Thursday, March 7, 2013

Book Review: Winterblaze

Winterblaze (Darkest London, #3)Author: Kristen Callihan
Publication Date: February 26, 2013
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Series: Darkest London

Once blissfully in love . . .

Poppy Lane is keeping secrets. Her powerful gift has earned her membership in the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, but she must keep both her ability and her alliance with the Society from her husband, Winston. Yet when Winston is brutally attacked by a werewolf, Poppy's secrets are revealed, leaving Winston's trust in her as broken as his body. Now Poppy will do anything to win back his affections . . .

Their relationship is now put to the ultimate test.

Winston Lane soon regains his physical strength but his face and heart still bear the scars of the vicious attack. Drawn into the darkest depths of London, Winston must fight an evil demon that wants to take away the last hope of reconciliation with his wife. As a former police inspector, Winston has intelligence and logic on his side. But it will take the strength of Poppy's love for him to defeat the forces that threaten to tear them apart.

“‘I gather you know this,’ Poppy answered. ‘However, I feel compelled to remind you that being a Regulator is no easy task. They live a hard life, and it is often quite short.’ Regulators were the SOS’s agents, men and women on the front lines of the supernatural world. They came face to face with things that gave monsters nightmares.” – ARC Copy pg. 10

“‘A demon.’ Preposterous. ‘As in spawns of the devil and all that?’ A bark of laughter left him, and he dragged a hand across the back of his aching neck. ‘It just keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it?’ When she didn’t answer, he rounded on her. ‘And what next? A bloody vampire? Ghouls? A wee banshee?’ He glared out over the sea. He did not want to know. ‘Enough already, Pop. Leave me be and let me fend for myself.’” – ARC Copy pg. 32

“Deep inside her, the black, ugly feelings she’d kept bottled up boiled over, burning her lungs, choking her throat. She rounded on him, fisting her hands so hard her knuckles ached. ‘I took a vow, Win. An oath never to reveal what I was, or what I did, to anyone. Anyone. Not to you, not to my family. Have you any idea how difficult it was to keep it inside? Or the isolation I felt in doing so? Bloody hell, do you think I do not feel the depth of my betrayal to all of you? Miranda can barely meet my eyes anymore. Daisy looks at me as though she has one over on me. And you. I ached to tell you. I died a little each day I could not. But this is what I was born and bred to do. My word is my honor. Break it and I am nothing. Break it and everything I sacrificed is for nothing.’” – ARC Copy pg. 50

“Surely fate would not be so cruel as to bless them now. But, God, what if she was with child? Horror washed over Winston in a cold wave. Swallowing down bile, he slumped into his chair. Winston sank his head into his hands and tried to breathe.” – ARC Copy pg. 118

Winterblaze is third book in the Darkest London series and I love it the best so far. These books are romantic, suspenseful, dark, and involve a lot of strong, courageous heroine kicking some serious supernatural butt. The third installment in this series follows Poppy Lane and her rather estranged husband fight to rid the supernatural world of a demon that could cause more destruction than necessary. Poppy and her husband, Winston, are somewhat estranged in this book and you start to feel that the book might center on their relationship, but it is so much more than that!

Poppy Lane is my kind of girl. She is sometimes cold and seems heartless, but any woman that has been through what Poppy has, it is expected. Poppy may be my favorite sister, and this book definitely revealed more as far as the trio of sisters goes. They each made an appearance in this book as well, alongside Poppy. I thought this was a nice touch on Callihan’s part and really added to the suspense and effectiveness of the plot. Poppy’s character takes some adjusting to because she is in your face and so brutally honest. There were a few times, while reading, that I had to pause and go back over what she just said to make sure I read it correctly. However, I loved this aspect and I have read some reviews where others did not. I think it adds to character development and sets her apart from her sisters.

This series continues to go strong in all departments, including romance. The romance and sexual tension in this book was not overkill and was very well paced. I feared for Poppy and Winston’s marriage at first, but once I started reading, parts of their relationship were developed that might have been left unclear before. So many questions were answered and this book definitely tops the other two in the romance department. Not that the others were not amazing, but for some reason I was just really drawn to Poppy and Winston’s story. I am anticipating another book being added to this series!

***A BIG thank you to the publishers for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review***

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