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M/G/W Presents A Holiday Week With Forever: Review Shadowdance (Darkest London, #4) by Kristen Callihan

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Today’s Featured Author is Kristen Callihan. Kristen is the author of the Steampunk Series, Darkest London, and her recently released novel, Shadowdance is another EPIC MUST READ for any fan of the Steampunk genre. Today it’s our pleasure to share with you our review of this outstanding novel! And don’t forget to drop by tomorrow for our EPIC Holiday Book Bundle Giveaway!






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M/G/W Presents A Holiday Week With Forever: Review Shadowdance (Darkest London, #4)  by Kristen CallihanShadowdance by Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London #4
Published by: Forever Romance on December 17, 2013
Genres: Adult Historical, Romance, Steampunk
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Source: ARC From Publisher, NetGalley

View on: Goodreads
Grab it: Buy on Amazon

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About the Book:

Once a heart is lost in shadow...

Life has been anything but kind to Mary Chase. But the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals has given her purpose. Now she's been tasked with catching a vicious murderer dubbed the Bishop of Charing Cross. But someone is already on the case—and the last thing he relishes is a partner.

Only someone who lives in darkness can find it.

Jack Talent has been alone with his demons for many years. He never expected to have the willful Mary Chase assist him on the Bishop case. Their age-old rivalry reaches new heights—even as their desire for one another reaches a fever pitch. Though he aches to bring her close, Jack's dark secrets are a chasm between them. With dangerous enemies closing in, Jack must find the strength to face the past...or risk losing Mary forever.







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For me this story has been a long time a coming. Mary Chase and Jack Talent have been squaring off for quite awhile. Longer than we could of thought, but that’d be a spoiler. The tension is superb and truly brings us round to the same level we saw in the first book of the series. When Firelight came out, I fell in love with the series, and as it’s progressed I’ve found myself loving it more and more.


Lately it’s one of the few series that I not only look forward to reading, but I’ve found it holds rereadability. There is much going on between the historic approach and the supernatural side of the old world. Gadgets and steampunky gizmos round out the old London setting that a simple American can only dream of.


Characters, oh how I love each and every one Callinhan’s introduced me to. From battered and broken heroes and heroines to creepy demonic villains. Each one grounded in layers of depth, with dark realistic secrets. You can’t put these stories down because you care from page one to the end.


Plots and subplots are full of tension from action to simple jibes shooting back and forth. The characters have clear voices that ring free and have you hanging on their words. I truly wish more writers did this, but alas I’m happy to have found at least one. Shadowdance left me with one question: When will I see more from The Darkest London series?



My Rating

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About Kristen Callihan


USA Today bestselling author Kristen Callihan is a writer because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewers’ Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book, Firelight, received RT Book Reviews’ Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.