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.
I felt that this book came around at the right time for me because I really wanted to read something more adult.
I really love the way this book started with our dark Lord Archer looking after a young girl and being intrigued by her at the time but knowing he needed to wait for the right time. I really liked that Miranda wasn’t just some girl who had no ability to think for herself. She had heart, compassion, passion, and life to her. She knew how it was to be poor and have to steal things and she knew what it was to have a great power but be forced to hide it from everyone. She stood out to me because once Lord Archer took her away from her father she constantly tried to do what she wanted and looked at things from different angles. She knew her husband was keeping things from her and she set out to find out what those things were.
Aside from Miranda I really loved Lord Archer. I mean what woman wouldn’t be interested. He is dark, mysterious, intelligent, and yet he loves a good fight. Whether that is with his fists or a battle of wit with his new bride. I really loved his conversations with her and how they would always try to one up the other. Plus the passion that showed with these two was something special that I felt grew and grew as the book went on. At first their interactions were a little impersonal but they took the entire book to allow their relationship to grow and I really appreciate when the author gives a couple time to get use to one another.
If the two main characters don’t get you fully hooked then you have a great blend of a story to look forward to. This is set in the past so you do get some of that beautiful historical romance feeling but you get it with a twist. There is magic in their world and it was truly great to see a mix of historical come together with paranormal and fantasy elements.
Overall, there is something in this book for everyone. It has romance, battles, passion, magic, and paranormal creatures.