Kiss of the Virgin Queen

Sharon Buchbinder
Kiss of the Virgin Queen
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The Wild Rose Press
Release Date
October 2015
Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

Homeland Security Special Agent Eliana Solomon is on a mission to prevent terrorist attacks. Hard enough to do when the threats are human, almost impossible when it's an evil, shape shifting jinni. Eliana needs help so she calls the sexy and beguiling psychiatrist, Arta Shahani. However, no matter how good he is at his job, the man is on her blacklist. On their last case together, the guy left her for dead.

Arta is stunned when he receives Eliana's call. Forced to abandon the woman he loves, he now fears she won't accept his shape-shifting skills as a Persian Lion. Eliana, in the meantime discovers she is a direct descendant of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba with special powers of her own. But will her skill and Arta's be enough to defeat the jinni, or will they lose the love history decreed for them as well as their lives in this battle of good versus evil?

Book Review by Victoria Lane (reviewer)
Jan 25, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
84 people found the following review helpful
KISS OF THE VIRGIN QUEEN by Sharon Buchbinder weaves past and present with fact and fiction in an intriguing tale of one jinni's quest for revenge against King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. I give it 3 stars.

In the novel, two storylines are interwoven – 1) that of the relationship between King Solomon of Israel and Queen Makeda of Sheba, and 2) that of the relationship between Homeland Security's jinni hunter, Special Agent Eliana Solomon, first generation Ethiopian/Moroccan-American, and jinni possession specialist Dr. Arta Shahani, first generation Persian-American and lion shapeshifter. One storyline tells of the incident inciting the jinni's ire and the other connects the dots and shows how the jinni is defeated.

In general I liked the novel. The plot was intriguing, and I enjoy historical fiction that illustrates a "what if" about the past. The novel was well edited; there were no typos or glaring grammatical issues to distract me from the story.

I did have a few issues though that hampered my enjoyment. The main one being the structure of the novel. Switching back and forth between timelines is fine as long as enough foundational information is provided in the very beginning. I didn't quite understand how the two storylines were related until half way through the book, and it was a struggle to get there. The pacing of the story was affected by this omission. I felt like the story was just ambling along aimlessly in the woods until some key pieces of information were provided.

I also needed more information about how King Solomon conquered and controlled the jinni to begin with. I needed more context, information about Homeland Security's special division – how long had jinni's and shapeshifters been known to the world at large.

The other issue I had was the romance, if you can call it that. According to the novel, the current case employing Eliana was the second time she and Arta had ever interacted. Through their discussions, we are supposed to believe it was love at first sight for both of them, but the first interaction had some complications and now everything is fine. However mystical their worlds are, I just didn't believe it. There just wasn't enough context to support the declarations of love. This part is easily overlooked however, because this novel is more of the "fiction with romantic elements" category than "paranormal or shifter romance".

If you are intrigued by history and the possibilities of magical or paranormal beings involved therein, then you will probably like this novel. If you are looking for a paranormal romance, this is probably not the book for you.
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