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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