Wicked as They Come by Delilah S. Dawson

78%

27 Critic Reviews

All in all I very much enjoyed this book and i'll keep an eye out for the next book in this series.
-Pearls Cast Before a McPig

Synopsis

First in a steampunk-tinged paranormal romance series in which a woman is transported to a world filled with vampires and magic.

When nurse Tish Everett forced open the pesky but lovely locket she found at an estate sale, she had no idea she was answering the call of Criminy Stain, from the far off land of Sang. He’d cast a spell for her, but when she’s transported right to him, she’s not so sure she’s ready to be under the spell of another man. (It didn’t go so well last time with controlling, abusive, domineering Jeff.) If only Criminy wasn’t so deliciously rakish….

Half the inhabitants of Sang are Pinkies—human—and the other half are Bludmen, who in Tish’s world would be called vampires. But they don’t mess with any of the bat/coffin/no sunlight nonsense. They’re rather like you and me, just more fabulous, long living, and mostly indestructible. (They're also very good kissers.) But when the evil Mayor of Manchester (formerly Bludchester) redoubles his efforts to rid Sang of the Bludmen once and for all, stealing Tish’s locket in hopes of traveling back to her world himself for reinforcements, Criminy and Tish must battle ghosts, sea monsters, wayward submarines, a secret cabal, and thundering Bludmares to get the locket back and allow Tish to return home…but has she found love with Criminy? Could she stay in Sang forever?
 

About Delilah S. Dawson

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Delilah S. Dawson is a native of Roswell, Georgia, and the author of the paranormal romance Blud series for Pocket, including Wicked as They Come and an e-novella, The Mysterious Madam Morpho. The second book in the series, Wicked as She Wants and a second novella, The Peculiar Pets of Miss Pleasance, will be out in spring 2013, and her first YA, Servants of the Storm, will be available in 2014.
 
Published March 27, 2012 by Pocket Books. 416 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Wicked as They Come
All: 27 | Positive: 25 | Negative: 2

Nocturne Romance Reads

Excellent
Reviewed by Lexi on Mar 25 2012

If you love paranormal and have never tried out steampunk give this a try, you will love it!

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Wired

Excellent
Reviewed by Chaos Mandy on Mar 27 2012

I’d recommend Wicked as They Come by Delilah S. Dawson to anyone who enjoys steampunk, vampire as well as a little paranormal romance.

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Fiction Vixen

Excellent
Reviewed by Jen on Mar 30 2012

If you are looking for something new, different and fresh I would encourage you to try this book.

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Smexy Books

Good
Reviewed by Tori on Mar 26 2012

As we venture deeper into the plot, I found the adventure to be very appealing; sprinkled with action, suspense, and some lighthearted moments that keeps the story from becoming to serious.

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Dark Faerie Tales

Good
Reviewed by Kiwi on Apr 03 2012

Like I said, I found this book rather interesting, and only put it down to sleep. I’m so excited to know there will be another installment.

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Heroes and Heartbreakers

Good
Reviewed by Jackie Lester on Mar 24 2012

Wicked As They Come contains a little bit of everything to please a paranormal reader, including crazy machines, killer rats, and a hint at a love triangle.

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My Bookish Ways

Good
Reviewed by Kristin on Mar 28 2012

I couldn’t get enough of Wicked As They Come, and absolutely can’t wait for the next book! Very highly recommended!

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Badass Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Michelle on Apr 06 2012

I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s like every genre I love so perfectly blended together. If you want to fall in love with two great characters plus an entire new world, this is your book.

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A Bookworm's Haven

Good
Reviewed by Meaghan on May 21 2012

I will say I was completely engrossed from beginning to end and could not walk away from this book for a moment. It is utterly enchanting.

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Addicted 2 Heroines

Good
Reviewed by Cat on Mar 25 2012

I enjoyed every moment of Criminy's playful dialogue, the imaginative world building and fantastic character development.

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Mystifying Paranormal Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Mariya on Apr 30 2012

Overall the idea and storyline for WICKED AS THEY COME is absolutely amazing!

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For What It's Worth

Good
Reviewed by Karen on Apr 11 2012

The world is really richly developed and that takes time. Wicked As They Come felt like it was more about the journey than the destination if that makes any sense. I for one enjoyed the journey.

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Kat Reads

Good
Reviewed by Kat on Apr 05 2012

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Honestly, if anything I'm almost afraid that my rabid enthusiasm for it threatens my credibility.

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Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

Good
Reviewed by Billy Burgess on Mar 29 2012

I recommend Wicked as They Come to all paranormal/steampunk romance readers.

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Booked and Loaded

Good
Jun 20 2012

Delilah S. Dawson captured something in this book. With elements of steampunk, magic, and paranormal you never knew what could be next!

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Shall Write

Good
Reviewed by Abria on Apr 19 2012

If you’re a fan of romance, steampunk, or adventure novels, definitely give Wicked as they Come a try. It’s an amazing read and you won’t regret it.

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Urban Fantasy Investigations

Good
Reviewed by Stacy on Mar 28 2012

I found WICKED AS THEY COME to be superbly unique and fun to read. The characters were all full of spunk, the plot was nicely paced, and the world was original and easy to fall into.

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She-Wolf Reads

Good
Reviewed by She-Wolf on Mar 25 2012

I give Wicked As They Come a solid four howls for its sweet and sexy romantic elements, original world, and great characters.

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Fiendishly Bookish

Good
Mar 27 2012

Wicked as they Come is an amazing find, brimming with danger, incredible adventure that spans many genres and , and I cannot wait to read more of this lush, off-kilter world.

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Short and Sweet Review

Below average
Reviewed by Van Pham on Mar 27 2012

I wanted to love this book, but in the end it was just a good/okay read.

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The Book Tart

Good
Reviewed by Queenoftarts on May 17 2012

It’s a delightfully fun, creative, sexy and sweet book! I was laughing out loud throughout the story, and on the edge of my seat during some of the scenes.

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Pearls Cast Before a McPig

Good
Reviewed by Sullivan McPig on May 03 2012

All in all I very much enjoyed this book and i'll keep an eye out for the next book in this series.

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The Chronicles of Mia

Good
Reviewed by Mia on Apr 26 2012

Deep in my heart, I believe Criminy has thrown a love spell on me.

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Sara's Urban Fantasy Blog

Good
Reviewed by Sara M. on Apr 25 2012

There is one word to sum up the awesomeness of this novel: bludbunnies!

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Jillian Writes

Good
Reviewed by Jillian Eaton on Apr 09 2012

Overall, this book was a FANTASTIC read and I can't wait for the second Blud novel to come out.

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A Book and Short Latte

Below average
Apr 09 2012

Unfortunately, Dawson emphasized the “slightly” over the “mad,” and Criminy never achieved the level of cautiously approachable insanity that I was hoping for.

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Vampchix Bite Club

Good
Reviewed by Anna on Mar 19 2012

Plenty of betrayal and intrigue, a steampunk setting, plot twists aplenty, and a romantic triangle that makes it difficult to choose sides, almost.

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