by Ash Krafton
Tamarinda "Tam" Kerish is a clinical social worker in Philadelphia who enjoys working with challenging clients. And while she experiences a low level of emotions in her own life, she can sense what others are feeling, allowing her to assist clients in resolving their issues. So, when she accepts a new client, Mr. Burns, she expects to crack the code of the handsome new stranger in her office. Instead, the extent to which her professional skills are tested sets the course for unfamiliar thoughts, dreams, and feelings that turn her life upside down.
"Tam searched his face, scanning it against her memories, coming up blank. Where had she seen him before?"As she assesses Mr. Burns, she struggles to maintain her composure -- she has never been so derailed by anyone. So, she works diligently to stay on course, and to keep her thoughts and feelings at bay. But she can't help wondering what these new sensations mean. And it is clear that she is stirring up something in Mr. Burns.
"Her dark eyes met his, a split-second connection that felt like the bite of an electric current. His heart tripped on a beat..."As an immortal, wish-granting djinn, Mr. Burns begins to share with Tam the personal history of his life and travels through ancient times. And while she finds him both fascinating and delusional, he has to get close enough to her to find what he needs... he knows she has the amulet. When things heat up, Tam terminates their contract. But this is only the beginning of a relationship that has spanned distance and time... and is vital to both of them.
I really enjoyed this magical tale, with unique characters, and an intriguing plot. Tam is swept into a colorfully illustrated, dreamlike realm, with enchanting depth that kept me turning the pages! She struggles to justify her feelings toward Mr. Burns, which led to some lengthy therapeutic discussions and internal dialogue. Still, this is an engaging and well written story. I hope to see more of this unique world the author has created in future installments!
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Reviewed by Stephanie