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.Summoned by Rainy Kaye
Series: Summoned #1
Also in this series:Stifled
Also by this author: Stifled
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: March 28, 2014
Purchase at: Amazon
Twenty-three year old Dimitri has to do what he is told—literally. Controlled by a paranormal bond, he is forced to use his wits to fulfill unlimited deadly wishes made by multimillionaire Karl Walker.
Dimitri has no idea how his family line became trapped in the genie bond. He just knows resisting has never ended well. When he meets Syd—assertive, sexy, intelligent Syd—he becomes determined to make her his own. Except Karl has ensured Dimitri can’t tell anyone about the bond, and Syd isn’t the type to tolerate secrets.
Then Karl starts sending him away on back-to-back wishes. Unable to balance love and lies, Dimitri sets out to uncover Karl’s ultimate plan and put it to an end. But doing so forces him to confront the one wish he never saw coming—the wish that will destroy him.
A dark twist on the genie folklore, SUMMONED follows a reluctant criminal as he unravels the mystery of the paranormal bond controlling him.
SUMMONED is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA.
Note: SUMMONED contains strong language, naughty scenes, mature content, terrible wishes, mystery, violence, discomfort, explosions, and an apple.
Lets start this review with why I chose to read this book. If you read the synopsis then you know that the main character is a genie, which should say it all. Honestly, if it has genies or mermaids I am almost always guaranteed to give it a read. I cannot help it. I think it is an obsession? Hmmm, maybe but I also want to say: Be warned lots of Sexy Times in this book, suitable for mature audiences.
Dimitri is a genie whose master, Karl, uses him for nefarious purposes and he is compelled to obey. Sounds like typical genie stuff right? This story has a very creative twist on the genie/master relationship. There is no genie in the bottle in this story. No, Dimitri is connected to his master through family bloodlines. This connection is referred to as the master bond. When one master dies Dimitri or one of his descendants are inherited by the successor. Cool, right? Also, Dimitri has no magical powers. The most magic happening in this situation is the summoning. When Karl calls Dim is transported instantly to the summoning chamber. So essentially what we have is that Dim has no magical powers, he is a veritable slave to his masters wishes and he is forced to kidnap, kill, and generally be a bad guy.
This story is told from Dimitri’s point of view. His love lust interest is Syd, although when the story starts Dim is a lone wolf who enjoys one-night stands with whoever happens to be available. He justifies that he can not have relationships because he never knows when Karl is going to summon him and one of the caveats of his being Karl’s genie is that he is not allowed to explain that he is a genie.
Things were just peachy until he meets Syd in a dive bar and even though he is drunk she goes home with him, too bad she can not blame alcohol…maybe coca-cola made her do it? Why do I sound annoyed with that character? We do not know if Syd was attracted to Dim, we know that he just wanted to sleep with her or anyone for that matter but there was no writing that would support her finding him attractive and wanting to sleep with him because she wanted him. Nope, she just comes across as an insecure girl that as it turns out has crazy town written all over her. Apparently Dimitri likes crazy town and he is fascinated by Syd and allows her to remain in his life.
Unfortunately for Dimitri Karl would frown on that sort of thing and now Dimitri has to try to balance keeping Syd a secret from his master and keeping who he is secret from Syd. If that was not hard enough, things start to pick up for Dimitri at work. Karl starts sending out on jobs back to back, which is very unusual and forces Dim to put the pieces together in order to discover Karl’s end game.
This story was not really for me and I really wanted it to be. I did enjoy the characters and they are realized but I do not like them. Dimitri has very few choices about what he can do and I get that but he is a killer. He has killed for years, so I would expect that he would be more proficient at it. I wish he would have excelled in that area but been a tortured soul over it. Has some self-respect Dimitri! You try to make everyone else out to be a bad guy to make you look like what? Not such a bad guy? If he is going to be written as guy who does bad things, then go all in don’t walk the line. He just comes across as mediocre to me. His love interest Syd, yep no love there from me. She could have been so much more.
I loved the uniqueness of the over all story, but it was slow to build up to the point of being interesting. The last part of the book is where all the action happens and gets good. The first 3/4ths of this book is sex, lust and bungling assassinations. The secondary characters are not really worth mentioning. The Sexy Times was just sex, no real connection between the Dimitri and Syd, nothing to make you burn over. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy an urban fantasy that has a unique take on genies and enjoy Sexy Times.
*Thank you to Bastei Entertainment & NetGalley for this complimentary copy of Summoned*