Once 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.
©2012 Kristen Callihan (P)2012 Hachette Audio
I'm mostly a stay at home mother with some wishes to be back in the studio.
This was like reading in the dark. I hoped by reading the first book in the series it would build the premise of the magic of the series. I felt that it was just assumed in many instances that the reader understood the authors ideas. By the end of the book I think I understood the storyline, but it would have made more interesting reading if we had more of the characters powers of magic up front. I felt the whole story was out of rhythm, written maybe as a form book without a clear vision from the author. Possibly the next books ripen, but I am waiting for the reviews before I invest.
Writer of paranormal & contemporary erotic romance. Reader of muchness. Drinker of beer & coffee. Ye be forewarned!
I would probably NOT recommend this audiobook to a friend-- I'd tell them to just go out and buy the print or e-copy. For me, the narrator totally missed the mark on this. Her voice is largely monotone and most of her characters sound similar, which takes away from the beautiful tone of the story itself and how different all the characters are.
The story itself. Kristen Callihan is relatively new on the scene and her story is lush, complemented by the stage she sets in both mystery and setting. It's a brilliant combination of historical and paranormal elements.
After being so uninspired by the narrator, the only way to improve on the performance-- again, for me-- would be to have someone else do the reading. I was such a fan of this book that I bought the audiobook automatically without giving a listen to the sample first. I won't be making the same mistake again.
The moving parts of the story weren't done justice by this narrator. There are some particularly tense scenes that weren't given the emphasis and tension they deserved.
At the beginning I thought this was going to be a great read but towards the middle of the book it lost its momentum and my appreciation for it.
Narration was good, which can make or break a book. Strong heroine. Wonderful chemistry between the hero and heroine. Excellent dialogue/action from characters.
Audible addicted love mystery,lately stuck on love story. Mother of 1 Labrador and 1 perfect man. Work way too hard, and so ready to be retired
Absolutely excellent narrator she has just made it in my top 3 the story was very cool I enjoy the change from the normal romance
This was a nice pleasant pass time. I choose books like these when I don't have time or focus to put into huge epics, which are my favorites. Light beach reading, wasn't boring.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
This book is very well written and read! The story was well paced and revealed just enough detail to keep the mind wondering about the rest of the mystery. The narrator was fantastic and actually enhanced the story with different accents and speech patterns that were very well done. Her interpretation of male voices was seamless and believable.
Love to read!
Maybe, it would depend on the topic. Probably not another paranormal, at any rate.
It was fair, but I would have preferred more inflection to convey mood and tone of each scene.
No. It felt finished to me...I know it's the first of a series, but I won't be reading any more of them.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
A regency romance with a bit of paranormal tinge. I liked this story but I didn't love it. It does have a unique paranormal twist which I enjoyed, but I would have liked a bit more details on the back ground of what was happening to Archer. I really liked Miranda and her fiery spirit, but also that she realized when she was being a ninny too. My biggest problem with the book is how they keep saying how they never tell a lie and that they are straight forward, but then lie and avoid the truth with the important parts of their lives. The redeeming part is they call each other on it and eventually get past it. I also guessed who the bad guy was almost immediately and never strayed from my conclusion. I will read the next book in the series, but I will probably wait until there is a sale. The narrator was decent in the sound of her voice, but needs a little more work on the distinctiveness of each character.
I adored everything about this story. The narrator was top notch and, IMHO, the story was fanfreekintastic! One of my very favorite paranormal romance audio books ever. Looking forward to the next installment
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