Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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.
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For fans of Kristen Callihan's debut novel of her Darkest London series, Firelight, the sequel is equally as engaging as the first book and certainly doesn't disappoint! Set in the setting of a Victorian London, MOONGLOW now focuses on Daisy, Miranda's other sister. Widowed the previous year, Daisy has finally moved on from the mourning stage of her late husband and has returned back to her society, only she realizes something isn't quite right - her hostess is missing. So when she goes outside to search for her hostess she is then attacked - and almost eaten alive - by a large, furry creature. And then enters Lord Northup (otherwise known as Ian) who rescues the damsel in distress, Daisy, and insists she stays with him in his home where she can recover from her injuries. But when push comes to shove and feelings soon begin to entangle in dangerous ways imaginable, Ian has this inexplicable attraction towards Daisy and with monsters - possibly werewolves - wreaking havoc in London, Daisy and Ian must work together before the real danger can begin!
Before reading this book I would highly recommend that you read the first book in the series, Firelight, even if this sequel can be read as a standalone as well. But still . . . if you have read the first book you will come to understand this paranormal London a hell of a lot more than you would just reading this book alone, especially since some past characters are introduced back into this sequel. Now, as far as the plot goes, this book was such a delicious read and an addictive one too. It wasn't necessarily my favourite of the series so far, especially when I'd compared to Firelight which I obviously LOVED, but it was nonetheless still an excellent read and a great addition to Callihan's new adult paranormal series. And truthfully this book was a little bit predictable for the most part but that's part of the fun of it - and after all, that's what these type of books are for . . . for fun!
But what was the best part of this sequel? Well for me, like what I loved from the previous installment, it had to be the characters! Daisy was such a complex character but it was so much fun to read about her very different personality compared to her other sister, Miranda, who was the main heroine from the first book, which made everything a little bit more interesting. Daisy, unlike her sister, was this short, spontaneous, witty and bubbly young lady and despite her traumas from her past . . . she still managed to strive in being this strong young heroine and I loved that element about her. Though it's fair to say that I did prefer Miranda's perspective to hers, but Daisy is yet another great sister to get to know. Then of course there's Ian - or rather Lord Northrup, whom wasn't a readers favourite from the first book. But now after getting to know him in greater detail and learn what he has experienced as an immortal and some other back-stories behind how he has come to be Lord Northrup, he wasn't all that bad. He was just a tortured soul who was always misunderstood. Ian, like Daisy, was another complex character and he was the perfect man for Daisy to be honest with you. Both characters are suffering deeply from their pasts but when together they were a much stronger force to be reckoned with, so again these characters were the best part! Loved them!
Overall, MOONGLOW was another great read coming from a very talented author, Kristen Callihan. Both action-packed and all highs on the sexual tension, if you loved the first book or are looking for some more good old paranormal romance, then I would definitely pick up this book as soon as you can because now I'm eagerly awaiting to read her third book in the series, Winterblaze, which is coming out sometime next year! So be on the lookout for that as well as for this book!