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
Kirsten Callihan really brought the super to this supernatural historical romance with another riveting string of murders in the second book of the Darkest London series.
The heroine is Daisy Ellis Craigmore, the second eldest of the Ellis sisters, who was enjoying the lifestyle of a widow out of mourning when she’s attacked by a werewolf. The hero who comes to her rescue is Ian Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup who we also first met in Firelight, as a rake of the highest caliber. What society doesn’t know is he’s also an exiled Lycan once Alpha of the Ranulf clan.
A mad werewolf is viciously killing women, with the only connection between them was the same perfume they all wore, a special blend by Daisy. With Daisy as the next potential victim, Ian is doing what takes to perfect her from danger, even if she doesn’t want his help.
I adored them together. After the first book, Ian Ranulf had a lot work to do to redeem himself as hero worthy and damn it does he ever in this. Daisy is such a strong character and the vulnerable she tries to hide only makes her more real and lovable. There was a lot of tension (both sexual and not) between the two of them at the start. It’s so nice to see Ian fall in love her with no inhibition and that they truly could be themselves with each other.
The paranormal aspect blew up in the second book compared to in the first. There’s a lot of cultural/background to the paranormal world that we’re introduced to in this one and there’s also the introduction of Poppy and Win’s story for book three (which I’m so excited for).
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