear at Carnival stared back Beneath the mask, his entire head was covered in tight black silk, offering not a bit of skin to view He is a mix between VAnd the PhantomHe goes towards the Phantom is you ask me There are actually many similarities between these two characters Plus I liked to imagine Archer as Gerald s version of the Phantom sighsThe man in the black mask seemed to stand alone, apart from everything.His voice was a phantom, haunted and alone I don t want pity He glared at the stern visage of the Greek centaur before them I d rather have fear I have a thing for ugly scarred guys I think beauty is overrated Sue me clears throat I have only one problem with Archer He makes me go like thisEverybody lies And many freaky things are going on I wanted answers and I wasn t getting them What is he Hulk Is he a god who got banished on earth for seducing a virgin A mighty hero reborn a century too late Is he an alien from a distant planet Or the soul of the planet itself set free to kill as many people as possible in order to avoid the creation of the vile killer plastic Save the seagulls Destroy all the plastic Wtf are you Archer Tell me now clears throat Uhm what else Miranda Miss Miranda Ellis, firestarter extraordinaire You have to admit that it has a nice ring to it Too bad this element wasn t put to proper use It had a few good scenes, but I think it could have worked better than this However, at least I admit that Miranda is not boring like the usual heroines you find in Historical Romances I know I picked on this before, and I will never stop I can t stand chicks that run around hunting for a husband and waste all their day shopping or knitting or god knows what other stupid activities Why would I want to read a story about that So thank you Paranormal Romance for existing in this book You made completing it without skimming, skipping or dnf ing possible.Why am I not giving this a higher score Because something seems to be missing in the story I didn t feel happy with the ending, many things felt unfinished, and the epilogue was weird But I ll surely read the next book in the series Kristen Callihan really impressed me, so I ll be stalking reading her stuff asap. Lord Benjamin Archer is considered an aristocratic freak, his face covered by a mask to hide his deformity He has travelled the world searching for a cure When word comes from Egypt that there may be at last a solution, his assistant despatches the clue in a small box and sends it to England on Archer s fastest ship Before reaching England s shores the ship is raided by pirates working for Hector Ellis, the small box lost along with Archer s hope of a cure.With revenge on his mind, Archer determines to kill Hector Ellis When he sees Ellis nineteen year old daughter, Miranda being confronted by bullies in the alleyway near her home, he intervenes Not that she needs rescuing She can take care of herself Delighted by the lovely Miranda, Archer decides to let Ellis live He has another plan.Three years later living with her father in diminished circumstances, twenty two year old Miranda resorts to stealing She is not proud of what she s been forced to do, but her once wealthy father has lost his fortune Though wanting to marry for love, her father has arranged a marriage of convenience To Lord Archer Faced with the prospect of living on the streets, Miranda agrees to the marriage.Both Archer and Miranda are than they appear, both hiding secrets from each other and the world at large Miranda is able to start fire at will, by her thoughts alone After burning down her father s warehouse when she was ten and losing half his fortune, she has managed for the most part to keep her firelighting under control For Archer hiding his physical appearance and the mysterious cause behind a mask, and searching for a cure have consumed his life Now when friends of Archer s turn up murdered one at a time, suspicion falls on Archer The romance is a joy Both Miranda and Archer are wonderful characters, their growing love and closeness, a delight to read The sexual tension builds really, really well throughout the novel reaching its conclusion later in the book Miranda and Archer are similar in many ways, both tough, stubborn and cursed with the supernatural They are both protective of the other, and Miranda is especially delightful as she chips away at Archer s defences and his mysteries.Though I enjoyed this immensely it was not without some flaws I did find the constant hints to the secrets and mysteries early in the story without being given some details a little tedious Also the overuse of some words and phrases Archer whom we first meet on his way to kill Miranda s father, seems to shrug off this murderous persona too easily I had hoped Archer would be a much darker, tragic Gothic figure than what he was He certainly has these characteristics to some degree, though he is sweeter, romantic and not quite as embittered as I d imagined given his circumstances.These failings though are minor in comparison to the novel s overall enjoyment The finale, the action scenes at the end were very well done Firelight is very different and very entertaining Though the plot reaches a conclusion there are some intriguing questions left unanswered.With a wonderful melding of paranormal and historical romance, a murder mystery, the fairy