Dimitri has no idea how his family line became trapped in the genie bond. He just knows resisting has never ended well. When he meets Syd—assertive, sexy, intelligent Syd—he becomes determined to make her his own. Except Karl has ensured Dimitri can’t tell anyone about the bond, and Syd isn’t the type to tolerate secrets.
Then Karl starts sending him away on back-to-back wishes. Unable to balance love and lies, Dimitri sets out to uncover Karl’s ultimate plan and put it to an end. But doing so forces him to confront the one wish he never saw coming—the wish that will destroy him.
A dark twist on the genie folklore, SUMMONED follows a reluctant criminal as he unravels the mystery of the paranormal bond controlling him.
I knew going in that Dimitri was not exactly going to be likable because right from the start he is involved in pretty despicable things. He is trapped in a bond that seems to have swallowed his conscience but meets someone who shakes up the organised world he has created for himself. Syd is everything Dim wants in a one night stand but the aggravating woman just keeps bugging him! It's not that Dim doesn't want to see her again but no one can get close to him because that's a fast trip to disaster!
Dim has such a lonely life and its impossible not to be intrigued by him. Yes, he is a killer but it's not something he ever wants to do. Controlled by Karl, Dim quite literally lives his life waiting for the next summons and his next task. Dim felt like a pawn following the evil machinations of Karl and even though Dim clearly tries to understand why these people are targeted, his tasks just keep getting more convoluted and frankly bizarre.
Syd shakes up his orderly life and for once he actually wants to connect but that's not an easy thing for Dim. Syd had me wondering all sorts of things but I was totally blindsided by the end of this book. Seeing Dim unravel the secrets and stop lying to himself was a crucial break through.
Is it a romance? Well, the couple do feel strongly about each other and both are willing to make huge sacrifices. My problem was in spite of the numerous sexual encounters, it just didn't feel romantic to me. I really enjoyed the story so any sex in it seemed superfluous to me. What kept me reading was a storyline that was unpredictable and I can't wait to find out what happens next.
I was gifted a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.