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.
Romance Roundabout #13 PNR
Literary Pickers #13 Belt
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