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Firelight: Darkest London, Book 1 | [Kristen Callihan]

Firelight: Darkest London, Book 1

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. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

London, 1881

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

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    Emily UlmGermany 09-10-12
    Emily UlmGermany 09-10-12 Member Since 2005

    I'm mostly a stay at home mother with some wishes to be back in the studio.

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    "...long to warm up..."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Lyn Arizona 08-27-12
    Amanda Lyn Arizona 08-27-12 Member Since 2015

    Writer of paranormal & contemporary erotic romance. Reader of muchness. Drinker of beer & coffee. Ye be forewarned!

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    "Doesn't do the print version justice"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


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    Debbie Gloucester, VA, United States 08-27-12
    Debbie Gloucester, VA, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Good start but went downhill for me."

    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.

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    Blue State Girl Vermont 08-10-12
    Blue State Girl Vermont 08-10-12 Member Since 2011

    Home is where my books are.

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    I really enjoyed this victorian /paranormal /romance mash up. Thought the idea was original enough to warrant purchasing the 2nd book as well. Kept me interested to the end.

    Thought the reader was great also. Will look for more books read by her.

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    angela DES MOINES, WA, United States 08-02-12
    angela DES MOINES, WA, United States 08-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Nothing I did not enjoy about this book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Firelight to be better than the print version?


    Which character ??? as performed by Moira Quirk ??? was your favorite?

    Miranda.


    Any additional comments?

    Narration was good, which can make or break a book. Strong heroine. Wonderful chemistry between the hero and heroine. Excellent dialogue/action from characters.

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    Rita 09-12-12
    Rita 09-12-12

    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

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    "Very different but very entertaining"

    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

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    J Muscarella 09-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    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.

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    Lia Sutton, Australia 09-26-12
    Lia Sutton, Australia 09-26-12 Member Since 2009

    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!

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    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.


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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 03-21-15
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 03-21-15 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "Demons, firepower and love finds a way!"

    I read a good review, several good reviews and tried it, I really, really liked it! Not only is it a historical, paranormal listen but has fantastic suspense, murder and intrigue. This listen kept the ear bud glued to me until the very end. I liked the narration and will continue on with this series.

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    Kelli 03-14-15
    Kelli 03-14-15

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    "Excellent start..was intrigued the entire time"

    This book was very good. It kept you on your seat wondering what was going on with the Archer. I've never really read a historical PNR... This was very exciting and different than your typical shifter/demon/vamp story. While this story is series there wasn't and cliffhanger or unanswered questions. Waiting for the next installment.

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