One of the more anticipated books for this coming month is Dangerously Charming from Deborah Blake, the first book of the Baba Yaga spin-off series. Thanks goes again to Doug Meeks for sending over his early review for this one, which has a release date of October 4th.
What Doug said…
I have enjoyed all the Baba Yaga books and this new spinoff series was something I had been looking forward to with a lot of anticipation and hope that it could be as good as I hoped it would be.
Part of a possible problem with this book is that I am unable to discern how much a new reader would enjoy it as those of us who have read the other books and know the history that resulted in the present day situations the Riders find themselves in since it seemed that a lot of history was provided to keep any novices from being totally lost but without that detailed history from the Baba Yaga books I cannot say with any certainty that it is enough.
This story starts with action soon after the first pages and the pace seems to pick up slowly all through the book which made it a great reading experience.
Mikhail made for a terrible hero and love interest for much of the book due to his overwhelming soul crushing guilt from the events of the last Baba Yaga book, to be honest his constant angst was really getting on my nerves before it finally lightened up a bit.
Jenna is a great heroine being just tough enough and just tender enough for her part of this story, her overwhelming desire to get rid of her family curse is what keeps this story moving along in most instances.
As a couple Mikhail and Jenna are not an easy match and his guilt makes him tend to shove anyone away so this is going to be a hard romance which is just one of several subplots in this novel.
Bottom Line: This was an exceptional novel, the story was good, the characters were engaging, the reappearance of several of the characters from previous books was wonderful and I enjoyed the book almost 100% but since I did get tired of the angst and Mikhail’s constant self-flagellation I am giving it 4 Stars for the book even though I think the story itself was closer to 5. Highly recommended and I have to say that I would also highly recommend reading the 3 Baba Yaga novels and the novella that ties up a couple of loose ends Wickedly Ever After before this new series to get the maximum enjoyment from this series and these characters.
The 3 novels that are highly recommended to be read before this series can be found at this link:
Who else will be picking this one up? If you read the Baba Yaga books, which one of the Riders was your favorite?