Jack and Djinn (Houri Legends Series #1)

Jack and Djinn (Houri Legends Series #1)

by Jasinda Wilder

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BN ID: 2940149779536
Publisher: Jasinda Wilder
Publication date: 06/20/2014
Series: Houri Legends Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 122,173
File size: 238 KB

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Jack and Djinn 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
jeniNY More than 1 year ago
Miriam’s life is in shambles. Her abusive boyfriend Ben will not let her go and she is not sure how much more of him she can take. She is reaching her limit and cannot take another slap or punch to the face. But she has no family to speak of her father died when she was a girl and her mother left her alone when she was a teenager. Miriam has nowhere else to go. So she endures the abuse, she does not believe she deserves any better.  One night when Ben is in one of his drunken rages and beating her in a parking lot she meets Jack. The complete opposite of Ben, Jack is sweet, brave, and very hot and he is completely unafraid of Ben. Jack rescues Miriam and they begin a tentative friendship. She is too afraid to leave Ben he will not let her go without a fight. The more time she spends with Jack the more she fears for his life. Things between Miriam and Jack burn hot in many ways. Miriam is finding that she has strange powers of strength and magic hidden deep within in her body. She begins to let it out but is unable to control it entirely, Ben thinks she is a freak; she continuously awes Jack as he learns more about Miriam. Which one will she chose? The man she is used to but knows will always hurt her, or the man who wants nothing more than to love and take care of her? It has been a long time since I have read a paranormal romance, this one came to me one day when I was play around on Facebook and Jasinda was looking for bloggers. I love Jasinda’s writing and it had been awhile since I had read one of her books so I said why not. I am so glad I did. Miriam is a great character. Some may feel she is weak but to me she is exactly the opposite. I know a few woman who have been in abusive relationships and it is very easy for an outsider to say, “Just leave him.” Miriam didn’t have any self-worth going back to her mother abandoning her as a teenager and being turned away by her aunt when she asked for help. Those kind of things take a toll on a person’s self-esteem.  When Miriam met Jack sparks flew, she can’t believe that men like Jack really exist. I enjoyed progression of their cautious relationship it was well written. I was frustrated with Jack when he pleaded with Miriam to leave Ben even if she didn’t go to Jack he just wanted her safe. Jack was a fantastic character and his family especially Gramps were a joy to read. I particularly liked the Irish heritage of his family, Jasinda did a great job making the background characters believe able. Ben was a real piece of work, seemed to me that he had some major issues he chose not to deal with but instead took out on Miriam with his fists.  Detective Carson Hale was also a great character. He drew me in from the beginning and I definitely can’t wait for his story. The book bounces back and forth between the present and the past so that we can follow Detective Carson as he tries to figure out an unusual murder. The murder shows all signs of being connected to Miriam and Jack somehow. Miriam is a Djinn her power is the element of fire, she slowly begins to realize she has powers of magic and fire but has no idea how to use them or how she got them. Thankfully, all is revealed in the end, no cliffhanger here. A nice bonus was the sneak peak at the next book, which features Carson and Leila the mysterious bartender we meet in Jack and Djinn.  An emotional journey of an abused, confused and shattered young woman who doesn’t think she is worthy of love and respect. If you like, you love stories with lots of desire, fire and a little mystery you will love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved their story. The paranormal aspect was quite interesting, but their love story is what captivated me. The changes and growth that Miriam went through and her hero Jack. ..amazing! ?
Shellbelle1 More than 1 year ago
Jasinda Wilder stepped out of her comfort zone and dove into the paranormal genre. She added her own special flare to make this book come alive. She chose an unusual paranormal character based on ancient Arabic legends, added a contemporary life to the character, allowed her to grow as a person as well as a paranormal entity, and gave her a chance at love that will last beyond a lifetime. Not only did Jasinda create a unique character with paranormal elements, she also tackled some very heavy and disturbing issues, added a high element of suspense, gave us a little Irish magic, and managed to give us a romantic book that evolve around paranormal chaos. To combine all these elements into one book is impressive. What is even more impressive was that she made all these elements work and wrote a story that was effortless to read and kept me captivated from beginning to end. She added enough intrigue at the ending that made the readers want more of this series.  