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Crystal Flame [Kindle Edition]

Jayne Ann Krentz
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Kalena is focused on a single task…the assassination of the man who destroyed her family. Once he is gone, she will live her life as a free woman. She just has to extract herself from an arranged Trade Marriage first. She has a plan for that.

Her husband, Ridge, works for Quintel, the man Kalena has been sent to kill. Ridge is the Fire Whip, Quintel’s enforcer, and not exactly the type to become involved in a Trade Marriage with an innocent country girl. But he looks forward to instructing Kalena in her wifely duties.

Kalena and Ridge have no plans for a lasting relationship, but the success of their mission depends on learning to trust each other and the passion that flares between them.

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Editorial Reviews


Lively humor, a wonderfully imaginative setting, a dash of danger, and Castle's classic sensuality are here in full measure.—Library Journal on After Glow (Book 2 of Ghost Hunters series)

Brilliantly blends exceptionally entertaining characters, witty prose, and a thrilling paranormal-tinged plot in a sublime novel of romantic suspense.—Booklist on Ghost Hunter (Book 3 of Ghost Hunters series), starred review

Delectably entertaining.—Booklist on Dark Light (Book 5 of Ghost Hunters series)

About the Author

Jayne Ann Krentz is the author of fifty New York Times bestsellers. In addition to her fiction writing, she is the editor of, and a contributor to, a non-fiction essay collection, DANGEROUS MEN AND ADVENTUROUS WOMEN: ROMANCE WRITERS ON THE APPEAL OF THE ROMANCE published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. She earned a B.A. in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to obtain a Masters degree in Library Science from San Jose State University in California. Before she began writing full time she worked as a librarian in both academic and corporate libraries. She is married and lives with her husband, Frank, in Seattle, Washington.

Product Details

  • File Size: 578 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Purple Papaya LLC (November 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,561 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The cover blurb is misleading, as usual..... December 7, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I don't know how they do it but I swear, 75% of the blurbs I read totally get the book wrong. She is not 'coolly sensual'. She is on a mission from her family to assasinate someone, and Fire Whip is in the assasinatee's employ. 'Nuff said. This book is a thoughtful look at male/female relationships and the power balance, as well as being a great fun read.
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of it's time! December 12, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The face of romance writing keeps shifting, as writers push the boundaries all the time. Today you see new great voices such as Robin D. Owens, C. J. Barry and Susan Grant writing "Off World" romances, but hey, Jayne Anne, with her Lost Colony series, was doing it a long time ago. They did not get the right reception because they were so new, so fresh. Reeaders had Jayne Anne/Amanda Quick pigeon-holed and were resistant to letting her stretch. Funny, so many times I see reviews quoting if you have read 3 or more JAKs you have read them all. They are great reads, but a bit of the same. Yet, she when tried the Flower series and the Lost Colony series, readers were grumpy because it was not like JAK usually was!!
So maybe a few of you have missed these tales or should give them a new look. I believe had they been released in today's market they would have done much better.
In this one, Kalena is the last survivor of a proud heritage, and is on a secret mission to destroy the enemy of her family - at any cost, even her life. Kalena is determined to avenge the deaths of her father and brother at the hands of Quintel, head of a rival house.
One man can stop her, a soldier they call " Fire Whip ". Despite, knowing he is bound to the enemy, Kalena falls in love with Ridge. He owes his loyalty to Quintel, so will he fight for honour or love. She is the coolest of females, so trained in keeping her emotions at bay, and he is the hottest lover, the one who can melt her heart of ice.
Jayne Ann crafted a wonderful "Off World" Tale, so if you have missed it and enjoy Robin Owens, CJ Barry or Susan Grant, don't give this one a miss.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolutely Positively MUST READ!!!!!!! June 18, 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first romance I ever read, and I've been hooked ever since! It's the classic man v. woman story-line. Kalena is strong, not at all wimpy like some heroines. Ridge is all man, without being too macho or controlling. Any fan of JAK must read this. If you like this one, check her books written as Jayne Castle, also.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Metaphors July 20, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Krentz's imagination is epic as she gives us a fantasy story, which contains one metaphor after another. As well as being a thought provoking philosophical wonder, she makes it an exciting adventure story with lots of action. Her characters are real and believable.
Although it's a romance novel, Krentz emphasizes different aspects of the man/woman relationship than the normal girl meets boy and lives happily ever after scenario. A good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars reread for fifth time November 5, 2013
By S. Gurr
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have been reading JAK for 30 years. Some are better than others. Scandal is my favorite. I still have every book she has written in a plastic container in my garage and, even though I have downsized, I keep her books. Why? Because when I only have a little time and want something light to read I know I can depend on JAK for entertainment. This fantasy was written long before the current crop and still holds it's charm.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Krentz January 7, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I recently re-discovered an older copy (1986) of this book (has an awful romance cover completely unrelated to the book) and read it again. I think this is one of her better ones. THe characters are stong but not so stubborn they can't learn from their mistakes. Readers should note, though, that this is more like a Jayne Castle book than a Krentz one. Her SF-fantasy is a nice change from other books in the genre because she tends to focus more on the social structures of the alternate world than the technological differences. They're also (mostly) believable - except you'd never catch me getting up at dawn (every day!) to serve my husband tea.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a Classic November 8, 2001
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Simply a classic, never to be over-looked, and one of Krentz's best. A time-less story of a woman wanting to be free of restriction (Kalena) finding love in the arms of a man abandoned on the streets as a boy and who can make the steel of Countervail glow red with his rage (Ridge). Together they face challenges set before them by forces seemingly older then time.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as "Sweet Starfire" May 26, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Though I liked "Sweet Starfire" better, this novel did show an interesting culture clash between the peoples of the main characters. Plus it showcased JAK's trademark "battle between the sexes." Of course, the battle is transformed into something else.
Interestingly, the belief system portrayed in this story provides a great glimpse into the character dynamics that are behind JAK's best work.
Anne M. Marble, All About Romance
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi Romance
CRYSTAL FLAME is a 1980s sci-fi romance. It is the story of Kalena who is one of the last of her House and has been raised to seek revenge against the man who killed her brother... Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Melo
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Published 1 month ago by John P. LaRocque
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My wife has her favorite authors
Published 2 months ago by pandaman
4.0 out of 5 stars I like her series books
I have read all three books for the Lost Colony Trilogy and I have enjoyed them a lot, can't wait for the next series of her books.
Published 3 months ago by Lola Ann Bynum
4.0 out of 5 stars Crystal Flame
An enjoyable light read by a great author. Set in an alternative planet this story keeps you on edge until the end.
Published 3 months ago by Gwali
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I loved this book. Very creative and imaginative. A different pace from her usual writing style but well worth reading.
Published 3 months ago by Patchy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great storyline
I always enjoy Jayne Ann Krentz's writing...but she really wowed me with this one. The setting and story were so enchanting. I hated for it to end.
Published 4 months ago by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Jayne Ann Krentz
All her books are wonderful, and this one lived up to her previous body of work. I would definitely recommend this to her fans as well as to others who have not tried reading her... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lynne A. Neidenbach
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The author of over 50 New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 35 million copies of her books in print.

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