Title: Crystal Cove
Series: Friday Harbor, #4
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Library (Paperback)
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.
As much as I loved the first book I read in this series (book number two, to be exact — obviously I’m not worried about reading these in order!), I have to say that this book was a bit … different.
One of my hesitations in the first book was the magic of the story’s characters. They weren’t witches, per se, but magical things could happen when they were around. This book goes a bit deeper than that, mostly in the fact that the male lead, Jason, has no soul. I mean … what?
This isn’t to say that the magic held me back in this book, but it was definitely a bit different to read. I did like the story and once I got past the amount of magic that the story was offering, I started to enjoy it a bit more. It’s definitely not the kind of contemporary romance that I’m used to reading, that’s for sure! When it comes to this series, I think the paranormal/magic bit is what will make this story not one of my favourites in the series, which is too bad since it’s the fourth one in the series — one would only think that the story would get better. There was also a lot of instalove — which really isn’t that believable, unfortunately.
Needless to say, Kleypas really does write a good contemporary romance and I look forward to seeing what the rest of the series has to offer.