Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking those links, I will receive a small commission from the sale at no extra cost to you.Wicked As They Come (Blud #1) by Delilah S. Dawson
Published by Pocket Books on March 27, 2012
Genres: Adult Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
Format: eBook (420 pages)
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First in a steampunk-tinged paranormal romance series in which a woman is transported to a world filled with vampires and magic.
When nurse Tish Everett forced open the pesky but lovely locket she found at an estate sale, she had no idea she was answering the call of Criminy Stain, from the far off land of Sang. He’d cast a spell for her, but when she’s transported right to him, she’s not so sure she’s ready to be under the spell of another man. (It didn’t go so well last time with controlling, abusive, domineering Jeff.) If only Criminy wasn’t so deliciously rakish….
Half the inhabitants of Sang are Pinkies—human—and the other half are Bludmen, who in Tish’s world would be called vampires. But they don’t mess with any of the bat/coffin/no sunlight nonsense. They’re rather like you and me, just more fabulous, long living, and mostly indestructible. (They're also very good kissers.) But when the evil Mayor of Manchester (formerly Bludchester) redoubles his efforts to rid Sang of the Bludmen once and for all, stealing Tish’s locket in hopes of traveling back to her world himself for reinforcements, Criminy and Tish must battle ghosts, sea monsters, wayward submarines, a secret cabal, and thundering Bludmares to get the locket back and allow Tish to return home…but has she found love with Criminy? Could she stay in Sang forever?
I purchased Wicked As They Come nearly ten years ago, at what was the height of the Steampunk movement. Or at least, that’s what it felt like. But I quickly came to realize that I didn’t really like Steampunk, so this book sat unread for almost a decade. Now, I finally read it, and I actually enjoyed it! Did I love it? No. Was it anything special? Not really. Was it thoroughly entertaining? Yes!
Wicked As They Come is a Paranormal Romance with a Steampunk twist and reads kind of like an adult Alice in Wonderland, but with vampires. I think it was the vampire angle that saved this one for me, because I pretty much love vampires in any setting. Criminy is actually a Bludman, which is what vampires are called in his parallel world of Sang. Leticia is just a normal woman who wakes up in this alternative-history-esque world and soon finds herself wrapped up in a nefarious plot, having to save the world, and falling in love! It didn’t always keep my attention, but in the end, I was happy that I finally read it.