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Winterblaze: Number 3 in series (Darkest London) [Mass Market Paperback]

Kristen Callihan
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28 Mar 2013 Darkest London (Book 3)

Struggling with disillusionment and anger, as well as recuperating from his injuries, Winston Lane is desperate to put as much distance between him and his estranged wife as possible. Bound for Egypt, all Winston wants is to mend his broken heart and start a new life - without paranormals.

Poppy is heartbroken without Winston but she must put her emotions aside and attend to her duties as the head of the SOS (Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals) but a massive demon orchestrated disaster causes Mount Krakatoa in Egypt to erupt, she has no choice but to go to Egpyt and hunt down the demon before he destroys everything she loves in the world.

The last person Poppy expects to see on the steamer is Winston - and he's in grave danger. Poppy must now save both her husband and her marriage while Winston must learn how to be the detective he's meant to be on a supernatural playing field and win back the love of the woman who holds his heart - his wife.



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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (28 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455520799
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455520794
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A sizzling paranormal with dark history and explosive magic! Callihan is an impressive new talent." "Larissa Ione, "New York Times "bestselling author of Immortal Rider on Firelight""

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The third book in Kristen Callihan's dark, atmospheric series set in Victorian London will appeal to fans of New York Times bestselling authors Amanda Quick, Gail Carriger, and Hannah Howell.

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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING !!! 29 May 2013
By Donna
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God these books keep getting better. Awesome....love, danger, exciting storyline....Everything !!. Keep em' coming Kristen !! The series is explosive !!! more, more, more. xx
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic! 22 May 2013
By C
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I absolutely love this series of books, I have never normally been into the 'fantasy' sort of Genre before but I cannot get enough of it! I actually cared about the characters and their lives, There is literally a bit of everything in these books, Mystery,Suspense, romance,sex, tension ,humour, love...the list goes on Next one please Kristen!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies! 26 Feb 2013
By Lily - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Poppy Lane learned at a very young age how to keep secrets. Her powers and her position in the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals mean that she has to hold back a part of herself from everyone, including her husband, Winston. But when a werewolf attacks and nearly kills Winston, Poppy's secrets are revealed; and her husband, who has no stomach for lies, leaves her. Poppy knows Winston still loves her, but she doesn't know how to win back his trust. She'll have to find a way, especially now that a demon is targeting them both. It will take the combined strength, intelligence and love of this husband and wife team to defeat an immortal evil hell-bent on their destruction.

The DARKEST LONDON series just gets better and better! Author Kristen Callihan is at the top of her game in WINTERBLAZE, an exciting, sensual, imaginative story that will sweep you away to a world unlike any other.

Poppy and Winston are interesting, endearing characters, and as a couple they're simply irresistible. It's clear from page one that they're meant to be together, but the obstacles in their path aren't easy ones for them to overcome. I love that Ms. Callihan weaves the story of how they first fell in love into WINTERBLAZE; it gave me a good sense of the foundation of their relationship and provided a nice contrast to the present day, showing how they've grown and changed in the fourteen years they've been married. While I can't say much about the plot of WINTERBLAZE without spoiling the gripping twists and turns the story takes, I will say that Ms. Callihan had me rooting for Poppy and Winston all the way through the book. The only downside to this was that I didn't want to put WINTERBLAZE down, no matter how late the hour.

Almost but not quite stealing the page from Winston and Poppy are their companions on the adventure, shifter Jack Talent and GIM Mary Chase. The chemistry these two have is undeniable and each has scenes in WINTERBLAZE that left me heartbroken and dying to read the next DARKEST LONDON book, SHADOWDANCE.

The paranormal Victorian-era world of the DARKEST LONDON expands by leaps and bounds in WINTERBLAZE, so I recommend reading the first two books in the series -- FIRELIGHT and MOONGLOW -- before reading WINTERBLAZE. There are new supernatural creatures to be discovered, paranormal politics to be played and a host of surprises that are sure to have you avidly turning the pages of WINTERBLAZE. Again, I'm afraid I'll have to be vague to avoid giving away any of the fantastic twists and turns in WINTERBLAZE. Suffice it to say that you will NOT want to miss this book.

WINTERBLAZE is a phenomenal romance that I highly recommend. Kristen Callihan is an author to watch -- it's clear she's a master at her craft. I foresee many, many more spellbinding stories coming from her and I, for one, cannot wait to read them!

