Friday, February 10, 2012

Review: Ember by Kristen Callihan

After a fire consumes the Ellis family fortune, the beautiful and resourceful Miranda finds herself faced with an impossible dilemma: enter a life of petty crime or watch her family succumb to poverty. But once her fiancée learns of her descent into danger--and of the strange, new powers she's discovered --saving her family may come at the high price of her heart.

When Lord Benjamin Archer's one chance for redemption is destroyed by corrupt London antiquarian Hector Ellis, he vows to take what Ellis values most-his daughter Miranda. Forced to hide his face behind masks, Archer travels the world hoping to escape the curse that plagues him so that he can finally claim his prize.

But once Archer returns home to London, will it be revenge he seeks? Or will the flame-haired beauty ignite new, undeniable desires? 

An interesting premise, to be sure.  Jen from Red Hot Books glowingly recommended the first full-length novel of this series, Firelight, and I was intrigued enough by her comments to read the prequel. 

Perhaps the "meat" of the story -- Miranda's relationship with Archer -- is better told in a longer format.  While it was interesting to see them meet accidentally on the street and to know the backstory of how they came to be together (I assume), I'm not sure what's detailed in Ember is enough to sufficiently entice me into reading Firelight at this time.

(A very special thank you to Forever Romance, Hachette Book Group and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Ember.)

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