Review: Dangerously Charming by Deborah Blake

Author: Deborah Blake
Series: Broken Riders #1
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher
Pages: 304
Reviewer: Marie
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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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...

Marie's Thoughts
This whimsically charming romance was so much more than I expected. Ms. Blake is a master at building a unique and vivid world for her characters, so I knew the magic and faeries would be thrown at me in abundance. But what I never counted on was the character development that occurred from start to finish.

Mikhail is our hero of the story, and he’s dark, brooding and blames himself for the current predicament that he and his brothers find themselves in. His personality is so dark and bitter, that it was hard for me to imagine him opening up to another person, let alone a woman “in distress.”  But when he comes to the aid of Jenna, our heroine counterpart, something in him changes, and it’s beautiful. Watching their story and subsequent romance unfold was romance at its finest, and by the end of the book, was left with an overwhelming feeling of warmth for the two of them.

The story is a wonderful beginning to what I’m sure will prove to be a phenomenal series that Ms. Blake should be proud of.

I read and reviewed a paperback copy of the book gifted to the blog in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.

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