The author of Wickedly Wonderful returns to her “addicting”* world of Russian witches in the latest Baba Yaga novel.
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…
The only thing more fiery than Bella Young’s red hair is her temper. She knows that a Baba Yaga’s power without strict control can leave the people she cares about burned, so to protect her heart—and everyone around her—the only company she keeps is her dragon-turned-Norwegian-Forest-cat, Koshka.
But when Bella is tasked with discovering who’s setting magical fires throughout Wyoming’s Black Hills, she finds herself working closely with former hotshots firefighter Sam Corbett—and falling hard for his quiet strength and charm.
Sam may bear the scars of his past, but Bella can see beyond them and would do anything to help him heal. Only before she can rescue her Prince Charming, she’ll have to overcome the mysterious foe setting the forest fires—a truly wicked witch who wields as much power and even more anger than Bella...
Despite fires blazing all around, the romance is only tepid in the third Baba Yaga contemporary paranormal (after Wickedly Wonderful). Bella Young helps fight fires with her power. She lives in a magical caravan with her sarcastic dragon-cat, Koschka, and eschews human contact; when she was a novice Baba Yaga, she badly burned someone, and she doesn't trust herself. Currently encamped in the Black Hills, she crosses paths with fire lookout Sam Corbett, a former firefighter suffering from PTSD. Burned inside and out and living spartanly, he avoids other people so he won't have to deal with their reactions to his scars, but Bella only sees the brave man who bears them. Poor pacing slows down the romance's development, and a former Baba Yaga's absurd plan to become invincible sucks up much of the available oxygen. The humorous, caring interactions among Bella, Koshka, and Jazz, a teenage foster care runaway whom Bella mentors, nearly make up for romantic heat that never rises above a simmer.