Firelight

Firelight : Number 1 in series

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London, 1881Once the flames are ignited . . . Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family's fortune decimated and forced her to wed London's most nefarious nobleman.They will burn for eternity . . . Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it's selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can't help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn't felt in a lifetime. When Archer is accused of a series of gruesome murders, he gives in to the beastly nature he has fought so hard to hide from the world. But the curse that haunts him cannot be denied. Now, to save his soul, Miranda will enter a world of dark magic and darker intrigue. For only she can see the man hiding behind the mask.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 104.14 x 167.64 x 33.02mm | 181.44g
  • Little, Brown & Company
  • FOREVER
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 1455508594
  • 9781455508594
  • 34,274

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"Lush and imaginative, "Firelight "will sweep you away."--Zo Archer, award-winning author of "Devil's Kiss" "Combines romance, wit, and suspense in a fabulous retelling of "Beauty and the Beast"...with a supernatural twist."--Colleen Gleason, international bestselling author of The Gardella Vampire Chronicles "Sizzling paranormal, dark history, and explosive magic! Callihan is an impressive new talent."--Larissa Ione, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Immortal Rider" "Top Pick! Like moths to a flame, readers will be drawn to the flickering Firelight and get entangled in the first of the Dark London series. Combining Stephen King's "Carrie" and "Beauty and the Beast", Callihan crafts a taut tale filled with sexual tension. This is one of the finest debuts of the season."-- RT Book Reviews "Beauty and the Beast meets "Phantom of the Opera" (with hints of "Carrie" and an abundance of Egyptian mythology) in this gripping, intoxicating story, simmering with incendiary sensuality and featuring a heroine who risks all to save the man she loves. An exceptional debut and the first of what promises to be a compelling series." "Library Journal, starred review"" "Evocative and deeply romantic, Firelight is a beautiful debut." "Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author"" "A compelling and emotional pageturner that will have readers burning the midnight oil." Anna Campbell, award-winning author of Midnight's Wild Passion" "Utterly phenomenal! Sword fights, magic, a heroine with secret strengths, a hero with hidden vulnerability, and best of all, a true love that's hot enough to burn the pages." Courtney Milan, New York Times bestselling author of Unraveled " "A dazzling debut, sexy and thrilling. Callihan now has a place on my to-buy list." Anya Bast, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Enchantment" "A sexy, resplendent debut with a deliciously tortured hero, an inventive supernatural mystery, and slow-building heat that simmers on each page. I can't wait to see what Kristen Callihan comes up with next!" Meljean Brook, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Duke" "Inventive and adventurous with complex, witty characters and snappy writing. Callihan will make you believe in the power of destiny and true love." Shana Abe, New York Times bestselling author of The Time Weaver" "A dark, delicious tale of secrets, murder, and love, beautifully shrouded in the shadows of Victorian London." Hannah Howell, New York Times bestselling author of If He's Dangerous" "A debut novel that will knock your socks off. Excellent secondary characters and an amazing premise make FIRELIGHT a rare Perfect 10 for a debut novel." RomRevToday.com" "All this reviewer can say is WOW! The sexual tension and story suspense is so thick, it becomes tangible like the very fog of Victorian London..." TheRomanceReadersConnection.com" "A sizzling paranormal with dark history and explosive magic! Callihan is an impressive new talent." Larissa Ione, New York Times bestselling author of Immortal Rider" "Evocative and deeply romantic, Firelight is a beautiful debut." Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author" "Top Pick! 4 1/2 Stars! Like moths to a flame, readers will be drawn to the flickering Firelight and get entangled in the first of the Dark London series. Combining Stephen King's Carrie and Beauty and the Beast, Callihan crafts a taut tale filled with sexual tension. This is one of the finest debuts of the season." RT Book Reviews" "Compulsively readable...a compelling Victorian paranormal with heart and soul." Publishers Weekly, starred review" "Beauty and the Beast meets Phantom of the Opera (with hints of Carrie and an abundance of Egyptian mythology) in this gripping, intoxicating story, simmering with incendiary sensuality and featuring a heroine who risks all to save the man she loves. An exceptional debut and the first of what promises to be a compelling series." Library Journal, starred review" "Callihan has a great talent for sexual tension and jaw-dropping plots that weave together brilliantly in the end." Diana Gabaldon, New York Times bestselling author" "A fantastic debut that has everything I'm looking for in a story: compelling conflict, beautiful writing, gripping sexual tension, and strong, intelligent characters."--Sherry Thomas, RITA Award-winning author of "His At Night" " " " " "Passionate and romantic, beautifully written and dark." --Elizabeth Amber, author of "Bastian: The Lords of Satyr"show more

