Tag Archive | elizabeth lowell

Waiting on Wednesday : Perfect Touch

rp_new-wow11111111111111111112.jpg

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Perfect Touch by Elizabeth Lowell

Publisher: William Morrow

Publication Date: July 28, 2015

Synopsis: The queen of romantic suspense returns with a heart-racing tale in which a former soldier turned rancher and a beautiful designer race to stop a vicious killer—a battle for survival that threatens to explode in an intense and irresistible passion

An art dealer and owner of her own design studio, Perfect Touch, Sarah “Sam” Maddox travels the world to find the ideal artwork for her clients. Her sophisticated, comfortable life in San Francisco is light years away from the poverty of her family’s dairy farm, and Sam will do whatever it takes to keep her business strong. A dedicated urban career woman focused on her work, she doesn’t have time or energy for a family or distracting romantic entanglements.

Jay Vermillion recently inherited Vermillion Sky, a working ranch near Wyoming’s breathtaking Grand Teton Mountains—and the estates of the rich and restless. While he was fighting in two wars, his father tried to keep the homestead running, until illness stole his fight and then his life. Jay’s determined to restore Vermillion Sky, but first he’s got to settle a vicious battle with his former stepmother over some of his late father’s paintings. The last thing on his mind is a finding a wife and creating a sixth generation of Vermillions.

When Jay hires Sam to handle his father’s artwork, it’s love at first sight—a mutually inconvenient attraction that is soon complicated by a double murder at the edge of the ranch and a potential betrayal even closer to home. Working together to unmask a murderer, Sam and Jay try to fight the intense heat between them. Then the killer targets Sam. And suddenly, Jay, the war-weary soldier, finds something he’s once again willing to die for .

Elizabeth Lowell book’s are always a treat to read and I know this one will be no different! 🙂 I can’t wait and luckily it is coming out next week. Sweet!

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Night Diver Book Review

Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell

Publication Date: April 8, 2014

Publisher: William Morrow

Source: Library

Synopsis: New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell plunges into the adventurous and deadly world of underwater treasure hunters in a heart-stopping tale that superbly combines atmosphere, action, romance, and suspense.

After a family tragedy, Kate Donnelly left the Caribbean behind forever. But a series of bad management decisions has left her family’s diving and marine recovery business drowning in red ink. Now her brother pleads with her to come back to the island nation of St Vincent. Without Kate’s financial expertise, the iconic treasure-hunting enterprise started by her grandfather will go under. Unable to say no to the little family she has left, Kate heads back to the beautiful and terrifying ocean that still haunts her nightmares.

Holden Cameron was addicted to the adrenaline rush of active duty — including narrowly surviving an underwater explosives accident. The last thing the former British military diver wants is to babysit a family of thieves on a tropical island — even if they are the world-famous Diving Donnellys. But in his new civilian job, Holden must investigate the suspicious activity surrounding a Donnelly dive to recover treasure from the ancient wreck of a pirate ship.

When equipment, treasure, and even divers begin to disappear, Kate and Holden form an uneasy alliance to uncover the truth. But the deeper they plummet into the mystery, the closer they come to each other. Soon they are sharing their deepest fears and darkest secrets — and a combustible chemistry too hot to ignore.

Personal Thoughts:  The latest novel by Elizabeth Lowell was not the best, however, it did meet my expectations. In the past there are some books by her that I absolutely love and others that are so so. This one was in the middle. The storyline was done well and it was paced good. It wasn’t too slow or too fast and it kept the story flowing. The suspense and mystery were what kept me reading til the end. The characters, Kate and Holden, I felt weren’t 100% up to par. I felt like the story was more focused on the treasure hunt and finding out what was going on and they were just going along for the ride. Although there were romance factors that showed us their connection it wasn’t enough. I was expecting there to be more.

The secondary characters didn’t really add to the story. They explained a lot of it, however I wasn’t able to connect with them and love the story even more.

Despite the drawbacks, I enjoyed the adventure aspect from both of the characters and I was able to escape reality for a short bit of time. It was fascinating to read about night diving and what it entails. The process was interesting to read about and gain more knowledge able it. Overall a good quick read filled with mystery and suspense, and some twists and turned thrown in to make things even more interesting.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Waiting on Wednesday: Night Diver

Zemanta Related Posts Thumbnail

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Night Diver

Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell

Publication Date: April 8, 2014

Publisher: William Morrow

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell plunges into the adventurous and deadly world of underwater treasure hunters in a heart-stopping tale that superbly combines atmosphere, action, romance, and suspense.

After a family tragedy, Kate Donnelly left the Caribbean behind forever. But a series of bad management decisions has left her family’s diving and marine recovery business drowning in red ink. Now her brother pleads with her to come back to the island nation of St Vincent. Without Kate’s financial expertise, the iconic treasure-hunting enterprise started by her grandfather will go under. Unable to say no to the little family she has left, Kate heads back to the beautiful and terrifying ocean that still haunts her nightmares.

Holden Cameron was addicted to the adrenaline rush of active duty–including narrowly surviving an underwater explosives accident. The last thing the former British military diver wants is to babysit a family of thieves on a tropical island–even if they are the world-famous Diving Donnellys. But in his new civilian job, Holden must investigate the suspicious activity surrounding a Donnelly dive to recover treasure from the ancient wreck of a pirate ship.

