The Riders: Three immortal brothers who kept the Baba Yagas safe, now stripped of their summons to protect. But fate is not finished with them—and their new callings are even more powerful…
Though his physical wounds have healed, Gregori Sun, the eldest of the Riders, remains in spiritual turmoil. His search for his mother, the one person able to heal his soul and save his life, is failing—until he crosses paths with a beautiful and fascinating librarian who might be the key to his salvation…
Ciera Evans’s bookish ways are just a guise. The product of a difficult past, she has dedicated her life to saving lost teens—by any means necessary. She works alone, but when a dark, brooding stranger proposes they team up to solve both their problems, she is tempted—in more ways than one…
After Ciera and Sun’s plans are derailed by dangerous enemies, they find themselves entangled in an ungodly affair—one that will force them to either find new strength together or be forever haunted by their pasts alone.
Worldbuilding: Minneapolis, Minnesota main setting, plus some traveling about in interesting locations. Well, a monastery is certainly an uncommon place to start a PNR. Many fantastic elements in the world: fantasy Otherworld complete with centaurs, queens, and maigc, plus paranormal elements like visions and healing, witches, dragon-pets, cool concepts like the Baba Yagas, the Riders, plus gods and goddesses to boot.
Characters: Gregori Sun is old – like really old, we’re talking 1000yo. That sort of gave me pause for a moment, but any story that begins with the execution of a mustache has definite potential, hehe. He has a lot to deal with and is trying to regain his balance, which made Gregori easy to empathize with and like – and root for, ofc. And yet I didn’t see his monastic life surviving for too long, lol, for obvious reasons.
Ciera was so, so awesome: librarian with unruly hair and glasses who seemed to have given up men, and could kick serious ass literally. Loved her pretty much on the stop. Her tough past and dedication to punishing whoever had killed Skye made her all the easier to like. I loved how nuanced and layered she was, and how invested she proved to be in the well-being of homeless teens.
But my favorite thing had to be the whole Chudo-Yudo thing, and Koshka was my top fav because cat lover galore, hehe.
Plot: I loved the slow burn romance, but if it was any slower my eyes might have burst out, haha. The Victor angle was interesting, and added an edgier note compared to the search for Iduyan and the results of it. Great pace of events, lots of action.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, mostly his/her POV but technically multi-POV.
Curb Appeal: Very cool cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my UF/PNR moods.
I recommend Dangerously Divine to fans of slow burn romance with kickass heroines with troubled pasts and stelwart heroes who fall for them while doing their best not to. Lots of fun!