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.
In this action-packed second historical paranormal in her Darkest London series (after Firelight), Callihan tells the tale of Daisy Ellis Craigmore, sister to Lady Miranda Archer, the heroine of the first installment, and Ian Ranulf, Marquis of Northrup, a lycan living in exile after his younger brother assumed the alpha role in their pack. A crazed syphilitic werewolf is hunting women who bear the scent of Daisy's perfume, and honorable Ian refuses to allow the creature to kill any more innocents. Both broken in their own ways, Daisy and Ian forge a deep bond as they search for the identity of the sick werewolf. After a loved one is attacked by the creature, the two step up their efforts, leading to a finale replete with shocking twists including who the werewolf is and who is leading him and Daisy is forced to make a series of unthinkable choices which could destroy her relationship with Ian. This richly textured tale of 19th-century London interweaves intricately imagined and historically accurate scenes with red-hot sensual interludes. Like the first, a deeply compelling and imaginative story.