Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan
Also by this author: Evernight, Firelight
Series: Darkest London #3
Also in this series: Evernight, Firelight
Published by Grand Central Publishing
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance, Steampunk
Source: Personal Collection
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Once blissfully in love . . .
Poppy Lane is keeping secrets. Her powerful gift has earned her membership in the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, but she must keep both her ability and her alliance with the Society from her husband, Winston. Yet when Winston is brutally attacked by a werewolf, Poppy's secrets are revealed, leaving Winston's trust in her as broken as his body. Now Poppy will do anything to win back his affections . . .
Their relationship is now put to the ultimate test.
Winston Lane soon regains his physical strength but his face and heart still bear the scars of the vicious attack. Drawn into the darkest depths of London, Winston must fight an evil demon that wants to take away the last hope of reconciliation with his wife. As a former police inspector, Winston has intelligence and logic on his side. But it will take the strength of Poppy's love for him to defeat the forces that threaten to tear them apart. - via GoodReads
I picked up Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan because I have been trying to focus more on those unfinished series. I have a ton! I’ve really enjoyed the Darkest London series so I picked up Winterblaze to make more progress. Plus I had really been looking forward to Win and Poppy’s story.
Unfortunately I picked up Winterblaze in the middle of my prolific life slump. This slump included reading as well. As I had been looking forward to this specific book, I was hoping it would break up my reading slump a bit. Despite my hopes my reading progress still spanned three months. I enjoyed this one for sure but it didn’t hook me the way that I had hoped it would and that was more my fault than the books. Still I enjoyed it and felt Winterblaze was a good addition to the series. I particularly liked the flashbacks to the beginning of Win and Poppy’s relationship.
I didn’t love Win as much as I wanted to. i knew he had quite a bit to recover from but he ended up being more of a jerk than I had wanted. He got better as the book went on but it set the tone. Poppy made me proud. She owned her past and her present responsibilities. She made no excuses but still wanted her marriage to succeed. I loved all of the supporting characters and was just as worried about them as I was Win and Pop. Bonus: we get to see Archer and Miranda and Ian and Daisy again.
I feel like my rating reflects more on my reading state at the time than it does a fair reflection on the book. For me, it was a good read but not the best in the series. I’m still looking forward to the rest of the series!