Review: Moonglow by Kristen Callihan

Moonglow (Darkest London #2)

By Kristen Callihan
Editions: ebook, paperback
Expected publication: July 31st 2012 by Forever
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance/Historical { Steampunk-ish }
Source: netgalley, my love

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.
~ Goodreads Blurb

Yummm. Second home run brought by Kristen Callihan, and at this point all I can say is, keep them coming! 😀 In case you need to freshen up your memory, I already ranted and raved about the first book in this series, Firelight, in February. Freaking awesome reads, and two in a row, it’s like magic xDD

As with the first, the world building was rather brilliant, even better perhaps here since we’re talking some cool additions like steampunk-ish hearts and immortals of an original and fabulous nature. We’re still talking London, vivid and intoxicating, we’re still talking fabulous writing, spunky and charismatic characters, and most of all we’re still talking fireworks romance. Someone give this woman a prize, she writes magic I tell you.

This time we’re following some werewolf, lycan to be precise romance. The female MC, Daisy, is the first book’s heroine sister, and I’m really looking forward to reading the next book that is about the third sister in this fabulous family. Don’t let her name fool you though, she’s strong and very determined, and really charming. I loved her, perhaps even more then I loved her sister Miranda, because Daisy hasn’t had it easy. After an abusive a$$ of a husband, she meets fabulous Ian Ranulf and he’s not quite the easiest guy to fall for.
Now, Ian Ranulf, the male MC of our main couple, is in short fabulous. We’re talking animal magnetism, charm and wit, fabulous sense of humor, and he’s a great partner for Daisy. He’s hot but also endearing, and they have that sort of slower romance that really makes you feel like you’re reading about a love story and not an affair. Yes, I am a sucker for it, especially when the couple has this kind of explosive chemistry and awesome dynamics. Though they’re really attracted to one another from the get go, they don’t do insta-love, in fact they both try to rebel against it for a while and it makes for some really hooking reading.

The plot was again interesting, since Ian is a lycan and these guys have their own king basically, there’s some were politics going on, some family drama entwined with it (isn’t it always, right?), power struggle and all that. I was really curious to find out how things would resolve, but the main engine of my drive was the main couple and their romance story, I won’t deny it.
I really enjoyed the wee little steampunk-ish aspect of the GIM-s, and I’m not expanding on them, but sufficient to say I loved the whole concept and would love to read a lot more about them. Was that too subtle of a hint? lol.

The writing was yet again excellent, great plot rhythm, awesome scene development, vivid imagery and lively, charismatic characters. The author surely knows how to enchant us, and so she does on a regular basis, as it appears. The next book in the series cannot come out soon enough for me, let me tell you. I wanna read it now, in fact 😀
I like the way this author’s mind works, she comes up with these original facets or notions and the way she combines elements is just fresh and interesting. The GIM-s, or the Archer’s nature from the first book, these are totally original spins on notions and fresh takes on the paranormal world, I really like the originality factor. Not to mention the sisters’ talents and natures, I mean, this is just brand spanking new paranormal goods, of the yum ~ yum nature 😀

Curb appeal is smashing, as with the first book. Fabulous cover, catchy blurb and, well, for me just seeing this author’s name up there makes it an easy sell, I loved her first book that much. The second not only didn’t disappoint, but I might have liked it a wee bit more the the first in fact.

Just read this, it’s awesome. And I think you can read it as a stand alone pretty well, though some of the characters were introduced in the first book, it makes perfect sense on its own as well. Awesome reading!

Have you read the first book in the series, or this one? Loved the GIM thing in this one?

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2 thoughts on “Review: Moonglow by Kristen Callihan

  1. BecAlora

    I will definitely have to check this out at some point or another since you speak so highly of it. Excellent review and I can’t wait to read it!


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