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Review: Winterblaze (Darkest London, #3) by Kristen Callihan

Review: Winterblaze (Darkest London, #3)  by Kristen CallihanWinterblaze by Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London #3
Published by: Grand Central Publishing on February 26, 2013
Genres: Adult Historical, PNR, Romance, Steampunk
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley

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Once blissfully in love . . .
Poppy Lane is keeping secrets. Her powerful gift has earned her membership in the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, but she must keep both her ability and her alliance with the Society from her husband, Winston. Yet when Winston is brutally attacked by a werewolf, Poppy's secrets are revealed, leaving Winston's trust in her as broken as his body. Now Poppy will do anything to win back his affections . . .

Their relationship is now put to the ultimate test.
Winston Lane soon regains his physical strength but his face and heart still bear the scars of the vicious attack. Drawn into the darkest depths of London, Winston must fight an evil demon that wants to take away the last hope of reconciliation with his wife. As a former police inspector, Winston has intelligence and logic on his side. But it will take the strength of Poppy's love for him to defeat the forces that threaten to tear them apart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s not any big secret how much I’ve fallen in love with Kristen Callahan. I think I’ve stated this before, when I reviewed her first and second books from the Darkest London series. What I love most is that you can pick up wherever, but starting at the beginning is always fun too.
 
I don’t do spoilers, but I will say that the first three books follow the lives of three sisters. The third book covers the eldest, Poppy and her beloved husband of fourteen years, Winston. Poppy’s kept secrets from not only her husband, but her family too. In book three they all come crashing down on her.
 
Winston also has a dark secret, a pact that is so far in his past he’s forgotten about it. When their secrets collide, the couple only has four days to solve their case, but will it save or destroy their marriage?
 
This has the same voice that I’ve come to love from Callihan. Witty, strong women and men face off at every turn. No one is weak, but each has weaknesses. Typically it’s the warring couple, and that’s great because it leads up to some awesome tension and big explosive moments.
 
This one, like her last, brought in some steam punk elements. They mainly revolve around the SOS, or the Suppression of Supernaturals. I hope this continues, because I think it’s a wonderful addition to the world she’s created. I’m looking forward to the next in the series!
 

If you enjoy romance, with paranormal, historical, and fantasy twists this is an author to follow. If I wasn’t already in love with London than I am now, because she portrays this underground in a beautiful way, without getting flowery or dull. Her characters are real, not full of frippery ladies, and she writes debauchery well enough without it being overly slutty.
 

 

 

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About Kristen Callihan

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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.