Publisher: Eternal Press
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Heat Rating: 3
Normally, genies grant wishes but Cala Lowery, a 310-year-old half-blood jinn needs a few granted herself. If she doesn’t find a new master before the Queen of the Jinn finds her, she'll be auctioned off on eBay... again.
Cursed by the Queen for supposedly flirting with the King, Cala’s auctioned off to the highest bidder on eBay. Her luck fails again when her master trades her in. She’s thrust into the world of humans with dwindling magical abilities which often misfire. Cala begins a desperate search for a new master to regain her powers and avoid being listed on eBay for a second humiliating time.
Her new job as an Entertainment editor and mystery e-dater for a newspaper’s online dating site brings in plenty of candidates, gives her a taste of independence and reunites her with the victim of her one-time one-night-stand, Lee.
Lee forgives Cala for an incident with a leaky pepper spray can during their first meeting. Their relationship skyrockets until Cala finds herself struggling to keep her career and potential new master when someone tries to sabotage her column and expose her identity to Lee, who happens to have a secret identity himself.
I really liked the premise of this book with genies as masters of their own lives rather than the Genie in a bottle story line that we have come to expect. While Cala’s situation is special as a disgraced half Genie, she still wants independence and love rather than a master.
This book has a lot of classic romance elements that I have come to expect: secrets, conflict, steamy sex, a bad guy (female in this case) scheming against the heroine, miscommunications, and trust issues. Cala and Lee’s misunderstandings and communication problems get a head start with embarrassment followed by heat and then pepper spray. Throw in a fear of another eBay experience along with some serious internet dating, and we have a winner! You’ll have to read it to believe it.
4 Tea Cups!