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Steampunk Romance Review: Wicked Ever After by Delilah S. Dawson

Wicked Ever After by Delilah S. Dawson (Blud #4)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
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?

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If you could describe Wicked Ever After with one phrase it would be "cherry on top". It truly was a wonderful ending to the series, with all the ends neatly tied up. Everyone had their happy ending, apart from the villains, of course. Those met deserved gruesome (and very satisfying) deaths.

So six years after their meeting Leticia and Criminy still manage their travelling circus, still on the same circuit. Only he stays young and gorgeous no matter what, while she is aged to around sixty thanks to the witch's curse. Of course, Criminy can turn Trish into a bludwoman at any time and reverse the process, but Tish's gran is still dying  in her own world, and our heroine can not leave her alone.

Suddenly a solution to her situation appears, and Tish jumps at the chance, but the outcome is anything but what she expected. She is miserable and a little lost, then something bad happens, and our couple of heroes rushes towards danger in their usual fashion.

I could understand Tish's worries even if they took all the joy out of her life. Still I was glad to see her finally letting go and have wild, exuberant fun with Criminy. Her gran, Ruby, was a hoot as well. And in general, the whole book turned out to be lighter and more flamboyant than Wicked As They Come.
I certainly enjoyed it and its ever so romantic her, Criminy Stain. We also saw a plethora of other characters from the other books in the series with their own HEA.

Overall, a strong, fast read. Fab series, greatly recommended.

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Если бы я могла описать эту книгу одной фразой, то это было ты " а сверху вишенка" (гипотетического торта, конечно). Она оказалась замечательной концовкой серии с аккуратно завязанными сюжетными линиями. Каждому характеру выдали счастливую концовку, за исключением злодеев, конечно. Тем выпало умерить жуткой, кровавой смертью, от которой читатель получил полное удовлетворение.

Итак, шесть лет спустя после встречи Летиция и Кримини так же водят караваны цирка и по тому же курсу. Только он так же молод и прекрасен, а Тиш постарела лет до 60 благодаря ведьминому проклятью. Конечно Кримини запросто может превратить её в женщину Крови, вернув Тиш молодость и здоровье, однако она не может оставить бабушку, умирающую от рака в другом мире.

Ситуация эта разрешается  неожиданно и брутально. Внезапно, Тиш получает своё тайное пожелание, однако оно оказывается далёким от её ожиданий. Наша героиня несчастна и немного потеряна, затем случается очередная неприятность, и наша парочка пускается в характерное для них сумбурное путешествие, чтобы изменить ситуацию.

Я очень даже сочувствовала проблемам Тиш в начале, даже если те и высосали всю радость из её жизни. Однако, когда Тиш наконец-то расслабилась и по-настоящему начала наслаждаться приключениями с мужем, читала я о ней с большим удовольствием.

Её бабка, Руби, вообще оказалась офигительной, и вся книга была лёгкой и задорной. Особенно хорошо читался неисправимый романтик Кримини Стэйн. Но и все остальные знакомые нам характеры получили свои "и жили они долго и счастливо.

В общем, прекрасно, рекомендую.
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