Dangerously Divine by Deborah Blake

Dangerously Divine

The author of the “wonderful” (Tamora Pierce) Baba Yaga novels and Dangerously Charming is back with a magically mesmerizing new tale about the dashing and daring Broken Riders...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...Thoug...

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  • Marta Cox

    I really enjoyed being back in this world full of magic, the fae and of course the Baba Yagas . What makes this book so special though is the previously unflappable Gregori Sun. Gregori has always seemed the one most in tune with the universe and his place within it but recent events have left him in inner turmoil. No longer immortal, no longer a Rider and now discovering latent powers that he has no idea how to control! Ok time to take action and Gregori feels his place is in meditation readyin

    I really enjoyed being back in this world full of magic, the fae and of course the Baba Yagas . What makes this book so special though is the previously unflappable Gregori Sun. Gregori has always seemed the one most in tune with the universe and his place within it but recent events have left him in inner turmoil. No longer immortal, no longer a Rider and now discovering latent powers that he has no idea how to control! Ok time to take action and Gregori feels his place is in meditation readying himself for life as a Monk but it turns out that perhaps the universe has other ideas !

    Ciera has reinvented herself. No longer a runaway, no longer dependent on drugs but now a model citizen working as a librarian and helping those less fortunate. Oh who am I kidding? It would be a boring story if nothing untoward was happening and the truth is Ciera has a secret of her own ! Their initial meeting might be coincidental but there's a connection between them that confuses Gregori. Still he hasn't time for romance and really needs help discovering his roots but not everyone wants Gregori to retrace his past !

    Most paranormal stories have good versus evil but this book offers us more than one villain and it's really a twisting tale that had me gripped. These Riders are so very different to each other and I would definitely recommend starting with the Baba Yaga books but right now it's all about Gregori getting his mojo back and he manages that with some very unexpected intervention! What can I say? With families you never quite know what to expect!

    This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair

  • Michele

    See the full review at HarlequinJunkie.com

    Dangerously Divine had everything I love about Deborah Blake’s work. It featured a loyal hero and a strong heroine who had incredible chemistry together, and of course it was full of magic and supernatural elements that added depth to the story.

    ‘Avoid all violence, Gregori heard his teacher from the monastery say in his head. And then he ran toward trouble, just as he always had.’

    I had a lot of fun with Gregori and Ciera’s romance, but then again, I alw

    See the full review at HarlequinJunkie.com

    Dangerously Divine had everything I love about Deborah Blake’s work. It featured a loyal hero and a strong heroine who had incredible chemistry together, and of course it was full of magic and supernatural elements that added depth to the story.

    ‘Avoid all violence, Gregori heard his teacher from the monastery say in his head. And then he ran toward trouble, just as he always had.’

    I had a lot of fun with Gregori and Ciera’s romance, but then again, I always have fun with Deborah Blake’s stories. Now the books in this series can be read as standalones, but if you’ve read book one or even the Baba Yaga series then you’re probably as curious about the former Riders as I have been. And Gregori certainly was the noble, honorable man I thought he was. I love that his struggles (as well as Ciera’s) were cast in a realistic light, not shying away from his flaws or mistakes.

  • Beth

    What an amazing ride Deborah Blake has taken us on! The three immortal brothers, protectors of the Baba Yagas, have lost their immortality to a power hungry individual and now the always confident, Gregori, is struggling to find his way.

    is Gregori’s story.

    Gregori has decided to become a monk, following a spiritual path that his mother had instilled in him since an early age. As he goes down the path toward monkhood, he also wishes to discover whether his mother is still aliv

    What an amazing ride Deborah Blake has taken us on! The three immortal brothers, protectors of the Baba Yagas, have lost their immortality to a power hungry individual and now the always confident, Gregori, is struggling to find his way.

    is Gregori’s story.

    Gregori has decided to become a monk, following a spiritual path that his mother had instilled in him since an early age. As he goes down the path toward monkhood, he also wishes to discover whether his mother is still alive. Gregori goes where anyone would go to do research, to the library, where he meets a librarian he just can’t get out of his mind, Ciera Evans.

    Ciera is on the run from someone in her past and is weary of anyone new. When Gregori turns up at the library she doesn’t think much of it but then he also keeps showing up in other places in her life she suspects him of being an agent of her ex, the one she is running from.

