Review: Wickedly Dangerous by Deborah Blake

, by Kt Clapsadl

Wickedly Dangerous by Deborah Blake
Baba Yaga #1

Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them…

Older than she looks and powerful beyond measure, Barbara Yager no longer has much in common with the mortal life she left behind long ago. Posing as an herbalist and researcher, she travels the country with her faithful (mostly) dragon-turned-dog in an enchanted Airstream, fulfilling her duties as a Baba Yaga and avoiding any possibility of human attachment.

But when she is summoned to find a missing child, Barbara suddenly finds herself caught up in a web of deceit and an unexpected attraction to the charming but frustrating Sheriff Liam McClellan.

Now, as Barbara fights both human enemies and Otherworld creatures to save the lives of three innocent children, she discovers that her most difficult battle may be with her own heart…

When I read the blurb for WICKEDLY DANGEROUS, I knew right away that I'd have to read this one. I mean come on, a story about Baba Yaga? And she's not an old hag? How awesome is that?!? Of course this means I went into the book with very high expectations, but I'm happy to report that those expectations were warranted. It's such a fun, sassy, and sexy book. I really enjoyed the blending of the worlds between the human realm and Otherworld, with Baba straddling both of them. It definitely made things more than a little interesting. 

Baba is such a fun character. She's definitely a fish out of water, and despite being pretty old (ages very slowly) she doesn't know anything about relationships or really how to deal with attraction and romance. So it was pretty amusing to see her stumbling all over herself for Liam, despite her hard act and exterior. It has that first love and new experiences feel to it, without seeming too young and naive. Liam is the perfect match for her as while he's a strong right side of the law kind of man, he has his priorities in order and didn't stubbornly hold onto the law. They are a bit of opposites so it was amusing at times to see them clash, but overall they really worked together for me. The romance in general left a smile on my face, and that's all I ask for. 

I will say that after finishing this one and reading the blurb for the next one, I was a bit bummed to see that things wouldn't be continuing on with this Baba, but onto another one. I just felt like there could have been so much more added onto this story. But regardless, I'm still eagerly anticipating the next story if this one is any indication of how much I'll enjoy it. So if you are looking for a fun and sexy paranormal story that's a different change of pace, WICKEDLY DANGEROUS is worth a look. Or two.

(Received a copy from the publisher)

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