I’ve been charmed by Criminy the Gypsy King ♥
Have you ever heard of a Bludman? They’re rather like you and me—only more fabulous, immortal, and mostly indestructible. (They’re also very good kissers.)
Delilah S. Dawson’s darkly tempting debut drops her unsuspecting heroine into a strange faraway land for a romantic adventure that’s part paranormal, part steampunk . . . and completely irresistible.
When Tish Everett forces open the ruby locket she finds at an estate sale, she has no idea that a deliciously rakish Bludman has cast a spell just for her. She wakes up in a surreal world, where Criminy Stain, the dashing proprietor of a magical traveling circus, curiously awaits. At Criminy’s electric touch, Tish glimpses a tantalizing future, but she also foresees her ultimate doom. Before she can decide whether to risk her fate with the charming daredevil, the locket disappears, and with it, her only chance to return home. Tish and Criminy battle roaring sea monsters and thundering bludmares, vengeful ghosts and crooked Coppers in a treacherous race to recover the necklace from the evil Blud-hating Magistrate. But if they succeed, will Tish forsake her fanged suitor and return to her normal life, or will she take a chance on an unpredictable but dangerous destiny with the Bludman she’s coming to love?
“I would burn down the world for you,” he whispered fiercely. “Your world or my own. I would rip down the entire city with my bare hands without a second thought. I don’t need to taste anything else, I don’t need a comparison.”
Wicked As They Come is magical beginning to an intoxicating new paranormal romance series, I can’t wait to dive into the next one. My only disappointment with this novel is that the next book will not follow Letisha and Criminy, but it will switch to another couple, though I have faith that this author will bring another awesome couple to gush over next.
“That’s fascinating,” he said. “A world where people go around giving each other blood, but no one wants to drink it.” “You know in my world, blood drinkers are storybook monsters,” I said. “Really?” he asked, delighted. “That’s marvelous!”
Letisha Everett is a nurse taking care of her dying grandmother while mending a broken heart, and discovering her independence after wasting too much precious time with a controlling, abusive fiance. She finds a locket at an estate sale, and quickly becomes fascinated with the history as well as the gorgeous man behind the picture in the locket. Imagine her surprise when she wakes up in an alternate universe in the early 1900′s with a Gypsy King having waited over 100 years for her to return his love.
“It’s a little scary, what you do.” As I tried to figure out how to respond, and with words as sharp and cold as the blade of a knife, Criminy said, “If you’re scared of her talent, then you don’t truly know what fear is.”
What can I possibly say about the irresistible Gypsey King, Criminy Stain?
“He was an animal. He was terrifying. And he was beautiful.”
He’s the proprietor of a traveling circus, he demands respect, but he’s also a kind, tender Bludman. In this world a Bludman is an immortal being, that drinks blood to survive. From the time he steps into this fairy tale, I’m immediately bewitched by this charming, and heroic magician Criminy. With the help of a witch she casts a tracking spell to bring his lover he’s been patiently awaiting to show up and return the love.
“I’m a gypsy. A rogue. Wicked as they come.”
Quickly Letisha is thrown into the traveling circus lifestyle working close by with magicians, two headed men, mermaids, clockwork guardians and so many more unique attributes to this successful circus. She soon discovers she inhabits a very rare but charming ability as a “Glancer” that makes her an important part of the circus apart from gaining the heart of Criminy. As a Glancer she can view people’s past, future and or their demise with just one touch. Upon placing her hands onto Criminy she discovers his future but decides to keep it to herself, still unsure of this new and overwhelming ability.
“I don’t mind if you want to play coy, Leticia,” he whispered, his lips brushing my skin just enough to make me buck. He licked a line from the curve of my ear down my neck, and I shuddered. “But I aim to make you surrender.”
This spellbound locket allows Leticia easy access to her present day life so she can tend to her grandmother and her ailing illness while she sleeps in Criminy’s world. Criminy becomes her sole protector and when he’s unable to fulfill that duty she has an enchanted clockwork bracelet made to be a Eurobos serpent ready to strike at only Letisha’s command. Between her snake bracelet and Criminy’s monkey I found these clockwork creatures fascinating!
He spun me back around to face him, and the look on his face was terrifying and more than a little thrilling. Anger and danger and excitement and desire were eloquent in his sharply cut features. No one has ever had power over him, and now I did, an insignificant Pinky. A human.
When Letisha’s locket necklace has been stolen, her world begins to shatter as that’s her only key to visiting her grandmother is the Locket. Criminy sets out not only to win her heart, and affections but to discover the new home of the missing locket. From here Deliah S. Dawson takes us on an exhilarating journey of love, lust, betrayal, murder, death, destruction, lies, witches, Kraken, spells, Coppers, blood thirsty stallions and bunnies, and the fight of these extraordinary characters.
“Just don’t forget that it’s a ruse, love, ” he said. “Because once were outside the walls again, you’ll be entirely in my power. And I’d hate to have to spank you.”
I absolutely LOVED this book! The hero is a brutal enforcer when he must be, while being a tender lover to the woman in control of his heart. I adored how this wasn’t instant love on Letisha’s side, she made him work for it, while quickly remaining independent and strong. I don’t want to give away too many specifics of the plot but this a thrilling ride of a search for a missing locket and perhaps finding love along the way!
“Easy things aren’t worth much.” “Your hand in mine is worth a great deal, Leticia.” he said, helping to my feet. “That’s what I’ll be fighting for tomorrow.”
Wicked As They Come is truly a gem for paranormal romance lovers with a bit of fantasy thrown into the plot! Keep an eye out for the next installment titled Wicked As She Wants being released in 2013.
“Dammit, woman! You’re scent, your stupid bloody delicious scent lingering in every crevice of my body and my wardrobe, driving me nearly mad. Do you know what it’s like to want something so badly, to have it so close, and still feel that it’s out of your reach? Out of control?”
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♥ARC provided for review by Simon & Schuster for Pocket Books♥