Thursday, July 19, 2012

Review ~ Moonglow


(Darkest London #2)

By Kristen Callihan

5 of 5 STARS!!!

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.

ARC provided by Grand Central Publishing
Release date July 31st, 2012

Moonglow follows Daisy and Ian as they try to track down an unknown were that is running around killing people.  Daisy is thrust into the company of Ian, grudgingly I might add.  Poor Ian has a bad rap for his meddling with her sister Miranda and Archer's relationship in the previous book Firelight.

Right off the bat I liked Daisy.  She's cheeky and takes no gruff from anybody.  Her interactions with Ian are highly entertaining.  They have great chemistry right away.  Even if it is constant barbs at each other.
Very correctly, he caught up her hand and bent over it, his lips brushing her knuckles.  His dark hair was the one wrong note in his otherwise flawless attire.  It flowed in shining waves to the top of his shoulders.  Barbaric.  "If you're not careful," he said, "I'll soon be blushing."
He flashed a quick, practices smile.  "Oh, I don't know."  He reached out and tugged a curl dangling by her cheek, the action making her insides jump.  "You exude quite a shine yourself."
Neither of them wore gloves, and his skin was dry and very warm.  A stir of feeling wisped through her insides, and she fought the urge to back away.  "I doubt that.  I am certain you are quite used to such accolades."  She gave a careless shrug as she retracted her hand.  "In truth, I should take care not to stand too close or risk being eclipsed by you're splendor."

As we learn more about Daisy, we see great transformation.  She's so strong after being kept in her place for so long...
Temptress of man, harbinger of lust.  You are a worthless vessel whose only use is to receive man's sin.
It's great to see her find her footing in the world, taking charge of life.

Ian.  What can I say about Ian?  He's awesome.  He's viewed as a rogue with a penchant for redheads but really, nobody really knows him.  As the story unfolds, we learn such heartbreaking things that really make Ian stand out as a tortured and lonely soul.  My heart aches for him.
For a moment, they simply breathed, then Northrup's raw voice broke over her.  "I cannot think."
She closed her eyes and concentrated on the cool feel of his shirt against her hot cheek.  "Why?"
"My mind is filled."
Her free hand, heavy with languor, drifted along his arm and he trembled softly."With what?" she whispered. 
"You.  All the time.  You."  He sighed.  "Daisy has taken up residence here."  Yet it was to his heart he pressed her hand, to feel its pounding.  "How to keep you safe.  How to keep you out.  How to keep... you."

This really is a beautiful romance in the making.  The way this relationship grows from the barely concealed tolerance to finding trust and understanding to finally, acceptance and companionship with each other.

The whole book is amazing.  The character developments, the pace, the language used for a historical setting.  I enjoyed every aspect of this and though Firelight was great, this surpassed it in my opinion.  I really like Daisy and find her a great choice for Ian but it is Ian who stole my breath away.  I love him all around.  He truly is one of my favorite heroes to grace the pages.

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