Dangerously Charming by Deborah Blake #Review

Dangerously Charming by Deborah Blake #ReviewDangerously Charming by Deborah Blake

Series: #1 Broken Rider
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley on October 4, 2016
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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The Riders- tortured, broken, and no longer immortal… I loved the Riders all through the Baba Yaga series so I wanted to kiss the author’s feet when I discovered there would be a spin-off series following the Riders after all that went before.  First up is Mikhail Day- the White Rider.  Happy go lucky, teasing and lovable Day is no more.  In his place, a bitter, guilt-ridden man who wants nothing to do with damsels in distress after what fate handed him last time he fell for that one.  But see, fate is a cunning and whimsical thing and in no wise finished with the White Rider.

Jenna Quinlin’s family is under a heartbreaking faerie curse.  The first born child of each generation is taken by a fairy.  There is a riddle that can break the curse, but Jenna’s solution as the last of her line was to avoid having a child and letting it all end with her.  Well that didn’t work out and now the clock is ticking down and she must solve the riddle to keep her baby from being taken.  A series of bad things happening including the last which was the death of her old car on a deserted forest road leads her to the doorstep of curmudgeonly Mick Day.

Day wants to slam his cabin door in the face of the soggy, limping and cold woman on his doorstep, but even he can’t be that cruel.  He dries off, renders first aid and offers some hospitality while desperate to avoid being sucked into Jenna’s troubles.  But when a malicious fairy comes and he sees the human woman courageously confront Zilya, somethings awakens inside him.  Slowly, he is pulled back into life and for the sort of quest and protection he was born for.

A visit with the Queen of Faerie, working on the riddle with Barbara one of the Baba Yagas, the pursuit of Zilya’s minions and Jenna’s ex, all bring Day back to fighting form and help to heal him.  But it is also the close contact with the strong yet vulnerable Jenna.  Both fight an attraction, but fighting a fate that feels so right is growing harder and harder.

I enjoyed this story that was about personal healing for Day and a Quest to Jenna.  I enjoy returning to this world where the fairy tales and paranormal legends come to life.  It was exciting getting Mikhail Day’s history and getting a story he shares narration with Jenna.  The White Rider may no longer be immortal, but he is no ordinary human just like his sexy white bike is not just a motorcycle.  Jenna may be vulnerable because she is pregnant, but she is no wilting flower.  This gal can kick box and she bravely confronts and takes on a wicked fairy along with all the amazing things that are beyond human comprehension.

The humor- oh the dry one-liners that had me chuckling, wit, and slow-build character and romance development were satisfying and fantastic.

Reunion with Barbara, Liam, Babs, Chud0-Yudo, the Queen and King, and one more were just icing on the cake.

And oh my yes, The Red Rider, Gregori Sun, is next.  Can’t wait.

Dangerously Charming begins a new series, but if this sounds just your thing and you’re just hearing about it, I would recommend going back to the beginning of the Baba Yaga series because really they all follow each other with an ongoing storyline and world.

My thanks to Berkley Romance for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Debbie Haupt

    Wow I must have missed this series what a great story idea to mix motorcycles and fantasy Baba Yaga love that name. Yup going on my list. Thanks Sophia Rose 🙂

    • Happens to me frequently, Debbie. Yes, these are fun. Instead of the riders of the Wild Hunt being on horses, she has them on motorcycles and the Baba Yaga has lots of updates, too.

  • I’ve wanted to start the Baba Yaga series forever! Even though this is a spin-off, I’ll still need to read the other series because I like to know everything when it comes to worlds and characters. I’m glad you loved this!

    • Good call, Lekeisha! This spin-off is really heavily tied to what came before. I’d almost say it’s just a continuation rather than something new.

  • This sounds really interesting. I’ve never read the Baba Yaga series. Should I start with that one first?

    • These are fun, Quinn.

      Yes! Absolutely start with the Baba Yaga series first. These really are just part of that and beginning right where the last Baba Yaga book ended.

  • That definitely sounds different and has elements that sounds really good to me.

    • Lots of fun, Mary! I love how she updated the legends and the magic.

  • gah I am so curious. I think I would need to read the other series first tho? I’ve collected almost all of them >:| just have not read them, but the Riders sound very interesting

    • Oh good, glad I got you curious, Lily. Yes, do read your others first or this one will feel like you’re missing something.

  • I haven’t started the Baba Yaga series yet, even though I have the first two books on audio. I need to start them soon. I thought this was another book in that series. I didn’t realize it was a spinoff. Glad you enjoyed it. Sounds like a really fun story.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • I’ll look forward to your audio reviews since I’m curious how that will affect the stories. The first Baba was always my favorite so I was glad she had a solid scene in this one. Oh and you’re actually right. This one is a spin-off in name only. It’s really just a continuation of the earlier series, but probably had to change names since the focus left the Babas making them secondary and making the Riders go from secondary to the main characters.

  • Gosh I haven’t read anything by this author! She’s written so many books and I have not even heard of most! This one is completely new to me, and the Baba Yaga series. So this is paranormal/fantasy? Interesting… you wouldn’t be able to tell, from the cover. I do like the motorcycle vibe. 😀

    Anyway! I’m glad you enjoyed this book! Wonderful review, Sophia. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • I was glad to get in on her Baba Yaga series with book one when it release. This is really a continuation of that series just with the spotlight moving from the witches to the riders. The three Baba Yaga stories looked more paranormal. The bike-riding tough guy was definitely a nice extra.

  • oh wow this book sounds like it has quite a bit of fun elements in it….I see I need to pick up book one of the Baba Yaga Series!~lovely review hun. You have really intrigued me with this one.

    • Definitely a fun book. And yep, best way to experience them is to go back to the Baba Yaga stories so Mikhail’s story makes more sense. I think you’ll love them, Renee.

  • Spin-offs are always so much fun especially if you really enjoyed the main series. I’ve been curious about her Baba Yaga series, so i plan to pick it up eventually. That faerie curse sounds like nasty one an dit will be interesting to see how they will break the curse or not. It’s nice you get to see some familiar characters again as well. Greta review!

    • Yes, this spin-off was one I was really hoping she would do b/c the Riders are interesting characters even from book one of the Baba Yagas and the last book left them in an interesting situation. Oh that curse was awful and I was rooting hard for that particular fairy to lose and the heroes to win.

  • Oh his bike. I loved seeing her other form. That was so fun. I’m hoping the others will do the same in their stories 😀 Glad you enjoyed this one, Sophia!

    • I do love how she can write in those whimsical bits of magic that pop up and surprise like the motorcycle. And yes, I want to see this sort of magic for the other Riders, too.