Jasinda is one of the most gifted writers I have read. Her stories flow with ease. The reader becomes immersed into her fictional worlds and becomes captivated with every word. Her characters are very real people with very real strengths and flaws. The romance she adds to every book is heartfelt, sensual, and steamy. She challenges her writing skills with every book and does not let herself get “boxed in” to writing one type of story. That is a big plus in the competitive world of publishing where the market is saturated with so many books. This is what makes Jasinda Wilder the huge success she is today. This is what makes Jasinda one of my favorite writers. Jack and Djinn started out with an interesting scene that drew me in immediately. It starts with two homicide detectives at a crime scene investigating a badly charred body. They have never seen a body this badly burned. What is so weird about the crime scene is the lack of evidence of a fire or accelerants. There is blood at the scene that clearly does not belong to the victim. The detectives are baffled. Detective Carson Hale is the lead investigator to this unsolved murder. Once the body is identified as Ben Wade, Carson begins to unravel the events that lead up to the demise of the victim. As he searches for pieces of the puzzle to solve this crime ,the story of Miriam and Jack begins. Two people brought together from an horrific abusive situation. Two people finding love in a world where their lives are at stake. Two people finding their magic through their love for one another. Two people doing everything they can to survive so that they can hold onto their love and future. As the story unfolds through the eyes of Detective Carson Hale, the reader will be immersed into a world of intrigue and suspense. And when the Detective finally solves the case not only will he be astonished, he will become a very integral part of the Houri Legends. I cannot wait for the next book. Jack and Djinn is captivating magical book.
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
This was a different storyline...I liked it...looking forward to the next one.
DeeMcGee1 More than 1 year ago
Jasinda Wilder proves once again that she is great at tackling varied topics in her books. Jack and Djinn is a eclectic mix of suspense, paranormal, and the heart-breaking realities of romance. I devoured this book in one sitting. The heroine Miriam is in a very dangerous situation. She seems to find herself in one bad relationship after another. But like many abusive relationships, she is unable to find a safe way to leave her volatile, complete jerk off of a boyfriend Ben. I found Miriam's character strong, despite my inability to understand why she couldn't leave him. But as I got deeper into the story, Jasinda crafts a plot and back story for Miriam, helping me understand why this happened to her. My heart broke for her, but grew to admire her inner strength and her protective streak. There are some key scenes where Miriam put her life on the line for people she barely knows. I admire that a lot in a heroine. The hero Jack literally saves Miriam's life after being attacked by Ben. He's just so swoony! He works as a mechanic but is an artist on the side. His determination to help Miriam is noteworthy because he goes through hell for her. We're introduced to Jack's huge Irish family. They're hilarious, loyal, and definitely surly. Jack's grandfather Sean is a standout secondary character. He's funny, straight-forward, and charming. Jasinda does a fabulous job of weaving in suspense, the paranormal aspects of the Djinn, the ugly real life brutality of domestic abuse, and romance in this book. I'm thoroughly impressed. I'm a huge romantic suspense reader and she did a great job of keeping me on the edge of my seat. I also loved the fact that this is an inter-racial relationship. This adds another compelling element to the romance between Miriam and Jack. They are so very different, yet they have bonds that cannot be explained so easily. In my opinion, Jasinda hits this one out of the Detroit Tiger's Comerica Park! One-click this book! You will not be disappointed. Written by Dee McGee - Booze, Bookz, and Bad Boyz
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MerriAW More than 1 year ago
My first love is paranormal romance and not a genre I expected from Mrs. Wilder.  All I can say is she nailed it.  I started this book and I could not put it down.  This story is about overcoming unimaginable things you thought would destroy you, realizing you are worthy and deserve to be loved.  It has it all fast paced suspense, drama, magic and most of all love.  Jack is my new hero and I love him!!  No cliffhanger and I can’t wait for the next book!!  
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with another reviewer about this book being a couple hundred pages too long. While this story is very original i especially found the main characters ethnicities to be interesting- irish and middle eastern main characters. What i hated about this book is that it was 500 pages of story centered around a middle eastern woman with super powers who has no sense of self worth or self preservation whose being mistreated and brutally beaten throughout the ENTIRE story. She was weak willed and did stupid stuff, it got to the point where i was like "come on now! Really?" At her stupidy. I stopped caring about miriam by page 280 and only finshed the book because i wanted to see what happend to the bad guy in the end. I wont be reading anymore books in this series. I gave this book two stars for its originality and how well written it was but because this story centered on a pathetic weak herione the character's antics get old very fast in this book...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel like this 500+ pages book was 200 pages too long. The repetion ideas made me skim throughout the whole book. When there was dialogue and action, the book was great. When the characters were just thinking, I got bored and skimmed. The Weather Warden series by Rachel Caine (?) does the whole djinni thing really well. I won't be reading the next book, Djinn and Tonic---though the title is very clever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story was interesting. Loved the characters. Trying to find more fromthis author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thus book took a little to get going but, when it did....Awesome. It was wonderfuly written in reverse(present -past). You know the outcome but you continue reading to see how the story played out exactly and how the characters developed. Jack & Jenn were great to and for each other and I really do wish guys like Gramps (Sean) still existed. Already bought the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an interesting read i liked it. Different from the usual vampires and werewolves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ben was just a ugly man who treated Miriam worst than a dog with both physical and mental abuse. Jack comes along and saves her in more ways than one. Loved this read.jas