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Liquid Crystal (Department 57, #6)

Liquid Crystal (Department 57, #6)

3.8 6
by L.M. Connolly

A Department 57 story.
When Crystal shares a bed with Bryn and Kai, the passion they wake in each other is as incredible as it is inevitable.  
An unseen, unsuspected enemy rises up to threaten Crystal’s life, until mermen Bryn and Kai, rescue her from a nearly fatal plunge into the Thames. When Bryn and Kai show Crys the secrets of underwater

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Liquid Crystal (Department 57 Series) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
DavidAndrewsDA More than 1 year ago
Plunged into a world of hidden talents, Crystal is protected, guided and loved by two men, Kai and Bryn, a pair not entirely as they seem. Deliberately, or otherwise, Lynne Connolly restricts us to a glimpse of a different reality, an episode rather than a story. She indulges herself in long erotic passages better spent in fleshing out the three main characters, making us care what happened to them. The writing, apart from some poor editing, is good enough to sustain a longer sojourn in this altered world and her hints at back stories, suggest believable motivations behind actions. As an opening passage to a longer story, “Liquid Crystal” would work very well. As a stand-alone story, it gives us a taste without satisfying anything beyond a little light titillation.
Robert-Clark More than 1 year ago
Liquid Crystal, by Lynne Connolly, is an erotic paranormal romance. Crystal, the protagonist, is living with her boyfriend Geoff, but has sexual fantasies about two of her friends, Bryn and Kai, a couple presumed to be homosexual lovers. Geoff is prejudiced against them, not because of what he believes to be their sexual orientation, but because he thinks they are mermen. A simple if somewhat exotic start, but things become more complicated. Geoff turns out to be a member of a terrorist organization out to eliminate those they do not consider “normal” humans. Bryn is an agent for Department 57, a branch of British intelligence formed in large part to deal with such criminals and protect what Department 57 refers to as “talents”, the type of people Geoff and company are targeting. The obvious conflict is the core of the book, with Crystal trapped in the crossfire. When she is kidnapped in an attempt to force Bryn and Kai to show themselves as mermen she has no trouble choosing sides, deciding she prefers to work with the “talents”. In the process she finds Bryn and Kai are bisexual, not homosexual, leading to the erotic elements in the book and, in the case of Bryn, to the romance. While there are graphic erotic passages in the book, Connolly keeps them secondary to the plot and the development of characters. Liquid Crystal is well written and, given the acceptance of the paranormal, logical. I found the use of mermen rather than the more conventional werewolves, vampires, and other standard paranormal beings refreshing. Crystal, while not physically strong or able to take on attackers as if she was some kind of superwoman, is psychologically powerful and able to stand huge amounts of abuse without being disabled by it. Bryn and Kai show two different, but in each case likable, personalities. Geoff comes across as one of the most despicable of villains, one who seems a decent person on the surface while he is a true monster. My only real problems with Liquid Crystal are a couple of what I consider inadequately explained situations. The first time Crystal is kidnapped makes perfect sense and is well described. The second time is nebulous, with no real explanation of how it happened. The fact Geoff is able to escape from a house crawling with Department 57 agents, two of them in the same room with him, is equally vague. However, this book is part of the Department 57 series, so it’s possible those things might be explained in other volumes. Even if they are not, they are what I consider minor glitches in an otherwise excellent book. Even those might be more a case of my own thinking, wanting everything shown in detail, than an actual problem. I found Liquid Crystal, by Lynne Connolly, an enjoyable read and would highly recommend it.
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