tale elements of Beauty and the Beast this is a fabulous debut Steam 2.5 ARC courtesy of Grand Central Publishing Forever via NetGalley I found this to be a somewhat frustrating read I don t like being kept in the dark in regard to certain things for so much of the story only to have them all info dumped at 90% especially when those things are intrinsic to the storyline Also, the connection between Archer and Miranda was slow in coming and I wanted than I got when it finally came to fruition Don t get me wrong, the writing was great and the story line was okjust a little too convoluted for me You can definitely see Callihan s growth from this book to recent endeavors, i.e., The Hook Up and The Friend Zone.All in all a decent read, just not what I was looking for and NOT because it s a PNR that s my original favorite genre, but rather, because as I said I found the storyline to be frustrating. 4.5 stars Not what I expected, but a great read all the same I first heard of this debut book a few months ago and was instantly intrigued that it is a PNR series set in historical London 1880 s So when I noticed Netgalley had it I immediately requested it This book paints a vivid picture of a darker Gothic London, one plagued with cut throats and thieves, fathers who sell their daughters for a tidy sum, and cunning men willing to risk damnation of their very souls In this version of a beauty and the beast theme, Lord Benjamin Archer hides his identity and disfigurement from the world behind a dark mask Cloaked in the shadows of darkness, he spies the beautiful Miranda Ellis defending herself from would be attackers and instantly finds himself enthralled In time he arranges a marriage with Mira and whisks her off to his remote castle For years Archer has been obsessed with finding the cure for his illness He constantly fights his inner demons, and now struggles with a burning desire for his new bride But when his friends start getting murdered and he is the most likely of suspects, Miranda s safety is all that matters I absolutely loved the darker, Gothic historical feel of this story Archer is a tortured hero who feels he must hide from the world Miranda slowly comes to learn of his illness and other secrets, meanwhile hiding secrets of her own We meet many other nefarious and interesting characters as well, including Mira s sisters who will have their own books in this series The paranormal part of the story is slowly revealed and therefor hard to explain, and in fact best left for the reader to discover The world Archer and Miranda live in is the actual London 1880 s, but we learn that not everyone is as one would believe There are some people who have gifts, or curses depending on your point of view, that simply go beyond the imagination.If I have any complaints it is that the romance was pushed to the later part of the book However, there was a great deal of relationship building and tension between the H h, so my complaint is small Overall, Kristen Callihan has an amazing writing voice so I have no doubt this author will be a big hit with romance fans I am excited to read the next book in this series, or whatever else she publishes. Despite rough beginnings, Firelight by Kristen Callihan ends as a fun debut.Callihan worried me when Firelight opened with one clich stumbling over another clich , smoking another clich The opening revealed some of Callihan s weaknesses, i.e a tendency to wax purple when attempting flowery scenery, a bit of exaggerated insta love, a beautiful but not heroine, and some self conscious references to English culture by English characters When I saw the girl in trousers, I groaned However, Firelight flies the gates with an action scene, and only a chapter or two further, Callihan abandons those problems and hits her stride with tighter language and a tighter, no nonsense narrative She doesn t waste pages on slow as molasses internal hand wringing, parlor tittering, or shopping trips Her pacing s smooth, fast, and she zooms in with laser focus on the questions that most interest her reader the mystery and the romance Action romance writers, take note Firelight leaves awkward insta love behind when protagonists Miranda and Ben marry and reveals the novel s treasure the dynamic unfolding between Miranda and Ben as they learn each other and learn to trust and admire one another Miranda and Ben themselves feel realistic and fleshed enough that one can predict their reactions, especially as we read the perspectives of both characters.I knew the villain early on, but the real mystery, Ben s identity and history, kept me reading, as well as Miranda and Ben s adventures investigating the crime or each other A few Misunderstandings notwithstanding, they weathered the requisite relationship obstacles heathily enough to convince me of a future together They actually seem to like and know each other Also, 500 pts for a moving ending.I don t want to spoil, but I ll say that Callihan builds a unique mythos suited to her period I doubt the next book just a bit because she borrows a prevalent, dare I say, tired myth We ll see if she breathes new life into it I like the hero I recommend Firelight if you love Beauty the Beast tales, mystery, or action Don t let the historical tag stop you it s accessible to everyone Also, the alley scene is the new Chapter 32 I m between