About Kristen Callihan

Kristen Callihan is a child of the 80's, which means she's worn neon skirts, black-lace gloves, and combat boots (although never all at once) and can quote John Hughes movies with the best of them. A life-long daydreamer, she finally realized that the characters in her head needed a proper home and thus hit the keyboard. She believes that falling in love is one of the headiest experiences a person can have, so naturally she writes romance. Her love of superheroes, action movies and history led her to write historical paranormals. She lives in the Washington D.C. area and, when not writing, looks after two children, one husband and a dog - the fish can fend for themselves!show more

Review Text

"Callihan has a great talent for sexual tension and jaw-dropping plots that weave together brilliantly in the end."- Diana Gabaldon, New York Times bestselling authorshow more

Rating details

11,049 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 25% (2,789)
4 40% (4,366)
3 26% (2,869)
2 7% (772)
1 2% (253)

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Also published in <a href="http://cupofcoffeeandabook.blogspot.pt/2012/09/review-firelight.html">"A Cup of Coffee and a Book"</a> This debut by Kristen Callihan was simply amazing. I bought it because of the ridiculousness of its price on Bookdepository and, of course, the lovely cover and very interesting plot. What I wasn't expecting at all was the frustration I had while reading. And when I say frustration, I mean it in a good way. I found myself clenching this book so hard with the thrill of it. This story has a bit of all; romance, urban fantasy, history, horror, mystery... and a bit of Beauty and the Beast to it. It even has some extremely sensual moments to it. What more can I ask? It all begins with a forced marriage. Miranda Ellis is forced to marry a dark and mysterious Lord Archer whom she is rather scared of but at the same time feels some sort of connection. Archer is a very wealthy man, known in the English society and wears a mask hiding his true identity. For Miranda, despite her imminent fright of being married to a person she doesn't know, the mask is a barrier to know the true man inside and the longing to know him better canalises her feelings. She falls in love with him even before he takes his mask and presents her with his true self. However, the longing goes way deeper and she finds herself craving for him in a more intimately way. The entire romance was simply delicious. Their sexual tension, their development as a couple who barely knew each other to two people who can't live without each other made me grin like a stupid. They were just hot together... extremely <b>hot</b>. There's a series of murders happening in which Archer is a suspect. Miranda takes his side in whatever his going through and the killer turned out to be exactly who I had expected. I never, for even one second, thought Archer was the true killer despite his obvious temper. And then, after finding out the truth, Miranda decision to kill the murderer and save her husband was a pure joy. How she changed from a person who was constantly scared of her power to embrace it to be with the person she loves. Oh my... I kept saying that whenever a chapter ended. I just couldn't get enough of Archer and Miranda and finding out what he was and how he turned like that. I admit not being entirely expecting his curse to be something so beautiful, despite the killer instincts within him. Part statue part human, in my mind's eye he was absolutely gorgeous. I loved the fact that Miranda kept chasing Archer and he sometimes had his weak moments. His love for Miranda made him human, a contrast with his other self, and the fact that he kept denying to make love with her because he was afraid of losing her was what had me frustrated... and again, I repeat, a good frustration. When they finally open up to each other, no more secrets and hiding behind a mask did I managed to loosen by grip on the book and relax. There was a particular scene which had me looking everywhere but the book 'cause it sounded too awkward and weird; the first kiss with no lips but only tongues! Yap, their lips don't touch but they trade caresses with their tongue... French Kiss?! It sounds a lot like it. But it was weird to read it despite the immediate action scene later filled with an extremely sensual moment on a dark alley. The pace was balanced with the discovery of their background stories and the action that hunted the killer. We slowly find out things as the story flows instead of being bombed in the beginning with information. A series to follow definitely... I recommend it to you if you like mystery, fantasy, Victorian London, sexual tension and romance.show more
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