    Gregori’s explorations into the elusive spiritual group that his mother started kicks off a goddess’ wrath, endangering Ciera, Gregori and everyone living the city. Together they must protect those they've come to care for and work together before its too late.

    was a gripping and completely riveting paranormal romance. I have loved the Baba Yaga series from the first installment I read and am now devouring Blake’s storytelling with the Broken Riders series. What else could a fan ask for…crossover characters, same Baba Yaga world, an explosive, action intense plot AND a swoon worth romance!

    I received this ARC copy of

    from Berkley Publishing Group. This is my honest and voluntary review. This book is set for publication November 28, 2017.

    My Rating: 5 stars

    Written by: Deborah Blake

    Series: A Broken Riders Novel

    Sequence in Series: Book 2

    Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages

    Publisher: Berkley

    Publication Date: November 28, 2017

    ISBN-10: 1101987189

    ISBN-13: 978-1101987186

    Genre: Paranormal Romance | Urban Fantasy

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  • Kelly Knapp

    Wow. Love the concept and the characters are strong and well developed. love that the characters weren't looking for a partner, but found they couldn't resist...I will be looking for the first book and getting it shortly. Looking forward to the third in the series.

  • Louisa

    Oh, this was a really fantastic book! These two were really fantastic, and they both had something going on, him with his powers and his search for his mom, and her, her past and her present and the secrets in both! So great! Can't wait for the 3rd book and the 3rd brother finding love!

  • Sophia

    The second of the three former Riders gets his story. Gregori Sun, the calm, logical, and oldest of the three brothers is unraveling at the seams. I wanted to bundle up each of these guys and heal them with a hug. But no... they have to make their own way back. Gregori's story and his extra special lady was captivating and emotional from the beginning.

    There was something extra special about this story that took it up several notches even from the first book, Mikhail's story. I suspect it was th

    The second of the three former Riders gets his story. Gregori Sun, the calm, logical, and oldest of the three brothers is unraveling at the seams. I wanted to bundle up each of these guys and heal them with a hug. But no... they have to make their own way back. Gregori's story and his extra special lady was captivating and emotional from the beginning.

    There was something extra special about this story that took it up several notches even from the first book, Mikhail's story. I suspect it was the themes of broken people, broken families, abuse, surviving and thriving, and paying it forward.

    Gregori and Ciera both are hanging by threads when they encounter one another. Ciera is in a better place from her past, but she is stirring up things in the dark she won't be able to handle when she puts herself on the radar of a drug cartel leader while Gregori is literally going to pieces and must find a way to control the supernatural gifts that are emerging since he was tortured and lost his immortality.

    Both have a hard row to hoe, but I loved how the author made this a romance story of two survivors finding each other and helping each other finish finding their strengths and that they can reach out to others in trust and have a chance at love.

    Things are pretty exciting and come at the pair from a few different angles. Both have enemies they aren't even aware of that are after them and both are on separate quests. It was neat and got in some great action moments along with a few Baba Yaga Bella and cat-dragon and Rider scenes which made me grin.

    Oh the feels I got from this book. There were bits of humor slipped in to make me chuckle, sweet ahhhs, passionate ohhhs, suspenseful page-turner scenes, and heartwarming triumphs.

    And now we're down to the last Rider, the big larger than life bear of man, Alexei. Can't wait to see what and who is in store for him.

    Dangerously Divine is probably my favorite book between both the Baba Yaga and Broken Riders series. Incidentally, my recommendations is to read them in order from the first Baba Yaga and on through in order because they work best that way. Those who enjoyed action, suspense, a bit of witchery, humor, and slow-burn passion in their paranormals should definitely pick these up.

    My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Linda

    An ingeniously amazing installment Deborah's Broken Riders series!

    “A witch, a Rider, a dragon, and a god walk into a monastery…”

    Dangerously Divine by Deborah Blake is the second ingeniously amazing installment in Deborah’s Broken Riders series. This series is a spin-off from and set in the same world as the author’s Baba Yaga series, a highly imaginative fractured retelling of the Russian Baba Yaga folk tales. This tale features Gregori Sun, the eldest Rider, who is struggling to control new po

    An ingeniously amazing installment Deborah's Broken Riders series!

