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
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.
Home is where my books are.
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.
My two favorite genres in one delightful read! I really enjoyed this book and am writing this review while devouring the third installment! This series is fantastic and romantic and all the wonderful things I love in a story.
For years Miranda has been paying for a past misdeed that has left her family destitute. Her bravery and wit in addition to her striking beauty catches the eye of Lord Archer and she is forced by her father and her circumstances to marry the mysterious, masked man.
This story was so much fun to read. The dialogue between the main characters and the tension throughout the tale ensnared me and had me plugged in until the very end. Miranda is brave and fierce in her loyalty to Archer and I loved the evolution of their romance. Archer was gentle and kind and I adored how he immediately embraced Miranda into his life, treating her like a partner and not like a wife with wifely duties. The paranormal aspect in this tale is superb and the way Callihan writes it, you can't help but eat up the pages quickly so you can find out what happens next. There is also a great supporting cast that are in subsequent stories and are/will be strong characters in unwrapping the world Callihan created.
This story is a must read for any paranormal romance fan and historical romance fan and if you are like me and happen to be a fan of both genres, well then the combination provides a synergistic effect.
Narrator: Moira Quirk
Quirk does a fantastic job with the accents. The characters in the tale having a proper British and a cockney accent. I listened to this read in a 1.25x the normal setting and the pace was perfect and her tone and inflections right on.
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