by Kristen Callihan
- File Size: 600 KB
- Print Length: 417 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1455508586
- Publisher: Forever (July 31, 2012)
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006FLRDPS
My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0
Publication Date: July 31, 2012 | Series: Darkest London (Book 2)
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.
Review:Daisy seems a bit skitter-brained but she is really a delightful and frank character. She is a widow emerging from the ‘proper’ mourning period into freedom from a man who abused her verbally and mentally as well as physically. She is exited to be free of repression and in a position to enjoy her exuberance and passion for life. Unfortunately her first attempt to step on the wild side results in her turning away from the man pressing kisses on her and seeing her good friend staring glassy eyed from a pool of blood with some creature sniffing about her face!
Lord Ian Ranulf, Marquis of Northrup, is the rightful Apha leader of the Ranulf pack. But he exiled himself from the pack decades before when he refused to challenge his younger brother who killed their father for the royal position of power. Ian agonized through the lose of those he loved and decided he would shut himself off so he couldn’t be devastated by such lose again. Yet Ian has a great capacity for caring and he quickly comes to the rescue of a panicked Daisy when a sick werewolf turns to attack her.
It appears that the crazed werewolf is attacking women with a sent that matches Daisy’s rather unique fragrance, one she blends herself. Daisy insists on being part of the investigation and Ian determines the best way to protect her is to keep her by his side. As Daisy faces danger she discovers a few secrets of her own background.
Ian's brother should control the problem of a sick werewolf in the territory, but he is failing to do so. Does the threat go deeper than Ian suspects? Can he maintain his exile and still save the woman he is falling in love with?
This story includes strong action and a plot full of misunderstandings, intrigue, secrets, manipulation and deliberate deceit. Ms. Callihan does an exceptional job of twining details of cultural and political circumstances into the paranormal world she has created in this series.
Daisy and Ian are strong, passionate characters and I enjoyed the fun bantering between them. Although the intimate relationship turns pretty steamy, the emotional aspects of the romance are warm and tender. Ms. Callihan’s portrayal of the love that blooms in Ian is enough to have any romance fan sighing in pleasure. The warm romance combined with a solid suspenseful plot made this a winner for me.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Daisy hears Lord Ian’s voice:
His voice was at once lilting and light, yet rough. Silk over gravel. Location 287.Daisy’s mouth runs on in a humorous fashion:
“Pay no mind to me, sir. There are times my mouth and brain forget to hold a conversation.” Location 300.A great description during the police investigation:
Step, turn, guide, release, one danced through an interrogation. Location 946.Ian’s reaction to his growing feelings for Daisy:
Ah, but she killed him. She had cut out his heart and taken it for her own. Location 3359.
I received this book from Hachette through NetGalley.