Review: Djinn and Tonic

Title: Djinn and Tonic, book 2 Houri series
Author: Jasinda Wilder
Published: 3-13-15, indie
Genre: Paranormal

4.5 hearts


Detective Carson Hale knows Leila is hiding something from him. He's in the hospital after a strange and inexplicable attack destroys his favorite bar, the Old Shillelagh. While the attack leaves Carson with stitches, bruised ribs, and a concussion, Leila is mysteriously uninjured, and she either can’t or won’t offer a satisfactory explanation. While her lies and evasions are setting off his detective instincts, her body sets off other alarms.

Leila Najafi has a lot of secrets and a complicated past. She ran away to Detroit to get away from her family, but she's been been discovered by the one man that could destroy her. Sexy detective Carson Hale blows into her life at the worst possible time. Now Leila is forced to make a decision that could both cause heartbreak and war. 


I have read a fair number of paranormal books in my life.  I can probably count on one hand the number of times I have encountered a djinn or Genie.  Those characters are usually up to no good and secondary to the story.  This series is pleasantly surprising!  The world building--modern day Detroit with this hidden paranormal realm--draws the reader in right away.  You want to know more.  How have they stayed hidden from humans?  What happens when humans find them out?  This is not the Sheherazade story with a Genie in a bottle that grants wishes.  This is darker and grittier and sexier than those Arabian tales.  

This is book 2 in the series but you could pick this up and read it and easily be caught up on what has happened up until now.  Leila is an ifrit--a different clan of the djinn.  She is comparable to a princess in their world and she is not terribly happy about that.  Her life has been controlled by men and she is rebelling.  Carson Hale has stumbled upon things he can't quite get his head wrapped around.  Seeing is believing but his brain is playing catch up to his eyes.  Do djinn and ifrit exist? 

There is a bit of suspense and violence in the book.  The bad guys are truly nasty.  Carson and Leila have some amazing sexy times.  As in the first book, the element the djinn represents plays a significant role in their connection to their lover. I like how magic plays a role in the connection between mates.   If you read the first book, you will remember Nadira from her interactions with Miriam.  In this book, we get to know her better and she is one kick ass lady! Can't wait for her story in the next book!  

The book missed 5 hearts for me simply because of Leila.  She came across with such a strong personality.  She has been pampered most of her life and doesn't have as much burden to bear as Carson.  She wants to be brave and face her demons.  However, I found the moments of emotional break down for her happening a few too many times.  As a character, I felt she had skills and depth that would move her past the tears. She became almost whiny at points.  Just distracting for me, not a major flaw.  

I have yet to read a bad book by this author!  Phenomonal work!  Please check out her other titles.  She is definitely a one-click author for me!  

*I was given a copy of this book by the author for an honest review.  I was not paid for this review*

Check out Book 1, Houri series

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About the Author

NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, WALL STREET JOURNAL and international bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. Her bestselling titles include ALPHA, STRIPPED, WOUNDED, and the #1 Amazon and international bestseller FALLING INTO YOU. You can find her on her farm in Northern Michigan with her husband, author Jack Wilder, her five children and menagerie of animals. 

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  1. Great review!

    I have been looking for my next paranormal read. This looks really good! I love when authors jumble genres.

    I liked that even if you did not connect with Leila it was still a captivating book.


    1. Thank you Michelina! You are the winner of the signed copy of this book! Email me your contact information so I can get it mailed out to you!


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