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Wish You Weren't Here

(The Steel City Genie #2)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  17 reviews
I was done with my Jinn ex-boyfriend—but now I’m the only one who can save his life.

I’m already in enough trouble with my magic going crazy right when I’m opening a storefront for romantic crimes consulting. The last thing I need is interference from Kiran Singh, who failed spectacularly as a boyfriend, and now wants me back with some crappy excuse of helping him track
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Published June 2019 by Janeen Ippolito LLC
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I've heard it said many times with regard to both book series and TV series that you can't keep the audience interested once the protagonists have gotten married. Wish You Weren't Here proves that to be a load of hooey. Because marriage can be exciting too (or so I'm told), even without introducing the possibility of the happy couple splitting up (looking at you, Season 6 of every TV show in existence). True, Book 2 of the Steel City Genie series does feature the return of main character Allis' ...more
Janeen Ippolito
Jun 11, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Yup! This is me, your friendly author, leaving an author review so that I can count this toward my Goodreads Challenge. Wo0t!

Gotta say, this one was a hoot to write, especially with the crossovers. Hope you enjoy!
C.O. Bonham
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-met-the-author
In Wish you Weren't Here, Janeen Ippolito creates a complex interplanetary/inter-dimensional universe. One that not only connects her own works but also draws in the works of other authors. And she does it seamlessly.

Two characters show up about halfway through the book through a portal to another world. Diza and Casimir are from Haladya and Rothana by Sarah Delena White. Another character shows up from Janeen's older, book Blood Mercy. Both Crosssovers were handled very well giving the borrowed
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the first title in the Steel City Genie series, and this continues in Ippolito's fantastic urban fantasy world. The author has made something unique, and that's often hard to do in the over-crowded world of urban fantasy.

One of specific things that sets this apart is that it is less sexually explicit than other novels in the genre. It doesn't sacrifice the sizzle between the two main characters, though, who are newlyweds and trying to figure that out while dealing with a deceitf
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This second in the series does not disappoint! Continuing the story from the first book (yes, I highly recommend reading the first in the series), several months after the action, Author Ippolito does it again.

Tainted potions, ex-boyfriends showing up, and trying to get a handle on her magic are just some of the joys in the book. Other characters return and continue their development in this book.

Dialogue, descriptions, magical politics, and the Pittsburgh setting are spot on and make this a fun
Sarah McConahy
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Allis will keep you laughing with her quips and shenanigans while remaining entirely relatable in her struggles for control and desire for acceptance. Lots of fun to be had in this second book of a fresh urban fantasy series.
Christina Morley
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wish You Weren't Here is full of colorful characters, humor, and action. It will take you on a wild ride that's lots of fun too with subtle deeper themes. Be sure to read If Wishes Were Curses first as you get introduced to the complex characters and their unique team dynamic. I enjoyed Book 2's storyline more than Book 1. Both books have a certain randomness, because Allis' magic is all over the place wonky. She learns more about her parentage and magic while facing powerful enemies. But she re ...more
Rose Olivia
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I started and finished this in only 2-3 days, and it probably only would've been finished in ONE day, had I not worked at all on Monday.

Yes, it is that good.

Yes, if you love Janeen's stuff already, you'll love it.

Yes, if you love Sarah Delena White's stuff already, you'll love it.

Yes, if you love genuine character growth, magical political territoriality, complex characters, cross-overs, urban fantasy, just fantasy in general, snarktastic convos, OR A CERTAIN SPECIAL BUNDLE OF SPECIAL FROM SARA
Sharon Hughson
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alternate Pittsburgh Fun?

Although this story hit the ground running, and I’m a big fan of Allis, I had trouble staying engaged.
First, I wanted more of the Cid and Allis romance, and it just wasn’t there. Not really even as a B story.
Second, it seemed like too many problems kept being thrown around and unknown characters appeared to save the day too conveniently.
In the end, I did want to keep reading. Allis is fabulous and the alternate universe is well-drawn. And Gideon made plenty of otter appe
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read... Allis and Cid are the most...well the most

You will just have to grab books 1&2 . Allis is a misfit do holder who always seems to be on the razor's edge. In the very convoluted magic ride of the two stories"if wishes were curses" and " wish you weren't here " Allis, Did and a crazy group of friends fight evil and themselves enough to someone on top. Cannot wait for book 3. Marathon read book 1&2 over 36 hours... You will find it very hard to put down....
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great addition to the Steel City series!

Allis and Cid are now mated/married, but then Allis’ Jinn ex-boyfriend keeps popping up, trying to entice Allis from her new husband. Meanwhile, Gideon, her otter shifter brother is kept busy trying to discover the source of very lethal love potions. Throw in some out-of-this-world visitors, a raven curse, and you have another crazy Adventure in fae Wonderland!
Eileen Copeland
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lots of fantasy creatures in an urban setting

If you like genies, vampires, dragons, shape shifters, and the fae folk, you will enjoy this book. A snarky part Jinn (a powerful race of genies) part human woman leads this varied cast of characters. Many surprises lie in wait. Kept me interested. I found a few typos along but nothing terrible.
Selina R Gonzalez
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav-indie-books
I somehow didn't rate this back when I read it? Weird. I enjoyed it, though! I think I remembering liking book one a little bit more, partly because of ex-boyfriend drama, but this one was fun, too! (They also are slightly bleeding together in my memory, haha)
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
Disclaimer: swearing and format/grammatical errors, so I can't recommend it to everyone. I know it bothers some. I glossed over that and enjoyed it. I liked the modern world filled with magic and mythological beings.
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Is this the end??

:) Certainly the end of the current conflict is over but I'd love to read more about these characters. Such a fun, engaging read.
Katherine M
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m reminded yet again why Janeen is one of my favorite authors. Allie and Cendric are adorable together. They’re learning to make their relationship work...while trying to keep the city, or Allie’s magic, from blowing up in their faces. Contains intrigue, magic, friends who help you bury the bodies, and polka dotted penguins.
Michelle Bruhn
Another fun ride from Janeen Ippolito, Wish You Weren’t Here continues Allis’ journey of finding her place in the world of fae and learning to control her crazy Jinn powers. This book kept my attention from start to finish with both high stakes and high snark-levels. I loved seeing all the characters from the first book return in this book, especially Cendric and Gideon, because who doesn't like a reformed, vegetarian, raven-shifter vampire and a musical otter-shifter? The world-building in thes ...more
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Janeen Ippolito believes in Jesus, true love, and the power of your unique words. She's a bestselling author of speculative fiction, writing resources, and poetry. She's also an editor, author coach, marketing strategist, and the president of Uncommon Universes Press. When she's not immersed in the geektastic world of words, she's helping her husband with his youth swordfighting ministry, explorin ...more

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