Title: Summoned | Series: Summoned #1 | Author: Rainy Kaye | Publisher: Bastei Entertainment | Publication date: Original pub. date March 27th, 2014, re-published May 16th, 2016 | Num. Pages: 237 | Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
3.5 stars – Good concept, if a little rushed for my tastes
Many thanks to Bastei Entertainment and Netgalley for providing me with an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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.
A dark twist on genie folklore, SUMMONED follows a reluctant criminal as he unravels the mystery of the paranormal bond controlling him.
Summoned follows a 23-year-old genie named Dimitri – who, in typical genie fashion – is bound by his master to fulfill wishes. The twist is that Dimitri’s master isn’t limited to just 3 but has no limit.
The story opens with Dimitri fulfilling a kidnapping request followed by his inevitable rest period directly after – where he meets Syd in a dive bar. From there the story just gets a little weird – Dimitri takes Syd home and they end up having sex literally right away (nothing against it cause whatever floats your boat right?) But it was practically as soon as they got in Dimitri’s house.
For a book that generally is considered fantasy with a bit of romance thrown in there’s an awful lot of sex and it’s rushed sex – almost as if the author felt a little weird writing the scenes – Syd is all kinds of crazy stalker as well, like she steals his number from his phone, turns up on his doorstep unannounced and threatens to slash his tires kinda crazy.
The master – Karl – is an millionaire arse. I have nothing good to say about him whatsoever. Generally, Dimitri can rest for a day or two before Karl makes another wish but Karl starts to make make a new wish every day – Silvia is Karl’s daughter and she screams spoiled rich girl who wants to breed with Dimitri – her inheritance.
It’s all kinds of messed up.
Dimitri does a job for Karl and goes home to rest only to get a call from Stalker Syd going a little crazy on him for abandoning her – I forgot to mention that when Karl wants a wish he summons Dimitri to a chamber – the following day after yet more rushed sex Karl has another wish for Dimitri where he has to steal a safe – only he fails.
When Dimitri fails to fulfill a wish the buzz in his head grows and he ends up getting a really bad migraine until he fulfills his wish or pigs fly and Karl recant the wish.
Syd is all kinds of crazy. I don’t think much of her character at all, it’s like she’s got her heart invested after a one night stand and then goes crazy everyone Dimitri doesn’t do what she expects him to do.
“You’re just gone so much.” Syd’s voice sounds so empty and hollow. “I never really know when you’ll be back, what you’re doing, or anything at all. I don’t want to be that needy girlfriend, but it’s so frustrating. I know it was meant to be casual, but I thought it could be… more. I just wanted some way to know you were thinking of me.”
They’ve been having sex – not even dating – for what feels like 2 days but is more like 3 weeks or so. Little cray cray.
Silvia Walker is also all kinds of crazy – she wants to breed with Dimitri even if it’s against his wishes, she murders small furry animals and she smokes like a chimney. She’s got it into her head that Dimitri is the love of her life even though he makes it abundantly clear that he can’t stand the sight of her. To make matters worse, she finds out that her daddy is trying to sire a son to make sure she doesn’t receive her inheritance.
Although it’s a very good concept – a power hungry, slightly crazy millionaire with his own personal genie to fulfill any and every wish he wants – there was just something missing. I don’t know maybe the book was too short and the story was a little rushed for me, the insta-love between Dimitri and Syd bugged the ever-loving crap out of me.
The story as a whole was just too rushed for my tastes and at times I didn’t get why something was happening or why Dimitri sounded like a stupid teenager, or why for an “all-powerful” master Karl was an absolute douchebag about a lot of stuff.Like wishing Dimitri kills Syd for one – what’s his deal?
It had one hell of a twist at the end though. I didn’t expect that all which is what pushed this review up from a 3 to a 3.5.
I’m no longer Leo, or Alan, or Alex.
And I’m free.