February 16, 2013

Early Review: Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

Series: Darkest London 3
Format: ARC
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Historical/Paranormal Romance
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Once blissfully in love . . .
Poppy Lane is keeping secrets. Her powerful gift has earned her membership in the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, but she must keep both her ability and her alliance with the Society from her husband, Winston. Yet when Winston is brutally attacked by a werewolf, Poppy's secrets are revealed, leaving Winston's trust in her as broken as his body. Now Poppy will do anything to win back his affections . . .

Their relationship is now put to the ultimate test.
Winston Lane soon regains his physical strength but his face and heart still bear the scars of the vicious attack. Drawn into the darkest depths of London, Winston must fight an evil demon that wants to take away the last hope of reconciliation with his wife. As a former police inspector, Winston has intelligence and logic on his side. But it will take the strength of Poppy's love for him to defeat the forces that threaten to tear them apart.

While most of you are on a love high sniffing bouquets of flowers and popping chocolates, candy and truffles last Valentine's Day, I was in bed, high on medicines, taking shots of flu medicine. It's not all bad because I was curled up with one of the most romantic and sexually charged book I've ever read, Kristen Callihan's WINTERBLAZE, the third installment of her Darkest London series.

KCallihan is fond of leaving us with teasers after the end of each book and since Moonglow, I've been anxiously waiting for Poppy Ann Lane and Winston Hamon Belenus Lane's story. It's not exactly HEA because they've been married for 14 years but it nonetheless has the bells and whistles of first love, the daring of true love and the tenacity of married love. It's truly a rediscovery after a rough bump in the road for Poppy and Winston, falling in love again, overcoming insecurities, facing one's fears and reinforcing the vows they promised to each other they day they were married. Of course as this is Darkest London, demons, vampires, werewolves and other elementals are part of the cast. Include a few deaths, a beheading, several adrenalin pumped chases and a handful of sexual interludes between Poppy & Win that will leave you panting and you have WINTERBLAZE in a nutshell.
"If you fall, I will catch you. I do not expect you to trust me on that. Not yet." His eyes were hard, and he stared her down, but his touch suddenly became unbearable gentle and secure. "But I shall work at ever moment to make you believe it."
WINTERBLAZE for now, is my favorite in the series because I really connected with Poppy's story plus it revealed a lot about the Ellis sisters. It didn't exactly tell us where their powers come from in a conservative manner but KCallihan made it easy to discern the backstory. Here we find out who these sisters really are why, they are special and powerful and it's far from godly or divine. It's also cool that the previous couples, Miranda & Archer and Daisy & Ian made appearances adding to the mayhem. Aside from some Ellis history, Winston's story will rival Poppy's and basically it's the Pot meeting the Kettle at this point between them. Their bickering had me laughing on several occasions.

The sexual tension in WINTERBLAZE was rocked to the hilt! Charged is a very apt word to describe it, chapter 24 in particular made me oh so aware of my own breasteses as KCallihan made every glance, every touch, nip, lick and suck felt through the pages. I was wondering if my ereader or the story itself was enchanted because I was feeling my skin tingle which has me squealing like a piglet really (sore throat isn't sexy). And I love Winston's nickname for Poppy, every time he calls her Boadicea I get butterflies in my stomach. It's so special and intimate. And when Win and Poppy go at it on an emotional level, it was very raw and frustrating especially on Winston's part. His "accident" rendered him sensitive plus there were a few revelations along the way that made things extra juicy. Add the jaw-dropping Faustian conflict and you have one of the best written historical/paranormal romance tome around. Reading these two fall in love again while KCallihan inserts flashbacks about their courtship makes for a perfect Valentine's read. Poppy and Win fast became my favorite couple ever!
It's you. No matter how much both of us wish to ignore the fact, I have always been entirely yours.
So if you have a penchant for regency romance and paranormal adventure, I highly recommend you read WINTERBLAZE. I promise KCallihan will have you swooning and falling in love. Another must-read from Ms. Callihan.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome review, Braine!! The first book was OK for me, but after seeing your review, I definitely want to keep reading this series! And I love the cover! It's this book's cover that convinced me to read this series in the first place!


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