Title: Dangerously Charming
From the author of the Baba Yaga novels, a brand new series set in the same “addicting”* world, filled with wild magic, enchanting damsels, and the irresistibly daring men who serve the Baba Yagas...
The Riders are three immortal brothers who protect the mythical Baba Yagas. But their time serving the witches has ended—and their new destinies are just beginning...
Ever since a near-fatal mistake stripped Mikhail Day and his brothers of their calling to be Riders, Day has hidden from his shame and his new, mortal life in a remote cabin in the Adirondack mountains. But when a desperate young woman appears on his doorstep, he cannot resist helping her—and cannot deny how strongly he’s drawn to her...
For generations, women in Jenna Quinlan’s family have been cursed to give up their first born child to the vengeful fairy Zilya. When Jenna finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she is determined to break her family’s curse and keep her baby, even if it means teaming up with a mysterious and charismatic man with demons of his own...
To unravel the curse, Jenna and Day will have to travel deep into the Otherworld. But the biggest challenge of the journey might not be solving an ancient puzzle but learning to heal their own broken hearts...
Author: Deborah Blake
Series: Broken Riders #1
Published by Berkley Source: Publisher
Published: October 4, 2016
Genres: Fantasy Romance
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I’m going to start this one with I have never read author Deborah Blake before. With that statement, you can pretty much figure out, I have also not read any Baba Yaga books either. I saw that the blurb stated that the Broken Riders series is set in the same world as the Baba Yaga books. I was hoping, since Dangerously Charming was the first book in its series, that I wouldn’t have any problems. Lucky for me it worked out perfectly.
To be frank, I thought I was going to be reading a PNR biker book. Hey, that’s what it looked like from the cover. I had no clue this was going to a fantasy novel. I gave up fantasy years ago when I stopped reading Xanth. I’ve forgotten how much fun fantasy stories could be that is until I started reading Dangerously Charming.
Oscar the Grouch, I mean Mikhail Day, is hiding out in a cabin. He’s riddled with shame and self-hate struggling to live with his new mortal life and doesn’t want to be around everybody. I’m going to take a guess here and say the full story behind losing his immortality is somewhere in the Baba Yaga series. I personally liked how each layer to the whys, and his slow getting over it, was done. Same goes for Jenna’s story with her being spunky and caring but not too harsh of character. That’s quite a curse she has on her, having to give up her first-born just like everyone in her family had to. She is determined to break that curse…and Mikhail is just as determined not to help her. Unfortunately, helping women in need of help seems to be his Achilles’ heel!
What a fun book! There was the right amount of excitement mixed in with some sassy fun. The characters are delightful and funny in their quirkiness. The dialog is snappy and flavored with the right amount of zingers. I did have to suspend my logic ability as Jenna progressed through her pregnancy. I know it is explained but dang, I wish mine had zipped that fast. The journey that Mikhail and Jenna to solve the riddle and break the curse was, well…charming. I think this book worked very well as a stand-alone, or as a lure to read more books by Deborah Blake, which is something I plan on doing.