What do you get when you combine a regency Gothic romance with paranormal themes and fairy tale inspiration? Â Answer:Â Firelight, by Kristen Callihan. Â It sounds complicated, but she pulls it off with ease. Â And it’s FANTASTIC!
Miranda Ellis is tormented by her strange ability to control andÂ conjureÂ fire and flame. Â She’s been working for her scoundrel father for years, stealing andÂ pick-pocketingÂ to make ends meet. Â WhenÂ Lord Benjamin Archer offers to pay off the man’s debts in exchange for marrying her, she’s put off. Â At first. Â She gradually comes around, especially when she realizes this is the renowned man that goes around wearing a mask. Â No one knows what he looks like nor why he hides his face. Â He’s elusive and mysterious. Â They marry quickly, and before long Miranda comes to realize the man behind the mask has hidden more than his face behind his mask. Â He’s tormented by his own past. Â When friends of his begin turning up murdered, and the murderer is obviously out to frame Archer, they team up to figure out who’s behind it. Â In the process, they end up becoming fast friends, and gradually, lovers.
I loved, loved, loved this book. Â It’s dark and sensual Gothic theme is incredibly seductive. Â Pair that with the paranormal element of Miranda’ s power of fire and Archer’s elusive past with demons and the face he hides behind the mask, you’ve got an incredible power-hitting novel that’s guaranteed to knock your socks off.
These two characters really jump off the page. Â Miranda is Belle to Archer’s Beast. Â They banter back and forth in a way that had me laughing. Â Their attraction is toe-curling. When things really being to heat up (pun TOTALLY intended) it’s truly intriguing.
FirelightÂ is an adventurous, Gothic paranormal read that will take you on a thrilling ride that’ll have you panting for the next book.
FirelightÂ by Kristen Callihan, 384pgs, 1/31/12
Romance: 3/5 Â Â Â Â Â Raunch: 3.5/5