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite of the series, but still a well-written and epic romance 10 Mar 2013
By Melissa - Published on Amazon.com
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I have really enjoyed the three books of the Darkest London series. They manage to merge the great romance of a historical romance with the dark, dangerous world of a paranormal or urban fantasy novel in a way that is unique and refreshing in many ways. I adored Firelight, and Moonglow was also super enjoyable. This third book of the series didn't quite rise to the level of those first two books, but I still enjoyed it and will continue reading on in this interesting and well-written series.

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Winterblaze is the story of Poppy and Winston Lane. When we last left this couple in Moonglow, Winston, a London detective with no knowledge of the crazy supernatural world around him, discovered that his wife, Poppy, had lied to him their entire marriage. She played a huge role in this supernatural universe, and after Winston is nearly killed by a werewolf he discovers who the woman he married truly was. Needless to say, he didn't take the news so well, so as this book begins Poppy and Winston are separated and in the middle of an epic war of the silent treatment. That changes when Poppy receives a message making it appear as if a newly escaped demon is coming after Winston, making it necessary for Poppy to come to his rescue. It turns out that Winston has more experience with the supernatural than he had any idea of, and he has made a real mess of a situation for his family. This is the story of Poppy and Win coming to terms with their roles in this supernatural universe while they fight an uber-powerful demon with a personal agenda involving the Lanes. Can their marriage survive? Can they survive? That's the story.

My thoughts:

I thought that it was interesting that this story begins with our hero and heroine already married. Their love story began 14 years earlier, and only recently has it run into problems. Seeing this previously happily married couple work through a gigantic trial in their marriage is a unique thing in a romance book. I thought that the ideas that this struggle brought out were very interesting. Poppy had not been honest with Win, but she did it out of necessity and out of concern for Win's safety. Does that make it okay? Not according to Win. I think that I agree with him, but I do recognize Poppy's predicament. It was also interesting to see the struggle that came about because of Poppy's role as a leader in this supernatural world. They are existing in a world of male dominance. Women's rights didn't really exist. Win felt the need as a man to protect Poppy, but Poppy didn't always need that assistance. At times Win was able to play the protector, but at other times Poppy played that role. It is a very modern arrangement that might not seem unusual to us today, but it had to have been difficult to maneuver in the world of this novel. Seeing this couple figure out how to find a balance in their relationship in the midst of this new knowledge of who they were was interesting to read and very well-written. Win and Poppy are excellent lead characters for this story. Poppy is a strong heroine who does not fit into the norms of her society at all, and Win is strong as well as he works beside her and adapts to a new world around him.

Here is what dropped this book a bit for me: I could really understand the issues that Poppy and Win were having in their relationship. I could see why Win was hurt by Poppy's dishonesty and why he had trouble trusting her. I could also see why Poppy questioned the validity of Win's feelings once his dealings with a demon are revealed. I understand it. I do. But these two really loved each other. A lot. Their love was practically epic. But for two people who had such a good marriage, they seem to have a horrible time communicating their feelings. It seems like a few good conversations could have moved a solution closer. But they never truly expressed their feelings for most of the book. I knew what they were thinking because of my advantage as a reader with third person narration. I even think that the two of them knew what the other half of the couple was feeling. But nothing moved forward until almost the end of the book. I found myself getting terribly irritated with their stubbornness by the end. I would have liked more conversation between the two as they worked through things and less obsession with the physical. Win spent three times as much time pondering on the shape of Poppy's breasts than he did on her personality. And with a personality as colorful and strong as Poppy's, it would have been fascinating to see how Win works with her to solve their problems in a non-physical fashion.

I was also a bit annoyed with the situation that got them in this mess in the first place. No spoilers here, but ... Why in the world did Win make that deal with the demon in the first place??? It made no sense to me. I understand that he was desperate to marry Poppy, but the stumbling blocks in their way weren't going to be that difficult to overcome. I am not sure how the demon's solution was outside of what Win could have done on his own. Since this bargain forms the framework for the action of the entire novel, my irritation with it did harm my enjoyment of the book overall. But still, I did enjoy seeing how working together to save their family and defeat this horrible demon was able to bring Poppy and Win closer together at the end.

I have to finish on a positive note. I LOVED the flashback scenes where we were able to see the beginnings of Poppy and Win's love story. They were super sweet, and seeing how strong Win's feelings for Poppy were from the very beginning helped me to root for this couple to succeed. There may not have been very many men of that day who would have had the strength and the confidence to be married to a woman as intelligent and strong as Poppy, but Win was the perfect man for her. I do love this couple.

