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Wicked as They Come (Blud #1)

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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, abus ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 395 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Pocket Books
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Anzu The Great Destroyer
May 07, 2012 Anzu The Great Destroyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of uniquely written stories, mad hatters and crazy bunnies
Recommended to Anzu by: Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Hey you!

Yes, you! The cheesy author with the creepy face! May I have your attention please!

Have a look at this book, Wicked As They Come. Let’s analyze it a bit.

Yes, the cover hints for a typical paranormal romance book. Yes, the title is as cheesy as all the books in this genre. Who can miss the topless dude on the cover, eh?


And what’s up with the Slash hat dude?? Is he gonna rock me out of my world? Play a little solo with his “skilled” fingers?


So the signs are there. TYPICAL PARAN
Stacia (the 2010 club)

It all started with a locket...
I could picture it shining on some young lady's neck, part of an epic story full of romance and a Prince Charming who didn't turn out to be an overbearing, soul-sucking jerk.

Wicked as They Come is not going to be a book for everyone. I understand why some people are completely enraptured, while others are not feeling the love. This time, I am happy to report that I fell closer to the enraptured side. Uniqueness is such a rare thing in fiction (it's all been don
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Read my review here...

or below.....

3 cups fantasy
2 cups paranormal romance
1 cup steam punk
1 tablespoon of historical fiction
1 teaspoon contemporary
A dash of time travel

Mix all together at once, add a touch of magic, a gorgeous alpha male, a woman learning to stand on her own two feet, and you’ll have Wicked as They Come. I LOVED this book. I’ve been hesitant lately giving 5 stars since every time I give 5 stars, I want it really to be a step above all othe
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
If you didn't think it possible to fall in love with a gypsy king who has magic tricks up his sleeve and drinking blood on his mind, then allow me to introduce you to my newest fictional obsession, Criminy Stain.

He's a cunning predator one moment and a perfect gentleman the next. He's lively, charming, charismatic, and romantic. He's also ruthless, possessive, bloodthirsty, and dangerous. He's a well-rounded, well-developed character and I feel like he was made just for me.

Unfortunately, he's g
Wicked As They Come has the following endearing features:

1. The ever-useful love triangle clutch,
2. insta-love,
3. slow beginning syndrome,
4. unnatural and stiff dialogue,
5. contradictory characters,

...and the list goes on.

What I liked:

1. Putting aside how dull it was for a second, the beginning was very, very exciting to read because I kept feeling it would somehow lead to more. I instantly loved Criminy and how the story had a slight Alice in Wonderland feel to it. I was even sympathizing with

4.5 stars

She shouldn't have really taken the locket. But when twenty-five year-old nurse, Letitia Paisley Everett finds an antique locket in the house of one of her recently deceased patients, she's intrigued. Inside is a portrait of a man. Slipping it over her neck that night she falls asleep, only to wake up later, naked, (with the locket still around her neck), lying on a stone in the woods. Standing nearby watching her is the man whose portrait was inside the locket.

"You're here," he said si
Mar 27, 2012 MISS VAIN rated it it was amazing
"I would burn down the world for you," he whispered fiercely. "Your world or my own. I would rip down the entire city with my bare hands without a second thought. I don't need to taste anything else, I don't need a comparison. "

Wicked As They Come is magical beginning to an intoxicating new paranormal romance series, I can't wait to dive into the next one. My only disappointment with this novel is that the next book will not follow Letisha and Criminy, but it will switch to another couple, tho

Set between two worlds our Earth and Sang- a world where objects have a strong steampunk flavor with clockwork, mechanical animals, vampires and humans living side by side in a dangerous world where prejudice against those who are different and everything maybe out to get you- like the vampire bunnies!

An author has to play it just right to pull off the parallel world plot and Deliah S. Dawson does just that by giving the reader a rich world in Sang. From the cute little animals we see in our w
Nov 01, 2014 Felicia rated it really liked it
Shelves: vaginal-fantasy
This was last month's Vaginal Fantasy book, so you can watch the whole review on our group page if you want! I picked this book under the theme "Supernatural Gumbo" and this book doesn't disappoint. Magicians, Vampires, Steampunk, Ghosts, Carnivals, it's pretty much a pastiche of everything in the genre, but really well done. I mean, yes, it's ridiculous to have rabid blood-sucking bunnies infesting a world, and the lead dude is a juggler in a tophat, but despite (or because of) the weirdness, i ...more
Ash Wednesday
Feb 01, 2014 Ash Wednesday rated it liked it
Recommended to Ash Wednesday by: TBD Buddy Read
"Perhaps that's the difference between predators and prey, love. I'll never stop hunting. But I expect that one day, you'll stop running."
"Because I want to die."
"Because you want to live."

Steampunk, Vampires and an Alice in Wonderland Theme.

All the reasons why this shouldn't have worked for me.

This is only my second steampunk book (the first was meh), I'm not a big fan of vampire stories in PNR and definitely not a big fan of the whole modern woman getting transported to a magical la
My FAVORITE book of 2012 thus far!!

