Life has been anything but kind to Mary Chase. But the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals has given her purpose. Now she's been tasked with catching a vicious murderer dubbed the Bishop of Charing Cross. But someone is already on the case—and the last thing he relishes is a partner.
Only someone who lives in darkness can find it.
-Nowhere near as good as I was anticipating. I was looking forward to Mary and Jack's story, their strange hatred for each other in earlier books was compelling, I was excited to know why they had such nasty attitudes whenever they crossed they paths. Sadly, the reason for their mutual hatred and their romance overall was a let down.
-Mary (immortal human machine of sorts) and Jack (speshul snowflake shifter) are forced to work together to find a notorious killer who's murdering demons an ...more
Bumping this up - again - to 5 stars.
Look, I have no excuses. Thanks, Kyra ;)
I'm an unreliable reviewer and apparently a shameless Darkest London fangirl but the more I read this book, the better I like it.
I have one small excuse, though: I read this right after Winterblaze back then.
Re-read March 2017
Bumping this up to 4 stars.
I guess I was still so totally gobsmacked by the beauty of Winterblaze that any book, and especially any boo ...more
Thank goodness for a buddy read with Bubu , Isabella, & Joanna or this would just be sitting, an empty five star review. I couldn't help myself though and just breezed through this one. The review isn't really spoiling a lot, but enough---keeping it hidden for sake of b-r.
Petulant, rude, arrogant assholes. I love them. They are really easy to get wrong, however.
Since I first read Moonglow, I was really curious about Jack Talent. I can’t say ...more
I've been enjoying these books so much, and so consistently, that it was pretty inevitable Callihan would steal a five out of me. And this couple and their journey absolutely deserve it.
He'd die for her, but she would kill for him.
I can't possibly do a review for this. But instead let me just reiterate what I've been saying all week-long during this binge : Callihan is so good, so clever, so creative. The planning she's had to ...more
“Do you know what it’s like to have what you want most in the world constantly in front of you,” he whispered, “and never dare take it?”
I loved this book. Finally we get Jack and Mary Chase’s book. These two have been dancing around each other for the last two books, throwing insults and basically just showing their dislike for each other. But you just know that there is more to this antagonism, and finally we found out why.
Neither Mary nor Jack has had easy lives. Both have their...more
What a tortured, complex hero we have in Jack, and what a brilliantly nuanced and intelligent heroine we have in Mary. Both had been damaged and had suffered, indeed, Jack was still suffering. His treatment at the hands of some evil demon kidnappers was truly horrific and I squirmed every time I read about it. It was heartbreaking.
So two damaged souls, inextricably, albeit very reluctantly linked, had to find their way back to a ...more
3.5 ‘This is me, and you. This is us’ Stars
Book 4 in the Darkest London series was a tough read for me. I find enemies to lover plots tiring and this is no different.
Jack Talent was Ian Ranulf’s valet that is until he become a regulator with the SOS. In book 3 we see how he is kidnapped and that truly despicable things are done to him. Due to the humiliation he has put distance between himself and his fami ...more
The Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan has quickly become one of my favorites. There’s something to be said about Callihan’s imagination. There are no boundaries with her, no feat to difficult to accomplish. With larger than life characters, Callihan breathes passion and life into each individual, making it so easy for readers to fall in love with them.
Jack Talent has had a difficult past. But his blood is the most sought after thing in London at the moment. With a murderer on the loo ...more
Thanks for the buddy read Sam, Bubu & Isabella!
I’ve been a fan of Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London series from the first book Firelight. The author creates an intriguing world of 19th century London and adds original ...more
5 awesome Here, There and Nowhere Stars!!!
It is amazing how each new instalment in the series gets better and better. I was prepared to love Jack Talent, in fact, I already loved him. After his unfortunate (view spoiler)[ capture and torture (hide spoiler)] in the previous book, all I wanted was to open my chest and tack him safe inside where no one could ever hurt him. I was a bit intimidated by the length of the book, anxious of dragging scenes and slow plot, ...more
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Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan
Book Four of the Darkest London series
Publication Date: December 17, 2013
Rating: 3 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley
***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***
Summary (from Goodreads):
Once a heart is lost in shadow...
