Sunday, November 4, 2012

Kristen Callihan - Moonglow

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.

Comment: Some months later, here I was, reading the sequel to Firelight, a book I enjoyed a lot.
In this second book we have Daisy's story, she's one of Miranda's sisters and she has been in a loveless marriage. Then her husband died and for the past year she's been presenting an appearance of mourning, although she couldn't be happier about being a widow. Daisy thinks she's finally free to have the life she wanted, full of adventures and carefree meetings.
Ian is a shapeshifter refusing to acknowledge his heritage. He wants to be as normal as possible because being a lycan in the past has cost him his family and happiness. However, things happen and he is somehow forced to accept his past and has to deal with it, not only because it's his duty but also because it means protection to people he's come close to.

We've met these two characters in the first book. Neither has provided a very agreeable side, at least I didn't care for them at all. Ian seemed someone who'd do what he pleased no matter the consequences and daisy looked selfish and superficial.
In this book we are presented with a different side of both of them. We learn about their pasts and how they become shaped by it and, of course, why they act the way they do. After getting to realize this, I understood they deserved happiness and I was curious to see how the author would change their behavior.
I was actually quite surprised to see how Daisy really was and what her life was to make her look so vain in the first book. I think it was quite the lesson on waiting to know all facts before having an opinion on something.
The author has done a good job with both protagonists and I ended up wanting to see them overcoming the obstacles and getting their HEA. I just have to say this, I didn't like the end that much. I mean, it's happy, it's for life, it's full of promise and eternity but I didn't like the way it was made possible. I think it was a disappointment...oh well.
The author has inserted many new themes in this book. The first one seemed to show a certain environment about the paranormal world created, but in this second book we are given many more clues about how things really happen. Many are interesting and imaginative and made me think, especially the clues about the three sisters and other species around in the world. Other things, just one here and there weren't as interesting, but I guess it will depend on how they might be used in future books.
I ended up enjoying this book a lot more than I imagined. the characters were good, well done and their motivations rather strong and plausible. Apart form the end, it was a good book to read and I hope the third one, coming out next year will be as well.

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