Dec 18 2014 4:30pm

I Dream of Genies in Romance Novels from Showalter, Cassidy, and More!

Ever since I saw the television series I Dream of Jeannie on Nick at Night, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of someone having the ability to grant wishes. Luckily for romance readers, there are plenty of genie or djinn romances to choose from.

Heather Demetrios's Exquisite Captive is a recent Young Adult title that tells the story of Nalia, a young jinni who was owned by Malek and is offered freedom by the mysterious Raif, a leader of a revolution. Part mysticism and part young adult glamour, readers will enjoy being brought back and forth between Nalia’s former life as a captive and her current life as a free-spirited young woman deciding life on her own terms.

Before there was On Dublin Street, Samantha Young published Smokeless Fire, part of the Fire Spirits series. The book follows a young girl’s entrance into a complicated struggle between multiple factions, all the while dealing with a broken friendship and a complex love interest.

Readers who appreciate the idea of djinns and a Romeo and Juliet type story will enjoy Mina Kahn’s Tale of Two Djinns and The Djinn’s Dilemma. The first story features a prince and princess from warring djinn factions. The second story is a half-djinn meets a human female, who ends up being a target he should take out, but does he? 

Fans of fairy tales will want to look at Marie Hall’s Jinni’s Wish and Her One Wish. Part of Hall’s Kindgom series, Jinni’s Wish is an ethereal tale about the love of the fairy tale Jinni and the human Paz Lopez. How the two come together is magical and the prose is the stuff of clouds and wishes. Her One Wish is actually the tale of Nixie, Jinni and Paz’s daughter, who breaks a giant genie rule and as a result is imprisoned. Who’s left to save her but the one and only Robin Hood!

If you want a genie story with a comedic twist try The Accidental Genie by Dakota Cassidy, book seven of her Accidental series. Take one caterer turned genie and a disgruntled werewolf to equal a book that not only has a very cute cover, but also captures Cassidy’s trademark humor.

Turning away from the quote unquote “traditional” genie stories, a very popular plot device in romance is the hot man captured in some sort of awful state. Unbeknownst to her, the heroine usually breaks the seal so that hot man can enter the heroine’s life and hijinks ensue. Famous books that use this trope include: Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon as well as The Pleasure Slave and The Stone Prince, both by Gena Showalter. The men in these stories are not meant to grant wishes for riches or fame, but rather those of sexual pleasure for the female. Usually the men in these stories are full of angst (especially Julian in Fantasy Lover) and the heroines use their awesomeness to soothe the savage beast while the hero shows the plain Jane heroine just how sexy she really is. 

Sometimes the genie isn’t the hero or the heroine but rather a side character or a plot device. Take for example, Kristen Ashley’s Three Wishes where Fazire, the genie, is the reason that Lily, the heroine, meets her HEA, but also goes through a number of trials and tribulations due to her wish. This follows into the more classic vein of genie tales where the wishes often backfire on the wisher, but luckily in romance, the wish typically leads to some sort of happy ending.

What genie romances have made you wish for more?


Learn more about the books mentioned in this post:

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios  
Smokeless Fire by Samantha Young  
Tale of Two Djinns by Mina Kahn  
The Djinn's Dilemma by Mina Kahn  
Jinni's Wish by Marie Hall  
Her One Wish by Marie Hall  
The Accidental Genie by Dakota Cassidy  
Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon  
The Pleasure Slave by Gena Showalter  
The Stone Prince by Gena Showalter  
Three Wishes by Kristen Ashley  










Sahara Hoshi reviews for Wicked Lil Pixie and is a lifelong reader of romance. Favorite genres include new adult, paranormal romance, contemporary romance and erotica.

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2. Yuri
Thea Harrison's 'Oracle's Moon' features a djinn as the romantic hero!
3. Yuri
Oops didn't see the earlier comment ??
4. Kareni
Yuri, Oracle's Moon is certainly worth mentioning twice (or thrice)!
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5. JenniferProffitt
I love Dakota Cassidy's stuff. And Stone Prince is firmly on my keeper shelf--I love it! Great picks all around, I'll definitely be checking these out!
6. TanyaLK
I'm embarrassed to say I've never read any of genie trope romance novels...but happy to add to my bookshelf :)
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