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
This is an awesome romance story with a bit of magic thrown in. I love historical romance novels but sometimes it gets boring. This book, however, is not boring and throwing the magic into the story keeps the listener hooked and then becomes a fantasy/historical/romance story! The love story is not typical or boring and it keeps you entralled to finish it all at once. I hated to pause this story in because it was so good. The narrator is good as well. Overall a must add to your library. Can't wait to hear the next book.
I am probably one of the few romance lovers that avoid all the vampire, werewolve, etc. books. I like the steamy love scenes in those books, but I find there often seems to be a hint (or more!) of violence and some out and out S&M. I am not a fan of S&M, so I avoid them.
The first love scene between the two protagonists made me think this was going to be another S&M, but it wasn't. It was a great love story!
If you like kind of hoaky "beauty and the beast" books with strong female protagonists (which I do) you will enjoy this book. I will read more books by this author!
The narrator was absolutely wonderful. I have listened to other books narrated by Ms.Quirk, and she always manages to make me forget she is doing all the voices, each character has his/her own voice and personality. Spot on!
The story itself is pretty engaging. I really liked Miranda and Archer. The mystery around Archer lasted until the very end, and normally I'd love that in a series, but it turns out that the other books in this series follow Miranda's sisters, not Miranda and Archer, so I feel like this book built up a huge story that will never be told.
When Miranda finally sees Archer unmasked.
Moira Quirk is one of my very favorite narrators. I bought this title just because she was narrating it, and she didn't disappoint. I love the sound of her voice.
I was glued to this book from the word go and eventually I could not stop listening until the end. A wonderful tale of intrigue, love, lust, and the darker side. Moira Quirk is one of my all time favourite narrators who was at her usual best. The anticpation of these two getting together was excruciating and a long time coming but wonderful when they finally did. Definitely worth a credit if you are a romance junkie like me.
Wonderful story. It took a while to get into but once there I was addicted. The author did her homework with Victorian England. The story was different from the norm and displayed very proper etiquette and manners of the day. This means control and quiet to the point of being staid. Perfect Victorian behaviour where loudness and excitability were definitely frowned upon by the upper classes. The street slang was perfect and the fight with soul demon was wicked. I loved Miranda's strength and fearlessness and Archer's fight with himself. Moira Quirk was the PERFECT narrator, with culture and fitness. I got the next two even before finishing this one. I had to find out what happened to the sisters.
In my very top favorites. All the happily bestowed 5 star ratings leave me without a way to express this ones value... a 10!
The way the story is told... it's hypnotic... The almost end had tears silently flowing softly for a long time while I listened... heart in throat as the many threads of this tale wove together towards the multi dimensional end...
I can't recall. I think so.... but this was so enchanting and hypnotic that it is absolutely a stand alone performance. .. total perfection...In the beginning I was aware that the male voices were not as adistinct as some. .. but I quickly forgot and now realize that I would have to listen again to be truly certain as I know each character and their personas so well that I don't remember the narrative but just the individuals.
A bit of fantasy fiction woven into a london lord and lady romance with the perfect touch of erotica and the magnetic pull of a mystery slash thriller...
I was in the midst of a regency London romance obsession when I stumbled on this book... it was such a pleasant surprise. Even for the romance only listener the twist of the fantasy fiction and mystery make it well worth it. Worth the credit... yeah... or the money... yes!
I'm a fantasy book hoarder!! :-) I am a mother of two small beautful childeren and my books are my way of getting away for a little break!!!
THIS IS A VERY SWEET STORY. THE AUTHER AND THE NARRATER MADE THIS BOOK INTERESTING AND A GREAT LOVE STORY. IT WAS STEAMY AT POINTS AND MYSTERIOUS AT OTHERS. THIS IS ONE OF THE GREATS!!! CANT WAIT FOR THE REST OF THE SERIES!!! KRISTEN CALLIHAN'S IS ONE OF THE GREATS!!! THIS BOOK IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
I really liked this book. I thought the author's creation of immortals was pretty unique. You don't read about too many people who can set fire to things. The narration was really good as well.
I got the second book right away and listened to it as well.
aah... British English... sooo aristocratic!
It was enjoyable enough
definitely, the wonderful accent! I could listen to Ms. Quirk reading a recipe book and still enjoy it!
Victorian romance with a twist
Enjoyed this audio. First audio i have listened too by KC, wont be the last. Loved the characters and plots, had me guessing till near the end who the villain really was. Story was well written keeping you interested, didn't feel once the "Oh come on, get on with it". It was refreshing just to listen to another author who created a great story with great characters.
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