Sunday, January 30, 2011
Title: I Dream of Genies
Author: Judi Fennell
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Mass-Market Paperback
$6.99 US/ $8.99 CAN/ £4.99 UK
How I Read It: Mass-Market Arc
Rating: 4 Crowns
HE NEEDS TO CHANGE HIS LUCK, AND FAST!
Matt Ewing would gladly hunt down a fortune in lucky pennies if he thought it would help save his business.
But for all his hoping, Matt’s clueless when his long awaited lucky charm falls in his lap in the form of a beguiling genie. He just can’t believe that this beautiful woman could be the answer to his prayers…
SHE’S BEEN BOTTLED UP FOR FAR TOO LONG!
Spending 2,000 years in a bottle would make any woman go a little stir crazy. So when Matt releases Eden from her luxurious captivity, she’s thrilled to repay him by giving him the magical boost he needs…
But for all her good intentions, Eden’s magical prowess is a little rusty and her magical mistakes become more than embarrassing. And though Eden knows falling in love will end her magic and immortality, she can’t help but be drawn to the one man who wants her just for herself
(from the publishers)
Eden is a genie with a problem- a big problem- as a form of punishment Eden has been banished to her battle for decades. Trapped her only contact with the outside world is that of a talking cat named Obo. Desiring her freedom, she watches and waits for the day that someone will set her free. Then the unthinkable happens the owner of the shop in which her bottle is kept decides to throw her in the dustbin. She now finds that some bizarre accident has freed her from her imprisonment and landed her right in the lap of the man she has been watching from the shop window.
Matt Ewing’s life seems to be falling apart, so when a woman dressed in a genie costume shows up out of nowhere he is beginning to think things could not get any stranger. Unable to resist helping a damsel-or should that be genie- in distress, he takes her back to his place where things go from odd to downright weird.
After a bit of convincing, and faulty magic, Eden slowly but surely convinces him that she is in fact a living breathing genie. Now she must remove the bracelets on her wrist so that Faruq, her keeper will not be able to locate her and force her back inside the bottle. Although things do not quite go as planned as, her mismanaged magic has left behind glimmer that Faruq is able to track down.
Along the way Eden begins to fall for Matt, yet she knows that Matt is not looking for a serious relationship. Will she fall in love and become mortal or will she decide that Matt’s life is too messed up to fit her into in? So, what is a genie a to do?
I enjoyed this book; I found that it was a fast-paced witty romance that had charm and pizzazz. I enjoyed reading about Eden and her struggles for freedom and I found that Matt was fun to read as well. I do wish that Matt’s problems had addressed a little better seeing as he whined about them throughout the book. It was a magic little read that I read straight through.
Overall would I read it again: I probably would if I was looking for a “flight of fancy” read, one that would take you away from reality for the duration of the book.
Cover Thoughts: I loved the cover other than the man’s striped shirt; it seemed not to blend with the rest of the book. However, I do have to say that the cover has captured the element of whimsy that the book has.
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