Wicked As They Come
BY: Delilah S. Dawson
PUBLISHED BY: Pocket Books
PUBLISHED IN: 2012
After taking a locket from a former client’s home, Tish Everett, an in-homecare nurse, the locket transports her to a bizarre world called Sang, where she meets a Bludman named Criminy Stain. Bludmen drinks blood just like vampires, but they are not dead, they are very much alive. And unlike vampires who are immortal, Bludmen live longer than humans, but they can also die. In this world, the humans are called Pinkies. Criminy is a magician and traveling carnival act owner who guides Tish through Sang. Of course, Tish believes everything is just a dream and follows Criminy’s lead into this world that is similar to ours, as there are cities called London and Manchester. There are Bludbunnies, Bludrats and even Clockworks in this paranormal tale.
Delilah S. Dawson’s debut novel is completely different than any other paranormal romances out on the market, as she has created an original but strange new world featuring vampires with a slight twist, and has put in a little of steampunk here and there. I liked the character Tish as she is more like the girl next door and is more believable. The Bludmen Criminy is a wacky character that most readers will enjoy. The steamy love scenes between the two are well-written and surprisingly not over the top. There are lots of twists and turns as you get to explore Sang. Luckily, there is a sneak peak at the next book; Wicked as She Wants, which I can’t wait to read, but it doesn’t come out until next year. I recommend Wicked as They Come to all paranormal/steampunk romance readers.
*I would like to thank Pocket Books for sending me a copy to review.