When equipment, treasure, and even divers begin to disappear, Kate and Holden form an uneasy alliance to uncover the truth. But the deeper they plummet into the mystery, the closer they come to each other. Soon they are sharing their deepest fears and darkest secrets–and a combustible chemistry too hot to ignore.

Personal Thoughts: I love reading Elizabeth Lowell. Her books are always full of adventure, mystery, suspense and a sprinkle of romance 🙂 What’s not to like? 🙂 I’ve been waiting for a new book by her for quite some time.  This one came out yesterday so I don’t event have to wait anymore 🙂 Sweet!

What are you Waiting on this Wednesday?

Dangerous Refuge Book Review

16248140

Dangerous Refuge by Elizabeth Lowell

Publication Date: April 9, 2013

Publisher: William Morrow & Company

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads): On the surface beautiful, quiet Shaye has little in common with dark, dangerous Tanner have little in common. He’s a suspicious big city cop come home to the historic Davis family ranch to settle his uncle’s estate. She’s working for an environmental conservancy that acquires and protects old ranches-and she wants to preserve the Davis homestead.

When the suspicious death of Tanner’s uncle at his ranch throws the two opposites together, tempers flare and sparks fly. While they have trouble seeing eye to eye, Shaye and Tanner agree on one thing: they need to uncover the truth.

Combining their unique skills-Shaye’s low-key approach and local connections and Tanner’s experience as a homicide detective-the unlikely pair share long nights in the pursuit of justice. Before they know it, the friction they generate turns to heat, igniting a burning love neither ever expected to find.

They believe passion this intense cannot last. But when Shaye becomes a killer’s target, Tanner realizes he’d give up anything to protect her-including his life

Personal Thoughts: I’ve been waiting for a new Elizabeth Lowell novel to come out for quite a while. When I saw this one, I was really excited to get my hands on it. However, after I read it I was not as excited as before and more disappointed.

The plot line was exciting throughout the book, however, there were parts of it where I can see it slow down or just drag and not really add to the story. I can say that there is a lot of suspense and mystery to keep you sitting on the edge of your seat and waiting to see what will happen next. The descriptions were written well and I enjoyed exploring the landscapes that the author created. I could feel and almost see the rugged land and how beautiful yet dangerous it was.

Shaye and Tanner were beautifully characterized and the descriptions were done really well.  I felt like I knew the characters and could relate to them. There was some romance but not too much. It was more of a romantic suspense novel and not just a romance novel with a hint of mystery.

Overall, although I enjoyed it and read it in a days span, it wasn’t the best that I have read by Elizabeth Lowell.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Waiting on Wednesday: Dangerous Refuge

Untitled-1

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

DR3d

Dangerous Refuge by Elizabeth Lowell

Publication Date: April 9, 2013

Publisher: William Morrow & Company

Synopsis: On the surface beautiful, quiet Shaye has little in common with dark, dangerous Tanner have little in common. He’s a suspicious big city cop come home to the historic Davis family ranch to settle his uncle’s estate. She’s working for an environmental conservancy that acquires and protects old ranches-and she wants to preserve the Davis homestead.

When the suspicious death of Tanner’s uncle at his ranch throws the two opposites together, tempers flare and sparks fly. While they have trouble seeing eye to eye, Shaye and Tanner agree on one thing: they need to uncover the truth.

Combining their unique skills-Shaye’s low-key approach and local connections and Tanner’s experience as a homicide detective-the unlikely pair share long nights in the pursuit of justice. Before they know it, the friction they generate turns to heat, igniting a burning love neither ever expected to find.

They believe passion this intense cannot last. But when Shaye becomes a killer’s target, Tanner realizes he’d give up anything to protect her-including his life.

Personal Thoughts: Ohh a new one from Elizabeth Lowell! I can’t wait! 🙂 Her books always have a lot of suspense and romance mixed in together which is a great mix.

A Dedication To The Library

I want to dedicate this post to all the libraries that exist around the world. They could be really small or they can be really big. Without the existence of the library I would be lost, and broke. Throughtout the years, I have been able to discover so many different authors and writing styles,  travel to so many worlds that I did not know existed and discover a group of people that are just like me. Reading might be a solitary activity, but what comes after is far from it.

I still remember when I went from just a casual, (do I have to read this book) to a voracious (the next one is coming out next year? I can’t wait that long!) reader. It was back in the summer of 2002. My mom gave me a book to read and keep myself occupied. It was Elizabeth Lowell’s Where The Heart Is. I took it with reluctance and began to read. The afternoon turned into evening and evening turned into night. I finished it the very next day and something happened. To this day, I don’t know what happened to make me want to read and read, for enjoyment and pleasure. But whatever it was, I am greatful for it.

Being a teenager, I didn’t have a lot of money  and the library was a haven for me. I  could take out whatever books I wanted and how many I wanted. Sometimes I took out 10 or 15  at a time and it was just a dream. I was in heaven. As time passed and I blossomed into an adult, I still used the library frequently.  I bought books as well, but if I bought all the books that I have taken out from the library, I think I would need a separate house just to put all the books there.

So to all the libraries that I have ever frequented and the ones that I haven’t, yet, thank you. You have been my saviour more than once when I thought my life was over. Keep on inspiring others to become readers and giving them the gift of a different world and literacy.