Review: Moonglow

Moonglow by Kristen Callihan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Blurb

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.

My Blurb

As I may have previously mentioned, I am usually reluctant to read a series based on settings (worlds) rather than characters. This series is one of those! Of course, I didn’t realise when I started as I usually don’t check out the 2nd book before I read the 1st, in case of spoilers. And today, I think I figured out the source of my reluctance. I am scared of seeing the main character from the 1st book (whom I have attached my affection to) from another character’s view and not liking her / him!

Well, there certainly some annoying Miranda bits but only a little bit. In fact, she was barely there at all (yay!). In the end, though, it didn’t matter. Ian & Daisy totally eclipsed Miranda & Archer. Firelight maybe smoking hot but Moonglow is explosive! Ms Kristen Callihan, I think you’ve outdone yourself! I can’t wait for the third instalment, Winterblaze.

Daisy is just coming out of a society-imposed mourning period and she intends to live life to the full. Unfortunately, on her first night out sees her in danger of losing her life. Nonetheless, it lead the enigmatic Ian Ranulf to her rescue. Whilst she feels the attraction to him right from the very beginning, she also knew what he tried to do to Miranda & Archer. And yet… is that enough to make her stay away from him?

I love this part – she’s just thrown the gauntlet…

She eyed him over her shoulder. “Me, you mean?” she asked coolly, as if her heart was not bounding like a frightened rabbit within the cage of her ribs.
His square jaw bunched as he gave a sharp nod. Speechless for once. What a thought.
“You’re welcome to try, my lord.” She shoved him with her shoulders, catching him off balance, and he faltered back a pace. Daisy opened the door but stopped to look at him.
Northrup’s broad chest heaved with the rapid breath of a man in a temper, his vivid eyes flashing while his fists clenched at his sides. It ought to have frightened her, but it served only to send an unwelcome bolt of heat straight at her sex.
“However, I doubt that you could handle me. Somehow I think you prefer your women either unavailable or subservient. I am neither.”

Ian has lived many a lifetimes and past hurts have led him to close his heart & self from many others, especially mortals. But, Daisy stirred something in him he thought have died long ago. Her life is in danger from one of his kind and he will do all to protect her. But, will he be able to keep her in his life? Can he, once again, open himself to love?

I love the ‘forever’ romantic angle in this book. There were a couple of surprising twists (I love surprises!) but there were also a couple of things I wished were better or more developed (for example, Daisy’s unhappy marriage and her secret). Still, it made an enjoyable fun and sexy read.

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