Review: Crystal Caress
Harlequin Kimani Romance
July 2015
REVIEWER:  Janet Caldwell | RATING: A
REVIEW: I lightheartedly predict Zuri Day’s latest novel will single-handedly be responsible for a spike in Alaskan tourism. I had no desire to visit our 50th state until I experienced the “last frontier” through Day’s picturesque prose.  My curiosity has awakened and like the novel’s heroine, socialite Teresa Drake, I have a greater appreciation for the cold “arctic Alaska nights” thanks to self-made businessman Atka Sinclair!

CRYSTAL CARESS, Day’s latest installment in The Drakes of California series, pairs two fiercely independent people who are polar opposites, but inexplicably drawn together by fate.  Their heated passion shuns family tradition and fuels a bond deeply steeped in conviction.

Teresa and Atka battle family customs, politics and 2,000 miles in a quest to explore their relationship. Biracial Atka chooses to love outside his native Alaskan tribe despite opposition from most of his family. In a move, very uncharacteristic of the Drake family, Teresa chooses to quit her dream job as a journalist, without confrontation, rather than compromise her ethical standards.  Teresa and Atka struggle to find common ground where they can respect the wishes of their families and remain true to each other.

Despite the difference in backgrounds, Teresa and Atka acknowledge family similarities. Both descended from ancestors that were hard working landowners.  They were hunters who valued family, were very protective and fiercely loyal.  These values were passed down through generations and are still evident in both families today.

Our couple initially meets in Anchorage, Alaska where Teresa is sent to write an article about the politician son of the newspaper’s owner and develop a travel feature about the State.  They alternate commuting between Alaska and Teresa’s home, Paradise Cove, California.  Both states and cities are important to the storyline and complement it as well. Teresa and Atka’s respective parents, grandparents and siblings heavily impact the story. With several siblings between the two, Day has plenty of characters to draw from for future installments.

I loved, loved, loved CRYSTAL CARESS and I adored Teresa and Atka as a couple!  I have a weakness for couples who on the surface don’t appear to have any commonalities, but manage to work through drama to forge a relationship.  I endorse the addition of this novel to the series as it is a perfect complement to Day’s treasure chest of precious metal encrusted and jewel-themed adventures.

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