Title: Entwined (Darkest London #3.5)
Author: Kristen Callihan
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Paranormal Romance Historical
Publish Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Forever an imprint of Hachette Book Group
Eamon Evernight has always lived in his older brother’s shadow. While his brother is fair of hair and lithe in body, Eamon sparks fear with his fiery locks and massive frame-and rumors of a mysterious power. But when his brother has the good fortune to be betrothed to a beautiful stranger, it’s Eamon’s help-and quick wit and romantic heart–that he needs. Eamon agrees to write the noble lady…a generous offer that will forever leave him a changed man.
Lady Luella Jane Moran has no interest in an arranged marriage and tries valiantly to dissuade her betrothed from afar. Though her own letters plainly state her case, the words her husband-to-be writes her leave her aching for his touch. Will Lu give in to the desire the missives have kindled within her? Or will desire turn cold when she discovers their true author?
Entwined by Kristen Callihan is a gem of a paranormal novella. The novella is part of her Darkest London series, but can be read as a standalone book as it pre dates all of those books by over 40 years. The setting is Regency England after Napolean’s defeat at Waterloo. A young couple Aidan Evernight (nineteen) and Lady Luella Moran (sixteen) daughter of the Earl of Ballyloch are destined to be wed. This is an arranged marriage between the two and Lady Luella isn’t happy. She writes to Aidan trying to gain his help in stopping the marriage. Aidan doesn’t want to be married, but believes it is his familiar duty. He enlist his shy brother Eamon to convince Lady Luella to accept the inevitable marriage. As Eamon has a better way with the written word, than Aidan does. What ensues is touching correspondences between the two young people Eamon pretending to be Aidan and Luella. They have a several year correspondence; as the wedding will not take place until Aidan reaches his maturity and has a year to ‘sow is wild oat’, before he settles down into married life.
The heart of the book is a love story between two characters who have always lived in the shadow of their families responsibilities. The correspondence that is much of the first quarter of the book are both charming and insightful. The love story is sweet, and when passion take place Callihan with her mastery of words made my heart leap, and stutter. The paranormal element, like in all of Callihan’s Darkest London series, never overshadows the humanity of the characters. Her stories are at the heart are about relationships, not about the supernatural. I whole heartedly recommend this sparkling read.
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About the Author
Kristen Callihan is a child of the 80’s, which means she’s worn neon skirts, black-lace gloves, and combat boots (although never all at once) and can quote John Hughes movies with the best of them. A life long daydreamer, she finally realized that the characters in her head needed a proper home and thus hit the keyboard. She believes that falling in love is one of the headiest experiences a person can have, so naturally she writes romance. Her love of superheroes, action movies, and history led her to write historical paranormals. She lives in the Washington D.C. area and, when not writing, looks after two children, one husband, and a dog — the fish can fend for themselves.
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