Series: The Houri Legends #1
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense
Miriam's life is a hot mess. Ben won’t let her go and she knows she can’t take anymore. She simply will not and cannot withstand another insult, another drunken rage, another blow. But she has nowhere to go, no one to help her.
One night, Ben’s alcohol-fueled abuse explodes hotter than it ever has before, and Miriam isn’t sure she’ll survive it this time.
Then Miriam meets Jack. Sweet, handsome, brave, and totally unafraid of the strange and often scary things that have begun happening whenever Miriam’s emotions run high.
As things between Miriam and Jack heat up, so does Ben’s jealous rage, as well as the mysterious fire that seems to burn hotter and hotter inside Miriam. She quickly discovers two things: one, that she has a lot more power and strength hidden within herself than she’d ever imagined, and two, that Jack's gentle, unwavering love can heal a lifetime of wounds and scars.
Will they survive to explore all that could be between them?
Loved! Where do I start? How about I start with the fact that I just inhaled this book! I was captivated from the first word to the last. I was never bored, or distracted, completely taken by the thrill and suspense.
Jack and Djinn is a step outside the norm for a Jasinda Wilder book, but that just makes it so much more impressive! Wilder takes a gander at the paranormal romance genre, and produces an original and exciting read. Jack and Djinn is a great mix of reality and the supernatural. In a world of magic and fantasy, the author injects very harsh reality.
The heroine, Miriam is an average girl with not so average capabilities. She is living a life filled with horror, stuck in a nightmare she can’t escape from. At a time in her life when she’s lost all hope, and has learned a helplessness that’s left her numb, she realizes that hidden deep within herself is a strength, a fire that dimly glows. This faint flame grants her the glimmer of light she needs to find her freedom. Jack is the man that Miriam needs, not to save her, but to show her a true reflection of who she is, so that she can see past the warped image filtered through her fear and low self-esteem. Miriam learns that in order to take control, she has to let that fire blaze.
This book was very fast-paced and suspenseful. It opened with a mystery that snatched my attention immediately. The clues to the mystery unfolded in a nonlinear narrative, which I believe enhanced the suspense, and kept me intrigued. I thoroughly enjoyed Miriam and Jack, but I also loved the supporting characters in this one. The whole lot was diverse, multidimensional, and interesting. Mrs. Wilder usually writes characters that represent the many shades and shapes of her readers, and this book was no different. Love that! The cast of characters in Jack and Djinn added layers to this story, creating a new world, and making this more than just a romance. Of course this had steam (it’s Jasinda Wilder!), but the sexy was one of many layers, and not the whole cake. This opener to The Houri Legends series left me very happy and completely satisfied. Well, maybe not totally satisfied, since I am desperate to read the rest of the series. Hey, there’s always room for more Jasinda! I definitely recommend you read this one!