Crystal Cove - Lisa Kleypas

3 Stars

In New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas's Crystal Cove, Justine Hoffman has made a comfortable life for herself on the island of Friday Harbor. She is the proprietor of a successful boutique hotel, and she has the safe, predictable life she has always wanted. Growing up with her flighty, nomadic mother, Marigold, has instilled in her a deep longing for stability. But in spite of everything Justine has achieved, 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.
What Justine soon discovers is that someone cast a spell on her when she was born, with the result that she will never find her soul mate. Determined to change her fate, Justine finds a way to break the enchantment, never dreaming of the dangerous complications that will follow.
And when Justine meets the mysterious Jason Black, she accidentally 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.


Lisa Kleypas is the Award-winning author of thirty-four novels and five novellas. Her books are published in twenty-five languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children. 

Well this was NOT my favorite book of the series! It is disappointing to be giving the forth book in the "Friday Harbor" series only a 3 star rating! I loved the other books so much. I had such mixed feelings about this book. The main character - Justine, is a witch, which was great but... there was just too much other stuff I didn't like about the book.

First of all - WAAAAAY too much sex! and pretty graphic too. I could have totally done with out all the tied-up bondage stuff. Did Lisa feel like she need to compete with "Fifty Shades of Gray"? Yuck! And the fact that is was way out in left field and totally misplaced, like everything was pretty much normal and then... that. Unnecessary, if you ask me. Even if I am not a fan of graphic sex, it would have been much better without that one scene.

I liked Justine, but I wasn't feeling her as much as the other main characters in the other books. And I didn't like Jason Black at all. To me he was totally unbelievable, even for fiction. Every time he came on the page I cringed.

So why did I even give it three stars? Because there were a lot of good parts too. I loved all the witchy parts. I loved the setting, the descriptions, and the plot (for the most part). And I loved the two aunts, they reminded me of the two aunts in "Practical Magic". So I did feel like it did deserve a three at least.

Definitely NOT recommended for young readers!

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  1. Yeah...Lisa Kleypas has a lot of sex in her books. I was actually surprised on how tame her first book in the Friday Harbor series was. It was still enjoyable.

    1. Yeah, I liked the other ones much better! More my speed, LOL.

  2. Oh how disappointing. I still want to read this series though.