Steampunk-y machines to your heart’s content and a delicious Djinn plus great writing make for an excellent read! A. Starr has created a winner with Wish for Me, The Djinn Order, Book One. Read on for all the book details, to find out how you can win a $10 Amazon Gift Card plus other goodies, and my 5-star review. This tour was brought to you by Xpresso Book Tours.
Wish for Me by A. Star
(The Djinn Order #1)
Publication date: April 27th 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Steampunk
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.
She: Glory St. Pierre (I won’t tell you her middle name), 19, gives snarky a new meaning. A tatted college student, she always gets the right comeback, and her family know better than to mess with her. Until a handsome Djinn shows her a brave new world. Literally. And then she’s speechless.
He: An ancient Djinn, Irving Amir has eschewed serious responsibilities in his world to keep building his clever machines, like the bazooka you can hide in your pocket. So when a despicable (and ignorant) human finds his chronolier and summons him for her three wishes, he wants to either strangle or seduce the living daylights out of her. Not fall for her.
The conflict: A snarky human teen and an ancient Djinn. Need I say more?
The chemistry: Scorching. Despite the chasm in everything that separates those two, the moment when they get together couldn’t come soon enough. The sex is explicit (some bondage, too) but it hardly dominates the story.
The setting: Modern-day Boston and Shrinelyn, the Djinns’ world where steampunk meets harem pants.
The good stuff: The writing: I loved A. Star’s writing. To the point, witty, no-frills plus great banter. I had a distinct McKayla Lane/Jerricho Barrons feel at moments. Shrinelyn (I keep writing Slytherin) is rendered so beautifully, I wish this was made into a film so I could actually see it. The fashion: Check this out. A beaded corset under a fitted leather jacket with tuxedo tails, black leggings with lace on the side, short black stilleto boots, and a tiny top hat with a short black veil. I can’t get over how good that outfit would look! The cover and the blurb. I even made a post about that in my other blog.
The other stuff: Nothing much to write here. The ending is a bit rambling, leading to a “smooth” cliffhander that didn’t annoy me. And if I want to get super picky, I’d say that Irving started off as the ancient Djinn but soon turned into a NA character: playful, fun, soft, he was great, but I couldn’t really picture him as millenia old.
The bottom line: Five Djinn-a-licous stars to A. Star! I can’t wait for Book Two in the series.