*I received a free ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
When I started the book, my initial thoughts were, ok, it’s not quite my type of book, but it’s enjoyable enough that I’m willing to overlook the tropes I don’t like and accept the story. But then, as the story progressed, it became more and more romance-y. It’s not that I don’t like romance in the books I read, it’s just that I’ve had a hard time with paranormal romance lately because I’m not a fan of the instalove, the constant descriptions of how sexy the man is, and the alpha males—all the things that seem to so often define the genre, and all of which this book had. (Maybe it wasn’t technically instalove, but she wanted him from the moment she saw him, even though he was a strange man she thought had broken into her bedroom, and it only took about two times of hanging out before they were swearing on their lives to protect each other.)
I’m not saying the book was bad though. Those things are, as I said, pretty par for the course with light paranormal romance, so it’s just a matter of preference. The book also had a unique mash-up of djinn and steampunk, plus a type of female lead you don’t see very often, what with her pixie cut, tattoos, and rocker style.
I do have one major complaint though. It is NEVER ok with me when the man in a book ties up/handcuffs the woman in bed without her permission and without any discussion of safe words and then refuses to let her out even when she asks. It doesn’t matter to me if that’s what she secretly wanted. I’ve seen it in books before, and it always instantly kills the scene for me and makes me dislike the male character. I do recognize that books are not real life, and other adults can make their own decisions about what they like to read, but it bothers me too much to not mention it.
That ending was also kind of a cliffhanger, and I’m not sure what exactly the goal was or whether it was resolved, but the author does throw in some twists and at least gives you some answers instead of leaving you completely hanging at the end of the book.
So again, not for me, but possibly enjoyable for readers with different taste than mine.
Anyone who is looking for a light paranormal romance about djinn (and who doesn't mind instalove and alpha males).