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Friday, April 30, 2010

Blood Crystal by Jannifer Hoffman

Blood Crystal by Jannifer Hoffman
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense
Length: Full (241 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

When a priceless crystal is stolen and five international agents killed, rookie agent Dani Lovato is sent undercover into the clandestine world of precious gems to retrieve it.

Stephen Douglas returns from Afghanistan, a wounded war hero, to find the life he left behind in shambles. Depressed and hitting rock bottom in an LA jail, he’s offered the chance to be released with a clear record. All he has to do is show up at a warehouse and pick up the sheriff’s daughter who is stranded and in harm’s way. What sounds like a simple venture turns into an escapade that becomes the ride of his life.

Thrown together, not trusting each other, Stephen and Dani embark on a cross-country mission to return the Blood Crystal from bowels of LA to its rightful owner in Washington D.C. Along the way, they discover there is a thin line between the good guys and the bad guys, and staying alive becomes more challenging with each perilous turn. Sparks fly between them in more ways than one as Dani accidently learns the startling secret of the Blood Crystal.

Open to page one and hold on tight because Blood Crystal takes the reader on an adrenaline-pumping race across the country from California to Washington D. C. on a thrill ride with two fascinating characters and a ‘bunch’ of bad guys that just don’t give up.

When Dani Lovato lands in Stephen Douglas’ car, each of their lives take a turn, and the sexual vibes they create makes Blood Crystal hum with life. However, having been betrayed by men she trusted, Dani is selective in what she tells Stephen about her true mission, even when he helps her escape a dire situation. Her vitality, intelligence, and feisty ways shine as she wiggles her way into Stephen’s life.

Stephen Douglas lives under a dark cloud since his return from Afghanistan. Wounded and betrayed by his wife, he sought relief from his misery with alcohol and other self-defeating pursuits to no avail. In his efforts to work his way out of a jam, he finds himself in a life-threatening situation. But it also gives him a reason to get his life back on track. Dani disperses the dark cloud and brings sunshine to his life. His love for adventure and the sexy lady with a gun offers him a challenge he needs.

Jannifer Hoffman creates heart-pounding escapes and love scenes that thrill. With all the tension, she still manages to insert easy-going humor that makes the characters seem real. Her secondary characters are indispensible to the plot, as they impact Dani and Stephen’s lives in many ways, but never do they detract from the incredible love Dani and Stephen share.

The blood crystal is like love. It can hurt if not handled with care. However, it can heal when applied properly. Love like the blood crystal is a treasure. Blood Crystal excites and sparkles with the joy of life and love, and I have to recommend it.