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review 2017-02-03 05:05
Fluff, hotness and fluff...le yum!
Loving Djinni - Beryll Brackhaus,Osiris Brackhaus
3.75 HEARTS--Genies!

Or in Loving Djinni's case, the djinn.

Genie, djinn, whatever you'd like to refer to these magical entities, I've been a fan for a LONG time. I've put out the call for authors in the past to think genie. I think it's an untapped magical treasure chest of fun just begging to be written. In the paranormal sector of Romancelandia where werewolves and vampires reign supreme, genies are practically nonexistent.

You could just imagine my excite when I saw this title. Once I read the blurb, I quelted. Thieves? A twink? Dub Con? NY? Nerd? Humor? Not only did the entire thing read like it was written for me, it was like manna was delivered directly into my hot hands.

Nerdy doormat New York arts dealer David is trapped in a sealed tomb in Cairo at the beginning of Loving Djinni, written by the Brackhaus husband and wife team. He's been dumped by his over confident sleaze of an ex-boyfriend, lawyer Stanley. And David thought maybe going on a grand adventure with questionable thieves in Egypt might catch his wayward ex's eye. All he gets is impending death for his trouble in a nearly empty tomb...save for an oil lamp containing a cursed djinni who shall be called Sharu.

The mischievous spirit was enslaved be an evil sorcerer (who is actually a historical figure - cool tidbit) and forced to grant whoever rubs his lamp three wishes and serve them as magical servant to their Master. And his form changes to whatever is most pleasing to his new Master. It's demeaning and Sharu hates humans with an unholy passion. Imagine his surprise that he's been locked up in his lamp for over thousand years.

Imagine the culture shock...

Imagine the hijinks...

I happened to read over one important tag in the beginning: fluff .

Oh cracky fluff how you make me happy.

The story spans a couple of days. But it didn't read like it. Or maybe it was the fluff haze *shrug* Where the story really shined is getting deeper into David and Sharu's characters. We get to learn of their insecurities and feelings. Both have baggage: Sharu was once mighty and powerful, brought down by a human. David is a nerd, average looking and just wanted to find someone to call his own...and did some questionable things for a guy's attention. His self esteem is lacking. And both of their hang ups endeared them to me.

And the fact that the sex didn't start automatically. Consent and feelings were a key factor in the development of David and Sharu's relationship that started in the beginning with a healthy animosity in Sharu's part and nerdtastic wonder on David's. The asshole ex made for a good enough villain. A little OTT, a little predictable, but within the fluff category, he worked.

It all worked.

And the sex...seriously, it really was like it was written for me. *coughs* public shenanigans *coughs* More than once!


Is the story perfect? Nope. I don't think it's trying to be. (Thank goodness)

Overall, the pacing is good. It could have been better in a few areas. The main characters would hit a decent stride, then either of them would say something slightly out of character or a little odd, making it a little disconcerting. I had to reread passages or sentences maybe 3-4 times at most to see of a character switched POV, or if there was a jump, the authors would weave the story back around the oddity. And there were about once or twice where the story got to be indulgent for the writers, more than the characters (ex. that elevator scene: hot, but what did it really add to the story?)

And the ending was so abrupt. I literally was stunned at the end of the story. I kept hitting the corner page of my Kindle as if it'd give me the last pages of the epilogue, Loving Djinni, could have benefited from. So many it could have been a touch longer?

Does the story need a sequel? No.

But the history intertwined with the fantasy of djinn made for interesting would building. It would be cool to read more about Sharu's world, how the beings came to be, what other magical beings there are, or at least learn of his actual name.

It's trope-y. The fluff tag is definitely put to good use, so please keep it mind when reading for maximum enjoyment.

The is a quick, fluffy read with endearing characters, a cool little historical sprinkling with magic dosed all around

Because genies djinn.

This story proves genies romances needs to continue being a thing.

Recommended for readers who don't mind the blurb's tags, enjoy light, low angst, trope-y bonbons with magic and historical strokes.

A copy provided for an honest review.
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review 2016-04-03 00:00
The Accidental Genie
The Accidental Genie - Dakota Cassidy This series started off bumpy in the first book but it didn't take long for the series to find its balance. Accidental Genie is the 7th book in the series and is one of the better ones.
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text 2015-10-20 02:43
Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Things I'd Ask the Book Genie to Grant Me

The Top Ten Tuesday meme is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish.  As per usual, if you guys want to participate and see more bloggers participating in this meme, feel free to follow the link - it's a fun weekly challenge.  I'm enjoying it immensely.


