Three wishes. Two lovers. One destiny.
But an arrow through the shoulder alerts Irving to the fact that he is being hunted, and after a truce dinner with Glory ends with them both almost being killed, hating each other goes right out the window. As feelings change and love starts to develop, they must dig through the secrets and lies to find the truth…a truth neither of them will ever see coming.
WARNING: Not suitable for ages 18 and under. A significant source of bad language, sexy times, and dirty jokes. If you suffer from a lack of a sense of humor, take with plenty of wine. If the symptom persists, see a doctor.
My Review – 4*
After Glory St Pierre takes possession of an odd vase with mechanical gears, she lands herself with an unexpected slave – a genie. Irving Amir hates being called a genie – he’s a djinn – and he’s none too fond of the human race either, letting no time pass before he makes Glory aware of this fact.
Well Glory can give as good as she gets, and although her djinn is hotter-than-hot sex-on-legs, she isn’t about to let him treat her like a piece of dirt.
So starts a fiery relationship, with layers of secrets that pop out at unexpected turns, keeping this story twisting and turning and always entertaining. The dialogue is snarky and fun, the action fast, and the characters have a depth and realism that draws you in and pulls you along.
I did have a few niggles: when Irving takes Glory back home to the kingdom of Shrinelyn, the descriptions seem to be straight out of the Arabian Nights – I’d have liked a little innovation. Admittedly once they venture into the countryside it’s there, in the amazing fun Steampunk thread that winds through the tale, but for me, the palace was a tad predictable, and the sex came over a bit like a nod to Fifty Shades. I was also not overly comfortable with Glory’s lack of any reaction to a society chock full of servants who seem to be treated as no more than slaves.
And why on earth did Irving arm her with a sabre that she can’t use, when his armoury is full of weapons she could just point and fire?
Those points aside, I really enjoyed this – until I reached the end.
Gahhhh!!! Yet another of those INFURIATING cliff hanger endings!
I thought I was safe as this is novella, or at best, short novel length. I did not expect to find it only a part of a longer story. I might read the next, because I really liked the characters and the unusual plot, but then again, I might not, because I find this type of ending to be such a turn off.
To be fair to the author, and the fact that there do seem to be readers out there who don’t mind this type of episodic instalment, I’ve rated the book without taking this into account. But if, like me, you find cliff hangers to be extremely annoying, then beware.
(See my previous post on cliff hangers here)
A. Star is a fan of dirty passion. She loves to read it, and she damn sure loves to write it. She is the author of the Mythos: Gods & Lovers series, the Djinn Order series, and the Knights of the Joust series. She is a night-owl and a coffee junkie, and the only sneaker she would be caught dead wearing are Converses.