Life has been anything but kind to Mary Chase. But the Society for the Suppression of Supernatura ...more
I have to say I usually feel a connection with Kristen Callihan's characters and I was expecting the same thing from this novel but it didn't feel the same. Something seemed a bit off.
I have two complaints though. One, I thought there were too many different characters in the book and sometimes, as a reader, it was hard to keep up with the many different roles the characters played in the story. The other thing I didn't like was the lead female; I had no stron ...more
This is probably my favorite book in the series to date.
"Shadowdance" begins where ...more
And who has the key to that heart? Master Jack Talent. The surly and handsome hero of Shadowdance. At ...more
You can see my reviews of the rest of the series here - Firelight, Moonglow, and Winterblaze. I'm just not connecting with this series as I'd like to be. I think there's potential there, and it's frustrating me that I'm not finding what I seek.
The best thing in this book was the sexual tension. Kristen Callihan knows how to write! When we finally get to our love scene it begins from the moment Mary enters Jack's house. The intimacy starts with the first words they say to each other and it goes on f ...more
This book features Jack Talent a shifter who was kidnapped and tortured by the Nex (presumably in the book I couldn't finish) and Mary Chase, a Ghost in the Machine (GIM). Jack and Mary both work for the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals (SOS) but their role is not to track down supernaturals but to hide them from the humans.
Jack has been leading the inv ...more
If you haven't read the previous books then stop reading this review and pick up a copy of whichever book you stopped on! If you are a fan of the series, then you'll probably want to issue a blanket apology to any and all as you'll be ignoring responsibilities until this book is done!
“In a different world, I might have tried to make you mine from the first.” His thick whisper lanced her clockwork heart and had her breath quickening as he continued. “In a different world, I might have...more
There are currently four installments in Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London series and every single one of them has been a 5-star read in my opinion, including Shadowdance. The last three books have fallen more on the historical side of paranormal romance but this newest one is packed full of steampunk-y goodness which only made me love it more. The story is captivating in that I-can’t-put-it-down kind of way and even though there aren’t any love scenes until the very end, ...more
Two wondrously developed characters who are struggling with mental and physical wounds from horrendous pasts come clashing together in Shadowdance.
Mary Chase has been making a life for herself with the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals. Her only torment is Jack Talent, a difficult, wounded agent that she saved from being a blood whore. A new revelation in an on going case reveals Jack might be their culprit, Mary requests to join Jack's investigation to find the proof she ...more
Mary was a strong heroine. She wasn't the type to sit and wait around. She fought for what she believed in and what she wanted. She was tough, brave, clever, and likable. I thought she was great.
Jack was also amazing. He had one hell of a dark past, not the least of which ...more
That said, since I was happy learning about Jack and Mary - they both have some pretty bi ...more
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"A first kiss", his lips neared hers, is an introduction and then his mouth brushed against hers. The contact sparked, sharp and bright like lightning, yet his lips were soft, unexpectedly so. Her breath caught the same instant his did.
Against her mouth he whispered "That was Hello" His breath mingled with hers as he waited, his lips so close she could feel their warmth. For a moment she simply breathed him in growing heady on the scent of him and the tight anticipation gathering in her belly. Then she understood. Nerves fluttering, she brushed her lips across his as he had done. Again his breath hitched, as if he too felt that same spark, that hot need. Her eyes drifted closed and his voice poured over her like warm cream.
"This is, 'I'm Jack'.”
Oh, I am, Tottie agreed. I’ve been wanting to say hello to Mr. Jack for an age, personal-like. Her hand glided over his chest and headed down. Such a fine cocky fella, ye are. Shall we see if it’s all just tall tales, then, me lad?”