Series: Blud #4
Also in this series: The Damsel and the Daggerman
Published by Pocket Star on October 5, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy Romance, Steampunk
Source: Received from Publisher via NetGalley
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Delilah S. Dawson’s award-winning Blud series comes full circle as Tish and Criminy, stars of Wicked as They Come, embark on a sexy and harrowing final adventure in a world RT Book Reviews called “delightfully edgy with hidden charms.”
Ever since landing in the magical world of Sang and falling in love with dashing ringmaster Criminy Stain, Tish has been waiting for the axe to fall. Until her dying grandmother’s last breath on Earth, Tish can’t bring herself to give up her all-too human frailty and commit to life on Sang as a youthful, long-lived Bludman like her handsome husband. But when a peculiar twist of fate delivers Tish’s grandmother to Sang, an unexpected chain of events forces Tish and Criminy to embark on one last wild adventure. From old friends to new and into the lair of terrifying enemies, the couple’s love and longevity will be pushed to the brink by each harrowing encounter. Is blud thicker than blood, and can Tish and Crim find their wicked ever after?
Wicked Ever After is the fourth book in Delilah S. Dawson’s Blud series. This steampunk paranormal mix-up is set in a beautifully dark and unique world, but this installment left me a bit uneasy.
Dawson did something that is not regularly done in paranormal romance. Wicked Ever After tied up not only the HEA, but their future was laid out as well. I cannot say TOO much about that without revealing spoilers galore. Dawson touched on Tish’s inability to reproduce in the first few books, but I don’t remember that being much of a focus, more like a driving force to some of her behaviors and beliefs. However, her reproductive abilities were front and center in this story, leaving me lacking in my ability to relate to the character. I am sure I am the minority that, as a women, my ability to have children, or belief that I could not, never defined so many of my emotions and thoughts. Tish also seemed ridiculously slow to accept facts that those she trusted and cared about repeatedly attempted to tell her. I don’t remember this being a personality trait in the prior books.
Part of this final installment included Tish’s grandmother that she brought to Sang and changed, just before she passes away from old age. And wow does that shit go wrong. Imagine finding out your grandmother, that you had been caring for on your own, really didn’t want much to do with you. The real issue with me was at the basis of the grandmothers thoughts. She seemed to blame Tish for not “really knowing her”, even though she had grownup with her. I hate to say it, but that would be your own fault. I had no sympathy for her harsh attitude and her ability to blame everyone else.
My issues with this book were not really writing issues. The author is a talented storyteller and creates vivid images with her well placed words. This book just didn’t work because of character and personality conflicts with my own, I believe. Having the two focal points of the story not only not connect with me as a reader, but they hit on a few things I didn’t expect to be bothered by so much. It made me feel uneasy that I was unable to relate to the female characters concern about not being able to have children and I felt uneasy that someone a character had unselfishly sacrificed so much for, would be so cold and indifferent towards one another.
I rate Wicked Ever After 2.5 out of 5 Bullets.
I received this title directly from the publisher. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.