    “A witch, a Rider, a dragon, and a god walk into a monastery…”

    Dangerously Divine by Deborah Blake is the second ingeniously amazing installment in Deborah’s Broken Riders series. This series is a spin-off from and set in the same world as the author’s Baba Yaga series, a highly imaginative fractured retelling of the Russian Baba Yaga folk tales. This tale features Gregori Sun, the eldest Rider, who is struggling to control new powers gained when he lost his immortality. Fans of Deborah’s Baba Yaga series will be delighted to find characters from that series appear and play strong supporting roles in her Broken Riders series. Sharing the spotlight with Gregori in this story is a new character, Ciera Evans, a university librarian by day and a vigilante by night.

    While you could enjoy Dangerously Divine as a stand alone, my recommendation is to start at the beginning with the Baba Yaga series and then the Riders. They work best that way and, truly, you won’t want to miss one spellbinding moment!

    Gregori’s always been the unflappable Rider, but since losing his immortality, he’s lost his way. He used to be able to effortlessly connect to the universe’s energy with a single thought. Now, he’s beset by disturbing visions, precognition that he doesn’t trust nor know what to do with, and a healing gift that he can’t control. Seeking elusive inner peace, he enters a Buddhist monastery to pursue becoming a monk while using his free time to search for his mother, a female Mongolian shaman, who may be able to help him. With limited options, he doggedly continues his search for her even though his mother has probably been dead for hundreds of years. Still, driven to follow every possibility, he enlists the aid of Ciera, the librarian at the university to assist his research as to where his mother may be found. Ciera is curious as to why this sexy monk-in-training is interested in a Mongolian shamaness, but Ciera holds close her own secrets. She is not who she appears to be - intent on a clandestine mission of her own.

    I loved both of these characters! My heart went out to both of them as they’d both suffered such terrible trauma and sorrow. Would they ever learn to trust and follow their hearts? Their story kept me riveted from the first to the last…

    Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from Dangerously Divine:

    The taxi driver dropped them off back at the Wabasha Street Caves and drove off clutching a huge tip and muttering under his breath about dog drool on his upholstery. In return, Chudo-Yudo muttered something about taxi drivers tasting good with ketchup.

    ---

    Only one kiss. That was what he had intended. But Ciera’s lips were sweet like the juice of a pomegranate, and her skin under his hands felt like velvet. When she put her arms around him, he deepened the kiss, pulling the pins out of her hair until it cascaded over her shoulders. The tiny jingle of the bits of metal falling to the floor was almost lost in the moan she let out when he moved his lips down her neck, and then he was lost too.

    ---

    “I also juggle,” he said in a grave tone, “and am quite adept with a deck of cards.”

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every Baba Yaga book and the first Rider book, but Dangerously Divine is my favorite of them all with wonderful characters, steamy times, action and danger galore, laugh-out loud moments and unexpected twists at every turn. I can’t wait to return to Barbara’s Baba Yaga/Rider world with Alexei’s story. It will be Deborah’s final Rider book. I fervently hope that that it won’t be the final book written in Deborah’s Baba Yagas' universe!

    My full review is published at Reading Between the Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!

  • Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)

    This is book two in the Broken Riders series. That series is a spin off from the Baba Yaga series. I have not read any of the previous books and at times I did feel like I was missing some background. Even so I had no trouble keep up with the characters and the story line. I liked the two main characters. Gregory Sun is the ultimate strong and silent type. In his case that is not a strength. Ciera Evans has a very big secret in her past and she keeps to herself to protect that secret. The two ke

    This is book two in the Broken Riders series. That series is a spin off from the Baba Yaga series. I have not read any of the previous books and at times I did feel like I was missing some background. Even so I had no trouble keep up with the characters and the story line. I liked the two main characters. Gregory Sun is the ultimate strong and silent type. In his case that is not a strength. Ciera Evans has a very big secret in her past and she keeps to herself to protect that secret. The two keep trying to protect themselves by keeping apart. Does not work that well. I enjoyed the world building, backstory and plot. A very interesting romance mixed with a lot of danger and tension.

