Have you read Gillian Zane yet? Her books hooked me right away in the NOLA Zombie series. So when I heard she had a short story out about a sultan, well sign me up.
Here are some key pieces to keep in mind. This is a series of stories told by all different authors. I wasn’t engaged enough to want to read more in this world, so this is it. Two, it’s short, violent, bloody and has a very interesting concept. The first person narrative at first put me off, but I soon got over it as I lost myself in the story.
Sierra is visiting New Orleans with her best friend to celebrate her twenty-first birthday. Really only wanting to drink since her bank account is bleeding, she gets dragged to a costume shop by her best friend and meets an interesting woman who has just the costume for her. Specifically it is made for her. At no cost, Sierra only has to promise one thing in return.
The two head out on a haunted tour with a skeleton key wrapped around Sierra’s neck. One house after another go by as Sierra strikes up a flirtatious conversation with Owen. One house though stops them both in their tracks as they are the only one seeing the paranormal activity going on there. So starts the incredibly sexy attraction that Owen and Sierra can’t seem to escape, but also the bloody scenes of once took place in the Sultan’s mansion. Now the two must save the Sultan who has been trapped for over a hundred years by a Jinn who has incited lust over the occupants.
Everything in the story takes place fast and quick…even Owen and Sierra didn’t have lots of time to keep getting it on even though they were controlled by their lust.
This can be read as a stand-alone story, but there are plenty of books in the series to keep you going if you are interested. While i loved the sexy times, the bloody times were a little to over the top for me. Other than that, I loved the story of a haunted house, a spell keeping them entranced and a hope for a future romance not ruled by that same spell.
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