Crystal Cove

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469286266
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 02/28/2013
Series: Friday Harbor Series , #4
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Lisa Kleypas is the award-winning author of more than thirty novels, including A Wallflower Christmas, Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, and Love in the Afternoon. Her books have been published in sixteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.

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Crystal Cove

By Lisa Kleypas

St. Martin's Griffin

Copyright © 2013 Lisa Kleypas
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781250011756

An excerpt from Crystal Cove

by Lisa Kleypas

A mysterious guest is staying at Justine Hoffman's Friday Harbor bed and breakfast . . . the elusive Jason Black, a successful videogame developer who scrupulously avoids the public spotlight. Justine meets Jason for the first time when he requests a couple of vodka shots to be brought to his room . . .

The door opened. Justine had a brief, dizzying impression of midnight eyes and hard features, and a sexy disorder of short black hair.

He gestured for Justine to enter the room, pausing just long enough to tell her, "Don't leave yet." He looked at her directly.

The glance lasted only a half-second, but it was nearly enough to knock Justine backward. His fathomless eyes--shrewd and opaque as blackstrap molasses--could have belonged to Lucifer himself.

Justine responded with a dazed nod and managed to set the tray on the table without spilling it. She was so unsettled that it took her a minute to realize he was speaking in Japanese. His voice was mesmerizing, a quiet baritone wrapped in shadow.

At a loss for what to do, she went to one of the windows and looked outside. The vestigial light was melon-colored at the horizon, darkening to a black plum meridian overhead. The fissure of a crescent moon gleamed white and clear like a claw mark in the sky.

A night made for magic.

Her attention returned to Jason Black, who paced slowly as he talked. He was a big man, elegantly lean, the easy athleticism of his movements hinting at deep tracts of muscle beneath the crisp white button-down shirt and khakis. Leaning over the table, he scrawled a few words on a notepad. A stainless steel Swiss Army watch gleamed on his wrist.

His face could have been honed from amber, the cheekbones steeply angled. Weathering at the outward corners of his eyes betrayed a pattern of sleepless nights and restless days. Although his mouth was set in ruthless lines, his lips looked soft, as if erotic tenderness had been kneaded into the surface.

"Forgive me," he said, shutting off the phone as he approached Justine. "Tokyo is sixteen hours ahead of us. I had to get in one last call."

His manner was relaxed, but Justine had to fight the instinct to step back from him. Even though she knew he posed no threat to her, she had the sense of him as a dangerous creature, a tiger behind a thin glass wall.

"Of course," she said. "Your Stoli is right over there."

"Thank you." His gaze didn't move from hers. He extended a hand. "Jason."

"Justine." Her fingers were swallowed in a deep grip that sent a jolt of warmth to her elbow.  "I hope your room is satisfactory."

"Yes. However . . ." Releasing her hand, he said, "I'm curious about something." He nodded toward the glazed earthenware flowerpot on the table. It contained a double-stemmed moth orchid, each stem bearing an inflorescence of snowy-white blooms. "I asked for an arrangement of white flowers. But this--"

"You don't like it? I'm sorry. First thing in the morning I'll get you another--"

"No. I--"

"It would be no trouble--"

"Justine." He lifted a hand in the peremptory gesture of a man who wasn't used to being interrupted. She fell instantly silent. "I like the orchid," he said. "I just want to know why you chose it."

"Oh. Well, it's nicer to have a living, breathing plant in the room instead of a cut bouquet. And I thought an orchid would go with the Klimt artwork."

"It does. Clean, elegant . . ." A barely perceptible pause, " . . . suggestive."

Justine smiled wryly. The orchid bloom, with plush petals resembling lips and furled folds and delicate apertures, was nothing short of flower porn. "If there's nothing else," she said, "I'll be going now."

"Do you have to be somewhere?"

She glanced at him in bemusement. "Not really."

"Then stay."

Justine blinked and knit her fingers together. "I was told you're not much on small talk."

"It's not small talk if it's someone I want to talk to."

She gave him a carefully neutral smile. "But you must be tired."

"I'm always tired." Jason gripped the back of the chair, lifted it easily with one hand, and placed it near the bed. He sat on the edge of the mattress, and gestured to the chair. "Have a seat."

Another command. Justine was half-amused, half-annoyed, thinking that he was entirely too used to telling people what to do. Why did he want to talk to her? Was he hoping to find out something about Zoë or Alex, something he could use during the negotiations for the Dream Lake development?

"Only for a few minutes," she said, lowering to the chair. "It's been a long day." Pressing her knees together and folding her hands in her lap, she looked at him expectantly.

Jason Black was so darkly beautiful, so striking in his cool self-assurance that he seemed more like a fantasy figure than an actual human being. He appeared to be on the early side of his thirties, wearing an air of disenchantment like a bulletproof vest. "Too handsome for his own good," was how his assistant Priscilla had put it . . . but it would have been more accurate to say he was too handsome for anyone's good.

"Why are you staying here?" she asked bluntly. "You could have chartered a luxury yacht and moored it in the harbor. Or gotten a hotel penthouse in Seattle and flown in for the day."

