As you all know from my previous blog This Chick Read: Kristen Callihan’s The Game On series, I really enjoyed Kristen Callihan‘s style of writing. She has a great gift for character development and yep, ok, I’ll admit, she writes great love scenes! When I checked out her page on Amazon, I saw that she had written a paranormal romance a few years ago (Yeah, my fave!) and decided to give Firelight, the first book a shot.
The following synopsis is directly from Amazon.com‘s website.
Once the flames are ignited . . .
Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family’s fortune decimated and forced her to wed London’s most nefarious nobleman.
They will burn for eternity . . .
Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it’s selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can’t help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn’t felt in a lifetime. When Archer is accused of a series of gruesome murders, he gives in to the beastly nature he has fought so hard to hide from the world. But the curse that haunts him cannot be denied. Now, to save his soul, Miranda will enter a world of dark magic and darker intrigue. For only she can see the man hiding behind the mask.
I have to say it. Given that Archer wears a face mask, and is disfigured I couldn’t help but draw Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast comparisons. Archer was such a tortured character I found it really easy to root for him, much more beast than phantom. Miranda is my favorite kind of female romantic lead bucking societal expectations of what a woman should be like, fencing, sneaking around in boys clothing, and speaking her mind. Where it gets really interesting is when you find out they both have special abilities. You find out about Miranda’s within a few pages, but Archer’s mystery takes most of the book, and I won’t spoil it for you here. Even with the mask, the two characters had great chemistry, the author building up the tension between the two characters, so it was great fun to read and unravel the mystery.
Firelight was a really fun book, full of adventure, romance and mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride! Can’t wait to read Moonglow, the next in the series!
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