Review: Wicked As They Come by Delilah S. Dawson

Title: Wicked As They Come
Author: Delilah S. Dawson
Series: Blud Book 1
Release Date: April 2012
Publisher: Pocket Book
Genre: Paranormal/ Steampunk
Rating: 5 Hoots
Reviewer: Lexi

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? (Goodreads)

Everyone wants to find love and be accepted for who they really are. Tish is no different, after fighting her way out of an abusive controlling relationship the last thing she wants is another relationship.
Amid all the pomp and circumstance appropriate for a magician, enter Criminy. He has a magnetism about him, after all he is the one in charge of this traveling circus. But he only has eyes for Tish and like any worthy hero in a book, is willing to do anything for her, even at the expense of his own survival.
Tish manages to navigate this crazy new world with Criminy’s help. Along the way she realizes that as much as she must depend on him to defend and provide for her, he always gives her a choice and pushes her to a new level. What kind of love would it be if Criminy didn’t treat her as an equal, well she has had that kind of love and will never go back to it. 
Dawson has done an incredible job of world building. She has taken everything normal here and twisted it, just a little. From the countryside to the cities, the animals to the people. Everything draws you in and feels so real, you will not want to put this book down and go back to regular life. There is so much action going on but also plenty of time for real emotions to grow between Criminy and Tish. Near the end when it appears completely hopeless and your heartaches for them, Dawson will have your emotions swinging back and forth. 
If you love paranormal and have never tried out steampunk give this a try, you will love it! 

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