"I'm not the luxury yacht type. And the inn looked like the right place for a vacation while we negotiate terms for the Dream Lake project."

Justine smiled at that. "You're not on vacation."

One dark brow lifted slightly. "I'm not?"

"No, a vacation is when you spend entire days doing nothing productive. You take pictures of scenery, buy stuff you don't need, eat and drink too much, sleep late."

"That sounds . . ." He paused in search of the right word.  ". . . grotesque."

"You don't like to relax," she said rather than asked.

"I don't see the point."

"Maybe the point is that every now and then you should take a break to look back and enjoy what you've accomplished."

"I haven't accomplished enough to be able to enjoy it."

"You're the head of a big company and you're a gazillionaire. Most people wouldn't complain about that."

"What I meant," he said evenly, "is that I can't take credit for the company's success. I have a good team. And we've had some luck." He took one of the vodka shots and nudged the silver tray toward her. "Here."

Justine blinked. "You're asking me to have a drink with you?"


She gave a disconcerted laugh.

His eyes narrowed. "Why is that funny?"

"Usually when you invite a person to do something, you don't give orders. 'Sit there, do this, have that,' . . ."

"How do you want me to say it?"

"You could try something like, 'Would you like to have the other shot of vodka?"

"But if I asked you that way, you might turn me down."

"Do you ever get turned down?" she asked skeptically.

"It's been known to happen."

"I find that hard to believe. Anyway, I'm not good at following orders. I need to be asked."

Jason's gaze was steady and intent on hers. After a moment he asked, "Would you stay and have a drink with me?"

Copyright @ Lisa Kleypas 2013


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Reading Group Guide

1. What is the significance of clocks and time in the story? What kind of message does it convey about how we measure our lives?

2. Do you believe that there are people whose abilities go beyond the realm of the five senses? Do you think this is magic, science, or perhaps a little bit of both?

3. Do you believe in the concept of soul mates? Why or why not?

4. At the start of the story, Justine does not believe love is possible for her. Do you think that some of this is a self-fulfilling prophecy? Have you ever known anyone like Justine?

5. When was the first moment you realized that there was a spark between Justine and Jason? Why do you think he was watching her in the garden?

6. Jason Black is demanding, perfectionistic, inflexible, and impatient. Are these qualities always bad ones? Do they help make a person successful? Are they attractive in a man? Why or why not? Are they attractive in a woman? Why or why not?

7. When describing his abusive childhood to Justine, Jason says, "Words lie, actions don't." Do you agree or disagree?

8. At one point Justine asks Rosemary and Sage, "Don't you understand the difference between love and control?" Is it difficult for some people to tell the difference? Have you ever viewed the actions of someone who loves you as controlling?

9. Justine's relationship with her mother is certainly complicated. Do you understand any of her mother's actions or do you think she was completely unjustified?

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading Lisa Kleypas books. Crystal Cove was very hard to get into. The 2 main characters did not connect for me. In the past I have read her books over and over but not this book. I felt that the "spell" just kept getting tossed back and forth with no meaning. There was just too much magic for me. If you enjoy magic then you will enjoy this book. Still waiting on Joe Travis's story. Smooth Talking Stranger is still one of my very favorite books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was not worth it. I discovered this author last month and enjoyed the first three books in this series. I preordered the fourth, Crystal Cove because I loved the characters and story line. Well Crystal Cove is awful. Ms Kleyas seems to have decidec to sell books it had to mimic 50 Shades of Disgust. Don't waste your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great disappointment. I do wish authors would stop trying to emulate the Fifty Shades books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not connect with characters. For the firt time, I could put this book down and walk away without wondering about the charscters ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is extremely well problem there. I just couldn't get into it. When they started doing the witchy curse stuff, I just put it away. Sorry. I've been in Friday Harbor on these islands and I guess the place interested me more than the story. Didn't throw it away though. Maybe later.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the other books in this series; however, was very disappointed with this book. It was all I could do to get through this one, as if had not purchased this Nook Book probably would have passed and stopped before half through. Basically about casting spells, and meeting the mysterious Jason Black. Loved the other characters in past books; however, this one was not my style and would not recommend. It would take a great book for me to go back to this author. Very boring!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series, but this is my least favorite of all the books so far, but still a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the third book in the series. It was good but I think the other two were more enjoyable. Lisa Kleypas is a good author, I have read a few of her books and I will lookfor more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as other books by same author. Strange but interesting.
LollyReads More than 1 year ago
A bit disappointing after the good reviews I read. The first 2 books in the series had only light touches of magic but this one was over the top. The end was predictable.
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Is on
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J.ared please come back.
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He as a massive bump in his shorts and he starts to tie up the girl
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Happywitch More than 1 year ago
It was was different... But, I really enjoyed it. With each book in the series she added a little more magic or the supernatural. So, this wasn't too crazy! She is a great author &amp; I scan read anything she writes. Like all of them it drew me in &amp; had me cheering &amp; crying with them.
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Best book i have ever taken the time to read. Relates to a lot of people now a days and is accurate to real life experiences. I recommend this book t anyone who likes details about sexual relations or great romance.
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Crystalstar purres "oh you."