Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 24 June, 2013 by Amanda / 7 Comments

Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan {Amanda’s Review}Winterblaze {Amanda} by Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London #3
three-half-stars
Also in this series: Firelight {Kelly}, Firelight {Amanda}, Moonglow {Kelly}, Moonglow {Amanda}, Winterblaze {Kelly}, Shadowdance {Amanda}, Shadowdance {Kelly}, Evernight, Soulbound, Soulbound
Genres: Historical, Paranormal, Romance, Steampunk, Victorian
Pages: 448
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Goodreads

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.

Darkest London is a new favorite.

Thoughts on Winterblaze

How I love this series. Though I can’t say that book 3 is my favorite, I adored Winston and Poppy. Through Firelight and Moonglow, we’ve only had the privilege of seeing this couple from the perspective of others.

And such a distorted perspective it is.

Both Winston and Poppy carry their own secrets. Moonglow left Winston nearly dead and his marriage to Poppy shattered. It was the kind of ending that had me dying to pick up Winterblaze as soon as possible.

DYING. (Figuratively, not literally. In case you were worried.)

So when the boyfriend’s mom asked me if I wanted to borrow her library copy while she had it, I said, “YES!” (I also said thank you. I’m polite like that.)

The Darkest London series has a way of cutting through any type of reading “slump” I seem to have. This series just has that quality that pulls me in and doesn’t let go. The world we were exposed to in Firelight has grown and expanded and gotten smaller at the same time. Winterblaze builds on what Moonglow opened up and I am excited and anxious to get my hands on Shadowdance.

Though I loved Winston and Poppy as characters, their romance wasn’t my favorite. They loved each other–clearly. They made mistakes–obviously. But what kept them apart was their stubborn pride and it made me want to sit them down and tell them, “Listen. Let it go. Move on. You two are meant to be together. Also? A little more sexin’ and a lot less wantin’ would be nice. Y’all are hurting me a little too here.”

I sincerely hope that the Darkest London series does not end with Shadowdance. This world that Kristen Callihan has created–and the love stories within it–has made this series one of my favorites. Winterblaze has only strengthened that.

three-half-stars

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7 Responses to “Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    “Though I loved Winston and Poppy as characters, their romance wasn’t my favorite. They loved each other–clearly. They made mistakes–obviously. But what kept them apart was their stubborn pride and it made me want to sit them down and tell them, “Listen. Let it go. Move on. You two are meant to be together. Also? A little more sexin’ and a lot less wantin’ would be nice. Y’all are hurting me a little too here.””

    Oh yes. I understand that type of romance Amanda and it makes me wish I had the power to scream at them loud enough that they’d hear me:) So after the marriage shattering of the last book, do things at least get better in this one? Or worse? I’m thinking this is a series I need to wait to read until all the books are out and I know whether or not there’s a happy ending for them:)

  2. Oh, yes! LOVE this series, though I do agree about this one not being ranked #1 on my list. Winston and Poppy are great but, yeah, their romance…they needed to get over it. The past is the past. Don’t be a dick about it.

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