Oh how I miss the caravan!!!! The novellas in this series have been featuring people outside of the caravan world and away from Criminy. This was jus
Oh how I miss the caravan!!!! The novellas in this series have been featuring people outside of the caravan world and away from Criminy. This was just the taste I was craving for! A tough heroine that goes full force ahead to get what she wants, and a tall, dark and mysterious hero.
Let me just say for a man of few words and a lot of danger, Marco Taresque had my heart fluttering with just one look. Maybe it’s the air of danger that comes already from being a knife thrower. Add to that aura the fact that he could be a murderer. Call me stupid, but I was attracted to him like a moth to his light. Marco ended up being full of surprises!
Then, of course, there’s Jacinda. What a great heroine and the perfect spice to draw him out! She’s a journalist braving the caravan world to interview everyone and write a book about the lives they lead. The story that catches her interest immediately, of course the bad boy knife thrower who may or may not have killed his assistant and ran away. She also is immediately attracted to him, period. And she’s woman enough to not be scared or intimidated and go for what she wants.
The chemistry and banter between them was awesome. There was just a hair of danger but their meetings where always full of sensuality. And when things ever went to more than just playing…VERY hot!
I also enjoyed the small glimpse of actual caravan life that we got. And I especially liked Demi, whom we see a bit of in this novella, and she will be getting her own book next. As always, can’t wait.
THE PECULIAR PETS OF MISS PLEASANCE is another great example of the talent Ms. Dawson has. Freakishly good! We are introduced to Frannie Ple4.5 stars
THE PECULIAR PETS OF MISS PLEASANCE is another great example of the talent Ms. Dawson has. Freakishly good! We are introduced to Frannie Pleasance, owner and shopkeeper of a pet store in times when everyone has clockworks instead. She is that ray of hope that has sort of dimmed because of the world she lives in but she still holds a piece of that with her.
She rescues Casper, sort of, off the London streets and offers him to rent her brothers’ room. He reminds her of her dead brother, which might be the connection that drives her to help him. That and her all around good nature. But Casper is bad news and brings with him problems for Miss Pleasance and her pets.
No, you might be thinking now that Casper and Miss Pleasance would be an item, but here’s where you are (and I was) wrong). We have one sexy Scottish firefighter who comes to her rescue when times get tough. Kilt and all! I’m not kidding! Holy fires was Thom hot. Casper and his crush on Frannie, and Thom maybe more than crushing on her, they both try to keep her safe.
I’ve come to expect to be scared of this world when I read it, but this wasn’t exactly scary. I think it may have been that Frannie sort of lives in her own bubble in this world and there wasn’t a lot of interactions with any baddies….except THE BLUDRATS! Vicious little things! I needed more of it!
This was definitely the perfect preamble to Casper’s book WICKED AS THEY COME. We see his struggles and get to know him just a little more….and then realize we don’t know him at all. I cannot wait to read his story! You know how I love me a bad boy! ;)
Sometimes, a reader just needs to trust an author. I was a little upset when I found out this wasn’t a Criminy book, but I was excited to go4.5 stars
Sometimes, a reader just needs to trust an author. I was a little upset when I found out this wasn’t a Criminy book, but I was excited to go back to Sang and seemed like a glimpse of caravan life again. I shouldn’t have worried. If there is one thing I know with certainty right before I crack open a Blud book, is that it’ll take me on a wild ride, stimulate my imagination and make me want to transport into Sang myself. WICKED AFTER MIDNIGHT delivers that and more!
Demi is not the conventional heroine I’m used to seeing in this series. She’s a young human college girl who ends up in Sang many years ago and is now a Bludman. She was turned by Criminy to save her life and given a job with his caravan. Trained to be a contortionist. But, again, she’s young. A bit immature and bratty, and she wants to see what else is out there in this world. She has dreams of being a cabaret star, seeing her name on billboards and having much success. So she enlists her contortionist partner Cherie and off they head for Paris.
They’re attacked and Cherie is taken and she quickly realizes that what she aspired to be, thinking she was untouchable because she’s a Bludman, is not the way she had imagined.
This book is a story of growth for Demi. I really enjoyed seeing that because, quite frankly, I was getting pissy at the beginning with her rebellious attitude. She makes mistake after mistake, but she learns from them (mostly) and comes out on the other side with her spirit intact and the future she envisioned.
Then there’s the hero. Part thief, part nomad, and all kinds of sexy. I love a man that’s a bit of a rogue in the real sense of the word and there’s the bonus of his sexy accent. Vale is protective and loyal to a fault. Going against what she should do for his people, he stays in Paris to watch out over Demi and help her find Cherie. I would’ve liked to see him make his move and swoop in before he did, but the pacing of their romance was great and always full of sparks.
This was an action packed episode! I loved the cabaret theme, the Moulin Rouge feel, and the parallels that Demi found between the human world and Sang and the things she could introduce there that weren’t known yet (like can-can and the Phantom of the Opera). Another thing I always enjoy in this series is that the “final battles” are never rushed. Ms. Dawson does an amazing job at dealing with the enemy in a way that, even though sometimes doesn’t have to drag on for 10 pages, it leaves you completely satisfied of the resolution.
I can’t say enough how much I enjoy this series and every aspect of this world that we get to see. Looking forward to much more!
She's done it again! I started reading this thinking "Is it possible that she wrote such an amazing and engaging world or did I just imagine that while reading the first book?" Well, I can honestly say now that if I wasn't so scared of Sang, I would want to visit and stay there for a while. At the very least, I would want to read about it for as long as I could.
This short story was just enough of a teaser into the world of Blud and Sang, enough to keep us craving more and to make the wait for book two more bearable. I find it amazing that the author was able to tell the story of a character that was not a main concern before, Mr. Murdoch, and sucking me into the story from the very beginning.
Not only is Mr. Murdoch so very smart because he makes all the awesome clockworks, but the recluse that doesn't want anyone to see him or know who he really is is actually a passionate man. When Madam Morpho joins the carnival with her butterfly circus, Mr. Murdoch is assigned with making a stage for the butterflies. Because, see, butterflies are now extint in Sang so these are rare sightings.
While working together, the two fugitives happen to fall in love. Or in lust at the very least. The connection between Madam Morpho and Mr. Murdoch was instant and believable. The slow build up of their relationship, as slow as a short story allows, was also perfect. And we even got some smexy in for good measure. Perfect!
All the magic of the Blud series continues to flow through the pages of THE MYSTERIOUS MADAM MORPHO. Yes I'm addicted, I want to know more, I want to see more. I want to know all about the different species and about this world because it's so different and unique. The author is such a talented storyteller that I can't help but to be captivated. That or completely scared of the bludbadgers. Eeeeekkkkkkk Is it April yet??
I've said it before and I'll say it again...READ THIS SERIES!!!