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
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
There are no additional words for the perfection this book is.
Original review 05/16
It was only when I read The Hook Up that I noticed that Kristen Callihan was also the author of the Darkest London series of which I had read Firelight. It was an enjoyable story and judging by my GR friends, I knew that the series would get better. Oh dear, getting better doesn’t really come anywhere close to describing Winterblaze.
Whilst Firelight was too ...more
This book floored me. Very high in my favorites list. This is exactly why I read.
I am a sucker for married couples in romance books. I have no idea why, since I am not married and don't plan to, since I find the whole idea useless and confining in real life. But well, the book heart wants, what the book heart wants.
This series catapulted itself in my top five in a very short time - while the first book was great, but had som ...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
3/2018 reread with Bubu, Isabella, and Joanna. I am always thinking I’ll be able to do better on review on rereads. I can’t. Sigh
I could barely read this book it was so perfect. How am I supposed to write a review? This couple is so beautifully balanced and I couldn't decide who I liked more. A romance about married people of 14 years that fills your soul and makes you swoon? I believe I'm near speechless.
This is straight up romantic. Will add more when I find words.
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
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
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.
Thanks for the buddy read Sam, Bubu & Isabella!
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
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 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
There are no that many second chance paranormal romances out there and I really like this trope. And let me say that Poppy and Winston make an interesting couple. They are both very well-developed characters with complicated personalit ...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
“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
A very interesting couple, with the wife, Poppy, keeping the big secret of her other life from her husband, Win. It is so often the other way around! When he realises, he is devastated: by the fact that he feels he never really knew his wife at all, and by the revelation that there is a paranormal/supernatural world hidden in London that his wife has been a part of, yet a world of which he was completely ...more
In WINTERBLAZE it was a sorta-second chance romance between a longtime married couple. So maybe there was no new power to adjust to, no run in with a stranger that cannot be resisted, but we still got to experience Poppy and Winston's early days, and how twisty that became, as well as ...more
I liked this so much more on Audio…with it, the slow sections are so much easier to get through. I've previously read this series in eBook format, and I've struggled through the first two books. But now that I've found the audio version on Scribd...this has become a much more enjoyable read/listen. Once you get to the meat of the story, it really is quite awesome…even for paranormal (just to clarify, I haven't been feeling the paranorm ...more
I recall enjoying books 1 and 2 in this series so was looking forward to getting back to it when I saw this audio book at my library. What a disappointment. Fourteen hours of meandering, whining, shagging, moaning and groaning. On top of that, the author kept yanking the story back 14 years to fill in the back story, whenever things were developing any momentum in the present time.
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
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
Poppy and Win have been married for 14 years, but due to Poppy's deceit causing Win's injuries in the previous installment, their marriage is tested. But, through it all, their love for each other has not wavered. And now, with so much more at stake than just their marriage, with so much more to protect, will Poppy and Win believe in each other enough to save what's most important to them?
I cannot emphas ...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
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
Stars: Overall 5 Narration: 5 Story 5
Poppy and Winston have been married for fourteen years, without many hitches. Well, a big one if you count lying (by omission) about your true nature and the fact that you aren’t simply the owner of a bookshop. At the end of Moonglow, Winston was attacked and nearly killed, and now Poppy’s secrets are coming out and her marriage is in jeopardy. Winston won’t look, talk or stay longer in the same room with her than is absolutely necessary –an ...more