Winterblaze (Darkest London #3)
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 a ...more
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
But! I'm sorry to say the cover here is so much better than the actual book :(
The two MC-s were extremely irritating, I basically wanted to bitch-slap them both throughout the book. The constant flashbacks did not help.
Though one good thing, I'm dying to read Jack and Mary now <3
Whilst Firelight was too much into world building and two main characters who kept their secrets hidden for too long, and Moonglow, although an absolutely lovely boo ...more
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
Oh well, I am clearly hooked on this series. It was action-packed and filled with mystery and passion. What I liked in this series so far:
Each installment was unique.
None of MCs bugged me.
No BS. (Fingers crossed it will stay this way:/)
Even though the world building lacked complexity, bits of surprises and new information added layers to the story.
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
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
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
The storyline actually begins in Moonglow when Inspector Winston Lane of Scotland Yard CID is brutally attacked by a werewolf, and would have b ...more
“Winston Lane was born when he met Poppy Ellis.” His raspy voice grew stronger. “My life began with you. And it will end with you. That much I know.”
It’s been three months since Winston Lane, or Win as his wife likes to call him, was viciously attacked by a werewolf and found out that his beloved wife of fourteen years has been lying to him. She’s part of The Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, also known as the SOS, she’s an Elemental who has the power to control ice, and all of...more
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
What can I say about Poppy Ann Lane?
She is infuriating, pig headed, stubborn, and self-righteous and quite frankly a pain in the fucking arse.
I haven't liked her since Firelight and I was hoping that there would be something likeable about her. That she could redeem herself but no.
Poppy gets jack shite in stars.
Winston Lane a former Lord turned Inspector gave everything up for love. He made a deal with the devil. 14 years later he has come to get what is his due ...more
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 ...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 ...more
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
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Darkest London Reading Order
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 ...more
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
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
Winston Lane is battered and scarred from the brutal attack by ...more
This couple has been together for 14 years. You'd think they'd have some memories that don't involve sex. But mostly when they get nostalgic, it's something sexual. Also, when they're angry, upset, or in danger, it's usually something sexual. If they're in a scene together, it's usually... Well, there will be a pie chart or an infographic or something breaking down the hardon count because it was impressive.
The front end i ...more