ARC Review: Wicked As They Come

I’ve been charmed by Criminy the Gypsy King 

Title: Wicked As They Come
Author: Delilah S. Dawson
Series: Blud #1
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: March 27, 2012


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♥

Miss Vain

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31 Responses to ARC Review: Wicked As They Come

  1. have this one on my wishlist for a while

    wickedly wicked review /i’m a bludman ha ha lol

  2. Christen says:

    Yay! You and Cat loved loved this book so much. But what I cant tell from either of your reviews is if it’s sexy times romance or urban fantasy romance, lol!

    Also, somewhere along the line, your autocorrect decided it hated you an started changing Criminy to Chiminy……!

    Great review!

    • MissVain says:

      !!!! You’re right, it did change some of my Criminy to Chiminy! Lol…I gotta wait until I’m at my desktop to fix that, ughhh, thank you for pointing that out!;)

      It’s more UF sexiness, but PNR.

      Thank you

      • MissVain says:

        OMG!! LOL, I just changed like 25 Chiminy’s to Criminy’s ;) Thank you, because I would have never noticed! LOL, auto correct hates me!! XO

  3. Tanyaw1224 says:

    Ooh…I like this! I just added it to my TBR list. So it just came out then. I’ve never heard of this but its so different from the paranormal I’ve been reading. He sounds hotter than hell…yum. Thanks for sharing =)

  4. Proserpine says:

    Wow, this story sounds disturbing (I love it!) as hell! I love to read something a bit different from the ”normal” PNR! I wasn’t sure if I’ll liked so I didn’t put it on my TBR pile when I first saw it but now it’s in!

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Proserpine!!
      I hope you love it when you read it. It’s very unique with the traveling circus, but it’s very fun and Criminy, and Letisha are likable characters!! Thank you, and let me know how you enjoy it, when you read it!!;)

  5. Great review and so many awesome quotes that make me want to hurry up and find out more about the Bludman.

  6. Amber Hughes says:

    Great review! I like the cover of this one, but realized I had never read the synopsis of the book-haha! I love the quotes that you picked out. Adding this one to my TBR :-)

  7. Wow. You finished my book quite quickly! I didn’t think you’d finished it time for release date! I can’t wait to read this one and Phanton Black! Yah! It’s finally release date! Great Review! Your’s and Cat’s are the reviews that made me really wanna read it! ;) )

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Mariya!!!!
      I had to lock myself away so I can read the almost 400 pages yesterday, I was speed reading! LOL! It was a close call there, finishing btw! Ha! Think you’ll love this one and Phaeton Black!;)

      Thank you!! Glad our reviews have caused you to want to read them!!!;)

      Your Shadows Fall review makes me wanna read it as well, and you know how I feel about that series!!

  8. Alexa says:

    Ok I’m sold. Cat dazzled me with her review yesterday and you confirmed my thought that I must get a copy of this one. It does sound like a great tale and it sounds like it actually has a pretty great storyline to go along with the the romance.

    Plus I loved that you told us that it isn’t love at first sight, the main character makes him work for it, that is the best kind of romance. I’m really tired of instant love so this book seems like the perfect fix.

    Thanks for the great review!

    • MissVain says:

      Oh Alexa!! You will love it!!;) Yes, its PNR but the plot is very much UF minus the urban part lol, so I just call it PNR with fantasy. Not love at first sight on the heroines part. She doesn’t give up her life for a man…that’s hot!

      Thanks Alexa, and I can’t wait to hear what you think!!;)

  9. I’m so glad you liked it! And I love the quotes you chose. It makes me so happy when people connect with the characters… by which I mean Criminy. =)

    • MissVain says:

      Hello Delilah,

      Yes you have bewitched me with this enchanted fairy tale love story!! Honestly I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did!! I was pleasantly surprised…my friend Cat & I are terribly dissapointed the next book with not focus as much on Criminy & Letisha; do you have any plans to re-visit them again in the future?? ;)

      I especially <3 those quotes too!

      Thank you for stopping by!

      • I had an entire 3-book arc planned out for Crim and Tish, but the publisher wanted 3 different romances. They do make cameos, and as you can tell, the ending is left slightly open. In my wildest dreams, the readers revolt and demand Crim and I have to write another book or novella just for him. =) The e-novella out in October, The Mysterious Madam Morpho, starts out with a Crim and Tish scene…

        • MissVain says:

          Well Delilah,

          I do also enjoy romances that switch couples in the books, so I’m pretty confident that you won’t dissapoint with the next couple.;) Where and who do we revolt to??? Lol…I can’t wait to read The Mysterious Madam Morpho!!!! I’ll have to keep my ears opened! YAY

  10. I hadn’t heard of this, but as soon as I saw the quote about burning down the world, I was in need! I must read this!! Your review is fabulous, thanks for an addition to my TBR. And the cover? Wowza!!!

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Liz!!!;)

      Thank you!! Yes, you must read this one.;) I just loved The Burn down the world for you quote!!! Yes read it, and come tell me what you think!!;)

  11. I loved this book. Can’t wait for number two. Great review!

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