Review: The Djinn’s Dilemma by Mina Khan

Filed in 3 1/2 Stars , featured , Mina Khan , Review , The Needy Lover Posted on January 20, 2012 @ 7:00 am 4 comments

Format read: ebook
Series: n/a
Release Date: 1 Nov 2011
Length: novella
Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne Cravings
Formats available: ebook
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author’s Website, Amazon, Publisher Website

Book Blurb:

Rukh O’Shay, half-djinn and assassin, is used to taking out the bad guys. But his latest assignment, Sarah White, is nothing like he expected. A glimpse of her bright aura reveals her gentle spirit, while her luscious beauty clouds his mind and makes him long for only one thing—to taste her.

Sarah shares the feeling of raw desire at Rukh’s touch. He can turn her on with a glance, and satisfies desires she didn’t even know she had. But Rukh had been hired to kill her—and the only way to save her is to find out who wants her dead before someone else finishes the job…

My Thoughts:

What do you do when the one person who steals your heart is the person you’re meant to kill? That very intriguing premise sets up Mina Khan’s equally intriguing (and djinn-filled) paranormal romance novella.

The book gets right down to it, establishing a chemistry between the main characters immediately. It’s a pretty convincing chemistry, too, mostly of the “inexplicable attraction” sort but accessible and sweet. And yet, “sweet” is not all there is to it. The treatment of Sarah and Rukh’s attraction is rife with delicious sensuality. The sizzling connection between the two leads is clear, visceral, ever-present. It was perhaps the deeper emotion that felt somewhat abbreviated, though I imagine such would logically be the case in a shorter story.

I’ll take one Rukh, please! The male lead in this book was perhaps the biggest draw for me, with his intensity and yummy hotness. ^_^ There were the beginnings of some very intriguing elements to his personality and past. And the balance of his being ruthless and principled yet emotional and passionate…it was intriguing and kept me wanting to discover more about Rukh.

Sarah’s pretty cool, herself. I must admit, I had to give props for her being half-Jamaican, because it’s not terribly often that one would find such a heroine–especially one that embraces her ethnicity and culture. Furthermore, Sarah proves to be reasonable and logical, which is a breath of fresh air from borderline-TSTL characters occasionally found in the romance genre. When a woman wants to be sure that the hot but intimidating and random guy she just met is legit and not a creepazoid? I’m all for it!

There were quite a few single-line bits of exposition that had me thinking, man, this tidbit could totally be developed into something that supports such-and-such later development. In fact, I somewhat wish a few of the passing references were developed into full-on plot- or expository points (Sarah’s past preternatural exposure, Rukh’s hard childhood and djinn background, his profession). But ultimately, this novella is still a solid, sexy, fun story.

It would be so very cool to explore some more tales from this world. The djinn aspect was very engaging (and different, thank goodness), and it looks like there is much more beneath the surface of what was introduced here in this story. From the ethereal plane to the djinn laws and societal structure…I’m thirsting for more of Khan’s djinn. ^_^

I give The Djinn’s Dilemma by Mina Khan 3.5 stars

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About Alisha

Alisha, the bespectacled and ever nerdy California girl, simply won't leave home without a book in hand. She loves language learnin' and is working toward becoming a bonafide grammar ninja. On any given day you'll find her haunting local libraries or baking scores of cupcakes and sweet treats.

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  • aurian January 20, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Hi Alisha, nice review! I am intriguied by the Djinn parts. The only ones I can think of at this moment, are the Weather Warden series. Is their world similar? did you read those as well?

    • Alisha January 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      Hm…I’ve read only the first Weather Warden book thus far. But comparing that one title to this one title, the djinn are portrayed slightly differently. In Khan’s environment, djinn are not the “beholden to a master” type..heck, I’m not even sure if they *can* be bound into servitude (hasn’t been addressed, but none of the djinn referred to in a situation like that). They seem more like badass, magical beings with a very strict social system that keeps them in line.

  • wanda flanagan January 20, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Cant wait to pick this one up sounds great

    • Alisha January 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      Rock on, Wanda…I hope you enjoy it!

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