Review: Moonglow by Kristen Callihan (Darkest London #2)

Moonglow  - Kristen Callihan

It's always a good thing to kick your reading marathon into gear with a good book, despite this read taking me a little longer than I'd hoped.

For me, Kristen Callihan delivered again with the second book in the "Darkest London" series, "Moonglow." From what I understand, this series of books focuses on sisters from the same family. In "Firelight" - the book focused on Miranda, from the way she grappled with her elemental fire powers to her relationship with the accused (and cursed) Lord Archer.

This book deals with Miranda's sister Daisy and Ian, the rather mischievous brute who threatened Miranda and Archer's relationship in the last book. Interestingly enough, however, Ian really turned out to be a likable hero in this book, and the chemistry between these two popped off the page.

Ian is a Lycan - noted as half man, half werewolf (shifter). He struggles against the demon in him more often than not and it's given him a lonely life for much of his existence. Daisy comes into the picture when, after being free from her mourning period over her late husband, she has a romantic rendezvous with certain company. Only within said company, she witnesses a werewolf who's killed another, and the beast ends up killing the man she's with. She's in shock, Ian takes her in, tries to protect her, but Daisy's having none of his protectiveness. Her ability, at first, seems to be a keen sense of smell that alerts her to quite a few discrepancies, but in Ian's company, she realizes that she can do a fair amount more than she bargained for. And Ian has to face up to a challenge to his lineage that's been on the backburner for quite some time.

I'm really surprised by how the different tales/lore presented in this work came together so well. It made for a nice blend of historical, supernatural, and steamy romance. Callihan blends humor, action, and tensions nicely, that it had me hooked into the story. Maybe not with the same grip as in turns of "Firelight", but definitely with the same level of intrigue in a different sort. Some revelations didn't surprise me with respect to the supernatural elements, but the twists - particularly the ending of the work - were among dimensions of the story I didn't predict and I thought were well done.

I'm excited to read the rest of this series and am looking forward to reading "Winterblaze." Probably one of the best reads of its respective genre and line I've read in recent turns.

Overall score: 4/5 stars