Title: His Command
Author: Sophie H. Morgan
Series: Playboy Genie #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
He’s a genie. She’s a mortal.
He’s a flirt. She’s definitely-certainly-absolutely done with charming men.
What happens when this playboy runs across the one woman who doesn’t fall under his spell?
Magic of course.
Hailey has been given the chance of her career. All she has to do is plan and execute the perfect society wedding and she’ll get the promotion she’s been working towards. Too bad the groom is her ex-boyfriend. Ryder hates seeing a damsel in distress and with a little genie magic is determined to make the sexy Miss Hailey have a little bit of fun. All she has to do is follow his lead and she’ll get everything she’s ever wished for.
Source: ARC from SMP Swerve via NetGalley
The second Playboy Genie book is much like the first (Her Wish), in that it’s a fun contemporary romance that happens to have a hero who’s magical in many, many ways. Hailey is a stubborn, independent woman who is still recovering from a bad break up, Ryder is a gorgeous genie with commitment issues and a hidden heart of gold, and thanks to some high heels, sad eyes and a not-quite-accidental-bid, their paths not only cross but collide and get entangled in the best romantic way.
It’s cute. Hailey is a determined career woman who loves planning weddings for people. She is very detail focused and likes to be in control of every last thing, while Ryder is much more of an impulsive, live-for-the-moment kind of guy. Yet they get on really well. He’s straightforward and perhaps a little too blunt at times, but Hailey appreciates that, just as Ryder likes her sarcasm and sass. They see the person behind the front and like each other for who they really are, faults and all.
For the most part this is very much a normal contemporary romance, it’s just that the hero can flash them over to Rome for breakfast, or across the country to go horse riding, should he so choose. Which he does, but not too often. I actually liked how relatively normal Ryder is – perhaps because he’s only been a genie for ten years. He’s far more respectful with his powers than Jax was in the first book. Well, apart from the whole auction thing. He also has his twin, Leo, to help keep him grounded.
The romance itself takes a while to get going. Mostly because Hailey is very stubborn and still hurt by her awful ex (and the fact she now has to plan his wedding). There’s a bit of fake dating involved, then the no-strings deal, but it’s never in doubt where this is heading. The only question is how they will get there and what roadblocks will be thrown up along the way. I have to admit some of those roadblocks felt a little over the top, while another I expected to crop up sooner, but it does provide conflict and drama to keep things ticking along.
Overall, I liked this. I think Hailey and Ryder are a more believable couple than in the first book, but at the same time, it did occasionally feel a little too long and drawn out and I wasn’t as engaged with both characters as I’d have liked to be. Ryder is also just a bit too perfect, all things considered, almost too good to be true with all his amazing good points and relative lack of faults. However, it’s still a fun and easy read, and I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for the next one. I’m hoping for more of twin Leo – and that mysterious woman he was searching for at the party…
His Command is Out Now.
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