I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Wish for Me by A. Star
Series: The Djinn Order #1
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Steampunk
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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.
Wish For Me has such an interesting collaboration of genres that I’ve never experienced before. I haven’t read a book with a genie (*ahem* djinn, sorry) in it since I was a kid, and I’ve definitely never seen it mixed in with Steampunk! It worked surprisingly well. Whereas steampunk is all about steam powered mechanics, Djinn are about magic. Together, they make great chemistry.
The characters have their own kind of chemistry, although I admit I was skeptical at first. I mean, if a man (no matter how attractive!) shows up in my bedroom in the middle of the night, I’m going to freak out! We’re talking screaming, flailing, punching atomic meltdown. So when Glory wakes up to see a man standing over her bed, and just lays there admiring his body? Nuh uh. It’s a good thing that her snarky attitude grew on me. The witty back and forth between Glory and Irving was The Best. Ultimately, it’s what will have me coming back for more in the series.
A big part of what I love about these characters is that they are adults, but still playful. And when I say “adult”, I mean there are tattoos, leather, motorcycles, swears and explicit sex. It’s especially nice to see this kind of “fun” book written for adults, instead of masking it under a YA or NA label, and keeping it cleaner than it needs to be.
The book itself was well-written and very well edited. I did find it irksome to find unanswered questions laying about though. Like, if there was a dangling plot point, Glory would just say “I don’t want to think about it right now” and it would disappear. Problem solved? Not particularly, but if ignored long enough, we’re bound to forget about it eventually. The story followed along at a perfect pace, following a trail of plot crumbs. It pulls the reader along for the ride, and I am greatly looking forward to the next book.
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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 and the Djinn Order series. She is a night-owl and a coffee junkie, and the only sneaker she would be caught dead wearing are Converses.