Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 336 pages
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Stand Alone or Series: 7th book in the Darkest London series
Source: eGalley from NetGalley.com
Rating: 5/5 stars
“Miss Layla Starling, the young, beautiful, and extremely wealthy heiress, is the talk of London. Until now, she’s managed to evade the marriage noose. Despite the fact that she is unfortunately American, she’s received a staggering number of offers. And turned down every one.
St. John Evernight does not want to admit the relief he feels every time he hears that she has rejected one of her suitors. Which is unfair of him. Layla deserves to be happy. But he can not offer her happiness. He will never be normal, never be anything but a freak in her world. So St. John resolves to keep his distance, until he is recruited by the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals to guard Layla. For she is in grave danger, and he is about to learn the full extent of his powers.”
This was a spectacular conclusion to the Darkest London series. This book tells the story of Sin and Layla; I have been waiting to hear Sin’s story for sooooo long. It was a wonderful story and Layla is the perfect match for Sin. There is wonderful tension throughout and the characters have excellent chemistry together. There are some deliciously lush sex scenes as well; they are just beautifully written.
Even more impressive than the romance between Sin and Layla was the way Callihan brought all the story elements from the previous six books together in this book. The events of the previous books all become clear and we find out how all the activities with demons, fae, angels, and other paranormals relate to each other. It was masterfully done and made this book a joy to read.
This book was a bit different than previous books in that it not only focuses on Sin and Layla but also focuses on Lena and Augustus. It was wonderful to finally learn the whole backstory between Lena and Augustus; very intriguing and very satisfying. Additionally all the Everhart’s are back in the story and there is some focus on Archer (who has been ill) and Melinda as well.
The book wrapped in a way that was beautiful and hopeful. Everyone was left in an excellent spot. The book was impossible but to put down and completely engrossing and engaging.
Overall this was a spectacular way to wrap up this series. Thank you Callihan for giving your readers (and characters) all the happiness they could ever want and more! I loved the characters, I loved the way this book ties into the first seven, and I loved the backstory on the Damnations and Judgements. This whole series is recommended to those who enjoy historical paranormal reads with a large dash of romance.
This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
– You Read How Many Books? Reading Challenge
– New Release Challenge
– Pick Your Genre (Steampunk) Reading Challenge
– Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge