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Crystal Cove (Friday Harbor Novels) [Hardcover]

Lisa Kleypas
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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5 Feb 2013 Friday Harbor Novels (Book 4)

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.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Griffin (5 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250032075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250032072
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,778,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Kleypas is the author of a number of historical romance novels that have been published in fourteen languages. In 1985, she was named Miss Massachusetts and competed in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. After graduating from Wellesley College with a political science degree, she published her first novel at age twenty-one. Her books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller lists. Lisa is married and has two children.

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Both heart-breaking and heart-warming, this story really does have it all . . . You can't go wrong with Kleypas for a rewarding and deeply satisfying read. This is one of her best yet (RT Book Reviews)

Kleypas is a gifted storyteller, and in Crystal Cove she brings us a hint of the supernatural to add sparks and sparkle to a beguiling love story which packs in some complex relationships and passion-fuelled surprises. Love with a deliciously dark twist . . . (Lancashire Evening Post)

A really engaging romance, definitely sexier than the previous instalments and the hero and heroine have quite a bit of spark . . . A great series about friendships, love and a little bit of magic (Book Chick City) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The fourth novel in a new contemporary romance series by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas - Nora Roberts meets Marian Keyes. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping - I loved it! xxx 21 Feb 2013
By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER
Crystal Cove is number four in the `Friday Harbor' series, however, it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone, so if you haven't read the other novels in the series then don't worry because you can still grab a copy of Crystal Cove to devour!

Justine has a wonderful life, but the only thing that is missing is love. However, she soon discovers that a spell was cast on her when she was born, meaning that she can never find her soul mate - and Justine sets out to change this. Enter the mysterious Jason Black, who is hiding secrets of his own...

I loved all of the Friday Harbor books so far and this was no exception. I read the entire book in one sitting - as soon as I opened the page I was swept up in Justine's world and became very involved with her story, so much that I couldn't put it down and when I finally looked up from the book I realised that a whole afternoon had flown by!

The characters were fascinating. Justine is especially well-written as a strong character and I liked her from the beginning! I loved the relationship and the chemistry between Justine and Jason, they had me hooked to the book and I was turning the pages as quick as I could so that I could find out what happened next between them. The love story was my favourite part of the book, and I found myself re-reading scenes so that I could re-live them.

I especially love the magical/witchcraft aspect of Crystal Cove. I have always been a fan of books with magic in and Lisa Kleypas knows how to expertly weave this into a gripping story with a fulfilling plot line. This aspect of the story had me constantly intrigued and kept me guessing throughout.

Crystal Cove is enchanting, it is romantic and full of sizzling scenes too! Not only is there romance, but many thrilling scenes and some very good twists to keep you guessing. I'm very much looking forward to the next book - This is another brilliant novel from Lisa Kleypas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a mistake 8 Mar 2013
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The story falls far below her earlier contemporary novels such as Sugar Daddy. I was not interested in the paranormal theme.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A descent into mediocrity 14 Feb 2013
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I have read all of Kleypas' novels. I have enjoyed them all, especially those in the historical genre.
I feel she is not as good at writing a contemporary novel, but those in the Friday Harbour Series so far have been good light reads.
I found reading this novel a chore. The hero was uninspiring, the heroine insipid. Kleypas missed a trick by not getting Marigold involved earlier and building the tension between her and Justine.
Not enough was made of Jason's scheming to obtain Justine's grimoire: he fell too easily, so you might miss that he wanted to know Justine just for the book alone. Justine's link with the other characters within it are fairly tenuous; the plot weak; the ending predictable.
To be honest, I felt this was just a way of perpetuating the series: churning out a story because the publishers have demanded it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much witchcraft for me 10 Feb 2013
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Did not enjoy this book as much as the others in the series. First of all I'm not that into stories featuring quite this much witchcraft although to be fair to Lisa Kleypas it was done quite well - it seemed like she had done enough research to make it seem vaguely plausible. What really didn't work for me was the instant and ongoing chemistry between Jason and Justine. He is meant to be a mysterious, demanding, loner and yet falls for her far too quickly and easily. All of the obstacles to their romance revolved around witches bane and his lack of a soul. All rather irritating and pointless. There is no logical way out for them so their HEA can only really be brought about by yet more supernatural stuff. Shame about all the witchcraft - would have been more interesting with normal human problems and resolutions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the usual Kleypas magic 27 Feb 2013
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Probably my least favourite Kleypas novel, not a patch on her historical novels. Also the worst of the Friday Harbor series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a descent 6 Feb 2013
I generally enjoy light romance novels - and have loved Kleypas' Hathaway family - this fourth book is unbelievable disappointing - empty of meaning, a long excursus into witchcraft/covens and power it reminded me of an unsubtle Nora Roberts without the charm. Set against the earlier books in this same series the character development is limited, the hero bland and the main female protagonist dull. Even the tension between mother/daughter is devoid of real depth and angst. Utterly disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thumbs up for Lisa Kleypas 9 Feb 2014
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Another wonderful book by Lisa Kleypas. Got so wrapped in the story, I could not drop it down till I was throuhgh with it
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2.0 out of 5 stars Where did it all go wrong!!!! 23 Jan 2014
By ten24
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Lisa Kleypas one of my most favourite authors. I have all her books but this one I just did not understand!
I have read the previous 3 Friday Harbor series which were great. Crystal cove had such good premise but it never happened, WHY LISA????? It felt rushed and the love story was dominated by witchcraft and can two people really have that much wrong with them in the supernatural sense! A witch who had so much power and didn't use it, why not? I really thought that Justine and Jason would have worked together to find the solution together knowing how strong here powers were and the conclusion was so short I needed just a little more of their happy ever after to satisfy the long journey it took to get there!!!!!
Just disappointing knowing Lisa usually writes so fantastically well!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic author
this was a book that I couldn't put down kept me enthralled from the first page to the end I enjoy reading books by this author she keeps the reader engrossed
Published 7 months ago by karen
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This is not one of Lisa's best books. the characters lacked depth and it was very difficult to finish the book.
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Very weak and far too much about witches.
I have never read any of Lisa Kleypas' novels before and believe this is the 4th book in the "Friday Harbor" series. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lisa Hardy
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
great story line .It is the type of book you would enjoy very balanced with the romance and sex part .
Published 16 months ago by Olive
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good reading
Sorry pressed the wrong star earlier ,really good reading I will be reading more of her books will rcommend her
Published 16 months ago by Jill
3.0 out of 5 stars 2.5*. Lacks passion, lacks depth and focuses too much on witchcraft....
I prefer this author's historical novels, but the Friday Harbour series has been pretty heartwarming, if lacking in the depth and passion that her early novels were full of. Read more
Published 17 months ago by ROROBLU'S MUM
5.0 out of 5 stars Different
Another good read with a twist. I'm not one for make believe but the ways this has been written completely draws you into the story and makes you believe it's all possible. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Rebecca Blood
2.0 out of 5 stars Below par
I read most of Lisa Kleypas' other books and enjoyed them - particularly the contemporary ones. But this was a real disappointment (I am just grateful that, thanks to other... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Claras Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Part of a good serie
I'm not that much into superstitiousness and magic, but again good characters. You don't quite get the explanation of why Jason is looking for a witch in the first place.
Published 18 months ago by Turid Klaveness Hansen
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