    I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

  • OpenBookSociety.com

    Dangerously Divine

    Broken Riders, Book #2

    By Deborah Blake

    ISBN: 978-1101987186

    Author’s Website: deborahblakeauthor(.)com

    Brought to you by OBS reviewer Omar

    Summary

    The author of the “wonderful” (Tamora Pierce) Baba Yaga novels and Dangerously Charming is back with a magically mesmerizing new tale about the dashing and daring Broken Riders…

    The Riders: Three immortal brothers who kept the Baba Yagas safe, now stripped of their summons to protect. But fate is no

    Dangerously Divine

    Broken Riders, Book #2

    By Deborah Blake

    ISBN: 978-1101987186

    Author’s Website: deborahblakeauthor(.)com

    Brought to you by OBS reviewer Omar

    Summary

    The author of the “wonderful” (Tamora Pierce) Baba Yaga novels and Dangerously Charming is back with a magically mesmerizing new tale about the dashing and daring Broken Riders…

    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.

    Review

    In Dangerously Divine, we meet Gregori Sun after the events that took place in Dangerously Charming and he helped his brother Mikhail with his new-found abilities. Now is the case of Gregori, who, after being tortured by a crazy Baba Yaga and lost his immortality, has started to manifest strange abilities himself, abilities that resemble things that his mother was able to do. In hope of understanding his new abilities, Gregori has decided to look into his mother Iduyan, a mystical shaman, that was able to extend her life and of her followers’ through meditation and understanding of the universe energy. Given that he hasn’t seen his mother in a couple of centuries, he doesn’t know where she is or how to locate her, and his father the god Jarilo has been gone or asleep for some time to ask for help. The only thing that he can think of doing, is to join a Buddhist temple and research her mother’s history, while trying to find peace of mind again.

    As Gregori starts his path with the Buddhists and his research to find his mother, he meets the librarian Ciera Evans, who works at the University of Minnesota and helps him when he asks for odd or weird information. On the outside Ciera looks like any other boring librarian, but at night she goes out and does her best to clean up the streets of dealers and pimps on the bad streets of Minneapolis. She has a dark past that is the fire that ignites her revenge and need to be a vigilante.

    As the two of them start to spend more time together, a different fire ignites in both of them that makes them rethink their life choices and how it would change their lives, but there are different people who would like to see them disappear to keep their own plans a secret.

    I really liked Dangerously Divine, at the beginning I felt it was somewhat slow to tell us the problem of the story, but once you started to get a hang of the characters and what they wanted it became more entertaining.

    On this Broken Riders series, we get to learn more about the red rider, Gregori Sun. Gregori met a cameo the first book of the series, Dangerously Charming, to help his brother Mikhail. Gregori is very different to Mikhail and that was something that I liked in this series. It often is that in a series that has brothers as protagonist, that they tend to have the same personality and way of doing things. This wasn’t the case, and Gregori was a fresh breath to this fantasy world.

    I liked the personality of both Gregori and Ciera. Both of them are different to the other, but still have similarities past that makes them come to a same choice or decision. They respect each other choices and accepted that they can become more is they help one another.

    The story presents a variety of characters that add a different flavor to the story. We get to see previous characters from the Baba Yaga series, but at the same time we meet new ones. One that I liked was a the Jarilo, Gregori’s father, who was fun to read. For some reason I also liked a friend and volunteer from the Soup kitchen that Ciera and Gregori volunteer.

    I keep liking the supernatural world that this series takes place and I like the interaction between the Otherworld and the humans.

    If you are a fan of Deborah Blake or her work in the Baba Yaga series, then I recommend you, Dangerously Divine. In this story, we meet a man that after an awful betrayal, who has lost so many things, now just wants peace, and a woman that is looking for the murder of her mentor and savior; once they meet they start to reevaluate where their lives are going and how they can stay together.

    *OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*

  • Maria V. Snyder

    I've loved all of Deborah's Baba Yaga books and am equally enjoying this series as well. This book is stronger than Dangerously Charming - I think the plot was more complex and I think Deborah's hitting her stride with these characters. I'm saddened to know that her publisher Berkley Sensation has decided not to publisher #3 :( but I'm hoping she'll either find a new publisher or do it on her own as I really want to read about the last rider Alexei!


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