Crystal Cove, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (8 ratings)


Justine Hoffman has made a safe and comfortable life for herself on the island of Friday Harbour but there is still something missing.

Love. And after years of waiting and dreaming, she is willing to do whatever it takes to change her destiny.

But when Justine discovers that someone cast a spell on her when she was born, with the result that she will never find her soul mate, she is determined to change her fate.

But she could never have dreamt of the dangerous complications that will follow ...Meeting the mysterious Jason Black, Justine unleashes a storm of desire and danger that threaten everything she holds dear - because Jason has secrets of his own, and he wants more from her than fate will ever allow.




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Crystal Cove3 StarsCrystal Cove reminds me of the film Practical Magic only not nearly as entertaining or satisfying. It seems to have all the right ingredients but simply falls flat. Justine starts out as a feisty, take no prisoners heroine but turns into a submissive doormat willing to forgive all transgressions merely because she has the hots for Jason. She is also the worst witch I've ever encountered.Jason has potential as a tortured hero and his description as "a man without a soul" is very intriguing. Unfortunately, his character is underdeveloped and he ends up coming across as your typical manipulative jerk turned redeemed lover with no real explanation for his transformation other than the "love at first sight" trope, which is completely inconsistent with his characterization.The elements of magical realism from the previous installments turn into fully fledged paranormal traits and the descriptions of magical potions, rituals and spells is excessive and adds little to the romance. Zoe and Alex from book #3 have small cameo appearances but the other characters from the series are nowhere to be seen, which is unfortunate, as the sense of family and closeness is missing. The Fiveash family of witches almost compensate for this but it is too little, too late. Overall, this latest installment in Lisa Kleypas's Friday Harbor series is a disappointment and emphasizes the fact that Kleypas foray into magical realism/paranormal romance is not all that successful. Perhaps she should return to the tried and true genre of historical romance.
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I have enjoyed every book in this series but this book was my favourite. The heroine Justine, we have all met in real life before. The person who is there for you when you need it and who steps so easily into the background at other times. We have met Justine in the previous books and seen that the character remains the same there as well. She is a witch but doesn't want any part of the coven. She has huge magical powers that she never bothered to learn how to use. She just wants to be normal.<br/><br/>Jason Black, is a driven software creator with a highly successful business. Anything he wants he can have, one way or the other but he doesn't use this power to hurt just to make his world comfortable. He is handsome, well built, of slightly mixed heritage and many women's dream. He has come to Friday Harbour to close a land accumulation deal with Alex. The builder we met in the last book. He and his business party are staying at Justine's Inn while in the area. <br/><br/>There is no way of describing this magical plot without giving spoilers. It is extremely well thought out and includes an ending that you know will happen but how it happens is beyond the wildest imagination. Except of course Ms. Kleypas'. She accomplishes it...easily. Loved this book. I enjoy the takes many authors make on witches and their craft. This is yet another view unique from the rest.

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This was struggle to finish, characters were one dimensional.

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I didn't enjoy this book as much as the previous Friday Harbor novels, but I still felt it was a strong read. I found myself becoming frustrated with the characters toward the middle of the book. I felt there needed to be a lot more groveling on the part of the hero.

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This book was beautifully written -- Lisa Kleypas has a way with words but something was missing and the romance just sort of fell flat for me.

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