Review: Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

Posted March 15, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 3 Comments

Review: Winterblaze by Kristen CallihanWinterblaze by Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London #3
Published by Grand Central Publishing on February 26th 2013
Genres: Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 400 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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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’ve got to say, I was a little worried that I would not like Poppy and Win’s story. Why? Because they are a married couple. Most romance novels are about the couple meeting and falling in love and everyone knows that once your married, that’s it. Marriage equals no romance. So I was wondering how Callihan was going to write their story.

Boy did she do a fantastic job! I worried for no reason. Winterblaze read like two different stories; we get to see how Poppy and Win got together through flashback chapters which took care of young romance. Then we get to see the couple struggle with their love and sexual tension in their “on the rocks” marriage.

Both Poppy and Win have not be totally honest with the other and in Poppy’s case was living a double life. Win finds this out at the end of Moonglow and that was the big thing that put their marriage on the rocks. But  Poppy finds out that Win has a secret of his own when it comes to their life together.

Callihan really delivered on bring romance and lust back into a 14-year-old marriage and watching the couple grown into their new relationship was a heart wrecking and sexual tension filled ride. I will never doubt Callihan again! I can’t wait to see what she does with the next book in the Dark London series.

If you are like me and not really into Historical Romances this is a great series to deep your toe into the genre; it crosses the line between Paranormal a Historical Romance very well.



About Kristen Callihan

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather do. She is a three-time RITA nominee, and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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I coexist with my husband of 15 years, our 11-year-old son and two chilled cats in the Deep South.

After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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3 responses to “Review: Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

  1. I use to read quite a bit of historical romance but then I got away from it. I’m really excited to get back into those stories so I can’t wait to read this series.

    Thanks for the great review!