So this week has me answering what I would like the Book Genie (book genie?) to grant me.  This sounds like a fun topic.  I'm probably going to go off the top of my head with this one.


1. Give me a YA dystopian that doesn't primarily focus on romance.  Because it seems like so many of them do,  I really enjoy dystopians because I like the otherworld and watching characters struggle in the circumstances behind these environments. While there's nothing wrong with a story that chooses to focus on romance in this vein (and let's face it, not having those kind of stories at all would be unfortunate), sometimes it gets a little tiring when it seems to be the only thing a story focuses on, or the story seems to suffer because it's trying so hard to shape a particular "ship".  So what other things can a dystopian story do besides have romance?


  • have a pulse pounding tale of survival in variant elements or various depravities
  • immerse the reader in learning a different culture/society
  • have the characters fight for a cause they believe in


Heck, I'd be game for all three in one story if it had it, and it'd be awesome if I could learn the plights of the characters and their personalities that much more.   I mean, there are so many things you can do with these kinds of stories, but I think if my searches still come up empty, I think I'll just hope the Book Genie comes through and I can get something that knocks my socks off in this vein.


2. I just want more time to read.  I do try to fit reading in whenever I can - between commutes to work, bedtime reading, audiobook reads at the gym and doing chores, but even then, it's still not enough.  Maybe extend the weekend another day?  That would help.


3. I'd like to collect at least 2-3 different editions of a favorite book from other countries.  Because sometimes the cover of a book in another country is so much prettier than the one you end up getting in your home country.  Plus, I personally find it interesting to see how a book may translate linguistically in another language compared to my own.


I'm still trying to decide on that favorite book though.  I might try Daphne Du Maurier's "Rebecca" first.


4. Don't necessarily ask for a private library as big as Belle's from Beauty and the Beast (though that would be nice), but I would like my own nice little reading nook.   Because I already spend hours on Tumblr browsing through spaces I wish I could have as my own. Like this:



5.  More motivation to finish writing the book reviews I started a long time ago, but never finished.  It's because I get sidetracked by so many other books I want to read and a day turns into a week...a week turns into a month...you get the idea.


6. Send my blessing of coffee cake to all of my favorite writers. (Or perhaps their choice of something sweet.  It'd be my token of appreciation.  But I'm guessing for authors who aren't from my respective time, someone's going to have to take the cake via the TARDIS.  Now I wonder who I can recruit for that...? ;) )


7. Just get rid of all the comparison marketing that I see publishers use surrounding new books. Let the book's accolades and distinctions stand on their own and proudly.  (If I have to hear a thriller referred to as the next "Gone Girl" or "Girl on the Train" one more time...Oy vey.  Unfortunately, I've seen an example of this far too recently in my reading pursuits.)


8. Longer stamina in staying awake.  Because if I'm reading books into the wee hours of the morning (like I will be doing tonight after penning this post), I'll need all the energy that I can get.  Non-caffeine fueled preferably.


9. To throw a book-themed party for myself and my bookish friends.  Because that would be fun. It'd be like a birthday party and a slumber party all in one.  Bookish treats, prizes, games, and a read-along.  I've never had the chance to do something like that, but I think I know one person who did it and loved it.


10.  Just to be able to share the bookish love I have with others.  Self explanatory.


Cheers, and until next entry,


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review 2015-09-19 03:24
Pirates, genies and aftercare, oh my!! All my favorite things (of course)
Burn For Me - Ann Anderson

My prompt!! Excuse me as I squee!!! SQUEE!!!!!!!!!

“I know of genies, of their need for a master, but none have a need quite like yours, do they?” There was no pause as he continued, “No, none like you. Fire trapped inside a cage, needing someone to release you and let you burn.”

A gasp, a hiccup, and Salai shuddered, his mind a wreck as his master’s will stroked over his core, far gentler a caress than Salai had ever encountered.

“Will you burn for me?”

