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- Print Length: 104 pages
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- Publisher: LMC Publications; 1 edition (January 1, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 1, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H1ZC4BU
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Liquid Crystal: Department 57 (Dept 57 Book 6) Kindle Edition
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Geoff turns out to be a member of a terrorist organization out to eliminate those they do not consider “normal” humans. Bryn is an agent for Department 57, a branch of British intelligence formed in large part to deal with such criminals and protect what Department 57 refers to as “talents”, the type of people Geoff and company are targeting. The obvious conflict is the core of the book, with Crystal trapped in the crossfire.
When she is kidnapped in an attempt to force Bryn and Kai to show themselves as mermen she has no trouble choosing sides, deciding she prefers to work with the “talents”. In the process she finds Bryn and Kai are bisexual, not homosexual, leading to the erotic elements in the book and, in the case of Bryn, to the romance.
While there are graphic erotic passages in the book, Connolly keeps them secondary to the plot and the development of characters. Liquid Crystal is well written and, given the acceptance of the paranormal, logical. I found the use of mermen rather than the more conventional werewolves, vampires, and other standard paranormal beings refreshing.
Crystal, while not physically strong or able to take on attackers as if she was some kind of superwoman, is psychologically powerful and able to stand huge amounts of abuse without being disabled by it. Bryn and Kai show two different, but in each case likable, personalities. Geoff comes across as one of the most despicable of villains, one who seems a decent person on the surface while he is a true monster.
My only real problems with Liquid Crystal are a couple of what I consider inadequately explained situations. The first time Crystal is kidnapped makes perfect sense and is well described. The second time is nebulous, with no real explanation of how it happened. The fact Geoff is able to escape from a house crawling with Department 57 agents, two of them in the same room with him, is equally vague. However, this book is part of the Department 57 series, so it’s possible those things might be explained in other volumes. Even if they are not, they are what I consider minor glitches in an otherwise excellent book. Even those might be more a case of my own thinking, wanting everything shown in detail, than an actual problem.
I found Liquid Crystal, by Lynne Connolly, an enjoyable read and would highly recommend it.
Crystal has vivid fantasies of two gay friends, Bryn and Kai, despite her relationship with her live-in boyfriend, Geoff. But Geoff has strange ideas: he thinks the two beautiful men are mermen, and he intends to prove it. After he and his friends drug Crystal, they then use her as bait, knowing that Bryn and Kai have a strong attraction to Crystal.
The two jump into the Thames to save her and are forced to reveal who they are to her. But Crystal is not afraid, in fact, has always had to keep her feelings about Bryn to herself. When she wakes up, they comfort her, and their caresses quickly turn into something more…
The sensual love-making between the three is intimate, tender, and erotic. However, Bryn and Crystal’s love for each other seems to come a little quickly, and I would have liked to see a little more exploration of the fascinating love triangle – so different from anything else in romance.
Was also fascinated by the descriptions of the Talent, and am hoping that we are being given a look into future Department 57 titles. The Italian dragon, especially, would be an interesting new character. This is a great read for anyone with a taste for the paranormal and in search of light erotica. Crystal, Bryn, and Kai will introduce you to some worlds that we may have only imagined as children watching “The Little Mermaid”.
Lynne Connolly's Liquid Crystal takes you to our own modern world, a world that hides supernatural forces such as merpeople, dragons, and sorcerers. Magic and shapeshifting are hidden facets of this world, and fighting against them is the PHR or Perfect Human Race, a group of men and women who want anyone "different" wiped out. Her writing is fast-paced, but quite vivid, bringing you fully into a world much like our own, but with a fantastic twist.
That being said, a little more backstory into each of the main characters' lives would've helped complete the story a little better. The story also features some graphic sexual scenes that might turn away some readers, both with their explicit details and frequency. All in all, Liquid Crystal is a quick and intriguing read.
Deliberately, or otherwise, Lynne Connolly restricts us to a glimpse of a different reality, an episode rather than a story. She indulges herself in long erotic passages better spent in fleshing out the three main characters, making us care what happened to them. The writing, apart from some poor editing, is good enough to sustain a longer sojourn in this altered world and her hints at back stories, suggest believable motivations behind actions.
As an opening passage to a longer story, “Liquid Crystal” would work very well. As a stand-alone story, it gives us a taste without satisfying anything beyond a little light titillation.