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Wicked After Midnight
     

Wicked After Midnight

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by Delilah S. Dawson
 

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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.

An electrifying paranormal romance . . . with a twist!

Only rebellious Demi Ward could be bored with her life as a contortionist in Criminy Stain’s magical traveling circus. But being a

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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.

An electrifying paranormal romance . . . with a twist!

Only rebellious Demi Ward could be bored with her life as a contortionist in Criminy Stain’s magical traveling circus. But being a cabaret star in the City of Light is dangerous . . . especially for an audacious Bludman.

After Demi’s best friend, Cherie, is brutally kidnapped en route to Paris by a roving band of masked slavers, passionate highwayman Vale Hildebrand shows up to save the day. With his help, Demi rises to the top of the cabaret scene as part of her plot to find Cherie—but what she really discovers is a taste for Vale’s kisses. Meanwhile, wealthy suitors vie for a night of her charms, crowding the glittering club where Demi commands the stage with a host of colorful daimons. She is soon seduced by a smoldering portrait artist whose ties to a secret society could be the break she and Vale need on their hunt. But—unlike the Paris that Demi read about in college on Earth—the Paris of Sang is full of depraved pleasures and deadly surprises. . . .

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
02/15/2014
In a bold bid for adventure, outspoken, headstrong Demi Ward, Bludman (vampire) and brilliant contortionist, leaves the relative safety of the Clockwork Caravan she's called home ever since she was wrenched from her Earthly college life for the wild Sang world. She eludes her chaperone and with her best friend Cherie heads for the cabarets of Paris. But when slavers attack their coach, Cherie is taken, and Demi flees into the moors, only to be rescued by Vale Hildebrand, a roguish brigand who takes her into the city—and into a dangerous new life and a perilous search for Cherie. Bright-skinned Daimons who live on emotion, human Pinkies, and lethal Bludmen bring a depraved, alternate Paris to vivid life as Demi and Vale navigate the pitfalls of a debauched pleasure-seeking culture in a race against time to find Cherie. VERDICT Sexy, captivating, witty, and touched with evil, Dawson's latest venture into her wickedly decadent steampunk world is an enthralling page-turner and another winner for fans of darker paranormals. Dawson (Wicked as She Wants) lives in Atlanta.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451657913
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
01/28/2014
Series:
A Blud Novel Series , #6
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
4.12(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.20(d)

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Meet the Author

Delilah S. Dawson is the author of Hit, Servants of the Storm, the Blud series, Star Wars: “The Perfect Weapon,” a variety of short stories and comics, and Wake of Vultures, written as Lila Bowen. She lives in north Georgia with her family and a fat mutt named Merle. Find her online at WhimsyDark.com.

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Wicked After Midnight 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Deb_Rasmussen More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of the Blud series even BEFORE reading the first book, Wicked As They Come. I was hooked when I saw the cover and read the blurb. Sometimes when that happens, I am disappointed when I actually read the books in a series, but I am being totally honest when I say these books exceeded my expectations. That is rare, and appreciated. I adore the world of Sang, even though it is not necessarily a wonderful place. BUT I have fallen in love with several of the characters in the series. Criminy Stain. *sigh* Leticia is a lucky lady, and I wish them happiness. Wicked After Midnight had more of the quirky characters, fierce blud animals (blud poodles - yikes!), and clockworks that make the world Delilah S Dawson has created so interesting and addictive. At times, Demi was a bit too hung up on fighting for her freedom, causing herself and others some trouble that could have been avoided. She also seemed a bit reluctant to listen to others advice, and had a rather large chip on her shoulder. She had some very human failings - a bit odd since she is a Bludman, but she started out as human. Those imperfections are something I can relate to, even though at times I wanted her to figure it out quicker, if for no other reason so she could have more smexy times with Vale. Speaking of Vale, he is another fantastic character in this series. Ms. Dawson has created some of the most fantastic, swoonworthy male characters. I am looking at you Criminy Stain. *sigh* Vale is easily my second favorite in this series, he was a fantastic match for Demi. I really enjoyed this book, it was an incredible journey through a world I crave like an addict craves absinthe. I am extremely sad that this book most likely ends the Blud series. If the Book Gods decide to take pity on us humans, and somehow this series gets to continue, I will be buying them. Because Sang, and Bludbunnies, and Leticia, and clockworks, and the Caravan, and Criminy Stain. *sigh*
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Sometimes, a reader just needs to trust an author.  I was a little upset when I found out this wasn’t a Criminy book, but I was excited to go back to Sang and seemed like a glimpse of caravan life again.  I shouldn’t have worried.  If there is one thing I know with certainty right before I crack open a Blud book, is that it’ll take me on a wild ride, stimulate my imagination and make me want to transport into Sang myself.  WICKED AFTER MIDNIGHT delivers that and more! Demi is not the conventional heroine I’m used to seeing in this series.  She’s a young human college girl who ends up in Sang many years ago and is now a Bludman.  She was turned by Criminy to save her life and given a job with his caravan.  Trained to be a contortionist.  But, again, she’s young.  A bit immature and bratty, and she wants to see what else is out there in this world.  She has dreams of being a cabaret star, seeing her name on billboards and having much success.  So she enlists her contortionist partner Cherie and off they head for Paris. They’re attacked and Cherie is taken and she quickly realizes that what she aspired to be, thinking she was untouchable because she’s a Bludman, is not the way she had imagined. This book is a story of growth for Demi.  I really enjoyed seeing that because, quite frankly, I was getting pissy at the beginning with her rebellious attitude.  She makes mistake after mistake, but she learns from them (mostly) and comes out on the other side with her spirit intact and the future she envisioned. Then there’s the hero.  Part thief, part nomad, and all kinds of sexy.  I love a man that’s a bit of a rogue in the real sense of the word and there’s the bonus of his sexy accent.  Vale is protective and loyal to a fault.  Going against what she should do for his people, he stays in Paris to watch out over Demi and help her find Cherie.  I would’ve liked to see him make his move and swoop in before he did, but the pacing of their romance was great and always full of sparks. This was an action packed episode!  I loved the cabaret theme, the Moulin Rouge feel, and the parallels that Demi found between the human world and Sang and the things she could introduce there that weren’t known yet (like can-can and the Phantom of the Opera).  Another thing I always enjoy in this series is that the “final battles” are never rushed.  Ms. Dawson does an amazing job at dealing with the enemy in a way that, even though sometimes doesn’t have to drag on for 10 pages, it leaves you completely satisfied of the resolution. I can’t say enough how much I enjoy this series and every aspect of this world that we get to see.  Looking forward to much more! *ARC provided by publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love her books. The heroine was selfish and immature. She just rubbed me the wrong way sometimes. She was tough and the setting was awesome. I wanted more of the hero, he was sexy as hell. He was great for the heroine. Over all I loved it. Always fun, such an awesome world, can't wait for more.