Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan


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.


Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan
2 out of 5

So, I’ll be honest, I did not enjoy this book… I did not enjoy this book so much that I didn’t even finish reading it.  I stopped reading when the zombies entered the story.  “Why?” you may ask.  Well, the zombies made this story all the more preposterous and annoying.  I know, I know.  It is a paranormal historical romance; it is suppose to be preposterous.  But even though there are all the paranormal creatures in this book, the zombies were a bit of an overkill. 

Also, I didn’t like Win that much.  Win can really hold a grudge!  But in a lot of ways, he also holds a lot of guilt inside of himself.  He also seems very whiney… not the strong inspector he was in the previous book.  That makes me sad L.

Now that I got out of the way what I didn’t really like, here is what I did like about what I did read:

So we have a lot of movement in time in this book.  There are flashbacks to the past when Win & Poppy met, along with the present (which has the most action and the primary dilemma for the current story).  I’m not a big fan of flashbacks, but this definitely added to the story, rather than detracting from it.

Poppy always seemed like a proper Brit in the other books.  You know a stiff upper lip, handling anything that might come her way with determination and very little emotion.  Thankfully this book shows something different.  She is very emotional, but has hidden it for so long that she doesn’t know what to do with it.

Overall, what I read was okay, but it didn’t make me want to fight through the zombies to see the happily-ever-after at the end of the book.  I personally can’t recommend this book, but if you think it sounds like something you might like from the description, give it a go.

Happy Reading!



  1. Oh bummer. Been hearing some good things on this series. I read the first one and thought it was okay. I learned that I won a copy of this book. Shame it wasn't for you. Hope your next read is more to your liking!

    1. I know... It was a shame. I really did like the first book. The 2nd book was okay. The 3rd book was just sucky. :/
      But the book I'm reading now is DELICIOUS! :) Just what I need right now.


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