Three stars for this story because I did like it, although I didn't quite love it. The next book in the story seems like it will be wonderful. Jack Talent is the star of that one, and after the horrific events of this book I am super excited to see what happens in his life in book four. He is going to have a rough journey, but after all he endured in this book, he deserves to find his own Happily Ever After.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Winterblaze 15 Oct 2013
By Sabrina Hart - Published on Amazon.com
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This was my least favorite in the series, but I really liked it! I love the descriptions Kristen Callihan gives to readers - I could easily see every scene in my mind. I highly recommend this series! So Good!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best yet! 18 May 2013
By Angie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I normally don't care about married couples, but Poppy and Winston are oh so different! At the start of Winterblaze, they have been separated for three months when Poppy receives a letter stating that her husband is the target of a demon. She immediately boards the ship he's traveling on in order to serve as his protector. Of course, Win's male ego does not appreciate this at all, and other male parts can't seem to stop wanting inappropriate contact with certain female parts. Quite the predicament! Even after fourteen years of marriage, those two still have chemistry through the roof and a ridiculous amount of sexual tension!

This series just keeps getting better and better, so it's no surprise that Winterblaze is the best so far! The plot is dangerous and fun, with just the right amounts of action, humor, and steam! Even though they're at odds in the beginning, Poppy and Winston must work together in order to destroy the demon who wants Winston and something even more precious to the both of them. Those two work amazingly together, never letting their fight get in the way of solving this case. However, working that closely together, and sorting out their marriage also stirs up plenty of lust. Their romance...wow...smokin'! Their separation certainly hasn't put them out of practice! We also gets peek into when they first met and were courting. Even back then it was obvious that they're perfect for each other.

The plot of Winterblaze is also the most interesting yet. I'm loving seeing this darker side of nineteenth century London! That demon who's after Win has so many tricks and secrets up his sleeves, I couldn't even begin to guess what he was going to do or say next. There were several "What?! No way!" moments for me, so I could barely put this one down!

If you haven't started this series yet, you really should! I was iffy about the first book, enjoyed the second, but I loved this one! Winterblaze definitely takes this series to the next level, and I cannot wait to see what the author has in store for us next!

*Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley for review. No compensation was offered or accepted.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 7 Mar 2013
By Amy F. Gilman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
ARC courtesy of Grand Central Publishing via Netgalley for an honest review

The third book in the Darkest London series is about Poppy and Win previously introduced in the first two books of the series. This book picks up right where Moonglow left off with Poppy and Win estranged and have been living apart for a couple months now. Then a threat brings them together and they must fight a demon, literally, from their past to save their future. There are a few mind blowing secrets revealed but I will say no more and move on to what I like about the book.

I really liked how the story flowed in and out the past and present. I liked how in the past I got to see how the young Poppy and Win met and fell in love. Then in the present, after fourteen years of marriage, I like how I got to see the difference between the young Poppy and Win and the older Poppy and Win and how they have grown and matured. I liked getting to see them fight for their marriage and rekindle flames that they once thought were dead. That is what I love about all the books in Kristen Callihan's Darkest London series I love that they are all about the power of forgiveness and redemption through love. I found the romance heart warming and moving because it is not often in romance you get see a couple fall back in love.

While the romance was hot and heavy I felt this story lacked a little on the mystery side because I felt it dragged a little. I think unlike previous books in the series, Winterblaze was supposed to be more romance oriented than mystery. There were parts were I was like okay get back to the murderer. Speaking of murder brings me my favorite scene in the story and it was when Poppy and Win attend a house party and at this house party one of the guests turns up dead. Poppy sends Win in to question the flirtatious lady of the house while Poppy goes on to search her room. This scene was funny and suspenseful and the part where Poppy finds a coffin in the closet was something right of a vampire horror flick. That is another thing I really like about the series is the combination of historical romance and Gothic horror novels. In the first book Firelight I was reminded of Phantom of the Opera, Moonglow was Wolfman, and now Winterblaze has elements of Dracula. I love Kristen Callihan's spin on the myth of vampires and demons.

While this book may not be my favorite in the series it's still a good addition and I look forward to reading more and I liked revisiting old characters. This book had romance, horror, and demons. Just a few of my favorite things that make a story worth reading. I give Winterblaze four solid lazer pistols because it was out of this world.
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