I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Wickedly Wonderful by Deborah Blake
Length: 12 hours
Published by Berkley Pages: 352
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Romy Nordlinger
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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 of them…
Though she looks like a typical California surfer girl, Beka Yancy is in fact a powerful yet inexperienced witch who’s struggling with her duties as a Baba Yaga. Luckily she has her faithful dragon-turned-dog for moral support, especially when faced with her biggest job yet…
A mysterious toxin is driving the Selkie and Mer from their homes deep in the trenches of Monterey Bay. To investigate, Beka buys her way onto the boat of Marcus Dermott, a battle-scarred former U.S. Marine, and his ailing fisherman father.
While diving for clues, Beka drives Marcus crazy with her flaky New Age ideas and dazzling blue eyes. She thinks he’s rigid and cranky (and way too attractive). Meanwhile, a charming Selkie prince has plans that include Beka. Only by trusting her powers can Beka save the underwater races, pick the right man, and choose the path she’ll follow for the rest of her life…
What I thought of this book.
So I guess I thought this was a series about one Baba and was excited to learn more about the one from the previous book and then I learned it was about a different Baba. So despite my disappointment I enjoyed this book. 🙂
Beka is a Baba Yaga, but she is inexperienced even though she is very powerful. She looks like a surfer girl. Beka has a lot of her plate as she has to find out who is poisoning the water and threatening the merfolk and the selkies way of life.
While investigating out in the water she finds a little merbaby caught in a fishing net and rescues it by cutting a whole in the net. Marcus who is fishing with his dad sees her out in the water and thought she needed help but then sees that she cut his net and grows very furious with her as fishing is how they make money.
She needs Marcus’s help getting to a dive spot but he is still mad at her for ruining there fishing and refuses so she goes to his dad who takes her out. Beka is trying to figure out who or what is poisoning the water with her dives as the sea folk keep getting sicker and sicker.
The more that Beka and Marcus spend together the more feeling stir but she is not sure what she is going to do with her life. She still has time to decide not to be a baba as she hasn’t turned 30 yet. She doesn’t think she is a very good baba.
I liked Beka, as even paranormal beings can be indecisive about their futures. She was raised to be baba and took over after the one before her decided to hang up her hat so to speak. She doesn’t have a lot of confidence in her ability, especially now that the ocean waters are being poisoned and the sea folk are being chased from their homes. Still she is determined to do her best even if she has to have Marcus help her.
Marcus is a bit of a grump at first but he grows on you. He was a military man who has seen to much war and decided to come back home after hearing his father has cancer. They never got along so it’s kind of like a second chance for them to spend time with each other. Something is chasing away all the fish and they are having a hard time making ends meat, which is why his father didn’t mind taking Beka’s money to just take her out and dump her in the middle of the ocean.
Overall, it was not a bad read once I got over my want of the last baba…lol. Great for those who love paranormal romances.
I have much love for Romy Nordlinger. She is one of my favorites and makes this a delightful listen.