three and four stars. This book doesn t fit in one simple category It s historical with elements of the paranormal It s gothic, dark, dangerous and romantic It was completely enthralling and I absolutely could not put it down.It s been three years since the mysterious Lord Archer first met Miranda She captivated him with her fearlessness and fiery disposition Now he has made arrangements with her father to marry her Miranda doesn t realize that Archer is the same man she encountered that night in the alley all those years ago He is simply an imposing man, who wears a mask covering his entire face.No one knows what lies beneath Archer s mask But Miranda falls for the man underneath the disguise And he falls for her The love story is only the beginning, though Archer is working tirelessly to find a cure for his disfigurement He s part of a mysterious organization of immortality questers Someone is gruesomely killing off his associates and framing him for the crimes Archer is full of secrets, which are slowly revealed over the course of the book The slow unraveling of Archer s story is amazing It s second only to the phenomenal love story between him and Miranda Kristen Callihan takes sexual tension to an entirely new level I have never hungered for a single kiss between two characters as much as I did in this book Just a kiss and I was breathless.Slowly, she cupped his cheek The air grew heavy, her chest tightening with each draw of breath Archer closed his eyes, seeming to steel himself, and she knew he meant to pull away again The idea of it slashed at her breast Suddenly, everything became quite simple.Her hand slid to his neck as she closed the gap she could no longer tolerate Archer s eyes snapped open, and a tremble ripped through him Don t The protest died as her mouth fitted to his.A shock of feeling coursed through her limbs at his touch His breath caught sharply as though he too felt the shock His body grew taut as a bow, quivering with barely held restraint And she knew then that as much as he desired it, he feared touching her Every tiny piece of Archer that is unveiled was like a small victory Every touch, every emotional connection between him and Miranda was a gift for my greedy eyes And believe me, I felt greedy for every crumb In most books, I would frustrated or annoyed at how long it took for the couple to get together, but here, it s done so well, it s like magic.I did have a little trouble keeping all the men straight in Archer s club, especially when we were dealing with fathers sons and courtesy titles mingled with real names But it wasn t too overwhelming The villain, once revealed, was not a huge surprise but the why part of it was something I didn t see coming.Archer is a fantastic tortured hero Miranda is the one happiness he has found in so many long, miserable years And she is a worthy and loyal heroine She has secrets and strengths of her own, like an ability to wield a sword and to control fire.The book is really quite extraordinary It s different something shining, sparkling, and unique in a sea of familiar and predictable paranormal and historical romances out there I loved it 5 starsARC Provided by NetGalley Unpopular Opinion time Well, there actually appears to be a few of us who didn t like this, but the vast majority of my friends did, so it s probably just me Things were going great for than half the book and then I just started getting annoyed The mystery of who what Archer is was just infuriating and never ending I can handle some secrets and having to wait, but this went overboard, in my view.I was also tired of the slow burn romance I can handle a slow burn romance when it s done right see Burn for Me , but this bugged Every kiss, every touch was filled with such angst I wanted them to BANG already It was insufferable.And then when we find out the big reveal, Archer has to be fixed All that hiding of his face and body and it ended up being some view spoiler demon crap that had to be gotten rid of in order for him to be whole again hide spoiler This was great Paranormal wrapped in a historical setting, with a gothic feel to it A new combination for me, and I really liked it The beginning reminded me of A Rose in winter , it s very similar, both heroes wear masks and are rud to be vicious murderers In both novels they pretty much force the heroine to marry them, there was actually an identical scene where they eat at his house after the wedding, actually she eats and he doesn t because of his mask, it was like, identical And in both novels there are murders which are linked to the masked character and he s accused of commiting them But there it stops Archer is really disfigured although it s not known what is it that he hides behind the mask untill almost to the end , and he has a craving for murder which he constantly fights He s powerful, fast, and doesn t age like ordinary humans Miranda has a gift or a curse lol , she can control and make fire with her mind I liked them both as a couple, Archer has been in love with her for three years before their marriage, and even though he knows he shouldn t involve her in his dangerous world, he cannot resist having her in his life The attraction was excellent, even though most of the time Archer was fighting it, sometimes even Miranda, fearing she would hurt him with her gift.The best