Saturday I woke up, hopped onto my Google Reader and read this early review of Moonglow by Kristen Callihan. Pam is one of my go to readers for recs, so I was very intrigued. After some research I realized Tori, Bells and many others loved the first book in the series, Firelight. So with a quick ‘one-click’ at Amazon I had it on my kindle.
I loved this book. It is a paranormal historical, although I’d say the first half of the book only hints at the paranormal aspects. But we have some of my favorite tropes in this book. First, a marriage of convenience. Oh I love this theme. Our hero, Archer is very wealthy, yet a social outcast. He is very deformed (hello, Beauty and the Beast trope! Another favorite). He wears a mask, that covers his face, as the right side of his face and body is mysteriously deformed. He meets our heroine, Miranda three years previous to the book starting, and becomes obsessed with her. Knowing she lives in poverty with a cruel father, he finally offers for her, knowing she has no choice but to accept. They marry at the beginning of the book. He refuses to remove his mask through much of the book, but she fall in love with him nonetheless. She loves him for the man he is, no matter how tortured or shamed he is. Their romance and love is so intense in this book and so well done. And sexy. Oh sooooo sexy. The scenes with just Miranda and Archer together, fighting their past and trying to make a better future together are so well written.
Miranda has secrets of her own. Born with the ability to control fire, she is scared of this gift. She has killed with this gift. I will say, we never really come to understand why she has this gift. There is a good reason why Archer is the way he is, but why can Miranda control fire? Are there more people in the world like her? Maybe we will get answers to this as the series continues. I also am not sure I ever had a good grasp as to how exactly she uses her gift. It seemed a little vague. But this really didn’t bother me all that much.
These two are quite the pair, and the journey they go on to discover each other, trust each other, and fight the demons that stalk them both is so good. I loved every second of this book and I can’t wait for Moonglow which features Miranda’s sister. Her sister’s HEA plays a prominent role in this book so I definitely recommend you read this first. Tori has read the arc and loved it. We’ll post the review early next week.