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Crystal Cove: A Friday Harbor Novel Paperback – February 5, 2013
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“A surprising page-turner…strengthened by characters with depth and something interesting to say, this winning first installment in a trilogy is sure to thrill fans.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Rainshadow Road
“Lisa Kleypas can take broken people and infuse them with humor and heart.” ―USA Today on Rainshadow Road
“Sweet, romantic, and genuine…a refreshing holiday treat.” ―Publishers Weekly on Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor
“Poignant, heartbreaking, and deeply satisfying.” ―RT Book Reviews on Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor
From the Back Cover
On the island of Friday Harbor, magic is in the air―and destiny is a force too powerful to defy…
As the proprietor of a successful boutique hotel, Justine Hoffman has the life she has always wanted. But there is still something missing: Love. A spell was cast on Justine when she was born, with the result that she will never find her soul mate. But she is nothing if not determined and eventually Justine finds a way to break the enchantment―never dreaming of the dangerous complications that will follow…
"Lisa Kleypas can take broken people and infuse them with humor and heart."―USA Today
When Justine meets Jason Black, she accidentally unleashes a storm of desire and danger that threatens everything she holds dear…because little does she know that Jason has secrets of his own. And he wants more from her than fate will ever allow…
"Magical."―RT Book Reviews
Top customer reviews
This is a solid 3-star book, however, I feel that readers may be rating it (whether positively or negatively) for all the wrong reasons. Let me introduce myself as an avid romance reader- whether it's paranormal, historical, regency, erotica etc. I don't think it's fair to the author to dismiss the book because of the 'pagan' elements in it. That's like me picking up a faith-based romance and complaining that there weren't explicit sex scenes. It's a given from the blurb that this is a book about spells and such, so why be surprised when it's in the story? On the flip side, I see people rating it 5 stars to counter the 1's and 2's. That is also disingenuous because this book is the weakest written of the Friday Harbor series, IMO.
Throughout the series, I felt like the protagonists where the H/h and Friday Harbor. The descriptions of the island and the characterizations (the coffee roaster Mark, the vintner Sam, the culinary artist Zoe) drew me into a rich world that I enjoyed. This book only had the magic and witchcraft and I don't think that Kleypas was 100% comfortable writing about it. Instead of taking me into the world, some descriptions read like her research notes put to paper. With that critique aside, I enjoyed Rosemary and Sage, and the interludes at the Lighthouse. We did get a lot of writing on the running of the Bed and Breakfast, but I don't think it compares to reading about growing grapes or how Lucy fell in love with glassmaking and how her art moved the story along.
I feel thoroughly cheated with the hero. Like almost everyone reading this book, I have read and re-read almost everything Lisa Kleypas has written so I *know* what she is capable of. Black's character read 2 dimensional, and in hindsight, it could be because he had no soul (I read a fantasy/paranormal romance with a similar theme and the soulless heroine came across the same way). However, there was not enough groveling after Black stole the grimoire. (I rolled my eyes at this. There is no way a grimoire this powerful, should have been this easily stolen, and then used by the Fiveash clan.)
This all leads me to the deux ex machina ending. Up until the end, I was waiting on the 'grand gesture' for Black to redeem himself to save Justine and it was intense, till we realize Justine lost her magic in giving half of her soul to Black. I never got why he was worth it in the first place, so it fell a little flat for me.
All in all, a decent series with a subpar ending.
Jason was the quintessential gazillionaire. What he wants, he gets. Snaps his fingers and voila, wish is granted.
Justine is what he wants.
Where the story fell apart for me was the Wiccan and lack of a soul aspects.
In my defence, I am a Lisa Kleypas fan, but I felt uncomfortable with the direction this story went in. I know authors are now dabbling in the 'supernatural' but for this reader, I try and avoid it. The first book in the series was beautiful. I loved the second book too. I should have realised where the fourth story was going after I finnished Alex and Zoe's story. Even with Alex and Zoe there was a ghost. If there is more in this series, I'm afraid I'll have to skip it. This is my opinion and I know there will be a lot of readers who love this book. I'm just not one of them.