Review: Moonglow by Kristen Callihan

Review: Moonglow by Kristen CallihanMoonglow by Kristen Callihan

Series: Darkest London,
Genres: Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance
Published by Forever on July 31, 2012
Pages: 417
Source: NetGalley
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five-stars  

Moonglow has passed the dreaded sequel test.  You know what I mean- first book is awesome, you get your hopes up, and second book falls flat- yeah, that test.  Good news!  If anything, Moonglow surpasses Firelight for excitement, passion, characters and twisty plot.

I was a little nervous because I did like the first one, but I did have the consolation of knowing this one would feature two of my favorite characters from the first story no matter how bad the plot might be (which it wasn’t bad at all).  Out of the three Ellis sisters, Daisy was the shorter, spontaneous and bubbly one.  I love the scenes in Firelight when she appeared and wanted more.

And as to Ian Ranulf?  I know many didn’t like him in the first book, but I actually didn’t feel dislike for him per se.  I felt more of a ‘grow up Ian’ type of irritation about him.  While he didn’t grow up (because hey, he’ll always be an immortal looking 30 and will always have that teasing personality), he certainly turned into the guy who deserved my favorite Daisy.  Together even when fussing at each other or going through tough stuff, I felt they were such a delightful couple full of joie de vivre.

I hesitate to describe the plot in any way because there are so many spoilers and I wouldn’t want to take away any of that feeling of discovery we all love when a good plot shows us its secrets.  But here’s a slightly vague overview-

Shortly after the events of Firelight, Daisy now finds herself free of the constraints of mourning the cruel husband she hated.  She has been unhappy and gone without for so long.  She has a lust for life that is frowned upon by society.  Daisy just wants to do something for herself now and not think about frowning society matrons or being a disgust to her husband.  When the book opens, Daisy is with a young man.  They leave the lights of the party and decide to slip outside and scratch each other’s itch.  But then the unthinkable happens, Daisy sees the dead body of her friend and is the sole survivor when the killer comes after her and her young man too.

Ian Ranulf is an exiled Lycan.  He knows he behaved abominably toward Miranda and Archer and he continues to make a wild name for himself around town as he engages in wild activities.  What no one knows is that he does what he does to run from his past and keep his wolf mollified.  This is all helping him get by until one night he scents a werewolf and blood- lots of blood with the overlay of disease.

Ian works it out quickly that Daisy is in danger from the diseased werewolf, but talking Daisy into accepting his protection is a whole other thing.  Daisy has trust issues and she has no intention of trusting him or the attraction she feels for him.  Not that he can ever have more than a fling with her because she’s mortal and he won’t do a deep relationship with a mortal again- not ever.

Greater forces than a mad, sick werewolf are at work and Ian and Daisy must work to expose them before more people are killed and worse things happen.  They both have their sources and talents to bring to the game which surprises and earns each other’s respect.

The plot was deliciously twisty.  I loved encountering even more secrets from the Darkest London world.  There are some typical other creatures like weres and vamps, but I loved the atypical others that are revealed.  Some of the reveals hit pretty close to home for Daisy.

And then there are the revelations from Ian’s past which are dangerously close to catching up to him and a few other plot twists that have devastating ramifications that left my heart just twisting for Ian and Daisy.

Truthfully, I saw what was coming many times in the story or who was doing what, but it did not take anything away from my enjoyment of the story.

The relationship that finally (after some back and forth) comes to fruition between Ian and Daisy is all that I hoped for because of their similar love of adventure and feisty fun along with their great capacity to experience passion.  This couple is not shy about what they want so be prepared for a more lusty story than you got in the first book.

The story does bring back Archer and Miranda as well as Poppy and Winston in minor roles which was nice to see them all again.

So, in my humble opinion, this one was as good or better than book one.  They both are some of the best blend of historical and paranormal out there.  I am eager to get to book three, Winterblaze when it comes out because its going to continue with a plot thread that was left jarringly open to do with Poppy and Winston.

About Kristen Callihan

Kristen Callihan is a child of the 80’s, which means she’s worn neon skirts, black-lace gloves, and combat boots (although never all at once) and can quote John Hughes movies with the best of them. A life long daydreamer, she finally realized that the characters in her head needed a proper home and thus hit the keyboard. She believes that falling in love is one of the headiest experiences a person can have, so naturally she writes romance. Her love of superheroes, action movies, and history led her to write historical paranormals. She lives in the Washington D.C. area and, when not writing, looks after two children, one husband, and a dog — the fish can fend for themselves.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.