[Review] MOONGLOW by Kristen Callihan

Kristen Callihan
Genre: historical paranormal romance

Cover Copy:
Once the seeds of desire are sown . . .
Finally free of her suffocating marriage, widow Daisy Ellis Craigmore is ready to embrace the pleasures of life that have long been denied her. Yet her new-found freedom is short lived. A string of unexplained murders has brought danger to Daisy’s door, forcing her to turn to the most unlikely of saviors . . .

Their growing passion knows no bounds . . .
Ian Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup, has spent lifetimes hiding his primal nature from London society. But now a vicious killer threatens to expose his secrets. Ian must step out of the shadows and protect the beautiful, fearless Daisy, who awakens in him desires he thought long dead. As their quest to unmask the villain draws them closer together, Daisy has no choice but to reveal her own startling secret, and Ian must face the undeniable truth: Losing his heart to Daisy may be the only way to save his soul.

My Thoughts:  Although it’s set in Victorian London and a paranormal romance, I think MOONGLOW will appeal to lovers of historical urban fantasy. The historical elements are accurate, the city is vivid, and there’s plenty of action. I figure the happily ever after is just a nice bonus.

MOONGLOW tells the story of Daisy Craigmore a recent widow with an extraordinary sense of smell, and Ian Ranulf, the shunned werewolf who should be the leader of the pack. A rogue werewolf starts attacking and eating people, and it seems to be targeting Daisy. Ian, wanting to catch the culprit, takes Daisy under his protection to keep her safe, but also to use her for bait. This is where other historicals might leave the heroine helpless and dependant on the hero. But not Callihan. Daisy soon discovers she has a magical power– she can move the earth and rapidly grow plants. It may not seem like much of a power, but in the moment Daisy discovers it, she impales some bad guys with tree roots. (Like I said, the action is great!)

A romance blossoms between Daisy and Ian over the course of these trials and tribulations, and Callihan develops it really well.

The plot does get a little twisted with its improbable “secret baby” subplot towards the end, but there’s enough adrenaline-infused action and other character development that this convoluted bit is relatively minor.

MOONGLOW is sure to be easily enjoyed by readers of romance, urban fantasy and historicals.

Rating: A-
Series: Darkest London, #2
Publisher: Forever, July 2012
Acquired: NetGalley

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