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Crystal Passion [Mass Market Paperback]

Jo Goodman
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing (29 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821763083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821763087
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 934,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ashley is drugged by her evil guardian, the Duke of Linfield, and offered as a prostitute to Captain Salem McClellan, who then feels obligated to rescue her.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Typically excellent 27 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read a lot of Jo Goodman books and she never fails to disappoint. This is an excellent story and one that consumes you from beginning to end. Ashley Lynne is mistreated her whole life by her evil guardian Nigel (he has to be evil with a name like that!). She is being forced to marry some doddery old reprobate who is about 80 and does naughty things of a weekend even though he doesn't have any snap in his celery. As a consolation for marrying her off to some impotent old sod, Nigel will "allow" Ashley a night of passion with some young man who he hopes will mistreat her. Enter Salem McClellen...GRRR he is a stud from beginning to end so it is fitting that he comes from a stud farm in Virginia. Nigel and his girlfriend believe all Yanks to be barbarians and rapists so they are happy to give Ashley to their visitor. However (of course) things do not go to plan and Salem, instead of ravishing the skinny, beautiful, innocent, wide-eyed and altogether sweet impoverished ward wisely decides to rescue her. Ahhh but who ends up rescuing who? DA DA DAAAAAAA
This is a bloody good read and made all the better because Ms Goodman does not spend 3 quarters of the book making her main protagonists argue and bicker without a bit of hanky panky. No with Ms Goodman you get them going at it like rabbits for the most part from the start. That's how I like it and if you do then I recommend this and also Rae McClellen and Jericho's story (now that Jericho.....)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good love story 3 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Crystal Passion is a re-release of a series that Jo Goodman released years ago. The author of The Thorne brothers trilogy and the Dennehey sisters series.
The first in this series is about Ashley Lynne and Salem McCellan. When Salem visits England, he is surprised to find a beautiful girl in his bed. Assuming she is the "evening entertainment" he plans to seduce her. Immediately he finds that he has been set up and Ashley is not there at her own free will, but at her evil uncle's insistance. Planning to rescue her, Salem doesn't count on her actually rescuing him from prison and escorting him back to Virginia.
During the voyage to Virginia the two fall in love, but Ashley belives that Salem is her brother. The two realize they are not related, get married and the Revolutionary war begins.
Crystal Passion is a good book, but just doesn't have the "passion" that is found in many of Jo Goodman's other novels. If you're a fan of Jo Goodman, this is a good book to read. Jo Goodman is true to her writing style by combining a great love story with great history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
First in a series of 3 books set during the American Revolution about the McClellan family. Follows the oldest brother, Salem, to England to rescue girl from evil uncle. Ms. Goodman is excellent at interweaving history and romance with a good plot. I couldn't put this book down until I had finished it. It also introduces characters for the other 2 books in the series, Seaswept Abandon about Rae, and Tempting Torment about youngest brother Noah. This book is must read for recent Jo Goodman fans.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent suspsensful book set just before Revolutionary War 8 July 1999
By Autumn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First in a series of 3 books set during the American Revolution about the McClellan family. Follows the oldest brother, Salem, to England to rescue girl from evil uncle. Ms. Goodman is excellent at interweaving history and romance with a good plot. I couldn't put this book down until I had finished it. It also introduces characters for the other 2 books in the series, Seaswept Abandon about Rae, and Tempting Torment about youngest brother Noah. This book is must read for recent Jo Goodman fans.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good love story 3 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Crystal Passion is a re-release of a series that Jo Goodman released years ago. The author of The Thorne brothers trilogy and the Dennehey sisters series.
The first in this series is about Ashley Lynne and Salem McCellan. When Salem visits England, he is surprised to find a beautiful girl in his bed. Assuming she is the "evening entertainment" he plans to seduce her. Immediately he finds that he has been set up and Ashley is not there at her own free will, but at her evil uncle's insistance. Planning to rescue her, Salem doesn't count on her actually rescuing him from prison and escorting him back to Virginia.
During the voyage to Virginia the two fall in love, but Ashley belives that Salem is her brother. The two realize they are not related, get married and the Revolutionary war begins.
Crystal Passion is a good book, but just doesn't have the "passion" that is found in many of Jo Goodman's other novels. If you're a fan of Jo Goodman, this is a good book to read. Jo Goodman is true to her writing style by combining a great love story with great history.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The McClellans are worth reading over and over...... 3 Jan 2005
By stacey renee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the first book about the McClellan clan and is set in Virginia just prior to the revolution. I had read the series years ago and ran across it again recently and just had to re read it. The McClellans are 4 brothers and 2 sisters, all fiesty and quite different and yet they are quick to be there for each other. I liked this story about Salem who inadvertendly ends up in Newgate when he goes to England to buy a "filly" with a L shaped brand on her chest. Unbeknowst to him, the filly is abused Ashley Lynne, the evil Duke of Linfield's ward. Salem and Ashley rescue each other and fight their battles together as the book introduces the whole clan and geo washington and his sons of liberty. It really was enjoyable. The sequels to this were also enjoyable...the fiesty sister Rae is book 2 and Noah the brother who was supposed to be a sea captain but has a major problem with being seasick!! so is the family lawyer. The dialogue is refreshingly witty in all of Jo Goodman's books and she is always a joy to read........
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected. 29 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I do not like historical romances based in America, in my opinion there isn't enough history. But this book shocked me. I thought it was wonderful! This is my first book by this author, but it won't be the last. Check it out. I'm suprised the other reviewes aren't better.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Colonial Romance 27 April 2008
By Melissa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Ashley is the ward of a sadistic Duke. She is told in no uncertain term she will be married off to an old codger and to make sure that the marriage cannot be annulled because said old man's is impotent, the Duke is going to have Ashley lose her virginity to a colonial. The Colonial will never be seen again and she will go to the marriage sans virginity.

American Captain Salem McClellan is in London to buy a horse from the Duke. As the Duke's guest he never sees Ashley, does not even know she is there. The Duke questions Salem about his past and even says that he knew Salem's father who use to work on the neighboring estate. The Duke is so evil he drugs Salem and provides Ashley as the entertainment but fortunatley nothing happens and Salem is determined to rescue Ashley from the Duke.

These two have a fine romance and they do not let misunderstandings get in the way of their feelings. Both are loyal and try to keep no secrets. Of course, the Duke is bent on revenge and the colonies are getting ready to break out into revolution. Salem and Ashley are tested with both of these specters and there are a few surprises thrown into the mix too. Overall a good story.
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