thing about this was the mystery, and what it turned out to be I LOVED the fact that it was something new, I didn t expext it, sometimes I thought he was a vampire, then a werewolf, then I really didn t know what he was supposed to be lol, and I m so glad the author created something different and didn t recycle some classic pnr creature The only thing that was missing here was the explanation of Miranda s gift It just said she was born with it and that was that I just wish the author made something up, like she was a druid decendant or something XD there are druids mentioned in this book so it would make sense XD Can t wait for the next book, the hero was in this one, LOVED him 3 Unique, exciting, poignant, thrilling, sexy, funny, romantic these are the words I d use to describe Firelight, and yet, it s so much I can t really compare it to anything else I ve read and it can t be lumped into a single genre because in this first installment of the Darkest London series, author Kristen Callihan gives us the beauty of historical romance along with the dark, edginess of paranormal and the magic of fantasy All of these elements combined have made this one of the best series premiers I ve read in a very long time, maybe everShe walks in beauty like the night shall I compare thee to a summer s day Miranda Ellis is the most beautiful woman he has ever seen, and she is no ordinary woman Since birth she s possessed a very powerful gift, one she d managed to keep hidden, but it only took one slip, one moment s loss of control and her life, and the lives of her family, were forever changed She is lovely, and certainly far better than he deserves, but Archer can t help it, he s drawn to her like a moth to the flame and he has to make her hisI might call him a thing divine, for nothing natural I ever saw so noble Lord Benjamin Aldo Fitzwilliam Wallace Archer, Fifth Baron Archer of Umberslade is no ordinary man, but what makes him different is not a gift he was born with In fact, it s not a gift at all, rather the horrific consequence that comes when man thinks to play God He s bitter, boorish, demanding, pushy but Miranda can t seem to fight the attraction she feels for him Despite the mask he wears to hide what he has become, and his secrets, despite everything about him, she wants him like she s wanted no one else Miranda and Archer are fabulous characters, both suffering from their own brand of torment, each one trying to save the other Archer, so strong, so dangerously powerful and yet with a vulnerability born of foolish arrogance that makes me want to take him in my arms and love him forever And Miranda vulnerable not because of her gift but in spite of it Apart they are lost, but together they are the perfect match, giving each other what they need to overcome the obstacles keeping them apart And the sexual tension between Archer and Miri sizzled throughout the book and when they finally came together well, it burned up the pages There were many wonderful quotes, but I m going to share my favorite two This first one is truly, truly romantic Wonderful, beautiful, blissful, gorgeous, lovely Adjectives floated around in Archer s head like cherry blossoms falling in late spring He wanted to laugh, shout, and run amok singing at the top of his voice Snatches of romantic poetry learned in his salad days came to mind She walks in beauty like the night shall I compare thee to a summer s day He smiled then, looking up at the ceiling above his bed He certainly did not possess the talent to fit into words what he felt Too bad Byron was dead He d have hunted him down and introduced him to Miri The master poet would have found words to do her justice. And then this one so poignant, as Archer lays his heart bare 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 wants to fling up your skirts and stick my cock in you until we forget our names His nostrils flared as he glared at her, accusation and pain mingling within his eyes But none of that matters, he said, trembling before her, because every day that I am with you, I am convinced that God made you just for me For in ninety years on this earth, no one has made me feel the way you do, as if every day is an adventure You make me laugh And I never laugh I go around smiling like a witless fool So yes, I kept it from you, because I am so desperately in love with you that the knowledge that you might love me too was irresistible And I was afraid it would turn to dust should I take off that maskThe bottom line This is truly a great story I started it not knowing what to expect, but was WOW d from the first page to the last The secondary characters stand out, demanding their own stories be told, and that makes me very happy because I can t wait to return to the world of Darkest LondonThis book was provided by in behalf of Forever, an Imprint of Grand Central Publishing. 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 NoblemanThey Will Burn For EternityLord 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

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she d rather be She is a RITA winner and three time nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer s Choice awards Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine s Seal of Excellence, was named a best boo

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