Feisty twenty-four year old Holly, or Miss Greedy as her friends call her, receives a wooden cube as a gift from an enigmatic elderly lady who happens to be her mother’s new neighbour in Lossiemouth, a small Scottish fishing town.
What she doesn’t expect, is for the cube to contain Blayne, a Spirit of Saoradh only she can see and touch. Blayne is a playful, headstrong ghost with no recollection of his human past and an ability to grant Holly’s wishes whenever she calls for him — as long as said wishes don’t raise any questions from the public that is. So a shiny new car might be out of the question, but the possibility of a flat stomach, a consistently spotless house or a perfect daily hairstyle more than make up for it.
Through their incessant banter, Holly and Blayne grow closer while fighting against their mutual attraction since they have no possible future together.
But when the painful reality of Blayne’s existence is revealed, Holly will realize that it’s not always the girl who needs to be saved.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
This book was such a pleasant surprise. I liked the sound of the original premise, I haven’t read many books about spirits/ genie’s, so the blurb made me curious and I eventually decides to give this book a try. And I am glad I did as it was an enjoyable read. It gives a original twist to the genie genre and while it could be a tad predictable at times, there were some twists I didn’t see coming as well. The author has a nice writing style and once I picked up the book I got easily lost in the pages of this book and read it in a few days. The pace was nice and I enjoyed the general plot. I also liked the setting in Scotland and I could visualize the place pretty well.
While the series title and blurb mentions Spirits, they are similar to genie’s in that they can fulfill wishes. There are enough different things as well, but basically the spirits are ghosts or souls that only their bound human can see and they fulfill wishes for their bound human. While it might sound like a lot of the focus would be on that, it’s first a romance story and that’s what get’s most attention.
While overall I really enjoyed this book there were a few things about the story and plot that bothered me. First the frequent mentions of torture. Luckily there weren’t much details and the one scene that went a bit into depth I could easily skip. But it still made me feel uncomfortable, I sort of got the reasoning behind it, but I still didn’t like it. Torture scenes are just one of those things I can’t stomach. Then there were a few plot twists towards the end that I didn’t really care for. And the way it resolved things at the end I wasn’t 100% happy with. There was also a thing concerning Blayne’s past that got resolved a bit too easily and I would’ve liked to have that get resolved a bit slower over the course of the book.
I liked Holly the main character, she was an interesting character. Some bad events in her past, two slightly pushy friends who cared about her a lot, her mom who was always cooking and her love for pancakes. This book made me hungry with all the mentions of pancakes, yum! Holly was a very sweet and caring person and that really showed in her interactions with Blayne. While Blayne is basically her slave, she tries to make this life better and gives him some freedom.
As this is a romance the focus is mostly on Holly and Blayne, the other side characters stay a bit more towards the background. I kept confusing Holly her two friends, I couldn’t remember who was who at times. And thought they were a bit pushy at times, which rubbed me wrong especially during one scene, but I could also see how much they cared about each other and there are some scenes that really show that too. I liked Holly her mom, while we don’t get to learn a lot about her, I did like her and the part she played in the book.
The romance was done well. They get to know each other and slowly fall in love. There was a lot of build-up and banter and I liked these two together. They have some nice chemistry as well and there are a few very sweet scenes as well. Their relationship is pretty unconventional with how he’s a spirit and she’s a human, but I liked how they tried and make it work.
I already emphasized earlier that this is a romance story first and the world building is one of those things that illustrate that fact as well. While I liked the original concept of genie and twists this book added I also wanted more. I wanted to know what the limits were of the wishes and I wanted to see Holly use those wishes to make her life better. Even with small wishes there is so much she could do and wish for. I just thought this could’ve been explored a bit more. Then there a re a few things that remain unclear like who turns into a spirit, who the Judge is and The Punisher. And it bothered a me a bit that no one ever explained the rules and such to Holly and she didn’t seem to ask. I mean if you suddenly hear you got a magical genie who can fulfill your wishes you would be curious how that works and why, right? I just wanted to know a bit more about how the whole paranormal aspect worked.
To summarize: I really enjoyed this book and easily got lost into the pages while reading. It was a well written and original story. Holly is a great main character, compassionate, friendly and she loves pancakes. The side characters stay a bit to the background, but I didn’t mind too much as the focus was mostly on the story and the romance. The romance was well done, Blayne and Holly made for a great couple and it was obvious how much they cared for each other. I did have some small issues with the mentions of torture, the plot twists towards the end, how Blayne’s past got resolved and the world building. I would’ve liked to learn a bit more about how the whole genie and wishes thing worked. All in all I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to see what this author writes next!