“4.5 stars. This was a lot of fun, but some parts were iffy, like the burning at the end, how did she know to do that, and the whole plot was suddenly all uncovered near the end. Seemed a bit abrupt.”YF wrote this review Monday, July 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a fun story..a paranormal romance meets gothic mystery that was kind of unusual. The paranormal aspects were very subtle at first and the questions kept building and it took a long time for any answers to come....because it dragged in some parts it gets 4 stars. I'll be reading the rest of this series.”Jennifer M wrote this review Thursday, June 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wonderful book with great characters and a very touching love story about two people in love who will stop at nothing to protect each other. I love the time period and thoroughly enjoyed this book and I plan to read the rest of the series.”Riann wrote this review Monday, June 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not a big fan of historical paranormal books but this was a tasty surprise. I liked the beauty and the beast spin, always have a soft spot for the beast. Miranda and Archer were great characters and I liked them together, their banter was smart and fun. It's been a long time since a kissing scene made me blush. Well paced, I wasn't bored at all. And the love story between Miranda and Archer was absolutely beautiful.”SaturnNalia wrote this review Tuesday, June 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A nice twist on the paranormal.”Ruth Ann H wrote this review Tuesday, April 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“i really enjoyed this book ”trish valle wrote this review Saturday, March 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Firelight, first in the Darkest London Trilogy by Kristen Callihan, is a paranormal historical romance set in 1881 Victorian London. The story has a convoluted plot replete with mystery, magic, demons, and street thugs. Main character, Miranda Ellis is no shrinking violet, instead she is a strong-willed and capable, though flawed, young woman. Likewise, her love interest, Benjamin Archer, has depth as well as brains, brawn, and dashing good looks. The sexual and emotional tension between the characters builds with each plot twist and an ending that stands Cinderella stories on their ear. A good book to recommend to paranormal romance lovers ... note while demons figured strongly in this novel, there are werewolf sightings in the sequels, which focus on Miranda's equally remarkable sisters. Steamy.”Cathy wrote this review Friday, September 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A thoroughly enjoyable nicely balanced historical paranormal read. The author does a wonderful job of creating a fascinating and new premise - somewhat of a rarity given the glut of paranormal romance - skilfully spinning and weaving her story.
This avid reader was captivated by our fire wielding strong heroine set in historical London. Add a strong, but for a change not brooding hero and the romance is handled with a deft touch.
A definite recommendations or all who enjoy a paranormal romance, especially those who also enjoy a historical romance, with this book being a well crafted blend of book genres..
...and now to immediately pick up book w ;-)
“It was OK. I found it on the readers choice list at the library and read the blurb- then I saw the book. It was a bit romancey for me.”Von L wrote this review Thursday, January 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent characterization, an engaging story and an intense romance but needs more world building.
Miranda is a strong, intelligent and independent heroine with a backstory that has definite potential. She is very likable, particularly in her loyalty to Archer. However, my one small caveat is that the origin and nature of her fire gift is not sufficiently explained.
Archer is an enigmatic hero with a tortured air and mysterious secrets that only add to his appeal. Unfortunately, after the build up surrounding his physical deformity and social ostracism, the ultimate revelation is anti-climactic.
The plot is well-paced and exciting with some interesting twists and a really nasty villain. There are, however, a number of loose ends that are left hanging, such as the involvement of Miranda's brother-in-law in the investigation and McKinnon's role in the events. Moreover, while Miranda and Archer's romance is intense and steamy, it progresses far too rapidly from a couple with a virtually non-existent acquaintance to one that is deeply in love and willing to sacrifice their very lives for each other.
Overall, an exciting beginning to what looks like an intriguing series, and the information that I find lacking may appear in the novella that precedes this book. ”