Crystal Genie

Opal Carew
Crystal Genie
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Red Sage Publishing
Release Date
June 2010
Erotic Romance

Can a woman who has never believed in love and a genie who distrusts all women break down the barriers between them to find a true love that will last forever?

Celeste does not trust love, especially since she's watched both her mother and her sister stay with men who mistreat them just because those men claim to love them.

Zurvan, the genie Celeste frees from an ancient crystal, also doesn't trust love, nor does he trust women. He was imprisoned, tortured and cursed by Atia, a woman who claims she loved him yet punished him because he couldn't love her back.

Once the barriers crumble between Zurvan and Celeste, and Celeste realizes she would gladly sacrifice herself for Zurvan's happiness, will they both learn to trust the love that blazes between them? And if so, how do they deal with the fact that Zurvan is cursed to eternal imprisonment?

Book Review by Silver (reviewer)
Oct 03, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
146 people found the following review helpful
"A lovely and original retelling of the story of the magic lamp!"

Celeste discovered a genie in the crystal quartz stone that she bought, but not just any genie, but a gorgeous hunk of a man. Zurvan, the genie, was trapped in the stone for 30 centuries by another djinn, a woman, who wanted Zurvan's love and when she couldn't get it, punished him by imprisoning him in the stone and forcing him to grant each master (the one who called him out of the stone) three wishes...

Sound familiar? Crystal Genie has its basis on Aladdin's story, but that's as far as it goes. Opal Carew wrote a highly original short story that would leave you hot and bothered and make you think about what love truly is.

And no, the extremely hot and wonderful sex wasn't part of the wishes. It was freely given by Zurvan who ached for Celeste, having gone without a woman for three thousand years. And in the process, they discovered something wonderful about each other, something that I couldn't say because it would be a spoiler. All I can say is that love makes everything worth it, whatever the outcome, and the end came with a twist that would make you smile, although it did raise up a question in my mind because it was a bit inconsistent with some of the other facts.
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