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Genie's Awakening

A Reverie Resort Vacation, Book 2
Narrated by: Dene Woods
Series: Reverie Resort Vacations, Book 2
Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins

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Visit Reverie Resort, a luxury hotel on a tropical island where vacationers come to enjoy their wildest dreams but get more than they ever expected....

Genevieve, a Jinn, comes to Reverie Resort for one last vacation before she must go before the Afrit tribunal and formally declare that she has no powers. She hopes to enjoy one last taste of a luxury beyond even what she is used to before being cast out of her own dimension to live among humans.

But something goes wrong. Instead of the spa weekend she's expecting, she finds herself on a remote, barren planet being auctioned off to the highest bidder and has no way to contact her hosts to correct the situation. Is there really a mix up? Or do her hosts have sinister intentions toward her? In the meantime, she finds her new owner, Colin, to be quite attractive for a human....

©2017 Jewel Quinlan (P)2018 Jewel Quinlan

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  • J. Allen
  • 09-12-2019

Awaken

This is book 2 in the Reverie Resort Vacation series but my first read / listen and I feel that I was a great stand alone, although it does leave you wanting to know more about this resort. Our main character Genevieve is a spoiled young woman who is looking for something to fulfill her. She finds it in the most unexpected of ways and is awakened emotionally and physically. I really enjoyed this unique storyline and felt the narration was spot on. Looking forward to the opportunity to read more from Quinlan!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • JulieM
  • 23-11-2019

Fantasy Island meets The Taming of the Shrew

This fun novella is like Fantasy Island and scifi romance all rolled into one. The resort hook drew me in, and the story of djinni Genevieve finding her strong power was really great. When the reader first meets her, she comes off as imperious and rude, but then she’s thrust into a world she doesn’t understand. As we get to know the character along with her male lead, we find a kind heart who has been hurt by people around her. She finds purpose and love beyond her expectations in helping the humans terraform a mostly barren planet. The concept sounds like it shouldn’t work, but it does.

This is a perfect novella because it is entertaining, and while there could be more about these people, I wasn’t left with a nagging feeling of being incomplete. I am curious enough to check out the author’s other titles to find if there would be something I like.

The male narrator of this story handles most characters well. The only negative is that sometimes the narrative passages have the same tone as the dialogue passages as if he forgot to switch over for a line or two. It never lasts long, and it doesn’t hurt the overall enjoyment of the story. It is there, though.

For those wondering about steam level, there are some kisses and one short sex scene near the end. Because of the pace, it isn’t meticulously descriptive.

Recommended for fans of Fantasy Island (what can I say? I really liked that part!) and a scifi romance.

Disclaimer: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • barbara duell
  • 23-11-2019

love it

wow I really loved this story the story line it great I loved the narrated voice

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  • Megs
  • 21-11-2019

Excellent!

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  • Kd
  • 03-05-2018

Fantastic narrator; Clean

The narrator rocked this story! He really made it. I had to look more than once to see if there was more than 1 narrator b/c I couldn't believe there was only one. He was great.
The story was special too with the world created about gen/genies. The story is short, so it's not a great deal of world-building. But there's enough to get the gist of it. That's one of the good things about the story. What's there is what is needed, but no more or less than that. I also appreciated the small degree of diversity among the people. It's quite small, but it's significantly more than in most of the 2200 books I've listened to.
Genevieve struggled with a degree of elitism and entitlement due to her parentage. She came across as a spoiled brat. One example is her telling Colin to sleep on the floor and let her have the bed after he "purchased" her during trader Will's offering of willing women. Essentially, Colin saved Genevieve, and she didn't seem to understand or appreciate that. He told her that he wouldn't harm her and certainly didn't come across as though he would. Yet she belittled him and expected, almost insisted, on being treated in a royal fashion.
Colin came across immediately as very likable and with great integrity. He was a lead soil scientist on a mission in charge of an orchard and seeking to grow items where they have not grown before. In the past, he had scientific breakthroughs on other planets.
We get to see and understand why Genevieve is how she is.
The connection between Colin and Genevieve grew slowly. There was no romantic interaction in the first 3+ hrs of the 4hr 52min story. The most that happened, before the last 26 min of the book, was Colin having internal thoughts about Genevieve's attractiveness. Most of those thoughts—with the exception of maybe one—wasn't explicitly sexual.
The story had no explicit language or profanity. It was a lovely message about finding your inner strength and some other positives aspects of good people.
Still, I found the easy acceptance of Genevieve's difference a little implausible.