Saturday, October 12, 2013

I Dream Of Johnny by Juliet Madison

4 Star

Getting three wishes isn't all it's cracked up to be when an unfortunate spelling error in Mandy's high-tech magic lamp changes her wish for a Greek God to a Geek God. His fashion IQ is in the negatives, he’s clingier than cling wrap, and he has a penchant for breaking into song at inappropriate moments. Before Mandy can request a replacement wish, she has to put up with him for twenty four hours, and the timing couldn’t be worse — it's her friend’s wedding day, her ex will be there, and the God of Geeks insists on coming along for the ride!

Kaley - 4 Star

I love stories with a bit of a magical element so I was really excited to read I Dream of Johnny by Juliet Madison. This was a quick read, a novella at just 42 pages, but it was an enjoyable one. The fantasy aspect was well done and I liked reading about the main character, Mandy.

Sometimes I find that novellas and short stories have really awkward pacing issues but I didn’t get that with this book. Everything happened at a normal pace, thankfully. I think it helped that the romance wasn’t the main part of the story (note to self: start reading more non-romance short stories) as I find that building the relationship is what usually throws off the pace.

I like that the drama with the Geek God wasn’t completely over the top. Jonathan, the aforementioned Geek, had quite a few cringe worthy moments but Mandy was easily, and convincingly, able to explain them away to her friends. Those moments provided a lot humour and also allowed for Mandy to get some more insight into her life. 

Speaking of insight, like most “three wishes” type stories, the wishes Mandy asks for end up being…maybe not quite what she wants (and I’m not just talking about the Geek!). She’s able to grow as a person and she has fresh burst of energy when it comes to her passion – making mobiles. (I mention the mobiles because it’s such a neat idea and I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a character who makes them before.)

I don’t think you can lose when it comes to I Dream of Johnny – it’s funny and cute. You can curl up with a pot of tea and have it done in an evening. I’ll be keeping my eye on author Juliet Madison’s next book!

Thank you to Harlequin Australia for our review copy. All opinions are our own. 

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