This Chick Read: Firelight by Kristen Callihan

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‘s website.

London, 1881

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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8 thoughts on “This Chick Read: Firelight by Kristen Callihan

  1. I must say tha A Chick Who Reads has whetted my appetite for a genre that I normally wouldn’t be attracted to. I plan to read “Firelight”. It sounds intriguing and fun! I generally read more serious fare…with this book I plan to hunker down under the covers with my IPad on a frosty night and simply enjoy!

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    1. I just discovered this author. She wrote a contemporary romance series called The Game On series, I wrote about those in a previous blog. I really liked the way she developed her characters and everyone was so real. I’ve got Moonglow in my list on my Overdrive app. I’ll probably read it soon. It also sounds fun.

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  2. Literally just read this book! Was toying with the idea of reading it for a long time before I bought it – because it’s kind of pricey on the kindle and I’m not a huge far of historical romances- but I’m glad I did! I think you’re right, Archer is definitely more Beast than Phantom and I was addicted to finding out his secret. I had a lot of images in my head about what he might look like but didn’t picture his ‘disfigurement’ to look anything like what it was. Really great review, I’m thinking about reading the rest of the series but I think with the prices I may have to treat myself to them once in a while rather than buy them all now.

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    1. I’m glad you liked the review! I actually read the book on my kindle app on my iPad, but got the book through Overdrive. Do you have a library card? If you do, get the Overdrive app on your kindle if you can and then sign in with your library card number. You can read the rest of the books for free! You can also build up a pretty big TBR list, I think mine is over 200. This app has cut down on my spending. I am in line for the second book in the series and will review it once I’ve read it. Thanks for the comment!

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      1. Ooh, that sounds good – I never knew that. I’m sure I have a library card somewhere so hopefully I can use this in the future, thanks for the tip! If you write a review for the second book in the series then I’d love to read and see whether the rest are as good as the first.

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