Perfect Touch: A Novel
By: Elizabeth Lowell
Releasing July 28, 2015
Sara Medina is a designer and art dealer from San Francisco. She matches her clients desires with fine and folk art from the world over--living up to her thriving business named Perfect Touch. She still remembers her rural childhood of hard work and poverty on the family dairy farm, but she keeps it firmly in the past as she searches out new artwork and artists that are on the breaking edge of acclaim. After she experienced the cultural riches San Francisco had to offer, she decided her life would be that of an urban career woman rather than a working mom commuting from the suburbs. With the intensive hours and travel required to grow her business to the next level, she has no time or energy left for romantic or family entanglements.
Jay Vermillion recently inherited Vermillion Sky, a ranch that nestles up to Wyoming’s Grand Teton Mountains--and the estates of the rich and restless. As a returned veteran of numerous deployments over the course of two wars, he finds himself wrestling with the demands of a ranch that has been run down during his father’s long illness. Between the urgent need to modernize and revitalize the Vermillion Sky, as well as an unexpected and vicious fight with his former stepmother over the custody of now-valuable paintings that were part of his father’s estate, Jay has no time for finding a wife and creating a sixth generation of Vermillions to ensure the family legacy continues.
When Jay hires Sara to appraise and market his father’s cache of paintings by Harris “Custer” Armstrong, neither one expects the explosive results of their eventual meeting in Jackson, Wyoming. In addition to a mutually inconvenient attraction, they a discover double murder at the edge of the ranch lands and a potential betrayal even closer to home. All trails lead to Custer’s artworks as valuable enough to kill for, especially an unknown painted rumored to be called The Muse.
As Sara and Jay unravel the motive for the killings, they both discover that love, like murder, doesn’t wait for a convenient time. On the heels of that soul-shattering realization, Sara is targeted for murder. Suddenly, the war-weary soldier finds something he is once again willing to die for…
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Elizabeth Lowell’s exciting novels of romantic suspense include New York Times Bestsellers: Dangerous Refuge, Beautiful Sacrifice, Death Echo, The Wrong Hostage, Amber Beach, Jade Island, Pearl Cove, and Midnight in Ruby Bayou. She has also written NYT best-selling historical series set in the American West and Medieval Britain. She has more than 80 titles published to date, with over 24 million copies of her books in print. She lives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with her husband, with whom she writes novels under a pseudonym. Her favorite activity is exploring the Western United States to find the landscapes that speak to her soul and inspire her writing.
I will admit to you it's been a while since I've read a book by Elizabeth Lowell, now I'm not saying a really far behind on her I just didn't read last years book, Night Diver. The last book of hers I read was Dangerous Refuge. I really loved Dangerous Refuge so I'm not sure why I forgot to read Night Diver but there it is, I forgot.
So because of that I was glad I got the chance to read her new book, Perfect Touch.
I've got to tell you the beginning of Perfect Touch starts rough, or least it did for me. I think it was the fact that the word Custer (the painter) was used about 100 times in the first few chapters. I get why Lowell did it, but that doesn't mean it wasn't a little over kill.
Once she pulled back on her use of the word Custer I started to really enjoy the story. I can't tell you how much I loved both Sara & Jay. They just clicked. From the beginning they seem perfect together. It's nice once in a while when I couple just hits it off and they spend the book standing together, no miscommunication between them.
The story line wasn't anything new but I think Lowell wrote it so good that you didn't mind that. In fact I found that I didn't want to put it down I like Sara & Jay that much. A few things happen in the book that are sad in my opinion, not that I'll mention them here. I don't want to ruin the story for any of you who haven't yet read it.
After reading Perfect Touch and enjoying it so much I want to go back and read, Night Diver. I think you'll really enjoy Perfect Touch. It has enough romance & suspense to make everyone happy.
I'd love to hear your thought's about Perfect Touch or any other book by Elizabeth Lowell. Happy reading!
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