The Haunted Sultan by Gillian Zane #AfternoonDelight

Posted July 12, 2016 by Shari in Afternoon Delight, Reviews / 8 Comments

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I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Haunted Sultan by Gillian Zane #AfternoonDelight
The Haunted Sultan

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Series: Skeleton Key
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Published by Parajunkee Publishing
Released on June 16, 2016
Pages: 113
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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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.

About Gillian Zane

Gillian Zane is the author of the NOLA Zombie series. Zane is the pen name of a prominent blogger in the publishing industry, which will remain a mystery unless you Google it. Since she can remember her goal has been to become Master of the Universe and has decided to focus first on the literary world. Things are progressing nicely.
Zane has been a freelance writer for the last ten years and has published a few non-fiction works, none of which was very exciting. Zombies are much more exciting and a way for her to combine her two current obsessions, hot boys with guns and Doomsday Prepping. When she isn’t stockpiling MREs (Meal’s Ready to Eat) or researching how to build a cistern on a budget, she’s taking care of her little family and exploring the city that she loves, New Orleans. You can find Gillian Zane on twitter @GillianZane.
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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
5 years ago

At first I was excited, but the bloody horror stuff has me backing away. Overall, it sounds good.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
5 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Yep, that was the bad part of it.

Mary Kirkland
5 years ago

Oooo a Jinn, it’s been a while since I read a story with one of those. Sounds like a good story.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
5 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

It was short and to the point.

Christy LoveOfBooks
5 years ago

” it’s short, violent, bloody and has a very interesting concept”

I’ll take it! lol.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
5 years ago

Go get it! I just had a little too much blood and gore for me.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

I’d not heard of her before. I’m all for those steamy sexy times. The bloody violent ones…er. I might be too much of a wuss for those. Ha!

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
5 years ago

She wrote a zombie apocalypse series that just had the last book in the series. It’s not as gory in the fact they aren’t having sex it the blood and guts. But it also has some heart breaking parts, some stupid characters as well as horny ones too.