This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Wish For Me (The Djinn Order #1) by A. Star
Series: The Djinn Order #1
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: April 25, 2015
Publisher: Diantha Jones
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Three wishes. Two lovers. One destiny.
When the snarky Glory St. Pierre discovers the gold mechanical vase in her deceased grandmother’s basement, she has no idea that she has uncovered a priceless treasure: a genie lamp. With a real genie inside. A very sexy genie with a not-so-sexy grudge against the entire human race.
Irving Amir hates being called a genie. He’s a Djinn, and he is none too happy to be in the service of Glory, who is as intolerable, and beautiful, as humans come. Now he owes her his gratitude for freeing him and three wishes. Damn his luck.
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.
WARNING: Not suitable for ages 18 and under. A significant source of bad language and sex.
When the Glory St. Pierre finds an old vase type object in her grandmother’s basement she takes interest in the fact that it appears mechanical in nature. She had no idea that the lamp was in reality a Djinn chronolier aka genie lamp. After turning the key three times nothing happened and Glory decides that whatever she has is broken and proceeds to go to sleep, only to wake up in the middle of the night with a cranky genie looming over her.
At this point I personally would have went into survival mode and did my best to hurt the stranger over my bed. The author did take this into account and did explain away Glory’s reaction, which was nothing. She just laid there kind of in shock and lust. The Genie that she had inadvertently summoned was Irving Amir and he has a serious hate for humankind or so it seemed. At this point Glory spends quite a bit of time detailing out how sexy she found Irving, which is normal in a PNR (paranormal romance) but it also became very repetitious throughout the book. Every time she saw him it was more of the same, which became very stale.
Since Glory was in possession of the Djinn lamp she became the Master of the Genie. I liked that she did not get overly excited about having three wishes and became determined to use her wishes wisely. She also decided that she would use the master situation to get to know Irving better. I really enjoyed the character development of Irving. As it turns out he in an inventor and creates mechanical creatures that he uses to make his world a more interesting and useful place. I found the banter between Irving and Glory to be entertaining and I even chuckled at a few quips.
Despite the hostility that Irving has towards Glory, a simple human, when he finds himself in a dangerous situation he turned to Glory for help. This was the turning point of the hostility for the Djinn. Things are going well between them then Glory makes a sarcastic remark, which unfortunately she said in the form of a wish and Irving had to grant this request. The detail of this wish is discussed and apparently puts her in danger but the result from the wish is not actually utilized. Which begs the question why introduce the detail? It served no purpose.
Under the guise of protecting Glory, Irving takes her to his world. A world he had previously told her that humans were not allowed in, liar, liar pants on fire Irving. The world building for his land of Shrinelyn is interesting but not someplace that you would find memorable. I did enjoy the interaction between Irving and his relations. It was entertaining and funny. The author did explain a few plot details that had been introduced in the beginning of the story so that helped understand Irving better.
Now comes the sex scene. I have an issue with this part. They are attracted to each other, that is well explained-over and over again- but when it came to being together Irving became a drill master and likes giving out orders. Fine that he is a bit of a dom but it is not written in a “sexy” way at all. There is mention of him being a bit of an Alpha but his mannerisms are hostile but polite. Even in his snarky sexy remarks to her there is no connotations that would lead you to think he was dominant in the bedroom. So it just did not flow for me at all. I do not want to ruin it for you if you want to read it but this is basically how I will explain it: Hey you over there, get that for me while I stay over here and look at my chipped nail….now move it over there while I am still looking at my nails in the light. That is pretty much my feeling on it. Of course, there is more interaction in that regard but I was not interested in those details.
The plot starts to pick up and Irving decides that they need to go out on a mission to gather information. What they encounter on this mission is shocking and Glory is confronted with a truth involving her family that she just does not want to believe. Dangers ensue and then plot twist and cliffhanger.
Overall, I liked the main characters and I though that the relationship was believable. Irving is a great character and his development was good. Glory did not truly develop, more of the same, over and over again. I did not like all the details that were put out there but never explained or built on. If you are going to remark about a detail many times, please make it matter otherwise it just detracts from the overall story. If you are looking for a paranormal romance with steampunk elements that include a Genie, then this is a book for you.
*Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours & NetGalley for this free copy of Wish for me*