Yeah, those of you who follow me closely know I wouldn't throw that out there lightly, but there it is! I'd heard good things about the series but I wasn't in the hugest rush to read it. Man am I SO glad I got around to it!

Delilah Dawson introduces us to a new world through the eyes of Letitia Everett (aka Tish), a nurse who spends most of her time tending to patients in reality, including her terminally ill grandmother. That is until she stumbles upon this i
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Apr 14, 2012 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it liked it
Recommends it for: PNR fans craving something different
3.5...It's definitely creative. There's adventure, bludcreatures, and spiffy gadgets. There were many longing glances from Criminy and I wish the romance would have been stronger. Criminy's POV would have been nice. Leticia's character started out strong then there were times she felt a little flat. Still, it was an enjoyable story with a good ending.

Thinking, thinking, thinking.

***** edited for full review *****

Wicked as They Come combines sub-genres (science fiction, steampunk, and urban fant
Guilty Pleasures
Oct 02, 2012 Guilty Pleasures rated it it was amazing
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Recommended Read

WICKED AS THEY COME is a refreshing blend of paranormal, urban fantasy and romance, consisting of words so beautifully crafted I could hear carnival music in my head and could clearly visualize the sights and sounds of the Caravan in vivid technicolor. I was transported to another world, a modern day world consisting of wonders of days gone by, steampunk elements, bludanimals, clockworck pets, vampires, a strong yet wounded heroine, quirky ye
Steampunk, pnr with explicit sex and lots of blood (but not too gory). No typos, minimal cussing (if any), no profanity. Nicely done! ツ
This is book 1 of the Blud series. It is Delilah Dawson's debut novel and one of the better paranormal romances I have read this year. I also liked the shorter sequel The Mysterious Madam Morpho. Here is my review for the sequel.

Spoil-free synopsis:
One day in contemporary Alabama, Letitia Paisley Everett (her POV), a hospice-care nurse, fi
Apr 03, 2012 Katie(babs) rated it it was amazing
There are certain times when I get the reading blues. Everything I read I fine boring or fails to excite. But then a book comes along and shakes you up and helps you jump start your reading excitement again. I recently finished such a book and if not for Fiction Vixen’s review, this book might still be languishing in my monster TBR pile.

Wicked as They Come is the debut by Delilah Dawson. When I first saw the title, it reminded me of one of my favorite spooky movie from the 1980’s, Something Wick
Jan 01, 2013 ~V~ rated it really liked it
Wow, what a unique and interesting book! Part UF, part PNR, part steam-punk all set in a strange world where there are Bludman (basically a vampiric race) along with Bludbunnies, Bludmares, Bludstags and Bludrats...creeeeepppy!!! Humans in this world are called Pinkies and they're a a downright rude and prejudice group of people! Then again, if you are being eyeballed to be someone's next meal, no matter where you go, i guess that might "harden" a person!

Sang, the name of this world, is crazy..
4.5 stars

This one was a hard-to-put-down, crazy fantasy that made me wish I could read it again for the first time. Those are few and far between.

The heroine finds an enchanted locket that transports her to an alternate reality where bunnies can strip your bones and clockworks replace modern technology. She is unknowingly answering the call of our hero, a vampire, gypsy king, who runs a traveling carnival. Loved me some hero who was not too tall, could juggle, dance and do magic while letting h
Apr 03, 2012 Melindeeloo rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars - Tish, thinks she's still dreaming when she wakes to find herself naked in the presence of an oddly compelling man in a top hat, Criminy Stain, who just so happens to be the man pictured in an usual locket she's just acquired. She finds it hard to believed that she is actually in another world where there are lots if critters who think human blood is a yummy snack and that she's there because opening the locket triggered a spell to bring Criminy the perfect woman he's been waiting for ...more
Kenya Wright

Gosh this book started off so so so so so good!

I give it Two Stars for just the mindblowing begining... but sadly I had to DNF it! That's right boys and girls. I Did Not Finish it.


First let me say that it started off so freaking great. It was like this Adult Alice in Wonderland... really airy dark fantasy! Luscious carnival people doing groovy magical things.

And then some sort of wierd Love Triange was thrown into it... like it dropped from the sky...

I know. I know what you g
Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Warner ♥
Oct 11, 2015 Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Warner ♥ rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of PNR, urban fantasy, historical romance, or high fantasy romance.
This review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven

This was incredibly unique and surprising. Leticia is a home care nurse coming out of a long-term abusive relationship and she is not looking for anything serious. But someone else is. Someone is looking for someone just like her. She is strangely drawn to a ruby necklace she finds at an estate sale of a deceased patient, and without really understanding why, she steals it! That night she wears it as she falls asleep, and she wakes
Michelle [Helen Geek]

Overall Rating = 2.5 Stars
Book Cover / Book Blurb / Book Title = 5 / 4 / 5 = 4.5 Stars
Writer’s Voice = 2 Stars
Character / Secondary Character Development = 3 / 4 = 3.5 Stars
“Did I like” Hero / Heroine = 4 / 3 = 3.5 Stars
Story / Background Story Development = 2 / 3 = 2.5 Stars
“Did I like the Damned Thing” = 2 Stars
Ending = 3 Stars
Worth the Chili = 2 Stars -- [$6.83 on Amazon]
Smexy [HEAT] Rating = Mild
395 pages

