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Wicked after midnight
2014
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A contortionist in Criminy's Clockwork Caravan, Demi Ward embarks on the adventure of a lifetime when she teams up with a dashing highwayman to enter a depraved society of Parisian notables to rescue her best friend Cherie who has been stolen by slavers. Original. - (Baker & Taylor)

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 pleasuresand deadly surprises. . . . - (Simon and Schuster)

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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.

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