This Chick Read: Shadowdance (Darkest London #4) by Kristen Callihan

Kristen Callihan, known for her contemporary sports and rocker romances like The VIP and Game On series also writes a paranormal romance series called Darkest London. This series, set in, yes, a very dark Victorian London is part steam punk and part paranormal and this world is filled with all sorts of supernatural beings. Our heroine Mary Chase is a GIM (Ghosts in the Machine), one who has chosen at death to live for eternity as long as that heart keeps whirring. Mary is an agent of the SOS (Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals) and has been paired with shifter Jack Talent to solve some gruesome murders by the Bishop of Charing Cross. 

We met Mary and Jack in the previous novel Winterblaze, and they hated each other with a capital H. Determined to do her job, Mary tries her best to investigate with Jack who is an obnoxious beast, literally. As their investigation continues, Mary finds out some disturbing things about both Jack and the investigation. Despite these danger signs she’s somehow drawn to Jack even though he is obnoxious and rude. 

I am a huge fan of this series, but Shadowdance is one of my least favorite books so far. The first three books featuring sisters Miranda, Daisy and Poppy were so cohesive, that this book felt like a throwaway. Don’t get me wrong the world building was great and this novel sets the scene for the next book, but when it feels like that’s the raison d’etre, it’s just not as enjoyable. These two characters seriously hated each other and even though I could feel the swing from hate to love, it seemed a little forced on Mary’s part. Jack was just too distraught and disturbed to be “saved” and his love felt too desperate. However, there is an underlining story that runs through these books so don’t skip it! It wasn’t horrible just not as good as the first three books. The set up for the couple in the next book was awesome and is needed to move forward in the series. ❤️❤️❤️❣️


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This Chick Read: Managed (VIP #2) by Kristen Callihan

Gabriel Scott became friends with an unruly group of boys in boarding school. When they started a band, he became their manager and helped them become one of the biggest rock bands of their time. When one of the band members tries to commit suicide Gabriel feels responsible. He should’ve seen how Jax was hurting and should’ve been able to prevent it. Instead of acting out, as Killian did in ‘Idol’, Gabriel has shut off all emotions. Continue reading “This Chick Read: Managed (VIP #2) by Kristen Callihan”

This Chick Read: Idol (VIP #1) by Kristen Callihan

Kristen Callihan has written both fantasy and sports romances, and excelled at them.  Idol is her first romance set in the rock world.  Killian, on a break from his band because his best friend and band member tried to commit suicide.  Killian was devastated, blaming himself for not seeing the signs, and also was angry that his friend was hurting so much and he didn’t come to him for help.  He rents a house in the countryside, and on his first night there gets drunk and crashes his vehicle through Libby’s gate and then proceeds to throw up all over her.  Love at first sight.  Well, maybe not! Continue reading “This Chick Read: Idol (VIP #1) by Kristen Callihan”

This Chick Read: Winterblaze (Darkest London Series) by Kristen Callihan

Winterblaze, the third novel in the Darkest London series, is about Poppy, the oldest sister, and her estranged husband Winston Lane.  In the last novel Winston had been mauled while investigating the werewolf who had been stalking Daisy, Poppy’s sister.  Because of that, this whole “other” world had been opened to him, including the role his wife plays in it, unbeknownst to him.  After learning that their 14 years of marriage has been built on lies, he left Poppy and went off to brood.  Three months later, Poppy forces Winston to face her.  While trying to figure out their feelings, they discover a murder, and fall into an investigation that becomes about more than life and death.  It is about saving Winston’s soul. Continue reading “This Chick Read: Winterblaze (Darkest London Series) by Kristen Callihan”

This Chick Read: Moonglow by Kristen Callihan

Forgive me but I’m going to gush for a moment.  Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London series is a fantastically dark, dangerously fun, sexy thrill ride.  I enjoyed Moonglow, the second book in the series, just as much as Firelight, the first.  The characters are not perfect.  They are flawed in the best way possible.  They are interesting, and hold my attention to the extent that I am reading  each page like I eat a piece of chocolate cake, savoring each bite and disappointed when my plate is clean. Continue reading “This Chick Read: Moonglow by Kristen Callihan”

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!   Continue reading “This Chick Read: Firelight by Kristen Callihan”

This Chick Read: Kristen Callihan’s Game On series


Leading up to the Christmas holiday I read the third book in Kristen Callihan‘s Game On series called The Game Plan.  When I checked out this book on my Overdrive app, I’ll admit that I read the synopsis because the cover art drew me in.  Usually I’m not drawn to the naked chest covers.  I mean, I look, because who doesn’t! Continue reading “This Chick Read: Kristen Callihan’s Game On series”

This Chick Read: Bewitched and Betrayed by Lisa Shearin

Over the Christmas holiday I needed to branch out and read a novel that didn’t have a man’s naked chest on the cover.  I was in the middle of reading Kristen Callihan‘s Game on series, and was finding it really hard to put down.  The men were fine, the women were strong and the sex was great.  However, as much as I love the romance genre, I couldn’t bring myself to flaunt those naked male chests, as fabulous as they were, Continue reading “This Chick Read: Bewitched and Betrayed by Lisa Shearin”