Series: Playboy Genie #1
Published by Swerve on May 2nd 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal Romance, Romantic
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Kim
This playboy has finally met his match...
Charlie’s sick of Genies. Too beautiful, too sure of themselves, too "celebrity". And way too eager to grant wishes in the worldwide Lottery that entices mortals into buying tickets in the hope of winning their desires. Charlie would rather walk naked through Times Square than buy a ticket. Unfortunately, her friend springs for one in Charlie’s name – and it gets picked. She refuses to get sucked in and has no qualms about saying so to the famously arrogant, devilishly handsome Genie at her door. Sexy Blue Eyes will just have to take no for an answer.
Jax Michaels would love to take no for an answer. As the most famous Genie on the East Coast, known for his sex appeal, his cheeky interviews, and his roguish style of granting wishes, he only has to turn to the next in line to find a willing partner. After all, every woman wants him – except, apparently, Charlie Donahue, who throws back his charming words, sneers at his calculated grins, and refuses to even consider wishing. Jax isn't a fool. He’s prepared to wash his hands of this infuriating, appealing female…until his Handler informs him that quitting is not an option. And if he can’t talk her into wishing, Jax will have to try playing a little dirty.
I picked up HER WISH because it sounded kinda corny; it had a little-used premise (genies!) and a chesty cover. I was not expecting to be blown away by a well constructed magical world and a touching, realistic romance that bloomed as the book progressed. I was pleasantly surprised by just how much this book made me smile and frown and laugh.
The lottery that Charlie wins, thanks to her friend buying her a ticket, is a weekly chance for someone to get their wish. There are a few limits to these wishes, which I really appreciated. If it had truly been “anything goes”, it would have made the world too unpredictable. Genies can get you a cool new house, but at the end of the month, you’ll have to pay the rent and the municipal taxes. They don’t have power over life and can’t bring back the dead. These very clear limitations pop up a few times during the book, grounding the magic in the real world.
My favourite part of the book might have been when Charlie gets cornered by a man who feels that Charlie has wasted her opportunity to wish. He would have used his wish to try to save his dying sister. Charlie has her reasons for not trusting genies, but when faced with this violent, grieving man, it really brings home the fact that refusing to wish is never, ever done.
With a well thought-out plot and memorable main and side characters, HER WISH was a pleasure to read. It’s one of those books I finished hoping it was the start of a series. The second book isn’t obviously railroaded into the plot, but there are enough fun characters that I would love to return to the world of the Playboy Genies (even if the series title is dorky).Series Titles:
- Her Wish
- His Command