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This was such and interesting Paranormal romance. We start with a woman that is sent a vase from her husband from overseas. Unfortunately, when she receives this gift, her husband was a casualty of war. What neither of them know is that it's actually a genie. Because he can't grant the one wish that she wants, she passes her 3 wishes on to her daughter (Sarah). Sarah makes a wish and passes the remaining wishes on to her daughter Lily. Lily, wishes for something that's so complicated that it winds up making her future a little complicated.
I loved the Genie as a family companion through generations. He was funny and lovable and his relationship with all the characters was endearing. However, I wish he had been a bigger part of the story. Yes, it is a romance novel, but there were so many large parts with no magic whatsoever. I also felt like this could have been about 6 hours shorter. I love a details and depth but at times it dragged on... and on... and... on. Also I wasn't a fan of the hero. I know he's supposed to be like the guys in the romance novels but he's incredibly pushy. She says no and doesn't listen to her.
Carly Robbins was great. She captured the energy of the characters.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
I've struggled to finish the book. Purchased this because of the reviews here in Audible and was disappointed. The plot has potential but the overall story is so-so and the leads utter cliché. The narrator is good but I find the male lead in this story VERY hard to like. For someone who is considered a "genius", he handles simple situations like an idiot. Hardly spoken ANYTHING meaningful throughout the series. He only speaks sentences when he makes demands to the female lead, when he claims her in bed, and when he SHOUTS at her vulgar words because she buys him a gift or wears pajama outside the terrace. The book gives the excuse that he doesn't reply or speak often because something is suddenly tugging at his heart he can't speak. His heart is probably being tugged all throughout the book then.
He makes promises but doesn't keep them and pushes people away because of "his oh so daaark past". For someone who is considered "a person who feels everything" he's very insensitive to those around him. If you remove his "devastatingly oh so perfect good looks", he's practically and TRULY an empty, pathetic, and insecure character who can't seem to make up his mind. One moment he forces the female lead to be with him, next moment he's sulking and pushing her away.
Overall, a robot has more character than this sad excuse of a male lead.
62 of 65 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed the first part of this book – it really helped to form the characters, and set the scene for the actual romance that followed. I also enjoyed the fantasy element to this book which was really only a background to the plot, but featured a genie who was easily my favourite character in this story.
However the eight year separation of the H and h was the result of an impossible set of coincidences. When the H re-enters the h’s life, any resistance to his unreasonable demands is swept away by the power of his kisses. It would have been nice if h had a bit more backbone, but even with a live-in genie to help, she was completely incapable of managing successfully as a single parent and had no savings, no friends, no social life, and could not even poach an egg. She sacrificed so much for her child that she regarded painting her own bedroom as an unnecessary luxury, and when gifted £7million(!) immediately locks it away in a trust fund for the child. Seriously: She didn’t pay off her mortgage, buy a dependable car, get some decent furniture, a reliable fridge or washing machine. That’s just clueless, and NOT the actions of a loving and responsible parent. And who, in this century, would agree to a loveless marriage in the ridiculous belief that this would be better for a child?
A central part of the plot expected the reader to believe that an abused and neglected pre-teen boy who resorted to petty crime to survive, was to be held responsible for those actions as an adult. However his adoptive father, formally a major crime boss, was depicted as a benign father and grandfather. That said, the H’s treatment of the h was awful. He deliberately got her pregnant to trap her (!), then made little attempt to find her when she suddenly disappears. Eight years later he forces his way back into her life, makes endless promises to “take care of her”, but then suddenly rejects her, and humiliates her with an incredibly repugnant sex scene (Even more repugnant was the h allowing this to happen). Some serious grovelling should have followed, but in true spineless fashion the h just accepts him back with minimal resistance – again.
Wierdly enough, even with all these irritations, Kirsten Ashley’s writing is so good that I finished this book and in some strange way actually enjoyed parts of it – mainly the bits about the genie! But the ending was bizarre with the last “wish” being used on something so incredibly trivial and unimportant, that it only served, once again, to display the endless self-flagellation of the h.
This book would make a really good historical romance, as the separation and solo-mother struggles, and the coercion into marriage would have made more sense. As it was, I enjoyed parts of this, but I don’t think I will be listening to this one again.
This was my first audio book, the title recommended by my sister... I can't say how much I loved it... absolutely brilliant, a must read for everyone!!!