WICKED AS THEY COME by Delilah S. Dawson

February 5, 2014

Tish didn’t mean to steal the locket. It was an accident. She’d gone to the estate sale in hopes of finding some nice curio or knick knack and get a peek around old Mrs. Stein’s house.

As her hospice nurse, Tish only ever saw the bedroom where Mrs. Stein had planned to live out her final days. She’d found the necklace between the pages of an old book but an emergency call sent her running for the door, only later realizing she’d still had the necklace in hand.

It was a curious piece of jewelry, old and tarnished, and given that it had been hidden away Tish was sure no one would really miss it. But the locket is so much more than a simple necklace: when Tish sleeps the locket allows her to travel to another world, one where vampires are real and even the animals crave blood.

Criminy Stain, a bludman and magician who runs a traveling circus, had the locket created to seek out his true love and while Tish isn’t sure that’s her, she is intrigued by his world. Before she can decide if this is a life she wants, the necklace is stolen. Stain vows to help her recover it, but it will mean risking their lives to travel across a perilous land.

Dawson’s series debut is a perfect blend of steamy romance and paranormal. The world building is phenomenal and the story is wickedly enchanting.

2/14 Becky Lejeune

WICKED AS THEY COME by Delilah S. Dawson. Pocket Books (March 27, 2012) . ISBN 978-1451657883. 416p.