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
A really interest historical romance, if you can even classify it as that. It’s got romance, murder and a touch of paranormal and sci-fi.
Lord Benjamin Archer always wears a mask to cover his deformity, spending most of his time looking for cure. Always skeeting on the outskirt of proper society, he has never even though of having a wife, that is until he meets Miranda Ellis. A young lady with her own secrets, an ability to manipulate fire, she choose between two evils, and marry Archer. Not soon after there’s a string of murders, with Archer as the main suspect. With Miranda falling in love with her new husband, can she trust him when he has so much to hide?
Miranda is truly the (almost too) perfect heroine. She’s fearlessness and fiery but with enough vulnerability that she needs Archer. Why I say, almost too perfect? Because she has no doubts in Archer (ever) despite the questionable secrets and a hidden past. Archer is someone you really want to root for you. Being the tortured hero, you just want him to be happy! It’s kind of funny, it at first he’s sort of touted as typical alpha male, but he’s actually kinda really sensitive (not that he doesn’t have good reason to be wary of the world). Together, the two are very sweet.
There was actually less paranormal than I originally thought, but it’s sprinkled all the way throughout the book, with a big dose near the end. The book actually revolves more around the mystery of the murders than the paranormal aspect.
Overall a pretty fun read if you’re looking a historical romance with a bit more punch.
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