Moonglow by Kristen Callihan
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Check out my review of the first book in the series: Firelight.
After reading the first book in the series, Firelight, I was so excited to get a chance to find out what happened next to Miranda and Archer in Moonglow. Unfortunately, this book is about her sister, Daisy, and the werewolf, Ian Northrup. It’s not a bad book, but what made me rate Firelight so high was the chemistry and mystery between Miranda and Archer. That and Archer reminded me of Phantom of the Opera, which is my favorite musical. Knowing that Northrup is a werewolf from page one took away his mystery and no matter how hard I tried I could not get attached to him or Daisy.
I know it’s not the writing, as Kristen Callihan created a pretty cool Victorian setting for her cast of characters. The paranormal world is expanded in this book too, including vampires and a were-coven or something and other creatures. Although the paranormal aspects were present throughout the novel, it was far too heavy on the romance for my liking. It definitely felt like an urban fantasy but with a heavy emphasis on romance between the lead pair. But I think that after the first book, my expectations were too high. And typical of a sequel, my expectations were shattered.
Daisy is a typical damsel in distress for much of the book and Northrup predictably saves her time after time. I also felt like the danger was missing from the novel. At no point did it seem like the author was willing to risk any of the main characters. And that really ruins a book for me. On a positive note, at least Miranda’s gift with fire is explained as is the gifts of several other characters.
As for the ending, the identity of the killer werewolf did catch me off guard, which was good. What wasn’t good was how a certain character was saved from certain death at the end. Totally cheap move.
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.
This book will appeal to fans of Paranormal Romance.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.