2.5 Stars is a good rating for this one - for me. I give PNR's a bit of leeway
Apr 13, 2012 Ferdy rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

After three years of being in an a abusive relationship, Tish Everett is free and happy. Tish is finally putting the pieces of her life back together, she spends most of her time looking after her grandmother and working as a nurse. The book begins with Tish at an estate sale of one of her former patients. Tish discovers an old locket at the sale and is stunned to find herself drawn to the man pictured in the locket. Tish wears the locket that very same night, when she awakens Tish lear
Mrs.Vishous-Kattalakis-Belikov :::Para Itch Reviews:::
Apr 11, 2012 Mrs.Vishous-Kattalakis-Belikov :::Para Itch Reviews::: rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Mrs.Vishous-Kattalakis-Belikov by: Cat Russell (Addicted2Heroines)
Tish is a home nurse for hospice and since one of her patients passed on she's there sorting through her things. The family is selling all her antiques in an estate sale and Tish happens upon a beautiful locket. In some wierd way it calls to her, so she steals it. But once she opens it she teleports and winds up naked in a field with the sexy man she saw inside the locket who introduces hisself as Criminy Stain.

“I was startled when I saw him there, leaning against a birch tree. Seconds before, I
Mar 31, 2012 Roxanne rated it really liked it
I needed to take control of the dream. I held out a hand with fingers splayed and focused my will. “Zzzzzzzsssst! Pshew! Zzzzist!” I said. But nothing happened.
“What in Sang are you doing, love?” he asked.
My arm dropped to my side. “I was trying to shoot lightning bolts out of my fingertips,” I said. Then, quietly, “It usually works.”
“Told you it wasn’t a dream. Do you want to try flying, too?” Sheepishly, I gave a little hop, but my feet came back down to the ground.
“No,” I said, feeling su
Cat already read and reviewed this book at . I just finished this book, and it made such an impression, that I had to review it on my own.

I would burn down the world for you," he whispered fiercely. "Your world or my own. I would rip down this entire city with my bare hands without a second thought. I don't need to taste anything else, I don't need a comparison. I always thought that when you came to me, you'd feel that way, too."

As Wicked as they Come is the story of
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Nov 04, 2012 Kinga rated it liked it
Recommended to Kinga by: Jill
Thou shalt not steal. No, seriously, thou shalt not. Just look at Tish Everett, she was just minding her own business, visiting her dying grandmother, moaning over and over about the break up with her control freak of a boyfriend and then one day she somewhat accidently steals a locket from an old house and before she knows it, she is transported to some phantasmagoric land where she is forced to join the troupe of a grotesque paranormal circus to avoid being eaten by vampire bunnies. Yes, vampi ...more
Sep 27, 2013 Mariya rated it it was ok
Shelves: vampires, steampunk
Wicked as They Come by Delilah S. Dawson “I would burn down the world for you," he whispered fiercely. "Your world or my own. I would rip down the entire city with my bare hands without a second thought. I don't need to taste anything else, I don't need a comparison.” Everything I heard about this book totally blew me away, even those totally sexy quotes made me swoon over this book. One thing for sure is WICKED AS THEY COME is a very different book, and categorized in a genre that I don't read ...more
Lisa {Silverlight} {Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Reviews}
Wonderfully crafted world of steampunk, paranormal romance, and adventure.

First, I'm going to share my favorite quote from this book with you.

"I would burn down the world for you", he whispered fiercly.
"Your world or my own. I would rip down this entire city with my bare hands without a second thought. I don't need to taste anything else, I don't need a comparison"...

Good huh?
Loved that quote and I really loved this different take, in the paranormal romance genre.
This book had a Alice In Wond
Carla *Jen7waters*
Okay, so this one kind of disappointed me, because I was expecting great new things from it and it turned out to be more or less the same paranormal vampire thing – it’s just that in Sang, where the story takes place, vampires are called Bludmen. Fancy.
My main problem with the book was the heroine, she started out okay, but then she just becomes boring, and I gradually stopped caring about her. The love triangle didn’t help (HATE THEM SO FREAKING MUCH) especially because both relationships are
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Delilah S. Dawson writes whimsical and dark Fantasy for adults and teens. Her Blud series for Pocket includes Wicked as They Come, Wicked After Midnight, and Wicked as She Wants, winner of the RT Book Reviews Steampunk Book of the Year and May Seal of Excellence for 2013. Her YA debut, Servants of the Storm, is a Southern Gothic Horror set in Savannah, GA, and HIT is about teen assassins in a bank ...more
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“I would burn down the world for you," he whispered fiercely. "Your world or my own. I would rip down the entire city with my bare hands without a second thought. I don't need to taste anything else, I don't need a comparison.” 67 likes
“Time to beat back the bunny hordes," he said gallantly,knowing that any blood-hungry animals in the area would be waiting outside for me.
He threw open the door, shouting, "Bunnies, prepare to meet your doom!”
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