I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Wicked After Midnight by Delilah S. Dawson
Series: Blud #3
Also in this series: The Damsel and the Daggerman
Published by Pocket Books on January 28, 2014
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Steampunk
Source: the Publisher
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A contortionist and a rakish brigand navigate the cabarets of Paris to rescue a girl taken by slavers in the third steampunk-tinged romance of the Blud series.
Life as a contortionist in Criminy’s Clockwork Caravan should be the height of exotic adventure, but for Demi Ward, it’s total dullsville. Until her best friend, Cherie, is stolen by slavers outside of Paris, and Demi is determined to find her.
On the run from his own past, Vale Hildebrand, a dashing rogue of a highwayman, hides Demi from the slavers…but why? He pledges to help her explore the glittering cabarets of Paris to find her friend, but much to Vale’s frustration, Demi soon attracts a host of wealthy admirers. The pleasures of music, blood, and absinthe could turn anyone’s head, and it would be all too easy to accept Cherie’s disappearance as inevitable—but with Vale’s ferocious will and Demi’s drive to find her friend, they soon have a lead on a depraved society of Parisian notables with a taste for beautiful lost girls. Can Demi wind her way through the seedy underbelly of Paris and save her best friend before she, too, is lost?
What can I say other than I am super sad to see this series come to an end. I’ve loved every minute I’ve spent in Sang, from the first confusing minute with Tish meeting Criminey, to traveling the world with Casper, to bringing it all to a close with Demi in Paris. *takes a moment of silence to mourn the loss of an amazing world*
Demi and her best friend Cherie encounter some trouble on their way to Paris and Cherie gets taken. Demi’s only hope to find her is to trust Vale, and to go on with her plan to work at a cabaret “under cover” so she can find out where the missing girls are being taken. So while she is doing her thing, she becomes almost an instant star. Which makes Vale not too happy – all of a sudden she is getting lots of attention and he doesn’t know how to deal with that.
I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like this, since it didn’t focus on Criminey. Because, HELLO – CRIMINEY. But I was pleasantly surprised. Demi is cocky and confident, and sometimes a bitch. AND I LOVED HER FOR IT. And Vale … *swoon*. I am not sure how I can do him justice. So I won’t even try.
I loved following along with Vale and Demi’s will they, won’t they, back and forth. I mean I knew they would eventually, so all the back and forth did was make when they finally got together that much more satisfying.
And the Paris of Sang … it is so dirty and scary and elegant and beautiful – it was like I was there. Dawson has a talent. She transports you to the world in her mind, and I will miss Sang very much. But fortunately I can go back to visit any time I want. Thank you, Ms. Dawson, for providing such a wonderful experience.