ARC Review: Moonglow by Kristen Callihan

ARC Review: Moonglow by Kristin Callihan
Book 2 in Darkest London Series
Book provided by NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: July 31, 2012

[box color=green]Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.[/box]

AH’s Review – 4 Skulls – A-

For fans of Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London series, Moonglow is an engaging read. Set in Victorian London, Moonglow focuses on Daisy, Miranda’s sister. Widowed the previous year, Daisy has finally finished her period of mourning for her despicable late husband. Daisy enjoys her first opportunity to go out in public when she notices that her hostess is missing. Outside, she is startled to find her hostess being eaten by a large, furry creature.

Enter Ian – remember him from the previous book? Ian or Lord Northrup was not that likable in Firelight, but I digress. Ian rescues his damsel in distress and brings her to his home to recuperate. Conveniently, Ian is a doctor even though he has not practiced medicine in a while. Ian feels an attraction for Daisy and feels the need to protect her. What follows is an exquisitely slow romance.

To complicate matters, Daisy’s sister Miranda is not too keen on Daisy being near Ian. Miranda knows Ian too well and is afraid that Daisy will get hurt. Ian has some complications of his own. He’s the rightful Alpha of Clan Ranulf but does not want to claim the position. There is also a man-eating werewolf on the loose, wreaking havoc on the streets of London. To make matters worse, the werewolf is tracking Daisy’s scent, her own brand of perfume.

Daisy and Ian were an interesting couple. While their passion did not rival that of Miranda and Archer, they were lovely together. Ian was protective of Daisy. I enjoyed their banter and found it entertaining. I also liked how they worked together. I liked that Daisy was not dependent on her man. Being with Craigmore taught her to look after herself and she was quite resourceful.

Moonglow has a nice mix of historical and paranormal romance.  This is a world filled with all sorts of supernatural beings. There is even a Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals  which I found fascinating. The werewolf lore is interesting and a little bit different from the usual. While this book focused on werewolves, there were a few other intriguing supernatural beings. I liked how the characters’ abilities are revealed. The author keeps the reader guessing throughout the book. The addition of the Ghost in the Machine (GIM) was a clever way of adding just a touch of steampunk to the narrative.

If you enjoyed Firelight, Moonglow is a must-read. I can’t wait for the next book Winterblaze.

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Favorite Quotes:

“Do not mistake me for some witless hen who follows whatever cock is thrown into the roost.”

Series Reading Order:

  1. Ember(prequel – read AFTER Firelight)
  2. Firelight
  3. Moonglow – July 31, 2012
  4. Winterblaze – February 26, 2013
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a review copy of this book.

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