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Winterblaze (Darkest London #3)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  1,830 ratings  ·  332 reviews
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 broke
Mass Market Paperback, 422 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2013)
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Poppy and Winstone have been married for fourteen years. And for fourteen years Poppy has been keeping secrets. As a member of The Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals (SOS), she and others like her, keep the human world ignorant and safe from the supernatural world. When Winstone, a police inspector, is attacked by a werewolf, he finds out that Poppy is not who she appears to be, his wife the bookseller. When Poppy receives a message that a demon is out to get Winstone, Poppy will do ev
5+++ stars

It's a toss-up, but 'Winterblaze' may just top 'Firelight' as my favorite in this awesome series!

... which really means I think I love Winston even more than Archer!

Callihan has once again crafted a superb story set in a dark and gloomy 19th century London. In the aftermath of events from the last book a ravaged Winston has left Poppy, his indomitable wife of 14 years, after learning that who and what he believed her to be was a mere facade. But an evil force from both of their pasts h
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
5+++ stars!

The gloomy streets of London are the backdrop to WINTERBLAZE, the third book in Kristen Callihan's Darkest London series. It is the perfect setting for an action- filled romance and I get giddy just thinking about returning to this world!

Kristen Callihan is a master storyteller. She displays her unique talent for plotting and pacing with absolute ease, yet I cannot fathom the amount of planning it takes to pull off what she has accomplished in WINTERBLAZE. The resolution is perfectly
The third book in the Darkest London series… And Poppy and Winston take centre stage. I was both excited and uncertain about reading Winterblaze.

Why I had some doubts?

1. I disliked Poppy in Firelight and Moonglow and wasn't particularly keen on reading her POV. I hated that she lied to her sisters about their powers, her own powers and their mother. Poor Miranda (Firelight) thought she was a freak because of her fire powers and Daisy (Moonglow) was just as confused and shocked when she discover
4.5 stars!!!

The Darkest London historical paranormal series just keeps getting better and better. I am completely hooked on these books, and am EAGERLY awaiting the next installment Shadowdance which will be out sometime later this year.

This is Poppy and Winston's book, and their story is a unique one. Poppy and Win are married yet estranged. Winston learned in the previous book that Poppy had been keeping a very important part of herself secret from him for the entirety of their marriage. Win h
Loved the first two books in this series. Was so looking forward to this one. It started off beautifully, and I was almost giddy. Callihan is a superb writer; her narrative is tight, her dialogue flows.

And the cover is simply gorgeous.

Unfortunately, the story structure did not work for me. I found it more than a little frustrating. The setting jumped from the present to 14 years in the past. It seemed that every time the tension in 1881 grew tight -- bam! -- I'd be back in 1867. And that peace
Mar 04, 2013 Wendy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: pnr
A wonderful blend of historical, paranormal world with shifters, demons and just a touch of steampunk.

Kristen Callihan doesn't disappoint with her world building, intense plot and romance. Enjoy!
Jennifer (a.k.a The Book Nympho)

I've got to say, I was a little worried that I would not like Poppy and Win's story. Why? Because they are a married couple. Most romance novels are about the couple meeting and falling in love and everyone knows that once your married, that's it. Marriage equals no romance. So I was wondering how Callihan was going to write their story.

Boy did she do a fantastic job! I worried for no reason. Winterblaze read like two different stories; we get to see how Poppy and Win got together through flashb
It's yummy Paul Marron(aka Lothaire) on cover, I think!


God, I love this author's covers!
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I was utterly thrilled when I won this on Goodreads. I am in love with this series!
This series is written so magically and brilliantly that I just cant get enough! I was sad when this book was over, I really wanted more.

This is the story of Poppy and Winston. Honestly I was a little on the fence about Winston, in the previous books. But when I read this one I was just loving his character. In the beginning it starts off when Winston found out that Poppy had kept secrets from him and he left her
I sincerely haven't been enthralled with a series like Kristen Callihan's "Darkest London" in a long, long time. "Winterblaze" just continues to trailblaze the series with a unique blend of historical romance, supernatural elements, and a charming blend of action, humor, and tense stakes.

I think the one element that worked against this book might've had to do with pacing, especially considering the frequent trades of flashbacks that peppered the early part of the book. While I understood the mo
Loved it!

Historical romance combined with the paranormal and a touch of steampunk makes Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London a must read series. In this third installment of the series, the spotlight is on the eldest Ellis sister Poppy and her husband Winston Lane. The focus of this novel is secrets: Poppy’s secret life and Winston’s deep dark secret past.

The story is beautifully woven with flashbacks to the couple’s past. The reader learns about the circumstances of their world and their courtsh
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Favorite Quote: “My life began with you.“

Poppy Lane thought she was doing the right thing when she kept the secrets her mother forced upon her growing up. When her husband is brutally attacked, she is forced to reveal her secrets and the consequences may be more than she can bear.

Winston Lane has loved Poppy from the first moment he saw her striding through the train station. Fourteen years of marriage has only deepened his love for her, but when he discovers that his wife has been living a secr
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Would have been a full five if not for the beginning being fraught with miscommunication/failure-to-communicate-effectively and the whiplash of mood-swings that was giving me a head-ache.

For example in Winston's POV he will be thinking about how sexy his wife looks and how much he wants her. He is so enamoured by her, that it was seriously sexy and cute. But from Poppy's perspective, he seems cold and stand-offish... And vice-versa for her too...

Secondly, I didn't like Mary
Tami (synchro from BL)
This was a worthy third installment! It had a little more hot scenes than the other ones - more fulfillment, less tension.

