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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Crystal Genie by Opal Carew

Crystal Genie by Opal Carew
Publisher: Red Sage Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (80 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Mistletoe

Have you ever wished you could find a magic lamp and… poof!… a genie would appear before you offering wishes? Be careful what you wish for!
Celeste feels a special draw to a beautiful quartz crystal she sees in her favorite store. When she brings it home, she finds herself staring into its liquid depths at a small imperfection that makes the stone so mesmerizing. She polishes off a fingerprint marring the surface and a man—all granite hard muscle and starkly sensual good looks—appears before her.

The genie of the crystal. Zurvan.

As Celeste goes through the process of making her wishes, she and Zurvan discover some unsettling truths about both their pasts. Now she knows that when he returns to his imprisonment in the crystal—and there is nothing she can do to stop it—she will be left to endure a life of interminable loneliness missing the man she was meant to be with forever.

Celeste has just released Zurvan, the genie of the crystal, from his imprisonment. Zurvan must grant whomever the crystals deem worthy three wishes, yet when he sees it is a woman that has released him he becomes angry. A woman only reminds him of Atia the woman who trapped him in the crystal to begin with. Will Celeste and Zurvan find true love or will he keep up the walls around his heart?

This book pulled me in right from the start. I loved the bond of love and trust that developed between Zurvan and Celeste. Zurvan is a great hero who loves with his whole heart and would give up his life for those he cares about. Celeste is a strong woman who fights for what she loves not caring what will happen to her. The love that these two share is a once in a lifetime thing that many of us crave to find. I loved that Celeste was not a simpering naïve woman but one that fought for her love and made sure she thought before striking. As the book goes on we see the love that they have shine through it all. Even the evil Atia may find peace after all these years.

With a few unexpected twists this book is a good read and should not be missed. Opal Carew writes a magical story about true love, keeping the reader enthralled until the end. If you enjoy a tale full of love and magic this is one you are sure to like.

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