Review: Dangerously Divine by Deborah Blake

Review: Dangerously Divine by Deborah BlakeDangerously Divine by Deborah Blake

Series: Broken Rider #2
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley on November 28, 2017
Pages: 302
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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The Riders: Three immortal brothers who kept the Baba Yagas safe, now stripped of their summons to protect. But fate is not finished with them--and their new callings are even more powerful...

Though his physical wounds have healed, Gregori Sun, the eldest of the Riders, remains in spiritual turmoil. His search for his mother, the one person able to heal his soul and save his life, is failing--until he crosses paths with a beautiful and fascinating librarian who might be the key to his salvation...
Ciera Evans's bookish ways are just a guise. The product of a difficult past, she has dedicated her life to saving lost teens--by any means necessary. She works alone, but when a dark, brooding stranger proposes they team up to solve both their problems, she is tempted--in more ways than one...
After Ciera and Sun's plans are derailed by dangerous enemies, they find themselves entangled in an ungodly affair--one that will force them to either find new strength together or be forever haunted by their pasts alone.

The Delight

The second of the three former Riders gets his story.  Gregori Sun, the calm, logical, and oldest of the three brothers is unraveling at the seams.  I wanted to bundle up each of these guys and heal them with a hug.  But no… they have to make their own way back.  Gregori’s story and his extra special lady was captivating and emotional from the beginning.

Review

There was something extra special about this story that took it up several notches even from the first book, Mikhail’s story.  I suspect it was the themes of broken people, broken families, abuse, surviving and thriving, and paying it forward.

Gregori and Ciera both are hanging by threads when they encounter one another.  Ciera is in a better place from her past, but she is stirring up things in the dark she won’t be able to handle when she puts herself on the radar of a drug cartel leader while Gregori is literally going to pieces and must find a way to control the supernatural gifts that are emerging since he was tortured and lost his immortality.

Both have a hard row to hoe, but I loved how the author made this a romance story of two survivors finding each other and helping each other finish finding their strengths and that they can reach out to others in trust and have a chance at love.

Things are pretty exciting and come at the pair from a few different angles.  Both have enemies they aren’t even aware of that are after them and both are on separate quests.  It was neat and got in some great action moments along with a few Baba Yaga Bella and cat-dragon and Rider scenes which made me grin.

Oh the feels I got from this book.  There were bits of humor slipped in to make me chuckle, sweet ahhhs, passionate ohhhs, suspenseful page-turner scenes, and heartwarming triumphs.

And now we’re down to the last Rider, the big larger than life bear of man, Alexei.  Can’t wait to see what and who is in store for him.

Dangerously Divine is probably my favorite book between both the Baba Yaga and Broken Riders series.  Incidentally, my recommendations is to read them in order from the first Baba Yaga and on through in order because they work best that way.  Those who enjoyed action, suspense, a bit of witchery, humor, and slow-burn passion in their paranormals should definitely pick these up.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #297 PNR
New Release #176 

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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.
  • Oh I have the first one but well I still need to read it. I’m late!

    • LOL! You’re falling behind. Quick. Just kidding, Melliane.

      I loved this one much more than the first one so I hope you can get to it soon. 🙂

      • right? think that I pre-ordered book 1 before it was released and it is still waiting for me*sigh*

  • ‘…he was tortured and lost his immortality.’ Ummm…this sounds like early Kenyon, and I LOVE early Kenyon! I should probably check this one out. Plus, just the name Gregori. Swoon. LOL

    Great review, Sophia!

    • I still need to read her stuff.

      The torturing took place in the third book of her Baba Yaga series and now this series is about the aftermath of all that. It’s only a little gritty compared to Kenyon, I’ll bet. But still good.

      I get all excited over characters with certain names, too. 🙂

  • Debbie Haupt

    Okay now I’ve seen everything a paranormal biker romance LOL Looks good thanks Sophia Rose

    • Never say that. You’re about to see some really whacked out stuff now, Debbie. LOL

      Actually, the biker aspect is low key, but there are tons of other great quirky parts to this. I do enjoy her books.

  • I’ll read her books one day 🙁 I miss my PNR need to make time for them, great review, glad this one felt better for you

    • I think you’ll have fun with them starting with her Baba Yaga stories, Lily. When you’re in the mood, of course. 😉

  • I’ve read a few reviews for this one and it sounds quite good.

    • Very good. I loved her Baba Yaga stories and liked the first one of these, but now I’m back to the loving. 🙂

  • Hm… I do think I may need this in my life! Brilly review. Looks like I need to check out this author’s books!

    • Oh yes, one needs a Gregori Sun in her life, Melissa. Start with her Baba Yaga series when you go to check them out. 🙂

  • This one sounds like a lot of fun. I never heard of it before, thanks for bringing it to my attention.

    • Always tickled to introduce good books to folks, Nadene. 🙂

  • This sounds fabulous, Sophia Rose! I may have to try to read this series.

    • They are fantastic. Make sure you start with the Baba Yaga stories first, Carole. 🙂

  • 5 stars! That’s great. The last one wasn’t a favorite for me so I had decided not to go on with the series. But you have me intrigued! Glad it was so good for you!

    • Yeah, I wasn’t too impressed with the first book, either. Now this one… I was in love. 🙂

  • I am seriously waiting for the audio version of this series 🙁

    • Oh man, tough wait. I’ll be curious who they have as narrators and what you think of them, Kimberly.

  • Ooh, super, Geybie! Glad I could tempt you. 🙂

  • Ohhh, 5 stars! I really need to check out this series. Awesome review Sophia Rose 🙂

    xx
    Vanessa @ Blushing Geek

    • This was a great one for me. Hope you get the chance, Vanessa. 🙂

  • I really need to try this author. This sounds so good. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Oh yes, Melanie! I think you would love her stuff. Start with her Baba Yaga series and then this one. 🙂

  • This sounds great. You make me want to read this!

    • Heh heh, then my work as the book temptress is done. 😉 But, for real, it was one of the best PNRs I’ve read. Hope you get the chance to hit up her books, Evie. 🙂

  • I have the first book requested from my local library, so just waiting on that one. Sounds like a great book though. its really a true testament to the talent of the author when they deliver all the feels and I have had this author on my wishlist for like ages!! hehe

    • Neat! Did you request the first Baba Yaga book or the first Broken Rider?

      Yes, for sure, I loved how she got my emotions completely engaged with this one.

  • Okay I just skimmed because it’s on my review list and I’m late on it but whoa favorite of all of them? Darn me for putting it off so long.

    • You are in for a delicious treat, Anna. I can’t wait to see if you end up liking it as much as I did (no pressure if you don’t, LOL).