This story had a lot of my favorite things. Not only did it stick to the prompt but there were little things that made me smile and coo while reading. *cough*a certain piercing and a well placed "Mine"*cough* I'm going to say thank you to Ann Anderson, my prompt was a little tricky. I've wanted to read a genie MM for an entire year. (Yes, I've been sitting on this prompt idea since last year)

And I threw in pirates (of course).
And I wanted D/s (of course).

I enjoy many aspects of D/s but I really enjoy a good aftercare scene and I think "Burn For Me" delivered some good ones. It was sweet erotica. Salai, the crimson haired genie who had yucky masters in the past finally found a Master of his own in pirate captain, Laren. Laren was a puzzle but I liked his motives and his kink. *growls*
But the story was all about Salai. I mean c'mon look at him:

He's delicious. I loved that he wasn't a pushover and had some moves to fight when necessary, be it with his magic or a sword. I do love a good sword fight. I also liked that he was mouthy. The snappy ones always win in my book.

Was the story perfect? No but the key point is it stuck to the prompt. I believe the beginning was stronger than the ending - it read a little rushed. But overall I enjoyed it (Might be a little biased since it's my prompt but I thought it was a fun ride)

Things I loved:

The character names - Salai and Laren - super dope. Plus Salai has a cool meaning (little devil) that totally ties in with that picture.

The genie history - I like the introduction of genie society given. They're tied to their bottles. The rules for wishes, they have family, etc.


Laren's secrets - Okay look at him:

Imagine getting to have that pounding into you and sucking you all over. And he hides a yummy little secret on his person. *hint hint* And hidden talent too.

I wouldn't have minded learning more of his back story, but I am greedy like that when it comes to pirates.

The sex: Whoo boy...they didn't really have to worry about talking now did they? Paddling, slapping, butt plugs, cock rings, bondage, dildos...*happy sigh* *twirls*

Areas that didn't read as strong:

The magic secret Salai and his sister had - I'm still a little confused as to what it was. It read like the same bond introduced in the beginning.

The plot twist - I thought the idea was super cool but I wish there were more instances of the villain showing up. I think it read too subtle to give enough power to the Ah-ha moment. Plus, Salai never called the villain by his true name. He talked about fear but if maybe a little more exploration into what the villain did to make him a monster was given, it might've had a stronger impact.

Secondary characters namely Fin - Why was his relation supposed to be a secret? Why would it be a big deal to the crew? I do enjoy character types like him but something about him...I can't truly pinpoint why he fell flat. Maybe if he was delved into more? I don't know.

The world building/pirating - The story is from Salai's POV and he's mostly in the captain's cabin. The pirating happens outside - don't know how Laren became captain, why he invokes fear in his men, what they fought when they did fight. I mean for the most part Laren was busy keeping that hole of Salai's occupied...what happened to the pirating? The story focused more on the main characters (which I'm not knocking because hello, look at them!) but a little world building - maybe giving Salai's sister a name or a description of the world they lived in would've been cool.

Overall, I though it was great story. I was entertained more by Salai and Laren in the cabin. I liked the way they played, the way Laren read Salai's needs.

I'll be greedy and say I wish there was more and that I'd get to revisit this world again in the future. Maybe one of Salai's brothers and another being? Or maybe even Fin?

I've read this author's work before. I really enjoy her ideas though she has a tendency to make me want more for her stories.

The story: 4 stars
The main characters: 5 stars (I'm here for Salai)

Averaged ~ 4.5

A big thank you to the author (again) and thanks to the team behind this story!

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text 2015-03-27 12:44
Ellen Conford 1942 - 2015
To All My Fans, with Love, from Sylvie - Ellen Conford
If This is Love, I'll Take Spaghetti - Ellen Conford
A Royal Pain - Ellen Conford
Dear Lovey Hart, I Am Desperate - Ellen Conford
Why Me? - Ellen Conford
I Love You, I Hate You, Get Lost - Ellen Conford
Genie with the Light Blue Hair - Ellen Conford
My Sister the Witch - Ellen Conford

"I am disturbed by the number of children and adults who have never experienced the joys of reading a book just for pleasure. Therefore, I write the kinds of books for children and teenagers that I liked to read at their age, books meant purely to entertain, to divert, to amuse."   Ellen Conford

Source: jaylia3.booklikes.com/post/1134524/ellen-conford-1942-2015
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