I was asked to help out with this tour and after reading the blurb, I thought, hell yeah! So here’s my review, a giveaway and an excerpt all you! 🙂
Twenty-three year old Dimitri has to do what he is told—literally. Controlled by a paranormal bond, he is forced to use his wits to fulfill unlimited deadly wishes made by multimillionaire Karl Walker. Dimitri has no idea how his family line became trapped in the genie bond. He just knows resisting has never ended well. When he meets Syd—assertive, sexy, intelligent Syd—he becomes determined to make her his own. Except Karl has ensured Dimitri can’t tell anyone about the bond, and Syd isn’t the type to tolerate secrets. Then Karl starts sending him away on back-to-back wishes. Unable to balance love and lies, Dimitri sets out to uncover Karl’s ultimate plan and put it to an end. But doing so forces him to confront the one wish he never saw coming–the wish that will destroy him. Summoned is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA.
Note: Summoned contains strong language, mature themes, erotic content, and violence. It is around 90,000 words and has been edited by three editors. While there are other Summoned books in the work, this one stands complete on its own (no cliffhanger).
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I dislike having to murder someone. Kidnapping is worse. At least when I setup a kill, I know what’s coming. No connections, no honesty, no surprises. Everything I say and do are just steps to luring in my victim. Once the victim falls right into the trap, the next move is swift: crushed windpipe, fatal concussion, or a good ol’ fashioned headshot.
Kidnapping, on the other hand, is a little trickier. First, the victim has an opportunity to respond. I don’t like this. Sometimes they cry. Sometimes they manage to alert the authorities. And sometimes they escape, usually by inflicting bodily harm on me.
Dead people don’t retaliate. Kidnapped ones, well, they’re a little more . . . lively.
The second major difference between killing and kidnapping is my conscience. I get in and out with a kill. We have no chance to bond.
Abductees require a little more one-on-one. As much as I try to keep the switch turned off, I can’t help but listen to their pleas and demands. And I usually realize I’m a jerk.
That’s exactly where I find myself one late afternoon in June. I prefer doing this at night, but moreover, I would prefer not doing this at all.
Instead, I have a belligerent nine year old girl sitting in the passenger seat of my Honda Accord, shackles on her wrists and ankles and a small stuffed bunny on her lap. She’s eying me in a way that makes me self-conscious. Like I’m the bad guy.
Probably because I am the bad guy.
MY BOOK REVIEW
This offers a fast paced thrill ride about a genie who is at the beck-and-call of a nasty wealthy business man and his snivelling psychotic daughter. He has to kill, kidnap and steal to please his master, or is crippled by a severe hum in his head. He finds some relief to this drudgery of existence when he meets a woman who captivates him, first sexually then emotionally, as more and more he imagines what his life might be like if he could only live it with her.
What I liked
The story moved quickly, and offered action of some description throughout, to varying degrees. The author handled the sex scenes wonderfully, without being coarse or sloppy-romantic, so it felt like their passion and mutual regard grew rather than happened.
We also saw him committing his crimes and felt the physical torment of the dreaded head-humming, which drove him to comply with orders, regardless of his own wishes. There was a lot of energy in the writing. I could on some levels truly relate to this rather everyday guy (despite his being a genie) and to his girlfriend.
On this basis, all good and the book was well worth the read.
What I didn’t like so much
Not much to write here (love when that happens), and what I do have to add comes from my own perspective.
Firstly, I felt some scenes were way to long. I wasn’t into all the details of every ‘job’ he had to do. I’d have preferred the edited highlights on some, to know the crucial information. I flicked the pages of the getting to the job (and other uninteresting information), but especially when he chased a lady through the streets, and another town, and on and blah – for pages and pages! Too much detail, no tension. And the same again when the police chased him – for pages and pages. I’m not averse to a great chase scene – The Blues Brother movie has one of the very best, which I adore. These scenes were written well enough, but not in a way I could visualise and so feel the thrill of that chase. They just made me …flick pages or stop reading for a few days. They would have benefitted from being considerably slimmed down–IMO.
I also didn’t like how he accepted having to do things like kidnapping kids and murdering innocent people, because the terror of the painful hum–as we had been assured–was too much to bear. But still managed to stop himself from killing someone he cared about. This threw a hammer in his whole excuse for me, like it was unbearable to hurt his girlfriend, but it wasn’t unbearable to sell a child to heaven’s knows what fate? This put me off him and somewhere, I lost interest in his fate.
Personally, I would rather have died then kill another person or hand over a child, so I found that difficult to accept. You might feel different. Read it yourself and you decide 🙂
I give this 4/5 and recommend it to new adult readers, lovers of urban fantasy, and to anyone who fancies something different.
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(sorry, just found out this is finished?)
Author Bio Rainy Kaye is an aspiring overlord. In the meantime, she blogs at RainyoftheDark.com and writes paranormal novels from her lair somewhere in Phoenix, Arizona. When not plotting world domination, she enjoys getting lost around the globe, studying music so she can sing along with symphonic metal bands, and becoming distracted by Twitter (@rainyofthedark). She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA.
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Have you read this book? What do you think of Genies as a protagonist?