I was not sure if I would love the story or warm towards Poppy. She was a very strict and not exactly adorable character.
What she had: Strength. And vulnerability. But mostly strength and power.

I really appreciated howthe conflict between "alpha man needs to remain alpha man" and such a strong and powerful heroine washandled.
In many many UF/PNR the solution is: make the hero
4,5 stars

Darkest London is one of my favorite historical paranormal romance series and Winterblaze is another keeper. Like the second chance and a fact that Win and Poppy are married make me feel connected with their troubles.

Took some times to not imagine Paul Marron as Win, tho, since the hair color is a little bit wrong :p
Mimi Smith
4.5 stars

I love this series. There is simply no different way to say it. I'm not a big fan of Historical PNR, but here it's so different and intriguing. We don't simply have a few vampires and werewolves running around, mating, we have an entire society, with their history, organizations and so forth. Ms. Callihan writes darkly beautiful enchanting stories and characters. I also like how entwined the stories are (say Shadowdance... Can't wait to read more about Jack and Mary).

But back to Win and
Douglas Meeks
Winterblaze (Darkest London, #3)Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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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
Jen (Red Hot Books)
4.5 Stars

There are so many things I like about the Darkest London series. I love the dark atmosphere and gothic feel of these books. The characters are engaging and interesting. The sexual tension and payoffs satisfy. Each story maintains the tone and core characters, but they still manage to stand apart from each other... each with very different kind of romance.

This book features Poppy, the third and eldest of the Ellis sisters. Unlike the first two book, our couple is already an established o
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
The Darkest London series is one of my favourites and this latest instalment is the best so far. Engaging characters, evocative writing and heartfelt emotions glue the reader to the page. The scene had been set in the previous books, Poppy Lane has been keeping secrets from her police inspector husband Winston Lane. She is the leader of the SOS the elusive "Mother" and the knowledge has torn their marriage apart. But in a surprising twist, Winston Lane himself has been not entirely honest and wh ...more
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Original Romancing the Dark Side Review:

Ms. Callihan has delivered another beautifully written story of sacrifice, intrigue and unequivocal love!

The Darkest London series continues its brilliantly written, gothic supernatural world in Winterblaze. Kristen Callihan has a way of reinventing her world to fit her characters with each new book that is truly special. Winterblaze stands out as the most unique of the stories when it comes to romance, due to the existing relationship between the hero and
For nearly 16 years, Poppy Lane has kept a secret from her husband, Winston. The secret that she is a supernatural, that she heads an organization called Suppression of Supernaturals (SOS) and that her life is embroiled in the supernatural world. That all remained a secret until the day her husband was brutally attacked by a werewolf and all Poppy’s well woven secrets unraveled. Now Poppy will do anything to gain back Winston’s trust.

Winston Lane is battered and scarred from the brutal attack by
Heather C
Winston and Poppy Lane married fourteen years ago. For fourteen years, their marriage was based on lies and deception. Three months ago, Winston was attacked and nearly killed by a supernatural creature and discovered that his wife had been keeping secrets: she’s a member of SOS, The Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, and has supernatural powers of her own. Scarred and betrayed, Winston leaves Poppy and their home, but Winston has a forgotten secret of his own that just might keep the ...more
I love Poppy and Winston, just didn't love their story as much as I did Miranda and Archer's story. Still a great read though. This one had a steampunk feel to it to me. Looking forward to the next book.
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ขอเริ่มต้นด้วยการบอกเลยว่า จู่ ๆ เราก็เกิดความรู้สึกว่า อยากอ่านหนังสือเล่มนี้มาก ๆ โดยไม่มีเหตุผลอะไรทั้งสิ้น ไม่ใช่เพราะมีเพื่อนมาส่งข่าวว่า สนุก หรือได้ยินมาจากแหล่งข่าวหนใด มันเหมือนตื่นขึ้นมาก็คิดว่า หนังสือเรื่องนี้คงจะต้องเป็นหนังสือที่โคตรสนุกเลยแน่นอน คิดแบบนี้จริง ๆ นะคะ

ดังนั้นขอเตือนไว้แล้วกันค่ะ เราไม่แน่ใจว่า สะกดจิตตัวเองให้ชอบเล่มนี้รึเปล่านะคะ แต่เราบอกความรู้สึกตอนนี้ (คือหลังจากอ่านจบไปหนึ่งวัน) เราชอบเรื่องนี้มากมาย และถือเป็นหนึ่งในหนังสือที่เราคิดว่า สนุกที่สุดที่ได้อ่านในปี
First of all, thanks to Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a review copy through NetGalley.

Winterblaze is the third book in the Darkest London series. It features Poppy and her guy Winston. Poppy is the oldest of three sisters, and the prior two books focused on the love lives of her little sisters Miranda and Daisy.

In the prior two novels of this series, Poppy and Winston made minor appearances, but I wasn't particularly fond of either of them. Poppy seemed a little frigid, making d
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Every Darkest London installment is truly unique; unlike most romance series that only switch up the main love interest from book to book, Callihan actually reshapes her whole universe to fit each of her characters’ individual perspectives. She does it once again in Winterblaze by rekindling an existing relationship between a married couple instead of the standard budding romance story. The result is a fresh outlook on love, a fun combination of flashbacks vs. current eve
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Kristen Callihan is a child of the 80’s, which means she's worn neon skirts, black-lace gloves, and combat boots (although never all at once) and can quote John Hughes movies with the best of them. A life long daydreamer, she finally realized that the characters in her head needed a proper home and thus hit the keyboard. She believes that falling in love is one of the headiest experiences a person ...more
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