Reviewed by Ami
Title: Wickedly Ever After
Author: Deborah Blake
Series: Baba Yaga 2.5
Heroine/Hero: Barbara Yager/Liam McClellan
Genre: MF Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Length: 66 Pages
Release Date: January 19, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one…
Having triumphed over a powerful enemy and ended up with both a wonderful guy—Sheriff Liam McClellan—and an adorable adopted daughter to raise as a Baba Yaga, Barbara Yager is ready to welcome her happily ever after.
But first she must bring Liam to the Otherworld and get the Queen’s permission to marry him. The Queen, however, is not so easily persuaded. She gives them three impossible tasks to complete in two weeks’ time—and if they fail Barbara will have to watch Liam slowly age and die like all humans, and kiss her happily ever after good-bye forever.
Review: In this novella, Blake returns to Barbara and Liam, who first appeared in the start of this series, Wickedly Dangerous. As the title suggests, it is the (happily) ever after update for our couple, although to achieve such thing, Barbara and Liam must first fulfill three impossible tasks set by the Queen of the Underworld.
Being a Baba Yaga, Barbara is gifted with long-life, thanks to Water of Life and Death that she consumes regularly. She hasn’t shared the water with anyone – until she falls in love with Liam and marries him not long ago. Barbara needs the Queen’s permission so Liam can drink the water as well, if they want to live their long life happily together. So Barbara, Liam, their daughter Babs, and their dragon-dog Chudo-Yudo have two weeks to catch the song of the ocean in a bottle, to bring the living representative of a dead species, and to find a human whose heart is so pure that he or she has never spoken a lie…
This is a light and enjoyable quest adventure. I loved being back with the family and I wholeheartedly welcomed the set of familiar faces that help Barbara and Liam with their tasks, like Barbara’s “Baba Yaga sisters” Becca and Bella (who will get her own novel coming soon), as well as new allies (Liam’s friend from university). I also loved the resolution of the tasks, especially the last one.
I can’t wait to read Bella’s story next.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*