Winterblaze (Darkest London, #3)
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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 broke...more
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Grand Central Publishing
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Jill

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...more
Melanie
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...more
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...more
Ferdy
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...more
Crista
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...more
Wendy
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!
Kathleen
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...more
Layla
It's yummy Paul Marron(aka Lothaire) on cover, I think!

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God, I love this author's covers!
Karen
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Hbeebti
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...more
Rose
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...more
Feminista
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...more
Ren
NetGalley decline my request for this. Whaaa? They always accept me before and also accept me for both Firelight and Moonglow!!!
Riiiiiiight, I will patiently waiting for this book to come and buy the paperback version. Beside, I named as Ren so I can become woman who have much patience in herself (okay the last part is exaggerating :)) )



One reason why I think I (must) buy this :

PAUL MARRON

Yes, I'm fans of him, and I'm not ashamed about it ;)

EDIT : After I read Moonglow; I'm afraid its not just t...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Beth
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...more
AH
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...more
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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...more
Keri
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.
May Mostly Romance
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Alicia
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...more
Amanda
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 ca...more
Jess
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: A

When we first met Winston Lane, he was a straight laced inspector, a man proud of his work, and a man who loved his wife completely. Now he’s a man who has been attacked by a were, badly scarred and not only learning the truth about the world he lives in, but how the woman he thought he knew completely, his wife Poppy, is in the middle of this world. Winterblaze picks up three months into Win and Poppy’s estrangement and neither person is do...more
Jamie
I have been a fan of Kristen Callihan's Darkest London series from the beginning. I raved about Firelight to anyone that would listen. I loved Moonglow, too. Winterblaze blows them both out of the water. Poppy and Winston heat up the pages in this story about trust lost and love regained.

As much as I adore Winston Lane, this book is all about Poppy for me. Poppy is the eldest of the Ellis sisters, and is hiding secrets from everyone. She has carried the weight of these secrets on her shoulders s...more
Ronda
Yet another fantastic book by Kristen Callihan. I have to say I've waited patiently for the release of Winterblaze and it was well worth the wait.

I think Poppy, having finally read her story, is my favourite sister, she is the strongest and most potent by far...

Dark London series is set in the 1800's and it has been exciting to read, but this book gave us more in the way of mystery, it seemed more indepth and begged me to soak up every word. Here we face a demon and Poppy and Win (her hubby) hav...more
Moira
This was about a courtship insofar as it's about two people getting to know each other. Never mind that they've been married for fourteen years. It opens with the hero, Winston Lane, discovering that his wife, Poppy, is rather magical and powerful, beyond what a wife usually is. She took giving the cold shoulder to new levels. He's not pleased but then again, he's gone through visually striking changes, too. So then, it's all about how to love this new person. Now unlike a regular courtship, the...more
Mika
I'm officially abandoning Winterblaze. What an awful, awful book. I'm so disappointed that this 3rd installment in the series was such a bore. The main characters couldn't be more uninteresting if they tried. The plot seemed contrived too.
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