Wickedly Ever After by Deborah Blake #AfternoonDelight #Review

Wickedly Ever After by Deborah Blake #AfternoonDelight #ReviewWickedly Ever After by Deborah Blake

Series: #2.5 Baba Yaga
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Intermix on January 19, 2016
Pages: 66
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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This was a splendid chance to reunite with most of the characters in the series for a fun, short romp between the longer, more action and passion-packet novels.

The story is a quick shorter read and falls between books two and three in the series.  It really doesn’t do well as a standalone or out of order.

Barbara and Liam are married and enjoying life rearing their gifted adopted child, Babs.  Barbara is training Babs to be the next Baba Yaga in her place while Liam tempers this with time being a normal child in her family.  Life is good, but now it is time for Barbara and Liam to stand before the fairy queen and request her blessing on their marriage along with permission for Liam to drink from the water of life to extend his life years to match Barbara’s.

Nothing is ever simple when dealing with the queen.  And so instead of the immediate acceptance they request, Barbara and Liam must perform three impossible tasks or not receive the Queen’s blessing or the water of life for Liam.  Barbara and Liam set out in their Airstream Hut with Bab and Chudo Yudo to accomplish their tasks.  Along the way, they visit with Beka and Markus and meet the third Baba, Bella.  The adventure is their unique family’s version of a road trip vacation.  If only they can complete the tasks in the allotted two weeks.

This story is light and fun with a paranormal twist.  It was a nice peek-in on how things are going with the characters from the first story.  I enjoyed this and appreciated that the author went light and showed their relationship to be solid and happy while making the conflict something external like a quest.  Little Babs is a hoot and Chudo-Yudo gets to stretch his wings a little.

Series fans will adore this tide me over story as they wait anxiously for Wickedly Powerful, Bella’s story.  I think this is an engaging series with its off the beaten path paranormal worldbuilding based on the Baba Yaga legend and would recommend it to other Paranormal Romance fans.

My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #13 PNR
Literary Pickers #13 Belt

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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.
  • I really like books like this one and I want to read it quite a lot especially after reading your review of it.

    • This series caught my eye because it was a paranormal world, but it took a less usual world with the Baba Yaga legend and some fey legends. I like it.

  • I have been wondering about these, but I just do not know

    • They are a little different b/c the world is the Baba Yaga legend blended with other fey legends. Maybe the first book is at the library so you can test drive it.

  • Sounds like a good one.

    • Fun worldbuilding and a little different paranormal romance.

  • I think I’ve seen Anna from herdign Cat review one of these books, it sounds like a fun series. It’s nice to have a novella like this in between the longer novels, it makes the wait for the next book a bit easier. And the plot line with the three tasks they have to complete sounds like it would make for an interesting story and family roadtrip ;). I haven’t heard of the Baba Yaga legend before, so that sure sounds original. Great review!

    • Yes, Anna has read these, too. I loved that the author took the chance to follow up with the first pair and catch things up before the third story. Because it was the Baba Yaga legend that is what captured my interest in the first place- it was different.

  • Thanks for the feedback, I might have to read this back to back with book 4.

    • I think it will definitely work right before Bella’s book. I got the impression that it was a parallel time frame when Bella appeared in this story for a quick drop in.

  • I really need to try this series. I’ve already added the first book to my audible wishlist.

    • It’s a bit different for sure. Look forward to seeing what you think after book one.

  • Yup, I want to read this series. Well, actually I want to listen to it. 🙂

    • It’s nice for a bit of something different in PNR. I’ve slowly been listening to more and more books. Hope you like it, Christy!

  • Yay! I was glad it was kept light and they were solid too. Babs was adorable and the dragon-dog. Loves! So glad you enjoyed it too, Sophia 🙂

    • It was a nice, easy read. A little adventure and nothing complicated. Perfect for a tide me over.

  • I’ve already heard about this series, I think I’ll give it a shot 🙂

    • It quirky and fun. Hope you like it, Iza.