Firelight (Darkest London #1) by Kristen Callihan
Synopsis: Once the flames are ignited . . .
Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family’s fortune decimated and forced her to wed London’s most nefarious nobleman.
They will burn for eternity . . .
Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it’s selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can’t help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn’t felt in a lifetime. When Archer is accused of a series of gruesome murders, he gives in to the beastly nature he has fought so hard to hide from the world. But the curse that haunts him cannot be denied. Now, to save his soul, Miranda will enter a world of dark magic and darker intrigue. For only she can see the man hiding behind the mask.
Review: The characters are dynamic and complex. Passionate and tortured. From the moment they meet to the moment he comes back into her life and marries her, their adventure and love story is full of highs and lows. Emotion and heartache. Throw in a large dose of mystery that she has to solve in order to win his love and trust, and it gives the reader such a fun adventure to follow.
For a good portion of the book, Miranda and Archer kind of investigate the murders separately. He does it because the ones being killed are his friends and he wants to protect Miranda, even to the point of not confiding anything to her. She sets out to learn his secrets and who the murderer is in order to protect him from being targeted and framed. Doing things separately do make for some tense moments and when he finally stops fighting his attraction towards his wife it leads to all secrets being revealed in an explosion of light in a darkened bedroom. I loved their passion, their emotion, and his all-consuming love for this woman. I enjoyed how she ends up saving him in the end, though she does cut it awfully close. This is the first book by this author I have read and I enjoyed her ability to tell a compelling story and to draw out the emotions from her characters slowly. It draws the reader into the lives of the two main characters and keeps the reader turning the page.
If you enjoy Historical England and paranormal romance, then this one is for you.