Aliya Baban and the Cave of Pleasure by Melinda Barron

Desires of the Lamp series, book 2

Resplendence Publishing


Reviewed by Ley



Aliya Baban does what it takes to get what she wants. She uses her beauty to seduce people to her will and if that doesn’t work she uses her quick wit and devil tongue to cut them down a peg.  She’s lived her life belittling others and finding no one worthy of being on the same level as her.  When faced with losing her job if she doesn’t score the Cave of Pleasure account for her advertising firm Aliya was unprepared for the events that were about to unfold once she arrives at the new club.

Aliya meets Matuse the club owner who happens to be half demon and half Djinn.  Aliya unwittingly rubbed his lamp and now for the next 30 days Matuse sets Aliya on the path of changing her evil ways and forces Aliya to face the true person that is buried inside her. 

Is Matuse correct in believing that the true Aliya is someone worth finding and will she turn out to be the soul mate he’s been searching for?

Aliya Baban and the Cave of Pleasure is very enjoyable.  Aliya’s sassy attitude met its match in the form of very powerful Djinn in Matuse and Paran.  Aliya’s nastiness was without barriers and I had little sympathy for her, but as the story progressed I could see most of it stemmed from insecurities.  I felt Aliya wanted someone to point out her faults and confront her because it didn’t take much for Matuse to turn her around.  As the second book in Melinda’s Baron’s Desires of the Lamp series, Aliya Baban and the Cave of Pleasure read very well as a stand-alone.  There is mention of characters from the previous book, and even though I’m starting this series with the second book, I didn’t feel lost at all.  Followers of this series will enjoy Aliya Baban and the Cave of Pleasure.



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