Review: Jack and Djinn (The Houri Legends #1) by Amber Sweetapple
Miriam’s life is a disaster; what remaining family she has left in the world wants nothing to do with her, and the boyfriend she’s been with for years has become physically abusive. On top of that, Miriam starts to develop strange, supernatural abilities that she doesn’t know how to control. Then she meets Jack, and everything changes. Jack is everything Ben is not, and Miriam soon finds herself falling for him. Unfortunately, Ben’s not about to let Miriam get away so easily… Jack and Djinn is worth a look!
- Title: Jack and Djinn
- Series: The Houri Legends
- Author: Amber Sweetapple
- Prominent Characters: Miriam, Jack, Ben
- Recommended Reader Age: 18+
- Sexual Content: light to moderate
***This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence!***
At the start of Jack and Djinn we meet Detective Carson Hale, a member of the Detroit PD, who is investigating a murder in which the victim appears to have been burned to death. What he can’t figure out is how the victim was burned, since there’s no evidence at the scene, and all that remains of the body is a skeleton.
The story then goes back in time to a few weeks before the murder, and we’re introduced to Miriam, the book’s main character. Miriam is a woman with a tragic past- she lost the only person she truly loved- her father-at a young age, and was abandoned by her mother. The rest of her family left Miriam to fend for herself. She doesn’t have any luck when it comes to guys either; none of her past boyfriends have treated her right, and Ben, the guy she’s been dating for years, has become increasingly more violent towards her. One night, when Ben loses his temper and begins to beat Miriam in a parking lot, a stranger comes to her rescue. Her savior turns out to be Jack Byrne, and Miriam feels an instant connection to him. Jack is the complete opposite of Ben- he’s sweet, patient, loyal, and kind. As she spends more time with him, it gets harder and harder to resist him, but she fears what’ll happen to Jack should Ben find out that Miriam cares for him.
Strange and unexpected things also begin to occur whenever Miriam’s around, too. When her emotions are heightened, her skin becomes unnaturally hot and begins to glow. Miriam’s new abilities frighten and confuse her, since she had no idea she even had supernatural powers in the first place. And as those powers continue to grow, she knows it’s imperative that she find a way to control them. After all, they are her only defense against Ben, who doesn’t plan to give Miriam up without a fight.
Despite the fact that the book’s pace was somewhat slow at times, Jack and Djinn was an enjoyable read. I liked Miriam as a character, although I got frustrated with her when she kept going back to Ben. I mostly felt bad for her, because no one’s ever been there for her throughout her life and she’s had to rely on herself. She develops a lot as the book goes on, however, and I’m glad that she began to stand up for herself.
I liked Jack, too, even though he’s not my favorite type of hero to read about (I adore the tortured bad boys, heh) but it’s impossible not to love him. He’s just an all-around good guy, who wants nothing more than to save Miriam from Ben. He’s the kind of guy any girl would love to have for a boyfriend, someone you can count on no matter what. Jack’s devotion to Miriam is really sweet. As for Ben, he was a good, and pretty realistic, villain.
It was fun and interesting to read about the djinn. There are tons of books out there about vampires, shapeshifters, and fey, but not nearly as many about the djinn, so it was it was refreshing to read a book that featured them.
“So? Maybe I did just meet you, but I know you. I may not know much about you, but I know you. I don’t need to know where you went to school, or who your parents are, or why you’re so sad all the time. I know you deserve love, and you’re not getting it.”
How can any girl resist a guy like this?
“I’ll be honest here. I want you broken up with Ben for myself, so I can be with you. But it’s more than that. You deserve better than him. I want you to be with me, because I think I can take care of you, and treat you right. I know I can. I can treat you like you deserve. I can protect you. I will protect you, no matter what. Ben will kill me before he hurts you ever again. I swear it.”
If you liked Jack and Djinn…
You should check out The Djinn’s Dilemma by Mina Khan. It’s a sexy paranormal romance, and, as you can guess from the title, it focuses on the djinn.
Even though I had a bit of a hard time connecting with the main character, Jack and Djinn was an emotional and entertaining read. Amber Sweetapple did a good job of depicting what a physically abusive relationship is really like and all the complications that come along with one. Jack and Djinn is worth a look!
Rating: Jack and Djinn