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(Darkest London #3)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  4,899 ratings  ·  579 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
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Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hr, 5-stars, pnr, perfect
Update 03/18: b-r with Joanna, Sam and Isabella.

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
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
Isabella - SnooRegrets
Buddy read with Bubu, Joanna and Sam from Romance Book Buddy Reading.

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
Sophia Triad
I believe my favourite in the series...
Blacky *Romance Addict*
These books have the best freaking covers EVER!!!

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

Sam (AMNReader)

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.
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had to restrain myself from picking up this book as soon as I’d finished the previous one, Moonglow. I’ve become a big fan of this series, but as there are only six books in it so far, I’m trying to ration myself! Clearly, however I’m not doing very well at that, as I only managed to hold out for about two weeks before I gave in and started Winterblaze.

The storyline actually begins in Moonglow when Inspector Winston Lane of Scotland Yard CID is brutally attacked by a werewolf, and would have b
Joanna Loves Reading
There was no other option than 5 Stars for this one. Seriously, seriously loved it. Loved Win. Loved Poppy. Loved Win&Poppy together. And the story was compelling and interesting.

Thanks for the buddy read Sam, Bubu & Isabella!
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
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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:/)

Excellent pace.

Even though the world building lacked complexity, bits of surprises and new information added layers to the story.
Another great addition to this series that has me absolutely hooked! An excellent 4.5 stars.

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
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
Well, first I have to admit that I remember less from the previous books that I thought. I constantly mismatch this series with London Steampunk by Bec McMaster, I’m not really sure what events happened in which book. It didn’t help. But I still enjoyed this story.

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
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
Lana Reads
*2nd read*

Somehow I loved it more the second time around.
Poppy and Win showed themselves so much more interesting than back in 2019. I'm not a fan of second chance romances but this one was so well executed, I could not look away and ate up everything. The irony, the sadness, the redemption.

I'm off to the next in the series.
✩ Yaz ✩
4 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

His eyes had been dark when he looked at her, and in that moment, she felt as though she was his whole world, that no one existed for him but her, just as he was the only thing right and perfect in her life.

Winterblaze is the third installment in the Darkest London series and I was dreading my return to this ominous version of London but also excited to pick up where I left off and discover more of the stories this world has to offer.

The Darkest London series is set in such a darkly
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4-5-stars, gr2016, mine
“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

Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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!
Another delightful edition to the Darkest London Series... 

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
Laura (Kyahgirl)
2/5; 2 stars; C-

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.
h o l l i s
Oh man do I love how Callihan mixed it up a bit for this one. In the previous books we've had couples come together amidst coming into their powers, self-discovery, irresistible attraction, all that deliciousness.

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
This is one of the best marriage-in-trouble stories I've ever read. Honestly, I don't like that trope much, because it's really hard to make me believe that they're actually better together than apart.

Here, it's obvious that not only are they better together, but that once they get past their stuff they're going to be even better together than they were before the issues cropped up.

Warning rant ahead. 2.5-3ish Stars

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
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
5 Stars... The feels in this book are so full of truth and heart that it brought a sense of realness to the relationship between Poppy and Winston; their pain, loss, fears, hope, love, and ultimately their soul deep connection was easily felt and experienced by the reader... In the midst of the epic romance was a supernatural journey that twisted and turned the reader through a maze of manipulations and deceit that brought with it the enlightenment of the characters and a strengthening to their ...more
Layla  is a Picky Reader
It's yummy Paul Marron(aka Lothaire) on cover, I think!


God, I love this author's covers!
Douglas Meeks
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 bro
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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
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Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she'd rather be. She is a RITA winner and three-time nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer's Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine's Seal of Excellence, was named a best boo ...more

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