As you may have seen after how much I loved Firelight, I’m in love with Callihan’s Darkest London series. (I mean, I don’t think I’ve ever had a series where I enjoyed the first book so much, I immediately caved and bought the rest of the series.) I tried to show some restraint and not just binge read the entire series, but I did sneak in Moonglow. Check out what I thought below.
Publisher: Forever | Release Date: July 2012 | Pages: 382
Age Range: Adult | Genre: Paranormal Romance | Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
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.
On the Page
- Sex (consensual)
- Age gap relationship
- Animal attack (werewolf)
- Body shaming
- Physical Assault
- Animal testing and experimentation (werewolf)
- Captivity and confinement
- Dead bodies and body parts
- Death of a child
- None identified
Content warnings are written up by me, unless specified. Subject to being an incomplete list, though guided by referencing this list and trying to highlight as many as I can identify.
- The world. It was wonderful to dive back into the world of Darkest London. I also like that we got to see more of the sisters and the dynamics between them, setting up well for the third book in the series.
- Daisy and Ian’s relationship. Pretty key for a romance book, right? But, I did really enjoy their dynamic! It was feisty and fun, yet also handled some of the darker elements well. I thought the character development was also well done!
- The steam. Personally, when I read romance, I want really well written sex scenes. The steamier, the better, for me. This did not disappoint!
- Me? I’m honestly not sure what it was exactly about this one, but I didn’t enjoy Moonglow as much as I was completely enamored by Firelight. Granted, I did still read this book until almost 3 in the morning when I first started it, so obviously it wasn’t bad by any means! I still quite enjoyed it, but there was just something that made it not a favorite.
For me, Moonglow was a solid 3.5 gems! It didn’t hold up to the first book in the series, but it was by no means a bad book. I’m very anxious to read the third one, though, since it’s a little different, in terms of the “traditonal” romance plot I tend to read. Instead of strangers-to-lovers, we’re looking at lovers-to…not necessary enemies, by any means! But, a shaken romance that must be rekindled, if it can!
I haven’t been reading as much as I want to (story of my life). But, I was glad that Moonglow was a read this year! And, that I discovered Callihan in the first place. Excited to continue reading more books in this series, maybe even perhaps this year!
What about you? Do you enjoy reading romance (particularly of the steampunk or historical variety)? Do you have any steampunk romances I should add to my list? Let me know in the comments below!