Firelight (Darkest London #1)by Kristen Callihan
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Grand Central Publishing
Review by Amber I.
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.
Firelight was such a different read. I was instantly glued to the pages and when I wasn't reading it, I was sitting there thinking about it. Archer hides behind a mask so we never really get to see him through the whole book but somehow the author had me totally swooning over him still. The romance in this book was just perfect, it was slow build but not frustrating. Archer is sort of the beast and Miranda the beauty. Archer hides his disease so we are not to sure most of the time what if wrong with him, and Miranda is obviously beautiful.
I loved being in historical London, but what really had me glued was Archer and Miranda. Both have their secrets but you see them both falling for one another throughout the book. Miranda really is Archers light in his world. You totally fall for this couple.The chemistry with them is amazing, their banter was fun, I could honestly read these 2 talking to each other all day. I can not tell you how beautiful the relationship building was. Finding out what is exactly going on with Archer was like slowly building a puzzle, it took us some time to do it but once all the pieces were together it was so worth the patience.
There are also murders happening and it looks like Archer is being set up. He keeps trying to keep Miranda out of this part of his world but she isn't one to hide. Plus she has her own secrets that will help her out.
You get a little paranormal and historical romance in this book. I don't want to go too much into the plot but I definitely think everyone should read this. It was such a beautiful, sexy, dark, mysterious, adventurous, romantic, suspenseful and intriguing book that you are going to want to pick this up. Firelight is just one of those books once you read you will be thinking about it for a while. I don't even feel like starting another book yet, I just want to bask in the awesomeness of this book for a little while longer. I can not wait for the next book!
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