Author: Dakota Cassidy
Publication Date: December 4th 2012
Genres: chick-lit, demons, fantasy, fiction, genies, humour, magic, paranormal, romance
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She’s all bottled up. Jeannie Carlyle is a caterer extraordinaire, more than ready to handle any challenge thrown at her. But when her client asks her to open up a rare bottle of gin for a party, Jeannie is shocked when a guy in poofy pants pops out and she gets sucked inside. Trapped in the bottle, Jeannie does the only thing she can think of and uses her cell phone to search the term “paranormal” and finds the number for OOPS—Out in the Open Paranormal Support. Until he sets her free. Werewolf Sloan Flaherty isn’t keen on dealing with distraught women, especially since his sister-in-law Marty basically forced him to man the OOPS phones. But when Jeannie calls in a panic, Sloan is the only one available to find Jeannie’s bottle. After giving it a good rub, Jeannie emerges dressed like a character from Arabian Nights and starts calling Sloan “Master.” Now, they need to figure out how to break their unwanted bond, before the wishes Jeannie can’t stop granting get them into more trouble than even the OOPS girls can handle…
The OOPS girls are at it again in another hilarious adventure in the Accidental Genie, and Jeannie’s accidental wish-granting makes things even funnier. That’s right, Dakota Cassidy named her Genie, Jeannie. I know some people might think it’s tacky, or silly, but I thought it was perfect.
Dakota Cassidy has a way of making her characters believable whilst still maintaing the suspension of reality through magic and supernatural elements. Jeannie’s backstory is a great example of this, which I won’t reveal here because it’s a major spoiler, but suffice to say the poor girl has some serious issues. Luckily she gets some closure in the final showdown.
Nina shows (again) that’s she’s mostly all bark and no bite, but will defend anyone she feels is the underdog or just needs defending. Probably the only thing that annoys me about this series is Nina’s very colourful vocabulary – it’s a bit too constant, and seems to have gotten more so as the series has progressed. Other than that, she can be very sweet when it’s needed and her rather brutal honesty certainly clears things up quickly when necessary, although can cause more problems.
This series has been a fun one to read and I hope there are more to come.